GATE qualified? Multiple options for you!
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What after GATE? - GATE is the most anticipated exam for engineering students. GATE witnesses around 10 lakh applicants every very year, finding a way for their careers. Students who qualify this exam might have question like, what after GATE 2020? Are there multiple options after it? With the advent of PSU recruitment through GATE, a whole new set of options and opportunities have opened up to students. While GATE primarily was for M.Tech admissions prior to 2012, it has now opened up other venues since then. So if you are GATE qualified – there are multiple options for you. What after GATE 2020? Should you pursue post-graduation, go for a job in a PSU, study abroad? In this article, Careers360 try to decipher the multiple options if you are GATE 2020 qualified. We also look at each option in depth so that you make an uninformed decision based on the interests and ambitions. The information given in this article is based on an analysis of the trends in the past years. They are meant to give students a perspective of each option and the benefits that may come with it.
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What after GATE 2020?

Now that one big hurdle is cleared which is qualifying in an exam that reportedly has a pass percentage of 13 % plus. Pat yourself on your back for that achievement and sit back to analyse the multiple options available to GATE 2020 qualified candidates. The various options are given below.

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Pursue Post Graduation
Various factors play a role when looking at post-graduation. The right institute, specialization, placements after completion, of course, etc are some factors that you must take a look at.

Choosing an institute
While the majority of students choose M.Tech, there are other programmes that can be pursued from IISc, IITs, NITs. MS by research is one upcoming programme that is being pursued by some. However which institute you may get admissions into will largely depend upon your GATE 2020 scores, choice of specialization. We have broadly classified the admissions into Institute wise. What must be kept in mind is that this is a generalization. For each individual institute, you might need to check the cutoff for the same to get a clear idea about your admissions.

IIT admissions are now through COAP where you first register with the IITs and apply for the courses. Next, you register in COAP and check the seats allotted to you. You pay the fees at the institute if you wish to confirm your admissions.

NIT M.Tech admissions are through CCMT which is the common counselling process. You have to register, pay the application fee and then indicate your choice of NITs and courses as per your eligibility.

Most states offering M.Tech courses offer the preference of admissions to GATE qualified candidates or allot a certain percentage of seats. So if a state university or institute is offering the M.Tech course that you are interested in, you could opt for that too.

Many private universities do take the GATE scores into consideration. While some offer direct admissions, some take the GATE Scores into account while computing their result and admission criteria.

Institutions you may get into with your GATE score

Some Institutes

General Rule for applying*

IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur

GATE scores of 500 to 800

IISc Bangalore,

GATE scores of 700 to 1000 for most courses.

IIT Kharagpur

GATE Score 400 to 800

IIT Guwahati

GATE 300 to 800

IIT Roorkee

GATE Marks 28 to 70


GATE Score of 400 to 600


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Government Engineering Colleges

Up to AIR 2500

Private Engineering Colleges

Above AIR 2500

Go for Specialization
Applicants for five disciplines in GATE are generally very large in numbers. This is because they are most sought out. These disciplines are Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering. The reason is that these disciplines are perceived to have better job opportunities. However, choosing the specialization has been always based on the career prospects. The trend may vary and depend upon what is gaining prominence in the engineering employment world. Over the past years, it has been seen that Manufacturing Engineering has gained prominence on account of more companies setting up high-end manufacturing base in India.

Some very popular specializations are

Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Other Niche Engineering specializations

  • Control system and automation

  • Reliability engineering

Job Opportunities
Most of the jobs are in technology and management. However, programmes like MS or MS by research are more research oriented. The candidate who completes these programmes join the research departments in the industry or academic institutions. Such candidates can also end up pursuing a PhD to make progress in their chosen field of interest.

Opt for PSU Jobs
The year 2012 saw the start of the trend of PSU recruitment through GATE and took on in a big way such that every year around 40 plus PSUs announce recruitment through GATE. In 2019, direct recruitment through GATE was announced by many PSUs like ONGC, IOCL, and HPCL, SAIL, BSNL, DRDO. Pay packages starting from 7 lakhs to 11 lakhs per annum ensure that the jobs are on par with the industry standards and match the private ones. However the icing on the cake for most students is the perks and job security. This is the reason why GATE sees a large number of applicants who more or so apply to go for a PSU job. So if you have qualified in GATE with a good score, your path to a PSU job becomes a reality. While shortlisting is done on the basis of the GATE scores, some even hold a group discussion and a personal interview before finalizing candidates.

