Geotechnical engineering is the division of engineering which deals with the engineering activities of earth materials. Geotechnical engineering is a part of civil engineering, but is also used by petroleum, mining, military or any other engineering related with construction on or in the ground. Geotechnical engineering utilizes principles of soil and rock mechanics to investigate sub-surface conditions and materials; verify the relevant chemical/mechanical and physical properties of these materials; Assess stability of natural slopes and man-made soil deposits; evaluate risks posed by site conditions; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor earthwork, site conditions and foundation construction. The fields of geotechnical engineering and engineering geology are intimately related, and have large areas of overlap.
List of Courses: -


  • Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mining Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Master of Technology in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geotechnical Engineering

Basic Eligibility



For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E).  The duration for this course is 4 years.



The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor's degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for this course is 2 years.


Some of its specialized fields are: -


  • Transportation Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulic
  • Geotechnical and Geo-environmental
  • Environmental and Water Resources Management
  • Structural engineering and construction materials

Job Prospects

There are a lots of career opportunities in this field for young aspirants. Talented professionals from this field are increasing day by day. Geotechnical engineers can seek employment in various sectors such as government departments, private and public sector industries and research institutions. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. They can also seek employment in public health department or with construction companies. It is also possible for them to establish consultancy firms on their own. There are lots of job opportunities available in India as well as in foreign countries.

Some job profiles: -


  • Researcher
  • Chief Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Supervisory Engineer
  • Professor and Teachers
  • Independent Consultants
  • Building Inspector
  • Consulting Engineer


Remuneration: -

Geotechnical engineering is one of the most lucrative field. For those who want to pursue a career in Geotechnical engineering, their initial salary starts from Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000 per month. Those who have a diploma in the related subject can earn around Rs 8,000 - Rs 10,000 per month. Professionals of this field will have a monthly salary of approximately Rs 30,000. Researchers can earn a decent salary from the beginning of their career.

Engineering Colleges for Geotechnical Engineering

Adamas Institute of Technology

24 parganas, West Bengal, India

Adamas Institute of Technology (AIT), Jagannathpur was established in 2008. The institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education and is affiliated to West Bengal University of Technology. The institute is a constituent...

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Basaveshwar Engineering College

Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

Basaveshwar Engineering College (BEC), Bagalkot was established in 1963. The college is a government aided institution affiliated to Visveswaraiah Technological University, Belgaum and approved by All India Council for Technical...

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Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur

Howrah, West Bengal, India

Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Shibpur was established in 1856 as Civil Engineering College, was affiliated to the Calcutta University in 1857. From 1865 to 1879 the College functioned as Civil Engineering Department...

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Bharath University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Bharath University, Chennai also known as Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research was established in 1984. The university was established under the aegis of Sri Lakshmi Ammal Educational Trust with the aim of imparting...

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Bharathidasan University

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Bharathidasan University (BDU), Tiruchirappalli was established in 1982. It is a recognized university, supported by the University Grants Commission of India. The motto of the University is "we will create a brave new world"...

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Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology, Bhalki

Bidar, Karnataka, India

Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology (BKIT), Bhalki established in 1982 was formally known as Rural Engineering College, Bhalki. The Institute is one of the best engineering colleges not only in Karnataka but in whole of India. It...

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College of Engineering

Trivandrum, Kerala, India

College of Engineering, Trivandrum (CET), Thiruvananthapuram was established in 1939 as the first Engineering college in the then Travancore State. The institution owes its foundation to the bold and inspired vision of Sree Chithira...

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College of Engineering

Pune, Maharashtra, India

College of Engineering, Pune ( CoEP) established in 1854 , is a nationally respected leader in technical education. The institute is distinguished by its commitment to finding solutions to the great predicaments of the day through...

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College of Engineering And Technology - Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

College of Engineering and Technology (C.E.T), Bhubaneswar was established in 1981 with two branches of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. They have two more branches of Instrumentation & Electronics and department of Computer...

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College of Engineering, Pune

Pune, Maharashtra, India

College of Engineering (COEP), Pune was established in 1854 as Poona Engineering Class and Mechanical School, its aim being to provide suitable instruction for subordinate officers in the Public Works Department. The College was...

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