GATE is considered a prestigious All India Examination, which is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board. It primarily tests the technical knowledge of students in various undergraduate subjects of engineering. All students who are able to qualify for the test are eligible to get admissions in post-graduate programmes in various engineering colleges/universities. But, what about the ones who don't qualify?
If you’re one of those, don’t be disheartened. There are still various options to explore that can constructively shape your career. Given below are some options that you can consider:
1. IITs and NITs
You can still make it through these institutions by doing the following:
2. Do a specialised MBA in built environment from a reputed institution
Owing to the rapid urbanisation and increasing advancements in technology, the potential of the built environment industry is massive. Doing a specialised MBA in fields like Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Real Estate will prove to be vastly beneficial. These programs will build on your technical knowledge and provide you with additional relevant skills that are demanded by the industry, which will prepare you for the future-oriented techno-managerial job role that will fast-track your career. In India, RICS School of Built Environment is the only institution that provides RICS-accredited built environment MBA programmes. Backed by the true professionals of the industry, the institution has strong ties with leading Indian and International firms that result in assured job opportunities.
3. Do a PhD or Research Fellowship
PhD programs are offered by the new IITs and some NITs. They can either be undertaken independently by research scholars or as a part of a dual degree with an M.Tech. This s considered a viable option for many if they did not score an ideal score in GATE, but have the interest to pursue a research career. However, these institutes do not offer any placement guarantees but vastly help in expanding knowledge. Alternatively, you can pursue an integrated PhD in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). These are considered to be well-structured programs that include a stipend as well.
GATE or no GATE - nothing can stop you from living a productive career if your interests and passions are up to the mark. Think, research, and make a smart choice about the next step!