The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) which has the responsibility to conduct GATE 2013 has recently issued notifications regarding the changes in next years Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
There have been some minor changes in the conduction of exam, exam fee, scoring,etc. The main change in GATE 2013 is that out of the total 21 papers, the exam for 15 streams would be conducted online whereas only 5 exams would be conducted offline this year.
Papers for the 16 streams that are to be conducted online include, AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CY, GG, MA, MN, MT, PH, TF, XE, and XL. The 5 offline papers that would be conducted are: CS, EC, EE, IN , ME, and PI.
This move is seen as a gradual step in taking the prestigious GATE exam completely online. Previously, 4 papers were conducted online in 2011 and 6 were conducted online in 2012.
The new, online test pattern should not bother the students though, as by now, they must've given a few of such online exams after class 12 like the AIEEE and BITSAT. Moreover, prior to GATE 2013, students will have access to mock online tests and sample questions.
GATE 2013 : What's new
- 15 subject papers to be conducted online, 6 offline
- Revised formula strategy for GATE 2013
- During online application, candidates must upload photograph and signature
- No application fee for female candidates
- All information related to the particular candidate will be available in a single GATE Online Applicant Interface
It is interesting to note that the 6 papers that are being conducted offline, Computer Science (CS), Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) , Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) and Instrumentation Engineering (IE) constitute almost 90% of the total applicants. As always, the offline exam for these branches would be conducted on the second Sunday of February.
In an attempt to attract more female candidates to give the test, this year, the female candidates are exempt from paying the application charges, while for the General, OBC-NC male candidates, the fee is Rs. 1200 and it is Rs. 600 for the male candidates from SC/ ST/ PD categories.
This time around, the formula for scoring has also been revised a bit. Unlike last year, where the score calculation took into account the standard deviation and average of marks obtained by all the candidates, this time, the average and standard deviation of just the qualification marks and the top 0.1 percent of the students would be considered.
Just as always, the GATE score will remain valid for 2 years.
The format of the exam remains the same with the duration of the test being 3 hours and comprising of 65 questions out of which 30 questions carry a weight-age of one mark the remaining 35 questions are worth two marks each. The total adds up to 100 marks and the questions comprise from various fields such as from core subjects, engineering level mathematics and general aptitude.
Candidates should just remember that a good performance in general aptitude and mathematics would ensure them the minimum qualification marks needed in GATE.
In recent years, more and more students have turned up to give the prestigious GATE exam and hence the number of candidates has increased at a rapid rate. The number grew by a whooping 4 times since 2008 when 1.8 students took the test to 2012, when the the number of candidates was almost 7.7 lakhs.
We expect to see a rise in this number again as now, many Public sector undertakings (PSU's) like SAIL, BHEL, NTPC, IOCL, etc. have started to started to consider the GATE score as a criterion for selection in the company as well as for the students interested in research, the GATE score are accepted in many prestigious institutes like the Bhabha Atomic Research Center and CSIR.