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AIR-1570, EC, GATE 2007
AIR-142, EC, GATE 2008
B.E., Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Class of 2008, Shri Shankaracharya College of Engg & Technology, Bhilai
This college was established in 1999. I took admission here in 2004. In 5 years, usually you cannot expect too much of facilities from any college. Despite being very young, this college managed to provide us with descent (if not excellent) facilities. Labs had enough equipment, separate computer lab was there where any student of college could go and surf internet, make presentations etc. Some faculties had very good teaching experience and some of them came from industry background as well. Library:Library, in my opinion, is the backbone for any college. In 2004 we did not have a very big library, but by 2005, central library was ready. There was separate reference section and issue section. Placements:I am not sure of the situation right now, during my engineering days, the placements were ok. Usually companies do not prefer to visit new colleges. But all thanks to our seniors, who might have performed well in some places, which attracted companies to our colleges. And not to forget the hard work of placement team! Companies visited were (but not limited to) TCS, Infosys, Hexaware, Cognizant and many more. I was placed in TCS. I was preparing for GATE, and had got a good rank in GATE 2008, so I decided to pursue higher education and joined IIT Kanpur for M.Tech.
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M.Tech., Information Systems, Electrical Engineering
Class of 2010, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
The specialization name is confusing, as some people understood it as Information Technology. May be due to this reason, the name has been changed to Signal Processing, Communications and Networks abbreviated as SPCoN. Infrastructure: Hostels in IITK are just awesome. For Post graduate students, rooms were on single occupancy basis.Usually admission in Electrical Department takes place through interviews of each candidate. In 2008 (the year when I joined), no interviews were conducted. Candidates were given admission on GATE rank basis.
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Graduate Design Engineer, Imagination Technologies Pvt. Ltd
July-2010 to January-2012 | Pune
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Question/Answer
Shri Shankaracharya College of Engg & Technology, Bhilai
B.E., Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
Class of 2008, Shri Shankaracharya College of Engg & Technology, Bhilai
CPI/Percentage: 7.62
This college was established in 1999. I took admission here in 2004. In 5 years, usually you cannot expect too much of facilities from any college. Despite being very young, this college managed to provide us with descent (if not excellent) facilities. Labs had enough equipment, separate computer lab was there where any student of college could go and surf internet, make presentations etc. Some faculties had very good teaching experience and some of them came from industry background as well. 
Library:
Library, in my opinion, is the backbone for any college. In 2004 we did not have a very big library, but by 2005, central library was ready. There was separate reference section and issue section. 
Placements:
I am not sure of the situation right now, during my engineering days, the placements were ok. Usually companies do not prefer to visit new colleges. But all thanks to our seniors, who might have performed well in some places, which attracted companies to our colleges. And not to forget the hard work of placement team! Companies visited were (but not limited to) TCS, Infosys, Hexaware, Cognizant and many more. I was placed in TCS. I was preparing for GATE, and had got a good rank in GATE 2008, so I decided to pursue higher education and joined IIT Kanpur for M.Tech.

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
M.Tech., Information Systems, Electrical Engineering
Class of 2010, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
CPI/Percentage: 7.75
The specialization name is confusing, as some people understood it as Information Technology. May be due to this reason, the name has been changed to Signal Processing, Communications and Networks abbreviated as SPCoN. 
Infrastructure: 
Hostels in IITK are just awesome. For Post graduate students, rooms were on single occupancy basis.

