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IIT BOMBAY MTECH ADMISSION THROUGH GATE

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

   IITB Mtech Admission Experience


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   I am Sourabh Patil.Currently doing my M.Tech in Communication Engineering (RA) from IIT Bombay. My GATE score was 692 in GATE2018 and my all India rank was 575. I was pretty sure that I will get a call for positio of RA from IIT Bomaby on the basis of previous years scores vs marks data.
There are mainly two ways to get admission for M.Tech in IIT Bombay. Those who have ranks in top 100 or so (probably) get direct admission as TA(Teaching Assistant) which is a 2 years M Tech course. And other one is called RA(Research Assistant) which is a 3 years M Tech course, for this you get call until 2000 or so rank as per my information.
The main fact that everyone should know that in the end both RA and TA has same demand in the so called job market, I would rather say RA ones has more time to gather knowledge than TA.
Once you get call for the position for RA you have to keep in mind you are gonna go under lots of filters so that they can get the right candidates. First of all when you get accomodation and all you get nice introduction from HOD of Electrical Department Prof B G Fernandes ( atleast at my time he conducted that ). He told us about the RA position what they are required to do and so on. At IIT Bombay in Electrical Department there are 5 specializations viz Communication, Electonic System Design, Microelectronics, Control and Computing, Power Electronics.
Under RA position there are two catagories one is IRA ( Institute RA ) other is PRA ( Project RA ). IRA s are responsible for the managing and conducting the labs in EE dept and PRAs are responsible for the working and managing the labs of certain predefined professors. So basically PRAs have to work under the professors for all the 3 years starting from 1st year.
   After giving all the briefing about the positions of RA s we were told that we have to write one exam which is mixed of all the subjects. This exam dont have any predefined structure. It has MCQs, descriptive questions, True or False,etc. But dont think that this exam will be too hard and so. Basically what they check is in which way you tackle the question. So you should be knowing basics quite well and should be able to present it in the answer sheet. Even if you dont get the end answer correct its fine they do consider parital marking.
After this exam ( Day 1) they display the result in the same night itself. From that they select around 200 or so candidates of 3 types. First which are called for IRA, second for PRA and third for both. They decide this by giving some weightage to the test and some to your written exam but mostly major part is dependent on the written. And on that, the questions that you have tackled in the paper they set cutoffs for IRA, PRA and both. The ones with highest score get call for both. For IRA and PRA  they see their requirement what they need. For example they gave some programming and networking questions in the exam so who scored well in those and fair marks in other sections gor call for IRA only as they need some IRA s in PC lab of EE dept.
Story doesnt end here. There are more tests you have to pass. As at the end of the day 1 you know for which  you have been called for. I was called for both IRA and PRA. And while filling the form I did give preference for IRA as they have more mobility in the curriculum.
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