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10 Jobs after GATE Aerospace 2017

GATE 2017 results are out and admissions for Jul-Aug 2017 batch based on GATE score have started in most institutes. Only a few tens of students with really good score will get into their dream institutes - IISc or IITs. The admission process is very complex and it surely brings heartbreak for many. If you've got a low score this time, you might already be sad. Preparing for GATE 2018 is now what you might be thinking in deepest corner of your mind, but before that let us tell you what else can be done this year - The 10 Jobs after GATE 2017.

ACADEMICS PROGRAMS

Opt for these if you are planning to study further and don't want to wait till 2018 admissions. Plus you got a 500+ score in GATE 2017.

1. IIT Madras January intake (for MS & PhD)

IITM admissions take place twice an year. In January 2018 fresh MS & PhD batches would start, forms will be available in Sep-Oct 2017. Keep looking for that. Please note its not ME/M.Tech., its MS & PhD.

2. IIT Bombay January intake (for PhD)

PhD admissions in nearly all the institutes take place twice an year. Look out for IITB January PhD admission forms in Sep-Oct 2017.

3. AcSIR Labs January intake (for PhD)

The Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) was established by an Act of Parliament. The Participating CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) Labs give M.Tech-PhD and PhD degrees. PhD admissions are conducted twice an year. Lookout for these forms.

Website : http://acsir.res.in/admission-process/

ACADEMICS-CUM-JOB PROGRAMS

Opt for these if you wish to study further (not urgently), don't want to waste your current time at home and earn some experience & pocket money.

4. Project Assistanceship at IITs

Professors at IITs are engaged in numerous projects and they need Project Assistants from time to time. Keep looking for these vacancies on IIT websites or you can also contact a professor directly if you like his area of work. Profiles of all the professors are available on IIT websites, spend some time to search someone suitable for you.

You may get a remuneration anywhere between Rs. 15000-30000 per month depending on the type of project you are in. These professors can also recommend you for MS/PhD vacancies in good universities abroad since they have good links with professors there. You'd have fair chance of studying abroad with full scholarship. There is, however, no timeline when you can take admission - it may be one year or two years or even three, depending on the project you choose and/or your raport with professor.

TEMPORARY JOBS

These are temporary jobs in your field with a time span of 2 years max.

5. JRF at DRDO

Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has 54 labs all over India and around 7-8 of these are working in the field of aerospace. These require Junior Research Fellows (JRF) from time to time to work on their projects. JRFs get a salary of Rs. 25000-33000 per month.

Keep looking for vacancies on DRDO website http://www.drdo.gov.in/drdo/English/index.jsp?pg=homebody.jsp under Careers tab.

6. Project Assistanceship at ADA

Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore is the nodal agency for development of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). It rolls out Project Assistant offers from time to time. Salary is around Rs. 25000 per month. Keep looking for vacancies on ADA website https://www.ada.gov.in/default.html under Recruitment tab.

7. Jobs at IITB through IRCC

The Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC) co-ordinates and facilitates all research and development activities at IIT Bombay. They announce Project Assistant & JRF vacancies regularly.

Website : http://www.ircc.iitb.ac.in/IRCC-Webpage/rnd/JobOpportunities.jsp

8. Jobs at IITM through IC&SR

The Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (IC&SR) takes care of projects given by Industry to IIT Madras. They announce Project Assistant & JRF vacancies regularly.

Website : https://icandsr.iitm.ac.in/

PERMANENT JOBS

9.Jobs at HAL, NAL, ISRO

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) & ISRO recruit Engineers/Scientists every year. Keep looking for vacancies on their websites.

You'd start with an initial salary of Rs. 40,000+ with many other facilities applicable to govt. employees. And no doubt the type work will be very challenging. Be cautious - this whole entry process (including exam, interview, results) may take upto one year so keep preparing for GATE 2018 simultaneously, in case.

10. Jobs in Private companies

This is a difficult process and only meant for those who persevere. Keep applying in private companies - send biodatas, make calls, send emails. You may have to face rejection, failure in interviews and many other difficulties but, in worst case, after 4-5 failures you'd definitely get into a good company.

PARALLEL OPTION

11. Prepare for GATE Aerospace 2018 - WITH DEDICATION

You can continue preparation of GATE Aerospace 2018 with any of the 10 options above and it is recommended that you keep the preparation on. However, if you are hard bent to study further then don't think twice. Just sit at home for another year and dedicate yourself to GATE Aerospace 2018 which will be held in February 2018.

6 months is a decent time to master your preparation and clear GATE.

GATE Aerospace 2018 : Everything in brief

More than 12,00,000 students every year appear for GATE to get admission to M.Tech., MS, ME programs of IITs/NITs. Exam is conducted in 23 fields of Engg./Science and Aerospace is one of them (identified by code 'AE'). Around 5000 students appear for Aerospace paper to try their chances for roughly 150 seats.

