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“Maths Not Mandatory for Engineering” makes sense.

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AICTE, a Statutory Body of Government of India has executed its mandate both as a regulator and as a true facilitator in school level education, according to the National Education Policy of 2020. Maths not mandatory for engineering! Indian media is literally twisting facts, as it has always done for popularity.

Can I do BTech without maths in 12th?

Let us show you directly from the Approval Process Handbook of AICTE – 2022-23.


It is not just about Maths. The new announcement coming from AICTE clearly mentions the eligibility criteria about other subjects too for engineering and technical HEIs (higher education institutions) and Diploma-granting institutions.


The Status Quo

AICTE has demarcated various subject options for engineering aspirants. Engineering admission rule changed to mark a new beginning. However, JEE, CET etc conducting bodies are yet to conform to the new rules.

AICTE has also openly accepted that students coming from diverse backgrounds may need bridge courses to bring them at par with other students having traditional exposure to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Colleges are free to decide on what terms these bridge courses are to be designed and for whom. This is an additional responsibility and many colleges may just avoid the new admission criteria in order to lessen duties towards ‘bridge training formats’.

Also, most educationists have slammed this move saying, AICTE could not escape the fact that physics, maths, chemistry is mandatory for BE, BTech courses. Bridge courses can never accommodate the basics entirely and will ultimately produce poor quality engineers.

can i do btech without maths in 12th

Which engineering does not require maths?

There are 29 engineering & technology disciplines at UG (undergraduate) level that AICTE talks about and there are 14 subjects that can be studied in Class 11-12. We will enumerate the lists shortly.

Before that, we must not forget that the NEP has envisioned a 5+3+3+4 design of school level education. In this design, the last 4 years of higher secondary education will not be science, commerce or arts. It will rather be more of a “liberal studies” type of format where the boards and the schools are free to choose what to offer among 14 subjects to students who wish to study engineering or technology later (list of 14 below).

According to AICTE chairman Anil D Sahasrabudhe

The 14 subjects allowed in Class 11-12

This is the list of fourteen subjects (acc. to AICTE) that any student (for engineering & technology aspirants) wishing to study engineering or technology degrees can take in Class 11-12 for the last 4 years of high school education.

  1. Physics
  2. Mathematics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
  5. Electronics
  6. Information Technology
  7. Biology
  8. Informatics Practices
  9. Biotechnology
  10. Technical Vocational subject
  11. Agriculture
  12. Engineering Graphics
  13. Business Studies
  14. Entrepreneurship

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Sixteen UG Degrees with Physics, Chemistry & Math Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
Aeronautical EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Ceramic EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Civil EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Chemical EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Dairy EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Energy EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Mechanical EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Fire and Safety EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Marine EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Metallurgy EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Military EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Mining EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Nano TechnologyPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Nuclear Science and TechnologyPhy, Chem, MathsNA
Textile EngineeringPhy, Chem, MathsNA
ArchitecturePhy, Chem, MathsConfirmed by CoA (Council of architecture), accepted by AICTE

Mathematics is not mandatory for 1/3 of engineering courses

Is maths compulsory for BTech? Here are the lists of disciplines that does not require Math.

Four UG Degrees with only Physics & Chemistry Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
Agriculture Engineering#Phy, Chem OR Agriculture streamMaths/Biology/Biotechnology/Agriculture/ Agriculture stream
Biotechnology Engineering#Phy, ChemBiology/Biotechnology/Maths
Pharmaceutical Engineering#Phy, ChemBiology/Biotechnology/Maths
Printing Engineering#Phy, ChemAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)

# – First 1 or 2 Semesters may be so designed that students with Biology/ Biotechnology background have adequate courses on Maths AND those with Math background have Life Science training modules and then the class is at level studying field for the rest of the semesters

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Three UG Degrees with only Chemistry Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
Food EngineeringChemistryAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)
Leather TechnologyChemistryAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)
Textile ChemistryChemistryAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)

Two UG Degrees with none of the 3 Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
Packaging TechnologyNilAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)
Fashion TechnologyNilAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)

Three UG Degrees with only Physics & Math Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
Computer Science and EngineeringPhy, MathsAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)
Electrical EngineeringPhy, MathsAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)
Electronics EngineeringPhy, MathsAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)

One UG Degree with only Maths Compulsory

Major DisciplinesMandatory courses at 10+2 LevelOther relevant course(s) for this discipline
PlanningMathsAny courses out of 14 (scroll above to see list of 14)

Fact of the matter

Although many stakeholders and giants in the higher education industry has firmly opposed this move, we admit that it’s a first in this country.

However, as everything, implementation shall be a challenge as these moves may not be accepted by most institutes just to avoid duties towards ‘bridge training formats’ for students coming from diverse backgrounds.

We must also remember that we still have not accepted Diploma students in IITs and NITs knowing for a fact that these students do much better that direct-entry students in other colleges. AICTE also admits this fact.

Besides, ITI-trained students can also get lateral entry to Diploma programs in 2nd year but then such students are not absorbed further in degree courses in reputed colleges through lateral entry. So, their dreams are also shattered after ITI/Diploma.

We must not undermine the fact that such students may lack foundational theoretical knowledge but have the power of industrial/vocational experience ‘before graduation’ which has partially prepared them for challenges in a regular day-job. Direct entry students will have to earn that experience through work ‘after graduation’.

Similarly, accepting diverse students for UG engineering/ technical degrees is also going to take ample foundational changes. Only time will tell!

Final Words

With this announcement, AICTE has been the proponent of a revolutionary move. However, it is up to the HEIs to acknowledge it and implement this in true letter and spirit. iDreamCareer shall continue its efforts towards making India inclusive and carrying forward its mission to help students get well-rounded education & fight their battles ahead in life. We try to help young confused minds from 9th class10th classclass 11class 12 with an aim to select their most-suited career choices.

Approval Process AICTEofficial website announcements

Approval Process Handbook 2022-23 (PDF, downloadable)

Highlights of APH, 2022-23 (PDF, downloadable)

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