M.Tech. Admission through GATE 2018

Last Updated - March 08 2018

M.Tech. as we commonly call, is an abbreviation of Masters in Technology. While some students go for Civil Engineering, others choose between Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical etc. Generally, it is a two-year long degree course, which comprises a number of specializations that a student can choose from.

The students often appear for the GATE in order to get placed in the postgraduate courses (M.Tech or MS by Research) across the country. GATE is jointly organizeed by the IITs and IISC Bangalore on behalf of the National Coordination Board (GATE -MHRD).

GATE held once in a year, IIT Guwahati is the organizing institute for GATE 2018. The GATE exam lists out about 22 papers for which aspirants can appear and pursue M.Tech or MS. They are seen to be really tough to complete. And hence, we lay out some of the reasons for you to go ahead with this course.

Why Choose M.Tech.?

We give you multiple reasons to choose M.Tech. Here they are:

  • It is obviously an extension of what you learn in your B.Tech. So, in order to enhance your undergraduate knowledge, you choose to do a master’s degree in the same.
  • Students studying M.Tech. are generally paid a decent stipend unlike the ones pursuing B.Tech.
  • Students securing good grades can look forward to gaining good placements. Most companies do prefer good and technologically sound people who are accustomed to deadlines and tight work schedules.
  • The annual course fee for M.Tech. is comparatively lower than B.Tech.
  • It is a stepping stone to pursue research/ Ph.D.

Why take the GATE Exam 2018?

For all you wondering the benefits of the GATE exam, let us tell you that they are plenty in number. From the most-preferred government jobs to fancy MNC jobs, below are its plus points:

  • Fellowship at IIMA and IIMB in management course with a good stipend
  • GATE qualified aspirants are also applicable for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects
  • GATE qualification is also an at least requirement to apply for different fellowships honoured by many Government organizations like DRDO, BARC, ISRO etc.
  • Focused GATE Preparation also helps in other prestigious PSU appointment examinations like CIL, AP Genco, AP Transco, NTPC, BSNL etc
  • Many PSU’s accept the GATE score like HAL, IOCL, PGCIL, BARC etc
  • Admission to renowned institutes like IITs, IISC, IIITs, NITs etc.
  • Brushing up technical skills for Campus Appointment
  • MS program at Singapore, New Zealand & Germany

Myths vs Reality

Over the years, M.Tech. With this article, we wish to bust all the surrounding myths, getting the aptest facts in front of you! Take a read. We also intend to differentiate between the fallacy and reality, helping you feel better about this fearful course. has been a topic of discussion for most of the people, in terms of the myths and facts affiliated with it.

Myth- IIT’s do not provide M.Tech as good as B.Tech!

Fact- IIT’s do provide M.Tech. as good as B.Tech because:

  • The outsiders do not know, but M.Tech is taught by the same professors who teach B.Tech. In fact, some of the most adept professors teach only the Masters batches.
  • Now that India has the B.Tech completed engineers in abundance, its next mission is to produce world-class Masters degree engineers. The focus of India post-independence was to produce engineers so that, India inculcates the same technological advancements as the other countries. The IIT’s have worked in these footsteps that helped India produce engineers in good number, plus, with the best skills.

Myth- Teaching is the only profession after M.Tech.!

Fact- In reality, this doesn’t hold any truth. In fact, teaching is probably the last option to consider. We see people getting placed in giants such as Amazon, Adobe, Oracle, Cisco, etc. However, teaching is a good option for those looking for stability in life. where most of them are M.Techs than B.Techs. We also see many students pursue research after their M.Tech.

Myth- M.Tech. is equal to a fun ride of 2 years!

Fact- This myth can be stated to be partially true. Then there are courses that are easy to do but useless in application. is a mix of some serious study slots and some fun free time. Scoring good grades may be an easy task, but they do not hold any value in real life. Where scoring good grades is a task, the learning procedure comes easily. M.Tech. IIT’s provide courses that are really good but extremely tough at the same time.

All we can say is, after all this struggle in IIT’ s, the GATE exam will look like a cake-walk to you.

Myth- M.Tech. doesn’t give you good placements!

Fact- Passing your M.Tech. Popular institutes have always held this record of placements for students who excel in their studies. degree with a good score and from a recognised institute can assure your placement in a big company. Hence, students must strive to score well in the entrance exam, i.e. the GATE exam in order to enjoy the later benefits. In fact, these companies select you via rigorous selection criteria, along with the degree that you hold.

Scope after M.Tech

M.Tech. does require you to donate a sufficient amount of time if you aspire to score well. For all those apprehensive about its future benefits, here are a few of them:

  • Ph.D. is one option that students choose after completion of their M.Tech. They often travel abroad to popular universities and continue with their studies.
  • The Research and Development (R&D) department in big companies or Indian Ministries often hire students with Ph.D. degrees in hand. So, a good placement follows your degree.
  • There are Opportunities to shift into managerial roles as one gains greater experience in the technical field.
  • Where small companies hire B.Techs. that agree for low packages, students who complete M.Tech. have higher chances of securing their dream job, along with an excellent package.

Ph.D. after M.Tech

In case you wish to pursue Ph.D. after completion of your M.Tech course, we have some of the important details for you:

  • These institutes use centralized exam scores such as GATE score, CSIR-UGC NET score as one of the criteria to judge the academic credentials of a participant at the first stage of the selection process - evaluation of applications. In addition to this, at least percentage cut-offs at all academic levels also play an important role. Plus, your degrees required to be from recognised universities (whether private or not).
  • If you wish to pursue Ph.D. from an IIT, then you can choose between full time, part time or sponsored Ph.D.
  • The University Grants Commission has introduced engineering sciences to Council of Scientific & Industrial Research)-NET (National Eligibility Test) subjects, to encourage Ph.D in India. They offer a number of monetary aid for such students.
  • All IITs, NITs and BITS have centralized admittance to their PhD programs. This means you can't simply apply to a professor and discuss PhD positions, the institutes have a specified PhD admittance process involving evaluation of applications, written exams and interviews.

What does the Statistics say?

If you still haven’t been convinced to pursue M.Tech., we give you the stats that speak a lot for themselves. Take a look. The data offers the highest and average placements of various disciplines of IIT.

IITsHighest PackageAverage Package
DelhiINR 21 Lacs Per AnnumINR 14.71 Lacs Per Annum
BombayINR 35 Lacs Per AnnumINR 9 Lacs Per Annum
RoorkeeINR 1.83 Crore Per Annum -
GuwahatiINR 62 Lacs Per Annum -

We hope this article helped you gain those extra knowledge points about M.Tech. and the GATE exam.

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