As we all know that GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a toughest national level exam in the field of engineering and more than 10 lakh students appear for 23 Subjects. Candidates have the uncertainty, who clear the GATE exam with the good score that in which field they can plan their career. So, AfterGraduation is here to give you some information about the available multiple options after GATE qualification, which can look on for the career.
With the start of PSU recruitment through a common platform i.e GATE, a new set of options and opportunities have opened up for GATE aspirants. Prior to 2012, GATE primarily was for admission to the postgraduate degree in engineering i.e M.Tech, MS since then it has now opened up other multiple options.
So if you are GATE qualified – there are multiple options available for you. What after GATE – Should you pursue post-graduation, go for a job in a PSU, study abroad or other? In this article, we try to decipher the multiple options available, if you are GATE qualified. So based on your interest and goal, look at each option in depth so take a uniform decision can be taken. The information presented in this article is meant to give students a perspective of each option and the benefits that may come with it.
Multiple Options After GATE Qualification
Option 1: Pursuing Post Graduation Degree
One of the most sought-after qualifying GATE is to pursue a postgraduate engineering programme from a good engineering and technical institute. You can go for an MTech, ME or MS course from an institution of your choice, based on your GATE Score, specialisation area, and academic interests.
If you have a good GATE Score, then you may easily go for an ME or MTech programme from Indian premium Technical institutes IITs, NITs, or IISc. This can open great job avenues in future. Usually, these top engineering institutes accept GATE rank up to 1500, varying by the institution. However, some private and government engineering colleges may accept GATE rank up to 2500 or above for admission to postgraduate engineering courses.
While choosing an institute, you need to look at faculty, infrastructure, specialization, placements while completion of course etc. For admission in IITs, Students should register COAP 2018, while for NITs, IIITs and CFTIs a student should register CCMT (Centralized Counselling for MTech Admission) 2018. Many State Universities and Private Universities prefer to offer M.Tech courses admissions to GATE qualified candidates or reserved a certain percentage of seats for them.
Placement for PostGraduate Degree
During campus placement drive in reputed universities like IIT’s, IIIT’s, NIT’s, the technology-based companies (Google, CISCO, TATA, Skoda, Maruti, LG electronics, Simens, Samsung etc) prefer the postgraduate degree students. Companies offer higher salaries packages to master in engineering students as compared to bachelor of engineering students.
Earlier different state electricity boards used to conduct independent exams for recruitment but nowadays many of them are collaborating with IITs to recruit. Some of the state boards that recruit through GATE scorecard are West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDC), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Odisha Power Generation Corporation Limited (OPGEN).
However, programmes like MS are more research oriented. Candidates who complete such programmes join the research departments in the industry or academic institutions. Such candidates can pursue PhD to make progress in their chosen field of interest.
Option 2: Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Recruitment
GATE exam gained much popularity after the PSUs signed an MOU with IITs for recruitment through GATE. So that GATE now offers direct government sector job once you qualify the exam and fulfil the eligibility criteria of PSU. PSU Recruitment through GATE score is one of the lucrative reason why GATE sees a large number of applicants who more or so apply to go for a PSU job. The most lucrative aspects of PSU jobs are:
- High Pay Packages
- Work-Life Balance
- Extra benefits of the Government sector
- Support for higher and further education
The recruitment procedure for PSU is based on valid GATE score and some of the PSU also conduct a round of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The weightage given to GATE score is between 75% to 85%. Different PSUs that recruit through GATE include BSNL, BPCL, PGCIL, NTPC, NHPC, IOCL, BHEL etc.
So if you have qualified in GATE with a good score and fulfilling the eligibility criteria declared by PSU, your path to a PSU job becomes a reality.
Option 3: Studying Abroad
Through GATE Score, you have the chance to go abroad for further studies. Some countries like Germany, Singapore allow admissions to Postgraduate engineering courses on the basis of GATE scores.
Some Foreign Universities Which accepts GATE score for their Postgraduate Engineering Courses Admission
|1||Technical University of Germany||Germany|
|3||National University of Singapore (NUS)||Singapore|
|4||Nanyang Technological University (NTU)|
Some specializations that accept GATE score in Germany come under the following
- Mechanical Engineering
- Civil Engineering and Surveying
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Automotive Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Software Systems Engineering
As can be seen, GATE qualified candidates do have good options that they can take up. All they have to do is see the area where their interests lie and move in that direction. Candidates must keep on checking AfterGraduation for all the latest information about GATE and PostGraduate Engineering degree Admissions 2018 offered in IITs, NITs, CFTIs, IIITs and other institutes.
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