I am a third-year Engineering (electronics and communication) student. I want to pursue higher studies in my branch of engineering, but am confused between GATE and GRE. Which option is better for me? What are the job prospects in each case?
— Ranvir pal
You have not mentioned which study programme you wish to take up after graduation in electronics and communication engineering. The GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India examination conducted by the six Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
It is required if you wish to pursue postgraduate programmes in engineering, technology, architecture, or pharmacy at any of the national level institutes in India. The GRE or the Graduate Record Exam is conducted for admission to all postgraduate programmes in the US and elsewhere in the world. If you plan to pursue an M.Tech. in the US, you would need to submit GRE scores for admission to every university you apply to.
The choice of study in India or the US depends on your ability to get admission to your chosen institutes and your financial status. As far as the job prospects are concerned, a postgraduate degree from a good institute, whether in India or abroad, will add value to your career.
(Inputs from career expert Usha Albuquerque)