Key Facts of GATE 2018 Aerospace Exam

  • GATE Aerospace exam will be conducted Online tentatively on 4th February, 2018. Keep checking for exact date on GATE official website or here.
  • An online virtual calculator will be made available to students at the time of examination. No physical calculator will be allowed. The calculator can be opened by clicking this link. It has all the necessary functions like power (root, square, nth power, nth root etc.), trigonometric (direct & inverse), logarithmic etc.
  • Syllabus for Aerospace Engg. Exam (AE) is changed from last few years. It now has some Core Topics and Special Topics, with the weightage 90% & 10%.
  • Only the Final year students of B.Tech./BE/M.Sc. (or who have already completed the degree) are eligible to apply.
  • GATE Score will be valid for 3 years.

Who can appear in GATE Aerospace Exam?

B.Tech. in Aerospace Engg. is not a pre-requisite for appearing in GATE aerospace exam.  For example; to take admission at Aersopace Dept, IIT, Bombay you may be a B.Tech. in Aerospace/ Mechanical/ Civil/ Electrical/ Electronics/ Instrumentation Engg. Also, after clearing AE exam you can take admission in Aerospace, Mechanical, Automobile engineering, Industrial design, Biotechnology, Physics, Mathematics etc. (Details in our Admission section)

Where to take admission after GATE Aerospace?

Institutes offering M.Tech./MS/Ph.D. in Aerospace field are

  1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (Website)
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (Website)
  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (Website)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (Website)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Website)
  6. Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune (Website)
  7. Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai (Website)
  8. Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram (Website)

Major Aerospace Specializations available in these institutes are

  • Aerodynamics
  • Structures
  • Propulsion
  • Dynamics & Control

Your M.Tech. is Free of cost after clearing GATE

Students enrolled for M.Tech/MS in IISc or IITs are eligible for a scholarship from Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Scholarship amount fully depends on the interview of the candidate, and is varied from 8000/- to 14000/- per month.

What is the Syllabus?

It comprises of 6 major topics from undergraduate (BE/B.Tech.) syllabus

  1. Aerodynamics
  2. Flight Mechanics
  3. Structures
  4. Propulsion
  5. Space Dynamics
  6. Engineering Mathematics

There are 55 multiple choice questions from this syllabus totaling to 85 marks. 10  multiple choice questions are from General Aptitude and carry 15 marks. (Check Full syllabus and Paper pattern)

How much marks are required out of 100?

From the past year results, a score around 30-32  is enough to clear the exam. You will be called 'GATE qualified'. But to get a seat in premier institutions, you require something like 50+.


This was just the basic information to get you started. Look for more information in other posts.

Why Not You?

I am Darshak, did my B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering from a private college, MS (by research) in Fluid Mechanics from IIT Madras and now working at Ebara Corporation, Japan.

I am an average student with the positive attitude towards the life. I strongly believe that if one wants to achieve something in life, they can achieve it (it may take some time) but they will succeed at the end. You get only one life to achieve so if you are not able to do it till now then “Make it Possible Now”.

This blog is dedicated to the students who want to pursue higher studies through GATE. Basically, it will be through GATE Aerospace paper so I would speak my views and opinion regarding GATE exam and Post Graduation at IIT's/NIT's and the Central University of India.

The motivation behind doing GATE and studying for it

When I was in the 3rd year of engineering (2011), I found that just by doing engineering I will be not able to get good opportunities as far as a job is concerned in private organization. Even if I get into some good organization I will take time to grow. At some stage down the line, the growth will be stagnant and the reason for it would be the educational qualification. So I understood that doing M.Tech/MS (If you want to be in the technical field for minimum 5 years) would be a good option for a long run.

The next question was from where I should do my Masters, USA or Europe or India? After some initial research, I came to the conclusion that IIT would be a great choice. And we all know that IIT’s are the best place in India for technical education. Based on my initial research regarding the colleges, IIT’s are the best followed by NIT’s and Deemed Universities.

Colleges for Post Graduation in the order of preference after GATE AE

With Aerospace background, I have to clear GATE Aerospace Engineering (AE) paper. Based on GATE AE score, I can apply for all major old IIT’s (IIT-B, IIT-K, IIT-KGP, IIT-M) and IISc. There are few good government organizations such as DIAT (Defence Institute of Advanced Technology – Pune) and IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology – Trivandrum) where M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering can be pursued based on GATE AE score. In 2012, I came to the conclusion that with a Gate score more than 450 (around 45 marks out of 100), one can get a written and/or interview call from IIT’s and IISc (MSc [now M.Tech] in Engineering by research ).

With this initial information, I started preparing for GATE AE. From various forums and experts, the best advice I found that is to solve as many as numerical problems and previous years GATE question papers. Once you understand the pattern of the GATE question paper, your preparation will be automatically in that direction. For GATE preparation, the most important point to remember is that to read as many topics as you can and should try to cover the complete syllabus. I would recommend that nothing should be kept in the option.

Life Changing experience at IIT

The life at IIT is totally new, exciting and very good experience. You will have each and every count of the day which you will spend inside the campus. You will be living a dream life of many students across the country. I promise you that it will enhance your personality with the exposure you get inside the campus academically as well as extra circular activities. If someone asked me the best part of my life which I would love to live it again, the answer would be very simple. The life at IIT is like a life in heaven and you will miss it after you are graduated. The point I want to convey here is very simple, before you, many have gone through the same stage and got into IIT, with your batch also many will take admission in IIT’s and in future also many will be taking admission for sure. So “WHY NOT YOU?”. If you feel it as difficult, impossible task (indeed it is), then “MAKE IT POSSIBLE NOW”, you can do it. Actually, anyone can do it if they really want too.

