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posted Mar 21, 2018 in 2018 by (51 points)

I went all out.

Year: 2017(Final year, Engg.) I didn't opt for placements as I wanted to do masters. I applied for MS in the US, got rejects from every university(top 30 - 50). I took the decision to drop an year and not to apply for MS in US as it doesn't make sense to spend lakhs of rupees for universities below 50 rank.

I went all out.

I prepared for gate 18 like hell. Sacrificed everything, movies, friends, even family. I messed up during the exam or maybe the surroundings messed me up. There was construction going on near the test center(just for three hours 9 am to 12 pm). I know I am "lucky". I believe I lost at least 400-450 rank because of the disturbances.
 

I Failed.

Gate 18: Score 659 Rank 960.

Is it possible to get into any good research institute in India with this score (and OBC-NC category)?

Is it the end for me and my dreams to build a strong research-oriented career in Computer Science(AI/ML specialization)?

 

 

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commented Mar 21, 2018 by Veteran (363,707 points)
Sometimes you get something and sometimes you miss. Now what you get is because of OBC and this will get you an admit in IITG/R/H at least in last round.  Also for research you will be called for interviews in most places.
commented Mar 22, 2018 by Active (1,565 points)

If you really want to do research join as a RA at a great professor in your field and work for a year to publish quality papers at conferences and subsequently journals. Apply for a funded MS in the US or Europe, next year. 

Maybe you could hit a direct PhD with a great publication. 


Is it the end for me and my dreams to build a strong research-oriented career in Computer Science(AI/ML specialization)?

Nah, not at all. Just focus on researching and especially reproducing quality papers and open sourcing the code. You'll be alright!

I too didn't sit for placements. I even didn't write GATE.

Just enjoying life, research, sports and fun!  

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