13 reasons why every engineering student should attempt GATE at least once

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 across the country. Highly competitive in its own right, there are more functions of a GATE scorecard and it’s validity extends beyond it’s mere function as an entrance exam.

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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 entrance into PG courses is the avowed purpose of the GATE exam and the most common reason why most people take the exam at the end of the year. The exam itself is conducted by prestigious colleges like the Indian Institutes of Technology scattered all over the country, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. The GATE scores are therefore given significant weightage and play an important role wherever you may decide to apply.

  1. Experience of 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Expertise in subject or domain specialisation

There are many facets to the GATE scorecard and a good score in the domain or subject that you eventually specialise 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Stipend

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.

  1. Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to students, and a GATE qualified candidate is at an advantage to be eligible for a number of scholarships.

  1. 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 in countries like Germany and Singapore allow you to pursue further studies on the basis of your GATE scores.

  1. Junior Research Fellowship

The CSIR or the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is a recognised body dedicated to the cultivation of Science in India. It has a number of 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.

  1. Public Sector Undertaking

Many PSU hire engineers with preference given to GATE qualified candidates.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. A different route

After the four years of slaving away for the Bachelor’s degree, most students take up job offers for a 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 in order 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.

Jeffery D. Silvers
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