I took the Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering in 2012 and scored 941 marks out of 1000. I was ranked ninth on the all-India merit list. I appeared for GATE because of the great prospects it offers to engineering graduates. It allows you to go for a master’s degree in any engineering discipline at leading institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and also work in public sector undertakings such as Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd, IndianOil Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
While preparing for GATE, I ensured that I solved one question paper a day, especially in the last two months, to identify whether I was good at time management and also to find out my weak areas. I also made sure that my concepts were clear. After qualifying the written test, group discussion and interview, I bagged a job with NTPC as executive engineer.
I am currently undergoing training in various aspects of mechanical engineering at NTPC’s Kahalgaon power plant in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district. These include power plant allotment, operations and protection, corporate social responsibility initiatives, managing finances, and research etc. I wanted to join a PSU because it gives you a great sense of satisfaction and pride when you serve the nation in any way. The work environment here is amazing and I get opportunities to learn a lot from my seniors. If you are dedicated towards your job and are passionate about working for the nation, you can do wonders. Engineering involves a lot of aspects such as operations, management and maintenance and you really have to apply all that you have learnt in theory in your job.