In India, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is one of the most competitive exams currently for engineers. Even though, engineers are talented enough to clear more than forty exams in their four years of Engineering, they find GATE extremely difficult to crack which is statistically observed by such a low passing percentage of engineers in GATE. Preparing for GATE itself is a challenge, and clearing it is yet another herculean task for them.
The more challenging a particular task is, the better result it generates. Just like that,cracking GATE has it’s own perks & advantages. Once a student cracks GATE, his life becomes a bit easier by getting direct entry to various Public Sector Unit (PSU) jobs or prestigious universities like IITS & IISc for M.Tech using his GATE Score.
It is a stereotype that the student who cracks GATE exam will have to select any one from PSU or M.Tech. Yes, these are definitely the most common paths people tend to take after cracking GATE. Somehow, students take GATE exam generally for these two reasons only.
But, since we have exceptions in all the fields, we have some in GATE too. There are certain people who don’t just want to spend the rest of their life working on some regular projects or studying something that already exists. There are people who want to do research and development to keep their intelligent minds busy with the technical aspects of the world that they are passionate about. It’s another mind boggling thing for the students interested in research to search how they could pursue it.
When we talk about research, it is considered to be more in the Unites States. There are many engineers who plan to take up research after their Master’s degree.This is not the case with the ones who cracks GATE. When you take GATE and get qualified for it, there is no need to go to any foreign university and struggle hard to pay loans for studying or work hard to make a living there. One can very conveniently use his GATE Score, if it’s good enough, to do research in India itself. Thanks to The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
CSIR introduced Junior Research Fellowship(JRF) in 2002 to allow Engineering Graduates who have qualified GATE and Pharmaceuticals Graduates who have qualified GPAT to pursue their dream of Research through appropriate Ph.D. Programs at CSIR Labs. The fellowship amount is Rs.25,000 (US$370) per month plus HRA (house rent allowance). In addition, a contingency grant of Rs.20,000 (US$300) per annum (calculated on a pro-rata basis for fraction of a year) is also provided. On completion of 2 years as JRF – GATE, the fellowship upgraded to SRF (Senior Research Fellowship) – GATE and stipend increased to Rs. 28,000 (US$420) per month in the later years, on the basis of assessment of CSIR JRF-NET guidelines.
As we know, there is always some initial struggle before reaching somewhere, but once you pass through the struggling years, you will get a job that you love. It will be intellectual and will also satisfy you financially.You will love what you do and also make amazing money and living out of it. This is a dream life for many. And once, you reach that point, you become unstoppable and that’s when all your hard work pays off.
So, to all such technically enthusiastic people, Good Luck for your future research.!