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GATE Exam: Facilities Provided to PwD and Dyslexic Candidates

Last Updated - January 02, 2019

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the most sought-after exam for engineering, technology and architecture aspirants. The exam is conducted jointly by IISc and the seven IITs.

Nearly 20 lakh candidates register for GATE Exam. 10% of the students out of this number fall under the category of PwD and Dyslexic. The GoI has formulated rules (in 2013) for the category in all sought of exams so, as to make the playing field level for all the candidates.

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GATE Exam: Detailed Facilities

Certain facilities would be seen extended to differently abled, Dyslexia and other related disabilities candidates during the GATE 2019 exam. These facilities would include:

Services of Scribe

Facility of the scribe (as be Government of India Rules) would be extended to those PwD (or other related candidates) who has physical limitation to visualize/write including that of speed. The scribe would be provided by the GATE 2019 exam conducting authorities. Compensatory time would also be extended to such candidates.

Functions that scribe can do:

  • Read the instructions on the computer screen as verbatim
  • Emphasize test content to the candidate

Candidates are allowed to bring their own Scribe provided that the qualification of the Scribe is one step below the qualification of the candidate. Say for example a B.Sc graduate candidate taking GATE 2019 exam his Scribe can be 12th passed out and not above.

Scribe and Candidate would have to sign a declaration at the exam venue. For the aid of candidates, they would be allowed to visit the exam center a day before the examination to see and get familiarized with the arrangements.

Note(s): The scribe is not allowed to translate/ interpret/ emphasize the test paper contents to the candidate.

Magnified Question Paper

For candidates having visual and other related disabilities “Magnified question paper” would be provided by the GATE 2019 exam conducting authorities. Such candidates can request for the same to the exam authorities on the venue and the facility would be extended to them.

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Extra time

Dyslexia candidates can avail the services of scribe, provided such candidates submit a proper dyslexia certificate issued by the competent authorities. The compensatory (extra) time would be applicable only to such dyslexic candidates availing the scribe facility. 

The assistance that the Scribe can render to the candidate consists of ONLY reading the instructions and test paper displayed on the computer screen verbatim and in mouse-clicks if the candidate is not able to do so. 

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Assistive devices

Assistive devices like Abacus, Braille slate, Wheelchair etc if required by the candidates would be allowed to use during the exam. Candidates would have to make an arrangement for such assistive devices own their own and no such assistive device would be provided from the side of GATE 2019 exam conducting authorities.

For further details in regards to the facilities provided to differently abled, Dyslexia and other related disabilities candidates in the GATE 2019 exam candidates are advised to visit the official website http://gate.iitm.ac.in/PwD_Dyslexia


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