GATE or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is scheduled to take place in less than a month and many of you engineering aspirants are probably already worrying about how you can nab a good score in the aptitude test. No doubt, the last couple of years have seen a surging popularity in the GATE Exam as the GATE scores team up not just for admissions to the IITs, IIITs, NITs, and CFTIs but also employment in some of the leading PSUs. And as the competition just gets harder with each passing year, bagging that ‘big qualifying score’ in the GATE Exam may have also just got tougher. Keep your worries at bay though as we’ve got you covered! Whether you are trying to interpret what is a good GATE score or you are simply looking for ways to buckle down and earn higher scores in the aptitude test, we have got it all worked out here for you. Read on for more information!
How are the GATE Scores calculated?
Before anything else, let us try and understand how the GATE scores are calculated. A simple formula is used to calculate the GATE scores. To start with, the answers of candidates are assessed and marks are allotted as per the general marking scheme. The raw scores of candidates are then converted into a ‘normalized’ GATE score through the formula given below:
GATE Score= Sq + (St−Sq) (M−Mq) (Mˉt−Mq)
In the above formula:
M= marks obtained by the candidate (actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multi-session papers)
Mq= is the qualifying marks for general category candidate in the paper
Mˉt= is the mean of marks of top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of the candidates who appeared in the paper (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions)
Sq= 350 is the score assigned to Mq
St= 900 is the score assigned to Mˉt
In the GATE 2016 score formula, Mq is usually 25 marks (out of 100) or μ+σ, whichever is larger. Here μ is the mean and σ is the standard deviation of marks of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.
So what is considered a good GATE Score?
A good GATE score would be one that can fetch you admissions in the IITs, IIITs, NITs, CFTIs or get you an offer from one of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). There are three ways in which an institute could offer you admissions on the basis of your GATE 2016 scores- you could either be given direct admission on the basis of your GATE score or you could be shortlisted for an interview on the basis of your GATE score and subsequently offered admissions if you fit the bill or you could be shortlisted for a written test and interview on the basis of your GATE score before you are offered admissions.
Typically, a rank below 200 could guarantee you a seat for admissions to the M.Tech course in the IITs and IISc and a rank ranging between 500- 800 could help you secure a seat in the NITs. While most private universities do not specify a GATE cutoff score as such, a rank less than 2500 should help you grab a seat. The PSUs decide their GATE cutoff criteria depending on the number of openings that are available. It is quite likely that some of the leading PSUs including IOCL, ONGC, HPCL, and Rites could absorb you if you have a rank of up to 300.
Winning Strategies for a higher score in GATE 2016:
Well, like the good old saying goes “The road to success offers no shortcut around hard work”. So it all boils down to just that, plenty of perseverance and hard work, consistent preparations and some good study material should do the trick! But even as you are busy charting out a grueling study routine, it is important that you understand that GATE is not an exam that attempts to assess how much you know, but rather how well you can apply the concepts that you have learned. Taking practice tests on a regular basis is one fool-proof way to improve your preparations for the GATE Exam. Here are a few quick tips on how you can make the most of the practice tests:
- Evaluate your mistakes methodically after you have taken a practice test and get to the bottom of the areas/sections in which you are holding back. This will help improve your scores dramatically over time.
- Rule 2: Knock it out of the ballpark. Don’t let the traps of traditional thinking rule the day and force you to solve questions/problems in a typical way. The mind of an innovator could help you tackle questions faster. But for this, practice is key.
- Here is another ‘rule of thumb’-the GATE Exam rarely has problems that are lengthy. So if your solution is longer than 8 steps, then it may be a good idea to take another look at the way you have approached the problem.
- Another smart strategy is to read multiple books simultaneously. This will not just help you build on points as they keep coming but will also help you reinforce what you have learned even more effectively.