College of Engineering, Trivandrum – 2021

The College of Engineering Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram (CET Thiruvananthapuram) was established in 1939 as the first Engineering College in Trivandrum Kerala (then Travancore state) to achieve national-level excellence and international visibility in every facet of engineering education. The first classes were started in 1939 during the reign of the Travancore King Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma and as the head of the then Travancore State. Initially, it was housed in the previous office and bungalow of the Chief Engineer (present PMG Office) and Maj T.H. Mathewman, a Britisher as the first Principal. Starting as a constituent College of Travancore University, it had an initial intake of 21 students each to Degree and Diploma courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical branches. Its administration came under the control of the Government of Kerala after the establishment of the Directorate of Technical Education in the late fifties. Then it was shifted to its present campus which has an area of 125 acres in a green serene atmosphere.

In this analysis, we are going to check out all the details about the institute’s students’ stats, faculty, courses offered, graduation outcomes & placements, median salary & top recruiters, infrastructures, and fee structures. All the details are authentic since we got these from the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) where CET Thiruvananthapuram gave its reports.

Courses Offered at CET Trivandrum

CET Thiruvananthapuram offers a modest number of 12 courses each in undergraduate programs and a huge number of 40 courses in postgraduate programs in engineering science and technology.

Students Intake at CET Trivandrum

Students Intake
CET Thiruvananthapuram admitted a considerable number of 600 students in 2021 and 641 students each in 2020 and 2019 at UG programs and a significant number of 414 students each in 2021 and 2020 at PG programs, respectively.
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CET Thiruvananthapuram has 273 distinguished professors at its faculty, of whom 45.42% are Ph.D. holders and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12, that is, one professor is available for every 12 students.

CET Trivandrum Annual Expenditures

Capital Expenditure
CET Thiruvananthapuram spent Rs. 4.18 crores as capital expenditure in 2021, of which a modest 17.13% spent on procuring books, journals, and e-resources for the library, a considerable 51.96% spent on buying new equipment and software for quality research, merely 2.17% spent on engineering workshops, and the remaining 28.74% spent on the creation of capital assets and other expenditures. In 2020, the capital expenditure was Rs. 4.8 crores and it was around Rs. 4.3 crores in 2019.
Operational Expenditure
CET Thiruvananthapuram spent over Rs. 63.27 crores in 2021 as operational expenditure, of which a massive 90.67% spent on paying salaries to professors and supporting staff, a modest 9.02% spent on maintaining academic infrastructures, and the remaining merely 0.31% spent on conducting Seminars, Conferences, and Workshops. Spending as operational expenditures were Rs. 57 crores in 2020 and Rs. 61.1 crores in 2019. The spending as operational expenditure has been increased in 2021 when compared to the last two years.

CET Trivandrum Research Details

Patents Details
As CET Thiruvananthapuram has a good faculty and better infrastructure, it was able to file 4, 1, and 1 patent applications in 2021, 2020, and 2019, respectively, however, it didn’t get any patents either.
Sponsored Projects
As CET Thiruvananthapuram has some distinguished professors and research scholars at its faculty, many big companies are willing to sponsor this institution, and therefore, it received Rs. 2.7 crores through 28 sponsored research projects from 15 companies in 2021. In 2020 and 2019, it received Rs. 2.9 and 1.1 crores through 36 and 21 sponsored research projects from 16 and 11 companies, respectively.
Consultancy Projects
CET Thiruvananthapuram received Rs. 3.3 crores through 582 consultancy projects from 93 companies in 2021, and it received Rs. 3.3 and Rs. 2.1 crores through a massive number of 608 and 517 consultancy projects from 148 and 60 companies in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

CET Trivandrum Graduations & Placements

UG Graduations & Placements
At CET Thiruvananthapuram, a considerable number of 682 students got admitted to UG degree courses and a considerable 78% of them graduated, of whom 91.09% got placements at top companies and 49 were selected for higher studies in 2021; a significant 80.35% of students graduated, of whom 64.73% got placements and 17 were selected for higher studies in 2020; and a bulky 81.69% of students graduated, of whom 83.33% got placements and 36 were selected for higher studies in 2019.
PG Graduations & Placements
In the PG programs, a significant 89.60% of students graduated, of whom 57.62% got placements at top companies and 8 were selected for higher studies in 2021; a huge 91.62% of students graduated, of whom 37.46% got placements and 17 were selected for higher studies in 2020; and a massive 90.74% of students graduated, of whom 75.28% got placements and 5 were selected for higher studies in 2019.
PhD Research Programmes
In the Ph.D. research program, 143 students have been pursuing research studies till 2021, of whom 10 students graduated in 2021, 14 students graduated in 2020 and 17 students graduated in 2019.
Median Salary & Top Recruiters
Median Salary of UG Graduates: Rs. 5.5 LPA in 2021, Rs. 4 LPA in 2020, and Rs. 4.1 LPA in 2019 at top companies.

