What is GATE?
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is an exam for undergraduate students of engineering and science. It is an all-India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the major Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). The main objective of the exam is to evaluate the students’ understanding of a chosen engineering or science principle and the ability to solve technical problems.
When is the GATE 2014 exam?
The GATE 2014 exams take place from 1st Feb 2014 – 2nd March 2014. The various subjects are designated a respective date. The exams are held on a weekend and the location depends on the preferred test centre of the candidate during registration.
The exam is for a duration of 3 hours that contains 65 questions which carry a maximum of 100 marks. The examination for the papers are carried out on an online computer based test mode where the answers are keyed in on a virtual keyboard.
Why do I need to go to a GATE coaching centre?
Concentration is an important quality to crack the GATE exam. The effort you put in is very crucial to ensure success. If you decide to start early as well as prepare in a pre-planned manner, you can clear the GATE exam. You need to be thorough with the B.Tech syllabus to excel in the GATE exam as the questions are widely based on the engineering degree in graduation. More practice helps you perform well in any exam.
Going for coaching classes to prepare for the GATE exam is a wise decision. They provide extensive training on how to solve problems quickly and do calculations by an easy method. This can allow the student to solve the questions faster as well as keep him sharp for a wide range of problems.
How is the GATE exam paper evaluated?
The GATE examinations are held in various sessions for different subjects. Therefore there is a need to normalize to make sure any variation in the difficulty level of the papers across the sessions does not affect the result of the candidate. The GATE 2014 score of the candidate is obtained using the following formula,
Score = Sq + (St – Sq )*( M – Mq)/(Mt - Ma)
M : Marks obtained by the candidate
Mq : Qualifying marks for general category
Mt : Mean of marks obtained by the top 0.1% of candidates
Sq : 350, score assigned to Mq
St : 900, score assigned to Mt
Where can I use the GATE score?
The GATE scores are mainly required for admission into the post graduation programs like M.E/M.Tech or PhD. Most institutions in India specify GATE qualification as mandatory for the admission process. The top rank holders are also awarded a scholarship and annual gratuity. Recently, many universities abroad such as the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and some universities in Germany also recognize the GATE score for the admission proves. The most sought after institutes are the IITs and the IISc. These institutes select only the creamy layer of students and provide them excellent opportunities.
Can I get a job with my GATE score?
The Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India have made it mandatory for the applicants to clear the GATE exam with a high score. These companies often recruit the best scorers in their stream. Indian Oil Corporation was the first PSU which successfully tested out this system. It was followed by the National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Heavy Electricals, Bharat Electronics & PowerGrid Corporation of India. These companies often announce their recruitment procedures after the GATE announcement, representing that all candidates have to mandatorily to take the GATE exam to apply for the job.