What is GATE?
For those of you who don’t know, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a national level examination conducted by the IISc and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies on behalf of NBC-GATE, DHE, MHRD and Government of India. The purpose of this exam is for admission into post-graduate courses, screening for entry-level jobs and enrolling into PhD. programs.
When is it conducted?
The applications for the examination are open during the 1st or 2nd week of September. The admit cards will then be issued in January which is followed by the exam in February. The results are often expected in March.
Check your eligibility
Candidates who are in their final year of Bachelor’s or Master’s courses or those who have completed their graduation are eligible to apply for the examination. Detailed information about the same is available on the official website.
Documents required supporting your eligibility
Documents required for applying
It is conducted in 25 papers/subjects covering physical and life sciences. It is a 3-hour Computer Based Test, where there will be a total of 65 questions of 100 marks. 10 questions of 15 marks will be based on General Aptitude (GA) in order to test language and analytical skills and 85% of the total marks are based on the subject of the paper.
To attempt a paper in Life Sciences (XL), you will need to choose an option with your main subject where Chemistry (P) is the mandatory unit in the paper.
For example, I have a Master’s degree in Microbiology (S); since chemistry is the mandatory unit it is required of me to choose an optional form Biochemistry (Q), Botany (R), Zoology (T) and Food Technology (U).
Here is it very important for you to choose the subject that is more relevant to your field as they may be a few topics that are related/overlapping and thereby will make it easy for your preparation.
However, it is important to know that a candidate is allowed to appear for ONLY ONE of the 25 papers of GATE.
Marking scheme for Life Sciences
There is negative marking for wrong answers. For 1 mark MCQs, one-third mark will be deducted and for 2 marks MCQs, the two-third mark will be deducted. There is no negative marking for numerical questions so you can be free to guess and attempt.
Procedure for applying
Applications can be made at GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) at the official website only which will be made available from the 3rd of September, 2019 till the 24th of September, 2019.
2.Filling the application form
Use of GATE score for employment
A few organizations that consider GATE scores to shortlist their candidates are BHEL, GAIL, HAL, IOCL, NTPC, NPCIL, ONGC, and PGCI.
Direct recruitment is also done to Group A level posts in the Central government which is based on the GATE score.
Use of GATE score for PhD
A few Life Science organizations like IISc, IIT, JNTU, NIT, and many more institutes accept GATE scores for enrolment into PhD programs.