GATE is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering conducted at the national level to test and find out the sharpness and IQ of the engineering students. The test works as measurement to assess the skills of the engineering students.
GATE is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institutes of Technology together under the supervision of National Coordination Board GATE, part of the Higher Education Department in HRD Ministry.
The number of engineering students appearing for GATE is growing every year as some PSUs in the country have been using GATE result as yardstick to select professionals.
The PSUs recruiting engineering professionals based on their GATE performance are presently limited to a few such as BHEL, IOC, BARC, NPTC and BSNL. Gradually, more and more PSUs will no doubt be added to the list. The GATE-passed PG students are entitled for higher stipend in their M. Tech course.
The HRD Ministry should work out ways to ensure that most of the 217 PSUs in the country should take the GATE way to select their engineering staff. This can be achieved if there is better coordination between HRD and PSUs related departments.
If more and more PSUs do not join the list of companies recruiting candidates based on their GATE performance, the number of candidates taking the GATE may come down as we have witnessed in 2015. The number of GATE participants in the country wend down by 1,05,0 82 in 2015 compared to 10,33, 625 candidates in 2014.
As a matter of fact, the GATE has become a necessity as number of engineering colleges in the country is also on the rise and growing every year unrestricted. The result is tens of thousands of engineers are being produced in the most mechanical way. In this backdrop, GATE serves as testing tool of the caliber of the engineering students.
The GATE passed engineering candidates get an edge over others in PSU recruitment and in pursuing higher studies at prestigious institutes like National University of Singapore.
Presently, most of the engineering students taking GATE are from the disciplines of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Why others are not taking the GATE? The reasons are clear. PSUs, dealing in activity other than the mentioned branches, have not started recruiting professionals through GATE. Once they follow the practice, engineering students of most of the disciplines will also fall in line. The numbers are then bound to go up every year.
– J U B Sastry, senior journalist