All About GATE – The battlefield of Acumen

In a society as rapidly transforming as India, technology assumes a very high relevance and in turn reverence. To support the argument, the sheer number of engineers passing out each year is an apt metric which in the context of contemporary India comes out to be 15 lakh. In this economy which is experiencing a mutation from developing stage to developed one, technology related jobs are on the rise both in the private as well as the public sector and research oriented minds have good prospects in the country.

IIT’s, being the premier institutes, have been on the forefront of technological training and research in India. As such, these institutes have a high prestige value for any Indian especially the ones aspiring to build their careers in technology. JEE and GATE therefore become a fierce battleground for the students vying to get the tag of an IIT appended to their professional profiles.

GATE – Scope

GATE, which has fewer seats than the JEE, is much different from the other entrance exams worldwide. GATE, in contrast, is an exam where four years’ knowledge of engineering discipline is tested in 65 questions of GATE. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is conducted by the IITs to identify the students for admission into various streams for Master in Technology, Master in Engineering, or Doctor of Philosophy. Another interesting fact about GATE is that the GATE qualified candidates enrolled for further studies are entitled to receive financial assistance by MHRD in the form of stipend/scholarship. In addition, GATE scores have also been used by many PSU’s for recruitment of various engineers. While there is a cutoff for qualifying GATE, it can be inferred that nearly 15 – 18% aspirants manage to qualify the exam.

Other details about GATE

GATE 2018 was conducted on a Computer Based platform in 23 streams in various cities across India and 6 cities abroad. GATE 2018 was organized by IIT Guwahati and is used for ascertaining the proficiency of engineering graduates for their aptitude in teaching, research or techno-managerial jobs. The GATE test score is valid for 3 years.

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The qualified candidates have to apply to institutes (IITs/NITs) separately after the notification is published which is usually in the month of March/April. Also, various PSUs recruiting through GATE publish their advertisement in the months of December /January.

Benefits and opportunities

GATE offers a lot of opportunities as it has started to gain recognition from many universities worldwide. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recognizes meritorious students who have qualified the exam with a good score and offers them direct opportunity to pursue research in various laboratories of national repute.

Many of the PSU’s that offer the most prestigious and challenging careers in the public sector in India use the GATE score directly for initial screening.

GATE – How to prepare and succeed

In an exam as competitive as GATE, it is absolutely mandatory to have a long term strategy in mind. GATE requires concepts to be on finger tips and for this systematic and cyclic revision is very much required. It is very important to be systematic in approach in order to brush up the concepts studied in 8 semesters. Not to forget, the exam also tests learners on General Aptitude.

In short, the exam requires perseverance in preparation and determination over a long period. GATE usually takes 10-11 months of devoted preparation but it is usually advisable to start studying from the 3rd year of the BE/B.Tech course so that enough time is available and management of college curriculum and competitive studies is done in a proper way. Though concepts are the key to this exam, guided preparation is the key element to ensure an edge over the others who are vying to reach the most prestigious institutes, join the best PSU jobs, or undertake research.

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