Applying to various institutes

GATE scores are only for application to graduate programs in Engineering disciplines in India. Usually IISc application dates are within 4–5 days of announcement of results. Most institutes do not specify their cut-offs for previous years. So there is a general confusion in terms of selecting institutes and specializations. But in the recent years IIT Kharagpur and Guwahati have been specifying last year cut-off mark list.

Typically the Indian Institute of Science is the most selective, very closely followed by the IITs. In general IISc and the IITs only admit students scoring among the top 3 percentile on the GATE, to their post-graduate programs.

Changes in GATE Examination

* From 2009 onwards, the IT and CS papers have been merged and there will be no separate IT paper.
* From 2010, Pharmacology is no longer on the GATE list, with GPAT as the replacement.

In 2009 the GATE score was valid only for one year but later the GATE committee made it valid for 2 years in 2010.

* From GATE 2010 onwards, an additional section of General Aptitude has been introduced in GATE. A total of 10 questions carrying 15 marks makes up this last section of GATE

All India Rank
The All India Rank of the candidate in a paper is determined based on the descending order of the marks obtained by the candidates in that paper.

GATE Score, Qualifying Score and Scorecard

GATE Score
The GATE score is calculated using a specific formula, where the marks obtained by the candidate, average of marks of all candidates in that paper, standard deviation of marks of all candidates in that paper, global average of marks of all candidates in last 2 years and the standard deviation (global) of marks of all candidates in last 2 years are considered. The GATE score is set to zero if the value calculated by the formula is less than zero and the GATE score is set to 1000 if the value calculated by the formula is more than 1000.
Qualifying Score
The Qualifying Score is the minimum mark that needs to be secured to become eligible for availing assistantships provided by MHRD, GOI. The qualifying score for general category in each paper is (a + s) or 25, whichever is higher, where a and s are the average and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in a particular paper, with all marks less than zero, converted to zero. The qualifying scores for SC/ST/PD/OBC categories would be 2/3, 2/3, 2/3 and 9/10, respectively, of the general category qualifying score.
GATE Scorecard
The GATE 2010 results consist of marks obtained by the candidate, the GATE Score and All India Rank (AIR). Every candidate appearing in the examination receives a GATE scorecard. GATE scorecard is valid for TWO YEARS from the date of announcement of the GATE 2010 results (March 15, 2010 at 10.00 hrs.). There is no provision for additional GATE scorecards.

Eligibility for Appearing GATE Exam

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:

a. Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes are eligible for appearing GATE.

b. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes are eligible for appearing GATE.

c. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology are eligible for appearing GATE.

d. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE(I), AMICE(I) by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India)-ICE(I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper consists of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question has four choices for the answer. The candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. Incorrect answers carry negative marks.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering committee, which comprises representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results. Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarships/ assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify through Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ ArchItecture or Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/ assistantships. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture may seek admission to relevant PhD programmes with scholarship/ assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

Some institutions specify Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.