GATE 2015! What it is all about?

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It is an acronym for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

It is an Engineering Entrance Examination, which is Jointly Conducted by The Indian Institute of Sciences (all 8 of them) and the Indian Institute of Technology(all 7 of them). This exam is conducted by these Institutes on behalf of the National Coordination Board, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

It is an Engineering Entrance Examination, which is conducted across India for admitting students to Public Institutes such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISs). All admissions to these institutes are based upon the GATE Scores of the Candidate. GATE Scores of all the candidates would be valid for a period of 3 years from the date of the Announcement of the Results.

Therefore, it is very essential for the Candidate, to score well in the GATE Examinations. These GATE Score are not only used for the purpose of admitting students to University but even Blue Chip Listed Corporations having being using them for employing Engineering Graduated for Amateur Level Positions.

Some of the above Organisations that have been known to use GATE Score are Indian Oil Corporation, Power Grid, National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.

GATE Results:

Gate results are declared within a month of the conclusion of the exams,  these results present the GATE Scores, the Cut Off Marks, All India Rank. Score Cards are presented only to Qualified Candidates. From the year 2014 all GATE Scores are computed as per the following Formula

S=Sq+ (St-Sq)M-Mq/Mt-Mq,

Where S=Score (Normal) of the Candidate

M= Marks obtained by the Candidate(for multiple session Subjects CS, ME, EE, EC)

Mq= Qualifying Marks for all General Category Students in that subject

Mt= Average marks on top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever, higher)

St= 900=Score assigned to Mt

Sq= 350= Score assigned to Mq.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE:

  • A Bachelors Degree in Engineering or Technology or Architecture, including  all those who are in their final year of the Bachelors Degree.
  • A Masters Degree in Mathematics, Science, Statistics or Computer Applications, including  all those who are in their final year of these programs.
  • Candidates who have passed out their second year and above in any Masters Degree such as (Post M.Sc or M. Computer Science).
  • Candidates who possess qualifications which are approved by the AICTE and the UPSC and other professional bodies.
  • Candidates who have passed out the 4th year and above, in any Five year Masters Degree Candidates who have passed out the 4 the and above in any Dual Degree Programs.

GATE 2015 Examinations, are conducted in these Engineering Disciplines mentioned Below:

GATE Exams(Papers)CODEGATE Exams(Papers)CODE
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeophysics & GeologyGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture & Planning ARMathematics MA
Biotechnology BTMechanical EngineeringME
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical Engineering CHMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Computer Science & Information TechnologyCSProduction & Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics & Communication EngineeringECTextile & Fibre Science EngineeringTF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering Sciences XE
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL

Duration of the Examination:

The duration of the examination is for 3 hours and 65 questions are asked, the total comprising of about 100 marks.

Nature of the Examination:

This aptitude test comprises of both Numerical and Multiple Choice Answers.

Multiple Choice Alternatives: Just like the famous Game Show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, where there is one question and 4 alternatives and the Candidate has to select the correct Alternative.

The Numerical Questions: These questions involve tedious & Complex Practical Numericals, have no alternatives (like MCQs) and they  have to be solved manually by the candidate.

Online Mode: however from the year 2014, these exams have to be taken online and the candidate can see the questions in a sequence on the computer screen. The candidates are also provided with an answer sheet so as to answer the questions, together with additional rough working paper for computation purposes.

Results of the GATE Examinations:

The results are  declared generally within a month of conducting the exams. These results are in the form of a score card. These GATE Scores are valid up to 3 years from the date of declaration.

Admission for Post Graduation Programs:

As already mentioned above, GATE results are a bench mark, used by most of the Universities and Colleges for admitting the students. The GATE scores are used to Evaluate and Analyse the candidate with respect to his understanding about Engineering. So clearing these exams with Flying Colours is a vital factor for getting admissions in post graduate programs and courses.

How to apply for GATE 2015:

All application for the upcoming GATE Examination will be required only in ONLINE Mode. No application will be entertained other than this.

Application Process: 

All GATE forms should be submitted by the candidates in accordance with the State or the City in which he/she  resides. The GATE Examination is divided into several zones, depending upon which the candidate shall have to submit the application. The following are the websites for knowing which zone the candidates can apply:

Commencement of the Online Application Date:

1st September 2014, Monday

Last Date of Submission:

1st October, 2014, Wednesday

Details for The GATE 2015 Application Fee:

Male Candidates (General/OBC) 1500/-

Women Candidates of any Category 750/-

Other Candidates (General/OBC) 1500/-

SC/ST/PD Category Candidates 750/-

*PD: Person with Disability

Dates of the GATE 2015 Examination:

From 31st January 2015 to 14th February 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)

We hope the above given information is useful to all the post graduate aspirants and if you have any queries or suggestions then please feel free to write in to us.

All the Best.

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