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GATE exam pattern revamped

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GATE Exam Pattern Revamped. The Indian Institute Of Technology-Kanpur has been entrusted to organise GATE 2015. The scores which were so far valid...

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) aspirants brace up for changes in the examination from 2015

  • Score valid for 3 years
  • Application process is entirely online
  • Scientific calculator will not be allowed
  • Exams scheduled for February 2015

Hyderabad: The Indian Institute Of Technology-Kanpur has been entrusted to organise GATE 2015. The scores which were so far valid till two years were extended to three years starting from 2015. “This provides students a wider window for applying for MTech,” says Amartya Singh, Director of Curriculum, TIME.

But the teaching fraternity felt that by increasing the validity of the score by a year, the questions were likely to get tougher from 2015. A faculty member at ACE engineering academy which trains students in GATE says, “By increasing the validity of the score, the number of students taking the examination will drastically increase from 2015. The exam will have tough competition among the aspirants seeking to gain entry into IITs, NITs, IISC and PSUs.”

Besides enhancing the validity, all applications would have to be made on GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website. The students need not send hard copies after applying online.

Another significant change in the examination is that students who were so far allowed to carry a scientific calculator into the examination hall will no longer be permitted to do so.

According to the sources, the students may be allowed to use the calculator on the computer.

P Anil, a GATE aspirant, says “If a calculator is not allowed in the examination, the questions may be a little easy to attempt. It’s a good sign that the gate score has been extended by a year. This gives an opportunity for the students to work in PSUs for two years and later join MTech.”

Besides usage of calculator, the institute has changed the test score calculation formula. Below is the new scoring system that will be used for calculating the score.

The examinations for all 22 papers will be conducted by an online Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using a virtual keypad. The rest of the questions will be multiple choice questions.

Examinations for some of the test papers will be held in multiple sessions, while complete details of the test schedule will be soon notified.

“With exams being scheduled in the first week of February for GATE 2015, instead of the months of February and March as it was done for GATE 2014, the students need to finish their preparation earlier. They need to complete their study preparation by October and their exam preparation by January,” said Amartya Singh.

The notification has been released. Aspirants can start applying from September 1 and the last date to apply is October. The examination will be held from 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm on January 31 and February 1, 7, 8 and 14, 2015. The results will be declared on March 12, 2015.

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