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Section 1:  Why GATE?

1.      For higher studies - GATE Vs. GRE Vs. MBA

2.      Opportunities knocking on your door after successfully taking on GATE

3.      GATE For Public Sector Units (PSUs) opportunities – Sarkari naukri

4.      Career Opportunities after M.Tech.

5.      What happens if I do PHD after completing M.Tech.

6.      Can you tell me the kind of salary packages I can expect after I complete my M.Tech/ME after successfully taking GATE?

7.      What is the experience like of the 2 years stay at any of the IIT’s or NIT during the M.Tech / ME degree?

8.      How does an M.Tech. degree add to my Bachelors engineering degree?

9.      Name some M.Tech post-grads who made it to the top in their careers.

10.  If I have completed my Bachelors in Computer Science but wish to continue my studies in Electrical Engineering, is it possible after taking the GATE exam? Can you please explain the process by which this can be done?

11.  If I am a working professional, how will the GATE help me?

12.  How will I be able to prepare for an exam like GATE while working?

13.  Do you have weekend classes?

14.  I am a working professional in a remote place in India. Do you have online coaching that also solves my doubts and queries?

15.  What is the level of competition for the GATE exam?


Section 2: Preparation for GATE


Section 3: Admission guide after GATE


1.      What is Valid GATE Score?

2.      How to calculate GATE percentile

3.      M.Tech in New IITs or old NITs

4.      M.Tech Specializations and preference

5.      GATE 2010 Analysis and Admissions to M.Tech (Master of Engineering Degree)

6.      My GATE Score is … Which college should I apply for M.Tech (or Master of Engineering Degree)???

7.      How to apply for M.Tech in NITs

8.      Fee structure and scholarships for Master of Engineering degree (M.E./ M.Tech) in different Universities

9.      IIT M.Tech Admission: Test and Interview preparation

10.  M.Tech admission in IITs: Tips and Advises

11.  M.Tech Admission Giude: GATE Percentile and admission to any IIT for M.Tech

12.  To join GATE coaching or Not?

13.  60% aggregate for M.Tech admissions

14.  Migration certificate, Transfer certificate and Character certificate for M.Tech Admissions

15.  Admission to NUS and NTU (Singapore universities) through GATE

16.  Alternative exams for admission to M.Tech other than GATE

17.  M.Tech Admission without GATE or Non GATE: Points that will help you

18.  M.Tech Admission without GATE or Non GATE

19.  M.Tech colleges in India: A statewise list

20.  Top Deemed Universities in India for Engineering

21.  M.Tech in IIT or MS in US?


Section 1:  Why GATE?

For Higher studies GATE Vs. GRE Vs. MBA







Taking GATE will help you to gain deeper knowledge into the same stream in India, not abroad.

Taking GRE will help you gain deeper knowledge into the same stream. Outside India

Doing MBA will help you in getting higher salaries and better job opportunities.

Which one is good for me?

All options are good, it finally depends on your personal interest / choice.

If you love core engineering and have  passion for technology, M-Tech is the best option available

If you want to stay in core engineering and plan to settle outside India at least for 5 – 10 year, then  doing MS is the best option for you.

If you were forced to do engineering or were confused as to what to do after 10+2 and went for engineering but you always liked marketing or finance or managing people, then doing MBA is good for you. But I strongly suggest you to get some work experience before doing MBA so that you can get the maximum benefit out of your MBA program. Please speak to Prof. Rao on 96195 65006. He will help you take a decision.

Cost of education

Rs. 0 to 3 lac

Most of primer institute like IIT and NITs give stipend of Rs. 8000 pm so you end up getting more than what you pay

Rs. 20 to 40 lac if you get scholarship.

Rs. 4-5 lac for an average college. Rs. 20 lac for good college and it can go up to Rs. 30 lac.

Return on investment period

few months

3 to 4 years if you get a job outside India

3 to 5 years


Job guarantee in PSU, academic institutions and  private sectors 

Depends on the job market in US at the time of graduation. Recently many MS students came back as they didn’t get jobs due to recession and expiring of visa.

If you pass from a premier institute, jobs are secure with hefty salary but passing from an average institute will get you a job with an average salary.


It’s tough to get admission in IITs as compared to getting admission after GRE.

Comparatively easy.

Getting into IIMs, XLRI, IRMA, SP Jain, etc. is challenging.


IITs are ranked among world’s top technology institutes and have a great curriculum with practical exposer while institutes other than IITs that offer ME do not necessarily have great facilities or that kind of quality faculty or program.

Generally better facility at a higher cost.

More practical exposer in premier institutes.

Risk involve

Low investment + job guarantee = no risk

If you are not able to settle in the US, then recovering education cost is difficult

Moderate risk

Concluding remark

If you are inclined towards management with great soft skills, go for MBA. If you are techie who wants to go deep your technical core, think about GRE or GATE. 

If you have sound financial background and want to settle outside India, go for GRE. If you are looking for low risk high gain option, take a shot at GATE.  Many people take GRE because it’s easy, even you score ok you will get some good university but getting into IIT will a bit tough but now  with more number of IITs there are still few more chances. It is always worthwhile to give a try when internationally recognized education is available at low cost.


