Tussle between Engineering Branches ECE and EEE

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12/27/2018 3:50:41 PM


Tussle between Engineering Branches ECE and EEE

As the name suggests the primary difference between the fields is that Electrical and Electronics Engineering focuses mainly on the concepts of electrical engineering. Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) gives a wider emphasis on electronics. While Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) does have a subject or two dedicated to communications, ECE does not have any subjects related to electrical engineering. ECE also has subjects related to antennas and other communication equipment in greater detail.

With that being said, EEE and ECE have several subjects in common, such as Analog and Digital System Design, Digital Signal Processing, Control Theory etc. with vastly similar syllabi. Depending on the college, you would also be permitted to specialise in any of these sub-fields through the program electives that are offered in your college, in either course, with an increased relevance in the field of embedded systems promoting the same.


However, electronics does have a heavier emphasis in ECE, than it does in EEE. It does make up for a greater part of the course content, and has more laboratory courses dedicated to its improvement. The major focus of the electrical branch however, lies in subjects and laboratories such as electrical machines, power system applications, including but not restricted to grid distribution, power generation, energy auditing.

The ease of passing either of the branches, while debatable, is subjective in nature. A student interested in electrical might find EEE more attractive while someone with a greater interest in electronics and communication would find that branch easier. General consensus however is, that the branches are relatively tougher than the other core branches such as mechanical or computer science. One of the primary reasons for this is that concepts such as electromagnetic fields need to be visualised, and it is tougher to do so, than say, understand the rotation of a shaft, or debug the output that is seen on a computer screen.

From a placement point of view, there is a belief that ECE candidates are given a preference over EEE candidates for electronic related jobs. In some colleges, for non-core jobs ECE may be granted eligibility for companies and profiles that EEE is not. However the packages that are offered are more or less similar.