Five GATE subjects to be streamlined

Five GATE subjects to be streamlined
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Five GATE subjects to be streamlined, Indian Institute of Kharagpur, GATE subjects. Indian Institute of Kharagpur which conducted the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE ) 2014 has informed that the results of entrance examination will be declared on March 28.

Hyderabad: Indian Institute of Kharagpur which conducted the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE ) 2014 has informed that the results of entrance examination will be declared on March 28. The exam was held from February 2 to March 2. For the first time, the test was held completely online, for admissions into post-graduate engineering courses in IITs and IISC.

As GATE has become a perfect yardstick for measuring a student’s caliber, the seven old IITs have decided to keep on changing the curriculum every year and adding up newer methods like testing the application and analytical abilities in tune with the needs of the Industry.

It may be known that as many as 13 Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) along with several other companies have started hiring candidates at entry-level positions on the basis of their GATE scores which has led to an increased the number of students appearing for the exam.

Though there is an advantage of single test for all the companies, there is a minus point in it as well. “A common screening test may lower a candidate's employment opportunities because if he or she fails to fare well in the GATE exam, scoring below the minimum cut-off issued by the companies, they lose a chance to secure a job in not one or two but all the companies which use GATE scores to screen candidates,” Vamsi Krishna, a techie of Accenture, Bengaluru, who recently appeared for GATE opined.

Meanwhile, the IIT Academic Board has decided to adopt a suitable normalisation process for five papers viz CE, CS, EC, EE and ME as they were held in multi-sessions. This is primarily applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions.

A special formula is conceived for calculating the normalised marks for the five subjects- CE, CS, EC, EE and ME.

“The normalisation is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions," IITK informed.

“This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2014 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude,” it added.

Calculation of GATE score for all papers will be done with the help of another generalised formula.

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