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GRADUATE APTITUDE TEST IN ENGINEERING
Organizing Institute: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur No. GATE/IIT/TEN/2013-14/01 (Computer Based Test) Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, an Autonomous Organization under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, on behalf of IITs and IISc invites bids for conducting ONLINE Examination, i.e., Computer Based Test for GATE 2014 Examination. Service agencies having earlier experience of handling such work may send their technical and commercial bids in sealed envelopes to the address given below. The tender document, objective and scope of the work, timeline and other detailed information are available on IIT Kharagpur website “www.iitkgp.ac.in” under “Tenders”. The address to which the bids are to be sent: The Organizing Chairman, GATE 2014, GATE/JAM Office, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302. The last date for receipt of the bids is July 10, 2013 by 2.30 P.M. Date, Time and Venue of opening of Technical bids: July 10, 2013 at 4.30 P.M, GATE/JAM Office, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302 Date: June 9, 2013 Tender for conducting ONLINE Examination
TENDER DOCUMENT FOR THE CONDUCT OF COMPUTER BASED ONLINE EXAMINATION FOR GATE 2014
ORGANIZING INSTITUTE, GATE 2014 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY KHARAGPUR KHARAGPUR (WEST BENGAL) - 721302 INDIA
Disclaimer This Tender is not an offer by the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur but an invitation to receive bids from vendors. No contractual obligation whatsoever shall arise from the tender process unless and until a formal contract is signed and executed by duly authorized office bearers of the GATE 2014 organizing team of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur with the vendor.
Description About GATE 2014 Brief scope of the work of the Company Partner (CP) General Instructions Submission of Bids Evaluation of the Proposals Detailed Scope of Work of CP Time Frame Annexures-1 to 7 Pages 4 4 4 6 10 12 21 22 Proposals should reach the undersigned by 2.M. on 10th July. Time and Venue of Opening of Technical bids: 10th July. Time and Venue of Opening of commercial bids: 26th July. no 1. GATE/JAM Office. KHARAGPUR 721302 Tentative Date. Chennai 600 036 Tentative Date. 2013.30 A.M. IIT Kharagpur. 2013. Main Building IIT Kharagpur. GATE 2014. 6. 4. Kharagpur 721 302 Tentative Date. GATE/JAM Office. 4. 9. 7. 10. GATE/JAM Office.30 P. 5. IIT Madras. GATE/JAM Office.30 A. 2. 2013. Chennai 600 036 3 .30 P.M.Table of Contents Sl. Time and Venue of Technical presentations by technically qualified vendors: 25th July. 3.M. IIT Madras. 2013: The Organizing Chairman.
3. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-toend process and coordination amongst the administering institutes. the examinations for all the papers will be conducted in computer based Online Examination mode in multiple sessions spread over the period from 1st February 2014 to 9th March 2014. a) The bidding agency shall be a single point of contact with the GATE 2014 Committee (Organizing Institute) and shall be solely responsible for the execution and delivery of the work. 2nd. For GATE 2014. GATE Committee mean one and the same. Answers would be recorded at a server that also keeps track of the time for the examination. Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) that serves as a means for admissions to graduate programmes in various engineering and science disciplines in the country. General instructions In this tender document. The total number of candidates taking the Online Examination in GATE 2014 is expected to be around 1. Brief scope of work of the Company Partner: The Company Partner (CP) and GATE 2014 Committee will be required to work together to conduct the Online Examination for GATE 2014. Vendor. Similarly. Delhi. The Company Partner (CP) shall provide the technology and the operational solutions for the conduct of online examination for GATE 2014. We hereby seek a Company Partner (CP) to provide the technology and the operational solution for the conduct of online examination for GATE 2014. during some of the unused weekends between 1st February 2014 and 2nd March 2014 and/or the weekend subsequent to the last examination. If needed. 16th February. Bidding agency and Company Partner (CP) mean one and the same. 4 . Guwahati. In the computer based Online Examination.6 million. 15th. The results of GATE are also used by several Public Sector Undertakings to short list the candidates for their recruitment.1. GATE 2014 Committee. Kanpur. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at an IIT or IISc. Bidder. About GATE 2014: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay. 2. Kharagpur. the candidates will be required to answer the questions that appear on a computer connected to a server on a Local Area Network (LAN). The Online Examination is proposed to be conducted in twelve sessions on 6 days spread over a month from 1st February 2014 to 2nd March 2014 (1st. 2014 and 1st and 2nd March 2014) with buffer sessions. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2014 is IIT Kharagpur. GATE 2014 Organizing Institute.
