A 4-year Undergraduate Course in Civil & Municipal Engg. was first introduced in 1949 in the erstwhile Engineering College. The formal sanction of the Visitor of the University to create this Dept. was received in 1956 and the B.Sc Engg. (Civil & Municipal) Degree was recognized by the Govt. of India in 1958. The name of the Dept. was changed to the present form in 1975. Postgraduate courses in Environmental Engg., Geotechnical Engg., Hydraulic Engg., Structural Engg., and Transportation Engg. were subsequently introduced.
Q: I may want to pursue a branch change. How bright is my chance of getting a branch change? How does branch change option compares with other IITs?
IIT-BHU provides branch change option for top 10% of the class. Some IITs are very restrictive. For Example, IIT Roorkee allows only top 2% of students to opt for a branch change. Clearly, that makes it 5 times more difficult. It’s still difficult at IIT(BHU) Varanasi but you can work hard in your first year.
From Civil, you will have wide array of branch change options but you should not depend on branch change. So even if you don’t manage to get your desired branch change, you end up with a core branch + a great institute.
Q: Every branch in IIT(BHU) Varanasi is expected to jump upwards due to IIT conversion. If my rank is in the range of 3100-3200, can I expect Civil BHU?
JEE Counselling 2013 would be the first time when IIT-BHU shall be listed as an IIT. Many students in last few years didn’t prefer IIT-BHU just because it was not an IIT. This year when IIT status has been accorded closing ranks of all branches at BHU are expected to move up. No one can predict the exact closing rank so use your judgement.
It will depend on how many students ranked higher than you opt for IIT-BHU Civil. If your rank is above 3000 then it’s safe to assume that you will get Civil at IIT(BHU) Varanasi. For 3100-3200 range, you still have a reasonable chance.