GATE is considered as an esteemed All India Examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science on behalf of the National Coordination Board. It tests the technical knowledge of students in numerous undergraduate subjects of engineering. All students who can qualify for the test are eligible to get admissions in various engineering universities. But, what about the students who don't achieve a qualified score?
If 'you're one of those, don't be disappointed. There are still multiple options to explore that can productively help you shape your career. The points mentioned below are some options that can help you achieve your goal:
NITS and IITs
You can still make it through these institutions by doing the following measures:
Opt for an interdisciplinary course after Bachelors
Most of the courses are made available to students who have graduated from any branch of engineering. Some examples include Aerospace Engineering, Geo-Informatics, M Tech in Energy Sciences, and Natural Resources. Pursuing these type of courses is worthy as they are highly relevant in today's world due to the increase in demand for professionals who can think creatively. The GATE score to qualify for these courses is generally low, usually varies from 400-750.
Try for M Tech in new NITs and IITs
As reported by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, graduates who pursue M Tech in these institutions earn a stipend of approx Rs.12,400 per month. Although the job opportunities are not many, you can avail a degree from a well-known institute.
Pursue MS in NITs and IITs
You can take admission in three-year research-based programs if you are interested in this field. As admission takes place twice a year, the entries are less competitive and reachable.
Enroll in specialized MBA in the built environment from a reputed institution
Due to the rapid urbanization and increasing advancements in technology, the potential of the built environment industry is massive. Doing a specialized MBA in fields like Quantity Surveying, Real Estate, and Construction Project Management will be favorable . These programs will help you to improve your technical knowledge and present you with additional relevant skills that are demanded by the industry, which will train you for the future-oriented technological and managerial job role that will fast-track your growth. In India, the RICS School of Built Environment (RICS SBE) is the only institution that provides built environment MBA programs. Their MBA in construction project management course is quite popular among students. Supported by the professionals of the industry, the institution has strong ties with leading Indian and International firms that offer assured job opportunities.
Pursue a Research Fellowship or PhD
Some NITs and IITs offer Ph.D. programs. These programs can opt independently by research scholars or as a part of a dual degree with an M.Tech. This is a feasible option for many especially the ones who did not score well in GATE but want to pursue a research career. Although, these institutes do not give any placement guarantees but help in expanding knowledge. On the other hand, you can pursue an integrated Ph.D. program in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). These are some of the well-structured programs that include stipend as well.
Nothing can stop you from living a high-yielding career if your passions and interests are up to the mark. Think, evaluate, and choose the right option.