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GATE 2014 is going ONLINE

From the year 2014, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, popularly known as GATE, will become completely online. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) has come out with a tender notice on June 9, 2013, inviting bids from interested companies, to conduct the examination in online mode.

Over the last few years, the exam has been gradually incorporating online mode in some of its streams. Out of 21 papers in GATE, 15 papers were conducted in online mode for GATE 2013. GATE 2012 and GATE 2011 had 6 and 4 online papers respectively, while there was no online component till GATE 2010.

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According to the tender notice, examination for GATE 2014 will be conducted for 21 papers in 12 sessions with 2 buffer sessions. Out of the 21 papers, some will have multiple sessions, while for others there will only be one session. The dates for the examination barring unforeseen incidents will be 1st, 2nd, 15th and 16th February, 1st and 2nd March of 2014. There will be 2 sessions (9:00AM to 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) on each day. A tentative list of 118 cities for conducting the exams was also disclosed in the tender invitation document.

Though it is a new medium, Online mode need not be seen as a hurdle to students as most of them are comfortable with the online medium, and have attempted online tests like BITSAT/AIEEE at +2 level. Also, they will have access to the actual GATE exam interface with sample questions, months before the actual GATE. Mock tests will be provided to the students before the examination date, to get themselves acquainted with the new interface.

GATE 2014 Tentative Schedule
Session Time Day and date
1 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Saturday, 1st February, 2014
2 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Saturday, 1st February, 2014
3 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Sunday, 2nd February, 2014
4 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Sunday, 2nd February, 2014
5 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Saturday, 15th February, 2014
6 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Saturday, 15th February, 2014
7 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Sunday, 16th February, 2014
8 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Sunday, 16th February, 2014
9 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Saturday, 1st March, 2014
10 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Saturday, 1st March, 2014
11 9.00 AM to 12.00 noon Sunday, 2nd March, 2014
12 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM Sunday, 2nd March, 2014
Tentative List of Cities for GATE 2014
Zone Wise
S.No. IISc Bengaluru IIT Bombay IIT Madras IIT Roorkee IIT Kanpur IIT Kharagpur IIT Delhi IIT Guwahati
1 Anantapur Ahmedabad Bapatla Amritsar Agra Bhubaneswar Ajmer Agartala
2 Belgaum Ahmednagar Chennai Bathinda Aligarh Bilaspur Bikaner Asansol
3 Bengaluru Amravati Chidambaram Chandigarh Allahabad Cuttack Delhi Dhanbad
4 Davengere Aurangabad Coimbatore Dehradun Bareilly Jamshedpur Faridabad Durgapur
5 Hubli Gulbarga Ernakulam Ghaziabad Bhopal Kakinada Gurgaon Guwahati
6 Hyderabad Jalgaon Guntur Haldwani Gwalior Kharagpur Indore Imphal
7 Kannur (Kerala) Kolhapur Kadapa Hamirpur (HP) Jabalpur Kolkata Jaipur Jorhat
8 Kollam Mumbai Madurai Hisar Kanpur Raipur Jodhpur Kalyani
9 Kottayam Nagpur Nellore Jalandhar Lucknow Ranchi Kota Patna
10 Kozhikode Nanded Puducherry (Pondicherry) Jammu Varanasi Rourkela Udaipur Silchar
11 Kurnool Nashik Salem Kurukshetra
Sambalpur Ujjain Siliguri
12 Mangalore Navi Mumbai Thanjavur Meerut
13 Mysore Pune Thiruvananthapuram Muzffarnagar

14 Palakkad Rajkot Tiruchirapalli Noida

15 Secunderabad Sangli Tirunelveli Patiala

16 Surathkal Solapur Tirupati Rohtak

17 Thrissur Surat Vellore Roorkee

Thane Warangal Shimla


About GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee). It primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology.

Over the last few years, the number of GATE aspirants has been increasing at a rapid pace. In the last 5 years, it has more than quadrupled from 1.8 lakh applicants in 2008 to 7.7 lakh applicants in 2012 and 12 lakh applicants in 2013. This increase is primarily due to the multiple benefits GATE offers in addition to a chance to pursue higher education. With the introduction of Aptitude section from 2010, focused preparation for GATE comes in handy for other PSU exams like CIL, SAIL, GAIL etc and also campus recruitment interviews. GATE scores are considered as the merit criterion by organizations such as Power grid, BHEL, IOCL and NTPC, for recruitment to the posts of Executive Trainees and Management Trainees. Also, GATE score is considered by premier institutions like CSIR and BARC to select students with a penchant towards research.

Paper Pattern

GATE 2013 was a 3 hour exam with 65 questions (30 one-mark questions and 35 two-mark questions) summing up to 100 marks with questions from core subjects, engineering math and general aptitude. Questions from the core engineering subjects far outweigh the other 2 areas with 70% weight age. The off-line exams had only multiple choice type questions. But, online mode exams had both numerical answer questions and multiple choice questions.

Questions in GATE exam test the applicants' grip on basic concepts and the ability to apply them in problems. As per the IIT notification, broadly, they can be categorized in to four types recall, comprehension, application and Analysis & Synthesis. Most of the recall based questions will be in the one mark category. Thorough knowledge of fundamentals and extensive practice are the only two factors that can bring success in GATE. candidates should plan their preparation strategically, by attempting previous papers and analyzing the weight ages for various topics. Also, aspirants should spend time in solving old GATE papers and also analyze the relative weight ages for various topics across the years. This will help in planning the preparation optimally.

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