3CAREERS GREAT GATEWAY TO A GREAT JOB
GATE scores are used not only for admission to major institutions but also for recruitment in many PSUS, says Gauri Kohli
This is a good time to be an engineering graduate. With many public sector undertakings now recruiting through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), science and engineering graduates in the country can look forward to secure and lucrative jobs. GATE is conducted for admission to postgraduate programmes in engineering and science at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Indian Institutes of Technology, National Institutes of Technology and other engineering colleges in the country.
The all-India examination conducted jointly by the IISc and seven IITs, including IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee. It primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and technology.
All about GATE 2013
GATE 2013 will be a threehour exam with 65 questions (30 one-mark questions and 35 two-mark questions) totalling up to 100 marks with questions from core subjects, engineering maths and general aptitude. “Questions from the core engineering subjects far outweigh the other two areas with 70% weightage. General aptitude and engineering maths with 15 marks each, however, play a vital role in maximising the score. A good performance in aptitude and maths ensures the minimum qualification marks in GATE,” says Prudhvi Reddy, course director of GATE at TIME. IIT Bombay is the organising institute for GATE 2013. One-third of the marks allotted to each question are deducted in case of a wrong answer.
How GATE can help you
Along with a chance to pursue higher education, GATE comes with multiple benefits. With the introduction of the aptitude section from 2010, focused preparation for GATE comes handy for other PSU exams such as Coal India Limited, Steel Authority of India Limited, GAIL India Ltd etc and also campus recruitment interviews. GATE scores are considered as the merit criterion by organisations such as Powergrid, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, IndianOil Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, HECL and National Thermal Power Corporation, for recruitment to the posts of executive trainees and management trainees. “In the last five years, it has more than quadrupled from 1.8 lakh applicants in 2008 to 7.7 lakh applicants in 2012. Out of the total applicants, only 15-20% of the applicants manage to qualify in GATE. This means that it is highly competitive,” says Reddy. The GATE score is valid for two years. Since GATE is also the entrance test for MTech/ME/direct PhD courses in India, it has other advantages too.
“It gives great research and development opportunities. All GATE qualified students pursuing a masters programme at any college are eligible for a financial assistance of R8000 per month from the ministry of human resource development,” says Abhijit Chaudhury, director, GATE Forum.
Afew months ago when Pune resident Tapan Waval bagged an admission offer for the MBA programme at IIM Indore, he was proud of himself. He got another reason to cheer when he learnt that he had made it to Delhi’s Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) as well. “I was thrilled when I got a call from IIM Indore but the fact that FMS has a smaller batch size and a fee of just R10,000 per year made me go for this Delhi b-school. The institute is fantastic but what makes it among the top notch b-schools in the country are the students. My batchmates and seniors are very supportive and I get to learn a lot from them. We all work as a team and the entire experience of studying here is so enriching,” says Waval, a first-year student.
FMS is not just about learning management practices, say students. “A series of exciting events ensure that the students develop socially and culturally as well. From management festivals, sports events to conclaves and conventions, students get opportunities to grow and learn. The institute also invites toplevel leaders from various fields to deliberate on issues pertaining to the corporate world and society in general,” says Raj S Dhankar, dean.
Students participate in foreign exchange programmes as well. This year, around 12 students from institutions such as HWZ Switzerland, and University of Cologne, Germany, took part in the programmes. Around 40 industry experts have shared their experiences with FMS students this year.
As a founding member of the Association of Management Development Institutions of South Asia, FMS has a rich history of collaborations with institutions around the world including ESADE, Spain; INSEAD, France; Manchester Business School, UK; Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands; Bielefeld University, Germany; and University of California, US.
USP: “As the first institute that offered a formal MBA degree since its inception, the institute has developed a strong alumni base and thus benefits from strong corporate exposure. Being centrally located in the Capital, students can visit various companies and work on live projects which leads to deeper integration of the classroom knowledge and practical experience,” says Dhankar.
Programmes: MBA fulltime, executive MBA, executive MBA healthcare administration, PhD/fellow programme. All programmes are recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education. So far, 57 batches of the full-time MBA programme have graduated.
Faculty: There are 33 fulltime faculty members, out of which 31 are PhDs
IT quotient: FMS has state-of-the-art computer centres with over 200 computer systems in its north campus facility. Along with this, computers are available in the library, classrooms and lecture theatres. Computers and laptops have been provided at the Management Science Association Centre. The entire campus has a switch-based Local Area Network operating under Windows-NT. Students can work on various platforms such as DOS, Linux, Windows-95, Windows-98 and Windows-NT. Video conferencing infrastructure, too, has been put in place.
Infrastructure: Hostel accommodation is available to the students of MBA (fulltime) programme at the postgraduate hostels of the University of Delhi. FMS has its main library at north campus of the university. It has air-conditioned reading rooms housing over 50,000 books and over a 100 journals (including 60 foreign journals). A branch library with a sprawling reading room functions is located at SP Jain Advanced Management Research Centre, south campus. Along with this, students have access to the Ratan Tata Library which has a collection of over two lakh books and 1000 journals on management and economics.
Clubs and societies: Conclub (consulting society), Finsoc (finance society), Marksoc (marketing society), Vihaan (social cell), E-cell (entrepreneurial society), HR Soc (HR society) and Syssoc (systems society) are some clubs at FMS. The institute hosts various inter-college competitions, too, in which management students from all the country participate. These include ITC Interrobang case study, P&G Dream Team case study and L’Oreal Brainstorm.
Tips for preparation
GATE tests a persons grasp over his or her undergraduate studies - right from the first year to the final year. It checks concepts as well as their application. In most cases, the one-mark questions usually check for concepts while the two-mark questions (usually numerical) check for application. “Candidates should plan their preparation strategically, by attempting previous papers and analysing the weightage for various topics,” says Reddy.
“There are two stages in the preparation — concept building and assessment. For concept building, it is advisable to start early and pay a lot of attention to what is taught in the class. Engineering mathematics and general aptitude constitute more than 30% of the marks and have to be given due importance. A good mock test series is an ideal assessment platform,” says Chaudhury.
Kind of questions asked?
Questions can be categorised as - recall, comprehension, application and analysis & synthesis. Most of the recallbased questions will be in the one-mark category. Offline mode exams have only - multiple-choice type questions. Online mode exams will have numerical answer type questions in addition to multiple choice type questions.
Changes in GATE 2013
For GATE 2013, 15 papers would be conducted online, including civil engineering, chemical engineering and biotechnology, while the remaining six papers (electronics, computer science, electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and production engineering) are offline. “Another change is in the formula used in calculating the GATE score. While historical data will be used for arriving at the qualifying score, the performance of the top 0.1% of the test takers in each stream will play a significant role,” adds Chaudhury.