Why GATE ?

Students come across various disciplines and universities. GATE gives you a sound knowledge as to where you stand at the national level.

Besides GATE is the entry level test for M-Tech. program in IIT/NIT and other premium institutes, GATE is also entry level for some premium B schools like NITIE Mumbai. Of late, some premium PSUs have started recruiting through GATE besides holding other criteria. 

Although GATE score is not a criterion for any private sector MNC but if you want to go in core engineering, GATE score will add a plus in your resume.

GATE scores hold very good value in GERMANY if one wants to pursue Ph.D. and also for various job profiles and opportunities in University of SINGAPORE. National University of Singapore NUS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are offering MS and Ph.D. programs on the basis of GATE results.

Most importantly people wanting to pursue career in academics GATE is a must. As per the directives of AICTE/MHRD, New Delhi, Masters is must for all professors teaching at graduate level, Masters and PHD from premier institutes helps in promotions and GATE is a must for Ph.D. as well as M-Tech for almost all premier institutes across the country.

Above all, studying from primer institute will give you lot more practical exposer, large number of opportunities, overall (tech as well as non-tech) development and branded tag for a lifetime.

GATE for PSU jobs

BHEL and NTPC recruited more than 1000 engineer trainees in mechanical, electrical, and electronics engineering branches. IOC recruited 225 graduate engineers in civil, chemical, computer science and information technology, electrical, instrumentation, mechanical, and metallurgy branches through the GATE 2012 score. These PSUs used the GATE score for short-listing candidates for a group discussion and a personal interview.

Thus, with a growing concern for GATE as a qualifying exam, engineering graduates need to take it more seriously, even if they are inclined towards taking up a job (in the PSUs) rather than going for higher studies for which they were originally required to take GATE.

Keep in mind folks, there are more than 250 PSU such as the above mentioned ones. More and more PSUs will follow IOCL, BHEL and NTPC and keep GATE as the primary criteria.

Advantages Of working at PSU


PSU’s being a central government venture provides a very stable job environment in terms of job security and other benefits. With the implementation of the 6th Pay Commission there has been a good improvement in the salaries of the PSU sectors. After GATE and M-tech you can easily clear IES and join civil services.

Job security, High power, Lots of government facility and good pay are the major benefits of joining PSU.


Career Opportunities after IIT M-tech

After completing M-Tech, placements at any of the IITs will fetch you fabulous jobs. IITs have recorded as high as 40 lakh per annum for computer science and other related disciplines. PG students can get placed in several engineering MNCs in core sectors. Many core companies do offer senior level positions as well. An IIT graduate can expect placements in financial and consultancy firms based on their mathematical and statistical skills.

Again there is large opportunity in academic job for students from IITs, NITs as well as other students from lesser known institutes. Teaching as a profession is really good both in terms of job satisfaction and monetary benefits. With the implementation of 6th Pay Commission, it is now compulsory to do Masters for teaching to graduates. One can join academics as Asst. Prof. for any college after masters and easily earn 40-50 K /month or higher. With huge number of engineering colleges there is always a dearth of available quality faculties.

One can join some of the PSUs directly and BARC as a scientist/engineer. Some premier research institutes also recruit candidates on based of GATE score. You can also clear IES which is very similar to GATE and get in to civil services

PHD after M-tech 


After completing M-Tech you can go for PhD in IITs or any of the hundreds of premier international research institutes. You will receive a very good stipend while doing PhD.  You can get an academic job while doing part time PhD at IIT. After the 6th Pay Commission the Government is trying to improve quality of education in India and offers number of high paying jobs in educational institutions as there is a dearth of good faculties.  After PhD, you can easily become an HOD or a Principal in some good institute.

IITs are inviting B.Tech students to do PhD and also inviting those students who could not make it to M.Tech.

The biggest advantage of doing PhD right after B.Tech is you get to enter into the IITs without a very high score and get an opportunity to study with highly competitive students under excellent faculty.

If you have long term plan for research then this could be a wonderful opportunity. Most of the students are worried about the research pressure and aptitude while doing PhD right after B.Tech or BE. No need to worry. One needs to take up a bunch of subjects before starting the actual research. These subjects are usually recommended by the guide. These subjects will help you to build a solid base to start research. The number of subjects is the same as in M.Tech and sometimes your guide may want you to take additional class too.

Scholarships offered to GATE qualified candidates

Scholarships are offered to GATE qualified candidates in different institutes. IITs and NITs offer the following scholarships:

MHRD stipend / Scholarship for master degree program: 8000 Rupees PM

Research fellowship MHRD + professor’s project: 9000~10000 Rupees PM

Industry fellowship / Scholarship/ RA: 10000 ~14000 Rupees

Salary packages you can expect after completing your M.Tech/ME

It varies across different disciplines, across types of institutes. It can range between Rs.25,000 if pursued from less known colleges to Rs.1 lac if pursued from a well reputed college. IITs have recorded salaries as high as Rs.40 lac per annum for Computer Science and other related disciplines. If one wants to be a faculty then Rs.40-50,000 / month or higher can be expected.

