GATE 2017: This page is dedicated for GATE 2017 Exam Information and other related stuffs. GATE Stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It is an all-India based entrance examination for admitting students to M.Tech (Master of Technology), ME (Master of Engineering), M.S (Master of Science) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) courses in higher educational institutions in India. GATE basically tests the knowledge of the student in core subjects of his or her undergraduate program.
GATE is a mandatory examination one should clear for getting admission to postgraduate programs in India. GATE score is the primary criterion for admitting students to post graduate courses in various premier engineering institutions in India including IITs, NITs, and IIITs. A good GATE score is helpful in getting financial assistance from MHRD and other central or state level government agencies. GATE score is also used by many PSUs (Public Sector Units) in India for recruiting engineering graduates to entry level positions.
Engineering is the second most popular career option after medical science, with millions of aspirants appearing every year. Its importance is not purely academic but is considered to be the most favorable and supported career option by the Indian society. The picture surrounding Engineering is lucrative, provided that the aspirant has managed either admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs or worked hard enough to scale heights of success. Once you are well settled and have done well in the engineering sector, there are many avenues available. As an engineer, you can smartly exploit the opportunities the ever developing and improving technology provides. In India, engineering is the favorite course. Every year incredible number of students sits for undergraduate exams that may secure seats in prestigious IITs or other contemporary prestigious engineering institutions.
However, unlike undergraduate entrance examinations, post-graduate examinations are relatively less popular among students. However, post graduation from a well-established university can offer financial advantages that everyone looks out for. The relatively less popularity does not mean that the entrance examination is easier. GATE Exam is known for its pattern that is designed to specifically target certain skills required from an engineering student, wishing to pursue higher education. Lately, there has been marked increase in a number of GATE applicants, which has resulted in rampant mushrooming of coaching institutes, claiming to offer the best standards of lessons.
How difficult is GATE?
GATE is one of the toughest examinations in India. It tests the engineering aptitude of the student in a smart way. GATE syllabus covers about 25 subjects one studies in the undergraduate program. To master these many subjects for a 3-hour test is certainly a tough task. You can gauge the difficulty level by the fact that only 15% of the students qualify and get the scorecard each year. You should score a minimum of 99 percentile to get admission in any of the IITs or in the prestigious IISc. High GATE score is equally important to be screened in for PSU jobs.
GATE Exam requires from applicants comprehensive understanding of undergraduate courses in engineering. It is imperative that applicants have mastered the basic understanding of undergraduate courses and interestingly, that is what makes GATE paper difficult for most students. Students have always focused on complexities, without paying much attention to basics and lack of understanding of the latter causes many bright students to fall back.
GATE 2017: Participating Institutions
There is a big reason why GATE paper is difficult to crack and that is it is conducted jointly by the prestigious and most chased after institutes of the world. Yes! GATE is jointly conducted by the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and seven IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) on behalf of National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education which belongs to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. GATE 2017 will be jointly conducted by the following Institutions.
- Indian Institute of Science
- Indian Institute of Technology Madras
- Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
- Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- Indian Institute of Technology Gawahati
Each year any one of the above institutes will organize GATE. Whichever the institute conducts GATE in a particular year is called as Organizing Institute. For the purpose of organizng GATE, an organizing committee will be instituted by the respective institute conducting the paper. The tenure of the organizing committee is one year. For that period, the entire task of monitoring and management of the examination is upon the committee. The constitution of the organizing committee is often taken into consideration by the coaching institutes while speculating the category of questions that may be asked in the exam.
The first GATE paper was organized by the Indian Institute of Science in the year 1984 followed by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The GATE paper in the year 2015 was organized by the Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur. Indian Institute of Science was responsible for conducting 2016 GATE paper. The organizing committee has to be handled with responsibility because any glitches in the conduct of the paper will be imputed to the committee.
