The Graduate Aptitude test in Engineering, commonly known as GATE, opens doors to infinite opportunities for students from a technical background. GATE is a prominent entrance exam for admission into prestigious IITs and IISc colleges. Since 2009, the importance of GATE has increased as most of the top PSUs have started their recruitments based on the scores of candidates in the entrance exam.
Attempted by almost 9 lakh students every year, GATE is the most popular exam in the engineering fraternity. It is conducted online in 23 branches once a year between the last week of January and first week of February. The result is declared in the mid-March.
A GATE paper consists of 100 marks, including 15 marks for aptitude and 85 for technical knowledge. There are 30 questions of 1 mark and 35 questions of 2 marks each making it a 100 marks paper.
Through GATE, a student can get admission to M.Tech, M.S. or PhD programs at top technical institutes in India. A students who has qualified GATE is eligible for a stipend of Rs.12,400 per month for a M.Tech course and around Rs.24,000 per month for a PhD course. All IIT and top NIT colleges also encourage Research Assistance (RA) through GATE.
A conglomerate of PSUs, including some of Miniratna and Navratna, recruit engineers through GATE. A good score to get into these PSU is around 50 to 70 marks out of 100. Post the written exam, an interview or a group task or both are conducted. Upon clearing all the rounds, you may get an offer as lucrative as 17.4 lakhs per annum. An average of 10-12 lakhs CTC is offered by most of the top PSUs these days
Many countries like Germany, New Zealand and Singapore have started recognising and accepting GATE scores as a parameter for selection of a candidate. A good score in GATE also helps students to become eligible for many scholarships in the technical domain. A score of over 60 marks is usually appreciated by most foreign universities.