Career Opportunities After GATE

Mar 15, 2022

Career Opportunities After GATE

The journey to crack GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is undeniably challenging, yet rewarding. Once you ace GATE, there is no scarcity of employment opportunities where you can showcase your knowledge and expertise.

GATE is a national examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

GATE is one of India's most prestigious exams, not just because it is conducted by IITs, but also because of the numerous career option available after passing GATE. The exam result aids you in gaining admission to prestigious colleges not just in India, but also abroad (Singapore and Germany), where GATE qualified students are preferred. GATE safeguards your future by allowing you to apply for a variety of employment in PSUS, Research Centers, Universities, and other technical disciplines.

A valid GATE score opens doors to fantastic opportunities in a variety of sectors, including academics, jobs, and research. Let's have a look at these opportunities one by one. 

1. Higher Education with Scholarship / Assistantship

A good GATE score paves the way for admissions into premier institutions (IITs/IISc). A student can pursue the courses listed below and accelerate his/her educational journey with renowned institutions:

  • M Tech /MS/Direct PhD/PhD in IISc.
  • M Tech /MS/Direct PhD/PhD in IITs.
  • M Tech /MS/Direct PhD/PhD in NITs
  • M Tech /MS/Direct PhD/PhD in IIITs.

Also read: Even With A Low GATE Score, IIT is a Dream Come True

2. Use of GATE Score for Employment (PSU Through GATE)

In the past, several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have used the GATE score to shortlist candidates for employment. A few such organizations are :

  • Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), 
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) 
  • Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL)
  • Coal India Limited (CIL)
  • NHPC Limited
  • Airports Authority of India
  • Central Electronics Limited
  • NHAI (National Highways Authority of India)
  • NALCO (National Aluminum Company Limited)
  • BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards)
  • Haryana Power Utilities, and many more.

Also read: Apply for Project Engineer-I & Trainee Engineer-I Posts: BEL Recruitment 2022

3. Employment with BARC Through GATE

If a candidate is GATE qualified, then he/she becomes eligible for employment with BARC. 

The popular recruitment of Scientific Officers in the Department of Atomic Energy (Group-A Post of Government of India) through the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Training Schools is something to look forward to. 

BARC Training Schools provide two Training Schemes to deserving candidates ambitious of pursuing a rewarding career in Nuclear Science, Engineering and Technology and 

a.) who would relish challenges in frontier areas of Science & Technology,

b.) who would like to be part of an expanding program of Nuclear Power / Research Reactors, Accelerators and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technologies, and

c.) who would enjoy pursuing innovative research in frontier areas of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Geology.

They are called the Orientation Course for Engineering Graduates and Science Postgraduates (OCES) and DAE Graduate Fellowship Scheme for Engineering Graduates and Physics Postgraduates (DGFS) respectively.

Successful completion of the Training Schemes guarantees employment as Scientific Officer “C‟ in one of the DAE units or Atomic Energy Regulatory Board with attractive career progression opportunities up to the highest echelons.

The GATE score is used to shortlist for the interview process and further Selection.

4. Employment with DRDO Through GATE

A valid GATE score is also required for Direct Recruitment of Scientist ‘B’ in DRDO

Candidates desirous of recruitment to the post of Scientist ‘B’ in the Defence Research & Development Organization should possess a valid GATE score for initiating their journey with the organization. 

From time to time, DRDO notifies the available vacancies for the direct recruitment to the post of Scientist ‘B’ based on a valid GATE  score and/ or written test/ interview for vacancies in the subjects/ disciplines for which GATE is conducted, including those under Life Sciences and under Humanities/ Social Sciences (Psychology).

5. Fellowship Program in Management (FPM) is a PhD program in prestigious IIM’s in India

A decent academic background in graduation, post-graduation, and an average score in qualifying tests such as GATE, CAT, GRE, and GMAT are among the selection criteria. It's a financial aid programme.

This programme gives you a wonderful chance to attend prominent IIMs even if your qualifying exam(GATE) score is poor.

FPM offers specialisation in a variety of fields, with admission based on a variety of qualifying exams. Engineers with a GATE score are qualified to work in fields such as project management, optimization, organisational behaviour, and educational innovation, among others.

6. National Institute Of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

PGDIE (Post Graduate Diploma In Industrial Engineering)

PGDSM (Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Management)

7. State Level JOBS /State Electricity Boards

Previously, several state electricity boards had their own exams, but presently, many of them collaborate with IITs to recruit through GATE. West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), and Odisha Power Generation Corporation Limited are some of the state boards that recruit candidates using the GATE score. 

If you intend to crack GATE and start your professional career with any of the above-mentioned organizations, then look no further! PrepLadder is here to assist you in your GATE exam preparation and cracking GATE with a decent score. 

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Raminder Singh

Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.


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