GATE: get set for the toughest test

 

GATE-qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR-sponsored projects.

 One of the toughest examinations with intense competition but rarely in the news is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), administered by the IITs and IISc for admission to all the post-graduate courses in engineering in the country.

These courses are offered as M.E., M.Tech. and M.S. courses depending on the university and the institutions that design the courses.

Entrance

Though in some States, including Andhra Pradesh, a separate entrance is held for M.Tech and ME courses and those qualifying in that are given a seat after the GATE qualifiers are exhausted.

Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes.

The GATE-qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR-sponsored projects.

Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for ‘Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship’, which is awarded by the CSIR.

Also some government organisations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of Scientist or Engineer.

Before applying, candidates must ensure that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programmes they are interested in.

Offline test

The test will be held in the normal mode for all the streams except Textile Engineering and Mining Engineering for which an online test is held. The offline test will be held on February 14 and the online test on February 7, 2010. The results would be announced on March 15.

There are 21 different papers (one for each stream) in GATE including engineering streams such as ECE, CSE, EE and pure sciences such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry