The GATE or the Graduation Aptitude Test in Engineering is fast becoming the norm that engineering and science students take recourse to, right at the end of their Bachelor’s Degree. The exam is generally held in February every year and serves as a common entrance to pursue Post Graduation courses in top-ranking institutes. Highly competitive in its own right, there are more functions of a GATE scorecard, and its validity extends beyond its mere function as an entrance exam.
The GATE exam is not officially mandatory in the engineering course, but it might as well be. Students deciding against taking the exam are committing an error in decision making, for it is sure to have consequences on their future.
Here is a list of 13 reasons why engineering candidates should sit for the GATE exam at least once during their lifetime:
1. M.Tech degrees from top-ranking colleges
The PG courses entrance is the GATE exam’s avowed purpose and the most common reason why most people take the exam at the end of the year. Prestigious colleges conduct the exam itself like the Indian Institutes of Technology scattered worldwide, collaborating with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. THEREFORE, the GATE scores are given significant weightage and play an important role wherever you may decide to apply.
2. Experience in a highly competitive exam
Preparing for a competitive exam, especially one like GATE, is a unique process. It is, undeniably, hard work and requires effort, especially when coupled with the fact that most students have to prepare for it simultaneously with college exams. It really pushes an individual to his best and opens a whole new avenue into knowing one’s true potential and capabilities.
3. Boost credentials
Arranged by the top colleges in the country, a good score and All India Rank in the GATE exam will be a nice addition to the achievement list on your curriculum vitae.
4. Expertise in subject or domain specialization
There are many facets to the GATE scorecard, and a good score in the domain or subject that you eventually specialize in helps cement the fact of your expertise in the field. This is a great addition to your credentials, which will impress any potential employer.
5. Greater chances of job placements
A good rank and score in the GATE exam, coupled with the Master’s degree in Engineering, is sure to enhance your chances of being placed in your dream companies with a job profile that suits your niche.
GATE qualified candidates are eligible to have a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 per month, while pursuing their study or research. The GATE scores and rank help facilitate this for your future.
Several scholarships are available to students, and a GATE qualified candidate is at an advantage to be eligible for several scholarships.
8. Opportunities to study abroad
The GATE scores and rank are not only relevant within the boundaries of the nation. Many countries overseas also accept GATE scores. Respectable institutions like Germany and Singapore allow you to pursue further studies based on your GATE scores.
9. Junior Research Fellowship
The CSIR or the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is a recognized body dedicated to the cultivation of Science in India. It has several labs scattered around the country where candidates can pursue research if that is their calling. Preference is given to a GATE qualified candidate for the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships under the prestigious name of CSIR.
10. Public Sector Undertaking
Many PSU hire engineers with preference given to GATE qualified candidates.
11. Teaching jobs
If teaching is your true calling and teaching in one of the top colleges your life’s aim, then make sure that you take the GATE exam to enjoy a fair advantage over your competitors.
12. Test of yourself
The Graduation Aptitude Test in Engineering is an exam that basically tests your aptitude in the subject of your choice. Take the test and find out how deft you are in your own subject.
13. A different route
After four years of slaving away for the Bachelor’s degree, most students take up job offers to break from the constant studying. But putting in the years for a PG course will ensure a brighter future with better jobs with job profiles that suit you and a bigger pay scale. Take the different route and opt to study some more to come out shining.
These are a few reasons which should convince you to take the GATE exam at your prime. Just having finished your B.Tech. Degree, you are still in touch with your subject, and therefore best disposed to appear for the GATE exam.