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Every year around 1.5 million students in India graduate in engineering and many of them have their minds dominated by this very question – GATE vs IES. Any engineering student who, after his/her graduation, aspires for a reputed job in the core technical area of his/her expertise, aims for these two exams. The popularity of these exams can be seen from the fact that each edition of these exams is appeared by the lakhs of students. But the success ratio in such exams is not very high, maybe too low for IES. So, let us try to analyze this dilemma of GATE vs IES.



GATE vs IES: Career point of view  

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an exam for the students aspiring to pursue the Master’s or Doctoral degree after their graduation or post-graduation in engineering/architecture or to get a job in the Public-Sector Undertaking (PSU) who accept GATE score for their recruitment. On the other hand, Indian Engineering Services(IES) is appeared by the engineering graduates who specifically aspire for a Government job of Class-I post. Both these exams when seen as ‘GATE vs IES‘ showcase very lucrative prospects, but their paper pattern and questions’ difficulty level make them equally challenging to succeed.

GATE vs IES: Paper pattern point of view

GATE 2018 will be consisting of 23 papers for all different streams(including sub-streams) whereas IES is conducted for only 4 streams (including sub-streams) – Mechanical, Civil, Electronics and Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering.  GATE is mainly an objective examination consisting 65 questions to be solved in 3 hours examining the candidate’s problem-solving skills. IES, on the other hand, is conducted in 3 parts. First, the preliminary exam is conducted which consists of 2 papers – Engineering aptitude and the other is the branch related paper. Candidates qualifying this stage, after 3-4 months, have to appear IES Mains wherein the papers are subjective and related to core branch knowledge. Candidates qualifying this stage are called for the group discussion and interview stage which is the final stage of the IES selection process.

If we compare the difficulty level of these two exams, GATE requires more analytical and fast problem solving-skills than IES. But the exhaustive selection procedure of IES makes it very much difficult to crack when compared to GATE.

GATE vs IES: Competition point of view

Even though the number of candidates appearing for GATE are more than the number candidates appearing for IES, the vacancies available make the picture clear to assess competition in these exams. This ratio for GATE comes out about 10:1 and for IES it goes more or less till 400:1. And this is based on the assumption that all the vacancies will be filled which doesn’t happen in the regular scenario.                                                                

As a source of guidance, we would suggest any candidate to go for both the exams following the mantra of ‘leaving no stone unturned’. For any further query, you can visit our Superprofs website.

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