The Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers (popularly known as AMIE) is a professional certification given by Institution of Engineers (India). The qualification can be earned by passing Section A, Project Work and Section B examination of the Institution.
If an applicant passes both sections of the examination, he or she becomes an Associate of the Institution of Engineers (AIE). The Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development considers this qualification is equivalent to a degree in engineering. AIE was earlier Grad IE (Bachelor's degree of Institituion).
Government of India in continuation to its earlier recognition, has recognised passing of sections A and B examinations as revised, conducted by The Institution of Engineers (India), as equivalent to bachelor's Degree in the appropriate branch of Engineering of the recognised universities in India and has notified in the gazette of India, Part I, Section I, dated February 11, 2006.
AMIE is also recognised by UK-NARIC as British Bachelor's Honours degree. AMIE is also recognised by FCSA Foreign credential service of America as equivalent to Bachelor's degree in engineering.
Minimum duration for passing both sections is 4 years, however professionals with 3 years polytechnic engineering can complete it in 3 years since they are exempted from certain examination papers of Section A. Project work can be carried out only after clearing at least 5 subjects of Section B.
The Institution of Engineers (India) was established in 1920 in Kolkata, West Bengal and is acclaimed to have pioneered non-formal education in Engineering. IEI (I) conducts an examination for its Associate Membership. This examination is considered to be on par with B.E. / B.Tech. when contemplated as an eligibility qualification to write competitive examinations like the Indian Civil Service, Indian Engineering Services, GATE, etc., and for employment in Government, public and private sectors in India. This qualification is recognised by Ministry of HRD, Government of India as equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech.
There are 2 sections, namely Section A and Section B, in this examination. Section A is common for all candidates. Under Section B, a particular discipline of engineering has to be chosen from among the streams offered.
Tech Members who have been on the roll of the Institution of Engineers for a year are eligible to appear in the non-diploma stream examination based on their date of election to membership. Sr Tech Members can appear in the diploma stream. The exact dates and other details regarding the examinations like the last date of submission of examination forms, etc., are announced by the Institution of Engineers in the 'Technicians' Journal.'
The examinations are held twice every year, called Summer and Winter examinations, normally in May / June and November / December respectively.
Subjects in Section A examination are:
AD 301 Fundamentals of Design and Manufacturing
AD 302 Material Science and Engineering
AD 303 Computing and Informatics
AD 304 Society and Environment
Fundamentals of Design & Manufacturing
Engineering Drawing and Graphics
Engineering Physics And Chemistry
Material Science and Engineering
Electronics & Instrumentation
Computing and Informatics
Society and Environment
Section A examination is common for all. Basic Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Communication are covered to prepare the candidate, after project work, to move on to Section B by choosing a particular discipline from among the streams offered.
Section B Examination
After Section A, the student will be admitted to appear for the Section B examination and after passing min. 5 papers of section-B in respective branch, the student will be admitted to appear for Project Work/Laboratory experiments.
This consists of 9 papers of which 6 are compulsory and 3 optional. Currently, only the following branches of engineering are covered:
Computer Science & Engineering
Electronics and Communications Engineering
Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering
Scheme of the Examination
Each paper is 3 hours long (unless specifically mentioned otherwise in the list of subjects). The maximum number of papers a candidate can appear at a time is:
Section A : 4 papers
Section B : 4 papers
Minimum time limit to complete Section A:
Non-Diploma stream: 1.5 years
Diploma stream: 6 months
Minimum time limit to complete Section B:
Diploma and Non-Diploma stream: 1.5 years
Project work and/or laboratory work can be carried out only after clearing 5 subjects of Section B.
Additionally, person shall be employed and engaged in engineering activities during the period.
Academic Eligibility for Tech Membership
Candidates who have passed in English and secured an aggregate of at least 45% in the qualifying examination as well as an aggregate of 45% in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics are eligible to apply.
A list of qualifying examinations is given below:
Intermediate science examination with English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
B.Sc. examination with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
First-year examination of a three-year Bachelor's degree course in any one of the subjects - Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The candidate should also have passed the Pre-University or Higher Secondary Examination with English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
The final examination of the two-year course (10+2+3 system) with English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, conducted by any State Board of Higher Secondary Education or recognised Indian University after 10 years of formal school education.
Pre-professional examination in Engineering or the first-year examination of the five-year integrated course in Engineering. · Pre-engineering Examination.
The Board of Apprenticeship Training Admission examination, West Bengal.
The preliminary examination of B.Arch. held by Calcutta University.
The first-year examination of B.Tech. (Education) of Regional College of Education, Ajmer.
The two-year course carried out by the Indian Military Academy / National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Dehradun.
The Vocational Higher Secondary Course from the Directorate of Vocational Higher Secondary Education, Kerala.
The Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination of National Open School, New Delhi.
Diploma in: - Diesel Mechanics - Electrical Instrument Mechanics - Surface Coating Technology from the Board of Technical Examinations, Maharashtra - Vocational Training for Fitter conducted at Sumant Moolgaonkar Engineering Institute, Kymore, Madhya Pradesh.
B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Computer Science conducted at Narmada College of Science and Commerce, Bharuch.
Eligibility Conditions for various classes of student memberships
I Technician Members:
Candidates can directly become Technician Members if they have a minimum qualification of a pass in the Standard XII Examination (45% minimum aggregate).
II Senior Technician Members:
For selection as Senior Technician Member or for transfer from being a Tech Member to a Sr Tech Member, candidates must satisfy the following conditions:
A minimum age of 18 years on the date of application for selection or transfer.
He / she should be an engineer by profession working under a Corporate Member or a person qualified to be elected as a Corporate Member. The candidate should also be striving to acquire the qualifications for Corporate Membership (temporary unemployment is not an impediment to being elected).
The candidate should have passed a diploma examination in engineering or technology or its equivalent recognised by the Council, or an examination recognised by the Council as exempting from passing Section A of the Institution of Engineers examination in the non-diploma stream.
The examinations - Section A and B - are conducted in Abu Dhabi, Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Coimbatore - Peelamedu, Delhi, Gwalior, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kathmandu, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nashik Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Roorkee, Rourkela, Behrain, Doha, Jamalpur, Mumbai, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupathi, and Vishakapatnam.
In addition, Section A (Both Diploma and Non-Diploma) examinations are held in Aligarh, Jammu, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Vijayawada , Mysore, Ujjain, Ranchi, Shimla, and Vadodara.
Section B Diploma Stream examination also held in: Agartala, Cuddapah, Indore, Kharagpur, Srinagar, Karnal, Nasik, Neyveli, Madurai, and Portblair.
"Recognition of AMIE by the Govt.of india as an Engineering Degree, Notification No.F 24-6/2002-TS". Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. http://www.visveswaraya.org/main/RecognitionPage1.asp. Retrieved 2006-02-11.