Success is when an opportunity meets preparations. So it is better to be prepared for any situation rather than preparing at that moment when opportunity knocks at your door. For GATE exam and preparation, stay calm and focused. Practice as much as you can, read as much as you can. Don’t leave anything for the last moment. Try to cover each and every aspect of GATE pattern and syllabus thoroughly. These preparation days for GATE exam are most important and these can change everything for the rest of your life. Everything will fall into the correct places at the right place and at the right time if you have given your all sincere efforts. Hard work always gets paid off at the end.

This post is written by Darshak Bhuptani and is reproduced from his blog http://makeitpossiblenow.blogspot.in/. You can follow his blog for regular motivational, inspiring and informative articles about GATE, and life in general.

GATE Aerospace Paper Pattern

GATE Aerospace Online Exam consists of 65 questions carrying 100 Marks.

55 (out of 65) Questions are based on syllabus of GATE Aerospace and carry a total of 85 marks (out of 100). These questions are broadly from the following topics

  1. Engg. Mathematics
  2. Flight Mechanics
  3. Space Dynamics
  4. Aerodynamics
  5. Structures
  6. Propulsion

10 (out of 65) Questions are based on 'General Aptitude' and carry a total of 15 marks (out of 100). These questions are broadly based on

  1. English
  2. Logical Reasoning
  3. Data Interpretation
  4. Basic Mathematics

GATE_AE_Pattern

Type of Questions

GATE Aerospace contains questions of two different types :

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each; Each of these questions will contain four answers, of which one correct answer is to be marked;
  2. Numerical Answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen.

Marking Scheme

  1. For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 mark is deducted for a wrong answer. For 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 mark is deducted for a wrong answer;
  2. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Design of Questions

  • Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.
  • Comprehension: These questions test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of the field, by requiring him to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  • Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
  • Analysis and Synthesis: These can be linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of each other.

Reference Books for GATE Aerospace 2018

After getting lot of students & teachers' feedback in last 2 years, the following books are found to be most suitable for GATE Aerospace preparation. We've tried to give at least 2 choices for each subject. The books are arranged in order of preference, the first being most preferred & recommended than the next.

AERODYNAMICS

  1. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics - John D. Anderson, Jr.
  2. Aerodynamics for Engineering Students - E.L. Houghton, P.W. Carpenter
OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS:
  • Gas Dynamics - E. Rathakrishnan
  • Modern Compressible flow - John D. Anderson, Jr.

FLIGHT MECHANICS (Performance, Stability & Control)

  1. Introduction to Flight - John D. Anderson, Jr.
OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS:
  • Aircraft Performance & Design - John D. Anderson, Jr.
  • Airplane Performance, Stability and Control - Perkins & Hage

ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS

  1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics - Erwin Kreyszig
    Advanced Engineering Mathematics - RK Jain, SRK Iyengar
  2. Advanced Engineering Mathematics - HK Dass

PROPULSION

  1. Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion - Hill & Peterson
  2. Gas Turbines  - V Ganesan
OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS:
  • Elements of Rocket Propulsion - George P. Sutton
  • Elements of Gas Turbine Propulsion - Jack D Mattingly

STRUCTURES

  1. A Textbook of Strength of Materials - RK Bansal
OTHER REFERENCE BOOKS:
  • Aircraft Structures for engineering students - THG Megson
  • Strength of Materials - Stephen Timoshenko

These books are available at all Local Book Stores. If you are familiar with online shopping, you can buy them at nearly all online stores also. The full set of new books (the first one in each category) will cost you around Rs. 3000. Direct Links are given here for your ease

AERODYNAMICS

  1. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics - John D. Anderson, Jr.
  2. Aerodynamics for Engineering Students - E.L. Houghton, P.W. Carpenter

FLIGHT MECHANICS

  1. Introduction to Flight - John D. Anderson, Jr.

ENGG. MATHEMATICS

  1. Advanced Engineering Mathematics - Erwin Kreyszig
  2. Advanced Engineering Mathematics - RK Jain, SRK Iyengar

PROPULSION

  1. Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion - Hill & Peterson
  2. Gas Turbines  - V Ganesan

STRUCTURES

  1. A Textbook of Strength of Materials - RK Bansal


Free Notes

If you are short on money, you can refer to free notes developed by consortium of 7 IITs & IISc at National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) website:

NPTEL - e-Learning courses from IITs & IISc

You can also visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s MIT OpenCourseWare for some excellent Lecture Notes

MIT OpenCourseWare - Aeronautics & Astronautics

Admission process after GATE Aerospace 2017

GATE 2017 scores will be out on 27 March, and immediate worry for everyone is Admissions!! We have tried to simplify whole process for you; just read on.

In GATE exam, you get 4 details on your result card:

  1. Marks out of 100
  2. Your All India Rank (AIR)
  3. Score out of 1000 for Current year

While 1 & 2 can make you happy (or sad), they don't have any say in admission process. What is considered for admissions is score out of 1000. Since GATE score is valid for 3 years, the score is issued for current year and next year/s. So your year 2016 score is going to matter for admissions this year.

