The decision of either getting into job or going or to pursue higher studies after completion of B.E/ B.Tech is always been confusing for engineers as this time they become eligible for admirable jobs both in India & abroad and on the other hand have a chance to enhance their knowledge through higher studies. Generally, the students aspired to get themselves established in research & development, as a teaching staff in technical institutes or want to enhance their knowledge beyond bachelor’s do compete for admission in M.Tech.
In India, numerous entrance exams are conducted for admission of Engineering and Science students into various M.Tech programs. Theses entrance exams are conducted by central, state & deemed universities and also by few premier institutes at their level. GATE is most reputed and premier among all the entrance examinations conducted for admission in M.Tech programs.
“Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering” is the most significant exam conducted for engineering and science students to facilitate the admission in top colleges/ universities for higher technical education. GATE is jointly conducted by Seven IITs and IISc on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, MHRD for admission in ME, M.Tech, MS & Direct Ph.D (with or without financial assistance offered by MHRD) in all IITs, IISc and other premier centrally funded institutes in India.
GATE score is also used by some Public undertakings like IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, PGCIL, BARC etc and some private undertakings for screening of the candidates to recruit them at various prestigious posts in their organization. The GATE Score is also helpful to get Junior & Senior Research Fellowships at ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
The enrolment forms for GATE are filled up online in September, exam is conducted in February and the result is announced in March. From 2017, GATE also been start to get conducted in Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and UAE for admission of students from these countries in IITs and IISc.
ELIGIBILITY FOR GATE
The eligibility criteria to appear for GATE is Bachelor degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (including post B.Sc and Post diploma) ; Master degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs. Also the students in second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology; fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology are eligible to appear in GATE. The candidates obtained qualifications through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institute of Engineers and AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers can also compete in GATE.
Other than GATE, the entrance exams for M.Tech are also conducted by various Institutes, Central & state universities and deemed Universities for admission of students in their campus or affiliated colleges.
Some of the institutes and universities admire GATE score and provide additional facilities to GATE scorers either by making arrangement that only GATE scorers can appear in their entrance exam or else conduct direct interviews for GATE scorers or else accord higher weightage to them as compare to others.
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY COMMON ENTRANCE TEST
In 2016, Central University of Haryana, Jammu, Jharkhand, Kashmir, Kerala, Karnataka, Punjab, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu came together with a common entrance examination named “Central University Common Entrance Test” (CUCET) for UG and PG courses, which also include M.Tech in Computer Science and Technology, Computer Science and Technology (Cyber Security), Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology, Material Science and Food Technology. CUCET conduct their own exam for admission of students in different courses.
M.TECH PART TIME
Master of Technology degree is also conducted as part time course in various institutes for working professionals. The tenure as decided by AICTE for part time course is 3 years and the classes are conducted in the evening or at weekends as per the institute/ university’s norms and hence only the aspirants living within a particular distance of the college premises are eligible for getting admission so that they can attend the classes & practical . For getting admission in part time M.Tech the individual must have No Objection of employer and working experience as requisite by college authorities. The procedure for admission and the eligibility criteria vary across the country and hence the candidate must be aware of the admission procedure and eligibility criteria of admission in college of their choice.
M.TECH AS SPONSORED CANDIDATE
Many R&D organizations and Govt. establishments spare or sponsor their employees to attain higher education including M.Tech which will later be beneficial to company itself as he got an employee with higher qualification. Thus M.Tech can also be done as a sponsored candidate if granted the permission of the employer. On fulfillment of eligibility criteria set up by the college/ university and getting sponsorship letter from the employer the applicant will be admitted as a regular candidate. The aspirant have to sign a bond with the sponsoring company to assure that after completion of degree he will re-join the service and serve the company minimum up to the time period as per the rules and contract. Almost all the colleges which are pioneer in the field of innovation & research offer sponsored M.Tech in different disciplines either on the basis of past academic record & interview or on GATE score.
M.TECH THROUGH DISTANCE EDUCATION
There is another way of pursuing M.Tech called M.Tech Distance education. As the word “distance” itself revealed that the course can be joined from any place across the country and there is no any such term of living nearby the campus. The admissions are direct open and there is no any entrance exam for joining M.Tech through Distance education neither there is requirement of GATE score. The course is non regular type. Distance education is also meant for working professionals and therefore working experience can be requisite for admission by college authorities.
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