PSU Recruitment through GATE

Name of PSU




Mechanical Engineering

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Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication , Civil Engineering , Computer Science and Information Technology

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NTPC Limited

Mechanical, Production, Industrial, Thermal, Mechanical and Automation, Power, Electrical, Electrical and Electronics, Electrical, Instrumentation and Control, Power System and High Voltage, Power Electronics, Mining, Electronics, Electronics and Telecommunication, Electronics and Power, Electronics and Instrumentation

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Electronics & Communication, Mechanical, Electrical, Material Science

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Mechanical, Mechanical & Industrial, Mechanical & Production, Production , Production & Management, Production & Industrial, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Instrumentation

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Chemical, Petrochemical, Civil, Computer Science & Information Technology, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electronic& Communication, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Instrumentation, Electronics & Instrumentation, Mechanical,

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Industrial and Production, Industrial, Mechanical Production and Tool, Production Technology, Manufacturing (NIFFT Ranchi), Mechatronics, Manufacturing Process and Automation, Power Plant Production, Production and Industrial, Thermal, Manufacturing Technology, Power, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control, High Voltage Power Systems & High Voltage, Electrical Machine,Electronics & Power, Power Electronics, Power Plant, Energy, Power

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Chemical, Petrochemical, Chemical Technology, Petrochemical Technology, Mechanical, Production, Production & Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical & Automobile, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Electrical & Instrumentation, Electronics, Electrical & Electronics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Telecommunication, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Telecommunication

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Mechanical, Mechanical & Production, Civil, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics , Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Applied Electronics, Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Electronics, Instrumentation & Process Control, Chemical, Petrochemical, Petroleum Refining & Petrochemical, Petroleum Refining

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Mechanical, Mechanical & Industrial, Mechanical and Production, Civil, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Instrumentation, Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Control, Instrumentation & Electronics, Applied Electronics & Instrumentation, Electronics & Instrumentation, Electronics & Telecommunication


Mechanical Engineering. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering. Electronics & Communication engineering, computer Science, Metallurgical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering

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Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Electronics (Combined), Power Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electronics & Communication


To be notified

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Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India

Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Telecommunication, Electronics


Mechanical, Petroleum, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Telecom, E&T, PG in Physics with Electronics, Instrumentation, Chemical, Applied Petroleum, PG in Geo-Physics, PG in Mathematics, PG in Petroleum Technology, PG in Chemistry, PG in Geology, PG in Petroleum, Geo-Science, PG in Geological Technology, Auto, Computer, Information Technology, MCA, “B’Level Diploma as per Dept of Electronics, GO

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Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Chemical, Electronics & Communication, Civil Engineering

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Fly Abroad for Higher Studies
A substantial number of students wish to go abroad to study further. Some countries like Singapore and Germany allow admissions to Postgraduate engineering courses on the basis of GATE scores.

Foreign universities accepting GATE score:




GATE score (required average)


National University of Singapore (NUS)


90 percentile


Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

90 percentile


Technical University of Germany


90 percentile



Not available

Some specializations that accept GATE score in Germany come under the following

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering and Surveying

  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

  • Geophysics

  • Automotive Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Metallurgical Engineering

  • Physics

  • Software Systems Engineering

From the above information, it can be seen that GATE qualified candidates do have good options that they can take up.

Good Luck!

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what are the other exams other than gate

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

If you looking for Job then the best alternative for GATE exam is the UPSC IES examination which is conducted for engineering graduates.This is the best way possible you can get a job and that too in government of India and also there is a long list if perks and perquisites you will get once to crack IES examination.

I hope this helps.

Hi, Regarding Gate application correction form, right now there is no option to upload my photo. Now, what to do sir? how should I upload my photo now? Thanks in advance.

Vishwaksen Gouda Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019
Hie manali,
You can upload the photo again even after the closure of the gate application submission.High quality image must be uploaded in the application.Background and sign should be white.Reuploading facility is also will reopen and you can upload

Now Im 3 year of btech Cse. How I can prepare for a gate exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

As you are still in your 3rd year, you might not be still aware of the complete GATE syllabus. So analyse the topics and syllabus that you have learnt for the past 3 years and practise as much Mathematics as you can. Try as many mock tests as possible and get a hang of the exam pattern. Please check our page for syllabus, topics and best books for preparation:


Hi, Regarding Gate application correction form, right now there is no option to change my category details. Will it be provided in the future? I had incorrectly selected GEN, but it is OBC/NCL. Thanks in advance.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Dear Harish, IIT Delhi has scheduled diiferent correction windows for different correction categories. The tentative dates to make corrections to your Category would be from the last week of October to 1st week of November. This is tentative and so please keep an eye on the official website. You can change your Category but you will not be refunded any additional amount that you paid towards your application form. For more information, please visit our page at:


can I apply for the gate exam now?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Oct, 2019

Dear Pramod, IIT Delhi has closed registrations for GATE 2020 as on October 5th, 2019 along with late fees. Now the correction window has been opened. At this juncture, registering for GATE 2020 is not a possibility. You may have to wait until the next year if you  plan on appearing for GATE. For GATE 2020, you have been late.

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