Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
(GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zonesacross the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven IndianInstitutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of HumanResources Development (MHRD), Government of India.Admission to post graduate programmes at engineering and other professional colleges in the country such as IISc Bangalore,IITs, NITs and other colleges are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplinesare also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some government organizations prescribeGATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/Engineer.GATE is held on the second Sunday of every February in 21 disciplines, of which Electronics and Communication engineering(EC) and Computer Science (CS) form the largest chunk.
GATE 2009 Pattern and Changes
The GATE pattern has undergone significant changes over the last few years and the GATE’09 announcement threw up anothersurprise. Instead of the usual 85 questions totaling 150 marks, GATE’09 had only 60 questions totaling 100 marks (visitwww.gateforum.com to see the complete pattern details). Another significant change has been in the penalty for a wronganswer - up from 1/4
in GATE’08 to 1/3
in GATE’09. Also, the validity of the GATE score has been reduced from two years toone year. This means that an aspirant has to take up GATE again if he/she wishes to apply the next year.Though there was a drop in the difficulty level of the questions asked across all streams, the questions had gotten trickier. Acomplete understanding of the concepts was required of the candidate in order to succeed. And since the penalty for a wronganswer was higher, it made the question paper riskier than the earlier ones. We believe that this paper was designed so as soclearly segregate the good students from the others (For a complete analysis of the GATE’09 paper, visit www.gateforum.com).
Increase in Competition
Although the number of aspirants had been steadily increasing since 2001, GATE’09 saw a significant jump with more than 2lakh students appearing. ECE and Computer Science had more than forty thousand aspirants while the electrical and