GATE Normalisation process: How Scores are calculated?

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GATE Normalisation process: How Scores are calculated?

GATE Normalisation processGATE Normalisation process: How Scores are calculated? Many GATE aspirants have this doubt as GATE is conducted for 23 papers and there is talk of marks as well as scores. So what exactly is the GATE normalization process; why and how the scores are calculated? GATE Normalization Process is the methodology used to convert the raw marks of the candidates into scores after computing according to the specifications prescribed by the GATE authorities. GATE is conducted in 23 papers out of which 5 papers namely ME, CE, CS, EC and EE are held in multiple sessions (two or three) as the number of applicants for these papers are very high and the exam cannot be held for these in a single session. The rest of the GATE papers have relative lesser number of candidates and therefore don’t require to be held in multiple sessions. Normalization will be different for the single session and multiple session GATE papers. While the raw marks of the single session GATE papers will be used for computing the GATE scores, the actual marks for multiple sessions will be normalized and these normalized marks will be used to compute the GATE scores. Careers360 tries to de-mystify the GATE Normalization Process to understand how the GATE scores are calculated. Candidates can read the article on this page to understand the process in detail.

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GATE 2018 will be held for 23 papers on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018. IIT Guwahati is the conducting body of the online exam. The application form of GATE 2018 opened on August 31 and has to be filled through GOAPS. The result of GATE 2018 will be released on March 17, 2018.

 

What are GATE marks and what is the GATE Score?

 

The GATE exam paper is set for a total of 100 marks. Therefore the actual marks scored by the candidates out of 100 will be the GATE marks. These are later normalized to arrive at the GATE scores. The highest GATE score is 1000. However a candidate who has obtained 1000 need not have 100 marks in GATE. The marks after normalization can be 1000 as the calculation is done after consideration of a lot of factors.  The methodology is explained below.

 

Is there a Qualifying Cutoff marks in GATE and what is it?

 

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GATE 2017 Cutoff and Qualifying Marks

S.No

Branch

General

OBC

SC/ST/PH

1

Electronics and Communication (EC)

25.00

22.50

16.60

2

Civil Engineering (CE)

28.70

25.8

19.10

3

Electrical Engineering (EE)

25.20

25.20

16.70

4

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

32.87

29

21

5

Computer Science & Information Technology (CS)

25

22.50

16.60

6

Instrumentation Engineering (IN)

34.60

31.10

23.00

7

Chemical Engineering (CH)

44.30

39.80

29.50

8

Biotechnology (BT)

38.90

35.00

25.90

GATE Normalisation process - Why are the GATE marks normalized?

 

GATE is held in multiple sessions for papers like ME, CE, EE, EC and CS. The reason is there are a huge number of applicants for these papers as most of the PSU recruitments are for these branches. M.Tech specializations are comparatively preferred more for these core branches. Therefore the authorities use normalization for these papers to ensure that any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions is accounted for. The underlying assumption for this is that “The abilities of candidates are the same across all the sessions" as the procedure for allocation of session to candidates is random in GATE. Moreover, the authorities ensure that the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude for the same multi-session GATE paper.

 

GATE Normalisation process - How are the GATE marks normalized?

 

For multiple Session GATE Papers (ME, CE, CS, EE, EC), the actual raw marks obtained by the candidates out of 100 will be converted for that subject using the given formula


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Calculation of Final GATE score for all papers

This is for all papers. For single session papers, the GATE score is calculated using the raw GATE marks of the candidates out of 100 while for multi session papers, the normalized marks are used to calculate the final score. The formula applied to calculate the GATE score is given below where M is the raw scores obtained by a candidate in case of single session test papers and is the normalized scored of the candidates in case of multiple sessions. The formula used to obtain the final score of the candidates is.

 


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GATE Score Card:

The score card of GATE is available for download only to candidates who have qualified in the exam. Candidates have to log in through GOAPS and log in by entering their enrolment ID or registered email ID and their chosen password. The GATE score card is valid for a period of three years from the date of declaration of the GATE result. The score card of GATE must be kept safe by candidates as it will be required for the M.Tech admissions or PSU recruitment through GATE as the case may be.

 

GATE Score Card 2018 will be available for download from March 20 onwards. Candidates can download the score card of GATE 2018 till May 31. Thereafter they can obtain the soft copy of the same on payment of Rs 500 (online) till December 31, 2018.

 

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First Published On : 16 Sep 2017 02:45 PM IST
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