GATE scores are used not only for ad­mis­sion to ma­jor in­sti­tu­tions but also for re­cruit­ment in many PSUS, says Gauri Kohli

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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.


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