Experience of the 2 years stay at any of the IITs or NITs

IITs and NITs are the best places to be around due to Great hostels, Green campuses, colourful events, higher interesting extracurricular activities and power packed workshops, big lush Grounds, swimming pools, Gym, best training facility for all kinds of sports, Music rooms if you are interested in playing / learning all kinds of Indian and Western instruments, superfast LAN, Best research labs in the country. All of this will help not only in academic development but also help in terms of developing soft skills, leadership qualities and confidence development.

Various workshops at IITs and NITs include playing musical instruments, almost all sports, painting, photography, skating, swimming, debating, acting, etc.

The overall experience makes you remain highly energised, confident and motivated. Your approach a problem solving changes and impacts the way you move up in life. You will discover your hidden talents and share them with the best co-students in country. In a nut shell it’s an experience of a life time.

What does an M-Tech degree add to my four years of bachelors engineering study?

The main aim of the two programs is different. The UG curriculum helps you grasp each and every aspect of the relevant field of engineering chosen by you. Once you choose your area of interest for a post grad, you refine your line of interest. In the two years of PG one learns a selected number of topics in much deeper way taking into account all modern developments in that field. This is very important from research and industry perspective. In M-Tech you generally take subjects and projects in particular area of interest to be in constant touch with your guide and other researchers in that field.

Name of some famous M.Tech post-grads.

All IITs/NITs and other government reputed faculties are M.Tech post grads and PhDs. Similar is the case with most of the scientists in ISRO/DRDO/BARC.

Many IITs alumni have become entrepreneurs, including N.R. Narayana Murthy (co-founder and former Chairman of Infosys), Rajendra Pawar (Co-founder and Chairman of NIIT), Vinod Khosla (co-founder, Sun Microsystems), Anurag Dikshit (co-founder of PartyGaming) and Suhas Patil (founder and Chairman Emeritus Cirrus Logic Inc.).

Other alumni have achieved leading positions in corporations, such as Rajat Gupta (former Managing Director, McKinsey), Arun Sarin (former CEO, Vodafone), Vijay Thadani (Co-founder and CEO of NIIT), Victor Menezes (Senior Vice Chairman,Citigroup), and Kanwal Rekhi (CTO, Novell). IIT alumni have also pursued careers in politics; for example, Manohar Parrikar became the Chief Minister of Goa.

Many alumni have gained national and international recognition: Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya was awarded the CBE, a Knighthood, and Padma Bhushan; and V. C. Kulandaiswamy was awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.Arogyaswami Paulraj well known for his work in wireless technology was awarded Padma BhushanNarendra Karmarkar is also world-renowned for his work in applied mathematics. Many IITians have contributed a great deal to innovations in science and technology, such as Mani Lal Bhaumik who co-invented the LASIK eye surgery process. They have authored many books and hold many patents.


If I have completed my bachelors in Computer Science but wish to continue my studies in Electrical Engineering, is it possible after taking the GATE exam? Can you please explain the process by which this can be done?

Such a transition depends on the institute which you wish to choose. Enquire from the target institute of their requirements for such a transition. In case of lack of information write the relevant GATE exam in which you want to pursue masters. Several universities might want the UG background to be similar to the relevant master’s specialization. So the best thing is to approach the target institution itself.

If I am a working professional, how will taking GATE help?

This entirely depends on your current profession. If you are in the academia and plan to do so, then GATE qualification is a must as per directive of AICTE/MHRD to move towards the HOD or Principal level. If you are in the core engineering sector, then the GATE qualification is like a national level certification on your theoretical competencies. If you are in software sector, then GATE qualification and subsequent M.Tech helps to return to the desired core sector.

What is the level of competition for the GATE exam?

GATE day by day has become highly competitive mainly due the present youth looking for some sort of stability against the volatility of the recession prone markets. It has become even more competitive with the entry of PSUs in the sector. In core sectors of engineering the competition has increased by about 5-6 times in the last 4 years. So a decent amount of preparation becomes essential.

Discipline/ Course / Stream

Number of students appeared


Year 2010

Year 2011

Computer Science and Engineering and IT



Electronics and Communication Engineering



Electrical Engineering



Mechanical Engineering



Civil Engineering



Instrumentation Engineering



Chemical Engineering



Production and Industrial Engineering



Metallurgical Engineering






Life Sciences












Engineering Sciences



Geology and Geophysics




There was a significant increase in the number of students taking the GATE over 12 lac people who took the GATE in 2012.

The above information will help you to understand the level of focus and determination GATE 2012 is demanding from you. An important thing, these numbers are not to scare you, but to prepare you to build motivation, develop focus and be very sincerely committed.

Don’t worry about the too high number of student appearing for GATE, only 50% of them are really competing and rest will try to think about it in last month which eventually may never happen. Keep in mind that you are competing with those serious 50% of students. Prepare well and be the best.


