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IES or GATE - Which is Better for Engineering Aspirants??

IES and GATE are two most popular choices among engineering graduates. If a candidate aspires for a job with Government of India, IES is the best opportunity while GATE is for the graduates who require admission in top colleges of India for M.Tech program. Each year lacs of candidates prepare for these exams. In fact, India is the largest producer of engineers in the world. Both these exams are a ladder to success in their careers. Both the exams have their pros and cons, what we must decide is where our interest lies so that we can find the best amongst the two.

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  1. An overview to GATE and IES

    GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level examination for the admissions in post-graduate programs like M.E., M.Tech and direct Ph.D. in Indian institutes of higher education. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE.

    This examination tests the comprehensive understanding in the field of Technology/Engineering/Architecture. However, apart from IITs, GATE Scores are also considered by many public-sector undertaking (PSU) like BHEL, Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC and Bhabha Atomic Research Center and private sectors.

    IES (Indian Engineering Services) is a national level examination conducted by UPSC for the recruitment of engineers to various posts in Indian Engineering Services. IES are the civil services which are selected to serve the government of India in the field of technology and management. Like most countries, the Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials based on merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are filled through competitive exams.

    Through this examination, candidates can work under the Government of India in the following public sectors: Department of Indian Railways, Power Department, Department of Telecommunications, Military Engineering, Geological Survey of India etc.

    So, basically if you wish to do a post-graduate course you should choose GATE and if you are focused to get a job, you should prepare for the IES exam.

  2. Exam Pattern

  3. GATE- The GATE exam is conducted for 23 disciplines i.e. 23 papers according to different streams but a candidate can appear in only one exam according to his/her stream in B.Tech.

    Exam pattern spends upon the type of questions, marking scheme, total marks and number of question papers. There are two types of questions, Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and Numerical answer type questions. It is a computer-based examination for the duration of three hours.

    All the papers consist of 65 questions of 100 marks. The exam consists of a single exam divided in three sections- General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and the Respective Subjects. Out of these 65 questions, 10 questions are of General Aptitude and carry 15 marks and the rest of the questions are from the subject chosen.

    IES- IES is conducted in three stages- Prelims, Mains and finally Personal Interview. Preliminary exam is an objective paper and a candidate needs to clear the prelims exam to appear for the Mains exam which is a conventional paper. One can find IES examination pattern for Civil (CE), Electrical (EE), Mechanical (ME), & Electronics & Telecommunication (ECE) branches. Both the prelims and mains exam cover the entire syllabus of relevant engineering subject. The candidates who qualify the Mains exam are called for the Personal Interview round.

  4. Level of Difficulty

  5. GATE- The GATE exam is considered relatively a tough exam than IES. The exam consists of concept-based questions and requires deep knowledge of concepts. The time limit becomes a big factor when compared with IES. This exam involves multiple concepts in the correct order.

    IES- The level of IES is slightly lower than GATE. One needs to prepare for GS and English which is not a part of GATE. IES is easier than GATE exam as the questions asked in exam are single formula based and concept based.

  6. Level of Competition

  7. GATE- The GATE exam is less competitive as compared to IES. The ratio of number of candidates appearing to the number of vacancies is almost 1:10 for this exam. The candidate may get a good rank in the first attempt.

    IES- IES is more competitive as the ratio of number of candidates appearing to the number of vacancies is almost 1:300. Here, due to less number of seats, it becomes difficult to compete and the candidates may have to attempt second or third time to achieve the aim.

    So, the statistics clearly state that the number of candidates competing for a single seat are less in GATE as compared to IES exam.

    The state of comparison is different for different exam purposes. We may state that GATE is way tougher than IES but here the competition of seats is more as compared to GATE. The purpose of IES and GATE is different, one results in the job (IES) and other for higher studies (GATE). The level of questions is the only factor where we can compare both the exams. GATE offers higher level of difficulty when compared to the ones in IES. Decide the purpose and you will get your answer to which one?

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