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GATE-way to PSUs

GATE-way to PSUs
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GATE-way to PSUs, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. In the previous year 13 PSUs hired personnel on the GATE merit while this year it has almost...

  • More companies swear by GATE for recruitment
  • 33 days to go for GATE 2014
  • ‘Ecology and Evolution’ paper introduced
  • AP to have 23 centres

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is gaining more credence with each academic year as more and more top grade companies in the public and private sector are giving preference to GATE grades for recruitment of technical staff.

In the previous year 13 PSUs hired personnel on the GATE merit while this year it has almost doubled with 24 evincing interest in takingGATE students on board.

The tentative notifications have already been issued. Interestingly, like thousands of students, even top performing companies are waiting with bated breath for the results of GATE-2014.

The names of companies in the list virtually represent the who’s who?,the Crème de la crème-Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, NPCC, TCIL, HPCL,GSECL, NFL, Vizag Steel, RITES, CEL, NLC, MECL, GAIL, MDL, IOCL, BPCL,NTPC, NHPC, Powergrid, BSPHCL, NALCO, BEL, BHEL, CONCOR, DDL,MECON-enviable names that spell lifetime of security on getting a posting.

Institutes such as CSIR and BARC have also decided to consider GATE score for hiring skilled manpower. Till recently, PSUs conducted independent written tests and interviews as mediums of selection. Since most of their requirements are being reflected in GATE, they have now preferred the all-important exam.

Attractive pay-packs from PSUs besides job security and growth potential are enough to lure the cream of engineering graduates to GATE.

A management trainee, who begins his professional career aspirations with Rs 7-8 lakh gets anywhere upwards of Rs 10 lakh in premier profit-making PSUs.

After PSUs started hiring people through GATE, there has been a scramble for GATE prospects.

According to official estimates, nearly 9.5 lakh students are expected to take the test in 2014. Kharagpur IIT, which is hosting the exam,has sought the cooperation of one and all because the students would be put through tests of individual technical skills apart from reasoning and analytical abilities. The comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology will also be put to corresponding tests.Its score is valid for two years from the date of declaration of results.

GATE score is crucial for admission into various post graduate programmes in engineering and technology in IITs, NITs and several other engineering institutes across the country. A shot in the arm comes in the form of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, which departed from established traditions and has charted the GATE route while effectively giving the go-by to its patented PhD admission process of enrollment.

Another vibrant feature this time round is that the exam is being conducted online for the first time under the overall supervision of IIT Kharagpur, on all weekends between February 1 and March 2.

A new paper, Ecology and Evolution, being introduced from 2014, tests the students understanding of environmental issues, flora and fauna,human evolution among other related topics. This is for science students and with this the total number of papers has gone up to 22.

A candidate can choose between either of XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences). While XE will have a compulsory section in Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude along with any two of the XE sections; XL will have a compulsory section in Section H in Chemistry and General Aptitude along with any two of XL sections I to M.One of the grueling parts of GATE is the negative marking system. One third marks will be deducted for a wrong answer in 1-mark questions and two-third marks will be cut for 2-mark questions. There is, however, no negative marking for numerical questions. A new-look and more prosperous post-GATE awaits the students thatpromises a new dawn in the New Year.

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