and long-stress duration required of the system used to conduct the examination. e) The bidding agency should have authorized and globally accepted software certification. 50 crores in the last 2 years. Results of such performance tests should be made available to the client (GATE 2014 committee) as and when required. The agency should be able to make changes as and when required in any of the components of the software. d) The agency should be certified for compliance with established Information Security Standards such as ISO 27001. c) The bidding agency should own the copyright of the source code being used for conducting the computer based online examinations. i) There should be suitable emergency management plans towards any crisis situations/redundancy of servers. f) The agency should have an in-house quality assurance and product testing team with a proven and robust quality management processes required for conducting the computer based online examination. nodes additional center location. Duly signed copy of ISO 27001 certificate should be submitted along with the technical bid. h) The agency should design a high-performance system and conduct performance tests to verify successful achievement of high concurrency. Results of such security tests should be made available to the GATE 2014 committee. candidates’ data. Comprehensive testing of source code and the infrastructure must be carried out. Sometimes these tests may have to be conducted within a short notice and with strict deadlines. g) The agency must employ multiple backup systems including offline backups to securely maintain the software and its corresponding source code. fast response time. The vendor has to clearly indicate these plans in the technical proposal. They should have a minimum turn-over of Rs. 5 .b) The bidding agency should be registered in India and should be operating in India for the last 5 years offering similar services. j) The agency should be able to support the entire solution (across India) on a 24 x 7 basis with a maximum response time of 3 hours. CMMi Level 5. h) The agency should design a highly secure system and conduct security tests to verify that there are no vulnerabilities that can make the system susceptible to attacks.
The bidders are cautioned that not giving complete information called for or deliberately suppressing the information may result in the bidder being summarily disqualified. the decision of the Chairman.000/. The bidder is advised to attach any information that is necessary with regard to the capabilities to establish that the bidder is capable in all respects to successfully complete the envisaged work. If any bidder encloses the financial bid within technical bid. The addendum shall be sent to all Bidders and will be binding on them.(Rupees Twenty Five Thousand Only) in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. 4. 6 . West Bengal. Kolkata. Bids without Tender Fee shall be rejected summarily.ac. The name and signature of bidder’s authorized person should be recorded on each page of the application. The Vendor (bidder) shall submit their bid in two parts: (1) Technical Proposal. GATE 2014 Organizing Institute may amend the tender by issuing an addendum in writing or by standard electronic means. the same shall be rejected summarily. b) All relevant information as specified in the Technical and Commercial Proposals including the contingency plans.iitkgp.k) At any time before the submission of bids. In case of differences. The commercial proposal should contain only the price bid. and (2) Commercial proposal. 25. All pages of the tender document shall be numbered and submitted as a package along with forwarding letter on agency’s letter head. l) All disputes arising out of this process shall be subject to the jurisdiction of Calcutta High court. in separate sealed envelopes. Bidders shall acknowledge receipt of all amendments.in) and submitted in proper form along with all relevant documents and a Tender Fee of Rs. GATE 2014 Organizing Institute reserves the right to award the work or cancel the award without assigning any reason whatsoever. and Annexures-1 to 6 should be furnished by the bidders. a) The tender is a “2-Bid’ document. Submission of bids The Tender Document has to be downloaded from the Organizing Institute’s website (www. if any. GATE 2014. The Chairman. Bidder(s) shall be given reasonable time to make amendment or to submit revised bid and the deadline for submission of bids will be extended by the GATE 2014 committee. Organizing Institute shall be final. c) The Tenders should be typewritten. If the amendment is substantial. The technical proposal should contain all the relevant information along with all the relevant enclosures and the Earnest Money Deposit (EMD).
The GATE 2014 Organizing Committee may also independently seek information regarding the performance from the clients. delivery and execution capability of the bidder should be signed and the contact numbers of all such clients should be mentioned. Technical Proposal (including operational proposal) Technical proposal should contain 1.1. Note that for the qualified nodes you MUST have in place an agreement with the institute/college providing the infrastructure. An operational proposal that gives the following details: a.00. g) The bidder should enclose an EMD for Rs. information and certificates from the respective clients certifying technical. the Examination Software (Client and Server) and the software that handles post examination operations (verification of the uploaded data). 2. h) The sealed envelopes should be marked (a) “Bid for GATE 2014 ONLINE EXAMINATION” from “Vendor Name”. f) Even though bidder may satisfy the qualifying criteria. A technical proposal that details the capabilities of the Question Paper Authoring Software.d) The offer must remain open for a minimum period of 90 days from the date of opening of the tender. 7 . “Technical”. The EMD of the successful bidder shall be returned only after signing of contract along with performance security deposit. The larger enclosing envelope should be marked “Offer for GATE 2014 ONLINE EXAMINATION” from “vendor name”. 50. (b) “Bid for GATE 2014 ONLINE EXAMINATION” from “Vendor Name”. e) Reference. the bidder is liable to disqualification due to record of poor performance or not able to understand the scope of work etc. Please provide the feature list as an enumerated list or a table. “Commercial”. The tenders without EMD shall be summarily rejected. within which the bidders cannot withdraw their offer. Please also indicate the number of nodes per city on which you have conducted an exam.(Rupees Fifty Lakhs only) in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of “Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur”.000/. The EMD of the unsuccessful bidders shall be returned without any interest after the award of the contract to the successful bidder. The contents of Technical and Commercial proposals should be as follows: 4. The number of nodes per city that the vendor has qualified as per their process for the list of cities indicated in Appendix A. Upon selection the successful bidder shall submit a bank guarantee of 10 % of the total contract value. The EMD stands forfeited in case the bidder withdraws or amends his bid after submission of tender document.
