The GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a computer-based test (CBT) conducted online based on a comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering/technology/architecture and candidates for graduate subjects in arts, commerce, and science. The GATE test is jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. GATE is an essential entrance exam for those seeking admission to M.Tech degree and doctoral programmes. In addition to that, many PSUs use the GATE mark for their recruitment. Ensuring a good GATE score helps candidates enrol in IIT, NIT, or other institutions that offer M.Tech and PhD programmes in India and abroad.
GATE Score Calculator
GATE score mostly depends on the sessions. For some papers, the GATE exam will be organised in various sessions. Therefore, a normalisation process is held to determine the GATE score for those papers. On the other hand, only the exact GATE marks are used by the GATE Score Calculator for some disciplines organised in a single session.
For multiple session papers, three factors are used:
- Actual GATE Marks
- Normalised GATE Marks
- GATE Score
For single session papers, two factors are used:
- Actual GATE Marks
- GATE Score
GATE Score Calculator for actual score: 1 mark for the correct answer for the multiple-choice question (MCQ), and 1/3 mark is deducted for wrong answers. Similarly, 2 marks will be given for the correct answer, and 2/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answers. There is no negative marking in the case of Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.
Normalised marks are the marks candidates scored after examining the number of candidates who appeared for the exam in that slot, their score, and the exam level in that particular slot. There is one formula for determining the normalised marks based on the above points.
GATE Score Card
GATE score cards are released online on the GOAPS portal after the GATE results are declared. The GATE score card includes the following details of the candidate:
- All India Rank
- Marks obtained
- Normalised score
Applicants who secure marks more than or equal to the least qualifying cutoff of GATE will be announced as qualified and can proceed with the further process of admissions or recruitment.
Validity of GATE score card and its importance
The GATE score card is valid for three years, even though it is conducted annually. The score card is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the results. In other words, if a candidate participates in GATE 2022, their score will be valid until 2025.
The GATE score is required to apply for the M.Tech programme at IIT, NIT, or any other institution that conducts admissions on the basis of the GATE score. In addition, the score card must be used within the GATE-Score validity period for admission. If the candidate has multiple valid scorecards at the time of admission to the desired institution, they have the option to use the one with the better score. However, if you are a candidate looking for a job in a higher PSU, the GATE results are only valid for one year. And if the candidate wishes to improve the score, they can appear in the exam next year.
How to download the GATE score card
Candidates can follow the steps below to download the score card:
STEP 1. Open the official website of GOAPS.
STEP 2. Log in through GOAPS by inserting your details like email ID or enrolment number and password.
STEP 3. Once the candidate has logged in, they can download the score card of the GATE exam in the form of a PDF.
Note: Don’t forget to take a printout or save the PDF of the score card for future use.