Must Read – GATE 2017 Organizing Institute
GATE 2017 Exam Date (Announced)
|Activity||GATE 2017 Exam Date|
|GATE 2017 Application Submission Through GOAPS||1st September 2016|
|Last date for submitting online application||4th October 2016|
|Last date for requesting change of city for online exam||16th November 2016|
|Admit Card availability for download||5th January 2017|
|GATE 2017 On-line Examination Dates||4th, 5th, February 2017 & 11th, 12th February 2017|
|Announcement of GATE 2017 Result||27th March 2017|
GATE 2017: Eligibility Criteria
There are specific eligibility criteria, which must be met in order to sit for GATE examination. The eligibility criteria for GATE 2016 is given below. The eligibility criteria for GATE 2017 exam will most probably be the same. The following lists down the qualifications required from student applicants:
- The applicant must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E), or Technology (B.Tech), Architecture (B.Arch). Students who are in their final years of any other aforementioned courses are eligible to apply for GATE.
- Students who have completed bachelor’s degree in Science (B.Sc), Students who have completed B.Sc (By Research) or B.S (By Research) are also eligible to apply for GATE Exam.
- Master’s degree holders are also eligible provided they have obtained the degree in the field of Mathematics, Science, Statistics, or Computer Applications. People who hold any other equivalent of Master’s are also eligible. Students in the final year in their Master’s programs can also apply.
- Applicants who are in the second or higher year of Four Years Integrated Programs in Engineering or Technology can also apply.
- Students who have completed master’s degree in Computer Applications (MCA).
- Those in their fourth or fifth year of Five Year Integrated Program/Dual Degree Programs can also apply.
- Those who have attained qualifications through exams conducted by societies recognized by UPSC or AICTE are eligible to apply. Students who have completed Section A Examination conducted by various professional societies in India.
GATE 2017: Disciplines of GATE Exam
GATE caters various disciplines in the field of engineering and science. Currently, GATE is conducted in 23 disciplines as follows. Students can select any one of the 23 papers as given below. If there is no addition of any new papers GATE 2017 exam will also be conducted in the same 23 number of papers.
|AR||Architecture and Planning|
|CS||Computer Science and Information Technology|
|EY||Ecology and Evolution|
|EC||Electronics and Communication Engineering|
|GG||Geology and Geophysics|
|PI||Production and Industrial Engineering|
|TF||Textile Engineering and Fiber Science|
A student should select a paper appropriate to the discipline of his or her undergraduate course. However, a student is free to select any paper as per his or her wish, keeping in mind the eligibility requirements of the institution in which he or she wants to take admission for his or her post-graduate program.
GATE paper in various disciplines attempts to test abilities of applicants in the respective discipline and provides indicators based on scores obtained in various sections. These papers are meticulously designed to cater needs of students, aspiring to go for higher education
GATE 2017: Exam Pattern
GATE is a 3 hours examination which comprises of 65 questions and the maximum mark is 100. Since 2014 GATE has become a Computer Based Test. The questions are displayed on a computer screen in a random sequence. GATE consists of both numerical answer type questions and multiple choice questions. GATE 2017 will also be conducted online across all the major cities in India.
How to answer GATE multiple choice questions?
There will be four answers for each question and you have to choose the right answer among the four options.
How to answer GATE numerical questions?
The answer for the numerical question can be directly entered into the computer through the keyboard. There will be no options displayed for these kinds of questions. The calculations have to be done on a piece of paper and the correct answer has to be directly entered through the keyboard. You will be given a blank piece of paper for doing rough work and the same has to be returned after the exam gets over.
Once the exam duration of three hours elapses, the computer closes the screen automatically and you cannot perform any other action.
General Aptitude Questions:
There will be 10 general aptitude questions which carry a maximum of 15 marks. The general aptitude questions are included in the GATE paper to test the analytical and language skills of students. GATE 2017 Syllabus will most probably follow the same trend of having 15 marks allocated for general Aptitude questions.
Financial Assistance after clearing GATE Exam:
GATE scores can be considered for extending financial assistance to students. Various institutes, which accept GATE scores, offer financial assistance on GATE scores. The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and other government agencies support financial assistance program in different engineering and science institutes for GATE qualifiers, provided they score within a prescribed range. The procedure for application for financial assistance may vary from one institute to the other but generally, the weight is given to the GATE scores of the applicant.
In a recent announcement by the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development, the scholarship amount for GATE post-graduate students was increased by 55 percent, from Rs. 8000 per month to Rs. 12, 400 per month.
This shows how much important GATE scores are for not just admission purposes but also financial assistance. A good GATE score can immensely help students from relatively poor financial backgrounds in realizing their dreams of becoming excellent engineers in future.
