A total of 9,28,543 candidates have been registered for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015. Out of which 6,52,704 are male, and 2,75,699 are female candidates have been recorded.
- As per the reports, 1,05,082 less in number of candidates registered for GATE 2015, compared to 2014.
- According to the sources, when Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) started recruitment through GATE. Then the number of candidates appearing for the GATE increased to 10 lakh in 2014.
- Fact that most of the students were happier and hoped that they would get a good career in PSUs.
- On the other side, only a few disciplines candidates were asked for recruitment in PSUs. It also has been reported that candidates should have to score excellent marks in GATE exam to get an interview call from PSUs.
- GATE 2015 has shown a consistent demand for Mechanical Engineering students by the PSUs. This is said to be one of the reasons behind the increase in a number of ME candidates for GATE 2015.
- It has been reported that there is the plan to include more PSUs under the recruitment scheme.
What is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)?
The Graduate Aptitude of Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding if the candidate in various UG subjects in engineering / technology / architecture and PG subjects in science.
The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are jointly conducts the GATE every year.
It is the qualifying entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to postgraduate (PG) courses (M.E, M.Tech, Ph.D) in IISc and IITs.
GATE for the year 2015, is being conducted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur. The operations related to GATE is each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE office at the IITs or IISc.
- A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programmes and direct Doctoral programmes in engineering / technology / architecture.
- As per the directives of the MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the post-graduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship/assistantship.
- Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the Institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on his/her performance in GATE only or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate’s academic record.
- If the candidate is to be selected through test/interview for post-graduate programs, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weightage will be given to the candidate’s performance in test/interview and/or academic record, as per MHRD guidelines.
- The admitting institutes could however prescribe a minimum passing percentage of marks in the test/interview.
- Some of the colleges / institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship / assistanship.
Several public sector undertaking would consider GATE scores for screening for providing a jobs