Gate exam is Entrance test for admissions into ME/ M. Tech of IITs, Regional Engineering colleges and also for recruitment of candidates for jobs in PSUs. IES is Recruitment test for central government jobs in various Engineering Departments.
Objective type & Fill in the blanks type questions are asked in gate exam. Conventional type problems are also given with multiple options / choices as answers and also numerical type questions. These questions require calculator to solve. Objective type as well as Conventional type questions are asked in IES exam. Calculator is allowed only for conventional paper but not for objective papers.
Competition ratio, in terms of number of candidates qualified for gate versus the member of candidate appearing the gate examination is nearly 1:7. Competition ratio in terms of the number of vacancies for IES versus the number of candidates appearing the IES examination is about 1:300.
A good number of candidates could get very good ranks in Gate, in their very first attempt. It clearly indicate that Gate exam is easy in comparison to IES. Only a few candidates could get good IES ranks in their very 1st attempt. Candidates could get good ranks in IES only in their 2nd or 3rd or higher attempts.
Gate is Relatively, easy competition IES is Relatively, tough competition.

Preparation Strategy for Gate & IES

The GATE preparation will cover almost 70% of the total preparation required for IES. The GATE examination is conducted in February and the IES is held in two parts, IES preliminary in January and IES mains after wards in June. The best strategy now is to prepare initially for GATE & IES preliminary (It include GK & Aptitude paper also along with Technical) and then after Gate exam concentrate on the remaining portion of IES. If the candidate is successful in GATE with good rank, then the chances of getting success in IES examination will be very bright. If due to some unavoidable circumstances student don’t get good rank in gate, they have a chance and time to finish their knowledge and they can appear for IES mains with full potential.

A good score in GATE will definitely boost the morale of the candidates and will provide a smooth path for taking IES with much more confidence and energy. Thus GATE is an acid test for the candidate before taking IES. In case, the candidate is unlucky in getting IES, the candidate will have an alternative in the form of GATE rank, with that he can join M. Tech without waste of time. And also, the candidate stands good chance to get selected for PSUs which offer jobs with attractive salary packages even better than the IES.

Moreover, the process of IES examination, interview, final selection and issue of posting orders take a long time. Meanwhile, without wasting time, the candidate is advised to join M. Tech. The Candidate will have an additional degree, M. Tech before joining IES and this will be an added feather in the cap of the candidate. Subject development and mental maturity will be additional advantages. The candidate will have multiple career opportunities. The suggested approach for a fresher is GATE first IES next. Thus GATE will be a launching pad for IES.


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