GATE 2018: Career Options for Good & Low Scorers

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level test for admission to M.Tech/ PhD and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology. Results for GATE 2018 have been announced on March 16, 2018. With this came a moment of celebration for some students and a moment of dejection for some. Of these students, some are wondering what to do next. For them especially, I have a small guide for them.

 For those who scored low in GATE 2018:
Some institutes also take their own entrance examination for PG programmes, like IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Bangalore, CSIR, DAIICT, ISI Kolkata, ISM Dhanbad and BITS Pilani. So even if you are not able to get a good score, you can apply for these institutes. Otherwise, the candidates can apply for banking examinations.

For those who scored well:
Other than IISc and IITs, IIMs also offer Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) in which students are also selected based on their GATE score. The duration of this programme is about four-five years. The best part is that it is free of cost and the candidates get monthly scholarship and stipend of Rs 28,000 too.
The candidates who do not wish to pursue masters, they can head for jobs in various PSUs. At present around 50 PSUs including BHEL, Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre are using the GATE score. GATE registration number is required for applying to jobs in various PSUs.

#NOTE: This year, authorities have declared that GATE exam score will remain valid for three years, so decide your alternatives properly. 
Don’t take an immediate decision, sit down-relax-think.