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About The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
According to Wikipedia, “The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.”
The GATE score of a participating candidate represents his/her relative performance level. This score is the basis of admissions to various post-graduate technical programs. This includes Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy etc. Financial assistance is also provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, several Indian public sector undertakings have started recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions on the basis of GATE scores. GATE is undoubtedly one of the most competitive examinations in India.
GATE 2016 - The Highlights
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination for admissions to Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, and Doctor of Philosophy etc., at the IITs, NITs, other GFTIs and various private universities and colleges across India. GATE 2016 will be conducted on January 30 & 31, 2016 and February 6 & 7, 2016. This year the exam will be conducted by IISc Bangalore. As always, aspirants in their final year can also appear for GATE 2016 exam.
GATE 2016 will have 23 papers. This includes inclusion of a new paper, i.e., Petroleum Engineering. GATE 2016 exam has a provision for a buffer session. The blocked date for this buffer session is February 20, 2016 which may be used in case of any mishap or similar circumstances. GATE 2016 is being organized by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc). As usual the organizing institute will administer the exam in association with the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
For the delight of engineering students, the validity of GATE scores has been increased to three years from the existing two years. As such, GATE 2016 Scores will be valid for Three years. Aspirants need to send all the supporting documents online. Hard copies of the documents will not be accepted. Aspirants are also required to pay the fee online via debit/credit cards or internet banking or via E-challan. The renowned exam will be held in eight sessions on designated dates with provision for a buffer session.