Last Updated on February 19, 2019
“What after graduation?” – List of Competitive Exams After Graduation
This is one of the most commonly faced questions by graduates in India. Some of them choose to study further whereas some of them aim for government jobs depending on several factors.
For those who choose to go for government jobs, several competitive examinations are conducted annually to recruit for various posts under the government of India.
Here are some of the major competitive examinations that one can appear after graduation.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
GATE examination is a national level computer-based postgraduate exam jointly conducted by the seven IIT’s and the Indian Institute of Science (IISC). It is conducted on an annual basis.
The examination consists of 65 multiple choice and numerical questions which must be answered in a stipulated time of 3 hours.
Having a good GATE score has several advantages:
- One can get admitted into IIT’s or IISC for prestigious Post Graduate programs- M.E/M.Tech, D.
- Apply for jobs in Public Sector Units (PSU) such as NPTCL, Power Grid, and many others.
- Get admitted into well-known foreign universities which accept GATE scores such as Nanyang Technological University and many others.
The eligibility criterion for GATE exam is
- Candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in Engineering /Technology/Architecture or must be a final year student in the said programs or a Master’s degree in any branch of science/mathematics/statistics/computer applications or equivalent or be in the final year program of the said degree.
- The candidate should have completed Integrated Master’s degree program or dual degree program in engineering / technology (Five-year program) or be in the final year of the said program.
The syllabus of GATE includes Engineering Mathematics, General Aptitude, and questions from the candidate’s core branch.
SSC CGL Examination
The Staff Selection Commission conducts the Combined Graduate Level (CGL) exam to recruit for Group B and Group C posts in various departments that come under the Government of India.
The examination is held in four tiers: Preliminary, Mains, Descriptive paper, and Computer Proficiency test.
The eligibility criteria for this examination are:
- Candidate must be a citizen of India and should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
- There are a different set of age limits for different posts in SSC CGL exam.
The application fee for the exam is 100 rupees. SC, ST, Physically Challenged, Ex-Serviceman and female candidates are exempted from paying this fee.
The Preliminary exam has the following four sections: General Intelligence reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative aptitude, and English Comprehension. Each section carries 50 marks each and has a total of 100 objective multiple-choice questions. There is a negative marking of 0.5 marks for each wrong answer.
The Mains examination consists of four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and Comprehension, Statistics, and General Studies (Finance and Economics). The first two sections are mandatory for all candidates, and the remaining two are for candidates who have applied for the post of JSO and Assistant Audit/Accounts officer.
- Each section is for 200 marks each.
- A negative mark for each wrong answer of 0.5 is applicable in section 1, 3, and 4 and 0.25 for each wrong answer in section 2.
- The third tier is a descriptive paper is for 100 marks which can be written either in Hindi or in English. This consists of essay writing, letter writing, and application writing.
- The fourth tier of the examination is, Computer Proficiency Test/Skill test which assesses skills such as generation of slides, Word Processing, handling Spreadsheets, and efficient data entry skill.
Common Admission Test (CAT)
CAT- Common Admission Test is a national level computer-based management exam conducted for admitting candidates into the IIM’s and several other reputed Business schools of the country.
The eligibility criterion for CAT exam is-
- The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution with an aggregate of at least 50% or should be in the final year of the said degree.
The exam consists of 100 questions. The maximum score that can be obtained is 300 marks. It consists of three sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.
IIM’s shortlist candidates independently for the next stage of assessment: Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).
The final selection is made based on the performance in PI, WAT, CAT score, academics, and extracurricular activities.
RBI Grade B examination
The Reserve bank of India conducts Grade B examination annually to recruit eligible candidates for the position of Grade B officer in its various branches across the country.
The eligibility criteria for this exam is-
- Candidate must be a citizen of India.
- He/she should have secured at least 60% of marks in 10th and 12th qualifying examinations.
- The number of attempts for the Grade B exam should not cross 6 for General candidates.
The examination is conducted in two phases followed by an interview process.
The Phase-1 examination- Prelims has four sections- General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Reasoning. The exam is conducted for a duration of 2 hours and is for a total of 200 marks.
The Phase-2 examination has three papers-Economics and Social Issues (objective), English Writing skills (descriptive) and Finance and Management (objective). The total mark allotted is 300, and the duration is for 270 minutes.
The candidates are shortlisted for the interview process on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in phase 2 (paper 1 + paper 2 + paper 3). The marks allotted for this is 50.
The final selection of candidates is made by considering the marks obtained in phase 2 exams and the interview process.
UPSC Civil Services Examination
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services examination is one of India’s most prestigious exams conducted annually. It is conducted to appoint suitable candidates for various posts under India services and Group A and Group B posts of Central Services.
Here are the eligibility criteria:
- Candidate must lie in the age limit of 21 to 32 years.
- Candidates must possess a Graduate degree from a recognized university.
- The number of attempts should not cross 6 for General Category until the age of 32, 9 for OBC candidates until the age of 25, and unlimited attempts for SC/ST candidates until the age of 37.
The examination is conducted in two levels: Preliminary and Mains. If a candidate passes these two stages successfully, then he/she must face the interview round.
The preliminary exam consists of two papers-General Studies paper-1 and General Studies Paper-2. Both these papers have multiple choice questions and are set in Hindi and English.
Both the papers are scored for 200 marks each and must be completed within 2 hours of stipulated time.
The candidates who qualify in the preliminary exam are eligible to attend the Mains examination. This exam is conducted for 1750 marks and has nine papers in total out of which only these 7 are considered for computing the final rank- Essay, General Studies-1, General Studies-2, General Studies-3, General Studies-4, optional paper 1, optional subject-Paper 1, optional subject – Paper 2.
The other two papers- Paper A- one of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the eight schedules of the Indian constitution and Paper B-English must be cleared and is not considered for the final ranking.
Candidates who clear both Prelims and Mains are eligible to attend the interviews which assess the mental caliber and many other skills.
These are the List of Competitive Exams After Graduation, which that you can choose from after completing your graduation. Hope that you choose the right path and pave your way to success!
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