(g) administration of Test and (h) other incidental expenses. If the vendor has slabs at which the rates change. exam and post-exam operations including the capability of the vendor to set up a secure Master Control facility (as indicated in 14) where the post-exam data will be uploaded. if any. The process followed by the vendor for qualifying a test center e. The projected capability in terms of the number of audited seats in each city that the vendor will be able to identify by the end of September 2013.6 million candidates. the CP is advised to maintain uniform rates for infrastructure for all the test centers and adhere to the same without any deviation. A clear break-up as indicated in (a) to (h) should be provided. 4.e. the Test Administrators and Company Representatives at the Test Centers and the technical personnel at the Master Control Rooms. 3. A statement that gives the following details of the exams conducted by the vendor within the past 12 months: (a) Total number of candidates appeared for the examination. committed to by the vendor over the period of July 2013-December 2013. (c) Number of sessions on a day of examination and (d) Number of days of examination. The availability of adequate number of technical personnel for conducting the examination in the required number of test centers. the vendor should indicate the slabs up to 1. This should indicate the expected number of candidates for each exam as well as the expected number of candidates in a single session. (b) Total number of candidates across all the cities in a single session. (f) deployment of the Company Personnel. The applicable taxes should be indicated in the proposal. (c) providing partitions at the Test Centers. 4. A statement that outlines the three largest exams. The CP has to submit a complete finalized list of the centers by the 1st week of October 2013. The vendor may withhold the details of clients for these future exams if that information is confidential. DPO. (e) development of Test Software for Online Examination. Invigilators etc. d.b.) involved in the conduct of the examination. (d) development of question paper authoring software as per specification for GATE 2004 Online Examination. It may be noted that GATE would pay the honorarium for the college personnel (PO. For the sake of uniformity across all the test centers. Commercial proposal The commercial proposal should give the details of the charges per registered candidate AND the minimum number of candidates at this rate.2. The CP has to submit a complete list of such personnel by the 1st week of December 2013. c. 8 . The procedures followed for the pre-exam. (b) charges paid by the CP to the college for hiring the infrastructure at the college. i. The charges per registered candidate should include the cost towards (a) charges paid to their technical personnel by the CP during vetting of test centers.
. The successful bidder has to sign an agreement on non-judicial stamp paper which shall contain penalty clauses related to liquidated damages on account of delays. No advance payment shall be made.4. (b) for conducting examination during the buffer sessions (after 2nd March 2014). and (c) for conducting the examination on any of the unused weekends (i. 9th. 22nd and 23rd February 2014). GG and XE papers of GATE 2013. the GATE committee shall have the liberty to get the work done through any other agency with full cost recoverable from the bidder in addition to damages and penalty. then it will be assumed that the vendor has accepted the scope of work in its entirety as mentioned in the tender document and is bound to deliver the same. 9th. Demonstration and Presentation The vendor will be required to give a demonstration of their question paper authoring software and their client and server software for online examination using the CH.e. the vendor has to bear the cost of the conduct of the examination as quoted in the commercial proposal.In the event of any unforeseen circumstances. If the bidder fails to execute the contract. 4.3. Deviations Any deviations from the scope of work as outlined above should be mentioned clearly with suitable justification by the vendor in a separate sheet under the heading ‘Deviations’. 9 . It may be noted that if any examination has to be conducted either on the buffer date or on any of the unused weekends due to any technical or non-technical problems from vendor’s side. 22nd and 23rd February 2014). 8th. i. This sheet should be included in the technical proposal. If no deviations are mentioned. Hence price should be quoted separately (a) for conducting the examinations in 12 sessions as mentioned in the examination schedule. Mode of Payment and penalty clauses The payment to the CP shall be made in Indian rupees and shall be paid only after the successful completion of the entire work without any delays or errors.5.. examinations may have to be held in the buffer sessions (after 2nd March 2014) in addition to some of the unused weekends. cost and time overruns etc. The vendors may be required to make a presentation on their capabilities to conduct the online examination as per the conditions specified above. (8th. 4.e. 4. The date and venue for demonstration and presentation will be announced by the GATE Committee at a suitable date. errors.
