Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or commonly GATE Exam primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering & science.
GATE examination is organised jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) on behalf of Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.
The paper consists of 65 questions of total 100 marks. Out of 65 questions, 10 questions are of general aptitude and remaining 55 questions are from Technical Section and Engineering Mathematics. The questions are of two types Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) carrying one or two marks. Get the complete overview of the GATE examination here.
Following are the top reasons for which any student can consider appearing for GATE.
Post Graduation in desired specialisation
On the basis of GATE score the candidates can pursue their masters or doctoral degree from the reputed colleges in their favorite specialization according to their branch. The admission for these post graduation courses in IITs, NITs, IISc and almost in all the engineering colleges across the country are strictly done on the basis of GATE merit list.
Most of the institutes offer Masters in Technology (M.Tech) and Masters in Engineering (M.E.) degrees in various domains.
Financial Assistance or Stipend
Qualifying GATE is mandatory for obtaining the financial assistance from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. It is around Rs 12,500 per month for post graduation programs (M.E., M.Tech) and Rs 25,000 per month for doctoral programs (Ph.D).
CSIR’s Junior Research Fellowship through GATE Exam
If you discover your inclination towards the research very early then CSIR’s JRF program would be the best fit for you just after your graduation. JRFs will have excellent opportunity to work with CSIR Scientists with state-of-art R&D facilities. GATE score is the key factor for the process of selection of Junior Research Fellows.
Recruitment in Public Sector Companies (PSUs)
Public sector undertaking such as BHEL, Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC, Bhabha Atomic Research Center etc. have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.
Better job opportunity
The GATE score can be undoubtedly the subtle point in your resume to focus on. Many of the core companies prefer to have GATE qualified students.
Preparing thoroughly for GATE makes you technically sound and more confidant. If you are aiming for elite exams like ESE, IAS etc. then such strong technical base is really helpful. Many of the other technical exams like BSNL, MAHA-GENCO, AP-GENCO etc. have parallel syllabus with GATE.
These are the few reasons for appearing the GATE exam, which will surely motivate one’s morale and confidence to prepare.