GATE Expert Interview - GATE is one of the most coveted engineering examination of the nation. With many aspirants preparing for the exam, let us have a look at what will actually boost the preparation strategy of the candidates. Careers360 talks to Mr B. Singh, who is the CMD for the Made Easy Group and an ex-IES regarding the various details of GATE, PSU recruitment, preparation guidelines and more. In this interview, Mr. B. Singh explains why it is necessary that all students should attempt GATE irrespective of their percentage in their graduation, what the ideal time would be to start the preparation for GATE and what to focus on while preparing for the same. Read on to know the detailed GATE Expert Interview of Mr B. Singh (CMD, Made Easy Group) with Careers360.
Mr. B. Singh is a distinguished alumnus of prestigious IIT BHU and a renowned educationist. After completing B. Tech. in 1998, Mr. Singh qualified for GATE, ESE and Public Sector Examinations. He secured an All India Rank 11 in Engineering Services Examination 2003 (ESE-2003). He has vast experience in providing career related guidance to engineering graduates.
IIT Guwahati will be conducting GATE 2018 examination on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018. The final date to fill and submit GATE 2018 application form is October 9, 2017. Only the registered candidates will be able to access their admit card of GATE 2018 which will be available from January 5, 2018. GATE 2018 result will be released on March 17, 2018.
GATE Expert Interview with Mr. B. Singh (CMD, Made Easy Group)
Careers360: Why should a student appear for GATE?
B. Singh: There are several lucrative career opportunities for engineers which are provided through GATE. Candidate can pursue higher studies like M.E/M.Tech/P.hD/Dual programmes in reputed institutes like IISc/IIT’s/NIT’s/IIIT’s etc. More than 20 Navratna and Maharatna companies are recruiting through GATE. In addition, there are ample opportunities like senior research fellow, junior research fellow, research associates, scientist in various research oriented organizations like CSIR, BARC, IIT’s etc. After post graduation candidates will also become eligible for the post of associate lecturer/faculty in engineering colleges. So you see, the opportunities are plenty. It is a matter of knowing them and applying for the same.
Careers360: We see that there is no minimum pass percentage specified for GATE. But when it comes to admissions or PSU recruitment, the minimum pass percentage is 60%. Therefore is it advisable that students who have a pass percentage of less than 60% should also try to attempt GATE? If so why? And what are their chances?
B. Singh: Yes, I agree that there is no minimum percentage criteria required to appear for GATE and that generally all colleges and public sectors ask for minimum of 60% marks in the qualifying degree. But still I would suggest aspirants to appear for GATE. The reason is - there are some exceptions like IISC Bangalore which permits admission to candidates with second class pass marks; IIT-Kanpur requires only 55% in B.Tech. In GATE-2015; 8,04,463 candidates appeared for the exam out of which 1,21,060 candidates cleared the exam. That means around 15% of the candidates cleared the exam. No matter what the degree percentage is, the weightage still will be given to the candidates who have cleared the GATE exam. In my opinion all the candidates should appear for GATE, irrespective of their percentage/marks in qualifying degree.
Careers360: What do you think are the challenges in front of the students when they decide to appear for GATE?
B. Singh: Nowadays, the level of engineers is going down. Their understanding of the basics and concepts is very weak though they have a degree with 70% marks. Now the GATE exam is completely online. We have noticed that many students still are not comfortable with the online exam system. The questions are tricky and the standard of questions is also quite tough. GATE consists of multiple choice as well as numerical answer type questions and only the correct answer fetches marks. Therefore, I would advise to avoid making wild guesses as there is negative marking associated with the questions. In this cut throat competition scenario, candidates are expected to solve the maximum number of questions accurately in a given time frame of 180 minutes.
Careers360: What is the approach suggested by you to be followed by students when they prepare for GATE?
B. Singh: Just mugging up of the topics is not sufficient for students. They should have good understanding of the subjects. Strong basics and sound knowledge about the concepts is very important. They should practice previous years question papers to analyze their performance and overcome the weak areas, I strongly advice students to join online test series. Carefully go through the GATE syllabus and list the topics which have more weightage and give more importance to those topics. Group study with your partners is also an effective way to brush up knowledge on technical topics. This way, candidates can explore new techniques and procedures to solve the problems.
Careers360: When should the candidates ideally start preparing for GATE during the under graduation years?
B. Singh: In the current scenario where lakhs and lakhs of candidates are appearing for GATE and the level of competition is going high, according to me candidates should start preparation from third year itself in order to crack GATE exam in their first attempt.
Careers360: What a candidate should opt for in your opinion – an M.Tech or a PSU job?
B. Singh: Higher studies or job in PSUs, well it depends on the vision of the candidates. Both the options are equally good and have excellent career growth. Those candidates who are research oriented should think of higher education and those candidates who are financial unstable might start up with a job.
Careers360: We have seen an increasing number of PSUs recruiting through GATE? This seems to be a good sign on the front but has led to an unhealthy increase in the applicants in GATE which also has a dismal pass percentage of 15% or so? In your opinion is this a good trend?
B. Singh: Obviously involvement of the PSUs has made this exam more attractive to many engineers to apply for GATE. A few years back, GATE was meant to pursue higher studies but nowadays several new options are available through GATE. It’s true that many seats in IIT’s/NIT’s are remaining vacant due to the cancellation of admissions. To overcome this issue, colleges should prepare a second list such that other candidates who wish to pursue higher studies should get a fair chance.
Careers360: A common question amongst students is how good is an M.Tech degree in famous private universities when compared to an M.Tech from IIT or NIT? Should they do M.Tech degree from a Government college or a private college? Pls advise
B. Singh: I suggest post-graduation (M.Tech/M.E/M.S) should be done through reputed government institutions. The reason being - they provide attractive placements; have experienced faculty, good infrastructure, offer stipends and scholarships. A tag of a reputed institute to the PG certificate will surely provide an extra edge in career growth.
Careers360: What is the role of a coaching institute like Made Easy? How do you help a student prepare?
B. Singh: At Made Easy we strongly believe in four main pillars: experienced faculty, updated study material, quality test series and effective management. We not only teach, we inspire and motivate students to achieve their goals. We always strive hard to provide consistent, focused, systematic and well- coordinated course curriculum. From past 16 years, Made Easy students have topped in GATE, and this year the success rate of Made Easy students was quite outstanding.
Careers360: What is your message to all the GATE aspirants?
B. Singh: Practice, strive hard and try to overcome weak areas and work more on those subjects. Accuracy and time management are very important factors to crack GATE. Prepare a proper plan and stick to that. Traditional methods to solve numerical problems is a time taking process, Try to adopt short cut techniques to save time. Prepare the list of important definitions, equations, derivations, theorems, laws in every subject and try to prepare notes after studying a particular topic. Initially, it takes time, but these notes would be very useful in revising the topics at the final stage. I wish good luck and a stable career to all the GATE aspirants.
Careers360 thanks Mr.B.Singh for sharing his valuable inputs.
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