GATE FAQs: GATE Frequently Asked Questions

GATE FAQs: GATE Frequently Asked Questions are provided here. You may be having these questions in your mind. We try to answer them in this article. GATE, which is the acronym of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, is essentially a national level examination that is organized for the purposes of assessing knowledge and understanding of undergraduate subjects in the fields of science and engineering. It is jointly organized by the premier Indian Institute of Science (abbreviated as IISc) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (abbreviated as IITs) under the authority of the National Coordination Board—GATE which functions under the Department of Higher Education, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (abbreviated as MHRD), Government of India.

The score obtained in GATE is utilized for the purposes of admissions to various post-graduation courses, such as Doctor of Philosophy (abbreviated as Ph.D., Master of Technology (abbreviated as M.Tech.) and Master of Engineering (abbreviated as M.E.), in several higher education institutes in India. GATE scores are also considered during recruitment drives in many Indian public sector undertakings.

GATE is one of the most difficult and competitive examinations in not only India but also abroad. It has been recognized as one of the well-accepted examinations by some of the premier institutions in the world such as Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. It is because of the prestige and reputation of the examination that it is one of the most popular examinations in India.

Since it is one of the most attended examinations in the country and an essential roadmap to  prestigious institutions  such as the IITs, Indian Institutes of Information technology (abbreviated as IIITs), IISc, etc, there are numerous questions that quite possibly arise in the minds of students and other stakeholders. So, under this article, an attempt is made to address all possible queries relating to GATE and give them the aptest response possible to dispel doubts. So, here are a few Frequently Asked questions (abbreviated as FAQs) that have been answered:

Q 1: I have qualified my B.Tech program so am I eligible to apply for GATE?

A 1: Yes, you are eligible to apply for the same. Among the eligibility criteria, the eligibility of a B.Tech degree holder is provided. It states that any person who possesses Bachelor’s degree in the field of Engineering or Technology or Architecture (four years following 10+2 or Post-Diploma or Post- Bachelor of Science) and those who are presently enrolled in the final year of such courses are eligible.

Q 2: I have passed but with a backlog in the present year. Can I apply for the GATE in the following year?

A 1: As mentioned before, there is no bar as far as you are able to clear all backlogs before applying for admissions through GATE scores.

Q 3: I have graduated but do not possess the degree certificate, though I am in possession of a Provisional Certificate for the same. Will that be sufficient for the purpose of application?

A 3: Yes, you can very well apply for GATE by using any of the following option, namely: course completion certificate or provisional certificate or membership certificate or degree certificate or professional certificate issued by the institute or society.

Q 4: I have graduated with 50 percent marks. Will that make me eligible for application?

A 4: GATE does not mention any minimum pass percentage for the purpose of eligibility however, most institutes associated with GATE require minimum 60 percent and above in the undergraduate degree for the purposes of admissions and the same is applicable to Public Sector Undertakings. IISc is an exception since it takes candidates having a second class for M.Tech programs provided that they secure valid GATE scores. The answer is that it depends on the institute you seek admission in.

Q 5: Is there any limit as to the number of times a candidate can write GATE?

A 5: GATE guidelines do not mention any such limit or any age bar for the application.

Q 6: I have finished my graduation by means of distance learning. Can I still apply for GATE?

A 6: Yes. GATE does not mention any mode of learning (whether open or distance). All it mandates is that the course so pursued is duly recognized by the All Indian Council for Technical Education (abbreviated as AICTE) for the purposes of eligibility to apply for GATE.

Q 7: Can a person who has finished post-graduate apply for GATE?

A 7: In case a candidate has obtained a post-graduate degree or is pursuing one, then he/she is required to choose the minimum required degree while filling in the application form.

Q 8: I am the Other Backward Class (abbreviated as OBC) candidate and unable to upload the certificate. What should be done now?

A 8: A Candidate from the OBC category is not required to upload the certificate. Such certificate is only needed while taking admission by means of GATE scores. So, there is no need to worry at the application form level.

Q 9: How will I be informed that my photograph is approved or not?

A 9: The assessment of the application form shall be done by the organizing institute. In case the photograph uploaded is not approved, then the candidate shall be intimated via an SMS or e-mail. Upon receiving the notification, the candidate can make necessary changes.

Q 10: Where is the option for payment of application fee through e-challan?

A 10: Proceed to the payment window and you can find the E-challan option there. Once you find the option, download and print the same. Pay it at the closest SBI branch. There is no need to send the challan or the printout to the organizing institute following payment but please keep the same for future reference.

Q 11: Is it sufficient to only carry GATE admit card to the exam center?

A 11: No, it is not. Make sure that you carry the valid and original (no scanned or photocopy) ID proof. Bring that ID proof whose details were entered in the application form. Carrying ID proof is a mandatory technical requirement and failure in doing so can result in the student being denied permission to write the paper.

Q 12: Will I be permitted to carry a calculator in the exam hall?

A 12: No, the candidates are not permitted to carry calculators inside the examination hall. In case the candidate brings inside one, he/she shall stand debarred from the examination.

Q 13: I have chosen a wrong paper and wish to rectify the same. Can it be done?

A 13: In order to rectify the same, the candidate needs to file a fresh application with a different e-mail address and select the correct paper for the examination. It is to be noted that there shall be no refund for the incorrect application.

Q 14: I have committed a few mistakes in the application form which I want to rectify. Can it be done?

A 14: Rectification of the application is allowed barring for e-mail ID, Caste certificate, Mobile number, and exam paper. The candidates have to send the organizing institute a mail, along with their enrollment ID and a document reflecting the correct information. Changes approved shall be informed by means of an e-mail or SMS as soon as the assessment has been conducted by the organizing institute.

Q 15: I wish to change my category in the application form. What is the process, if the same is permitted?

A 15: Yes, the candidate is allowed to change the category. In order to make changes from General/OBC category to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe category, drop an e-mail to the Zonal GATE office. Changes shall be processed, though no application fee shall be refunded.

Q 16: Can I change the exam city after submission of the application form?

A 16: Yes, the same is allowed but only till a prescribed time. Generally, a fee is prescribed for effecting the change in the application form.

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