Understanding GATE

GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is one exam that any aspirant of IIT or IISc would know about. This is because it is the only exam that any student who wants to take up higher studies in IIT and IISc can take up to seek admission. This exam is a door to be cracked open to study M.E, M.Tech, Ph.D in the most prestigious institutions in our country. The admission to these institutions can also bring in the much needed financial assistance for deserving candidates.

GATE is jointly conducted by Indian Institute of Science and 7 Indian Institute of Technology’s on behalf of the National Coordination Board, Dept of higher education, MHRD. There are people who represent each of the institutes and are responsible for conducting this exam and declaring the results.

The next question that pops into one’s mind is – what are the eligibility criteria? Actually there are only 2 criteria which are defined. They are:

  1. Degree holder in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  2. Masters’ degree holder in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer applications or equivalent or those who are in the final year of such programmes.

The exam spans 3 hours and can be taken either as an online exam or offline exam. Both the exams are similar in nature, where the aspirant has to check on the right answer. The only difference between the two is that the online exam is conducted in mid January, whereas the offline/written exam is conducted on the second Sunday of February every year.

The results of the GATE exam are received by mid March and it valid for a period of 2 years from the date of announcement of results.

This was a little about GATE exam. Did you know the even Public Sector Undertakings consider the GATE score while recruiting for positions in their organization? Yes, considering the huge growth in the number of people applying for fewer jobs, PSU’s in India have started taking GATE scores as the primary criteria for short listing candidates for the various openings available at any point of time.

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