Pursuing M.Tech. or joining Govt. organizations, e.g. ISRO, BARC etc.? A burning question indeeed. To my understanding, it can’t be unanimously answered. Both have their pros and cons. It’s you who have to weigh both the ends and settle down to a decision. Rather I’d try to aid your thought-process providing with certain information which people are generally unaware before joining ISRO.
I wrote GATE 2012 and had an AIR 1403. Also, I took ISRO entrance exam in 2011 and had an AIR 11 out of 23 CS candidates selected. GATE result came out in March 2012 and prior to that in November 2011, ISRO result was published. My joining at ISRO was on March 16, 2012. I’ve mentioned the precise timing just to highlight that for me taking decision was somewhat easy. GATe result was not upto the mark as per “my ” expectation. So, I joined ISRO and gave a second try.
Life is not so smooth always. One of my friend has an AIR 115 in GATE 2012. He joined ISRO initially along with me, filled up the forms in IITs and resigned after three months to join M.Tech. in IIT-M.
So, what do you conclude? That having a stunning AIR in GATE always prioritizes joining an M.Tech. rather than joining ISRO, right? Unfortunately, no. Some more stories follow.
After coming down here at ISRO, I have found one lady having ME@IISc. in 2008, one guy having a dual-degree (B.Tech. + M.Tech.) from IIT-M in 2012 are also working here. Our Deputy- Director, who is an ex-IISc-ian, is still contributing here for last thirty years. One lady from ECE discipline, discontinued from IIT-KGP in 2009 and joined ISRO. During our induction program (called as IITP – ISRO Induction Training Program), I met may people who we can see in TV screen during launches. I have seen many people taking our classes who have earned “Padmabhushan”, “Padmabibhushan” and similar kind of series of national and international awards. And ample such examples are there. Though I didn’t disclose the names of the people I have taken as examples above, count on me. Such people are there.
Why will you join ISRO? What can you expect out of it? Why will you even bother to stick to ISRO? Read this.
And why will you pursue M.Tech.? This is what my perspective is.
Now, choice is yours. Never allow anyone else to dictate you what to do. Ask yourself, and take a decision for which you yourself will only be responsible.