Calculation of GATE Score:
Calculation of GATE scores is not a simple method. The method of calculating GATE score has changed since 2014, which is now calculated with the help of the following formula (for all subjects, single or multiple):
For the calculation of percentile (calculated to find the percentage of candidates that have scored lower than a specific candidate) , the following formula is used:
Percentile = ( 1 – All India rank/No. of candidates in that subject ) x 100%
Every year, the qualification marks are changed. These marks, which are calculated out of 100, vary with disciplines chosen by the candidate. However, there exist a general criteria for determining qualifying marks for each caste category: General Category (GN), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC & ST).
For the general category, the qualifying marks are 25 or μ + σ, whichever is more. μ refers to the average marks obtained by all candidates in a particular subject and σ refers to the standard deviation of all marks obtained in a particular subject. As far as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category are concerned, the qualifying marks are two-thirds of the general category’s qualifying mark.
Before 2008, the OBC candidates were included in the general category. It was only afterward that they were made a different category for the purposes of the GATE examination.
Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories for GATE aspirants:
One of the great advantages of GATE score is that candidates become eligible for a Junior Research Fellowship in the CSIR Laboratories, which is considered one of the most coveted Fellowships in the country.
CSIR, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, is India’s biggest Research and Development (R&D) organization, with sprawling 37 laboratories and 39 extension centers under its supervision. The research and development activities undertaken by the organization include areas in chemicals, food, mining, environment, aerospace engineering, etc. More than 1300 technologies during the 20th century have been credited to CSIR.
In the year 2002, CSIR launched the Junior Research Fellowship-Gate Scheme, with the purpose of motivating GATE-qualified candidates to pursue research programs in CSIR. The fellowship amount is Rs. 25k per month along with House rent Allowance. A contingency grant is also given per year to students in this program. After two years of the JRF-GATE program, the fellowship may be upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). The total time for the fellowship lasts is five years.
Therefore, GATE does not restrict options to technology and science fields but extend to research activities as well. A good GATE score can land you in one of the most scientifically intellectual crowd of the country.
Recruitment through GATE 2017 Exam Score:
GATE scores can land you a handsome job in some of the most prestigious companies in the country and abroad. GATE scores have a high value in the professional field and many big corporates are willing to recruit engineering students with glittering GATE scores.
Thirty-six companies have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the GATE 2016 organizing committee, agreeing to use GATE scores for recruitment process at the entry level. Of all the posts offered, half of them are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other backward Classes. Seats are also reserved for persons with disability.
Some of the companies that use GATE score as one of the screening methods in their recruitment process are Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd., Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd., National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., Ircon International Ltd., Airport Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, etc.
The first corporation to use GATE score as a screening test was Indian Oil Corporation followed by National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Electronics, Power Grid Corporation of India and Bharat Heavy Electricals.
It must be however noted that GATE scores are only as a screening tool at the preliminary level of selection. There will be further tests, which may have nothing to with GATE scores. This, nevertheless, cannot be denied that GATE scores give an edge over non-GATE candidates in the recruitment process.
GATE 2017: Results
GATE results will normally be declared one month after the exam gets over. We will keep you updated about the GATE 2017 exam dates and results.
GATE Score Card:
GATE score card will be issued only to those students who qualify in the test. It will indicate the GATE score, total marks scored by a student and his or her all-India rank. In addition to this, it will show the cut-off/qualifying mark for categories like General, OBC (Non-Creamy), SC, ST, and PD as well. GATE score has got a validity of three years. GATE 2017 scorecard can be downloaded after the GATE 2017 results are published.
Changes in the GATE Exam guidelines in recent years:
Changes have been made in GATE guidelines and rules to improve the quality of this all-India entrance examination. Some of the changes are as follows:·
- In the 2016 GATE paper, a new subject Petroleum Engineering has been included. The code for the same is PE.
- The validity of the GATE scores has been increased from two years to three years.
- The introduction of an online virtual calculation during 2016 GATE exam. Students have been barred from bringing their own calculators.
- In the year 2014, a new subject Ecology and Evolution has been introduced with the code EY.
- The practice of sending admit cards by post was discontinued from the year 2012 and the admit cards were made available for download in the website.
- A similar effort was made in respect of scorecards in the year 2015. No hard copy of scorecard was sent by post to the candidates. The scorecard was made available online.