Anusha Durga

GATE Overview:

Many students may not be aware that there
are several institutions in this country, offering specialized postgraduate
programmes in various disciplines. Attractive scholarship / Assistantship for
postgraduate courses in engineering / Technology / Architecture /Pharmacy at
Engineering colleges / institutes in the country ,are available to those who
qualify through GATE. Some Engineering colleges / institutes specify GATE as a
mandatory qualification even for admission do students to post graduate
programmes. The candidate is required to find the procedure of final selection
and award of scholarship / Assistantship from the respective Institution to
which the candidate seeks admission. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering
subjects) will also be eligible for the award of junior research fellowship in
CSIR Laboratories.

What is GATE ?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
(GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the
country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of
Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the
National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human
Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


To identify meritorious and motivated
candidates for admission to Post Graduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology,
Architecture and Pharmacy at the National level. To serve as benchmark for
normalisation of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country.

Why should we take GATE:

  1. M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of
    interest in a certain area which may lead to Ph.D
  2. M.Tech degree is best for those wishing to apply for
    Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes/R&D centers.

Examination Details:

  1. The examination is a single paper of 3 hours duration and
    consists of 65 Questions with Maximum of 100 Marks.
  2. You have to opt for your subject and study as per the
    syllabus mentioned in the GATE brochure.
  3. The subjects of our interest are Computer Science and
    Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering., Electrical
    Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering. Other subjects are also available
    such as Mathematics, Physics, etc.
  4. Results of qualified candidates in GATE will give All
    India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99
    means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared for
  5. Candidates who get less than 70 percentile get no score
  6. GATE scores are valid for 2 years. You may reappear the
    GATE exam if you are not satisfied with the earlier score and the new score (if
    better than the old one) will be used for admission purposes.

After the Exam, what next:

  1. After publication of GATE results, students must apply to
    individual Institutes to get their application forms.
  2. Institutes advertise M.Tech admissions in leading
    newspapers from 1st April till end July. However some Institutes do
    not advertise and therefore students have to get the forms themselves.
  3. In the application forms, you have to mention your GATE
    score alongwith other details.
  4. The concerned Institute may conduct written test and/or
    interview for the purpose of admission.
  5. General thumb rules: If your GATE score in Computer
    Science is 96 percentile or more then you can try for IITs, if between 85 - 96
    percentile, then apply for top RECs, JADAVPUR, SHIBPUR, ROORKEE, etc. If less
    than 85, you have to look for appropriate institutes.


During the pursuit of M.Tech, you are paid a
scholarship of Rs. 8000.00 per month by the Government of India. This amount is
enough for living expenses including purchase of books, etc. The scholarship is
paid for the entire 18 months M.Tech period.

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