GATE 2021 Marks vs Score: know how to calculate

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) is a national level examination for admission into the Master’s program. On clearing the exam, the candidate can secure jobs in the government or private sector companies. GATE exam is one of the toughest exams administered each year by the seven different IITs and IISC Bangalore under the guidance of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development(MHRD).

The GATE 2021 is being held by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. It is to be held online on 6, 7, 13 and 14 February 2021. It is a 3-hour long paper having 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. Out of the 65 questions, 55 will be from core subjects, while 10 will be general aptitude. The questions are usually a Multiple Choice Question(MCQ) type or Numerical Answer Type(NAT). They carry 1 or 2 marks each. For 1-mark questions, 1/3 marks are deducted for wrong answers while 2/3 marks are cut for 2-mark questions. The GATE 2021 cutoff and the GATE 2021 result will be announced on 22 March 2021. The expected date for online download of Gate 2021 scorecard will be available from 28 March 2021 on the GATE Online Application Processing System(GOAPS).

The GATE score is different from the GATE marks in the following ways:

  • The GATE marks mean the total marks out of 100 that a candidate gets on the paper. The GATE score is the final score calculated using the normalisation process for different papers having different difficulty levels.
  • The score is calculated out of 1000 while the mark is calculated out of 100.
  • A gate score of around 900 or 85+ marks shall get the candidate into most IITs and NITs.

How to calculate GATE marks?

Using the following formula, we can calculate the GATE marks:

ij = tg – Mqg (Mij-Miq) +  Mqg

where, ij = actual marks of the jth candidate in ith session.

            tg = average marks of top 0.1% of the candidates considering all sessions.

            Mqg = sum of mean and standard deviation of the marks of candidates in all sessions.

          = average marks of top 0.1% of the candidates of the ith session.

             Miq  = sum of mean and standard deviation of the marks of the ith session.

How to calculate GATE score?

To calculate the GATE score, use the following formula:

Gate Score = Sq+(St-Sq)   (M-Mq)

where, M = candidate obtained marks

            Mq = qualifying marks for each category

            = mean marks of top10 candidates in that session.

             Sq = Score assigned to Mq.

             St = Score assigned to .

Let us go through what people who have cleared the exam, have to say about it.

  • The most efficient way to solve a paper is to reduce the negative marking. Attempt only those questions first that make you feel confident. Trying to attempt all is a common mistake that leads to an increase in negative marking.
  • Keep the GATE syllabus in hand and then go through the graduation subjects else you will end up beating around the bush. Solve as many questions as possible.
  • Though the non-technical part of the paper is comparatively less, it still holds a considerable amount of importance and weightage.
  • Take the help of various resources like books, magazines, videos, etc. Search for previous year’s question papers online and try solving them. In the case of any doubts, seek help from family, friends or teachers.
  • Group study is one of the best ideas for increasing the effectiveness of your practice. Each member of the group can take up different topics or subjects and explain that to the rest. In this way, time management issues are resolved, and everybody can solve more number of questions.

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