Alright ! I think I have got enough messages (mostly positive) but some people even started criticizing that previous year toppers are writing GATE again just for the rewards. Just to make things very clear, here are some facts of my life !
I completed my B.Tech in 2011 and got AIR 1504 in GATE EC 2011. I had also got 96.77 %ile in CAT 2010, and was not clear as to do M.Tech or MBA (Dilemma 1 of my life). Then, I decided to do MBA. After completing MBA in Finance (in 2013), I realised my interest for Engineering, took full time coaching in ACE Academy (Hyderabad) and got AIR 4 in GATE EC 2014. Then I could not decide between M.Tech and PSUs (Dilemma 2 of my life) as I had already completed a PG (though not M.Tech). Hence, I aimed for all companies viz. NTPC, NALCO, BARC, SAIL and ISRO (last 2 had their own exams) and got through all except BARC. Trust me, I had to work very hard for this. The same question of “Why MBA? Is it really useful?” etc. were asked everywhere. I finally joined ISRO, Bangalore as Bangalore is where I am staying. Other PSUs posting locations were in very remote locations of India. (NTPC in Rihand nagar, NALCO in Orissa districts, and SAIL in Bhilai, well Bhilai is not remote but too far from Bangalore)
Unfortunately, I was posted to ISTRAC, ISRO, Bangalore which is the tracking centre of ISRO to monitor satellites. I was put in shift duty which is purely monitoring and maintenance job. Shifts in ISTRAC are 2 days evening, 2 days morning, 2 days night and 2 days off; and the cycle keeps repeating (for eternity !) I tried changing department and even talked to highest possible authority (The Scientific secretary, DOS, GoI). The truth is that ISRO people do not have an open mind. Instead of automizing their systems, they force employees to do menial jobs. There are a lot of other ugly truths of ISRO which I do not want to disclose on this public post.
While doing shift duty, my health got severely affected due to which I had to make another decision (Dilemma 3 of my life – whether to quit ISRO or not). Even my own father discouraged me from leaving ISRO, but I took that brave step, tried for a faculty position in some GATE coaching institutes and joined TIME Bangalore on a part-time basis for 2 months. In the mean time, I prepared for GATE 2016 and have attempted Set 1. I am scoring 83 marks as per IISc Key.
I will join IISc/some IIT for M.Tech and lets see how things go from there on. My message to everyone is just be positive no matter what shit happens in your life, that’s the reason perhaps that I am able to achieve what I want in life in various stages !
So please do not jump to conclusions about those rewards. And obviously, I am an exception scoring 83 in Set 1, so do not let that bother you too much. Cheers and All the best for results