Colleges

Prominent institutes offering admission in Aerospace departments are:

  1. IISc Bengaluru,
  2. IIT Bombay (IITB) Mumbai,
  3. IIT Madras (IITM) Chennai,
  4. IIT Kharagpur (IITKgp),
  5. IIT Kanpur (IITK),
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore
  7. Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram
  8. Defence Institute of Advance Technology (DIAT), Pune
  9. Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai
  10. Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra
  11. Indian Institute of Engineering and Science Technology (IIEST), Shibpur.

Cutoff & Seats (ME/M.Tech.)

IISc, IITB, IITM, and IITKgp offer direct admission to ME/M.Tech. program on the basis of gate score. Usually candidates upto AIR 45 get admission. IITK conducts a written test before giving admission. In this test 70% weightage is given to gate score and 30% to the test, Candidates with rank upto 250 can get call for this test. It is seen that AIRs upto 100 get seat in one of these colleges, generally.

Candidates with AIR 100+ can get call from DIAT and IIST for written test and /or interviews. And there's a good chance of getting admission till AIR 150.

At MIT (Madras institute of Technology), Anna University, admission is through GATE and TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test). The forms are available in the month of July and counseling is done in the month of August. First preference is given to the GATE qualified student who has filled the form for common counseling. The students who have not been able to qualify GATE have to clear TANCET 2017 for the admission to the department of Anna University and approved state colleges. Compare to all other colleges of Tamil Nadu, MIT has good opportunities.

At BIT, Mesra 12 seats are for gate qualified and 12 seats are for non-gate students and these seats are interchangeable. Preference is given to the GATE qualified students and then to non-gate student.

You can check 2013 & 2014 cut-offs by clicking here.

MS & Direct Ph.D. Admissions

IITM, IISc and JNCARoffers research based programs at master’s level (Masters in Science, MS). The duration of the course is 2-3 years. It is a research based program so the duration depends on completion of your project. If you can finish it in 1.5 years, you can get MS degree in 1.5 years too. But it generally takes anywhere between 2 to 3 years. If you are highly interested for research based programs then you are encouraged to apply to these programs independently. They will shortlist on the basis of gate score and you will be called for written test and/or interview accordingly.

Some IITs like IITB, IITM also offer direct PhD after BE/B.Tech. For this you have to fill the form separately. They will shortlist you on the basis of gate score and you will be called for written test and interview. In some cases, written test are ignored and direct interview is taken.

These admissions take place twice an year. July-August and December-January.

Admission Process 2017

All Institutes offering admission start their online admission process in Feb-March, but you should apply only after having GATE result in hand.

Program Start Date Last Date Link
IISc M.Tech./M.Tech(R)/Ph.D. 01.02 29.03
IITB M.Tech/Ph.D. 28.03 18.04
IITK M.Tech/M.Des/Ph.D 28.03 21.04
IITKgp M.Tech 29.03 21.04
IITM M.Tech 07.03 15.04
IITM MS/PhD 01.03 02.04
JNCASR MS/PhD 20.03 16.04
IIST M.Tech 07.04 04.05
DIAT M.Tech 28.03 22.04
BIT M.E 20.04 -
MIT M.E - -
IIEST M.Tech(through CCMT) 22.04 30.05

You need to personally visit each and every website and fill the form online. Most institutes don't require hard copies of forms, which you fill online, to be sent to them by post. But it is highly recommended that you check all terms & conditions carefully.

Other Opportunities

There are many other IIT’s where you can apply with GATE Aerospace score in Mechanical Engineering, transport engineering, computers etc. Major with fields related to aerospace (like Fluid Dynamics, CFD etc.) are IIT Hyderabad, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Delhi & IIT Guwahati.

There are several other opportunities such as Junior Research Fellowship at DRDO labs. The information regarding the vacancy for JRF is declared publically in newspaper, websites. Selection process consists of written test/interview. There is also opportunity for Project Assistance at ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency). The selection process consists of written test and then interview. There are many opportunities as project assistance, project engineer, junior research fellow etc at Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC) at IITB. Similar opportunities are available at IITM at Industrial Consultancy & Sponsored Research (IC&SR) and at IITK also. Candidate has to fill the form online by creating account online on their websites. In these opportunities, GATE qualified student’s gets preference.

This is the real struggle which you have to go through for your own good future. We never fail in life, we just give up too early. Hold on, Stay focused and you will be there where you want to be in your life.
All the very best for your future.

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2017 Aerospace Admission Timeline

Keep track of following dates for Aerospace admissions through GATE 2017. Please note that this list is always updating, so come back regularly.

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Should I go for M.Tech or MS or direct Ph.D?

After GATE exam, one can take admission to M.Tech/ME programs offered by IITs, IISc, and Govt/Centralized/Deemed Universities. But these days, many programs such as MS [Masters of Science in Engineering – by Research], M.Tech [Master of Technology – by Research], D.PhD [Direct Ph.D.] are offered by many IITs and IISc apart from their regular M.Tech programs. The structure, criteria and eligibility of these programs is slightly different from a regular M.Tech program. In this post, I would like to make clear the admission process, differences, pros and cons between these programs in brief.

