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Do toppers think of civil as a less lucrative stream

Even if the oldest examinee in the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineers (GATE) 2021 is 88 years old, qualified civil engineer, JEE Advanced 2020 toppers seem to have given civil engineering the short shrift. Going by recent preferences of the toppers in the first round of seat allocation, the majority of the top 500 candidates in the open category in the Common Rank List (CRL) have opted for Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) programme while vying for nine of 23 top IITs. What may come as a surprise is that civil engineering (CE) is among the less preferred choices, this when, IT companies tend to recruit not just fresh computer science graduates, but even those from the ceramic engineering streams.

It will be difficult to attribute any single reason to the current trend, says V Ramgopal Rao, director IIT Delhi. “Both civil engineering and computer science engineering are equally good

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Worst College Majors for a Lucrative Career 2019


Starting salary: $39,400

Mid-career salary: $60,500

Annual online job postings: 15,280

Andy Warhol said, “Making money is art…and good business is the best art.” Too bad the reverse is frequently untrue. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators, typically collect precious little pay, earning a median income of less than $18,950 a year. Demand for their work, after all, is dependent largely on people’s discretionary income (and fleeting tastes); when times are tough, purchasing art is often left out of most household budgets. Indeed, 4.9% of fine arts majors are unemployed and 19.3% have dropped out of the workforce, according to the Hamilton Project.

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