GATE Validity: Check What is the Validity of GATE Score?

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    GATE is the most popular national level exam for engineering students with validity of 3 years from the date of announcement of result. It is a gateway to get admission to the various postgraduate engineering programs offered by the IITs, NITs, IIITs, and many other CFTIs as well. 

    GATE has acquired a lot of importance which is mainly due to the growing demand of professionals in the PSUs sector. Moreover, the professionals planning to get jobs in the PSU sector must have a valid GATE score.   Check GATE PSU Recruitment

    Hence the candidates must have all the detailed information about a good GATE Score, its validity, and a total number of attempts allowed to give the GATE test which is taken in 25 disciplines. But before we go further, understanding a valid GATE score is important. Candidates are advised to read the article to know more about the validity of GATE. 

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    Time Validity of GATE Score

    Time Validity of GATE Score

    Similar to many other competitive exams, GATE is also taken each year and the aspirants are allowed to give the exam as many times as they want. 

    • There is no restriction on the total number of GATE attempts as well. 
    • But many GATE aspirants assume that since this entrance exam is taken each year so the scorecard is valid only for one year which is not true in the case of GATE.
    • The scorecards for the GATE exam are valid for 3 years which starts from the year in which the scorecard has been issued. 
    • The aspirants can appear in the GATE examination again the next year to improve their GATE scores.
    • The scorecard issued the following year will be valid for 3 years starting from that year.
    • Also, in case any candidate has more than one valid GATE scorecard in any particular year, he/she can be allowed to use any of the scorecards to get admission to the desired institution. 

    For instance, suppose one candidate appeared in GATE examination in February 2020 then he/she will get the scorecard one month after the examination. This scorecard is valid till 2023 and the candidates are eligible to get admissions in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for further studies. However, to get a job in PSUs will be valid for that particular year only.

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    GATE Validity - For Admission in IITs

    GATE Validity - For Admission in IITs

    Direct Admissions:

    • The validty of GATE score for admission in IITs is 3 years.
    • The candidates who are among the top rankers with AIR less than 200 will have an opportunity to get direct admissions to the IISc and IITs. 
    • The older and prestigious IITs like IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi have higher cutoffs as compared to newer ones simply because these institutes remain the top priority and to get a seat in these IITs, having a valid and good GATE score is essential. 
    • The candidates with GATE Scores ranging from 600 to 800 have higher chances to get a call from these institutes depending upon the discipline they have applied to.
    • The candidates can consider GATE Cutoffs from the previous years to have a better understanding of the admissions, as it will give them a good idea of the scores for each M.Tech course as per the category.

    Check GATE IIT Counselling

    GATE Validity - For Admission in NITs

    GATE Validity - For Admission in NITs

    Admissions to the NITs:

    • The validity of GATE score for admission in NITs is also 3 years.
    • The admission in these institutes is granted through CCMT which is organized by NIT every year. 
    • The disciplines that are preferred less by the students have lower cutoffs while the CCMT cutoffs for the popular disciplines vary from 300 to 900. 
    • The admissions in these institutes are based on discipline and seat intake among other factors.

    Other Universities/Institutes: 

    • Most of the private universities don’t have any specific GATE cutoffs; however, they ask for valid GATE scores. Hence the validity of GATE scores in private colleges varies from college to college.
    • The candidates who have qualified GATE test with satisfactory scores have higher chances to get admission in other popular universities and institutes offering PG or master courses in engineering programs.

    Check GATE CCMT Counselling

    GATE Validity - For PSUs Recruitment

    GATE Validity - For PSUs Recruitment

    The PSU department started accepting candidates through GATE for different jobs, the popularity of GATE increased greatly. 

    • GATE scores for PSU recruitment are different for each PSU according to the category and discipline. 
    • Some PSU considers only current year GATE Score valid for the recruitment process, while some also consider previous year scores for recruitment. 
    • The PSUs invite more candidates than the actual vacancies so that they can shortlist the most eligible candidates for different organization roles. 
    • So getting an idea of the GATE scores will help the candidates to know more PSU interviews and they can plan their preparation for the exam accordingly.
    • Various PSUs such as NTPC and GAIL prefer to call only the top rankers for the interview and the candidates with AIR rank of less than 50 have higher chances to get a call to the interview in these PSUs.
    • While other PSUs like Power Grid look for the candidates that in addition to having a good GATE score and perform well in the interview as well. 

    So in case you have AIR 200 rank then you might get a decent job in the PSU department only in case your performance is exceptionally amazing in the interview. A total number of vacancies in a particular year also plays an important role in getting a job in PSU, in case there are more vacancies in any particular year, then chances of an interview call for candidates with a lower rank also increases.

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    What is the valid score for GATE?

    What is the valid score for GATE?

