NUCLEAR  SCIENCE  ENGINEERING Admission process, Syllabus and top colleges

Nuclear Science Engineering deals with application of the breakdown (fission) as well as the fusion of nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics. It provides knowledge about the uses of nuclear fission, construction, design, processing and management of nuclear reactors as well as inventions of nuclear materials. This is very important and emerging field as it is becoming the energy hub for electricity and in many other areas.

Top Colleges: 


 4 years
Design of Nuclear Reactors and power plants, skilled in Applied Radiochemistry, skills in Ionizing Radiation.

Courses and Eligibility:

B.E/B.TECH4 yearsCandidates should have passed XII with PCM as compulsory subjects with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate from any recognized Institution/University.
M.E/M.TECH2 yearsCandidates should have a B.E./B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering or B. Architecture/B. Planning with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks from any Institution.


After you have successfully completed your graduation in Nuclear Science Engineering, some of the top organization you can be recruited in are:

Organization Name
Average Salary/Month
INR 25,000
Scientist, Engineer
INR 30,000
INR 45,000
Scientist, Engineer
INR 40,000

Admission process


  • After the completion 12th with aggregation mark of at least 50% comprising the subjects physics, chemistry and mathematics, one can wish to pursue in nuclear science by scoring minimum aggregate mark of 75% in All India JEE Main. However cut off may vary year to year.
  • Some universities have their own entrance exams on which basis the candidate is selected to adhere the course.


  • After a candidate has successfully completed his/her in nuclear science with a minimum aggregate mark of 60% or its equivalent, one must be admitted through its performance in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
  • Of course similar to there are several universities who conduct their own exams for the admission.


The 4 year period of nuclear science engineering consists of 8 semesters, each semester having various and wide range of subjects.

Semester V
Semester VI
Semester VII
Semester VIII
Engineering Economics and Management
Fuzzy Approaches in Engineering
Applied Reactor Analysis
Project Work
Molecular and Cell Biology
Nuclear Reactor Theory = II
Fast Reactor Theory
Elective - IV
Computer in Reactor Analysis
Nuclear Fuel System
Elective – II
Elective – V
Nuclear Reactor Theory – I
          -Elective – III
Reactor Theory and Kinetics
          -       -     -
Biological Effects of Radiation
        -       -    -

Semester I
Semester II
Semester III
Semester IV
Value Education


Language Phase - I

Nuclear Thermo Hydraulics - II
Mathematics – I
Mathematics – II
Mathematics – III
Applied Radio Chemistry
Material Science
Mechanics of Material
Engineering Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics
Principles of Environmental Science
Neutron Science

Basic Engineering - I
Basic Engineering - II
Material for Nuclear Applications

          -Elements of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Nuclear Thermo Hydraulics - I


Skills Required

Nuclear energy has emerged as an important discipline in the field of energy and the world is looking towards it. The candidate who wants to pursue a career in nuclear science should have good reasoning skills, attention to detail and a good scientific nature towards a nuclear power plant.

The course of nuclear science teaches various skill sets, few of them are:

  • A brief idea about fission and fusion of atomic particles.
  • Education about radiation in industrial elements and its biological effects.
  • Knowledge of radioactive isotopes, nuclear fuels, their application and handling.
  • Developing radioactive tools that are suitable for medical and industrial use.

Candidates willing to make a career in nuclear science have to attend the following types of entrance exams to enroll either in government or private universities:

Career and Job Prospects:

Job PostJob DescriptionSalary
Associate professor and Professor
teaching, research, and service like administrative work, such as sitting on committees ranging from curricula development to overseeing workplace safety.
3 lacs to 9 lacs
 highly trained scientists who study the matter and the universe. They measure and study phenomena from the subatomic to the cosmic level and then use or develop models and theories to explain their observances.
6 lacs to 12 lacs
Trainee engineer
responsible for the completion of all the assigned tasks in the given deadline. All tasks assigned are for the trainee's own learning.
1.5 lacs to 3.5 lacs
Research associate and Lab leader
responsible for gathering data from primary and secondary sources of information, organizing and analyzing this material, and preparing written reports to superiors
1.5 lacs to 3 lacs
Project Engineering Manager
Plans and directs all design engineers, drafters, and technical engineers working on specific projects. Manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of complex designs.
6 lacs to 10.5 lacs
Nuclear Mechanical or Structural Engineer
Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, and associated instrumentation. Direct operating or maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure that they meet safety standards.
3.5 lacs to 7.5 lacs
Chemical Engineering involved in the research, development, and implementation of chemical processes required to produce a variety of products such as food, drinks, cleaning products, textiles, medicines, fuels, solvents, adhesives and plastics.
2 lacs to 7.5 lacs


Q: How is nuclear science engineering different from all other fields of engineering?
A:  Arguably, nuclear science is distinguishable from all the other fields. The energy is created by the reaction originating from the nucleus containing protons and neutrons through fission and fusion and not in the form of molecules or atoms which is very nuclear in nature. The energy that is produced is million times more powerful that those which are produced by other chemical reactions.

Q:  Can working with all these radioactive materials be dangerous?
A:  Every field of work is dangerous if not careful enough. Yes, radiation can be hazardous to human health, in fact it is one of the core subject taught in this course. But with knowledge of proper science and practice this can be avoided. We can also shield our body so it doesn’t get exposed to the radiation and since change in environment, our b0dy has also changed with resistance to mild radiation, but we should still respect it.

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