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PSU Through GATE 2017: How to CRACK PSU Interviews

Last Updated - November 21, 2016

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017 is being conducted by IIT Roorkee. Application Process has already ended.

GATE 2017 Admit Card will be available online from January 5. 2017, and GATE 2017 Examinations will be conducted on February 4 - 5, 2017 & February 11 - 12 , 2017. The Announcement of GATE Results will be on Online Application Website on March 27, 2017.

Job Opportunities in Public Sector Undertaking(PSU) companies and other top companies - For branches like Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Chemical etc . Decent GATE Score is the perfect path to get into PSUs like BARC, DRDO, ISRO, ONGC, DMRC etc . In recent times most of the PSUs and some of the big core companies have started recruiting based on GATE Score, Stable job, fat packages, good standard of living,  a candidate gets everything. PSUs provide jobs in core research fields, that are the perfect for candidates from that particular field.

More than 43 PSUs announce the recruitment of graduate engineers on the basis of their GATE 2017 scores every year. Apart from having the requisite GATE scores, candidates need to prepare for a host of other things while attending the PSU Interviews. In PSU Interview the highest weightage is given to GATE 2017 score(around 85%) and around 5% weightage to Group Discussion and Group Task and 10% weightage to Personal Interview. It is to be noted that most of the PSUs recruiting through GATE Scores will call around four to five times the actual vacancies; sometimes even more. It is crucial for every aspirant to give his/her best shot.

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There are few general things that the candidate must take care of before appearing for an Interview :-

  • Candidate should be prepared with the company profile as to what sectors the company is involved in, its performance.
  • Candidate should check the HR Policy for the company. They should know the details of the pay scale offered to the designation advertised for.
  • If there is a service bond, Candidate should understand that and ask a senior or faculty, family members before saying yes to Company. The service bond is an important legal binding contract that mentions the number of years a candidate has to compulsorily work for the said company.
  • Candidate should concentrate on making a good Resume and put it while applying and during Interview process. It is important for candidates to not to falsify stuff, achievements in the resume as they could lead to questions.
  • Candidate should be well Revised with the B.Tech Project they did i.e. they must have a basic knowledge of subject, scope, methodology and conclusion of the project. Questions can be asked based on these topics in any interview.
  • Wear Formals on the day of Interview and be prepared for a day-long event.

Check List For PSU Interviews

  • Candidate should make sure they are impeccably groomed. This matters and goes to show candidates in a good light.
  • Candidate should also ensure that he/she do look like their GATE  2017 Application Form photograph. Changing appearance in any manner that is different from the photograph is not advisable,
  • Make sure that a copy of the PSU Application Form, GATE 2017 Admit Card in original, GATE Score Card is with you.
  • Candidate should make sure that all their certificates in original are in place.
  • To be on the safe side, Candidate should always carry a valid photo ID and some photographs similar to ones posted in the GATE  Application Form.

What to Prepare for PSU Interviews

  • Candidate should prepare from their B.Tech discipline in general.
  • Candidate should choose at least two topics from their B.Tech specialization in which they are interested. Make sure that they have a sound knowledge about these topics and why these like these topics.
  • Some toppers suggest to  know about Industrial Training but that is up to the candidate and not compulsory.
  • Candidate should be aware of the current topics and General Knowledge. This will come handy for the group discussion as well as some questions that may be asked to test your grasp of the world in general.
  • Candidate should also go to the PSU website and jot down some important projects , board members name and CSR projects, etc
  • Candidate should be prepared for tricky questions such as “Why should you be selected?” or “Why do you want to join this company?”

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Guidelines During the Interview

  • Candidate should be respectful.
  • Group Discussions are meant to check whether a candidate is a team player and his/her knowledge about Current Affairs. Candidate should make sure that he/she come across as a team player.
  • While entering the interview room, Candidate should make sure to wish everyone in the panel politely.
  • If the candidate disagrees on any point, he/she should put the disagreement across in a very polite manner. Do not show aggressiveness in any manner.
  • The panel will look for smart individuals. So a candidate should think before they answer.
  • If a candidate is doubtful of the answer, tell the panel that he/she think this is the answer but they have some reservations about it.

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Pattern of PSU through GATE Interviews

Some of the PSUs ask basic questions of almost same pattern/topics in the most interview. Mentioned below are few companies and type of questions they focus on :-

  • BARC : Candidate should prepare at least five subjects from his/her graduation course, as they mostly ask aspirants to name their 5 favourite subjects and then ask questions from those subjects only. BARC ask very basics questions at first, then increase their level of questions.
  • PGCIL : PGCIL’s Interview is basically focussed on aspirants B.Tech discipline.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation : Candidate should learn about Thermal Power plants, Different components of Thermal Power plant and their efficiency .
  • DMRC : Questions for the Interview are mostly from Regenerative Braking, Carbon Credits and Power System Protection.
  • IOCL : Questions for the Interview are mostly from Artificial Intelligence, Efficiency of the boiler, Refinery of IOCL and from candidates’ B.Tech Discipline.
  • HPCL selects a candidate purely on the basis of Interview. Candidates’ GATE score will not play any role in selection. Some of the questions asked are : Why do you want to Join HPCL ?; What is Umbrella Pact between Germany and India; CSR activities of HPCL.
  • ONGC : Learn about important oil wells and their location. Questions for the Interview are mostly based on Posting Location; Why to choose ONGC and not other PSU’s. Not many technical questions will be asked in ONGC interview.

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