6 reasons why engineers are better than doctors

The most important question almost every youth and Indian gets to answer in their life is whether they want to choose doctor and engineering as their career option.

I am sure you must have confronted this question in your career in your 19s period and choose any one of these in your life.

But in this article I will walk you through a few important reasons and benefits of being an engineer and why it is better than a doctor profession.

These are both my opinions and also some important information you should know regarding engineering which are backed by data.

Note: I do not have any intention to demean any profession like doctors with this article, both engineering and doctors are important pillars of our society, and both of them are unique in their own profession.

As a matter of fact I have already written an article where I have shown some important reasons why doctors are better than engineers in some aspects, you can read that article by clicking here.

So in this article let’s take a look at why engineers are better than doctors in detail.

so let’s get started

6 reasons Why engineers are better than doctors

1.    Costs are less 

One of the main advantages and benefits of being an engineer compared to being a doctor is that you can have less expenses and cost to complete your engineering degree as compared to being a doctor.

On average majority of the engineering colleges charge around 1.25 lakh rupees per year in india and you can get your engineering graduation in less than 5 lakh rupees 

but if you want to get your engineering degree from top colleges and institutions like IIT and BITS Pilani then you may have to invest anywhere between 10 to 15 lakh rupees.

For example if you want to graduate from IIT colleges which are the top institutions for engineering like IIT Bombay then the cost of one semester or 

a half year of engineering is around 1.19 lakh rupees and of course the fees will depend upon which engineering branch you choose and also upon different IIT colleges.

And of course you can get a scholarship as well if you join the government institutions and there are also caste reservations in the government colleges.

Now when we compare this with trying to become a doctor then except top institutions like AIIMS colleges,

The average MBBS fee for government medical colleges in India ranges from INR 20,000 to INR 7.5 lakh, whereas the MBBS fee for private colleges can range from INR 20 lakh to more than INR 1 Cr.

2.    Only 4 years of study 

Another advantage of engineering compared to doctor is that as an engineer You only need to study 4 years of education in order to become an engineer compared to being a doctor.

And in some cases if you can’t clear all of your backlog examinations then you might take one year extra to get your engineering degree.

But if we compare this with being a doctor, The MBBS is a 5.5 year (4.5 years academic education + 1 year mandatory internship) UG degree programme leading to the two degrees as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

And majority of the students prefer higher studies like MD and doing master’s degree which can take additional three years to study postgraduate education for medicine before they can become doctors and start working.

And when we compare this with engineers who only need 4 years to get the engineering degree and even if they want to pursue the higher education like Mtech or 

MBA it only takes two years maximum to get the degree which means that you can get engineering degree with mba as post graduation and start working in around 6 years of time or 7 years maximum if you have backlog exams and becoming a doctor takes 5.5 years of MBBS education+3 years of post graduation which equals to 8.5-9 years of study.

This is another big advantage engineers have compared to doctors.

3.    Less studies 

Another big benefit of engineering as compared to doctors is that you can have to study less as compared to doctors.

Of course in engineering as well you need to write assignments and projects and submit them before the deadline but when it comes to being a doctor you need to read the text books,

 attend classes and understand the concept every single day and practice diagrams, you can have more stress when it comes to studies in doctor compared to engineering.

As a matter of fact you can still pass exams even if you don’t attend classes in engineering because the subjects are related to core concepts and you can either write the answers on your own or 

You can by hard or cram the answers easily but it is not so easy with MBBS students because of the huge syllabus for each semester. If they don’t properly attend the classes they will miss the concept and they cannot pass the exam.

Because of this reason doctors have more work and study pressure compared to engineers.

4.    Become CEO or head of company

Another big benefit of being a engineer is that you can get a chance to become a CEO or get into the leadership group and 

become the head of any organisation and company but it is not so easy to do that with being a doctor.

You can have more and wide career options as being an engineer which means that you can easily switch between different career options 

if you don’t like your current job for example if you take MBA graduation after any engineering degree then you can become marketer or product manager and 

many other career options with MBA but this is not possible with being a doctor and having MBBS degree.

You can learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of MBA degree after engineering in detail here.

5.    Wide social circle

 As an engineer you can have a wider group of people and a circle of friends with different attitudes and mindset compared to doctors.

As a matter of fact, the majority of the engineering graduates don’t like their profession so they choose to either start their own startup or get into other career options apart from engineering.

But it is not so easy to do with being a doctor because you have less time to focus on other activities and

 Also you need to study more than nine years in order to become a doctor which is a really long time and also you do not have the proper money and time to invest in other activities apart from studies so the majority of students who go for MBBS have less social circle and friends compared to engineers.

6.    Less competitive

I know you might have thought that engineering is more competitive than mbbs and doctors but it is not.

In engineering there are different branches you can choose and also the same in doctors but when we look at the data.

In jee mains exam in 2020, a total of 6 lakh (6,49,612) students sat in the September session, while over 8 lakh (8,84,138) students attempted the January session.

Similarly, a total of 1.5 lakh students (1,50,838) appeared in the IIT entrance exam — JEE Advanced in 2020.

But in NEET exam has over 13 lakh (13,66,945) students in 2020 appeared for the exam 

As you can see JEE exam which is entrance exams for getting admission in top engineering colleges in India like IIT and NIT

 have lower candidates appearing for exams compared to the neet exam which is also an entrance exam for students who want to get admission in top medical colleges in India like AIIMS.

It is because the JEE exams are conducted twice a year but NEET exams are conducted once.

At the same time there are 23 IIT colleges for engineering students but whereas there are only 13 AIIMS colleges for medical students in total in india.

This makes it even hard for students to get enrolled in top medical colleges through neet due to immense competition, less seats, caste reservations, and study pressure of the exam.

 With that said let’s conclude the blog post.


These are all the 6 main reasons why I believe sometimes engineers are better than doctors.

Do let me know your thoughts about how you think engineers are better than doctors in the comment section below. I would like to know that.

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