If you have clear mind set to quit the IT sector and want to go in research sector then I would say go with it.
I agree with you that you can not focus to GATE exams when you are doing job as at a time a lot of things running in mind is not good. So better go with your clear mind set.
1. Why you want to go far gate??
2. Knowledge addition or knowledge addition so you can get better job?
Can you get the knowledge while job!!
Yes, you can do tons of certification, distance learning and even your company might have policy to reimburse those expenses. Which will add extra figures in your salary.
But, I always suggest to go for proper study if you can afford (time, money).
If you are bothering about work, it might have same when you come out from Masters. In software sector, some places you will be sandwiched in work and some places you will not get enough work but it's you who have to manage the balance of learning curve and growth.
If you are absolutely sure that you'll get a good college if you dedicate yourself to studies for the next 7-8 months; you may quit your job. But if you are unsure; I'd strongly recommend taking a mock test first.
One advantage of a monotonous job is that you don't have to study at work. Just set your eyes on GATE and work shouldn't interfere. I've known people who've dedicated 8-9 hours to work and prepared for 2-2.5 hours daily; and got great scores.
I am an Electronics and Instrumentation graduate 2014 passed out. I gave my GATE exams in Instrumentation but my rank was insufficient to get into PSUs or for IIT admission(Rank: 452). Now I have a job at Verizon with 4.5lpa salary as a software engineer. But i want to have my career in a PSU. I am planning for an attempt in 2015 GATE Instrumentation.
Now I am really confused as to whether leave this IT job and focus on GATE or to prepare for GATE while working since there a sense of insecurity.
Is it possible to prepare and work at the same time especially with a job in an IT field?
Please express your views on this.
Now about GATE Preparation while doing job - I have seen students prepare for 2 whole years and still not getting a good score and on the other hand, there are people who take tuitions for 3 months, prepare the rest of the time on their own and get a rank < 200 - which is simply great.
Now it is entirely upon you whether you want to quit your job or not. It all comes down to -
1. How many hours can you put in on daily/weekly basis exclusively for studies?
2. Do you think you need coaching to 'understand' certain topics of the syllabus?
3. Are there weekend classes available? Are they convenient and within-budget?
4. Do you do well on mock tests you take at home? If no, have you tried re-solving the paper and could your understand what went wrong and correct on your own?
5. Does your job give you a lot of stress? Do you have the energy and feel fresh for studies?
There are people out there who have done both - working hard at their job and study well simultaneously. Since, you have already taken the GATE exam once, you know what level of studies it needs and what are you are good/bad at.
I recommend this -
1. While on the job, read all the reference books when you're back home. Give it 2 months. Concentrate only on understanding it the concepts.
2. Start solving previous year question papers at home 3 times a week (say Mon, Wed & Fri). On the alternate days check the answers of previous day's paper and check the correct answers from the reference books and read all you can about the topic)
3. About 2 months before the exam, do selective revision of subjects and revision of formulae.
^ The above schedule won't take more than 2 hours of your time on daily basis. GATE would look like an achievable target then. 😀
If your financial condition is good and you are confident of scoring well in GATE - you might consider quitting your job. I'd however recommend using frustration at the job as a booster for your GATE studies. If you think you can achieve a better score by extra preparation; I'd say keep your job and study in part time. Quitting your job won't be a wiser decision even if it's frustrating you.
Your alternate option is to keep looking for your dream job in core sector and when the right opportunity strikes; say goodbye to software.
Is PSU the only option you have ?vishal singh rajkiranhi ,, i m chemical engineer btech , i prepared for gate 18, but messed up, i only aimed for psu ,however i will be getting some iits for mtech. i m confused that should i prepare once again or do it along wid my mtech first year,, would it be possible to carry both things together
People usually look for working in the PSUs and govt. sectors because of the working environment and less work load with nice salary
But quitting the job is a tough work. Make sure you can prepare well after quitting the job for the examinations
@Riddhi Kumar - you are right. Quitting job is difficult - and I know because I've the first hand experience of it. Quitting job only to study GATE isn't advisable because if, for whatever reason, the person fails to crack GATE; they won't be able to get back into the job easily.
It'd be difficult to justify the reason to the new employers.
@archne33 Hey buddy, I am stuck in the exactly same situation as yours in past. Please help me out from here.
I want to know what happened next?
Is it worth to you to go for the gate?
What are you doing now?
Please reach me asap
I have completed my BE (Electronics) from Shivaji University, Kolhapur. After completion of degree I was started for Gate Exam preparation with one year gap. But in first attempt getting less score.
After that due less score & poor financial condition as well as to support family financially I have joined to private job. Currently I am working as a Quality Assurance Engineer in mechatronics Pvt company from last 3 years with avg. 20-25k salary. But, still my aim to do Mtech From good institute is remain.
So, please help me in this situation. How I started preparing for gate? Last 3 years did job as QA Engineer how will helpful after Mtech ? How will get a good an secure job in Core companies ?
What I do CDAC or Mtech ?
I am eagerly waiting for your valuable response...
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