GATE 2017 is a graduate level engineering test conducted by IITs and IISc Bangalore to shortlist candidates for PG admission in the field of engineering, technology, architecture and other science-centric programmes. In addition to this, GATE 2017 scores are also considered by many PSU units for admitting engineering graduates in entry-level positions. This makes this postgraduate level engineering entrance exam vitally important for all aspirants.
This year, the exam is being conducted by IIT Roorkee and is scheduled to take place on 4th, 5th 11th and 12th February 2017. The exam has undergone some important changes in term of examination format as well as other details. With the application process for GATE 2017 already underway, there are many engineering aspirants who are still unaware of important changes and other relevant points about the exam. To help them, we have listed out the all the important changes to GATE 2017 Exam format as well as other salient features of the test below:
GATE 2017 – Important Changes
Coming to the important changes first, this year the exam format for GATE 2017 has undergone some very important changes. The changes are related to not only the examination format but also the application process, sectional composition of question paper, exam centres and others.
- Open to International Students: One of the key changes that may serious hamper your changes in GATE 2017 is that the exam has been thrown open to international students. International students from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) can now apply and appear for GATE 2017. This translates to increased competition for domestic students, who are already fighting a tough battle to secure a PG seat in top engineering colleges in India like IITs and NITs.
- Exam Centres: Another significant change in this year’s GATE 2017 exam is that candidates appearing for the test can choose any city as their second choice for test centre irrespective of the zone of first choice city. Earlier, they had to choose cities falling under their respective zones of the first choice city as the second choice exam centre. Apart from this, Burdwan (IIT Guwahati Zone), Dibrugarh (IIT Guwahati Zone) and Gorakhpur (IIT Kanpur Zone) have been added as new GATE Centers.
- Thumb Impression: As an added security measure, GATE 2017 application process will also include uploading of a scanned copy of thumb impression of the candidate.
- Uploading Degree Documents: Candidates, who have completed the qualifying degree, need to upload scanned image of degree completion certificate or final year/semester mark sheet. Similarly, students who are in their final year, need to upload a scanned copy of pre-final year (or fifth/sixth semester) mark sheet or provisional certificate letter from his/her Institute as proof of qualifying under the eligibility criterion.
- New Section: Taking about changes in exam format, GATE 2017’s Engineering Science Paper (XE) will have an additional section, taking the total section count to 8. The new section of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences will be added as section H in the paper.
Important Points for GATE 2017
- GOAPS: The GATE 2017 application process has been made completely online with the help of new GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Along with providing personal and academic details in the online application form, candidates will also have to upload supporting documents directly on the application portal for GATE 2017.
- Total Number of Paper: Like every year, GATE 2017 will comprise of 23 different subjective papers. All papers would be in completely online format and students will have to answer questions on a computer system.
- Calculator: In order to aid mathematical calculations, GATE 2017 online test will also have a virtual calculator as part of the examination system. This year, candidates will not be allowed to carry conventional calculators to the examination hall.
- Biometric Verification: In order to curb the menace of cheating, random biometric verification will be done for candidates. Candidates found with electronic devices like calculators, mobile phones or communication devices will be debarred from the exam and their GATE scores will be withheld.
- Answer Keys: GATE 2017 answer keys will be made available to students shortly after the conclusion of the test. Candidates can challenge the answer key by submitting a fee during the revision period as specified in the notification.
- GATE Score Validity: The GATE 2017 score will be valid for three years from the date of issue. It means that candidates can use it for three years to seek admission to M.Tech admission or for PSU recruitment purposes. Also, GATE 2017 scorecard will be available for download for only for a specified period. Thus, candidates are advised to keep the scorecard safe for next three years, until when their GATE 2017 score is valid for PG admissions and PSU recruitment.
- GATE 2017 Admit Card: Along with the GATE 2017 scorecard, candidates might also be asked to furnish their GATE admit card for M.Tech admissions and PSU recruitment process. Therefore, candidates are requested to keep their admit cards safe for the period of three years, until when their GATE 2017 score is valid.
These are some of the important changes and key points that aspirants must keep in mind with respect to GATE 2017. Being one of the biggest postgraduate level engineering entrance exams, it is quite evident that it holds great important for all candidates vying for an M.Tech seat in premier engineering colleges like IITs.
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