5. The vendor must submit city-wise list of nodes vetted and available as on 1st July 2013. scalable upto 150000 nodes by 1st January. Technical evaluation Technical evaluation will be based on the criteria given below (Total 100 points): 1.5. for this purpose by GATE 2014 Organizing Institute. The vendor should have conducted examination for at least 80. The commercial scores of the bidders would be normalized on a scale of 100. 2013. The vendor should have proven capability of at least 100000 nodes per single session as on 1st July. Security and software quality certification Detailed criteria for technical evaluation will be provided at a later date. 5. Availability of adequately trained personnel in the Company to conduct the examination in the required number of centers and cities 4. Evaluation of the Proposals Selection of the vendor shall be based on Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS). Technical evaluation of the offers shall be carried out by a sub-committee constituted specially. The GATE 2014 Committee shall intimate the time and venue of opening of the commercial bids at a suitable date. Capability of the vendor to identify the required number of audited nodes in the cities listed. Commercial Evaluation The commercial bids of only those bidders who have been found to be technically eligible (with scores higher than 70 points from Technical evaluation) by the GATE 2014 Committee shall be opened. The commercial bids shall be opened in the presence of the eligible bidders’ or their representatives. 10 . However. whether to call the bidder for discussion or not is at the sole discretion of the GATE committee.000 candidates in a single session in the past 6 months. Standing of the agency and its financial position 6. The Technical Evaluation Committee may call the bidders for presentation or clarifications to assess the understanding of the bidder regarding the scope and magnitude of the work. Capability of the vendor to develop the required software 3. Prior experience of the vendor in conducting online examinations 2. with the lowest quote getting a score of 100 and the rest being awarded on a pro-rata basis.1.2. The proposals will be evaluated by taking the following factors into consideration: 5. 2014.
M.30 P. Chennai 600 036 Tentative Date. GATE/JAM Office.30 A.M. Time and Venue of Opening of Technical bids: 10th July. GATE/JAM Office. Kharagpur 721 302 Tentative Date. 9. IIT Madras. The Organizing Chairman. 10. Time and Venue of Opening of commercial bids: 26th July. 2013 by 4.M. Time and Venue of Technical presentations by technically qualified vendors: 25th July.5. 2013. Final Evaluation Final selection of the vendor shall be based on Quality and Cost Based Selection (QCBS) with 70 % weightage for technical evaluation and 30 % weightage for commercial evaluation. on Wednesday.23. IIT Kharagpur. 10th July.M. 2013. Chennai 600 036 11 . Proposals should reach the undersigned by 2. GATE 2014 GATE/JAM Office. 2013. Main Building IIT Kharagpur. IIT Madras. KHARAGPUR 721302 Date. GATE/JAM Office.30 P.30 A.
1st March. 2014 Saturday.00 AM to 12. 1st February.00 PM to 5. 2014 Sunday.1. 2014 Sunday. The complete schedule with details regarding the papers and the respective sessions will be notified to the successful Company Partner at a suitable date.00 PM to 5. 2014.00 AM to 12. 2014 Saturday.00 PM 9. 2nd February.00 AM to 12.00 PM 9.00 noon 2. while for the others there will be only one session. 2nd March.00 noon 2. 12 . 2014 Sunday.00 PM 9. 15th February. 2014 Sunday. 2014 Sunday. 1st March.00 PM to 5. 2014 Saturday. 2014 Saturday.00 AM to 12.00 noon 2. 16th February. 2nd March.00 noon 2. Some of the papers will have multiple sessions. 2014 Sunday. 2014 In the event of any unforeseen circumstances.00 PM 9.00 AM to 12. Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Time 9. 15th February. examinations may have to be held in the buffer sessions on one or more of the unused weekends between 1st February 2014 and 9th March. 16th February. 2nd February.00 PM to 5. 1st February.00 PM 9.00 PM Day and date Saturday. Detailed scope of work 6.00 PM to 5. Schedule of Examinations Examination for GATE 2014 will be conducted for 21 papers in 12 sessions with 2 buffer sessions as shown in the table given below. 2014 Saturday.00 AM to 12.00 PM to 5.00 noon 2.6.00 noon 2.
