GATE Percentile is a relative term which tells where you rank in a set of people. For example, if you’ve scored 99.00 percentile means that your score is above 99.00% students who’ve appeared the same exam. Whereas, the percentage being a relative term is measured on a scale of 100, simply means how many marks you’ve scored out of maximum marks in the exam. The percentile tells you where you rank in the group or a set of people. Please don’t confuse with percentage. In GATE, percentage is not a measure of your performance. So, don’t worry if someone says that they’ve scored 99.9X percentile and think that it is something that is beyond your capacity. GATE percentile score of a candidate reflects his/her relative performance in the exam.

## GATE Percentile

To understand how GATE percentile is calculated, please read the formula and example below carefully.The GATE percentile is calculated by a simple formula:

P = ((N- your rank)/ N) x 100

Where, P = percentile score

N = total number of candidates who’ve appeared for exam.

(N- Your rank) = number of candidates who’ve scored less than you.

For example, if total number of candidates appearing for exam are 100 and 95 of them have scored less than you, then

P = (95/100)X100 = 0.95×100 = 95 percentile.

From 2014 onwards, a new process is being used to calculate and normalize GATE percentile and scores according to the difficulty level of different sessions. Furthermore, the normalization process for GATE is meant only for the papers conducted in multiple sessions due to a large number of students appearing for the exam. The scores of individual GATE papers which undergo normalization before the final evaluation include Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC), Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Science (CS), Civil Engineering (CE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME).

Formula for calculation of final GATE percentile score. Based on the above formula, the final GATE percentile and scores are compiled. For more details about the exact procedure used calculation then normalization of GATE scores, refer IIT GATE 2018 official website.

Final GATE percentile and score card is generally available for download in last week of March.

The GATE score card is valid for 3 years and is required for admissions in M. Tech. Programme across top institutes in India such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and many public sector units (PSU) also accept GATE scores to shortlist candidates for recruitment.

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