Section 2:  About GATE

1.      What is the pattern of GATE? How many questions? How much time?

Ans: The present GATE exam is of 3 hours duration. It is MCQ based with 4 options and only one of them being correct. In total there are 65 questions (30 1-mark questions and 35 2-mark questions). All questions have 1/3 negative marking. Out of 65 questions 15 are aptitude based and 50 are technical including maths.

2.      What are the eligibility criteria for taking the GATE exam?

Ans: Previously 3rd year BE/BTech or related equivalent students were eligible. 2012 onwards only 4th year BE/BTech and equivalent and higher are eligible. One can apply and appear in only 1 paper.

3.      What is the objective of the GATE exam?

Ans: GATE mainly tests your problem solving skills along with theoretical aspects of the relevant engineering discipline. Questions are mainly problem based.

4.      When is the GATE exam held? What are the other important dates such as application date, results announcement, etc.?

Ans: GATE is mainly held as paper based test for most of the subjects on the 2nd Sunday of February each year. Some papers (list changes every year) are held as an online examination in the last Sunday of January each year.

Application starts from end of September through entire October (subjected to change) while the results are generally out on 15th of March.

5.      What is the application / registration process for taking the GATE exam?

Ans: Application process depends on the rules as per decided by the organising IITs. It can be online as well as offline and can vary from year to year. Some relevant websites would be http://www.iitb.ac.in/~pge/, http://gate.iitk.ac.in


6.      How to apply for GATE? When and where?

Ans : Refer to the GATE websites : http://gate.iitm.ac.inhttp://gate.iitk.ac.in


3. GATE Preparation

When to start preparing?

I strongly recommend preparation from third year and there are mainly 2 reasons

1.      In final year students are busy with placements, Project work, BE/ B-Tech exams, other entrance tests so they get very little time to prepare for GATE

2.      Almost in all disciplines more than 30% syllabus is from third year so while you study for your engineering just go extra mile understand the concepts and solve previous years gate questions from those topic This will surely give you edge over others.


Try to complete Maths and General Aptitude part during vacation.


You can follow the strategy even if you are not sure about GATE / GRE / CAT / GMAT because studying third year subjects deeply will help you in VIVAs and exams. Maths and General Aptitude will help you in placements and other exams. So none of your efforts are wasted and your vacation is put to good use.


If you are already in the fourth year, start preparing as soon as possible.


How to start preparing?

Few suggestions for students who are serious about cracking the GATE.

Divide the whole process of preparation in few steps and every individual student who aced the GATE will follow these in one or the other way. These are some simple guidelines but the most important thing is your dedication and determination. These are recommended to every student who is sincere and wants to give it a good try.

  • Buy or get a copy of previous year question papers with their solutions. Having a hard copy is very important and because you are going to refer it repetitively during the whole preparation.
  • Refer to the syllabus and analyze the number of questions asked in each subject. As all subjects don’t have equal marks, few subjects are preferred over others, i.e. few subjects may have more questions than others.
  • Make a priority list of subjects based on marks or preferences given it in previous exams. Marks distribution of subject will help you prioritize and allocate preparation time to different subjects. If distribution is not prepared you may end up in a random preparation and finally may have tough time dealing with important subjects.
  • Allocate realistic time for each subject. Since the syllabus is so huge, pay attention to detail and cover all areas equally.
  • Finish thorough reading of each chapter of each subject. Make short notes of important points, as this will help you at last moment to revise what you have studied.
  • Once you finish a chapter, go back to previous years’ GATE Question papers and solve the problems from that specific chapter. These days there are a lot of question banks available in the market for GATE which you can buy. This will help you assess yourself for level of understanding of the chapter you read. Use a single notebook for question answer solutions because you may refer to it while revising.
  • Finish detailed reading at least one and half month before the exam. Keep one month for revisions and clearing pending doubts. Have a look at questions you solved during preparation for GATE and remember how you solved them.
  • Keep last 15 days for fast practice and revision. Solve as many papers and question banks as you can get from any source.
  • In essence, treat the practice test like the real test. Try to make a note of your time management.

Hope these points will help many of you to take off. The ones who start early and work consistently, reach early and will be in IITs for M-Tech. GATE is a simple exam which just needs constant effort to crack it.

How will Carrier Avenues can help me in preparing?

At Carrier Avenue we help you to go that extra mile. In our study  material, we have analyzed the number of questions asked in each subject, identified tricky questions and will be teaching you important concepts. This will save a lot of your work and help in bootstrapping your preparation.  Faculty from IIT Bombay, PhDs and alumni will help you solve your doubts, give you many precious tips and tricks to crack GATE. Our test series will give you a solid experience of the actual GATE exam.

 How to manage time for GATE preparation?

Time management is real tricky for achieving any goal in life. GATE is no exception. This question will be in your mind whether you are a working professional or a student.

The answer is not easy. If someone has a full job or college to attend they need a put in an extra effort by managing their time tightly and rightly. For managing time first one needs to find that extra time from your day to day activity. Here are few points to share with you regarding time management.

