Production and Industrial Engineering is a branch which is offered in most of the top IITs and NITs, the premier among them being IISc, IIT-Mumbai, IIT-Madras, IIT-Delhi and IIT Kharagpur. NITIE is another college that is very popular amongst Production Engineers.
Students pursuing B.Tech or B. E. in Production Engineering can answer the GATE Production Engineering paper. Also, the students of Mechanical and Civil Engineering can answer the Production Engineering paper. The test covers 6-7 major subjects: Strength of Materials, Thermodynamics, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Systems, Operations Research and Production Engineering, etc. It also tests students on Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude.
Students who qualify in the GATE exam can apply to these colleges. GATE score is also valid for quite a few companies like ONGC, BSNL, GAIL, etc. Even private companies like L&T give preference to GATE qualified students.