The Graduation Aptitude Test in Engineering, commonly referred to as the GATE examination serves as a common entrance for students with science or engineering backgrounds,to pursue their post-graduation ambitions. A qualifying result from this highly competitive examination is a marker that continues to add credibility to the career of every individual throughout their life.
The exam is usually held in the first week of February,and the applications open a year prior. Most interested candidates apply to take the GATE exam in the final year of their engineering course, preparing for the exam and their final semester simultaneously. This goes on to ensure that between the completion of the Bachelor’s degree and the beginning of their Masters, there is no year loss to speak of. The GATE exam is collectively arranged by the Indian Institutes of Technology scattered throughout the country, and the Indian Institute of Science located in Bangalore. The bulk of the responsibility is taken up by one Institute each year. In 2018, for example, IIT Guwahati was responsible to successfully organize the exam,and in 2019, IIT Madras is all set to take up the mantle.
While qualifying GATE with good scores provides the eligibility to apply to the top colleges in the country, the GATE exam scores have far-reaching effects into a lot of other options, providing diverse routes that an individual’s career may take. From teaching jobs to recruitment in the Public Sector Unit, the GATE scores are important for any person with a science background.
Here are 5 reasons why the government should make the GATE exam mandatory for all students in the scientific field:
- Entrance for Masters
The GATE exam, among its many functions, primarily renders a candidate eligible to apply to the top colleges of the country for their ME, MS or M.Tech degrees. While a good GATE score allows an individual to take the entrance exam at the IITs, many colleges take in students directly through their all India ranks. State government run colleges are also known to give admission to students directly.
By making the GATE exam mandatory, there will be a common entrance and a common system as a basis to evaluate the quality of students passing out with an engineering degree. The competition on a nationwide level will motivate students to perform to the best of their abilities.
- Research Fellowships
Research is an important aspect inthe development of any country. The centrally run CSIR laboratories across the country provide the best research opportunities for those aspiring to make a career out of it. GATE scores are essential for admission into the Junior Research Fellowship and the Senior Research Fellowship programmes.
By making the exam compulsory, the competition will be hiked up a notch. This will enable the government to give out scholarships only to those who truly deserve it, and dole out stipends and salaries based on the kind of talent the individuals may possess and contribute to the research endeavor.
- Jobs in the Public Sector
Most of the government-run companies require personnel from the science background. Corporations like Coal India Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and many others already recruit employees on the basis of their GATE scores.
By making the GATE exam compulsory for all science students, the government can make sure to have a common, organized hiring process in place. Better ranking professionals can be given first preference.
- Opportunities to study abroad
GATE scores are accepted in many countries abroad, providing Indian citizens the opportunity to go abroad and study the science and technological advancements in countries like Germany, Singapore,and others.
By making the GATEa compulsoryrite of passage in the life of engineers, many individuals can be exposed to these opportunities that can go a long way in the progression of the nation.
The GATE exam is essentially an aptitude test, a re-evaluation of the Bachelor’s degree knowledge of science and how much of it has been absorbed by the individual and is usable and applicable professionally. A good all-India rank and a great GATE scorecard are indicative of sincerity in the academic years well into one’s professional career.
If the GATE is made compulsory, students will take the exam much more seriously than they currently do, which will, in turn,legitimize the credibility aspect of the GATE scores.
The GATE exam has, therefore, too many aspects to write home about. By making the exam a compulsion on the part of the students, the government can exercise stricter and deeper control over the academic sector and glean the best from the field of science. This can contribute extensively to the building of a scientifically progressive and technologically advanced nation that world will have to reckon with.