  • Check daily routine and write down these activities on a paper against the time taken. Of course, you don’t need to mention exact number of minutes of each activity.
  • Once you have a list of activities you do in a day you will get a good idea of how to squeeze the GATE preps in.
  • Figure out activities that can be eliminated for one of the most important career changing moves like preparing for GATE and replace those activities with GATE preparation.

For example, you can read during your travelling. Use the college library during free hours and after college. Cut a few fun activities like television, movies, birthday parties, etc.

Consistent efforts achieve a good result so study regularly with gaps.


1 year for GATE

You may be thinking that 1 year is such a long time investment for an exam. Actually speaking since GATE will test you in 10 subject areas, you might cut for your final year exams last 1 month for mock test and revision etc. Based on this you equally assign work to each subject you get hardly 20-25 days for each. During this time you not only need to cover subjects but also practice the questions from previous years GATE papers and private question banks. With all these one’s head do you think that you have enough time to open book and start preparing?

With this I call you all to make best use of your time, divide it properly among different subjects and stay focused every single day till you finish GATE.

Last 1 month before GATE

With a short time to prepare for GATE which consists of four years of engineering gyan, can be a really a confusing task. Even students preparing yearlong could be puzzled. If you want to do great in GATE then there are five essential things you need to follow.

  1. Easy subjects first
    When time is less for preparation, the best thing do is to start preparing with the subjects you feel comfortable with. To crack the GATE, you need to solve only 60% questions. So obviously solving easy stuff first, you will be reaching the 60% part quickly.
  2. Use Short notes
    Try reading summaries. This will help you speed up your preparation, as the notes don’t go into every detail of the subject, but cover just the essential concepts needed for the exam.

  3. Get Question banks
    Have a question bank or GATE questions’ answer book for sure. As soon as you finish a topic you can refer to different types of questions that can be asked. Don’t worry if you cannot solve all the questions. At least you will get an idea of the type of questions you can expect and where do you stand against them.
  4. Previous year papers
    Every GATE aspirant must solve previous years’ question papers. First and foremost it familiarises you with the GATE question paper. Secondly, sometimes you may get some questions similar to previous years’ papers.
  5. Avoid reading from soft copies
    It is very common among student to search and download soft copies of GATE related books and notes. These soft copies can be easily found, downloaded and shared. But the disadvantage with soft copies is that you will read them on computer and can be


Section 4:  After GATE

What is GATE Score?

GATE score is a set of marks that are given out of 1000. It is considerably different from the marts out of 100. It reflects your position in technical expertise irrespective of the stream and the year of the exam. So it is the GATE score that matters in the end. It is calculated by the following formulae

Where  m = marks obtained by the candidate.

a = average of marks of all candidates who appeared in the paper mentioned on this scorecard in GATE for that year

s = standard deviation of marks of all candidates who appeared in the paper mentioned on this scorecard in GATE for that year

= global average of marks of all candidates who appeared across all papers and years

= global standard deviation of marks of all candidates who appeared across all papers and years .

The Maximum Score can be 1000. Minimum score awarded is 0 score is never negative

GATE Score Range

Ability Level

800 to 1000


675 to 800


550 to 675

Very good

425 to 550


300 to 425

Above average

100 to 300


Below 100

Below average

What is Valid GATE Score?

GATE score is usually valid for two years, for example if you take GATE in 2010 and your marks are above qualifying marks, you are eligible to apply in 2011 for Master of Engineering admissions. But in 2012 your score will be considered as invalid.

The next condition is about qualifying marks. Merely getting a score does not show that it is a valid GATE score. Your score is valid only when it is above or equal to the score of qualifying marks. For example, if you have 16 marks and the qualifying marks for that year are mentioned as 25, then your GATE score is not valid.


How to calculate GATE percentile

Percentile is a relative term and tells where you stand among a set of people. For example, if you have 99.95 percentile in GATE, it means that your score or marks are above 99.95% student who took the GATE exam in the same year as yours in the same branch as yours.

The GATE percentile is calculated as follows:

P = ((N – your rank)/ N) x 100

Where P is percentile and N is total number of candidates appeared for exam.
(N – Your rank) indicates the number of candidates who have scored less marks than you.

For example, if total number of candidates are 100 and 90 of them have less marks than you P = (09/100) × 100 = 0.9 × 100 = 90 percentile.

For example: A guy from Mechanical Engineering has All India Rank (AIR) 99 and total number of student of students appeared for GATE in Mechanical Engineering in the same year are 59338, then his percentile would be calculated as follows:

P = ((59338-99)/ 59338) X 100
= (59239/59338) X 100
= (0.9983) X 100
= 99.83
The candidate has 99.83 percentile.

As the competition grown too high, percentile not used for admissions anymore. As score is calculated on 1000 scale it gives a bit clear understanding and make admission process easy.

What happens after I get my GATE results?

Qualifying in GATE does not result in an admission to M.Tech courses or PSU jobs. One has to apply to individual institutes. Depending on their criteria one has to go through round(s) of written tests and/or interviews to make it to the final list. Some institutes offer direct admission without PI.