Regular M.Tech Program

The most common program which is offered after GATE is M.Tech/ME in Engineering. This program is well structured, organized and definite timed base course. Student has to complete the minimum requirement of core courses offered by the department and the elective courses (can be from the same department or other department also) with minimum grade requirement.
This program is a 2 year course and under some adverse condition it can be extended for another 6 months (who fails to fulfill the minimum requirements for completing ME/M.Tech).
Mostly, the first year consists of coursework and second year is for the project and thesis. By the end of the fourth semester, the student has to submit a project report and/or thesis as per the department/institute stated guidelines.

Admission Process

The admission process is very straight forward. It is solely based on the GATE score only. There are many departments which allow for cross GATE score (for example, a student with GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME) can apply to Aerospace department for their M.Tech Aerospace Engineering program).
Some IITs may ask for additional suitability test and/or interview for cross GATE scores. There are some M.Tech programs which might require additional requirements of written test and/or interview.

Master of Science (in Engineering – by Research) / M.Tech (by Research)

MS in Engineering - by research is offered by IITM, IITK, IITKGP, IITD and M.Tech - by research is offered by IITB and IISc. The concept and the structure of both the courses is almost similar. These programs are like mini-Ph.D program where a student is focused on a particular area of research of his/her own interest.

Student is provided a Guide/Research Advisor (who will play a critical role during the whole program) as per his research interest and the requirement of the lab. The important point to remember is that the research interest of student as well as advisor should match so that at any point of time advisor can provide the guidance.

After selecting the advisor student undergoes general courses which are consistent with the research theme of the lab and student interest. The course work, literature review and problem definition is completed mostly within 2-3 semesters. The completion of research for the defined problem may take around 1.5 - 2 years after completing the coursework. The minimum criteria such as publication in peer review journals, national/international conferences as per advisor and IIT should be fulfilled for the successful completion of MS/M.Tech program by research.

Advantages

  1. This helps in developing problem solving capability on the cutting edge technologies.
  2. You would be working on the real time problem/project or futuristic problem/project.
  3. This will help you to develop the skills required for research-oriented jobs in labs and industries. You will be directly part of a scientific community where there will be a contribution from your end for the benefit of the society directly or indirectly in some way.
  4. The best advantage of these programs is that even with a lower GATE score, one can expect a call from IITs for admission.
  5. This will give you an essence/taste of a research program (such as Ph.D) at very early stage of your life which can help you to mould your career either in research field, academia or into industrial/service jobs accordingly.
  6. You can convert your MS program into Direct Ph.D. programs at any time during the course upon fulfilling the minimum criteria required to do so. This may help you in saving time if you intend to pursue Ph.D. after MS/M.Tech.
  7. You also get a chance for attending a fully funded national and international conference once during your stay at the institute.

Disadvantages

  1. These research programmes are independent of time. On an average, it takes around 3 years.
  2. You will be master of a particular subject or research area while a regular M.Tech student would have a broad and a generalized view about many areas as they undergo many graduate level courses in short period of time (2 years).

Admission Process

The admission process to these research-based Master programs is different from the regular M.Tech admission process.
The candidates are shortlisted for a written test and/or interview on the basis of GATE score with additional requirements such as BE/B.Tech score, projects, professional skills like programming, industrial software tools, projects done during BE/B.Tech etc.
The general rule is 70:30 weightage for interview and GATE score respectively.

Direct Ph.D. Program

The program is almost similar to the MS program with additional requirements such as 2-3 peer review publications with additional participation in national/international conferences (these requirements vary from advisor to advisor and institutes).

Admission process is also similar to the MS program. On an average duration of direct PhD program is about 5-6 years.

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In a nutshell, if you are looking for any direct job after your post graduation, then M.Tech will be a good choice.
If you are looking for a career in Research, then MS will give you a solid foundation. After MS from IITs, one can get fully funded Ph.D. in many foreign universities.

Doesn't mean that one doesn't get a job after MS. I got one.

This post is written by Darshak Bhuptani and is reproduced from his blog http://makeitpossiblenow.blogspot.in/. You can follow his blog for regular motivational, inspiring and informative articles about GATE, and life in general.

GATE Aerospace Cut-off for Admissions

Admission Year 2016

Following table shows the cutoff for admission to Aerospace Engg. dept of various institutes as per GATE AE exam score.
You can check All India Rank corresponding to this score in image below the table.

InstituteDepartmentSpecialisationGNOBCSCST
IIScAerospaceAerospace Engg799660508410
IITBAerospaceAerodynamics756652376378
Dynamics & Control720605441374
Aerospace Propulsion712631426390
Aerospace Structures708620422-
IITMAerospaceAerospace Engg756-381-
Aerospace Engg (No Teaching Assistantship)736---
IITKgpAerospaceAerospace Engg620576326306
IITK*AerospaceAerospace Engg465410342-
*Admission to IITK is done through a separate written test which is held at IITK. The weightage of GATE marks and written test score is 70:30.


Following table shows the cutoff for admission to Aerospace Engg. dept of various institutes as per GATE AE exam score.
You can check All India Rank corresponding to this score in image below the table.