    GATE score is calculated using the normalized or actual marks of the candidates according to the stream in which he/she has applied for. The beneath information is mentioned on the GATE Score Card -

    • GATE Score: Marks out of 1000
    • The exact marks of the student
    • Normalized Marks out of 100
    • All India Rank in this paper
    • Qualifying Marks for the paper
    • Number of Candidates appeared for this paper

    Every year lakhs of students appear for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE either to join a private or government department or to pursue a Master or a Doctoral degree from one of the renowned institutions in India. 

    Through this entrance exam, the eligible candidates are shortlisted; the GATE entrance exam acts as an elimination round for the different institutes and selects only those candidates that are capable to get admission to the institution.

    Post taking the GATE, the results get declared and the scores that aspirants achieve are being referred to GATE scores. The aspirants need to produce their GATE scores to get admission/job in the premier institutes and top PSUs in India. According to the highest score achieved in the GATE exam in different streams, a qualifying mark is set, and to have a valid GATE score, the candidates must have at least minimum score marks equal to the qualifying marks.

    GATE Valid Score/GATE Qualifying Cut off

    • For the year 2020, more than 8, 50,000 candidates registered for the exam for all 25 subjects while almost 7, 00,000 candidates appeared for the exam. 
    • The passing percentage of the GATE 2020 exam was just 18.8% and close to 1, 30,000 candidates were declared qualified. 
    • The candidates with a good GATE score are eligible to get admission to PG programs as well as for PSU recruitment.

    The candidates need to qualify in GATE before they think of scores, admissions or their appointments as well.

    S.noPaper NamePaper CodeQualifying marks
    GeneralOBC (NCL)SC/ST/PwD
    1Life SciencesXL31.728.521.1
    2Civil EngineeringCE32.929.621.9
    3Electrical EngineeringEE333022.8
    5Mechanical EngineeringME34.030.622.6
    6Petroleum EngineeringPE39.835.826.5
    7Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC28.825.919.2
    8Chemical EngineeringCH35.732.123.8
    11Engineering Sciences MinorXE26.023.417.3
    12Fibre Science and Textile EngineeringTF373324
    13Aerospace EngineeringAE27.224.418.1
    14Agricultural EngineeringAG26.323.617.5
    15Architecture and PlanningAR34.831.323.2
    16Ecology and EvolutionEY42.237.928.1
    18Instrumentation EngineeringIN34.631.123.0
    20Mining EngineeringMN32.729.421.8
    21Metallurgical EngineeringMT49.244.232.8
    23Industrial Engineering and ProductionPI363224
    25Biomedical EngineeringBM25.022.516.6

    GATE qualifying cutoff for each paper is based on numerous factors including:

    • The total number of candidates appearing for the paper.
    • The difficulty level of the paper
    • The total available seats.
    • Category under which the candidates will get admission.

    Know More GATE Cut off

    How to Improve GATE Scores?

    How to Improve GATE Scores?

    • It is important to understand the concepts clearly and while giving the answers, make sure that you are well versed with the concepts so that you can apply them while giving the answers.
    • Look for the shorter but accurate ways to solve the numerical questions so that your time and efforts can be saved. Questions must be solved with complete accuracy.
    • Take more mock tests so that you can effectively manage your time; take the tests as if you are giving your final examination.
    • Do not waste time as effective utilization of time is very important.
    • You must attempt the questions smartly without leaving any kind of loopholes.
    • Read the questions carefully, ignoring the important data or any part of a question can affect your overall score as well.
    • You must understand what is being asked as the examiner asks questions in a tricky way to confuse the GATE test takers. Since most of the questions are twisted, so reading the question carefully can help a lot in understanding the concept clearly.

    So stay confident and motivated while appearing for the GATE exam as it can help to achieve a milestone in your career.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques: What is the validity of GATE score?

    Ans: GATE score is laid for 3 years from the date of announcement of result. For instance, suppose one candidate appeared in GATE examination in February 2020 then he/she will get the scorecard one month after the examination. This scorecard is valid till 2023 and the candidates are eligible to get admissions in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for further studies.

    Ques: Is GATE valid for PSU recruitments for 1 year or for 3 years?

    Ans: GATE scores for PSU recruitment are different for each PSU according to the category and discipline. Some PSU considers only current year GATE Score valid for the recruitment process, while some also consider previous year scores for recruitment. The validity of GATE score in PSU recruitment varies from PSU to PSU.

    Ques: What is a valid GATE score?

    Ans: The valid GATE score is minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to score in order to become eligible for admission in various institutes. Further the institutes will have their own cut off criteria but for initial screening candidates must obtain GATE qualifying or valid score.

    Ques: Can I use my GATE 2020 score which is high in comparison to GATE 2019 score which is low for admission in NITs?

    Ans: Yes. Candidates can use one valid GATE score for the admission process. If their previous year score is better than the current year then they can use previous years scores. Candidates are also advised to go through the cut off criteria to get a better idea about the cut-offs accepted by various colleges. 

    *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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