The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country jointly by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. Admission to post graduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE.
OBJECTIVES OF GATE
- Identify, at the National level, meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Postgraduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science and Pharmacy.
- Serve as a mandatory qualification for the MHRD scholarship/assistantship.
- Serve as benchmark for normalization of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country.
Zonal Administrative Institutes The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India . The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are :
Zone 1 – Indian Institute of Science Bangalore , Zone 2 – Indian Institute of Technology Bombay , Zone 3 – Indian Institute of Technology Delhi , Zone 4 – Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati , Zone 5 – Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur , Zone 6 – Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur , Zone 7 – Indian Institute of Technology Madras , Zone 8 – Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
The overall coordination and responsibility lies with Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2008. The GATE Committee is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring results.
GATE Qualification : Admission to post graduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy or Master degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/ Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must additionally secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. GATE qualification, however, is not required for candidates with Master degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy who may be seeking scholarship / assistantship for relevant doctoral programmes. Some institutions specify GATE as the mandatory qualification even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/Engineer. Candidates are required to find out the procedure of final selection and award of Scholarship/Assistantship from the institutions in which they seek admission .
Eligibility The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2008:
- Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
- Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
- Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
- Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.
- Candidates will be required to appear in a single paper of three hours duration. The examination will be held from 0930 hours to 1230 hours on Sunday, February 10, 2008. The question papers will be in English only. The choice of the paper is the responsibility of the candidate.
- Before applying for GATE 2008, candidates must ensure themselves that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programme they are interested in. The criteria for admission into postgraduate programmes with scholarship/ assistantship are different in various institutes . GATE offices will not provide any information in this regard. For more details, the candidates are required to contact the institutes/universities to which they are interested in seeking admission.
- GATE 2008 will be held at different cities all over India. The cities in which examination will be held in each zone is provided in the given link. The candidate should send the completed application form only to the Chairman GATE of the zone in which her/his first choice examination city is located.
- There are two different processes by which a candidate can apply/register for GATE 2008, namely, “offline” and “online”. The fee for offline application is Rs. 1000 for General candidates and Rs. 500 for SC/ST candidates. The fee for online application is Rs. 900 for General candidates and Rs. 400 for SC/ST candidates. The application fee is not refundable.
- Candidates can appear in the examination only against valid admit cards. If they do not receive it by 31st January 2008, they should contact the GATE Chairman of the concerned zone.
- The authority to declare a candidate qualified in GATE 2008 is vested solely with the GATE 2008 Committee. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2008, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Bangalore and Bangalore alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.
- For information, announcements, online registration and results, visit the GATE 2008 website http://gate.iisc.ernet.in/
- Information about GATE 2008 is also available on the following web sites:
Instructions for filling Basic Data Sheet (BDS) and Application Form
- Completed application must reach the Chairman, GATE of the concerned zone, where the candidate intends to appear for the examination, on or before Tuesday, October 30, 2007, by Registered/Speed Post. It may also be deposited in person at the GATE office counter of the concerned zone.
- If the Information Brochure and Application Form have been obtained through a bank by depositing Rs. 1000 (Rs. 500 for SC/ST categories) in cash, the application must be accompanied by the original pay-in-slip as a proof of the amount paid by the candidate.
- If the Information Brochure and Application Form have been obtained against a Demand Draft of Rs. 1000 (Rs. 500 for SC/ST categories) from GATE offices, the candidate is required to submit the original receipt issued by the concerned GATE office along with the application form.
- Instructions have been provided for filling the Basic Data Sheet (BDS) and Application Form. These should be meticulously followed.
Incomplete/defective applications will be rejected .
Before You start filling the BDS Before you start filling the BDS and Application Form, please ensure that the application number appearing on (i) BDS and Application Form, (ii) Envelope, and (iii) Acknowledgement Card are IDENTICAL. In case this is not so, contact the zonal GATE chairman. This application number is important and has to be quoted in all future correspondence. Any discrepancy in application forms should be immediately brought to the notice of the GATE chairman of the concerned zone for further action. GATE 2008 committee will NOT be responsible for the defective applications submitted by the candidates .
Instructions to fill BDS and Application Form
- BDS and Application Form must be filled up by using dark/HB Pencil only, except SIGNATURES and ADDRESS for which BLACK BALL POINT PEN must be used.
- For items 1, 6, 8, 11, 12, 16, 19, 20 and 23 you need to write the required information in capital/upper-case letters in the boxes provided and then darken the appropriate bubble underneath each letter, using pencil only. Please refer to the filled in sample BDS shown at the end of these instru ctions (after sub-section 5.3.14 ) . In case of any discrepancy in the marked bubble and the corresponding text, the bubble will be taken as final. The text boxes are provided only for your guidance. Please ensure that you have darkened the appropriate bubble completely .
- For items 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 17, 18, 21 and 22 you must provide information by filling up the appropriate bubble using dark/HB pencil only.
- For items 14, 15 and 24, only BLACK BALL POINT PEN must be used for filling/writing.
- For item 13, do not staple or pin your photograph to the BDS and Application Form. Use good quality glue/gluestick to paste the photograph within the provided box. DO NOT attest or sign on the photograph.
- Fold the form along the original fold line only.
- If you want to correct any entry, erase the previous mark completely using a soft eraser before correction. Please do not leave any smudges on the application form.
- The lower portion of the BDS and Application Form (items 13, 14 and 15) will be processed separately by a scanner. Make sure that your signature, address and photograph are within the boxes provided for the purpose.
ENCLOSURES Candidates are required to enclose the following document(s) with the duly filled in application. All enclosures should have the candidate’s name and application number written on top.
- ORIGINAL PAY-IN-SLIP/RECEIPT
Enclose the original Pay-in-Slip issued by the bank or the receipt issued by the GATE office as a proof of payment of application fee.
- SC/ST CERTIFICATE (if applicable)
Candidates claiming concession under Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe categories must submit a recently attested copy of caste certificate issued by a competent authority. If the certificate is found improper, the candidate’s application will be rejected. The list of authorities empowered to issue SC/ST certificate is given in the following section. No refund of application fee can be claimed.
- Disability Certificate (if applicable) from appropriate medical authority.
- Acknowledgement card with appropriate details filled in by the candidate.
FILLING AND DESPATCH OF THE ENVELOPE The following documents should be placed inside the envelope
- Basic Data Sheet and Application Form
- Filled up Acknowledgement card with postage stamp duly affixed
- SC/ST Certificate, if applicable
- Disability Certificate, if applicable
Fill in the numeric code of the examination city corresponding to your first choice (Item No. 8 (I) in BDS, one digit per box). Below this, in the two boxes, fill in your chosen GATE Paper Code (Item No. 7 in BDS, example AG or AR or CH or EC or XL). Finally write your postal address in the designated space, below the Paper Code. The envelope should be addressed to the Chairman, GATE, of the concerned zone, where the candidate intends to register. The envelope must be either mailed by Registered/Speed Post only or delivered in person at the GATE office counter .
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