CAT or GATE these are two well-known exams for there professionalism and contributions in one’s growth. CAT exam is for building an organization with your managerial skills and GATE is for strengthening nations with your engineering knowledge. Both exams require hard work and ample preparation. Let’s have a quick look at few details of both these exams one by one. 

CAT -Common Aptitude Test

All India entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) for granting admissions to the postgraduate courses in management courses of several management institutes all over India including IIM. 

Eligibility- The applicant must be a graduate with minimum 50% marks (45% in case of reserved categories). Candidates appearing got their final year of graduation or are waiting for final year results can also apply. 

Carrier post CAT – There are a plethora of jobs and opportunities once you complete your MBA degree from a reputed institute after cracking CAT. Following are the options which one can start their carrier post-MBA degree-

– IT sector.               – Human Resource 

– Finance sector.    – Sales and Marketing 

GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering

It is an all India entrance examination which is conducted by IISC and IITs. On the basis of the GATE score, one can take admissions to postgraduate programs (ME,  Mtech, MS, direct PhD) in IISC, IITs, NITs, and other universities in India, with financial assistance provided by MHRD. The GATE score may also be used by PSUs for the recruitment of candidates for prestigious jobs with attractive salary packages. 

Eligibility- Candidates having a bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or master’s degree in any branch of science/maths/statistics/computer applications can appear for GATE. Students waiting for their final year result of students studying in final year can also appear for the exam.  

Carriers post GATE- GATE score is valid for two years straight like CAT hence one with good score has number options available,

– Jobs in PSUs 

– Research Fellowship 

– Higher Education 

Difficulty Level comparison – 

Frankly speaking,  both exams are difficult and easy at the same time. It depends on the student’s preparation and abilities. One with good aptitude skills and good hold on English can easily crack CAT. GATE also requires both of these along with good interpretation and understanding of technical subjects. 

Talking in terms of the course outline. GATE has a defined syllabus so you will encounter only those questions which you have studied in degree syllabus while in CAT there is no syllabus. 

Well, We can say  ‘CAT or GATE, which is better? ‘, it depends on one’s choice whether that individual wants to work in the core sector or want to switch his/her fields. Usually, core sector jobs would be a stable and safe option, but jobs in the management sector offer that flares of competition, excitement, and money if one completes his/her MBA from top IIMs or some prestigious institutes.