The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2014 is likely to see a major change with the test for all the 21 streams being conducted online.
Test from Feb 1
The IIT Kharagpur is the organising institute for GATE 2014 and the test is likely to be conducted from February 1 to March 9. The test is likely to be conducted in 12 sessions on six days (February 1,2, 15 and 16 and March 1 and 2). The online test will be conducted in 118 cities in India.
Till last year 15 subject papers were conducted online while the remaining were to be taken offline (paper and pen-based).
Popular streams such as Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Electronics streams were conducted offline.
As more number of candidates are expected to appear for the Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering streams, there is a likelihood of multiple sessions, said Aditya Reddy of Gateforum that trains GATE aspirants.
The test will have multiple choice questions, including common data type and linked answer type.
The GATE is an all India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee).
The GATE score is used for admission into various post-graduate programmes such as M.E., M.Tech and Ph.D in Indian higher education institutes. Qualified candidates get financial assistance from the government agencies. The score are now being used by the Public Sector Units for employment screening purposes.
To encourage girl candidates, the authorities had decided to exempt payment of examination fee by them.
It is an all India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs