GATE/PSU vs Private Jobs

Is GATE Exam / SSC JE Exam the only option !!

If you ask my reviews on above then answer is no and certainly not. Examinations which lead to career options thru GATE/ SSC JE exam no doubt has incomparable benefits like

  1. 100% job security
  2. Comfortable job environment
  3. Benefits like medical reimbursement, pension related benefits and jobs to children in case of any eventuality.

Now let us look on the other side of the picture also. Private sector jobs have a vast arena of working. Let us now discuss them one by one::

First of all the quality of work environment is incomparable. Various perks associated with private sector jobs are tremendous. When a student graduates out from diploma/ degree College, he or she has to wait for years to secure jobs and undergoes various rigorous channels like GATE exam coaching/SSC JE EXAM Coaching. There is tremendous hard work and energy input required. Along with that they sacrifice and finances also for a minimum of 2 years. On the other hand, if the candidate starts working in a good private sector company the salary which receives for these two years is nearly comparable to a job in public sector undertaking. But after learning and experience of 2 to 3 years, candidate is ready for further take off and can easily hope to get an approximate rise of 50%, which will certainly go on increasing every time the candidates switches from one company to another. If you have a look at the various industry options to start with, we have a very vast range. One can choose from options from industry like Power, Steel, Cement, Sugar, Foundry Pharmaceutical, Rubber, Forging etc. I am sharing option for Mechanical Engineering Students.

Requirements to grow in private sector industry are strong technical skills, good communication, task flexibility, multitasking, self driven, disciplined leadership skills, mobility for new locations, etc.


If candidate possesses even 50% of these skills, the growth with private sector is tremendous. Also the candidate gets an option of International postings which gives an excellent exposure to the new kind of working atmosphere.

In my teaching career I have seen many people quitting government jobs and switch go to private ones. Also at the end of your career the money you earn in private sector would be many times higher than if you stick to the government job. Finally what counts at the retirement is, money only. Due to recent developments at government sector jobs, the following points are worth mentioning



  1. There are no pension benefits now


  1. Salary hikes are very less


  1. Of course there are transfers to remote locations


  1. Status growth has also become very limited


To sum up all the above I would like to you to gear up for an examination which has been launch by CII.

The examination is called as IPATE exam and candidates should be eligible for various jobs on the basis of exam score. There is no specific age limit for this exam and candidates will be able to grab opportunities in private sector, depending upon the skill and knowledge they have acquired from their previous companies. In my next post I will be coming a separate topic for this kind of new examination.

History of GATE Exam | By Prof Vikas Slariya

When and Why GATE Exam became so prestigiuos !!

Gate Exam, abbreviated as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, is an age old exam since 1984. In those times there are very few engineering colleges and Universities across the country. Even if we name the IITs, these were just four in number.This exam was meant to get admission in IISC and IITs and was meant to get admission in Masters and PhD programmes. I very well remember that the name GATE was always a surprise for us and most of the people in the society were confusing it to a “gate” used to keep things at bay. The reason was that there was no need for engineers to enter into public sector jobs. Job scenario was very positive in private sector. During the year 1992 there was economic liberalization across the country and there were tremendous International investors to invest in segments like retail, automobile, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, cement, steel, etc. As a result the fresh pass out engineers never had to hunt for jobs. They were very comfortably absorbed. If we talk about the packages they got, the numbers fantastic. The average salary paid to to a fresher engineer was somewhere between 7000/- to 10000/-.

If we compare it to the cost of living in those days, I would taken example, where in the cost of petrol was approximately rupees 10 per litre. And now a days, the cost for same is rupees 70 per litre. Means the cost of living has increased at least five times. But if we see the salary packages, even after a gap of 35 years, the salaries offered to fresh engineers are moving about the same number.

I am not talking about the reasons for the same in this blog, but would rather focus on grim job scenario now a days. During the year 1998 to 2000, job scenario started getting saturated. . Private sector jobs became too harsh, with tiring atmosphere, frequent transfers, odd office hours and finally lack of job security. No doubt the salary packages awarded for very high but along with that came the the highest factor of losing the jobs. Fresh engineers used to get dissatisfied after job tenure of 2-3 years. This made them to find a look for alternatives in government sector and public sector undertakings

Now here came the role of GATE examination. Means the benefits associated with these jobs could be highlighted as 100% stability, medical benefits, pension benefits and along with that came the sense of good status in the society.

The only pathway to get into this jobs was GATE examination, and we started preparing students for GATE Mechanical Coaching  in the year 2002. Those times there was no Online Coaching for GATE Mechanical. After comfortable score between 50 to 60, student used to get placed in PSUs. But with the increase competition the score has increased to 90 plus, in the last 18 years. No doubt examination required rigorous preparation, still the benefits associated with it are immense. That’s why the number of candidates appearing each year are increasing, and has crossed the figure of 10 lacs. We have offered the best online GATE coaching for mechanical engineering. Classes taken by Professor Vikas Slariya, who is country’s first author for GATE Mechanical Book, which has been published by McGraw-Hill Education. GATE online teaching is available as Online Classes/ Offline Pen Drive Course for GATE ME as per gate mechanical exam paper