What is a Good GATE Score?
Samiksha Jain, 15 Mar 2019, #GATE
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What is a Good GATE Score - GATE is one of the most coveted national level exams for engineering students. The GATE exam is a gateway for admission to the various postgraduate engineering programmes offered by the IITs, NITs, IIITs and other CFTIs as well as high pay PSU jobs. Many other institutes apart from the IITs, NITs, IIITs and GFTIs also consider GATE score for offering admission to the candidates. After appearing in the exam, candidates are curious to know 'what is a good GATE score.' Of late the GATE exam has come to acquire a lot of importance owing to an increase in the number of PSUs which are recruiting on the basis of the GATE score. Hence it becomes all the more imperative for the candidates to know “what is good GATE Score.” One can gauge the importance of the GATE exam from the fact that more than nine lakh students appear in it every year. Owing to the great difficulty level of the GATE exam and the pass percentage being merely 13% to 18% every year, there is more anxiety among the students to know “what is a good GATE score. There are 25 disciplines in which the GATE exam is conducted. In an endeavour to provide the information on how the GATE scores are calculated, Careers360 takes a look at what constitutes a good GATE score and why it is imperative for candidates to know different aspects of GATE score.

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Fast Facts about GATE Score

GATE is a fully online exam starting from filling the GATE application form, downloading of GATE admit card, result through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The exam was held for 24 papers in total across multiple sessions. Disciplines like ME, CS, EC, EE and CE have the highest number of applications hence these papers are held in two to three sessions. The raw marks obtained by candidates appearing in these papers is normalized using a given formula. They are then used in the formula for calculating the GATE score. The raw marks obtained by candidates who have appeared for all the papers held in single sessions (other than ME, CS, EC, EE and CE ) will be used in the score calculation formula to get the GATE scores. Note that the raw marks of candidates will be out of 100 while the GATE scores are out of 1000. For the detailed calculation of the GATE score, check the GATE 2020 Result. GATE scores are valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the results.

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Understanding the GATE Score

The GATE score is calculated using the normalized or actual marks of the candidates as per the GATE Paper appeared for:

What constitutes GATE Score Card: The following information will be displayed on GATE Score Card -

  • GATE Score: Marks out of 1000

  • Marks out of 100: These are the actual marks of the student

  • Normalized Marks out of 100

  • All India Rank in this paper

  • Qualifying Marks for the paper

  • Number of Candidates in this Pape

What is a Good GATE Score?

Since GATE scores are used for admissions to the M.Tech programmes and by many PSUs for their recruitment, getting a good GATE score is of primary concern. So a good GATE Score is perceived to be one that can either get a student admission to any the IITs, NITs, IIITs or some of the CFTIs that are renowned in that order or a good job in a PSU that is recruiting through GATE. Interview Calls to the PSUs are on the basis of the GATE scores or rather the GATE AIR. The emphasis or weightage is more on the GATE scores. So it is imperative that candidates who wish for placement at these PSUs must be amongst the top rankers.

We take a look at what constitutes a Good GATE Score:

First an understanding of the GATE qualifying cutoff

Candidates have to qualify in GATE before they think of scores, admissions or recruitment. The qualifying marks needed for some of the important and popular disciplines are given below for the understanding of the candidates.

GATE Qualifying Cutoff for Select Branches

GATE 2019 Qualifying Cutoff (Official)

