The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE exam is considered to be the standard examination conducted not only for post graduation admissions in engineering at all IITs, NITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) but also to open the gates for lucrative opportunities in several public sector enterprises and research organizations.
Every year, lakh of candidates appear for the exam, making the GATE exam one of the most sought-after and tough exam in the country. There are some key statistics on number of candidates register for the test and the number of candidates qualifies, which reflect some interesting trend. AfterGraduation present some trends which may be helpful for aspirants to strategic their preparation for the GATE Exam.
Around 10 Lakh Candidates Apply for GATE Exam
The eligible and interested candidates apply in a large number to qualify the GATE exam. For GATE 2017, there were more than 9.22 lakh registrations of aspirants to appear the test and after the results, around 1.30 lakh applicants were declared as qualified. Similiarly, for GATE 2016, more than 9.7 lakh candidates applied for the test and qualified candidates were around 1.3 lakh.
Five year back in 2012, there were more than 7.7 lakh registration for GATE exam. In year 2013, GATE witnessed the highest number of registration in these recent years. More than 12 lakh candidates applied for GATE 2013, around 36% increase in the number of registration compare to GATE 2012.
Gradually, the number of registered candidates declined to around 9 lakh since 2013, when it reached peak in terms of number of applicants. In GATE 2013, more than 1.36 lakh candidates qualified the test. The percentage of qualified candidates stood at 13.9% of appeared candidates in 2013.
From the analysis of the number of registration trends, the number of GATE 2018 registration may be around 10 lakh for the different disciplines, 23 subjects.
GATE Qualified Rate
Only 14 to 17 per cent candidates are able to qualify the GATE Exam. In GATE 2017, the pass rate was 16 per cent of appeared candidates while for GATE 2016, the pass rate was 16.53 per cent. In GATE 2015, 15.05 per cent of candidates appeared were able to qualify the test and in GATE 2013, only 13.88 per cent of appeared candidates were declared qualified.
|Year||No. of Registration||No. of Candidates Appeared||No. of Candidate Qualified||Qualified % of Appeared|
GATE Exam Registration Subjects
At present, GATE is conducted in the following 23 disciplines. A candidate can select any one of these-
|GATE Paper||Code||GATE Paper||Code|
|Aerospace Engineering||AE||Instrumentation Engineering||IN|
|Architecture and Planning||AR||Mechanical Engineering||ME|
|Civil Engineering||CE||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|Chemical Engineering||CH||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||Physics||PH|
|Chemistry||CY||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||EC||Textile Engineering and Fiber Science||TF|
|Electrical Engineering||EE||Engineering Sciences||XE*|
|Ecology and Evolution||EY||Life Sciences||XL**|
|Geology and Geophysics||GG|
|* Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper Sections
(A and any 2 of B to H)
|Code||** Life Sciences (XL) Paper Sections
(P and any 2 of Q to U)
|Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)||A||Chemistry (Compulsory)||P|
|Polymer Science and Engineering||F||Food Technology||U|
|Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences||H|
In GATE 2017, Out of these 23 subjects, Mechanical Engineering (ME) had the highest of registered candidates with 217,835 applicants. Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC) saw the second highest candidates with 171,160 applicants. Civil Engineering (CE, 147,012 applicants), Electrical Engineering (EE, 135426), Computer Science & Information Technology (CS, 116,754) had also large number of candidates following Mechanical and ECE.
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 will be conducted by the IIT Guwahati (Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, IITG). The GATE 2018 exam will be held on Saturday –Sunday, February 3-4 and February 10-11, 2018. IIT Guwahati has already announced the key dates (schedule), eligibility and subject syllabus of GATE 2018 exam.
The GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website will open the enrollment, application filling and application submission on September 1, 2017. The level of competition is increasing every year. A proper study plan and strategy is very much required as this will determine your GATE 2018 Score.
The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Since 2012, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e., government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions.