Job opportunities across private sector and government sector has grown over past decade, but the years of slowdown in world economy starting 2008 with US subprime crises has left bitter taste with many who opted for private sector jobs then. Not only did they compromised with their branch but were forced to compromise with salary at a later date. However, the realisation especially with IITians was a tad late. Out of touch with their branch for years, they started preparing afresh for government jobs.
The salary packages offered by private companies have remained static, now for over a decade. This fact also gets reviled in the exponential rise in the number of students aspiring for GATE, which stood at 8,18,850 in 2016. But the travesty is in the number of students who were unable to secure even the minimum required cut off to get a valid GATE score, which close to 7 lakh. This reveals two things: You cannot clear GATE by fluke or by virtue of being a student of some premier college; second: guidance, clubbed with focused books by institutes like IES Master are big game changer.
As of now 52 PSUs are recruiting through GATE but another 42 are in likely to consider GATE scorecard in near future. In fact GATE scorecard is turning out to be a quality benchmark and it’s hard to imagine that in coming days if private sector companies can avoid the temptation of not asking for it.
GATE is much more than just a window to another job. It gives you a chance to live your branch. You grow with your branch. Your work becomes primary and money just a by-product. In short you are out of rat race.
Gate is primarily a college based exam. While syllabus for GATE is not as exhaustive as ESE, but it does not give chance to commit unforced errors. Of 65 questions, 45 are technical or out of 100 marks, 70 marks are of technical. But, when clubbed with negative marking, there is no room for error. This makes GATE very unpredictable for those who have not revised well, or have not taken test and applied as numerical questions as possible.
Three hours, sixty five questions: the time is more than sufficient as questions are asked on exact topics. Here the past year papers should be thoroughly rehearsed. For GATE six months preparation is more than sufficient. 80% of syllabus is covered until third year. Fourth year is the best time to clear GATE.
Interestingly, getting a GATE score is not an end to journey. Getting into right PSU, IIT or research program requires good score, as well as understanding the recruitment process of particular PSU you are aspiring for. IES Master provides complete counselling for such students. In some PSUs you have to apply before GATE exam and submit GATE admit card. Subsequent to the exam you have to upload marks. However, in maximum PSUs you have to apply only after GATE results.
GATE exam is held in first two weeks of February, whereas ESE Prelim is scheduled to be held on 8th January this year. The gap is somewhere around twenty five days. Comprehending first ESE syllabus and then GATE syllabus is indeed little tricky for final year student. So if you have comprehended syllabus really well, go for ESE, else it is advisable to go for GATE.