With an ever-increasing number of engineering students and the passing percentage being merely 15%, GATE is considered being one of the toughest exams. Every year as soon as students complete their papers and get out of the exam hall, the foremost question on their mind comes to be ‘’If I am scoring these many marks, what will be my rank? Will I get any calls from PSUs? Will I get into my dream IIT?’’, but most of them don’t know how GATE marks vs rank are actually calculated. So, to clear this confusion, SuperProfs aims to give you a bird’s-eye view of the calculation involved in GATE marks with your expected all India rank.
GATE MARKS vs RANK | How GATE rank and marks are calculated?
GATE is conducted for a total of 65 questions in which there will be some questions of multiple choice type and other questions would require you to type the answer. Some questions comprise 1 mark while others contain 2 marks each. There is no negative marking for questions which require you to type the answer so students can write these answers without worrying about getting negative marking. Regarding negative marking, here is the table to get an idea of how many marks are deducted for a wrong answer.
MCQs carrying 1 mark
MCQs carrying 2 marks
No negative marking
Your GATE marks consist of 2 things: First is your actual GATE marks which includes an arithmetic sum of marks scored for giving right answers and negative marks for giving wrong answers. Second is normalization, which can be a decisive factor in deciding your AIR.
Normalization consists of different factors, which include
- Average marks of top 0.1% of candidates considering all sessions
- Average marks of top 0.1% of candidates considering your session
- Sum of the mean and standard deviation of marks in your session as well as other sessions
In simple words, if your session was lengthy or hard, then normalization will be in your favor and you might see 3-4 crucial marks added to your final GATE result.
Also, suppose 2 people score the same marks and they both are toppers, then both will be awarded AIR 1. Now, 3rd student will be awarded AIR 3, which means there will be no AIR 2. Some students also confuse GATE rank and marks with GATE score. GATE marks are decided from 100, while GATE score is calculated from 1000. we hope now your doubt on GATE marks vs rank is more clear.
Rank or Score?
Many aspirants have confusion between GATE rank and score. AIR 400 will get you in most of the IITs, while a score of 400 means you’ll have to settle for some state-level lower grade college. The GATE scorecard is valid for 3 years. In order to make a comparison between candidates of different years, you cannot use GATE marks or GATE rank as the level of competition changes every year. So, GATE score is given which remains the same in 3 years of its validity. The candidate who gets the highest marks (out of a hundred, e.g. 92) will have a GATE score of 1000. The candidates ranked below will get the GATE score accordingly. There is same kind of normalization which we discussed earlier applied in case of calculation of GATE score. Interested candidates can go through the formula to convert GATE marks to GATE score given in this pdf provided on the GATE official website.
Expected rank with GATE marks
It is true that marks in 1 exam can’t measure a student’s caliber but there are many PSUs and other institutes in which students have to apply before GATE results are declared. So, in order to get an idea, you should know your expected GATE rank.
What is a good GATE rank?
At the end of the day, the question that remains on the minds of candidates is what can be considered a good rank in this era of competitive examinations. For most of the engineering branches, rank under 200 will confirm a call from PSU while rank under 1000 means you’ll have good chances of getting your preferred branch in IIT or NIT. But only good GATE score can’t land you a job at this age. Most of the PSUs and IITs conduct interviews and GD before finalizing the candidate. So, even after getting a good rank, continue practicing and be prepared. All the very best from team SuperProfs.
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