Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering also known as GATE conducted by joint administration of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee).GATE Exam is a mandatory exam for admissions to graduate programmers in various engineering and science streams all across the country, moreover many public sector companies uses GATE result to short list the candidate for their recruitment. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at an IIT or IISc. An Organizing Institute is given the responsibility for the whole process and coordination amongst the administering institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2014 is IIT Kharagpur. The examinations for all the papers will be conducted in computer based Online Examination mode. This online exam is spread over a multiple session starting from 1st February 2014 and ending on 9th March 2014. In the computer based Online Examination, a server keeps track of your answers and time.
Pattern of GATE 2014 Question Paper
A Total 65 Questions will be asked for total Marks of 100.
Answer sheet: OMR (ONLY Black Ink Ball Point Pen is allowed to darken the appropriate bubble)
The important thing to be notice in GATE 2014 is that the examination for Chemical Engineering & Civil Engineering will be online and will be OFFLINE for Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation Engineering, Computer Science & IT and Mechanical Engineering.
4 different types of questions will be asked. The types of questions are:
Multiple choice questions
Common data questions, where two successive questions use the same set of input data.
Linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor.
Numerical answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen.
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying 15 marks in General Aptitude (GA) are compulsory.
General Aptitude is common for the entire engineering branches. Question of General Aptitude will remain same for branches held in same seating.
Engineering Mathematics will carry 15 % of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15 % of the total marks and the remaining 70 % of the total marks is technical in nature.
Negative marking of 1/3rd for one marks question and Negative marking of 2/3rd for Two marks question. there will be No negative Marking for questions not answered.
NOTE: Calculator is allowed whereas charts, graph sheet or Tables are NOT allowed in the examination hall.
As we know GATE exam is kind of a gateway to public sector units ,it has become more and more competitive now a days. Most of the PSU’s have already included GATE score as an eligibility criteria in their recruitment process, and other PSU’s planning to do so.
Here is the list of companies that recruits GATE qualifiers with good GATE score.
INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LIMITED
BHARATH HEAVY ELECTRICALS
GAIL (INDIA) LIMITED
BHABHA ATOMIC RESEARCH CENTER
DAMODAR VALLEY CORPORATION
CHENNAI PETROLEUM CORPORATION
MINERAL EXPLORATION CORPORATION
COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC and INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
CHENNAI METRO RAIL
DELHI METRO RAIL
POWER GRID CORPORATION
PROJECT AND DEVELOPMENT INDIA LIMITED
More gates to be opened for GATE qualifiers
GATE is not a simple exam like our semester exams. It is a standard exam that will boost our future and take us to a higher level abruptly. It takes a similar amount of work and stress just like other fields of prosperity, but in shorter time. So, you might face tremendous pressure and stress that will some time force you to give up.
If you ask me, I could say one thing about these situations: that is how you handle this situation totally depends upon your character and attitude towards the situation. Some students will give up quickly when their confidence level comes down by comparing themselves with other brighter one or they give up when they feel it is difficult to cope up with the vagueness of the subject. These were some of the common reasons why many students who waste all their money and time in coaching centers, gain nothing. Actually it is not that difficult to manage these things. All these situations check your character. So, GATE is a tough test on character too. Reading some motivational books or watching some motivational movies is the initial step to improve our character and attitude. I find this beautiful concept of ‘Opposition Thinking’ from the book named ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. It is a very simple concept to fight our negative thoughts. Our daily activities are decided by our thoughts. So, whenever you feel that it is not possible for you to get good score in GATE, and if you consistently allow this negative thought to bother your mind, then your activities will change and finally you will be losing the game.
As it is very easy to change our thoughts like changing a TV channel, we could easily come out of this misery of negative thoughts by picturing yourself positively, like we have all the ability and courage to do what we think we cannot do. Picturing this positive mentality in our mind will help us regain the energy that we have lost while thinking some negative thoughts. Whenever you encounter negative thoughts and overcome those things, just make a count so that you could test your character by yourself and you could think about improvements that could be done.
Some may think it is unnecessary to waste time in improving character etc. But it is our character that will take us to the place we want. I personally feel the GATE exam as a great opportunity to improve ourselves. Don’t forget about physical fitness because it may save time that you may lose by feeling sick.
LONG TERM, SHORT TERM OR CRASH COURSE. WHICH COURSE TO CHOOSE FOR GATE 2014 AND PSU?
It is a right time now to start considering about joining coaching centers available for GATE and PSU. Every final year engineering students might have probably completed their projects and viva, so it’s the time to choose your carrier.
Most probably all the top coaching centers might have started fresh batches and courses. Some might have even completed summer courses. Selecting the right batch really matters here. It is about which exam you are going to give importance: GATE or PSUs. I have provided details and reviews about coaching centers on my previous post “Information about gate coaching centers” .
If you consider GATE as your first preference then you must consider long term batch, because in long term batches topics will be covered gradually. You will be having ample time to clarify your doubts and you will be having much time to revise the topics covered in the classes. One could refer standard books by taking all your time while the topics are on progress. So, these things will help you to go deeper into the syllabus.
If you consider PSU as your first preference, then I recommend short term batch for you. In short term batch there will be 8 hours of class daily and they will finish the course within two months. Advantage in this short term course is you could learn some fifty percent of syllabus within two months and if you could concentrate harder then you could cover seventy five percent of syllabus. After completing the course, you could appear for as many PSUs and you could get stronger in the syllabus by continuous preparation for PSUs. Finally while appearing for GATE you will be having full confidence about what you have prepared.
Crash courses will be started on the month of November and will be completed before last week of January probably. This course is for those, who have GATE experience two to three times and for the ancestors of Newton and Einstein.
But always remember “If you knew how much work went into it, you won’t call it genius”.