Median Salary of PG Graduates: Rs. 5 LPA in 2021, Rs. 4 LPA in 2020, and Rs. 3.6 LPA in 2019.
The top recruiters of the CET Thiruvananthapuram are Accenture, Amazon, Ashok Leyland, Cognizant, Deloitte, Google, HP, IBM, Infosys, etc., who are looking for fresh graduates for their companies.

Students Diversity at CET Trivandrum

As CET Thiruvananthapuram has a good faculty strength, a huge number of 3465 students are currently pursuing their degrees, of whom 64.24% are boys, a considerable 35.76% are girls, a massive number of 3386 students are from within the state, and merely 79 students are from outside of the state.

Facilities on CET Trivandrum Campus

CET Thiruvananthapuram has a lot of facilities that are available for students. It has hostels, medical facilities, labs, libraries, cafeterias, a sports complex, convenience stores, wi-fi campus, banks & ATMs, lifts/ramps, etc.

Campus Festivals at CET Trivandrum

DHWANI is the annual cultural festival celebrated for four days where an average crowd of over 40,000 people making it one of the grandest of all college festivals in Kerala where the event constitutes of quizzes, thespians, professional shows (fondly labeled as pro shows), dancing, and speaking are organized to create a positive vibe among the students. Workshops are also conducted on music, fashion, art, and dance. It aims to create creativity and art in the minds of solicitous students.

DRISHTI is the annual technical festival of CET Thiruvananthapuram where events such as Line Tracer, Robo War, Robot Soccer, Dirt Racer, Hydrobos, Quizzes, Hacker Coding, Photography, School Project Expo, Case Study Competition, Mechathlon, auto Quiz, aqua Thunder, Lathe Machining, Mechanical Paper Presentation, Pentathlon, Gaming, Matlab Master, Speed Cubing, Cad Drawing(civil), Survey, best Engineer, informal, etc., are organized to give stuff to tech-hungry savvies.

Moreover, many workshops and conferences on various technologies and management are organized.


CET Thiruvananthapuram is in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala, therefore it has a good transport system. Both Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station is around 10.8 km away and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is around 10.3 km away from the institution are available to commute, so students from anywhere can commute to this institution easily.

How to Get Admission at CET Trivandrum

For UG courses at CET Thiruvananthapuram: Candidates who passed the +2 exam with 45% marks (40% in the case for reserved candidates) with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects along with Chemistry/ Information Technology/ Informatics Practices/ Biotechnology/ Biology/ Technical Vocational subject/ Computer Science Agriculture/ Engineering Graphics/ Business Studies from a renowned board/ institution can take the KEAM entrance exam and should get the required marks to get admission to UG courses.

For PG courses: Candidates who got 50% marks (45% in the case for reserved candidates) in their respective UG courses can get admission to PG courses.

Fee Structure at CET Trivandrum

Students need to pay merely Rs. 1.13 lakhs as total fees for UG courses at CET Thiruvananthapuram, however, the saving grace is they can get a good salary of Rs. 5.50 LPA at top companies, so they get back this amount within a year.

CET Trivandrum Scores by NIRF

Teaching, Learning, and Resources: CET Thiruvananthapuram has a good faculty and better infrastructure for innovative research. Therefore, it scored 63.85%, which accounts to 30% of overall NIRF scores.
Research and Professional Practice: Though CET Thiruvananthapuram has been able to file a few patent applications for innovative research, it has lacked in research and professional practice. Therefore it scored 10.25%, which accounts to 30% of overall NIRF scores.
Graduate Outcome: As CET Thiruvananthapuram has a conducive atmosphere for study, many students graduated at the minimum stipulated time. Therefore, it scored 53.40%, which accounts to 20% of overall NIRF scores.
Outreach and Inclusivity: CET Thiruvananthapuram has students from every section and every part of India and has admitted a decent number of girl students, therefore it scored 50.16%, which accounts to 10% of overall NIRF scores.

Perception: CET Thiruvananthapuram has a good faculty, good infrastructures, and a conducive atmosphere, and its graduation outcomes and placements at top companies are decent, however, it has not yet gotten much popularity like first-generation IITs and NITs though it is the oldest institution in Kerala, so it scored 14.83%, which accounts to 10% of overall NIRF scores.

CET Trivandrum got 39.40% as an overall NIRF score and ranked at number 95.

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