Anusha Durga


A candidate is eligible for Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD) Scholarship/ Assistantship in
Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy/Sciences at engineering
colleges/institutes in the country if he/she qualifies in GATE . To avail the
scholarship, additionally, the candidate must secure admission to such a
postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting
institution. GATE qualification by itself does not guarantee admission. GATE
qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award
of the Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some government
organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the
post of a Scientist/Engineer.

As per the directives of the Ministry of Human Resource
Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, the following procedure is to be adopted for
admission to postgraduate programmes (Master's and Doctoral) with MHRD
Scholarship/Assistantship . The GATE performance of the candidate will be
considered for admission. If the candidate is to be selected through interview
for postgraduate programmes, minimum 70% weightage is to be given to the GATE
performance . The remaining weightage (30% maximum) can be given to the marks
obtained by the candidate in his/her qualifying examination or interview.
Candidates opting for a general paper (XE or XL) should be further examined (by
interview/written test) by the admitting institution. In such cases also the
weightage for GATE score should not be less than 70%. The admitting institution
will prescribe minimum passing percentage of marks in the interview. Some
Colleges/Institutes specify GATE as mandatory qualification even for admission
without MHRD Scholarship/Assistantship.

Candidates are advised to seek details about admission
procedures and availability of MHRD Scholarship/Assistantship from the
department of their interest or postgraduate office of the concerned
institution. GATE offices will not entertain any enquiry about admission and
award of Scholarship/Assistantship.

While qualifying in GATE is essential for all candidates
seeking admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD
Scholarship/Assistantship, the management of the postgraduate
Scholarship/Assistantship is the responsibility of the admitting institution.
The GATE Committee has no role in the award or disbursement of
Scholarship/Assistantship. Similarly, reservation of seats under different
categories is as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting
institution and the Government of India rules.

According to MHRD rules, the award of postgraduate
Scholarship/Assistantship to GATE qualified candidates is for a maximum period
of 24 months for Master's degree programmes in

Additional Scorecards (up to a maximum of two) will be issued
only once on request and on payment of Rs 300 per card. Such requests should
reach the Organizing Chairman. These cards will be labelled as Additional
Scorecard -1 and Additional Scorecard - 2 at the top. However, if the candidate
changes his/her admitting institution by using the additional scorecard(s),
he/she is required to clarify the matters related to his/her admission and
Scholarship/Assistantship with the new institution where subsequent admission
change is sought.

The GATE Score of a candidate is in the range 0 to 1000. It
reflects the performance of a candidate, irrespective of the GATE paper or year
in which he/she has qualified. Candidates with same GATE Score from different
GATE papers and/or years can be considered to have the same performance level.

At present, students in the Integrated Master's Degree and Dual
Degree programmes in Engineering/ Technology are eligible to appear in GATE 2007
in order to qualify for the postgraduate scholarship in their own institutions
only. They are not eligible for admission to a fresh M.E/M.Tech. programme.
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