Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE Exam committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results. GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:
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 is the main Objectives of GATE Exam.
M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of interest in a certain area which may lead to Ph.D, M.Tech degree is best for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes/R&D centers should take GATE Exam.
The Important Dates for GATE Exam every year second week of February
Availability of GATE Exam forms: October, 1st week
Last Date for filling up GATE Exam forms: November, 1st week
GATE Exam Date: 2nd Sunday of February
GATE Exam Results: March 15th
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.
After publication of GATE results, students must apply to individual Institutes to get their application forms. 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. In the application forms, you have to mention your GATE score along with other details. The concerned Institute may conduct written test and/or interview for the purpose of admission.
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.
PSU's like BARC, NPCIL, HAL, NTPC etc. give importance to GATE scores for various job positions in their organizations. GATE seats are fixed in every institute. Pharma graduate (post-graduate in India) schools have also got their fixed GATE seats. A student is also eligible for a monthly scholarship of Rs. 8000. The examination also tests the takers' perseverance and patience. Encourage 3rd year students to also appear GATE along with Final Year students. GATE score is valid for 2 years.
The syllabus as required by GATE Exam is generally over by 5th semester. You can take any number of attempt, if bad result comes.