All about GATE - E.C.E

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, for admission to Post Graduation/PhD courses in Engineering and Architecture. The exam is carried out in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee. This committee comprises of representatives from the administering institutes

Course Stream: Engineering

Important Dates for GATE - E.C.E Exam

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens1st September 2014
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website1st October 2014
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login21st November 2014
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing17th December 2014
GATE 2015 Online Examination31st January, 1st, 7th, 8th and 14th February, 2015
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website12th March 2015

Details of GATE - E.C.E Exam

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2015 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), designated as the Organising Institute for GATE 2015.

The examination paper will have a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. The candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. A candidate can choose any one of the papers listed below. From 2010 onwards 10 questions in General Aptitude were introduced which carried 15 marks.

GATE - E.C.E Exam Eligibility Criteria

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE:

1. Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

 2. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

3. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

4. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE (I), AMICE (I) by the Institute of Civil Engineer (India)-ICE (I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

How to Prepare for GATE - E.C.E Exam ?

GATE is not a difficult exam to crack if you start your preparation early. It is conducted for at least 21 odd streams. The syllabus for each stream differs from the other. Some of the popular books for Electronics and Communication Engineering stream of this exam include Higher Engineering Mathematics written by Dr. B.S. Grewal, Network Analysis written by VanValkenburg, Integrated electronics by Milman Halkias, Electronic devices and circuits by Millman and Halkias, Digital Electronics by Morris Mano, Signal and Systems Simon Haykin, Modern Control system by Ogata, Communication System by Simon Haykin and Engg Electromagnetics by William Hayt.

Get a copy of the previous years’ question papers preferably with solutions. Take as many online test papers as possible. Analyse your score in these test papers and compare your performance periodically to see how you improve. Keep a timeframe in mind. Try and complete the syllabus at least two months before the exam; last two months should be for assessments and revision.

Do not prepare randomly. Make a list of subjects prioritising them based on the marks or preference given to them in the previous years’ papers. Allocate time for each topic accordingly.

 If anytime during the preparation, you feel that you do not have enough study material or lack guidance, join a coaching institute. You can also clarify your doubts by asking experts online or use forums to discuss with other people who are preparing too. To brush up the concepts, revise.

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