GATE examination has emerged one of the most important competitive examination for graduate engineers in past few years. On one side it opens up opportunities for getting admission to post graduate programs like M.Tech, M.E., Ph.D. along with financial assistance in premier technical institutes like IISc, IITs, NITs in India and on other side it offers excellent carrier opportunities for engineers. NITIE, Mumbai which is one of the top management institutes also offers management course through a valid GATE score.
Many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have used GATE scores to shortlist the candidates for recruitment of freshers. A few such organizations are Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI). The GATE score considered for recruitment by a PSU is specified in its notification. Most of PSUs consider a current year or last year GATE score for shortlisting the candidates. The GATE score is normally used for shortlisting the candidates which are followed by personal interview and/or group discussion depending up the PSU. BSNL in its recruitment of JTOs in 2017 did not even conduct interview rather recruited directly based on the GATE score. NTPC went further and conducted another test for further shortlisting of candidates for interview.
Direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central government, i.e., Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is now being carried out on the basis of GATE score. The details of the scheme of recruitment are normally published in National Newspapers/Employment News/Rozgar Samachar by the concerned authority.
The GATE examination has earned international recognition as well. There are some universities in Singapore and Germany which take admission to their postgraduate and doctoral programs through a valid GATE Score. The students having valid GATE score definitely have edge over other students in the selection process of the private sector as well.