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Pre-Final Year Students Exclusion And Future Of GATE Exam

GATE 2012 notification was announce with few changes but you can say few big changes. The first to notice was exclusion of pre final year students from GATE eligibility. Now pre-final year (third year) students are not eligible to appear in GATE exam.

Not allowing pre-final year students led to anger from third year student and also ignited a big debate in Engineering students all across the nation. I can see there are lots of comments on I n I for giving inputs and analysis about this decision. In this post I try to analyze the decision and its consequences.

If we look deeply into making pre-final year student eligible for GATE we can easily realize that this comes with few constraints and tradeoffs. First and foremost is to restrict GATE syllabus till third year. Secondly increase validity of GATE score for two years. And the third impact on GATE score calculation, as in general third year student appear GATE exam just to know how about GATE instead a serious attempt to crack it. This eventually this drop GATE qualifying score to least in spite of heavy completion reflected on number of students appeared for GATE exam. Please refer Number of candidates appeared for GATE 2011 and GATE 2011 qualifying marks for more details.

I think, keeping all these tradeoffs, GATE organizing committee decided to give rest to pre-final year students. I also think there will much change in coming years in GATE pattern, syllabus and M.Tech admissions.

In future we expect a change in syllabus that will even cover pre-final and final year subjects. As you all know this year there will online test for four subjects, giving a clear indication that we will have GATE online exam in near future. Only online registration for GATE 2011 application is another strong move forward a complete online GATE. Also I think GATE score will be kept valid for a year to make admission process straight forward.

If you read inspirenignite deeply would have read my M.Tech admissions analysis at M.Tech admissions what matters more. I always argued that AIR is most important factor to decide about M.Tech admissions and also supported a centralized admission policy for all the institutes like AIEEE. Now I feel GATE is moving toward an approach more like JEE or AIEEE and centralized admissions.

This is just to share with you all. There is nothing to worry about, as they (IITs, and NITs) will definitely give admissions to at the least same number of candidates they gave last year. Process doesn’t matter much, what matters more is number of seats. Prepare the best way to see the best. Be aware of whats going around and by which you can exploit it to make best out of this. Just knowing would not help, hard work, dedication with right knowledge would definitely gives you an edge.

Wish you all a great luck ahead.


  1. Akshatha

    I Am in first year I eligible for gate exam??

  2. Vishal D Kaluse

    sir i am final year student of civil eng , many times i think about GATE exam , so guid me about time manahement in this exam & also tell me another imp suggestions …

  3. gauranga kr saikia

    Can a 3rd year student appear in gate exam?plz.rply.

  4. ajay kumar

    hello sir,
    after some days i am in 3rd year( cse).so sir please tell me i gave GATE entrance test or not.

  5. nandhini

    i am nandhini, a pre final year student in civil engineering…can u plz give suggestion to prepare gate exam 2013..

  6. sasi kumar

    Hi guys its vrey uesful for us

  7. komika walia

    i am in 4th yr i.e. prefinal yr of b.architecture(5 yrs)….so evn we are excluded frm giving gate 2012 or we are eligible????

  8. Manisha

    Could you send me gate syllabus division in different years

  9. Harsh

    Thank you sir for your analysis…..!!!!

  10. love kumar

    hi ,i am doing in ece and i want to know about gate 2012 syllabus,please send me the detail……

    1. kamalakar

      for ece gate syllabus see this site [email protected]. in downloads you get the your syllabus

  11. Hello World

    …i fear that there will come a time when MORE than 2 ATTEMPTS Will become invalid!!!

    Will it possible?

  12. Atinesh

    Hi friends,
    If any one is preparing for gate(CSE) seriously and want to share their doubts then please contact
    skype id : atinesh22990
    Email : [email protected]

  13. shweta

    hii…. i want to know about the GATE 2012 syllabus.. is the syllabus is changed or is same as last year???

    1. shariq

      gate syllabus for 2011 & 2012 is same

  14. Amit

    Nice Analysis.

  15. sonal gupta

    ya you are right at your place, but isn’t it right that, giving an opportunity to prefinal student lead to a competitive spirit in students, and also it is very helpfull in producing good in academics.
    and i would like to conclude by adding that though few students dont take it serious in first attempt, but by this also atleast they are aware of the pattern of gate examination, which is helpfull in clearing gate with good and appreciable percentile, which is not at all bad.

  16. Girdhar

    Thanks Sir,

    Really, you post much much useful posts.
    This post may work an inspiration for the Gate aspirants in GATE 2012 as they will know about the toughness and competition about the Exam.

    Thanks again for such a useful blog.

  17. Dhruv

    Even after getting admission into M.E (BITS,Pilani) i regularly follow ur website.
    I personally feel it is a bad decision to not allow 3rd yearites bcoz if they give exam seriously then they can have a ‘feel’ what it will take to make it to IITs. Again if they are writing it for fun they can always know how much technical edge do they have.

  18. Bikram Ballav

    Good explanation over 3rd year controversy, it’s a good move. Though Gate itself cover pre-final year subjects. And your assumption is right it will become online very soon with centralized admission too , that will help many for a better tomorrow.
    one more change is black ball point pane to mark answers, no more pencil for gate.

  19. Jeetendra k

    Sir… There is only 1 big change in GATE 2012… Rest are evrythng same… Scorecard is valid for 2 years, same syllabi.

    1. shiwi

      syllabus is change or is it same?

  20. kuheli sai

    can any student sit for two subjects of gate in the same year,like computer science and engineering and mathematics???copmuter science exam will be from 9-12pm and maths from 2-5pm??

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