Metallurgical Engineering is a branch which is offered in most of the top IITs and NITs, the premier among them being IISc, IIT-Mumbai, IIT-Madras, IIT-Delhi and IIT Kharagpur.
Students pursuing B.Tech or B. E. in Metallurgy Engineering can answer the GATE Metallurgy Engineering paper. The test covers 5 major subjects: Physical Metallurgy, Thermodynamics, Extractive Metallurgy, Manufacturing Metallurgy, Mechanical Metallurgy, etc. It also tests students on Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude.
Students who qualify in the GATE exam can apply to these colleges. GATE score is also valid for quite a few companies like ONGC, SAIL, GAIL, BARC, BEML, Coal India Ltd. etc. Even private companies like L&T give preference to GATE qualified students.