Dear Mentor:

What should I do after my BIT?

I am a student of Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) program in Delhi University. The four-year program is not approved by the AICTE [All India Council on Technical Education]. Our GRE eligibility is confirmed but I want to know whether we are eligible for the GATE too. Although it is being said that we are eligible. Besides what are other alternatives after the program?

Thinking Before Acting, New Delhi, India

Dear Thinking Before Acting:

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the threshold test for admission to postgraduate programs (referred to as graduate programs in the US and Canada) in engineering in India. The GATE is conducted jointly by the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and the IISc (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore on an all-India basis.

We can not comment on your specific situation. You should talk to your professors or communicate directly with the governing body of the GATE about your eligibility for the GATE.

Generally speaking, candidates with any one of the following are eligible for appearing in the GATE:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, or Pharmacy, as well as those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programs
  • A Master's degree in any field of Science, Mathematics, or Statistics or equivalent, as well as those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programs. For a Master's degree is in Computer Applications, you must have courses in Mathematics at the Bachelor's/Master's levels.
  • Attending the second or higher year of the four year integrated Master's program in Engineering or Technology, or attending the third or higher year of a five year integrated Master's degree or dual degree program in Engineering or Technology
  • Qualification recognized as being equivalent to a Bachelor's of Engineering or Technology through exams conducted by professional societies recognized by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) or AICTE

Alternatives for you are the same as they are for anyone else with a Bachelor's degree: further education or employment. You have to decide what is appropriate for you. We would like to suggest that you should have thought, at least a little bit, about your post-graduation alternatives prior to entering the Bachelor's program. Education is a means to an end, not an end unto itself. Actions have consequences. It is always better to consider consequences before taking an action than after it. We hope you think carefully about your alternatives before taking the next steps. Good luck!

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