GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. GATE is compulsory for engineering graduates seeking admission for M.Tech in institutions like IIT, NIT . Gate qualified students are eligible for a stipend of Rs 12,400 if they are pursuing M.Tech in any of the AICTE approved institutions. GATE Score is also utilized by various Public Sector Organizations for their recruitment.
Through GATE you have a chance to start career in the reputed research organisations like BARC, DRDOand also in Public sector undertakings like POWERGRID, ONGC, IOCL, HAL, BPCL,HPCL etc.
Any engineering graduate or final year student is eligible to appear for GATE. Although there is no age limit for M.Tech admissions through GATE, there is an upper age limit for PSUs recruiting through GATE. The percentage requirement for admission varies from institute to institute and same is the case for PSU. This should be verified from the respective notification.
WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY ?
Each year GATE is organized by different IIT’s or IISC. For details of application and important dates refer to the NOTIFICATION released by the organizing institute. You can refer to the notification of GATE 2017 here. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByPcpxjSfRuVT3BUNk4ybE8xem8/view)
There is separate application for each PSU and IIT,and a common application for all NITs. The application for PSUs usually start before the GATE exam while that of M.Tech usually starts after the GATE exam.
WHEN TO START PREPARATION
GATE is a highly competitive exam and the number of applicants are increasing every year, due to the fact that opportunities through GATE is also increasing every year. Gate is conducted in January-February and the results are declared in March. If you are currently pursuing your B.Tech it is better to start early, from your 5th semester. Although 3rd year students are not eligible to appear for GATE , this will provide you enough time for preparation along with your curriculum.
If you are a B.Tech graduate and are planning for a dedicated full time preparation, the right time to start will be May-June. This will ensure that you can cover all the required syllabi by November and can utilize the last two months for thorough revision and Mock Tests. It doesn’t mean you cannot score well if you start after June. It all varies from person to person and the level of understanding you have in the subjects.
We ICA engineering academy will be providing you guidance for effective utilization of time and resource.
TIPS FOR GATE PREPARATION
- GATE is not only about HARD WORK, It is about Smart Work. Understand the syllabus thoroughly, analyze previous year questions and decide what you must study and where you should focus. Our teachers and study materials will assist you in this.
- Make short notes while studying. Note down the important formulas and concepts. If you find any particular question which has a tricky concept make a note of it. This will help you during the last round revision.
- Familiarize yourself with the Virtual Calculator. Many students who were conceptually sound have made mistakes since they were not familiar with the usage of Virtual calculator.
- Make sure you write full length online mock tests before the actual exam. This will help you in developing time management skill .