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GATE 2018 Score Calculation- Predict Rank and Marks Vs Scores

Updated On - March 26th 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

Marks obtained in GATE and GATE Scores are two different entities. After the evaluation of answers, the raw marks (actual marks obtained in GATE) will be considered for calculating GATE Score. Since GATEis held in multiple sessions for some papers (CS. CE, EC, EE & ME) and has a different level of difficulty, so the exam authority normalizes marks. On the basis of qualifying marks, these raw marks and normalized marks will be used for computing GATE Score. Post declaration of GATE Result, the score card will be released at GATE GOAPS. GATE Score card contains marks obtained out of 100, qualifying marks and GATE Score obtained out of 1000.  

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Calculation of GATE Normalized Marks for Multi-session Papers

The normalization is done by assuming, “in multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is same across all the sessions”. This fundamental assumption is taken for calculation of normalized scores because the test takers are large in numbers and the allocation of the session is random. 

Thus, the normalization of marks of jth candidate in ith session is Mij is given by-

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Further, the graph can help understand the relationship between the two scores better.

GATE Score Calculation

Graph showing the linear relationship between "actual marks" and "normalized marks" of a candidate, in a multiple-session subject (CE, EE, ME, EE or CE) of GATE.
Mgt = average marks of top 0.1 % candidates in all sessions of that subject.
Mgq = mean + standard deviation, of marks of all candidates in all sessions of that subject.
Mti = average marks of top 0.1 % candidates in the ith session of that subject.
Miq = mean + standard deviation, of marks of all candidates in the ith session of that subject.


Calculation of GATE Score 

For GATE Papers conducted in a single session, actual marks obtained in GATE will only be used in determining GATE score. By using the following formula, GATE score will be computed. GATE score calculation formula is also imprinted on the score card-

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𝑴: marks obtained in GATE (actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multi-session papers)

𝑴𝒒: Qualifying marks for general category candidate in GATE paper

𝑴̅𝒕: Mean of marks of top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of candidates who appeared for GATE (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions)

𝑺𝒒: 350, is the score assigned to 𝑴𝒒

𝑺𝒕: 900, is the score assigned to 𝑴̅𝒕

The qualifying marks (𝑴𝒒) in GATE 2018 for general category student in each subject is 25 marks (out of 100) or (𝝁 + 𝝈), whichever is larger. Where 𝝁 is the average (arithmetic mean, with negative marks converted to ‘0’) and 𝝈 is the standard deviation of marks of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

Qualifying Marks

The qualifying marks (out of 100) are different for different papers and they also vary as per the category of the candidates. The following table represents qualifying marks according to the category of the candidate-

CategoryQualifying Marks (Out of 100)
General Category (Gen)25 or μ + σ, whichever is higher.
Other Backward Classes (OBC)90% of general category's qualifying mark
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)2/3 (i.e., 66.67%) of general category's qualifying mark

Special Case

Don’t judge people on their GATE AIR, ask them their GATE Score. All India Rank vary according to GATE Paper and category of the candidate. A few special cases from GATE 2016, are given below-

  • AIR 124 CE GATE 2016 (GATE score 847) 
  • AIR 70 IN GATE 2016 (GATE score 768)
  • AIR 96 CS GATE 2016 (GATE score 856)

What is the difference between GATE Marks, Scores, Ranks and Percentile?

GATE Marks- A total of 65 questions is divided into 2 types of questions in GATE: MCQs and NAT Questions. The total marks are 100. GATE marks are obtained out of 100. 

  • MCQs carrying 1 mark each- 1/3 marks will be deducted on marking the wrong answer.
  • MCQs carrying 2 marks each- 2/3 marks will be deducted on marking the wrong answer.
  • There is no negative marking in NAT questions. 

GATE Score- The scores are computed out of 1000 by the process of normalization of marks.

GATE Rank- Also termed as GATE AIR (All India Rank). AIR is calculated on the basis of GATE Scores and it varies according to GATE Paper, category of the candidate.


How GATE Cut Off is Derived?

  • GATE Cut Off is derived from GATE Scores for admission to M.Tech and PhD programs.
  • Apart from IITs, some participating institutes accept admission on GATE marks. GATE cut off scores are also considered for employment in PSUs, direct recruitment to Group A posts in Central Government.
  • GATE Cut Off is announced separately by participating institutes for admission to post graduate programs.
  • For qualifying GATE 2018, the cut off will be declared by IIT Guwahati and will be mentioned on the scorecard. 

Based on cut offs published by PSUs, candidates are shortlisted for the further selection rounds.

GATE Score Calculation FAQs

Ques. What is the purpose of the GATE Score Calculation tool?

Ans. The GATE Score Calculation or Score Predictor tool gives you the privilege to calculate your expected GATE scores even before declaration of the examination result.

Ques. What are the details that we would need to provide as input to the GATE Score Calculation tool for the calculation of our expected score?

Ans. You need to provide various basic details such as date of exam, subject paper, slot and category, for the calculation of your expected rank.