Usually admission in Electrical Department takes place through interviews of each candidate. In 2008 (the year when I joined), no interviews were conducted. Candidates were given admission on GATE rank basis.
Imagination Technologies Pvt. Ltd
Saurabh AgrawalGraduate Design Engineer, Imagination Technologies Pvt. Ltd
July-2010 to January-2012 | Pune
Ittiam Systems Pvt. Ltd
Saurabh AgrawalSenior Engineer, Ittiam Systems Pvt. Ltd
Feb-2012 to Present | Bangalore
Examinations
AIR-1570, Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC), GATE-2007
AIR-142, Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC), GATE-2008
Message to students
My Experience with GATE!!
First of all, let me be clear, all content in this page are either my personal experience, or my personal views. Please do not take them as is.
Every engineer wanted to get in to IITs for their engineering. I am not from any other universe. I also wanted to get into IITs for my graduation. But the irony is, I never appeared in IIT-JEE. The thought in my mind was, with school routine and board exams, I might not be able to prepare properly, so I will prepare for it for one year and then only write JEE. I was wrong. We should always appear for exam if we want to clear it ever, no matter how well prepared we are.
Then, at some point of time, I got to know about AIEEE (which I was not aware of till I filled its form) and state PET (CGPET). I filled these forms, appeared for test, and got a descent rank in CGPET (316) but not that good rank in AIEEE (23k). So there was no chance of getting NIT, and I landed up taking a seat in a private college in Chhattisgarh. Since my PET rank was good, I got Rank 3 College of that time. I opted for Electronics and Telecommunications.
I used to feel very bad about never have tried for IITs.
Later, I got to know about GATE. Till this point, my dream of getting into IIT had already died. Thought of being an IITian had left my mind. I wanted to get a good job and start my career. I got to know from seniors, that companies ask technical questions in interview. By this, I understood that they are talking about core subjects we study in our curriculum, but they meant the subjects related to IT field (C, C++, JAVA etc..). So, with my understanding of the requirement, I started preparing for GATE. I joined a coaching institute. I understood that, syllabus for GATE is very much same as we study in our regular course. In no time, I started developing interest in those subjects and again started thinking about IITs. But, my immediate goal was to get a job before I leave my college campus. For us, companies started recruitment when we were in 3rd year. Luckily, in my interview, I was asked to explain about communication systems, different blocks of a communication system. Since I was preparing for GATE, I had gone through this, explained it properly and the interviewer was very impressed with the explanation I gave. I was selected in that company.
At the same time, I appeared in GATE in my 3rd year, and got a good score (AIR-1570). With all this (small) achievements in 3rd year itself, I was much more confident to clear GATE in final year with a better rank. Things look simple from here. But real pressure comes when you reach final year and your juniors (from 3rd year) start competing with you. If you have already secured a rank earlier, your juniors also can and will get good rank in their 3rd year. You have already studied those subjects once, which your juniors are currently studying, you already have a rank, and expectations are very much higher. At this point, I started losing focus and became overconfident of my previous 2 achievements. I stopped appearing for weekend tests organized by my coaching institute in fear of getting lower marks then my juniors. Once in a while I appeared there and scored really less marks. If you want to get something, you need to work really hard. If Sachin has made 99 in a match, he cannot start from 99 in the next match to make his century.He needs to start from 0 only. 
Some weird thoughts started flashing in my mind, like all my GATE preparations will be waste if I do not get a good rank, blah...blah..
With all this in mind, I finally started again for preparation. I realized I was little late for this. I should have opened my eyes little early. But there was no point in thinking about this. I gave it a fresh start and did not look back. Just (around a month) before GATE, I locked myself inside a room, switched off all lights, switched on only a table lamp (it's real, not a fake story. Another friend was there in same room in another corner of the room with another table lamp), and started things in full pace. I would come out of the room only for food (and of course finally for exam). Since I used to concentrate in my class, and I had studies things once in my 3rd year, in no time, I was able to get the grip. Hard work always pays you back, and I got AIR-142 in my final year.
It’s my sincere appeal to all GATE aspirants, please do not fall into the situation I forced myself to. Start preparing for GATE (or any exam for that matter) in time. Don't lose focus. All the best!!

GATE is so tough, lot of competition, very difficult to get seat!!
This is a general discussion between the "wanna be" GATE Aspirants these days. Let us try to analyze this situation. There is no doubt that the number of applicants in GATE has increased from 28292 (EC, GATE 2008) to more than 1.5 lakhs (EC, GATE 2013) and the seats in all institutes has not increased in same ratio. But, why do we compare these numbers? What do we get from this? Answer is nothing but stress. Still, we need to tackle this situation if we want to succeed.
How many seats should be there so that I can crack GATE?
This seems to be a debatable topic, isn't it? If 28292 students appeared and total seats were 300 (close to 1%), so if there are around 1500 seats (again 1%), I should be able to get it, right? Logically, yes, but from my point of view, NO! Why? Let us try to find the answer for this. If there are 300 seats, I will be taking ONLY ONE seat, and (un)fortunately the same applies if there are 1500 seats or 1.5 lakh seats for that matter. So why don't I concentrate on THAT ONE seat? While reading any inspiration article, this looks very much logical and simple, but when it comes to real life, the things are not the same. This is another problem. As before, we will try to find solution for this as well in the same article :).
It is easy to write it here but difficult to face it...
Very true! I appeared for GATE in 2007 (no. of applicants ~29k) and in 2008 (again no. of applicants ~29k). If I am to write GATE today, I will be afraid seeing this no. as ~1.5lakhs. But, if we see, when GATE started close to 3 decades before, the number of applicants was very less. As the awareness increases, the number also shoots up. Another reason for this increase very recently is because, most of the PSUs, which used to conduct their separate written exam for recruitment, have started accepting GATE score for further process. There is brighter side of it for students, because, now you don’t need to worry about different patterns. Just need to concentrate on GATE and you are done! 
How to prepare for “THAT ONE” seat?
In my opinion, there is only one thumb rule to crack any exam. Study! There is no shortcut to this, if there is any, I would be very happy to know that :) . We should try to gather as much as possible information from all resources available. Today, everyone has very easy access to internet, where you can find any and all information. If books are not available at your places, you can connect with some online shops which will deliver those books at your door step. You can access to lot of test series, which can help you judge your own level. But for this, you need to be honest with yourselves :) .
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