More subject papers of the 2013 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), one of the largest country-wide exams for admission to masters programmes, will be held online.
An online examination will be held for 15 papers, compared to six papers last year. GATE is for entry into the MTech and PhD programmes at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, as well as several other engineering colleges. Six papers will be examined offline. While the online papers will be held on January 20, the offline tests will be conducted on February 10.
Students will be able to give the exam at around 100 centres spread across the country. IIT-Bombay is the organising IIT for the examination this year. “The numbers were increasing so some of the papers will be conducted online this time,” said an institute official.
This year, for the first time, there will be no application fee for female students. The application fee for boys is Rs. 1,200 for the general category and Other Backward Classes and Rs600 for reserved categories (Scheduled Cast, Scheduled Tribe and physically handicapped). The human resources development ministry had decided to waive the application fee for girls last year.
Candidates use their GATE scores to apply to masters’ programmes of their choice at the seven IITs, IISc Bangalore and other engineering colleges, but qualifying in the examination doesn’t automatically guarantee admission. The GATE score is also used by public sector companies for recruitment.