2. The CP should be willing to modify the Question Paper Authoring Software as per the requirements of the GATE committee. Content Creation 1. on Question Paper Authoring and Question Pack Generation.2. XE and XL papers.1. The final list of cities will be identified by the GATE 2014 Committee at a suitable date. 4. Test Delivery and Postexamination Operations 1.6. the CP has to provide the infrastructure requirement and set up a model test facility that will be tested with dummy question papers. Test Centers. 6.2. 2. The Question Paper Authoring software must allow for creating multiple versions of a question paper by jumbling the questions and the choices for a question. Personnel. Common data type questions and linked answer type questions c. Infrastructure. However. 13 . Authoring software must allow for encryption and password protection.The tentative list of cities in which the GATE 2014 Online Examination may be conducted is given in Annexure-7. 6. Administration. Numerical answer type questions for which the answer is a signed real number with a maximum of 10 characteristics b. These requirements of GATE committee will be communicated to the CP as and when required. but well before the beginning of the actual authoring process. and the capabilities of the CP needed for delivery of the Online Examination: 6.2. The CP should provide the certificate of confidentiality with regards to contents of all the question papers. The authoring software must support the following features in the question papers: a. There are no optional sections for the remaining papers. The CP would provide the Question Paper Authoring software and train the GATE personnel authorized by the Organizing Chairman. The necessary infrastructure required for Question Paper Authoring will be provided by GATE. 3. GATE 2014. Two compulsory sections and two or more optional sections in GG. 5. Question Paper authoring will be carried out by bonafide representatives designated by the GATE 2014 Committee at the premises of GATE offices. Detailed description of the features and scope of work: The following sections list the features in the Online Examination that the CP is expected to provide through their technology and operations. Examination Cities .
All the Test Centers identified by the CP must be approved by GATE 2014 as per the norms of GATE. However.5 GHz or more 2048 MB or more 1024 X 768 Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Service Pack 2. The minimum requirements for the candidate system and center server are given below: Minimum requirements for the candidate system Screen resolution Operating System 1024 X 768 Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Service Pack 2.0 or above as supported by above Operating systems Internet Explorer (IE) Java Script enabled Pop-up blocker disabled Paste operations via script enabled Proxy disabled USB disabled Browser Browser Settings Minimum requirements for the Examination Center Server Processor RAM Screen Resolution Operating System CPU Speed: 1.0 Framework Microsoft Office Excel 2003 or above 14 Browser Browser Settings Other software .2. Windows Vista Enterprise Edition Internet Explorer 6. Windows Vista Enterprise Edition Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 or above as supported by above Operating systems IE Java Script enabled Pop-up blocker disabled Paste operations via script enabled Proxy disabled USB disabled Net 2. A College may have one or more Test Centers. Test Centers – The CP would arrange to identify Test Centers that have been certified and audited by the CP. the Internal Training Facilities (ITF) of the CP may be used as test centers. Offices of the CP must not be considered for Test Centers.
The PO will be responsible for identifying the DPOs. ii. There will be two Technical Staff from the College or the ITF at each Test Center to assist the TAs from the CP. The PO will also be responsible for ensuring the availability of infrastructure for the conduct of examination at all the Test Centers in the College or the ITF. DPOs. A faculty member from the College or a staff member from the ITF will be identified as the Deputy Presiding Officer (DPO) for each Test Center. Personnel of Company Partner: The CP would provide adequately trained Test Administrators (TAs) in every Test Center. The IRs shall carry the examination material to the respective centers. there will be a minimum of 2 Invigilators. There will be one invigilator for every 20 candidates and part thereof at a Test Center. The CP should train the Invigilators for invigilating the Online Examination. The CH will be the contact person of the CP for the College Personnel and the GATE Personnel to interact regarding the conduct of Online Examination at the College or ITF. At a Test Center with less than 20 registered candidates. There will be one TA for every 100 candidates and part thereof at a Test Center.3. The CP will also ensure availability of at least one adequately trained Network Maintenance Engineer at each Center. Invigilators (Proctors) of the exam will be from the faculty members of the College or from the permanent staff members of the ITF. The TAs will administer the conduct of test and provide the technical support for maintaining the servers used in the conduct of examination at a Test Center. GATE Personnel: GATE would provide at least 2 Institute Representatives (IRs) at each Test Center. The CH will be responsible for supervising the Technical Personnel of the CP at all the Test Centers in the College or ITF. The conduct of examination at a Test Center will be monitored and overseen by the IRs. iii. The PO and DPO for a Test Center will be responsible for the availability of facilities to assist the CP in conduct of the Online exam. The CP would identify a senior staff member of the Company as the Center Head (CH) at each College or ITF. The honorarium for PO. Invigilators and Technical Staff for all the Test Centers at the College or the ITF. There will be a minimum of two TAs in a Test Center with 200 or more candidates in a session. ensure that all the arrangements as 15 . College or ITF Personnel: A senior faculty member from the College or a senior staff member of the ITF will be identified as the Presiding Officer (PO). temporary staff of CP are not acceptable. Personnel i. The TAs should be the staff of the CP. Invigilators and Technical Staff of the College or the ITF will be paid by GATE.
