Opportunities after GATE: Check Career Scope & Salary Options

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2022 ( GATE )

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What if you can't qualify for IIT through GATE 2022? What if you can't score enough marks to qualify for PSU recruitment? Read the article below to know what options you have other than IITs and PSUs.

By Ankit Goyal

The biggest question that one must ask himself before the preparation of any exam is why one should appear for the exam as that reason itself is the motivation for the exam. GATE is conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and it tests the basic understanding of undergraduate subjects.

GATE is jointly conducted by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore (IISc, Bangalore). These institutes are responsible for the administrative responsibilities of the exam and are not directly concerned with preparing the question paper. This exam is one the most prestigious exam in India not only because it is conducted by IITs but also because of the plethora of opportunities available after GATE. In this article, I wish to let you all know in brief about the opportunities available after GATE.

Postgraduate (MTech) Entrance

The GATE score is considered a mandatory requirement for admission to post-graduate programmes in different IITs and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs). The process for recruitment for M.Tech programs involves qualifying for the GATE exam, clearing the cut-off for the respective college and then undergoing an interview stage for final admission.

Different benefits of the M.Tech program are:

  • Better job opportunities
  • Higher pay packages
  • Subject specialisation
  • Handsome stipend

GATE scorecard is valid for M.Tech admission for three years.

Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Entrance

GATE exam gained much popularity after various public-sector units (PSUs) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IITs for recruitment through GATE. So, clearing GATE can also help you get direct government sector jobs. The most lucrative aspects of PSU jobs are:

  • High pay packages (above Rs 50,000 per month)
  • Work-life balance
  • Extra benefits such as oil or electricity at a subsidised rate
  • Support for higher education such as MBA

The recruitment procedure for PSU is a valid GATE score of the current year and then a round of Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). The weightage given to GATE score is between 75 per cent to 85 per cent. Different PSUs that recruit through GATE include PGCIL, NTPC, NHPC, IOCL, BHEL, etc.

In a recent interaction with some students, Shiksha.com found that PSU recruitment is one of the most important reasons why students appear in GATE. As stated by the students, the majority of the students aim to get shortlisted for the recruitment done by different PSUs. However, if they got selected for MTech, they take admissions to the programme and start preparing for the GATE to be conducted next year. The only motive behind it is to get selected for the PSUs.

Why there is so much stress on getting selected for the PSUs? The major reasons behind doing a job in PSU contain a very good salary, job stability, benefits other than salary, and good social stature. In addition to that, candidates also focus on various exams conducted by different PSUs other than GATE. This exam includes the other PSU recruitment exams also like ISRO, DRDO, BARC, etc. with GATE 

PhD Entrance

Nowadays MTech qualification is not required to be eligible for a PhD, if you have a B.Tech degree then also you can go for a PhD. Different benefits of going for the PhD programme are:

  • Research opportunities abroad
  • Stipend during the course
  • Eligibility requirement for Assistant professor job at IITs and IIITs.

The recruitment process for the PhD programme involves a valid GATE score and then facing an interview panel based on the respective interest area.

Fellowship Program in Management (FPM)

It is a five-year program run at IIMs. This program has the following features:

  • A monthly stipend of Rs 29,000-30,000 is offered
  • No tuition fees for four years and nine months
  • For students who live off-campus will get a house-rent allowance (HRA) of Rs 8,000 for a single student and Rs 13,000 for married students

For more details, you can visit different IIMs websites.

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Post Graduate Diploma in Management

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) offers various courses in PGDM such as:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering (PGDIE)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management (PGDMM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDPM)

For all the above Programs, the applicant should have valid GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score as on June 15, with 60 percent aggregate marks (relaxable by five per cent in case of SC/ST/PwD (Physically Disabled) candidates) at graduation in Engineering/Technology.

MS Program

If you wish to go for higher studies abroad then you need not worry about exams such as GRE and TOEFL. There are some universities which consider GATE score for admission of Indian Students such as National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

GATE score must be within three years or less from the date of application and the GATE percentile must be above 90.

State Electricity Boards

Earlier different state electricity boards used to conduct independent exams but nowadays many of them are collaborating with IITs to recruit through GATE. Some of the state boards that recruit through GATE are West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDC), Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Odisha Power Generation Corporation Limited (OPGEN).

For recruitment, you have to apply with your GATE registration number on their respective websites.

Research Opportunities

There are certain research positions available through GATE in Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC). However, BARC conducts its examination for recruitment. Also, industries like ISRO conduct their exams on a similar pattern as GATE.

So, I guess now you must have gotten a basic idea of opportunities after GATE and as the name suggests this exam is a doorway or gate to multiple career options. Hence, I wish all the best to those who wish to prepare for GATE.

FAQs Regarding Opportunities after GATE

Q. What is the Fellowship Program in Management (FPM)?

A. It is a five-year program offered by the IIMs.

Q. What are the research opportunities after GATE?

A. Candidates can apply for research positions available in BARC through GATE and also industries like ISRO conduct their exams on a similar pattern as GATE.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria for Post Graduate Diploma in Management?

