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About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at IISc. or IITs. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 is IISc Bangalore.

  1. Examinations for all the 23 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.

  2. Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.

  3. GATE 2016 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 30th January 2016 and 7th February 2016. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2016 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.

  4. For GATE 2016 the entire process of filling up of application form, uploading of certificates/documents, etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc., to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office.

  5. The payment of application fees would be online through different modes like net banking, debit/credit card, e-challan, etc.

  6. The admit cards for GATE 2016 would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE 2016 website. No hard copy of admit cards will be posted to the candidates.

  7. GATE 2016 score is valid for 3 yrs from the date of announcement of the results.

Important Dates for GATE 2016

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens for Enrolment, Application Filling, Application Submission September 1st, 2015 (Tuesday)
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website October 1st, 2015 (Thursday)
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login November 20th, 2015 (Friday)
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing December 17th, 2015 (Thursday)
GATE 2016 Online Examination
Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
(On Saturday and Sundays only)
January 30th to February 7th, 2016
(30th January, 1st, 6th and
7th February 2016)
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website March 19th, 2016 (Saturday)
(17:00 HRS)

How to Apply for GATE 2016

All candidates have to apply ONLINE through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Details of the non-refundable application fee are shown in table below -

Women candidates / SC / ST / PwD category candidates INR 750/-
All other candidates INR 1500/-


Source: GATE Notification


For GATE 2016, payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or e-challan facilities. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal.

GATE Score Card

After the declaration of the results, candidates can download their GATE 2016 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The score cards will be issued for only those candidates whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PwD candidates in that paper. The GATE 2016 score cards can be downloaded after 19th March 2016 and for that the candidate should access the zonal websites from where he/she has taken the GATE 2016 examination.

The GATE 2016 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying mark/score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2016, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Allahabad and Allahabad alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

Calculation of GATE 2016 Score

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

In 2016, examination for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2016 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.
Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers.
Normalized Mark of jth candidate in ith session Mˆij is given by:

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

Mij is the actual marks obtained by the candidate in the session
Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates considering all sessions
Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation marks of the candidates in the paper considering all sessions
Mti is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates in theithsession
Miq is the sum of the mean marks and standard deviation of theithsession

After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers and the GATE 2016 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2016 Score.

Calculation of GATE Score for all papers
GATE 2016 score will be calculated using the formula;

Calculation of GATE Score for all papers

After the declaration of the results, GATE Score Cards will be downloadable to (a) All SC/ST/PwD candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of SC/ST/PwD candidates in their respective papers, and (b) All other candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of OBC (NCL) candidates in their respective papers. There is no provision for the issue of additional GATE Score Cards.

Important links:

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