Institutes release M.Tech admission notifications


ISI Kolkatta, JNU, IISc, IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Bangalore, Cochin University of Science and Technology


IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Gowhati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, IIT Hyderabad, Pondicherry University, Tezpur University (A Central University), IIIT Allahabad, Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad


Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU), University of Hyderabad, Dr. Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Jamia Millia Islamia, NIT Allahabad, NIT Bhopal, NIT Hamirpur, NIT Surat, IIIT M Kerala, IIITM Gwalior, IIIT DM Jabalpur, IIIT Delhi, Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), BITS Pilani, Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Institute of Chemical Technology, Jadavpur University, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), Post-graduate Engineering common Entrance Test (PGECET) Andhra Pradesh


6 NITs common admission, NIT Agartala, NIT Jalandhar,
NIT Jamshedpur, NIT Kurukshetra, NIT Nagpur, NIT Durgapur,
NIT Silchar, NIT Srinagar, Common admission to Kerala Universities, College of Engineering Pune (COEP), Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, VJTI Mumbai, West Bengal University of Technology, PGCET Karnataka


NIT Raipur, Delhi College of Engineering DCE, HBTI Kanpur, PEC Technological University, RGTU Bhopal


NIT Patna, TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test),
Punjab Technical University (PTU), Rajasthan Technical University (RTU)


Gautam Buddha Technical University (GBTU)


Note: Deadline for applying to all PSU jobs are before GATE exams so look at the desired PSU websites in January and February to apply in them.


Besides the GATE score, what are the other conditions I need to fulfill to get admission for M-Tech/ME in a good engineering college?


Generally no such criteria exists, however, sometimes colleges do have a UG cut off of about 60%. People who want to pursue M.Tech in a course different from the UG course must check with target institute for other criteria.


What should be my AIR/ GATE score and Marks to get into some IIT

a.       AIR = below 400 for core disciplines and can go up to 1000 for interdisciplinary programmes subject to very good interviews.

b.       GATE marks= depends on stream to stream, year to year. It has been noticed 55/100 for ECE and 40/100 for IN is a safe score.

c.        GATE score = generally 550+ GATE score is preferred, however a good interview can compensate a slightly lesser score

d.       Engg marks so that I make it to an IIT : some IITs might ask for 60% in BE/BTech

Note that these are just minimum border line criteria you should try to achieve higher goals.


How to apply to IITs or IISc Institutes after GATE score?

Generally all applications are online keep checking websites of targeted institute regularly. Also work out other options such as NITIE or Singapore University.

How to prepare for written test and interview for admission after GATE?

Most of the students are confused about this phase of admission. The reason for conducting a written test and an interview is to select the best students. As GATE is a multiple choice test, there is some probability of getting good percentile if some of the blind guesses are correct. To filter out such students, IITs and IISc conduct a written test and interview.

Written test:

  1. Usually this test includes multiple choice questions and has around 10% weight for admission. As many students appear for exam and in a single day IITs have to finish whole process of admission, they feel comfortable with multiple choice questions. Multiple choice type test help the administration to quick evaluate and process the results.
  2. There can be very few analytical questions, so prepare accordingly.
  3. Prepare with short note material which you used for GATE.
  4. Have a good insight into difficult subjects.
  5. Don’t worry if you cannot do as per you expectations, as it counts only 10%.

It is little scary to face professors from IITs for the first time, as you don’t know their expectations and your career may depend on their decision. But follow these tips and things will be great.

  1. Don’t forget to visit individual Professors’ web sites. This makes you aware of their work and with their looks too. When you enter the interview room you will feel more comfortable.
  2. Initially to make you relax they may ask some personal questions. Answer them will make you feel comfortable.
  3. Try to be master of at least one subject. Usually they ask you for your choice, as they have experts sitting from all different fields. So make your choice wisely.
  4. Even if you prepare for the easiest subject do not forget to read the most difficult part in it. As they are teaching these subjects for quite a long time they know what parts of the subject students do not know or skip because of its difficult concepts.
  5. Most of them love mathematics in any subject. Therefore if you can remember few mathematical definitions in the chosen subject that will surely help you.
  6. Take your time to analyse and answer the question. In case you don’t know an answer you can tell that you are not sure but what you think could be answer. Panel members will guide you to arrive at the correct answer.

Do remember, interview is a chance to prove that you are better than what your score shows. Mostly they try to analyze your understanding of some problems and analytical skills required to solve them. So try to understand the question and frame your answer logically. At the same time it is a good way to know how good you are in a subject. Bluffing may lead to bad conclusions. Be polite, don’t panick. Show that given some tips and hints you will solve their questions and show that you are ready to learn rather than arguing.  Interview has around 20% weight, and can change many figures if you do well.

My GATE Score is XYZ. Which college should I apply for M.Tech/ ME


There is no straight answer to this question. Sometimes previous cut offs are given by the institutes as guidelines. If such a thing is not given, then one can consult present/past students of the institute. You can use social networking sites such as face book for contacting students from that institute

But gate cut off can much time give misleading conclusion

For ex.

