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What is the meaning of Valid GATE Score and GATE percentile?

Normally every GATE qualified student who wish to give GATE exam, asks these type of questions,"What is the meaning of Valid GATE Score and GATE percentile? ". 

(1) What is the meaning of Valid GATE Score?

There are few confused matters about GATE score and Valid GATE score. Normally GATE score is valid for two years. Suppose you have given GATE in 2014, your GATE score (qualified) is valid for year 2014 and 2015 admission or job. 

Now, still a question, what is Valid GATE score? 

If you have obtained/secured marks equal or greater than the qualifying marks of that year's GATE exam, you are said to have valid GATE score and you are eligible to apply for job or admission into masters for year 2014 as well as that of year 2015.

For, GATE 2014, Mechanical Engineering, qualifying marks was 28.86 for General category. So, in order to be valid GATE score holder, you should have at-least 28.86 marks or greater than that (if you are General category candidate).  If you secured, less than 28.86 marks in ME for year GATE 2014, you are not qualified for Valid GATE score card. A GATE score card is valid only if you have atleast secured qualifying marks for than year (Normally organizing institute does not send score card who does not qualify!). 

For example, you got 28.55 marks as general category student in GATE 2014 exam, you are not eligible to get Score card and you are called disqualified. Even in next year GATE 2015, if qualify marks is less than what you obtained in 2014 i.e. 28.55, your score is INVALID. 

(2) What is the meaning of GATE Percentile?

In simple, words, GATE percentile gives the idea exactly where do you stand out of total qualified GATE score holder/candidates.  GATE percentile can be calculated from two information. (a) Your All India GATE Rank (AIR) (b) Total number of candidates appeared in that stream

GATE Percentile = (Total number of candidates appeared in that stream)-(Your AIR)/ (Total number of candidates appeared in that stream) x 100

If your AIR is 2112 (in ME) and total number of candidates appeared in ME during that year are 188253.

Your percentile is : (188253-2112)/188253 =  98.88 percentile !

This 98.88 shows that you are in top 1.12 % students.




So, start preparing for GATE now and have aim to get more marks than GATE 2014's qualifying marks. 


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