Seminar on “Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)”

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Title of Seminar Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Theme To prepare students for GATE exam
Importance of GATE Exam
ScheduleDate: 22nd February, 2018
Time: 1.40 - 4.15 p.m.
Venue: Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor
Target Audience B.E. / T.E. Mechanical Students
Speaker Profile Name: Mr. Faizular Rehman
Education: Master's in Mechanical Engineering
Post graduate diploma in piping and process equipment design
Post graduate in product design and development
Designation: Founder of CORT consultancy
Profile: CNC Consultant at Cort Consutancy Entrepreneur & Career Counsellor
Teaching Experience: 6 Years
Industry Experience: 2 years

Abstract of Talk: The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras) and Bombay on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e. government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India. GATE is also recognized by various institutes outside India, such as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) or other Government agencies. As per the directives of MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the post-graduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship / assistant-ship: Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the Institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on his / her performance in GATE only or based on his / her performance in GATE and an admission test / interview conducted by the department to which he / she has applied and / or the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate is to be selected through test / interview for post-graduate programs, the minimum of 70% weight is given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weight can be given to the candidate’s performance in test / interview and / or academic record. The admitting institutes can, however, prescribe a minimum passing percentage of marks in the test / interview. Some colleges / institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship / assistant-ship.

To avail the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first secure admission to a program in these Institutes, by a procedure that could vary from institute to institute. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship / assistant-ship could be different for different institutions.

Public sector undertakings (PSUs) in India, for long, have had troubles conducting their recruitment processes with more than 1,00,000 students taking the exams for less than 1,000 jobs (a selection rate of less than 1%). After sensing the exponential rise in the number of engineering graduates in India who wish to get a PSU job, the PSUs have decided that a GATE score shall be the primary criteria for initial shortlisting. This change was the primary cause for the rapid increase in applicants for GATE 2012.

Indian Oil Corporation was the first PSU which successfully tested out this system and was followed two years later by National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Heavy Electricals, Bharat Electronics & Power Grid Corporation of India.

Usually these companies release their recruitment notifications right after GATE notification, indicating that candidates have to take GATE to be considered for a job in their organizations.

List of companies

Many companies have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the GATE organizing committee, for using GATE score as a screening tool for recruiting engineers at entry level positions.

  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd.
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.
  • Mazagon Dock Ltd.
  • Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
  • Central Electronics Ltd.
  • Coal India Ltd.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.
  • Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd.
  • THDC Ltd.
  • Odisha Power Generation Corporation
  • Ircon International Ltd.
  • Bharat Broadband Network Limited
  • Bank Note Paper Mill India Pvt. Ltd.
  • National Highways Authority of India
  • Airport Authority of India
  • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

The syllabus for the GATE exam and its preparation remains the same, irrespective of whether one is applying for a job at a PSU or seeking admission for post-graduation in engineering.