Graduate aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India based entrance examination for admitting students to various M.Tech, ME, MS and P.hd courses in higher educational institutes of India. The primarily focus of this entrance exam is to test the in-depth knowledge of candidates pertaining to their under-graduate program.
The exam has been conducted since 1984 for admission in several post-graduate programs and has seen many changes over a period of time. As new changes were introduced in 2016, a few more additional changes will be implemented in GATE 2017. These changes are as follows-
GATE Becomes International:
GATE 2017 will become International level exam. Candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) can also apply for this examination. The main motto for conducting GATE 2017 in these locations is to attract different nationalities to widen the horizons of an academic environment. The website states, “ A foreign student brings with him/her a great diversity, culture and wisdom to share. Many GATE qualified candidates are paid scholarships/assistantship, especially funded by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India and by other Ministries”.
GATE 2017 Examination Timings:
GATE 2017 will be conducted on Feb 4 – Feb 5, 2017 and Feb 11 – Feb 12, 2017 in two sessions- morning and afternoon from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM respectively. Similarly, the candidates who are appearing at the international test centers will have their own local test timings, however, the time and duration will not change.
New Paper Pattern:
A new section has been introduced in the engineering sciences (XE) paper. This section is the Atmospheric and Oceanic sciences (Section H). GATE 2017 XE paper will now have eight sections from A to H.
New Steps in The Application Process:
No restriction on second choice examination city to be in the same zone as first choice city. It can be anywhere in India.
For the candidates who have completed their graduation qualifying degree, they are required to upload a scanned copy of the obtained degree, final year mark-sheet or completion certificate.
However, candidates yet to appear for their final examinations, can upload their pre-final year mark-sheet or provisional certificate as a proof of eligibility.
GATE 2017 exam dates were released recently and this year IIT Roorkee will be conduct. The exam will be held on February 4, 5, 11 and 12, in 2017. The application form of GATE 2017 will be available from September 1 and the process will end on October 4. However, the final schedule is yet to be declared. Check GATE 2017 important dates here!