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Number of attempts for GATE exam for SC, ST, OBC and General

GATE is conducted every year for getting admission in post-graduation program and having a chance of getting a job in PSU companies. Popularity of this exam is increasing day by day. This exam is highly competitive and aspirants consider it as the best gateway for attaining the Master’s degree. In this article we’ll answer the commonly asked question regarding the number of attempts for GATE exam.

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There is always a buzz across different forums and discussion blogs on the internet on one question about GATE exams. The question is maximum number of attempts for GATE exam for SC, ST, OBC and General category.

One can find many different views with respect to this subject on the internet. However, this has been verified by the official website of GATE that there is no restriction on the number of GATE attempts. One can enroll and appear for the exam as many times as they want.

This is one more fact which gives a sense of relief to all of us that there is no restriction on the number of GATE attempts on the basis of caste. An aspirant belonging to any category, be it SC, ST, OBC or General can enroll and appear as many times as they desire. There are even many lecturers/professors who appear in GATE exam to keep their knowledge/skills updated.

However, few points need to be taken into account by GATE aspirants.

  • Aspirants, applying for the concerned exam may apply at any age as there is no age bar for appearing in the GATE
  • Till GATE 2014 percentage score validity was 2 years and from GATE 2017 onwards it is 3 yrs.
  • Candidates are eligible only after completion of their Bachelor’s Degree. Diploma holders are not eligible for the examination. BSc. BCA and BCS (a three years degree) students are also not eligible for GATE Exam.
  • In order to get admissions in post-graduation, candidates need to get marks above the GATE cut off.
  • The GATE score is a joining criterion for direct placement in several PSU companies. Although jobs provided by PSU’s have a minimum age limit.
  • No. of attempts for GATE is unlimited.

The above pointers are correct until the GATE exam organizers announce any change in the eligibility criteria. Candidates can also read about GATE Eligibility in more detail on the official website.

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