GATE Overview

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily assesses a comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science for admission to Masters programmes and jobs in public sector companies.
The GATE exam began in 1984 and is typically held in the first and second week of February.

The Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras), and Mumbai (Bombay) jointly conduct GATE , on rotational basis. They conduct this exam on the behalf of National Coordination Board –GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Ministry of Education (MoE) and other government agencies, subject to the admission criteria of the admitting institute.

Some Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) use the GATE score for recruitment, and several other universities in India and abroad use it for admissions. It is one of the most competitive exams in India.

The GATE 2021 Examination was held on February 5-7, 2021 and February 12-14, 2021 and was organized by IIT, Bombay.
The GATE 2021 score will be valid for THREE YEARS (For taking postgraduate admissions) & ONE YEAR (for PSU Recruitment) from the date of the results announcement.

ESE Overview

The Engineering Services Examination is conducted by the UPSC every year to recruit officers for the services which cater to the technical functions of the Government of India in the field of engineering. They administer a large segment of the public sector economy, which constitutes of Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, Defence service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service, namely. The ESE is a Central Civil service and the recruited candidates can be posted anywhere across the country. Previously this examination had been conducted as Indian Engineering Services (IES) exam. ESE/IES exam recruits the Class ‘A’ & ‘B’ officers against the various technical posts for Central Government. Approximately 2.0-2.25 lacs candidates appear for the examination each year. The ESE/IES exam is conducted for only 4 core streams of engineering which are:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

The UPSC conducts this exam as a 3 step recruitment drive namely:

(i) ESE-Prelim.

(ii) ESE-Mains.

(iii) Personality Test.

On the basis of the merit in the exam, the candidates are recommended to the Union Government for the available posts. The career progression goes smoothly attaining high esteem. The first position offered is that of Asst. Executive engineer and the hierarchy ends at the position of Chairman/ Managing Director.