There must be adequate spacing (of at least 2 ft. The number of systems in the reserve pool will be at least 10% of total number of registered candidates in a session at a Test Center. conduct a mock test with the help of CP/ITF personnel on the day before the examination and verify the adequacy of the arrangements. Uninterrupted power should be made available for the period of each session and for 30 minutes prior to and after each session on the day of examination.mentioned in the specifications are made for smooth conduct of examinations. The College or the ITF would also ensure the availability of a functional local area network and a power backup generator. there will be a minimum of 10 client systems in the reserve pool at a Test Center with less than 100 candidates in a session. The proposal submitted by the vendor should indicate the limits to which the server has 16 . iv. ii. In addition the CP must arrange for providing partitions of appropriate size between the adjacent seats. ensure that the responses are properly uploaded and copied onto the pen drives and bring the material safely back to the GATE zonal offices. One client system will be available for every candidate registered at each Test Center. The main server. A maximum of 250 client systems will be connected to a main server and a backup server. iii. The IRs. However. as and when required take decisions in consultation with the PO regarding the timing of the examination. 4. Infrastructure i. There will be a reserve pool of client systems. 5.) between two adjacent seats. backup server and client systems at each test center would be provided with functional UPS. The client system should have at least 1GB of main memory. load the question paper into the server before the examination. LCD monitors are preferred over CRT monitors. Test Delivery – Test will be delivered over the intranet at a Test Center. PO and DPOs at the Test Centers in a College or an ITF will interact with the CH for resolving any issues regarding the Technical Personnel of the CP and any technical problems that may arise during the dry run and during the conduct of examination at any of the Test Centers in the College or ITF. The CP would arrange for the servers necessary to conduct the examination at each Test Center. One main server and one backup server will be available for every 200 candidates and part there of at a Test Center. The College or the ITF would arrange for the client systems necessary to conduct the examination at each Test Center.
The computers administering the examinations shall be disconnected from the Internet and any other network other than the one on which the examination is being conducted. 7. attendance recording and collection of undertaking given by candidates will be carried out by Invigilators. Instruction sheets and other relevant documents would be provided by IRs. candidate identity verification. The CP will not keep/have any response data with them post handover. The pen drive will be handed over to the IRs. Invigilators should also ensure proper conduct of examination and ensure that candidates use no unfair means. 9. Generation of Event based Log (Audit Trail) – The CP will ensure that the event (click) based log (audit trail) for every candidate will be generated and saved on the servers. The computers shall be 17 .6. The audit trail for every candidate would be provided at the end of session in the format agreed upon. 11. 8. Zero Loss of Data – The CP will ensure that there is no loss of response related data for any candidate or any other data related to the examination either from the client systems or from the main and backup servers. In the former mode. 10. The question clicks by candidates without a response are also recorded in the database. The loading of a QP into the Online Examination Software on the servers at a Test Center must be password protected. the authoring software must ensure that encrypted and password protected content is generated which can be loaded onto a CD or a pen drive. Invigilation – Announcement of instructions to the candidates.The CP will ensure that the click-based activity of every candidate will be saved on servers. the CP must ensure confidentiality and protection of the QP content both at the Master Control Room as well as during transfer over a network. This means that the answer responses for each question at that click time will be only saved/updated. been tested in terms of number of client systems connected simultaneously without loss of performance in the examination environment. In the latter mode. Attendance sheets. Saving of Response . admit card check. The CP would not keep/have any audit trail data with them post handover. Distribution of Question Packs to the Test Centers – The Online Examination Software developed and used by the CP must support the following two modes of loading the Question Packs (QPs): (i) Locally at the server via a CD or a pen drive collected from IRs and (ii) Over the network from Master Control Room. No computers other than the client systems used for the examination shall be on this network during the examination. The final response data in a format specified by GATE should be uploaded to the server in the Master Control Room and should also be copied in a pen drive within 30 minutes of the completion of each session of examination. Security .
sanitized (during pre-examination preparations) by booting a trusted image of the Operating System (OS) that the examination is to be conducted on. Master Control Facility – There will be a Master Control Facility consisting of Master Control Rooms in the premises of GATE offices in multiple zones. A secure and highly reliable server should be set up in each Master Control Room. Post-Examination Operations . the TAs in the presence of IRs will delete the responses and audit trails in the hard disks of the main and backup servers. The activities at each Test Center will be monitored in the Master Control Facility. The CDs or pen drives will be handed over to the IRs. and close the examination. item-wise responses and audit trail will be captured and loaded into a physical storage medium such as CDs or pen drives in the presence of IRs. The server MUST maintain an audit trail of every operation on the server.The detailed Standard Process Manual (SPM) will be prepared by the CP and submitted to GATE Committee for approval by the 3rd week of October 2013. Process Manual . the CP should provide at least 2 technical personnel who are well versed with the Online Examination Software. At each Master Control Room. 14. etc. At the end of examination in a session. These personnel will interact with the TAs in each of the Test Centers. All server-side audit trails are also the property of GATE and shall be handed over to the IR at the end of the examination. examination started. Mock Tests a) The CP must make arrangements so that static mock tests can be conducted by the interested applicants using old question papers loaded on the respective zonal websites of GATE 2014. award additional time for candidates based on the instruction of the IRs. idle/active. After the confirmation of proper transfer of data to the server at the Master Control Facility. The static mock tests should be available to all the applicants well before the actual examination so that the applicants can have practice sessions. The CP also has to make 18 . 15.12.Individual candidate-wise. and post which the CP will not be responsible for any data in the context of non-availability of data.). submitted. b) The CP must conduct mock tests during 25th to 29th of January 2014 in addition to any unscheduled mocks conducted prior to this.The server shall have the capability to start the examination for all candidates. The data will also be uploaded to a server at the Master Control Facility. disconnected. Monitoring . monitor the status of each candidate (whether logged in. 13. the candidate response data and audit trail data from each of the Test Centers will be uploaded to the servers at the Master Control Facility.