InstituteDepartmentSpecialisationGNOBCSCST
IIScAerospaceAerospace Engg760648542508
IITBAerospaceAerodynamics741648512289
Dynamics & Control682-639317
Aerospace Propulsion715572454411
Aerospace Structures712663449-
IITMAerospaceAerospace Engg585551352411
Aerospace Engg (No Teaching Assistantship)571---
IITKgpAerospaceAerospace Engg682610474648
IITK*AerospaceAerospace Engg470420310-
*Admission to IITK is done through a separate written test which is held at IITK. The weightage of GATE marks and written test score is 70:30.

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Admission Year 2014

Following table shows the cutoff for admission to Aerospace Engg. dept of various institutes as per GATE AE exam score.
IISc, IITKgp and IITM have taken direct admissions on the basis of GATE score.
Other institutes have called students as per following cut-off for a written test and interview. Admission to these institutes depends on GATE score and performance in test/interview.
You can check All India Rank corresponding to this score in image below the table.

InstituteDegreeGNOBCSCSTPHInterview/Direct Admission
IIScME750690650650700Direct Admission
MSc/PhD500500350350450Written test & Interview
IITKgpM.Tech.606611395328NADirect Admission
IITKM.Tech.500470450450400Written test & Interview
IITMM.Tech.700680650650650Direct Admission
MS/PhD
(BE/B.Tech >= 80 %)
500480450450430Written test & Interview
IITBM.Tech.380342253253252Written test & Interview
IISTM.Tech.677671580580550Written test & Interview
DIATM.tech.620600580580550Written test & Interview
IIESTM.Tech.350310253253250Written test & Interview
BITME300276242242220Written test & Interview
MITME300280260260220Direct Admission

Cut-off GATE Aerospace 2014

Admission Year 2013

The minimum marks required to get admission into IISc/IIT Aerospace department are increasing every year. For admission year 2013 following was the cutoff (out of 100) for General category.
Cut-off GATE Aerospace 2013

At IITK, for direct admission 56+ score is required. It also conducts an in-house written test and in 2013 the last candidate to get admission through this test had 49 GATE Score.
For SC/ST : 36 in IISc, 35 in IITB, 34 in IITM, 32 in IITK & 30 in IITKgp.

This year paper was a bit difficult than last year so cut-off is expected to drop by 2-3 marks. As per trend from last year you need an approximately 50+ marks out of 100 in GATE Aerospace Exam to get a seat.


The detailed Cut-off for 2013 Admissions is as under. Marks are for GATE Aerospace (AE) exam only:

Cut-off for Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

CourseModeGen/ OBCSC/ST
ME in Aerospace EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score550 (upto AIR 25)--
ME in Product design and EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score550--
ME in Transportation and Infrastructure EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score550--
ME in Climatic ScienceDirect admission only on GATE score550--
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE score for written test415--
ME in Electronic Systems EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score550--
MSc in Centre for Earth Sciences Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview 400--
MSc in Interdisciplinary Programme - Mathematical SciencesShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500 / 500490
MSc in Management StudiesShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500 / 500350/350
MSc in Centre For Sustainable TechnologiesShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 450 350/350
MSc in Aerospace EngineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 450 315/315
MSc in Centre For Atmospheric And Oceanic SciencesShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 450 400/400
MSc in Centre For Product Design And ManufacturingShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 400 --
MSc in Chemical EngineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview425 / 425300/300
MSc in Mechanical Engineering Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview475 / 475375/375
MSc in Instrumentation And Applied PhysicsShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 450--
MSc in MathematicsShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview700/700680/680
MSc in Astronomy And AstrophysicsShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 450350/350
MSc in Super Computer Education & Research CentreShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview550 / 550400/300
MSc in Centre For Nanoscience And EngineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450 / 400350/300
MSc in Interdisciplinary Program - Nanoscience And EngineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview550 / 500450/400
MSc in Interdisciplinary Program - BioengineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview630/610610/610
MSc in Interdisciplinary Program - EnergyShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview300/250200/200
MSc in Material EngineeringShort listing on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview----
Cut-off for Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai (IITB)
CourseModeGen/ OBCSC/ST
M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering (AE)Direct admission only on GATE score540 (upto AIR 40/100)350
(upto AIR 350)
Energy Systems Engineering (EN)Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview550--
Environmental Science & Engineering (EV)Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500--
Industrial Engineering & Operations
Research (IO)
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview525--
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
[Department of Mechanical Engineering]
Thermal & Fluids Engineering (ME1)
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500--
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
[Department of Mechanical Engineering]
Design Engineering(ME2)
Direct admission only on GATE score600--
Metallurgical Engineering and Materials
Science (MM)
[Department of Metallurgical Engineering
and Materials Science]
Corrosion Science & Engineering (MM4)
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500/450--
Systems & Control Engineering (SC)
[Interdisciplinary Group Systems & Control
Engineering]
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview500/400--
Technology & Development (TD)
[Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural
Areas](CTARA)
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview450/400-
Cut-off for Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)
CourseModeGen/ OBCSC/ST
M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering (AE)Direct admission only on GATE score520 (upto AIR 45)450 (upto AIR 120)
Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview385 (upto AIR 212)--
Cut-off for Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IITKGP)
CourseModeGen/ OBCSC/ST
M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering (AE)Direct admission only on GATE score527 (upto AIR 44) /
444 (upto AIR 127)
315 (upto AIR 350) / 346 (upto AIR 400)
M.Tech in Earth System Science and TechnologyDirect admission only on GATE score447 (upto AIR 125) /
440 (upto AIR 135)
--
M.Tech in Cryogenic EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score-- / 440 (upto AIR 135)--
M.Tech in Industrial Engineering and MgmtShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview----
M.Tech in Mechanical systems DesignShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and/or interview----
M.Tech in Ocean Engineering and Naval
Architecture
Direct admission only on GATE score517 (upto AIR 49)/ 442 (upto AIR 130)--
M.Tech in Reliability EngineeringDirect admission only on GATE score----
Cut-off for Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai (IITM)
CourseModeGen/ OBCSC/ST
M.Tech in Aerospace Engineering (AE)Direct admission only on GATE score540 (upto AIR 40)--
M.Tech in Applied Mechanics (AM) (fluid/solid mechanics and biomedical)Direct admission only on GATE score520 ( upto AIR 55)--
M.Tech. in Industrial Mathematics and Scientific Computing (MA)Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test625 --
M.Tech in Thermal Engineering Stream (ME1)
(Mechanical department)
Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test450/405 for written test300/300
M.Tech in Design Stream (ME2) (Mechanical department)Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test400/360 for written test266/266
M.Tech in Manufacturing and Precision Engineering Stream (ME3) ( Mechanical department)Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test720/648 for written test480/480
M.Tech. in Ocean Engineering (OE1)
(Ocean Engineering Department)
Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test450 / 405 300 / 300
M.Tech. in Ocean Technology (OE2)
(Ocean Engineering Department)
Short listing on the basis of GATE AE score for suitability test450 / 405300 / 300
MS in Aerospace Engineering (AE)Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test have to go through interview 500 (upto AIR 60)--
MS in Applied Mechanics (AM) (fluid/solid mechanics and biomedical)Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test have to go through interview450 ( upto AIR 120)--
MS in Structural Engineering (Civil Engineering department) Shortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test have to go through interview500--
MS in Engineering DesignShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test have to go through interview550--
MS in Mechanical EngineeringShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test & interview525--
MS in Ocean EngineeringShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test & interview----
MS in Petroleum EngineeringShortlisting on the basis of GATE AE score for written test and those who clear written test & interview----

