GATE is an entrance examination conducted as a Gateway examination for getting admission into the prestigious IIT’s for M.Tech. This GATE score is also used by several other colleges offering M.Tech. Nowadays, it is mandatory that the candidate seeking for Job in many Govt. And Private firms should have cleared GATE Examination.This article will tell how to calculate percentile ,score and much more.


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About GATE

General Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) is held every year in the Month of January/ February. IISc and IITs administrate GATE exam rotationally. 2016’s GATE exam was Organized by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. GATE is conducted in online mode. The examination consists of two sections, General Aptitude and Engineering aptitude. GA is of 15 marks while Technical engineering section is of 85 marks. GATE exam is of 3 hours duration.

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Features of GATE

  • The GATE examination is conducted through Online (Computer Based) Test. Some of the questions which are numerical has to be answered by the candidate using virtual keyboard on the screen and use virtual calculator on the screen for calculations if required. These numerical questions whose answers are to be keyed in do not have negative marking while all other MCQ questions have Negative marking.
  • GATE 2016 examinations is conducted generally on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in the morning and afternoon hours.
  • The entire application process is online. The process includes application form filling, uploading of scanned recent photograph and scanned signatures, certificates/documents etc. Fee can be paid either online or using e-challan.
  • The admit cards for GATE can be downloaded after the examination authority have uploaded admit cards on their official websites.
  • Result for the exam is declared for all the candidates who took the examination. Again, this result is declared in online mode. Cut off score is set for the examination and the qualifying candidates are added to the merit list and this merit is created purely based on GATE score and Percentile.

Well for the candidates who are unsure about the concept of normalized score, GATE score and percentile, the following text explains it thoroughly.

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How to calculate Normalized score and GATE score

For calculating the Normalized Mark of jth candidate in ith session the formula is used,The formula can be referred from

First the normalized marks are calculate from the scores obtained by the candidate which are then used for calculating the Gate score.


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How Percentile is calculated in GATE

Percentile is a relative term that tells you where you stand among all the competitors. In simple words, if you obtain 99.90 percentile in GATE then this means that you have scored above 99.90% student who took the exam.

Whereas, the percent is also relative but is measured on the scale of 100 which means the number of marks you got out of 100.

Percent is not basis opted for measuring GATE performance. Percentile system is used for this purpose. To understand the percentile calculating process the explanation is given as follows.


P = [ (A- your rank)/ A] x 100

Where P is percentile and A is total number of candidates who gave the exam.
(A - Your rank) indicates the number of aspirants who scored less than you.


For example, if total number of Aspirants are 10 and 9 of them have less marks than you


P = (9/10)x100 = 0.9×100 = 90 percentile.

Let’s take another example: suppose a candidate in mechanical engineering GATE exam scored more than 76400 out of total 96000


P= (76400)/ 96000) x100

P =79.58 percentile

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