The CP will also ensure the secrecy of the examination material and will support GATE in maintaining the secrecy of the examination material.arrangements to upload the results of one of the mock tests conducted on 25th or 26th January 2014 onto the server so that the Organizing Institute can make observations of the results from the Master Control Facility. ii. At no point of time and location will the identity of CP be displayed in public domain. White labeling of the service: The entire operations of the GATE online examination will be under the Brand name of GATE. Conduct of Examination and Security of Examination Centers i. The CP and the College or the ITF shall ensure that the Test Centers are kept in examination-friendly environments with no disturbances from external sources. 16. 19 . and its designated logo. The CP will also ensure that the examination is held in a candidate-friendly environment and enough security arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of examination material and the persons involved in the conduct of examination. Any decision by the GATE appointed Institute Representatives (IRs) in this regard shall be final.
GG and XE papers of GATE 2013 which are available on the GATE websites of the zones (e. The Online Examination Test Software should include the following features: 1. 4.iitkgp. 20 . 11. Display of remaining time available 7. Display of candidate details on the screen (including a photograph if available) during the examination.e. Login using a virtual keypad 3. 6. Display of status of questions using different colors and symbols for all questions of the paper. i. Display of instructions to candidates upon login and before start of examination. Features to be Provided in Online Examination Test Software The structure for all papers in GATE 2014 will be similar to the papers for which the examination was conducted in ONLINE mode in GATE 2013. Display of a selected question and a virtual numeric keypad for numerical answer type questions. Marking/unmarking a question (answered or unanswered) for review.g. Display of a selected question with choices of answers for multiple choice type questions. Disabling of exit from test software for the period of examination. 12. 13. XE and XL papers. 8. 9. The software must obtain concurrence of the candidate having read the instructions before start of examination. Display of details of candidate (including a photograph) upon login for verification by the candidate and invigilators.ac. gate.in). 10. Viewing the complete question paper or a section in the case of sectional papers. Start and closure of the examination at scheduled time (candidates must not be able to start their examination even if they login before the scheduled time). 14. Switching between sections in the question paper for the GG.17. the candidate cannot exit at any point of time during the entire duration of the test. 5.. The candidate must be able to retrieve instructions at any time during the examination as well. Keyboard should be disabled 2. The Online Examination Test taking Software developed by the CP should be demonstrated for the CH.
However. POs. Review Meeting GATE 2014 Online Examinations GATE 2014 & CP GATE 2014 & CP 15. CP & GATE 2014 CP & GATE 2014 CP 11. 12. 9. DPOs Final list of TAs. server capability. POs. Final list of test centers for GATE 2014 Submission of Standard Operating Manual (SOM) to GATE committee Vetting and finalization of SOM Testing of vetted test centers as per SOM (e. Handing over of raw data to GATE CP 16. 6. 7. testing of examination software.no 1. DPOs Setting-up of Servers for Master Control Facility at GATE Zonal offices Custody of exam centers and security arrangements Mock tests at selected centers CP CP GATE 2014 & CP CP 8. 2. CHs. Activity Initiation of the project and 1st meeting Tentative list of centers with no. Time Frame: A tentative schedule of the activities for GATE 2014 is given below. 3. CHs. network security) Tentative list of TAs. Handing over of final data and other examination related documents CP 21 .g. 10. CP CP 13. there may be minor variations in the schedule.7. of nodes for GATE 2014 Auditing and Vetting of test centers Date 01-08-2013 15-08-2013 15-08-2013 to 01-10-2013 02-10-2013 15-10-2013 22-10-2013 01-11-2013 to 15-11-2013 30-11-2013 7-12-2013 15-12-2013 to 31-12-2013 25-01-2014 25-01-2014 to 29-01-2014 27-01-2014 01-02-2014 to 02-03-2014 After the end of every session 03-03-2014 Responsibility GATE 2014 & CP CP CP & GATE 2014 4. Sl. 5. 14.