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Seats in Aerospace Dept. at IITs/IISc

Admissions at Postgraduate level in Aerospace field are available at following institutes in India

  1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKgp), Kharagpur
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai
  6. Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), Pune
  7. Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai

The student intake in Aerospace Dept. by these institutes vary every year; there are 44-48 seats in each institute but on an average 15-20 students are selected on the basis of GATE Aerospace Exam. Rest may go to Sponsored candidates or candidates qualified in other GATE papers. IISc offers only 15-20 seats in total for ME.

You can get the details in our Admissions section.

Virtual Calculators in GATE 2018?

"Your personal calculators are not allowed in GATE 2018" - but a VIRTUAL ON-SCREEN scientific CALCULATOR will be there on your computer screen.

GATE organising office has released details of this calculator and it will look like this

The calculator can be opened by clicking this link. It has all the necessary functions like power (root, square, nth power, nth root etc.), trigonometric (direct & inverse), logarithmic etc.

Working on a physical calculator is very comfortable but it could be little wacky using this on-screen calculator since most of us are not habitual of using mouse to do calculations. No need to worry though - "PRACTICE" is the word. Start from today, save this calculator page as a bookmark and use it for daily calculations. sadly it is not possible to save it in offline mode, so you'd always need an internet connection to use this.

Calculator is very intuitive to use, once you start practicing you'd get the knack of it. More information regarding the usage of calculator is available from GATE website. Hide your physical calculators and start practising on virtual calculator.

Wish you good luck for GATE 2018. Happy Gateing!!

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GATE Aerospace Answer Key for 2007-2017

Previous Year Question papers give you an idea about the exam. Though it is not a good idea to 'solely' depend on these while preparing for GATE Aerospace exam; they can surely give you a start. You can download Syllabus, Question papers and Answer keys by clicking the download link.

Syllabus


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2007


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2008


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2009


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2010


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2011


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2012


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2013


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2014


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2015


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2016


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2017


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GATE Aerospace 2018 Syllabus

From last year onwards (GATE 2016), there are some major changes in GATE Aerospace Syllabus. In each of the following subjects the topics have been divided into two categories – Core Topics and Special Topics. The corresponding sections of the question paper will contain 90% of their questions on Core Topics and the remaining 10% on Special Topics.

The syllabus for GATE Aerospace 2018 will be as follows

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ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS

Core Topics:

Linear Algebra: Vector algebra, Matrix algebra, systems of linear equations, rank of a matrix, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

Calculus: Functions of single variable, limits, continuity and differentiability, mean value theorem, chain rule, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, gradient, divergence and curl, directional derivatives. Integration, Line, surface and volume integrals. Theorems of Stokes, Gauss and Green.