Ques. From where would I get the credentials for logging to the GATE Score Calculation tool?

Ans. You may login to the GATE Score Calculation tool using your Google or Facebook account before using it. No separate credentials are needed.

Ques. Could I login to the GATE Score Calculation tool using my Yahoo account?

Ans. No, you may login to the GATE Score Calculation tool only using your Google or Facebook account. Login through the Yahoo account will not work.

Ques. What fee do I need to pay for using the GATE Score Calculation tool?

Ans. You need not pay any fee for using the GATE score predictor and calculating your scores. It is absolutely free.

Ques. Could I use the GATE Score Calculation tool for calculating the scores of my friend?

Ans. Yes, you may check anyone’s score. Provided that you have the following details of the candidate - date of exam, subject paper, slot and category.

Ques. When is the GATE Score Calculator tool for a year made public?

Ans. The GATE Score Calculator tool for a year is made public only when the GATE exam for that year is over. For instance, GATE Score Calculator for 2018 is enabled post completion of the GATE 2018 exam.

Ques. Is the GATE Score Calculator for a year available for the candidates for the entire year?

Ans. No, the GATE Score Calculator for a year is available for the candidates only for few days.

Ques. Will I be able to use the GATE Score Calculator only for calculating my GATE score?

Ans. No, apart from calculating your GATE score, you may also be able to get information about the prospects of getting you jobs in the Public Sector Units (PSUs). Such PSUs consider the GATE scores to hire students.

Ques. Can I also use the GATE Score Calculator to identify the colleges where I would get admission?

Ans. Yes, you can also use your score predictions to know the institutes which offer admission for the M.Tech. course on the basis of your GATE scores. Once after knowing your probable scores using GATE predictor, you may check the expected GATE 2018 cutoff to predict if you will be able to clear the same.

Ques. What will be the benefit of using the GATE Score Calculator to identify the colleges where I would get admission?

Ans. This will also help you in planning if you would be offered the M.Tech. course at an Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other private institutes. In case it is not happening, you may plan for other prospects in advance.

Ques. Does the GATE Score Calculator calculate the scores of candidates precisely?

Ans. Although, the GATE Score Calculator tool is very robust and reliable. However, in case you do not provide valid and accurate information, it would estimate incorrect scores.

Ques. What are the steps to use GATE Score Predictor for calculating scores?

Ans. Follow the steps provided below:

  1. Open the official link of the GATE score predictor (to be released once the GATE exam is over). Login using your Google or Facebook account.
  2. Enter your GATE 2018 registration number and date of birth.
  3. Select the category, date on which you appeared in the GATE 2018 exam, exam slot, GATE paper, expected GATE marks out of 100, and the difficulty level of the GATE exam from the options provided for easy, difficult or moderate.
  4. Once you complete filling all the above information, click the ‘Predict Now’ button. The GATE score predictor tool will display your probable score.

Ques. How can I predict my scores using GATE Score Calculator in case I am not registered on Google or Facebook?

Ans. In case you are not registered on any of those, you need to create an account and then login using the same to use the GATE Score Calculator.

Ques. How could I calculate my probable GATE marks that I need to provide for using the GATE Score Calculator?

Ans. To calculate your probable GATE marks for entering in the GATE Score Calculator, you need to use the GATE official answer keys.

Ques. Who releases the GATE Score Calculator every year?

Ans. The GATE Score Calculator is released by the exam organizing committee. However, various other websites also offer their GATE Score Calculator for the students.

Ques. What is a GATE Percentile?

Ans. Percentile of a candidate presents the percentage of all the other candidates who scored lower marks than the individual candidate in the GATE exam.

Ques. What is the formula for calculating the GATE Percentile?

Ans. The following formula calculates the GATE Percentile of a candidate:

percentile formula

AIR RANK here refers to the candidate’s all India rank, and N is the number of candidates appeared in the GATE exam.

Ques. Is there any way other than GATE Score Calculator through which I can calculate my GATE score?

Ans. No, GATE Score Calculator is the only mode to calculate your GATE score.

Ques. I do not have a Facebook account, and forgot my Google account password. How can I access GATE Score Calculator then?

Ans. You first need to reset your Google account password. Then only you can access the GATE Score Calculator

Ques. While entering the details in the GATE Score Calculator, I am getting an error message that the details are not found. What should I do?

Ans. You need to carefully check the inputs that you are entering. Most probably you are entering incorrect inputs.

Ques. The GATE Score Calculator official website is not opening from my laptop. What should I do?

Ans. You should once clear the cookies of your web browser and try again. It should open.

Ques. I cleared all my Chrome web browser’s cookies. But still the GATE Score Calculator official website is not opening. What should I do.

Ans. You may probably try opening it using some other web browser such as IE or Mizilla.

Ques. I forgot the paper slot of my GATE exam in which I appeared. What should I do for checking my scores using GATE Score Predictor?

Ans. Check your GATE admit card. You will be able to get the paper slot from there.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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