A. The candidate needs to have a valid GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score.

Q. I am a BTech degree holder, can I apply for PhD Entrance?

A. Candidates with a valid B.Tech degree can go for a PhD.

Q. Is the GATE scorecard released?

A. Yes. You can download it from the official website until March 31.

Q. Can I get a job after the GATE?

A. The reasons behind a large number of applicants in the GATE exam are that it acts as a pathway to higher studies, public sector jobs, and Junior Research Fellowships. Also, various vacancies are filled in PSUs through the GATE score.

Q. What happens if I clear GATE?

A. Clearing GATE is also an eligibility clause for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. The GATE score is valid for three years and those who qualify for this test are eligible for doing a Master's degree at NUS, (National University of Singapore), Singapore.

Q. Do all GATE qualified students get a stipend?

A. All the GATE qualified MTech students also get a stipend of Rs 12,400 which may also be stopped from the next academic year.

Q. Is GATE a good option?

A. The GATE score makes you eligible for their sponsorship programs, which continue for two years. These sponsorships are offered with a clause that once the M. Tech or ME is completed the candidates must work for the organization providing sponsorship for a few years. Thus a good GATE score offers you a lot of benefits.

Q. Is the CAT better or GATE?

A. Both are different exams with different fields and comparing them would not be fair. CAT is based on strong grounds of Mathematics, English and analytical skills while GATE is based on in-depth knowledge of engineering subjects. While CAT is a gateway to MBA, GATE is for MTech

About the Author:

Ankit Goyal is co-founder of Kreatryx which is an online and offline exam preparation portal. He completed his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Indore in 2013. He is a gold medalist of his batch. He cracked GATE with an AIR-8 in the final year of college in 2013 but joined Qualcomm. He again cracked GATE in 2014 with an AIR 1.

 

 

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I am in 12th. Can I get a job after qualifying GATE exam?

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Soumya Sambit Mishra

Beginner-Level 4

Yesterday

FIRST YOU START TO FOCUS YOUR GOING ON STUDY. THEN AFTER COMPLETION OF YOUR GRADUATION IN TECHNICAL FIELD YOU CAN GIVE GATE TO GET SEAT IN IITs FOR FURTHER HIGER STUDY. SO don't WOORY ABOUT THAT FROM NOW ON WORDS.

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LOVE PATHAK

Beginner-Level 5

Yesterday

As you are in 12th, you should focus on your studies only, not on GATE or jobGATE is a national examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science IISc, Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee on behalf o...As you are in 12th, you should focus on your studies only, not on GATE or job
GATE is a national examination conducted jointly by the
Indian Institute of Science IISc, Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology
Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee on behalf of the National
Coordination Board GATE Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education
Government of India. Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission or financial assistance
to Masters programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering Technology Architecture and
Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the
MoE and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students
without MoE scholarship assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public
Sector Undertakings PSUs have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process. If you pursue graduation course After 12th like, B.Tech, B.E, then you can start preparation for GATE also every year, various PSU recruit GATE qualified students in B.Tech domain majority from core branch for jobs at executive level, in which starting salary CTC is approximately 20Lakh per year.

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My age is 36 years. Can I get a job after clearing GATE? I have recently done my B.Tech.

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LOVE PATHAK

Beginner-Level 5

Yesterday

First thing you need to understand is that GATE is not exam to get job, it for pursue master or doctoral programme for IIT, NIT, IIIT, CFTI. Clearing GATE is mandatory to get admission in these colleges to pursue M.Tech or Ph.D. Also some PSU recruit engineers at executive level E1 in their compa...First thing you need to understand is that GATE is not exam to get job, it for pursue master or doctoral programme for IIT, NIT, IIIT, CFTI. Clearing GATE is mandatory to get admission in these colleges to pursue M.Tech or Ph.D. Also some PSU recruit engineers at executive level E1 in their company on basis of GATE score and some
conducts their own exam, to get job in psu, you need to achieve good rank in GATE
Now to get job in PSU, the age limit depends on in which category you come like general, OBC SC, ST PwD, Ex - servicemen
If you are from General or OBC category, then you will not get job in PSU after 32-33 year age, but if you are SC, ST you may get chance to get job through GATE in PSU
If you PwD, ex servicemen and your GATE score is good, you will get job in PSU.

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Can I apply for CSIR NET and GATE if I have completed my Masters in 3 years?

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GUDIVADA VIDYADHARASAI

Beginner-Level 4

2 days ago

Yes, you can apply for the CSIR, NET and the GFATE if have completed the masters.

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I am pursuing B.Tech in Aerospace engineering. Am I eligible to attempt GATE-CS paper and pursue M.Tech in CS from an IIT in future?

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GUDIVADA VIDYADHARASAI

Beginner-Level 4

2 days ago

Yes you can able to write the GATE CS paper in the future from the IIT it the our future to go the GATE entrance if the eligible.

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What is the minimum GATE score required to take admission for ME Aerospace in IISc?

