India produces more than 15 Lakhs of engineers yet more than 9 Lakhs of them are unemployed or underpaid. I assume you are either among the 40% that got a job or the 60% who didn’t or are not happy with their salary.
I’m sure you have heard about the examination which is jointly conducted by IISc and the IITs, GATE. Do you know, only 17% of the students are able to qualify GATE? So why will anyone in their sane mind ask you to quit your job and prepare for GATE when so much risk is involved, right?
Well, because you are not satisfied with the job and hence not happy. How we feel about our work affects how we deal our personal life. Imagine yourself being among the top 17% in the country. That does feelextraordinary, isn’t? So, all I’m telling you is to dream big.
First, I will briefly inform you why to go for GATE and then tell you how to prepare for it.
Benefits of GATE:
1. Further education
One of the most common option after clearing GATE is to go ahead and pursue a postgraduation or Master’s Degree in an esteemed institution. It expands the possibility of getting into better college or university to become learned.
You can choose M-Tech, Me or MS course from the IITs (The temple for engineers), NITs or IISc. This can make you have a greater understanding of your subject and open great job possibilities in future.
Students have the option to get into the stream of research and experimentation. GATE opens the gates for this possibility for those who are interested. Apart from this, completing a postgraduate also allows you to pursue a PhD programme in prestigious colleges.
2. Jobs through GATE:
Through campus placement –
The vast knowledge and hard work of the students pursuing post-graduation after clearing GATE are appreciated with a good job placement in major companies like Google, Samsung, Facebook and several other companies. They offer high salary packages as well as facilities.
Educational institutes like Allen, Resonance and other institutes which prepare students for competitive exams hire GATE qualified candidates. Colleges recruit postgraduate engineers from campuses. Here you can teach young minds as well asget high salaries.
Jobs in Public sectors:
If you need a job security and high paying salary, is there any better option than the public sectors? PSUs have started undertaking GATE candidates, due to which now there are 2-3 thousand seats filled through GATE ranks. The hiring PSUs include NTPC/ONGC/NHPC/IOCL/GAIL/PGCIL/BHEL/BEL/MECON/DDA/RVNL/BPCL/HPCL/HECL etc
Now since you saw why GATE is so demanding, let’s see how can you convert this dream into a reality. The difference between those who successfully clear the exam and those who don’t isnotthe lack of hard work, but the lackof plans.
Motivation: An essential requirement to crack any exam. You must be driven from within to clear this exam and be ready to do whatever it takes to clear it. It is the first weapon you need in your arsenal when you are going to prepare for an exam.
Study Material: It is the most important physical requirement. Usually, a coaching provides you with the necessary study material or books for GATE preparation. But, you can also look for the right ones in shops.
Coaching: Sure you an work your energy off at home. But, Coaching Classes are very helpful. They can channel your focus in the right direction as they have experience in tutoring students for the test and they are more confident about teaching students how to prepare for one an dtackle it.
Revise and Repeat: Revise everyday and whenever you have time. This will help your retain a lot of information easily in the long run. Small quantities of information over a period of time can help in reducing stress and work pressure.
Time Management: You are not the only one taking the test and it is not your only task. Time is valuable and it is not much we have in our hands. So, schedule your routine accordingly. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Not necessary that you go and play but regular short braks is sure to help you.
Practice and give Mock tests: Keep testing your knowledge. Make sure you don’t get stuck to one topic that makes you feel good. Go and try the others. Learn new things. Try and master them and then take tests to know your improvement scale.
Take Care of Yourself: Last but not the least, your health is as important as your preparation. Eat and sleep well. Dont stress over the exams a lot and avoid eating in unhygienic places.
What most people don’t realize while preparing for exams of this high standards is that apart from helping you to clear it, it also teaches you many things:
Preparingyour self in the right way
Being confident and calm
Utilizing your skills in the right direction
Aiming for something bigger.
GATE exam reveals how much you are capable of understanding huge concepts and applying it while solving a problem under stress.
GATE preparation pushes you to face your fears and stand against them. It helps you to build the courage to dream.
Last but not the least, it gives you a vast knowledge.