If we have cut-offs of two years one in which GATE paper was tough and another in which it was not very tough, then looking and comparing GATE scores may help. But comparing cutoffs of difficult paper with easy paper may lead to wrong conclusions.

For example
In GATE 2009 for CS paper 670 GATE Score had around 280 AIR
In GATE 2010 for CS paper 670 GATE Score had around 898 AIR

Now if in 2009 some IIT had 670 as last admission in CS does it mean that someone this year with similar score have a chance for IIT, with the above stat the answer seems to be no In this scenario what matters most is AIR

AIR generally give better indication then gate score but while admission institute just consider GATE score because GATE score is valid for two years and students who have taken different gate paper can apply for same course. So gate score can be compered for different year and different stream

For example student who have taken gate in instrumentation  

Following are the order of preference for admission

IISC > OLD IIT > New IIT > NIT >Gov. Colleges > Private colleges 

  • Few good students will for sure for jobs in industry. (Job market is good this year)
  • Few of them may go abroad for higher studies too.
  • Few missed out a top college because of clash in institute written test or interview dates.
  • Few go to IISc and save our lives.

These assumptions are just to be too optimistic and try our luck for admission in Master of Engineering or Master of Technology Degree (M.E/M.Tech).

I will start with two questions: We usually look for GATE Cutoff Scores for M.Tech admissions doest they really matter for admissions? What is more important for M.Tech Admission, is it GATE Score, Percentile or All India Rank?

There is no straight answer to first question because I may be yes and no. To me it totally depends on difficulty of GATE papers. If we have cutoffs of two years one in which GATE paper was tough and another in which it was not very tough, then looking and comparing GATE scores may help. But comparing cutoffs of difficult paper with easy paper may lead to wrong conclusions.

For example
In GATE 2009 for CS paper 670 GATE Score had around 280 AIR
In GATE 2010 for CS paper 670 GATE Score had around 898 AIR

Now if in 2009 some IIT had 670 as last admission in CS does it mean that someone this year with similar score have a chance for IIT, with the above stat the answer seems to beNO..

In this scenario what matters most is AIR (my personal opinion)

Now considering that all 7 IITs ( as I don’t have information about new IITs yet) 30 around seats in CS ( few have more and few don’t fill all). We have 210 seats considering few have other fellowships and admission quota, the total number of seat can go up to 350. With this we can make the assumption about where to apply if you 1000 plus AIR. Similarly of NITs.

If you AIR close to following I strongly suggest you to try, in either case you are free to apply anywhere once you are GATE qualified.

For Admissions to computer Science M.Tech Admissions:







Central Universities and reputed universities

Good State Universities

IITs ( few offer admission based on GATE)

For other Engineering Streams:







Central Universities and reputed universities

Good State Universities

These are my personal calculations. You are in better position than me to judge. These don’t stand for any legal obligations. You need to be wise to take decision about where to apply for admission. I will only advice and try to help you. Wish you a great luck with M.Tech Admissions.

In Conclusion apply wherever you are near to previous year’s gate cut off or AIR.


Previous year’s gate cut off

Every engineering department have many specializations and specific score may vary for each specialization.

Note: If you don’t get direct admission or an interview call try to inquire for RA position which is 3 year part time program which will give you M-Tech as well as higher stipend

Master of engineering degree M.Tech, ME or MS admission in IITs is dream for thousands of student. As every student know that GATE is conducted for Admission to all engineering course right from Computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, mechanical and civil engineering. The number of admissions offered in these engineering courses are very limited therefore getting less score not able to get admission doesn’t mean that you are not capable of studying M-Tech or MS. Don’t ever give up on the dream of higher studies.

There are lots of good universities all over the world especially if you an average student should try Master of Engineering programs in Germany, France and other European countries, as Education is free and you get good scholarships there, you can also consider master degree admissions in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and US. Getting admission in MS same as M.Tech or Master degrees courses is easier than getting in IITs. At the same time, these universities give you good facilities for research and development. Usually Master degree in Computer Science or Master Degree in Electrical, Electronics have good findings and support many students.

(Add link of various colleges accepting gate and other options)

Advise for applying in to IITs

  1. Merely a good GATE score does not guarantee your admission to M.Tech
  2. Apply to all IITs and IISc don’t lose it because of over confidence.
  3. Prepare well for exam as it is not like GATE (multiple choice) most of the IITs give some descriptive and analytical questions too.
  4. Interview plays the most important role, as they see you problem solving. Whenever get a chance tell them the subject you are very strong in.
  5. Importantly plan you schedule, book train tickets as soon as you get a call. You can cancel them latter on if you don’t go there.
  6. Two IITs may call you around the same time or very close to each other so be mentally prepared for this and make a priority.
  7. There are few other courses where you easily get seats in IITs. You can play a safe too if want.
  8. If you are unlucky and average in all aspects of admission and could not make it, you can look for some good alternatives.
  9. Enjoy your travel in different parts of India

M.Tech in New IITs or old NITs

This is most debatable topic and let me put my personal views across.

New IITs still don’t have any placement record. They don’t even have good infrastructure compare to old NITs but According to me, new IITs will definitely have superiority over all NITs and Universities, at least for Top branches of engineering.

