Finish high school or junior college in the science stream with computer science as one of the subjects.
Pro Tip: Go to code.org and start learning how to code.
STEP 2: Entrance Exams
Give an entrance exam to get into a graduate college for Software or Computer Engineering. The entrance exam you have to attempt depends on the college you want to go to. The MH-CET, IIT-JEE, and the AIEEE are the most commonly accepted ones. There are also other private entrances like the BITSAT. Institutes like VIT and Manipal University have entrance exams of their own.
STEP 3: Graduate Degree
You could get a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Remember to study subjects like programming concepts, data structure, computer organization, assembly languages, statistics, software engineering, artificial intelligence and computer architecture.
You could also pick a reputed college and opt for a B.E. or B.Tech in Software Engineering.
STEP 4: Project Completion
Some bachelor programs require you to complete projects before you can graduate. Completing a project in a subject related to software engineering allows you to prove that you have the required skills.
STEP 5: Work as a Quality Analyst
Think of this as an internship where you get to learn everything! As an analyst, you will get to oversee the development of software programs, review them and fix any problems. You will be part of the big world of product designing which has several smaller departments working together. Part of your job will be to write guidelines for the testing of different software programs.
STEP 6: Job as QA Engineer
Join the company of your choice and get as much experience as you can. Technology companies generally conduct hiring drives once a year and you can apply to work with them. Make sure you have a well-written resume as that is crucial to landing the job.
Congratulations, you’re now officially a software QA engineer!
STEP 7: Postgraduate Degree
You can opt for a Masters in Software Engineering. This will help you hone your skills and jump-start your career. You can even get hired for a senior QA role once you complete your PG degree.