Result and Strategy for GATE score

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Result and Strategy for GATE score

  • GATE results are usually declared about one month after the examinations are over.
  • The results show the total marks scored by a candidate, the GATE score, the all-India rank (AIR) and the cut off marks for various categories in the candidate’s paper.
  • The score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the GATE results. The scorecards are issued only to qualified candidates.

Normalized GATE Score

Calculation of “normalized marks” for subjects held in multiple sessions (CE, CS, EC, EE and ME):

Calculation of GATE Score for all subjects (single-session and multiple-session):


A candidate’s percentile denotes the percentage of candidates scoring lower than that particular candidate. It is calculated as:

Qualifying marks

The rules for qualifying marks have varied from year to year. The qualifying marks (out of 100) are different for different subjects as well as categories.

Category Qualifying mark (out of 100)
General (GN) 25 or μ + σ, whichever is higher.
Other backward classes (OBC) 90% of the general category’s qualifying mark.
Scheduled Castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) 2/3 (i.e., 66.67%) of general category’s qualifying mark.

Here μ is the average (i.e., arithmetic mean) of marks of all candidates in the subject (with negative marks converted to zero) and σ is the standard deviation of all marks in that subject.

Usually, the general category’s qualifying mark is in the 25 to 50 range.

The Government of India implemented reservations for other backward classes in college admissions and public sector job recruitment in the year 2008. Before that, all OBC candidates were included in the “general” category. There was no separate OBC category then.


The following line chart shows the number of candidates registered, appeared and qualified (total of all subjects).