B.Tech. Lateral Entry

Last Updated on July 29, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

Have you completed Diploma in Engineering program? Are you interested in B.Tech. admission? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, we will have an in-depth analysis of B.Tech. lateral entry process and admission.

  How’s this article of help to me, you may ask. Here, you will find everything you need to know about lateral entry.   Engineering is a very popular choice among Indian students. There are different types of Engineering courses available in India. Notable formats are –

  • B.E. or B.Tech.
  • Diploma in Engineering
  • M.E. or M.Tech.
  • PG Diploma (Engineering) programs
  • PG Certificate (Engineering) programs
  • PhD programs

Diploma in Engineering and B.Tech. are undergraduate level programs. 12th Science pass students are eligible to pursue B.Tech. programs.   Diploma in Engineering programs can be pursued after completing 10th or 12th. Here’s a list of Engineering courses after 12th.   Technically speaking, Diploma in Engineering Degree is not as superior as B.Tech. Degree. Employers value B.Tech. graduates. B.Tech. candidates tend to earn more salary than their Diploma in Engineering counterparts.   How to pursue B.Tech. after Diploma, you may ask. This is when B.Tech. Lateral entry comes handy!

What is B.Tech. Lateral Entry?

Lateral entry program enables a Diploma in Engineering candidate to get admitted directly into the third semester (second academic year) of relevant B.Tech. program.   For example, imagine that you’ve finished Diploma in Mechanical Engineering program. You now hold Diploma in Mechanical Engineering qualification. Also check – DtoD Admission.   Using lateral entry scheme, you may join B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering program’s 3rd semester (directly). This is how B.Tech. lateral entry works! B.Sc. graduates are also eligible to make use of B.Tech. lateral admission process.   Come, let us check out the course details. Here they are –

Course Details

Type of course

Technically, it is Bachelor of Technology Degree course.


3 years (since you are securing admission directly into the second academic year).

Eligibility Criteria

Completed relevant 3 years long Diploma in Engineering program or completed relevant B.Sc. program. Minimum aggregate marks required could be 45-50% marks.


Most of the Engineering Colleges in India give admission to lateral entry students. Such Engineering Colleges can be classified into two types –

  • Government Engineering Colleges
  • Self Financed Engineering Colleges

Government Engineering Colleges are known to charge relatively lower tuition fees than their Self Financed counterparts.

Admission Process

Reputed institutes rely on merit based admission process. Seats are allotted to deserving candidates based on their performance in relevant Lateral Entry entrance exam. Some Institutes are known to conduct their own entrance test.


Tuition fees depends upon factors such as –

  • Rating of the college
  • Type of college (Government or Self Financed)
  • Scholarship status of the student

On an average, the tuition fees could be anywhere between 80-150K INR per year. Government colleges are known to charge relatively lower fees.

Here are some of the popular B.Tech. programs –

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • IT Engineering
  • IC Engineering
  • EC Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Biotechnology Engineering
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Food Processing and Technology
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Dairy Technology and Engineering
  • Agricultural Information Technology
  • Power Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering
  • Metallurgy Engineering
  • Textile Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Naval Architecture

You may also check –

Engineering entrance exams after 12th

List of engineering entrance tests in India

PG Courses

After completing B.Tech., graduates may go for relevant PG courses such as –

  • M.E. or M.Tech.
  • M.Sc. or M.S.
  • MBA
  • PGDM programs
  • PG Diploma (Technical) programs
  • And more…
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