It’s a very very common question every single student have in their mind before starting the GATE preparation and many still wonder after the GATE exam. As an average student, I was in similar situation many times right from engineering till PhD. In this post I would like to share my views and experience addressing this question.
I couldn’t make it good in Engineering Entrance exam of my state and at that time it was pretty hard to get into engineering. I decided to give it a try for one more year, but dad was against it. He asked me to go ahead with payment seat. Being a stubborn child I fought a lot for many days. We spent whole lot of time and money over phones in late nineties. The phone costs were so high at that time. Finally I gave up and joined engineering.
I always had in my heart that I haven’t given a right opportunity to prove my metal. This feeling also helped me to be focused during engineering. I always had the feeling that I paid to most so I should use resources more. I had a seat reserved in library and used to spend much of my time there. But when I came to end of engineering I desperately wanted to do M.Tech without delay, because I was sure that I may not be able to go abroad for higher studies, because lack of guidance and confidence to make bread at that early age and study.
Now when I stand see in past I feel my dad was right. I am just an average student and it was quite possible that other smart kids at that time would have dragged me down at that time. He always argued that what if you land in a similar situation next year too. You waste one year and stand on the same point. He was right in his thinking and today I feel damn happy for that decision.
You know yourself a lot better and also know the crazily growing competition. You can decide better whether a year drop is better or not. If you ask me personally I would say its not recommended to wait for year and waste time if you can afford join M.Tech this year in any recognized institute. If you cannot afford it, then it’s a different story.
A year saved in early stage of life would be as good as ten years in later life and we will realize it when we need those years. It brings more opportunities, open your mind and also give you a confidence to move ahead in life.
The whole idea is to not waste time in life whatever we have to pay for it. If we can buy a year with some money just go ahead and do it. We can earn a hell lot of money but not that year. On the same time it’s not just buying time, make sure you rock that time, because we paid for it, whereas others came with hard work and good luck.
I just suggest you to not to spend a year for GATE prep if you are an average student like me. If you already have good grip on subject and want to nail it to IITs, I would say go ahead. For average students one single good advice, leave the crap out of your mind, rush and join M.Tech wherever you get.
For more information on M.Tech do refer to Must Read Articles for M.Tech aspirants. Wish you all a great luck…