How to Calculate GATE Score

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022 will be conducted on 6, 7, 12, and 13  February in 29 subjects. Some GATE disciplines, such as mechanical, computer science, civil engineering, and electrical engineering, will be conducted in multiple sessions. GATE 2022 will be organised by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and will announce GATE 2022 results online on 17th March 2022. After announcing the results, IIT Kharagpur will circulate the scorecard soon on the GOAPS portal. Applicants who successfully cleared the exam will be able to download the GATE Scorecard through the GOAPS portal. The scorecard will be valid for three years from the release date of results for admissions to M.Tech courses in colleges.

GATE Marks and GATE Score

GATE marks and GATE scores can often confuse candidates who usually misinterpret them. Candidates need to know that GATE marks and GATE scores are entirely different. GATE Marks are calculated out of 100, whereas GATE Score is calculated out of 1000.

In the GATE 2022 examination, some papers will be conducted in multi-sessions. Therefore, after evaluating the answers, there are different factors to be considered to how to calculate the GATE score for single-session papers and multi-session papers.

  • The actual (raw) marks obtained by a candidate for single session papers (subjects).
  • Normalised marks for multi-session papers.

Thus, depending on the sessions, there will be different factors for computing the GATE Score based on the qualifying marks.

Actual Marks v/s Normalised Marks

Actual Mark is the mark obtained by a candidate out of 100. In contrast, for multi-session papers, a suitable normalisation is applied since there are variations in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. To compare the difficulty level, candidates can check GATE previous year paper with solution, giving them a better insight into it.

The normalisation is based on the fundamental assumption that “the distribution of applicants’ abilities is the same throughout all sessions in all multi-session GATE papers.” This assumption is supported by the fact that there will be a significant number of candidates taking multi-session examinations in GATE 2022, and the procedure for assigning sessions to applicants is random. Furthermore, the number of applicants assigned in each session for the same multi-session paper is of the same order of magnitude.

GATE Score for All Papers

For single-session papers, actual marks scored by applicants are used to calculate the GATE 2022 Score. Whereas for multi-session papers, normalised marks equivalent to a candidate’s actual (raw) marks is calculated, and the GATE 2022 Score is calculated based on the normalised marks. The formulae used for how to calculate GATE Score and Normalised Marks are a bit complicated, and it is well explained in the link mentioned here.

GATE Score v/s GATE Rank v/s GATE Cutoff

GATE Score: As mentioned above, the GATE score is the score calculated out of 1000. Actual marks to be considered for single-session papers and by normalised marks for multi-session papers.

GATE Rank: All India Rank (AIR) is given on the basis of GATE Scores. It is directly proportional to the GATE Score. However, there are some variations depending on the GATE Paper and the candidate’s category.\

GATE Cutoff: The GATE Cutoff is determined by the candidates’ GATE Scores. The participating institutes each provide their own list of cutoffs. However, it should be noted that some of these institutions accept admission based on GATE marks. Candidates must research their target institute and learn about their selection process. GATE Cutoff 2022 will be released by IIT Kharagpur when the exam is completed. The following things will influence the cutoff.

  • Total number of appearing candidates in each paper
  • The GATE 2022 difficulty level
  • Total number of available seats
  • Category of the candidate

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