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Monday, Mar 19, 2012
Go through the GATE carefully

It is always better to take the guidance of experienced faculty or trainers for post-admission process, says R. RAVIKANTH REDDY


Hyderabad:A highly competitive exam, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) throws up opportunities for engineering graduates to pursue higher studies at the top institutions in the country.

Results
The GATE results were declared a few days back and the results showcased the severe competition. Only 1.8 lakh candidates could qualify out of the 6.86 lakh who took the test. Now these qualified candidates have to once again compete among themselves to enter into the top institutions like Indian Institute of Sciences, Indian Institutes of Technology, NITs and the best engineering colleges. The post-admission process is quite complicated and without proper guidance, it is easy for an aspirant to miss out on his programme of choice. So it is always better to take the guidance of experienced faculty or trainers. Some institutes have created evaluators that can guide the successful candidates on the future course of action based on their rank, category and interest.
“The GateForum has created a software which by using inputs like the GATE 2012 rank and stream will show all the possible options for a student for a particular institute. The IISc, the seven IITs and six NITs are currently listed in the evaluator,” says the GateForum Director, Aditya Reddy. The institutes can be classified into seven groups with Group I being the most desired by candidates.

Group I
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) has three different programmes – ME, M.Tech and MS across various disciplines. The ME and M.Tech programs are more industry oriented while the MS programs are more research oriented. Also, a student has the option of stretching the MS programme by six months, which is not possible for the ME and M.Tech programmes.

The M.E. programmes are offered in the traditional disciplines while the M.Tech courses are offered in the more contemporary disciplines. Also, the admission to M.E. programmes is based only on the GATE score while the admission to M.Tech and MS programs is based on a written test or interview after screening based on GATE score.

Who should apply?
For ME courses those who figure in less than 100 rank can apply while for MS courses those in the top 1200 ranks can apply. The last date for online application is March 21 and the last date for receipt of printed version of online application form at IISc is March 26. Details on ‘www.iisc.ernet.in'. “Admissions at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay are directly based on GATE scores and test plus Interview for some departments (if the GATE score is lower). Those who fall in the ranks of 150 – 170 can apply and expect a direct admission whereas those are in 500 – 600 ranks bracket can expect test and interview calls for some departments,” Mr. Aditya Reddy says.

Group II
IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Delhi. IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi have a mix of direct (GATE score) and test and interview based admissions whereas at IIT Madras, it is mostly direct admission. Ideally those with ranks between 80 and 250 can apply.

Group III (IIT Kharagpur)
Direct admission to all the programmes in IIT Kharagpur are based on GATE score. This is ideal for those with ranks between 250 and 500. The IIT (Roorkee), IIT (Guwahati) and (IT BHU) can be put in Group IV. IIT Roorkee and IIT Guwahati admit students based on written test plus interview and ideal for those with ranks between 500 and 1000.

The NITs and IIIT Hyderabad can be classified into Group V. They are ideal for those with rank between 1000 and 1500. Admission process varies from institute to institute. For example, NIT Warangal has direction admission others follow written test plus interview. University Engineering Colleges, Government Engineering Colleges, BIT Ranchi etc can be put in Group VI and they are ideal for rankers between 1,500 and 2,500. All the private colleges can be put in a separate group.

For admissions into engineering colleges in the State all GATE qualified get the first preference when the admissions begin. Only after the GATE qualified candidates exhaust those who have appeared for the PGECET are considered. Admission notification of IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur have been issued while the remaining IITs and NITs are likely to issue soon.
Courtesy: The Hindu
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