Paper NameCode of Paper Qualifying Marks
OBC (NCL)GeneralSC/ST/PwD
Life SciencesXL3336.724.5
Civil EngineeringCE25.428.218.8
Electrical EngineeringEE35.639.626.4
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS26.629.519.7
Mechanical EngineeringME30.734.122.7
Petroleum EngineeringPE44.949.933.3
Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC2426.717.8
Chemical EngineeringCH31.334.823.2
ChemistryCY28.83221.3
BiotechnologyBT32.335.923.9
Engineering SciencesXE2426.717.8
Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF36.140.126.7
Aerospace EngineeringAE30.233.522.3
Agricultural EngineeringAG25.528.318.9
Architecture and PlanningAR36.94127.3
Ecology and EvolutionEY33.437.124.7
Geology and GeophysicsGG40.144.529.7
Instrumentation EngineeringIN28.731.921.3
MathematicsMA22.52516.7
Mining EngineeringMN28.431.521
Metallurgical EngineeringMT48.153.535.7
PhysicsPH22.725.216.8
Production and Industrial EngineeringPI2932.221.5
StatisticsST29.232.521.7

GATE 2018 Qualifying Cutoff (Official)

S. No

Paper Code

Qualifying Marks

General

OBC (NCL)

SC/ST/PwD

1

AE

34.4

30.9

22.9

2

AG

25

22.5

16.6

3

AR

43.9

39.5

29.2

4

BT

27.9

25.1

18.5

5

CE

26.9

24.2

17.9

6

CH

37.8

34

25.1

7

CS

25

22.5

16.6

8

CY

25.4

22.8

16.9

9

EC

25

22.5

16.6

10

EE

29.1

26.1

19.4

11

EY

49.3

44.3

32.8

12

GG

32.4

29.1

21.5

13

IN

37.1

33.3

24.7

14

MA

29.4

26.4

19.5

15

ME

34.7

31.2

23.1

16

MN

45

40.5

30

17

MT

40.3

36.2

26.8

18

PE

39.8

35.8

26.5

19

PH

29

26.1

19.3

20

PI

32

28.8

21.3

21

TF

32.2

28.9

21.4

22

XE

31.5

28.3

21

23

XL

29.9

26.9

19.9


Branch

GATE 2017 cutoff

GATE 2016 Cutoff

GATE 2015 Cutoff

General

OBC

SC/ST/PH

General

OBC

SC/ST/PH

General

OBC

SC/ST/PH

ME

32.87

29

21

29.6

26.6

19.7

32.73

29.46

21.82

CE

28.70

25.8

19.10

25

22.5

16.6

25

22.5

16.67

EE

25.20

25.20

16.70

25.1

22.5

16.7

25

22.5

16.67

EC

25.00

22.50

16.60

25

22.5

16.6

25

22.5

16.67

CS

25.00

22.50

16.60

25

22.5

16.6

25

22.5

16.67

IN

34.60

31.10

23.00

31.6

28.4

21

25.45

22.9

16.96

PI

-

-

-

26.4

23.7

17.5

26.82

24.14

17.88

Admissions to IITs

Direct Admissions: Candidates who are among the top rankers with AIR less than 200 have an opportunity to get direct admissions to the IISc and IITs.

The older and renowned IITs like IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi have higher cutoffs simply because they are the established ones with very high demand from students. To get a seat in these IITs, the GATE scores have to be very good. Generally, candidates have to appear for a written test in addition to an interview because the GATE Scores are valid for a period of three years. GATE Scores from 600 to 800 stand a chance of a call to these institutes depending upon the discipline applied to.

GATE Cutoffs from the previous years can be used by candidates to gauge the scores that availed admissions. This will enable them to have a good idea of the scores for each M.Tech course as per the category. Candidates can refer to the table given below for the details.

Admissions to the NITs

This is through CCMT which is organized by MNIT Jaipur every year. Lesser opted disciplines have lower cutoffs but the CCMT cutoffs for the renowned disciplines range from 300 to 900. The admissions depend upon the institute, discipline and seat intake among other factors.

Other Universities/Institutes: Most private Universities don’t specify any certain GATE cutoffs but ask for valid GATE scores. That means if a student has qualified with a decent score, an application to some of the privates universities and institutes may result in admissions.

