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GATE 2013 Statistics

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination conducted every year jointly by the IISc Bangalore and the 7 older IITs ((IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee). Over the last few years, GATE has seen a huge growth in the number of aspirants, increasing to the tune of 1.5 -2.5 lakhs every year. Several factors like PSU jobs, renewed interest in stable core sector jobs, increased need for subject knowledge, exam fee concession for women aspirants etc have a role to play in this growth.

GATE 2013 was conducted by IIT Bombay in 2 phases. All the 15 online papers were conducted on January 20th, while the 6 offline papers were conducted on 10th, the second Sunday of February.

This year's version of GATE has seen a few changes like more online papers, exemption of application fee for female candidates, sophisticated single online interface and a new formula for score calculation.

Out of the total 12,00,728 registrants, 9,84,855 lakh candidates have appeared for the test. The percentage of applicants appearing for the test this year (82.02%) has gone down from the last year, which was 88.35% then. Women candidates comprised 39.75% of the total registrants but they form only 20.9% of the total qualified candidates. A larger fraction of the registered men appeared (88%) for the exam than women candidates (72%). The number of qualified students as a percentage of total candidates appeared also has gone down from 15.8% last year to 13.88% this year. This year, a total of 1,36,699 candidates have qualified in the GATE 2013 exam.

Similar to last year,nearly 81% of the total number of candidates who appeared for GATE 2013 were from four papers: Electronics and Communication Engineering (2,56,135), Computer Science and Information Technology (2,24,160), Mechanical Engineering (1,65,814) and Electrical Engineering (1,52,381) . The qualifying marks for EC, CS-IT and ME were 25, 22.5 and 16.67 marks for Gen, OBC(NCL) and SC/ST/PD categories respectively. For EE, the qualifying marks were 25.74, 23.17 and 17.16 marks for Gen, OBC(NCL) and SC/ST/PD categories respectively.

Now that the GATE scores are announced, the candidates have the next task of applying to the target institutions or companies. Candidates will have to apply separately to each of the IITs and IISc to seek admission to post graduate programs. A total of 15 Public Sector Units (PSUs) have signed an MoU with IIT Bombay to receive the official GATE 2013 results across various papers for employment screening purposes.

All candidates who appeared for the exam can view their results (Marks and All India Rank). Also, GATE score card will be mailed to all candidates above OBC (NCL) category cut off mark and the candidates from SC/ST/PD Category having marks above their categoryís cut off mark. Candidates will also have an option (till 20:00 hrs on 19 March 2013) to change the Communication Address, to which the scorecards (printed on official stationery) will be sent by Speed Post.

Source: IIT Bombay GATE Website

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