Every year, many aspirants sit for the GATE exam with the hope of getting a chance to pursue higher studies in top universities. Each year, aspirants have some common doubt regarding the exam. Some of them are regarding the marking system, like, how to gate score vs rank, the process of calculating the score, normalization, what is the concept of gate score vs marks, what are the qualifying marks, etc.

Here is a brief analysis of the GATE question paper and evaluation system that will help all the aspirants.

What is the GATE Score?

Each question paper of the GATE exam weights 100 marks. The exam duration is 3 hours and there are a total of 65 questions to attempt. The GATE question paper consists of multiple-choice (MCQs) as well as numerical answer type (NAT) type of question.

For each correct answer, the candidate is awarded a which has already been allocated to the question, and also 1/3 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer for 1 marks question and 2/3 marks for every 2 marks questions respectively. Moreover, there is no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

How to Calculate the GATE Score?

Now coming to the topic of how to calculate the GATE score?

In order to qualify GATE, the candidates are required to meet the least cutoff set by the authorities. As per the official guidelines, the qualifying cutoff marks of the GEN category student for each subject is 25 out of 100.

However, the qualifying marks are calculated based on μ+σ (μ is the mean and σ is the standard deviation of marks of all candidates who appeared in that particular GATE paper).


Normalization Process to Calculate GATE Score

The GATE authorities have adopted the normalization process to calculate the GATE score. Mostly, because the exam is conducted in multiple sessions for different branches. Additionally, some core branches are preferred more for M. Tech specializations, therefore these papers are held in multiple sessions.

The authorities use a normalization formula to stabilize the difficulty level of the various sessions and ensure that no partiality remains. Through normalization, the level of difficulty should remain the same so that it remains fair for all the candidates.

The authorities also ensure that the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude for the same multi-session paper.

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To calculate the score, marks obtained by the candidate are converted into normalized marks.

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How are GATE Scores Calculated for Other Papers?

In the formula given above, Mq, most of the time, amounts to 25 marks (out of 100) or μ+σ, whichever is larger. Here μ is the mean, while σ is the standard deviation of marks of all the aspirants who have taken the paper/ exam.

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How to Calculate GATE Score out of 1000?

Gate score is calculated out of 1000. It is computed based on the normalized mark achieved by the student.


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