GATE Cut off for Top IITs

To know the cutoff of GATE for the IITs for the previous years, candidates can go through the table that is mentioned below. The factors that are taken into account while determining the top IITs GATE cutoff, includes the past years trend of cutoff, the total number of candidates who had appeared for the exam, the number of seats that are being offered in different IITs for various M.Tech programmes and the difficulty level of the exam.

GATE Cutoff for IITs

S.No

Institute

GATE Cut off 2017/2016

GATE Cut off 2015

1

IIT Delhi

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2

IIT Madras

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3

IIT Bombay

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4

IIT Kharagpur

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5

IIT Guwahati

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NA

6

IIT Kanpur

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7

IIT Roorkee

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8

IISc Bangalore

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GATE Cutoff for Top NITs

The cutoff of GATE for the top NITs for 2017, 2016 and 2015 are given below in the table. Varous factors such as the difficulty level of the exam, the total number of seats in each institute for different programmes, trend of previous year’s cutoff and the number of candidates who appeared for the exam are taken into account.

GATE Cutoff for NITs

S.No.

NIT

GATE Cutoff 2017/2016

GATE Cutoff 2015

1

National Institute of Technology, Warangal

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2

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

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3

National Institute of Technology Karnataka

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4

National Institute of Technology, Calicut

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5

National Institute of Technology, Delhi

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6

National Institute of Technology, Durgapur

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7

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur

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8

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad

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9

Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

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10

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology Shibpur

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PSU Recruitment through GATE

Since PSU recruitment through GATE started in 2012, it has garnered a lot of interest leading to an increase in the GATE applications. The GATE scores for PSU recruitment differ for each PSU as per the category and discipline. Many students look for the GATE scores that may fetch them a chance to get a call for PSU interview. It is a fact that the PSUs invite candidates about four to seven times the actual vacancies. So an idea of the GATE scores that get the PSU interview call goes a long way to help candidates in planning their preparation for the exam.

PSUs like NTPC and GAIL call only the top rankers for the interview. Reports suggest that candidates with AIR less than 50 stand a chance of getting a call to the interview in these PSUs. Others like Power Grid are known to be more inclined towards the performance in the interview. So candidates with AIR 200 may stand a chance of an appointment if the performance is well in the interview.

The other important factor is the number of vacancies. If the number of vacancies is more, then the chances of an interview call for candidates with a lower rank will be higher.


GATE Scores for Select PSUs

GATE Cutoff for BHEL Recruitment

Discipline

UR

OBC

SC

ST

Mechanical

79.31

75.18

61.33

53.84

Electrical

69.98

66.04

53.99

50.59

Electronics

68.68

65.32

56.46

49.13

Metallurgy

65

57.67

56.67

48.67

GATE Cutoff for NTPC Recruitment

Discipline

General

OBC

SC

ST

Electrical

66.69

61.11

50.93

49.28

Mechanical

76.31

68.69

55.83

49.72

Electronics

63.74

55.85

47.47

47.1

Instrumentation

63.33

55

43

46.67

Civil

73.12

70.34

64.84

57.56

IT

65.93

55.76

50.71

37.71

GATE Cutoff for GAIL Recruitment

Discipline

UR

OBC-NCL

SC

ST

Chemical

68.4

64

60.75

53

Mechanical

82.58

80.37

-

73.72

Electrical

77.95

74.54

66.24

61.82

Instrumentation

75.37

70.50

-

56.23

Business Information System

70.41

64.29

61.82

-

Telecom/Telemetry

76.22

70.39

66.34

58.73

GATE Cutoff for HPCL Recruitment

Discipline

UR

OBC

SC

ST

Mechanical

75.14

70.69

58.34

50.85

Civil

66.97

62.26

54.91

54.26

Electrical

67.35

65.23

53.55

51.61

Instrumentation

61.33

57.33

44.67

35.33

E &TC

63.18

62.88

53.35

47.83

Chemical

54

51.67

44.33

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To know more about the GATE scores used by PSUs, check What are the GATE Scores for PSU Recruitment?

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