What is a good GATE Score and how to get it?

What is a good GATE Score and how to get itWhat is a Good GATE Score and How to Get It: The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the national level entrance examination held annually for admissions into IITs, NITs and other prominent institutes. GATE 2018 is also a pathway for recruitment into PSUs. However, every GATE applicant does not see the best results. It is a fact that a certain qualifying score has to be met by candidates to move forward with either admissions or recruitment prospects. Moreover, a good GATE 2018 score will vary as per the admission or recruitment committee. The one thing that is certain is that candidates are required to secure a good GATE score to even think about further study or even a good career at the PSUs. Through this article, Careers360 tries to the answer the question “What is a good GATE 2018 score and how to get it?”. Read the full article to know what a good GATE Score is and how to get it.

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The online examination of GATE 2018 will be held on February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2018. The aspirants could fill the application form of GATE 2018 from August 31 to October 9, 2017. IIT Guwahati is the conducting institute of GATE 2018.The official authorities will declare GATE 2018 result on March 17, 2018.


What is a Good GATE Score?


How to know whether the score obtained is a good GATE score? This is one important question that crops up in the minds of many GATE aspirants. Well, the one trait that a good GATE 2018 score possesses is to make the candidate eligible for admissions into any of the IITs, NITs or CFTIs. A good GATE score should also be the one that gets the candidates shortlisted for the PSU recruitments. The range of scores which falls under the good GATE score category is the frequent question asked by those engineering students who are preparing for the examination. Let us have a look at the range of scores to be secured, along with the guidelines and steps which will lead to the candidates scoring the same.


How is the GATE Score Calculated?


The method of Standard Deviation will be used on the raw scores for the calculation of GATE 2018 scores. For the papers which are held in multiple slots and sessions, a process of normalization will be followed. During this process, the raw scores of the papers will be normalized to remove the discontinuity of difficulty levels of multiple sessions. To calculate the normalized scores, the authorities will use the following formula:






For the other examinations which are held in one session, the following formula will be used to calculate the scores.




What is the Range of Good GATE Score and How to Get It?


The range of good GATE scores varies according to where it is going to be used. The scores required to qualify for admissions is different to what is needed for recruitment. However the common thing about the qualifying or shortlisting part is that it is dependent upon the number of applicants for the particular admission or recruitment.


IIT M.Tech Admissions


For admissions into the M.Tech courses offered by the IITs, the candidates will have to score well above the cutoff range. A GATE rank of below 200 will ensure a seat to the candidate in the leading IITs and IISC. However, the candidates will also have to meet the eligibility criteria along with scores for admission. Candidates who fall under the range of 600 – 800 also have a chance for admissions into IITs. Take a look at the GATE Cutoff for IITs in detail.


In addition to the scores, a written test and interview is also conducted for the shortlisted candidates by some IITs for admissions. Since the cutoff is not released by the authorities before admissions, the candidates will be able to check the previous GATE cutoff to know the probable scores required for admission.


NIT M.Tech Admissions


CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech Admission) is the admissions process for all the M.Tech courses offered by NITs. The candidates who secure GATE scores between 350 to 800+ will most probably stand a chance of being allotted into one of the institutes.


GATE Cutoff Score for IITs and NITs

GATE scores for Other Universities or Engineering Institutes


The required GATE scores for admissions into other Universities and engineering institutes depends upon their respective admission committee. However, it is essential for all candidates to qualify GATE examination with the minimum required scores. If the candidate has not managed to qualify the examination then he/she will be disqualified.


PSU Recruitments through GATE


Good GATE scores are also required for recruitment into Public Sector Undertakings (PSU). Around 40 PSUs announce recruitment based on GATE scores every year. The cutoff scores for various PSUs are different. The required scores depend upon the PSU, vacancies and methodology selected by the companies to use for recruitment. The GATE score acts as a shortlisting variable. Only those candidates who manage to secure above the qualifying cutoff will be called in for interview and in some cases for group discussion.


For detailed information read What is the GATE Score for PSU Recruitment?


How Can a Good GATE Score be secured?


Strategic preparation and dedication are the key factors how a good GATE score can be secured by the candidates. While preparing for the examination, the candidates can follow the given  preparation tips and guidelines to secure the required scores and more in the examination.


Prepare a Time Table: One of the most important things that a candidate has to do before studying is to prepare a schedule. The candidates can check their official syllabus and divide the topics section wise to prepare a time table. Creating a perfect schedule and following it will keep the studies on track while leaving time for revision and small breaks. The candidates have to make sure that the prepared time table is not monotonous.


Study Basic Concepts: The candidates are required to be conceptually very clear for GATE examination. By studying the basic concepts, the candidates will be able to study and remember the theories and topics in a better way. The analytical questions present in the GATE examination will be easier to answer if the candidates have a better understanding about the basic concepts.


Solve Mock Tests & Sample Papers: The best method to practically apply the studied material is to solve mock tests and GATE sample papers. The candidates will get to experience the examination pattern by solving these tests and papers. Time management can also be learned through this exercise.


Revision: It is important for all candidates to revise each chapter and topic frequently. Revision helps to make the concepts stronger in the memory of the candidate. Revision should be done frequently.


For more preparation guidelines, read How to Prepare for GATE 2018.




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