Admission to Post-Graduate programmes
GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture or Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/ assistantships. To avail a scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture may seek admission to relevant PhD programmes with scholarship/ assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.
Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.
In recent years, various academicians have recognized GATE as being one of the toughest exams in its category. Moreover it has strikingly similar toughness like Joint Entrance Examination held for students entering IIT for undergraduate engineering courses. Many universities like National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and some technical universities in Germany do identify GATE score card as a parameter for judging the quality of the candidates for admission into their Masters and PhD Programmes.
Most Indian institutes do not specify cut-off marks for previous years. So there is a general confusion in terms of selecting institutes and specializations. But in the recent years IIT Kharagpur and IIT Guwahati have been specifying last year cut-off mark list. Typically the Indian Institute of Science is the most selective, very closely followed by the IITs and the NITs.
Applying to PSUs based on GATE Score
Many Public Sector Undertaking like Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. are using GATE Score for selection but due to process.