Differential Equations: First order linear and nonlinear differential equations, higher order linear ODEs with constant coefficients. Partial differential equations and separation of variables methods.

Special Topics:

Fourier series, Laplace Transforms, Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Numerical integration and differentiation.

FLIGHT MECHANICS

Core Topics:

Basics: Atmosphere: Properties, standard atmosphere. Classification of aircraft. Airplane (fixed wing aircraft) configuration and various parts;

Airplane performance: Pressure altitude; equivalent, calibrated, indicated air speeds; Primary flight instruments: Altimeter, ASI, VSI, Turn-bank indicator. Drag polar; takeoff and landing; steady climb & descent, absolute and service ceiling; cruise, cruise climb, endurance or loiter; load factor, turning flight, V-n diagram; Winds: head, tail & cross winds;

Static stability: Angle of attack, sideslip; roll, pitch & yaw controls; longitudinal stick fixed & free stability, horizontal tail position and size; directional stability, vertical tail position and size; dihedral stability. Wing dihedral, sweep & position; hinge moments, stick forces;

Special Topics:

Dynamic stability: Euler angles; Equations of motion; aerodynamic forces and moments, stability & control derivatives; decoupling of longitudinal and lateral-directional dynamics; longitudinal modes; lateral-directional modes.

AERODYNAMICS

Core Topics:

Basic Fluid Mechanics: Conservation laws: Mass, momentum (Integral and differential form);

Potential flow theory: sources, sinks, doublets, line vortex and their superposition; Viscosity, Reynold's number.

Airfoils and wings: Airfoil nomenclature; Aerodynamic coefficients: lift, drag and moment; Kutta-Joukoswki theorem; Thin airfoil theory, Kutta condition, starting vortex; Finite wing theory: Induced drag, Prandtl lifting line theory; Critical and drag divergence Mach number.

Compressible Flows: Basic concepts of compressibility, Conservation equations; One dimensional compressible flows, Fanno flow, Rayleigh flow; Isentropic flows, normal and oblique shocks, Prandtl-Meyer flow; Flow through nozzles and diffusers.

Special Topics:

Elementary ideas of viscous flows including boundary layers; Wind Tunnel Testing: Measurement and visualization techniques.

STRUCTURES

Core Topics:

Strength of Materials: States of stress and strain. Stress and strain transformation. Mohr's Circle. Principal stresses. Three-dimensional Hooke's law. Plane stress and strain; Failure theories: Maximum stress, Tresca and von Mises; Strain energy. Castigliano's principles. Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate trusses and beams. Elastic flexural buckling of columns.

Flight vehicle structures: Characteristics of aircraft structures and materials. Torsion, bending and flexural shear of thin-walled sections. Loads on aircraft.

Structural Dynamics: Free and forced vibrations of undamped and damped SDOF systems. Free vibrations of undamped 2-DOF systems.

Special Topics:

Vibration of beams.
Theory of elasticity: Equilibrium and compatibility equations, Airy’s stress function.

SPACE DYNAMICS

Core Topics:

Central force motion, determination of trajectory and orbital period in simple cases.

Special Topics:

Orbit transfer, in-plane and out-of-plane.

PROPULSION

Core Topics:

Basics: Thermodynamics, boundary layers and heat transfer and combustion thermochemistry.

Thermodynamics of aircraft engines: Thrust, efficiency and engine performance of turbojet, turboprop, turbo shaft, turbofan and ramjet engines, thrust augmentation of turbojets and turbofan engines. Aerothermodynamics of non-rotating propulsion components such as intakes, combustor and nozzle.

Axial compressors: Angular momentum, work and compression, characteristic performance of a single axial compressor stage, efficiency of the compressor and degree of reaction.

Axial turbines: Axial turbine stage efficiency

Centrifugal compressor: Centrifugal compressor stage dynamics, inducer, impeller and diffuser.

Rocket propulsion: Thrust equation and specific impulse, vehicle acceleration, drag, gravity losses, multi-staging of rockets. Classification of chemical rockets, performance of solid and liquid propellant rockets.

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GATE 2018 : Are you Eligible?

GATE scores are valid for a period of 3 years from taking the exam. Check out if you are eligible to apply this year, there's no point wasting your efforts.

Age Limit

There is no age limit to appear in GATE Examination.

Can Foreign Nationals appear in GATE Exam?

Yes. Foreign nationals with degree from Indian universities are treated on par with Indian nationals for admission purposes. Foreign nationals with foreign degree must meet the minimum educational requirements, i.e. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology with valid GATE score.

(Admission Procedure for Foreign Nationals)

Qualification

Qualifying DegreeEligibility Criteria
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-Diploma)Final year or Completed
Master’s degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalentFinal year or Completed
Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Five year programme)4th/5th Year or Completed
Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year programme)2nd/3rd/4th year or Completed
B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AeSI by Aeronautical Society of India)Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses

Candidates with backlogs

Candidates who have appeared/appearing in the final semester/year exam, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree are eligible. They are required to produce following documents

  1. A copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year, OR
  2. A letter from the principal indicating that the student has a backlog from an earlier semester/year to be cleared, and therefore cannot produce a course completion certificate now.