GATE v/s IES: All need to know

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06 Sep 2019

GATE or IES/ESE - Which one should you choose?

In India, engineering remains the most preferred professional course among youngsters given the vast prospects it offers.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and Indian Engineering Services (IES)/Engineering Services Examination (ESE) are the most sought-after career opportunities for engineering graduates. However, most aspirants often have a hard time deciding between these two exams.

Here's what you need to know about GATE and IES/ESE.

About

About GATE and IES/ESE and the objective of these exams

About GATE and IES/ESE and the objective of these exams

GATE and IES/ESE offer different opportunities and avenues. While GATE is conducted by any one of the seven IITs or IISc, IES/ESE is conducted by the UPSC.

GATE is mainly held for admission to postgraduate courses in engineering/technology, including at premier institutes like IITs and NITs. GATE scores are also accepted for PSU recruitment. IES/ESE is conducted for central government jobs in various ministries/departments.

Stages, disciplines

Different stages and engineering disciplines of GATE and IES/ESE

GATE is a single-stage exam while the IES/ESE consists of three different stages, including the Prelims (two objective type papers), Mains (two conventional type papers), and Personality Test.

Also, GATE is conducted for as many as 24 engineering disciplines whereas IES/ESE is held only four engineering branches including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering.

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Eligibility, Attempts

Eligibility criteria and number of attempts

Eligibility criteria and number of attempts

To apply for GATE and IES/ESE, a candidate needs to hold at least a bachelor's degree in engineering.

There is no minimum or maximum age limit to appear for GATE. Also, there's no limit on the number of attempts.

For IES/ESE, the age limit is 21-30 years of age. Candidates can attempt for an unlimited number of times until they reach the maximum age.

Validity of the GATE and IES/ESE scores

The GATE score of a candidate is valid for up to three years while the IES/ESE score is valid only for a year. However, GATE scores are valid for three years only for taking postgraduate admissions as PSUs consider only recent GATE scores for recruitment.

GATE

Who should go for GATE?

Candidates who want to pursue higher education, including at reputed engineering/technical institutions, but are also interested in PSU jobs can go for GATE.

It is advantageous because if they are unable to get a PSU job, their GATE score will be valid for three years to join postgraduate programs.

Also, the difficulty and competition levels of GATE are considered lower compared to IES/ESE.

What about UPSC IES/ESE?

UPSC IES/ESE is for candidates who are job-oriented and are purely interested in securing central government jobs under different ministries/departments. ESE is more difficult compared to GATE in terms of difficulty and competition. Also, IES officers enjoy immense respect and stature in society.

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Most asked questions

I was completed my B.tech 2 years ago and working currently. How can I prepare for GATE?

I am first year mechanical students. How can I start my IES preparation?

I'm an ECE student. How can we prepare Gate without coaching?

Can Computer Science students give IES Exam?

Are AMIE students eligible for GATE & IES examinations?

Can Computer Science Engineering students can apply for IES?

When will forms of IES 2020 come out?

I am a first year student of Mechanical Engineering, can you suggest me how should I prepare for GATE?

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I was completed my B.tech 2 years ago and working currently. How can I prepare for GATE?

Asked 2019-09-08 06:48:30 by Vamsi alves

Answered by NewsBytes

You can start with analyzing the syllabus as per your engineering trade and then decide if you wish to go for weekend coaching or self-preparation. Several coaching options are available in both cases.

I am first year mechanical students. How can I start my IES preparation?

Asked 2019-09-07 22:27:01 by BITTU MISHRA

Answered by NewsBytes

As if now, you must focus on clearing your basic concepts in the subject. Later on you can analyze the syllabus and decide if you wish to go for coaching or self-preparation.

I'm an ECE student. How can we prepare Gate without coaching?

Asked 2019-09-07 21:42:09 by Karnik Shetty

Answered by NewsBytes

There are several online portals which can help you prepare for GATE like Unacademy, Upgrade, etc. Moreover, these platforms also have a YouTube channel where you can access the preparation material.

Can Computer Science students give IES Exam?

Asked 2019-09-07 20:54:17 by Vandita Sharma

Answered by NewsBytes

CSE students can apply as engineering graduate only.

Are AMIE students eligible for GATE & IES examinations?

Asked 2019-09-07 14:13:36 by आकाश चौरसिया

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, AMIE students are eligible to take GATE & IES examinations.

Can Computer Science Engineering students can apply for IES?

Asked 2019-09-07 06:23:36 by Devi Kunireddy

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, any engineering graduate can apply for IES exam.

When will forms of IES 2020 come out?

Asked 2019-09-06 18:03:09 by Sunil Sunil

Answered by NewsBytes

The application notification is expected to be released later this month. Keep a check on UPSC website.

I am a first year student of Mechanical Engineering, can you suggest me how should I prepare for GATE?

Asked 2019-09-06 16:27:34 by jadhav ajay

Answered by NewsBytes

As if now, you must focus on clearing your basic concepts in the subject. Later on you can analyze the syllabus and decide if you wish to go for coaching or self-preparation.

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