Graduate Aptitude test in Engineering Guidelines

The Graduate Aptitude test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Technology on behalf of the national Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Humans Resources Development (MHRD), and Government of India. GATE is held in early February each year; but applications are invited in September the previous year. The GATE Committee has introduced a number of changes in the exam this year. This year, the online exam will be held on February 7 and offline exam on February 14.

GATE scores are used for admission to postgraduate programs with MHRD and some other government scholarships /assistance in engineering colleges/ institutes. Some institutions specify GATE qualifications as mandatory even for admission of self financing students to postgraduate programs.

GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyam Prasad Mukherjee fellowship” award by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as requirement for applying to the post of a scientist / engineer.

What is New in GATE 2010?

Biotechnology (BT) is an independent paper. Hence, the biotechnology section in life sciences (XL) has been discontinued.

General aptitude (GA) as a common component is being introduced in GATE 2010. Each GATE paper shall have a common GA component carrying 15 marks.

There would be an online examination for textile engineering and fiber science (TF) and mining engineering (MN) papers. The rest of the papers will be held off line.

There will not be GATE 2010 examination in pharmaceutical sciences (PY) paper. Note: Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is being organized by the All India Council for Technical Education with effect from 2010 – 2011 to be used for admission to master’s Program in Pharmacy (M Pharm) and also for awarding fellow ship/ scholarships to pharmacy graduate along with engineering graduates.

Features of GATE 2010 :

The GATE examination would consist of a single paper of three hours duration, with 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have choices for the answer. The exam for the papers with codes TF and MN will be carried out online using computers. Candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an optical responses sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question for all other papers. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer as explained in question paper pattern on the GATE website.

Future GATE applicants should seek first hand feedback from their seniors about suitable coaching, useful books, and study material.

There are many books for GATE preparation at book stores which stock guidebooks and study material for various higher education admission tests, but the typical GATE book may give only an overview of the syllabi. Books having previous years’ papers are helpful.

It is observed that the second and third year syllabi in most subjects are most important for the exam. Previous years’ test takers observe that the mathematical aspect of any subject generally comprises less than 25 percent of the paper.

Solving suitable sample papers can provide good practice and also help candidates to formulate an effective test strategy.

The GA component common in all papers would have 10 questions carrying 15 marks. It would assess verbal ability and numerical ability. Verbal ability questions would be from English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, critical reasoning and verbal deduction while numerical ability testing would comprise questions on computation, numerical estimation numerical reasoning and data interpretation. Questions one to five will carry one mark each (sub total five marks); 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer: Questions six to 10 will carry two marks each (sub total 10 marks); 2 / 3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer . Preparation for verbal ability could be along the lines of the verbal ability section of management entrance tests, while the numerical ability questions are likely to be similar to those included in general mental ability tests for competitive exams. Guidebooks for competitive exams featuring verbal ability and numerical ability can be used for practice.