Profit & Loss Account for the last 5 years as certified by the Chartered Accountant and submitted by the bidder to the Income Tax Department Details 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-1012 2012-2013 1) Gross annual turnover for works of similar nature 2) Profit/Loss 3) Financial position a) Cash b) Current assets c) Current liabilities d) Working capital e) Current Assets to Liabilities Ratio Documents to be attached along with the above statement: a) Up-to-date Income Tax Clearance Certificate b) Certificate of Financial soundness from the bankers of the Bidders c) Financial Arrangements for carrying out the proposed work d) Any other relevant documents (Signature of Bidder) 22 .Annexure -1: Financial Information Details furnished below are to be supported duly by figures in Balance Sheet.
Annexure-2: Details regarding works of similar nature executed in the past 2 years Sl. no Name of the work Client’s organization Cost of work (in Crores) Starting date Ending date Details of officer to whom reference can be made Remarks (Signature of bidder) 23 .
no Name of the work Client’s organization Cost of work (in Crores) Starting date Expected date of completion Details of officer to whom reference can be made Remarks (Signature of bidder) 24 .Annexure-3: Projects of similar nature currently under execution Sl.
Tendered Cost: 5. Agreement No.Annexure-4: Performance Report for works referred in Annexures-2 and 3 (Please furnish the following details for each individual project from the Client) 1. Date of Completion a) Stipulated date: b) Actual date: 7.: 3. Name and location of project: 2. Date of Start: 6. Performance report by client: a) Quality of Work: (Excellent/Very Good/Good/Fair/Poor) b) Approach to problem solving: (Excellent/Very Good/Good/Fair/Poor) c) Resourcefulness: (Excellent/Very Good/Good/Fair/Poor) Date: (Signature of the client with seal) 25 . Estimated Cost 4.
26 . 9. Particulars of Registration with various Government bodies & Statutory Tax Authorities (attach attested photocopy) a. Have you or your constituent partner(s) ever left the work awarded to you incomplete? If so. Organization/Place of registration: c. Have you or your constituent partner(s) been debarred/black listed for tendering in any organization at any time? If so.Annexure-5: Structure of the Organization 1. a) An Individual/ Consortium: b) A Proprietary/ Partnership agency: c) A Trust: d) A Limited Company or Corporation: 4. Registration Number: b. give details. 6. Area of specialization and Interest 10 Any other information considered necessary but not included above. Telephone No. 7./Fax No. Date of validity: 5. Legal status (Attach copies of original document defining the legal status). Names and titles of Directors & Officers with designation to be concerned with this work with designation of individuals authorized to act for the organization. 8. give the name of the project and reasons for not completing the work. give name of the project and reasons for not completing the work. Were you or your company ever required to suspend the work for a period of more than six months continuously after you commenced the works? If so. Name and address of bidder : 2./Email address : 3.
Annexure-6: Details of Technical and Administrative Personnel to be employed for this work Sl. of employees in this category Number available for this project Name Qualification Professional experience Capacity in which the employee was involved in this work (Signature of the bidder) 27 . no Designation Total No.
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 City Anantapur Belgaum Bengaluru Davengere Hubli Hyderabad Kannur (Kerala) Kollam Kottayam Kozhikode Kurnool Mangalore Mysore Palakkad Secunderabad Surathkal Thrissur IIT Bombay Zone S. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 City Ahmedabad Ahmednagar Amravati Aurangabad Gulbarga Jalgaon Kolhapur Mumbai Nagpur Nanded Nashik Navi Mumbai Pune Rajkot Sangli Solapur Surat Thane Vadodara 28 .No.Annexure –7: Tentative List of Cities for GATE 2014 IISc Bengaluru Zone S.
No.No.No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Ajmer Bikaner Delhi Faridabad Gurgaon Indore Jaipur Jodhpur Kota Udaipur Ujjain City IIT Guwahati Zone S.IIT Delhi Zone S. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 City Bhubaneswar Bilaspur Cuttack Jamshedpur Kakinada Kharagpur Kolkata 29 . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Agartala Asansol Dhanbad Durgapur Guwahati Imphal Jorhat Kalyani Patna Silchar Siliguri Tezpur City IIT Kanpur Zone S. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Agra Aligarh Allahabad Bareilly Bhopal Gwalior Jabalpur Kanpur Lucknow Varanasi City 9 10 11 12 IIT Kharagpur Zone S.No.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Bapatla Chennai Chidambaram Coimbatore Ernakulam Guntur Kadapa Madurai Nellore Puducherry (Pondicherry) Salem Thanjavur Thiruvananthapuram Tiruchirapalli Tirunelveli Tirupati Vellore Warangal City IIT Roorkee Zone S.8 9 10 Raipur Ranchi Rourkela 11 12 13 Sambalpur Vijayawada Visakhapatnam IIT Madras Zone S.No.No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Amritsar Bathinda Chandigarh Dehradun Ghaziabad Haldwani Hamirpur (HP) Hisar Jalandhar Jammu Kurukshetra Meerut Muzffarnagar Noida Patiala Rohtak Roorkee Shimla City 30 .
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