Have you completed 10+2? Are you interested in pursuing a good hardware and networking course? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, I’ve listed down some of the best hardware and networking courses available in India.
Along with the list of courses, I’ve also provided important details such as – course duration, eligibility criteria and career prospects. In short, this guide will answer all of your queries regarding hardware and networking courses!
We are living in the Digital Age now! IT (Information Technology) and computers play an important role in our day-to-day lives. The following sectors are known to rely on IT and computers – healthcare, education, banking, business, aviation, governance etc.
Thanks to this trend, the popularity of professional courses related IT and computers have increased in the recent past. Recruiters need skilled IT and CS professionals to manage their information systems.
Hardware and networking courses are very popular among Indian students. The main attraction about these courses is that – they are job oriented!
Types of courses
In India, hardware and networking courses are available in various formats. Some of the notable formats are –
- Certificate courses
- Vocational training courses
- Diploma courses
- Bachelor’s Degree courses
- PG courses
Certificate, vocational, diploma and Bachelor’s Degree courses are UG (undergraduate) level courses. Students who have passed 10+2 are eligible to pursue this course.
PG stands for postgraduate. Candidates who have completed relevant Bachelor’s Degree course are eligible to pursue PG courses.
Before heading to the meat of the matter – hardware and networking courses in India after 12th – let us check out some basic details about hardware and networking. What’s hardware and networking all about? You will find answer to this question in the next paragraph.
IT (Information Technology) is a very vast field. It is all about storage, protection, transmission, retrieval and conversion of information. Information systems are used to perform the above mentioned tasks. Information systems are made up of hardware, software, networks and databases.
It is evident that hardware and networking plays an important role in creating, maintaining and operating information systems.
In simple terms, networking means interconnecting two computers for facilitating transfer of information between them. The medium used for connection could be physical (for example using wires) or wireless.
Hardware and Networking courses trains students in the following areas –
- Networking protocols
- Installing networks
- Configuring networks
- Operating networks
- Maintaining networks
- Network security
After completing the course, candidates will be knowledgeable about topics such as –
- Networking protocols
- Routers and routing
- Switch operation
- Basics of hardware and networking devices
- Network architecture
Let us check out the list of courses now. Here they are –
Hardware and Networking courses after 12th
Bachelor’s Degree courses
- B.E. or B.Tech. in Computer Science (Networks and Cyber Security) – 4 years
- B.E. or B.Tech. in IT and Networking – 4 years
- B.Sc. in Hardware and Networking – 3 years
- B.Sc. in Networking Technology – 3 years
Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology programs are 4 years long academic programs. B.Sc. programs are 3 years long.
Students who have passed 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics subjects from a recognized board are eligible to pursue these courses.
- Diploma in Computer Hardware Maintenance
- Diploma in Hardware and Networking
- Diploma in IT and Networking
- Diploma in Computer Networking and Security
A standard Diploma course is 3 years long. However, some institutes are also known to offer 1-2 years long Diploma courses.
Students who have completed 12th standard are eligible to pursue the above mentioned Diploma courses.
- CCNA Security
- Certificate in Network Security
- Ethical Hacking and Network Security
Students who have completed 10+2 and/or Graduation are eligible to pursue these courses.
PG courses (after graduation)
Some of the notable PG courses are –
- M.E. or M.Tech. in IT and Networking – 2 years
- M.E. or M.Tech. in Networking and Cyber Security – 2 years
- M.Sc. in Hardware and Networking – 2 years
- M.Sc. in Networking Technology – 2 years
- PG Diploma in Networking Technology – 1 to 2 years
- PG Diploma in Hardware and Networking – 1 to 2 years
- Advanced Diploma in Networking Technology – 1 to 2 years
Candidates who have completed relevant Bachelor’s Degree course are eligible to pursue the above mentioned PG courses.
IT firms and/or firms reliant on IT systems are the prime recruiters. In such firms, hardware and networking professionals may don the following roles –
- Network Engineer
- Network Technician
- IT Engineer
- System Security Specialist
- IT Administrator
- System Manager