About 90% of the 5,000 registered candidates appeared for the first phase of the online Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015 on Saturday. The first phase of the test covered disciplines like agriculture, mechanical, electronics and communications, and chemical engineering.
The exam will be held in three phases: on February 1, 7 and 8. In all, 20,757 candidates have registered to take the test from Bhopal. The test will be held at eight exam centres: IES College, Truba College, Oriental College, SISTEC College, NRI College, TIT College, Vidyapeeth College and Radharaman College.
Most of the candidates found the difficulty level of the test to be average. A student Rajneesh Mishra said some of the questions in the mathematics section were a little difficult to crack.
Across India, over 9.27 lakh candidates will appear for the test, the scores of which are used for admissions to postgraduate engineering courses (ME/MTech) and direct PhD in prominent institutes, including the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Science (IIScs).
Also, many public sector undertakings (PSUs) use GATE scores for recruitment at the entry levels of their management. Among the PSUs are Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Baba Atomic Research Centre, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, and Coal India.