GATE XE Scope: Career Options Through GATE XE (Engineering Sciences) Exam

By Himanshu Bajpai|Updated : April 22nd, 2022

GATE XE Scope: GATE XE is one of the 29 papers conducted by IITs every year. This paper is of general nature and has 3 sections in total, the first section is General Aptitude followed by Engineering Mathematics as a second section, and the last section comprises a technical subject. The candidate has to choose any two subjects out of Section B to H at the time of writing the paper. Maximum candidates who give the GATE exam always argue about the GATE XE scope vs other core branch scopes as a career. 

In this article, we are going to provide you with a few major reasons to appear for GATE XE 2023, GATE XE scope, and Career Opportunities through GATE XE 2023.

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GATE XE Scope in Core Branches at IIT Madras and IIT Bombay:

GATE XE is a beautiful opportunity for mechanical students to pursue their core branches at reputed colleges, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay. GATE XE makes getting into these top colleges easier as candidates can achieve a rank below 100 with only 60+ Marky. So let us see what GATE XE scope and opportunities is and what are the branches in which we can pursue a PG degree through the points given below -

  • Scoring a good rank is comparatively easy as competition is low in GATE XE.
  • You can get into Industrial Engineering and Research at IIT Bombay with a valid GATE Score in XE Paper. Many candidates prefer this discipline as it offers good placement packages
  • In the table below we have mentioned the courses which are offered by IIT Madras, IIT Bombay for mechanical engineers through GATE XE:
IIT Madras
Courses OfferedValid Paper
Thermal Engineering(ME1)XE
Mechanical Design(ME2)
Manufacturing Engineering(ME3)
Aerospace Engineering(AE1)
IIT Bombay
Courses OfferedValid Paper
Thermal Engineering(ME1)XE
Mechanical Design(ME2)
Manufacturing Engineering(ME3)
M.Tech in Ocean Engineering
Energy Systems Engineering
Environmental & Science Engineering
Industrial Engineering and Research 
Metallurgical and Materials Science
Process Engineering

NITIE Mumbai Accepting a Valid GATE XE Score

National Institute of Industrial Engineering or NITIE located in Mumbai was established jointly by MHRD, the Government of India and UNDP of ILO in 1963. It aims to offer quality education in Industrial & Environmental management along with Industrial Safety. Below are some points about NITIE Mumbai courses and their rankings - 

  • You can take the GATE exam for admission to the following courses at NITIE -

PGDIE ( Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering )

PGDPM ( Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management )

PGDMM ( Post Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management )

  • NITIE has been ranked #12 among other institutions by 2020 NIRF rankings.
  • It is considered at par with IITs, IIMs and IISc in the country among 15 other institutions.
  • Popularly offered courses include PGDIM & PGDISEM equivalent MBA and PGDIE, PGDMM & PGDPM equivalent to M.Tech.
  • All admissions are entrance based accepting scores in CAT, GATE, GMAT and GRE. along with TOEFL / IELTS from international students. Plus GD and PI. 
  • Good Placement packages are offered.

Interdisciplinary Courses by Top IITs

  • Apart from the core branches or courses, a few top IITs offer interdisciplinary courses as well.
  • We have compiled a few interdisciplinary courses in the table below offered by Top colleges through GATE XE:
IISc Bangalore
Courses OfferedValid Paper
Computational & Data Science(CP)XE
Climate Science(CL)
Earth Science(ER)
Nano Science & Engineering(NE)
Smart Manufacturing(SM)
IIT Roorkee
Earth System Science & TechnologyXE-B, XE-E, XE-H
Cryogenic EngineeringXE-E, XE-B, XE-C
Material Science and EngineeringXE-C, XE-F
Ocean EngineeringXE-B, XE-D, XE-E
Quality and Reliability EngineeringXE-C, XE-D
IIT Kharagpur
Hydro Renewable EnergyXE
Metallurgical and Material Engineering
Disaster Mitigation Management 
IIT Hyderabad
Energy Science and TechnologyXE
Metallurgical and Material Engineering

GATE XE Scope: Why Should you Write XE-Paper?

  • IIT Bombay has allowed the candidates to write two papers as per the allowed combinations this year, which means GATE XE can be written as a primary paper as well as a secondary paper with the following combinations:
Code of the Primary PaperCode of Papers allowed as Secondary Paper
Aerospace Engineering(AE)XE
Chemical Engineering(CH)
Mining Engineering (MN)
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Petroleum Engineering (PE)
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
Textile Engineering and Fiber Science(TF)
  • Third-year mechanical students are also eligible to write this paper and with the limited time, they can prepare and score good rank in this paper as the syllabus is confined.
  • Competition is quite low as compared to the core branches.
  • Candidates can score good ranks with a limited syllabus and land up in their dream colleges.

Few articles one must go through to get detailed information on GATE XE 2021:

GATE XE 2023 Exam Pattern

GATE XE 2023 Detailed Syllabus, Download the PDF

List of Best Books to Prepare for GATE XE 2023 Exam

GATE XE 2023 Previous Year Cutoff

GATE XE 2023: Previous Year Question Papers with Answer Key

Avail Test Series

GATE Exam Related Links
GATE PatternGATE Cut Off 2023
GATE Exam RegistrationGATE Response Sheet
NIELIT Scientist B Previous Year PapersGATE 2023 Fees
GATE Syllabus for CSEGATE Eligibility Criteria 2023
GATE Total MarksHPCL Salary

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  • Many students opt for this paper to pursue higher-level education like a master's or even PhD. But, there are no PSU job opportunities for students seeking this paper. Because this paper further helps in doing research and higher studies.

  • It is a subfield of material science focusing primarily on polymers such as synthetic polymers. Unfortunately, there are no PSU job opportunities for students through the XE branch seeking this paper, but this paper further helps with research.

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  • A good GATE score can assist a candidate get entrance to top-notch engineering institutes like IITs, NITs, IIITs, IISC, etc. A candidate can earn a stipend of Rs. 8000 to Rs. 14000 per month for M.Tech. Course, which may change for the different institutes.



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