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tarun mittal

Contributor-Level 8

a week ago

If you want to get into research programme M.Sc, then I think a rank of up to 200 will be fine, but there will be a detailed technical interview. For the course programme (ME), a rank of 30 may or may not get you a seat. A rank of under 10 definitely will, this is generally applicable for all the...If you want to get into research programme M.Sc, then I think a rank of up to 200 will be fine, but there will be a detailed technical interview. For the course programme (ME), a rank of 30 may or may not get you a seat. A rank of under 10 definitely will, this is generally applicable for all the different streams of GATE through which the Aerospace programme at IISc admits students. The course programme is fairly intensive with 15 courses and A.M.E. Project. My friends used to stay very busy with so much coursework. The research programme has 1 to 1.5 years of research involved and 1-2 publications are expected, course requirement is minimal and only 4 courses are required. The M.Sc. Programme is designed to help the faculty to have students do their research, so it is entirely in their hands to let you graduate, just like in a Ph.D. The M.Sc. could take at least 2.5 years in most cases. Placements vary greatly from year to year. Companies that visit are Airbus, GE, Rolls Royce, Eaton, GKN aerospace, Timetooth etc. It might happen that a student with a good GPA also might have to apply off campus. Some companies don't have openings for M.Sc. Students.

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Which are the good books to prepare for GATE preparation for CSE?

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Harshita Kumari

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a month ago

Greetings Jayanth, you may consult any no. Of books prior to the test but it can be quite exhausting to go through X no. Of books so it's better to precisely focus on only few books. So here are the some of the best materials- Digital logic and Number representation by Morris Mano- Software Engin...Greetings Jayanth, you may consult any no. Of books prior to the test but it can be quite exhausting to go through X no. Of books so it's better to precisely focus on only few books. So here are the some of the best materials
- Digital logic and Number representation by Morris Mano
- Software Engineering: A practitioner's Approach by Pressman
- Theory of Computer Science: Automata, Languages and Computation by Mishra KLP
- GATE Practice Sets by Pearson.

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My current B.Tech branch is computer engineering. Can I appear for GATE exam for CS and IT?

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heena agrawal

Scholar-Level 17

2 months ago

Hi. IIT Kanpur will release the GATE CSE 2023 notification. The information brochure will carry all the information regarding the commencement of the GATE Computer Science Engineering 2023 exam. It is important for aspirants to check out the GATE CSE exam notification before applying for the exam...Hi. IIT Kanpur will release the GATE CSE 2023 notification. The information brochure will carry all the information regarding the commencement of the GATE Computer Science Engineering 2023 exam. It is important for aspirants to check out the GATE CSE exam notification before applying for the exam, GATE CSE eligibility criteria 2023 will be released by IIT Kanpur. It includes details about the education qualification, age limit, number of attempts allowed, and nationality criteria for eligibility. As per the official notification, new changes have been made to the GATE CSE eligibility criteria. An applicant studying in the 3rd or higher years of any UG degree is eligible to appear for the GATE 2023 examination. Also, candidates who have completed any degree programme in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts are eligible to apply. There is no restriction on the nationality for the GATE 2023 examination. Candidates of any nationality can opt for the exam and choose their centers accordingly. There is no upper age limit to appear for the GATE CSE 2023 examination. There is no age limit to apply for the GATE CSE Examination 2023. Candidates from any group can apply for the examination. GATE CSE Educational Qualification
Candidates who have passed/ are currently in the final year of their Bachelor's degree in the field of Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Arts/ Commerce are eligible for the exam. The GATE CSE educational eligibility criteria according to the qualifying degree of the candidate are mentioned below in detail. B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Pharma. - Engineering or Technology Bachelors degree holders in (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. /Diploma in Engineering /Technology). B.Arch. - Bachelors degree of Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course). B.Sc. (Research)/BS- Bachelors degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2). Pharma. D (after 10+2)- 6-year degree programme, consisting of internship or residency training, from third year onwards. MBBS Degree holders of M. B. S. and those who are in the fifth/sixth/seventh semester or higher semester of such programme. M.Sc/MA/MCA or equivalent- Masters degree in any branch of Mathematics/Science/Computer Applications/Statistics or equivalent.

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What chances I have to get admission for M.Tech in Geotechnical Engineering? I have not given GATE exam.

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Probuddha Konwar

Beginner-Level 4

2 months ago

If you want to do M. Tech from government college then you must give the GATE exam. There is no other option to take admission in M. Tech without GATE in government colleges. Yes, private universities are there where you can take admission without any exam.

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Did obc students get scholarships without GATE for the M.Arch course?

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Devyani Solanki

Contributor-Level 10

3 months ago

If you have a good GATE Score then it might become easier for you to get into a good institution and after that you will get Teaching Assistant Ship in that institution. In case, even you don't have good GATE score, then also there are institute that provides TA ship and many of the colleges have...If you have a good GATE Score then it might become easier for you to get into a good institution and after that you will get Teaching Assistant Ship in that institution. In case, even you don't have good GATE score, then also there are institute that provides TA ship and many of the colleges have special scholarship for Obc and other reserved category students. Before taking admission, check whether the scholarship is available in that institution or not. For that, you can check their website or call them directly.

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