To answer this question you need know why you want to go such a place for studies. Is it job or placement that matters most immediately after your degree or is it a long term plan that makes you to go for higher studies?

I think by the time the first batch of new IITs for M.Tech comes out it will be 2013 and they will also be preparing for their first batch of B.Tech to come out in 2013 and 2014. Therefore, I strongly feel that if new IITs don’t have enough infrastructures for placements, their placements will be conducted along with their parent institutes.

I would like to mention that the mentor institutes will support new IITs until they are able to function independently and are under direct supervision of existing IITs. Refer to this official note http://www.iitk.ac.in/iitj/circular.pdf

If you have a long term plan of leading the world around you then IITs are the best places to be in. Every top university of the world knows what IITs are and what IITians can do. A good academic record with few good recommendations can show you world’s top universities, which is not so easy with any other institute in India. IITs have a definite edge for higher studies or MBA in world’s leading institutes.

In terms of faculty, IITs do not recruit faculty with less qualification than PhD and they are always open to find best people for them. They need not to advertise for the posts and wait for people to apply like Universities. All NITs and Universities, both government and private, have many faculty members who do not hold a doctorate degree.

A handsome budget of Rs.2113 crore will help create huge infrastructure within four years. This is the highest budget allocated to some educational institutes in India so far. I strongly believe new IITs will have better infrastructure than old ones.


Admission to NUS and NTU (Singapore universities) through GATE

Both the universities are highly reputed and offer degrees in all streams or fields of science and engineering.

Nation University of Singapore

website: https://share.nus.edu.sg/registrar/info/gd/GDTuitionCurrent.pdf

Nanyang Technological University

website:  http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/coursework/Before%20Applying/Pages/Fees.aspx


Eligibility: Good performance in Bachelors degree and above 90 percentile in GATE.
Tuition Fee: 10000~17220 SGD (Singapore dollars) Approximately 3~5 Lakh Indian Rupees per annum.

These are two wonderful and top class universities in Asia. They also offer limited scholarships. The basic disadvantage for Indian students who scored well is that the tuition fees are too high and Singapore is an expensive place to live. This makes students to opt for IITs and NITs where education is almost free and you get ample scholarships.


M.Tech Specializations and preference

Every specialization has its own value, demand and future. Few give better scope of placement because of its higher application and demand.

M.Tech specializations in Civil Engineering and their order of preference

1. Engineering Structures
2. Construction Technology & Management
3. Geotechnical Engineering
4. Transportation Engineering
5. Environmental Engineering
6. Remote Sensing & GIS
7. Water Resource Engineering
8. Offshore Structures

M.Tech specializations in Chemical Engineering and their order of preference

1. Chemical Engineering
2. Energy Engineering
3. Process Control & Instrumentation

M.Tech specializations in Computer Science and Engineering and their order of preference 
1. Computer Science
2. Information Technology
3. Information Security
4. Software Engineering
5. Distributed Computing
6. Image Processing

M.Tech specializations in Electrical Engineering and their order of preference

1. Power Electronics & Drives
2. Power Systems Engineering
3. Instrumentation & Control Systems
4. Computer Controlled Industrial Power

M.Tech specializations in Mechanical Engineering and their order of preference

1. Thermal Engineering
2. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3. Automobile Engineering
4. Manufacturing Engineering
5. Material Technology
6. Industrial Engineering
7. Product Design and Development
8. Industrial Safety Engineering

M.Tech specializations in Electronics and Communication Engineering (E&CE) and their order of preference

1. VLSI System Design

2. Embedded systems
3. Signal Processing

4. Advanced Communication Systems
5. Electronic Instrumentation

Truly speaking, every specialization has a good demand, the better specialization will give a little advantage. Course structure inside IITs are very flexible so even if you did not get specialization of your interest you can do courses from that specialization and based on which you can get placement in your area of interest.


Fee structure and scholarships for Master of Engineering degree (M.E./ M.Tech) in different Universities

Tuition fee and hostel fee for Master of Engineering degrees (MS/ ME/M.Tech) for whole course of two years in different Indian universities is approximately.

Central universities around: 10000 Rupees (at the max)
Indian Institute of Technologies: 50000~60000 Rupees
National institute Technologies: 120000
Private universities & Deemed Universities: 200000 Rupees
IIITs : 250000 + Rupees

Scholarships offered to GATE qualified candidates in different institutes especially last two scholarships are common in IITs and NITs.

MHRD stipend / Scholarship for master degree program: 8000 Rupees PM
Research fellowship MHRD + professor’s project : 9000~10000 Rupees PM
Industry fellowship / Scholarship : 10000 ~14000 Rupees

Ministry of Human Resource Development gives scholarships to all GATE qualified candidates who are taking M.Tech in one of the MHRD or AICTE recognized institutes. Research fellowship depends on projects and funds allocated department-wise and Industry scholarship is given based on consultancy projects in the department and the nature of industry sponsorship. Mostly they may not ask you to work for them after studies.



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