In the national level entrance exam GATE 2014 (which occurred in February 2014), contrary to the aspirants expectations, some groups cut-off marks increased where as in some groups the cut off marks got decreased. This year GATE became online and most of the students who practised a lot with pen and paper got unexpected results. GATE syllabus is almost same with the subjects one studied in his engineering. The GATE exam paper this year tested the inclusive and practical approach rather than theoretical knowledge. Conceptual questions with practical implementation played a key role and got higher stake and most of the students claimed that the Aptitude, Analytical Ability and English Comprehension questions are easy.
The cut of mark for engineering for ECE group in GATE 2014 is expected to be at 25 marks and for mechanical it is 28 marks. The computer science students are more comfortable with online system and their cut-off marks increased significantly. This increase in the cut-off results in more competition among the GATE aspirants in the forthcoming years thus resulting in more serious aspirants. Thus it is a good sign for India as more number of students is aspiring for Research and Development studies and the post graduation students are increasing constantly.
As Gate is a national level exam, the candidates who got highest mark in different groups are yet to be known and the highest scores vary from group to group. There will be several GATE toppers this year as in the GATE there will be different topper for each group.
GATE is considered as prestigious exam as it not only gives the aspirants a better chance to get a seat in their dream institutions like IISC, IIT, central universities etc but also strengths them economically as the government gives scholarships to the students who got qualified into GATE and admitted into academic institutions through GATE. Lot of public sector organisations are offering jobs based on the GATE score. Prestigious organisations like BHEL, BEL, ONGC, IOCL, SAIL etc are calling candidates for interview based on the GATE score only. Not only public organisations even the private limited companies are also preferring candidates with high GATE score than other candidates.