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Dilemma post Graduation

By Surreal Gaze On September - 24 - 2009 1 COMMENT
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Hate it, fear it, play it down or simply ignore it – it still keeps coming back to you. ‘It’ gives sleepless nights to parents and is the epicenter of unending trauma for happy-go-lucky youngsters. Final year degree students and engineering undergrads might have already realized what ‘it’ is all about. ‘It’ is the oft heard (rather, disliked) query – “What next?”

Life, as a whole, greets us with questions at every corner and is quite merciless in doing the same. More often than not, students who’re on the verge of graduating, ready to embrace the world outside, have to make the most significant choice in their lives. “When I graduated from college, my mind blacked out completely. I didn’t have a clue about my future, because I was undecided till the last minute”, exclaims Sheetal, an employee with a leading software firm. She elaborates, “The plethora of options available adds to one’s list of woes. I’m not saying it’s unhealthy but you know, too many cooks spoil the broth”.

Sheetal aptly sums up the viewpoint of many youngsters, who are undecided about their future. With a multitude of avenues such as management, engineering and a career in the civil services beckoning, the task of choosing an option becomes all the more difficult. The acronyms that do the rounds in every college these days are – CAT, GATE & GRE. For the record, all these are examinations that make or mar one’s future.

A GRE class in full swing. Credit: Surreal Gaze

A GRE class in full swing. Credit: Surreal Gaze

CAT is an acronym for Common Admission Test, an all-India entrance examination conducted every year to select candidates into the 7 IIMs and a host of other top-notch B-schools, which admit students based on their CAT scores. The admission process into any B-school primarily involves 3 rounds of screening – the written examination followed by Group Discussion (GD) and ultimately, the Personal Interview (PI) round. Regarded by many as a tough nut to crack, CAT has acquired a special place for itself in contemporary India’s history for its relative fairness and precise filtering techniques. The testing pattern is revisited year after year to ensure that the credibility of the exam is not lost.

“I decided that I would be a manager when I was four and now, I’m all geared up to bell this year’s CAT”, declares a visibly charged-up Kashyap, an engineering student. Ramakrishna, a faculty with T.I.M.E. (a leading institute, which coaches students for CAT) reveals, “The beauty of this examination is that people from diverse backgrounds and professions take this exam. Doctors, engineers, arts & science graduates and even working professionals lock horns and try to outperform each other”.

GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, which is held every year. However, it is strictly restricted to engineering grads only. It seals the fate of candidates aspiring to earn their masters degree from any of the 7 IITs. The silver lining is that students, who train rigorously for GATE need not get disheartened if they fail to make it because a string of Public Sector Units (PSUs) such as BHEL, BSNL, SAIL, etc. conduct entrance examinations (for entry into officer-grade positions) and as a matter of fact, these entrance exams prove to be a cakewalk for the GATE aspirants. The only coaching institute in Hyderabad, which enjoys the reputation of churning out toppers in GATE every year is ACE Educational Academy, located at Abids. “Our lecturer at ACE insists that the students, who top regularly in the weekly tests are destined to land a good rank in the top bracket in the eventual GATE exam”, remarks Anjani, who hopes to get through in her first attempt.

Promac - A coaching institute for GRE. Credit: Surreal Gaze

Promac - A coaching institute for GRE. Credit: Surreal Gaze

On the flip side, there are students like Mohit who argue, “Gimme a break man! I wanna go abroad and study. I’m bored of looking at the same old black-haired chicks”. Graduate Record Examination (GRE, in short) is a computer-based test conducted all through the year for entry into universities anywhere in the world. “The best part of GRE is that the score obtained once the test is taken is valid for 5 years. So, I’m planning to take my chances in my final year and get a good score. Then, I shall work for 4 years so that I learn to earn before I apply for any university and go abroad”, squeals Khushi, a commerce student. Institutes such as Visu, Jeeva’s impart valuable training to the students and enable them with sufficient skills to tackle the exam.

Other than the awesome threesome (CAT, GATE & GRE), there are options like the civil services which are, though rewarding, less viable given the resolute penance and undeterred efforts one has to put in to get through. Apart from studying, the option of plunging into a job after graduation is always there. But, “Presently, the number of companies coming forward to recruit students from our college has gone down rapidly owing to recession”, clarifies Achutananda Reddy, the placement coordinator of an engineering college. He hastens to add, “We hope the situation improves once the markets return to normal”.

With pangs of recession looming large, the time is ripe for students to invest in further studies and enhance their knowledge levels to get ready for the competitive markets. At the end of the day, it all boils down to how an individual steers his/her life. A choice made now, is a choice made forever. Act now, or never!

We, at VY, hope this info would’ve helped in clearing dilemma and charting future course of action!

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One Response to “Dilemma post Graduation”

  1. Pearl Rive says:

    nicely told…keep it up..

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