Dark Side of Gate Examination- Reality That Every Aspirant must Know

GATE, or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, is one of the most important and reputed exams in India, conducted by the GATE Committee. The main aim of the GATE entrance exam is to test the knowledge of students of engineering and science.

Every year, lakhs of students apply for GATE and work together day and night to clear the examination. But behind the luring benefits that the exam reveals, the dark side is camouflaged. If you are also among those who are preparing for GATE without knowing the other side of the coin, then this article is for you.

Dark Side of Gate Examination- Reality That Every Aspirant must Know

What is the GATE exam?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE full form) is a national-level examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology in online mode.

The GATE scorecard is the GATEway to your dreams. It is used by many PSUs (public sector undertakings) to hire candidates for jobs at IOCL, GAIL, NTPC, Powergrid, and India Oil.

Why GATE exam is given?

The benefits of clearing the GATE exam are what tempt students the most. Students who crack the GATE can get jobs at top PSUs. They can also pursue their master’s at a reputed college. Not only that, GATE is for students wanting to change their streams after graduation. So, there is no doubt why students run after GATE.

What to do after GATE exam?

  • Can go for higher studies

You can opt for higher studies like M.Tech. or ME in some of the reputed institutions like the IITs, NITs, or IISC. You can select this on the basis of your interest and of course GATE score.

  • Can go for research

If you are passionate about exploring and learning, then you can also opt for research. Since the GATE scorecard validity is 2 years, you can join for research after your M.Tech. or ME.

  • Can go for jobs

GATE can take you to reputed companies. You can opt for a job in the private sector at firms like Google, Maruti, Cisco, Samsung, Tata, etc. You can also go for PSUs like GAIL, Indian Oil, PowerGrid, etc.

So, now, these are the things that are attracting you, but have you thought about the dark reality?

The dark side of GATE Examination

  1. The GATE exam is not that easy

GATE is not that difficult, though it is not that easy. It demands a lot of hard work, and students often end up feeling frustrated and depressed. Also, not everyone can crack the exam on the first attempt, which makes them unmotivated, and they start losing confidence. Those who make it can achieve their dreams, but those who don't end up feeling terrible.

  1. Less number of seats

Let us consider that every year, around 1-2 lakh students sit for the exam; however, the number of seats is about 10000–15000, which is 1% of the total seats. The data is enough to show the difficulty of cracking GATE.

It is not only about hard work but also about luck, and it's not that the exam is that difficult, but the limited seats make it much more difficult to crack.

  1. GATE exam is not reliable

Since GATE is not stable and uncertain. It is possible that you will crack it, or it is even possible that you will not make it. If the latter comes true, you have wasted your time and years.

If someone quits their job for GATE, then they are taking a great risk. So, if you are not financially stable, then chasing GATE can be a tough affair.

  1. Problems in getting jobs

The number of students who get selected is not guaranteed, as some students don’t even get an interview call. So getting placement is a different thing. However, this is a rare case.

  1. Mental illness

This problem is not much talked about, but it is a reality. If you have dropped GATE and have not been able to crack it, then it will shatter your confidence. Constant hard work, pressure, and failure will break you from within. Hence, poor mental health among students can be a common problem.

  1. Salary after the GATE exam

Students tend to be trapped, considering the salary after GATE exam. However, it is not as simple as it seems. The salary depends on various factors, and not everyone will get that high-paying job.

For example, a student from the IT branch will earn way more than non-IT branch students. So, you must check the average salary.

  1. Lack of Motivation

Not everyone is equal, and not everyone is optimistic. Students fall into depression and eventually lose the same spark with which they started. GATE aspirants should be enduring and patient, and always start with the same zeal and passion if failed.


So, the article shows you both the advantages and disadvantages of GATE exam. However, it all depends on you. If you have the confidence and interest to crack it, you can move on with full dedication. But, try to prepare with a backup.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.1. Is GATE tougher than jee?

Ans. Yes, absolutely. The GATE exam is tougher than the JEE. While JEE tests students' knowledge of the 11th and 12th standards, GATE tests undergraduate knowledge. Also, GATE has a section on general aptitude for students.

Q.2. When will be GATE admit card 2023 be released?

Ans. The GATE admit card for 2023 will be released on the 3rd of January by IIT Kanpur.

Q.3. Is cracking GATE easy?

Ans. Cracking GATE is not a cakewalk. It is not that easy; however, it is not impossible.

Q.4. What is the success rate of GATE?

Ans. Every year, about 7 lakh candidates write the entrance exam, but the GATE exam success rate is just 15%.

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