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Postgraduate Admissions

Admission to postgraduate programmes and award of MHRD and other Government Scholarship/Assistantship will be governed by the rules and regulations of the institution to which admission is sought. However, GATE qualification in itself does not guarantee either admission or Scholarship/Assistantship.

Candidates are advised to seek such details from the department of their interest/postgraduate office of the concerned institution. GATE offices will not entertain any enquiry about admission and award of Scholarship/Assistantship.

Admission to postgraduate programmes, with MHRD Scholarship/Assistantship in Engineering/ Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy/Sciences at Engineering Colleges/Institutes in the country will be open only to GATE qualified candidates.

Some Colleges/Institutes specify GATE as mandatory qualification even for admission of self-financing students. Candidates are required to find out the procedure for selection and award of Scholarship/Assistantship from the Institution to which they wish to seek admission. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award of the Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some Government Organisations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist.

As per the directives of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Govt, of India, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to postgraduate programmes with Scholarship/ Assistantship. The GATE score obtained by the candidate will be considered for admission. If the candidate is to be selected through interview for postgraduate programmes, not less than 70% weightage is to be given for the GATE score and the remaining up to 30% to the marks obtained by the candidate in his/her qualifying examination or interview.

Candidates opting for a general paper (XE or XL) should be further examined (by interview/written test) by the admitting institute. In such cases also the weightage for GATE score should not be less than 70%. Minimum passing percentage of marks in the interview will be prescribed by the admitting institute.

While qualifying in GATE is essential for all candidates seeking admission to postgraduate programmes with Scholarship/Assistantship, the management of the postgraduate Scholarship/Assistantship is the responsibility of the admitting institution. GATE Committee has no role in the award or disbursement of Scholarship/Assistantship. Similarly, reservation of seats under different categories is as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting institution and the GATE Committee has no role in this regard.

According to MHRD rules the award of postgraduate Scholarship/Assistantship to GATE qualified candidates is for a maximum period of 24 months for Master's degree programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy and Science (M.Tech.).

Every qualified candidate will receive an original GATE Score Card valid for two years. Additional Score Cards, up to a maximum of two, will be issued on request and on payment of Rs 250/- per card. Such requests should reach the Organising Chairman, GATE office, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi 110016 together with a Bank Draft in favour of IIT Delhi, payable at New Delhi. These cards will be labelled as additional score card -1 and additional score card - 2 at the top. However, if the candidate changes his/her admitting institution, he/she is required to clarify the matters related to his/her admission and Scholarship/Assistantship with the institution.

At present, students in the Integrated Master's Degree and Dual Degree programmes in Engineering Technology are eligible to appear in GATE in order to qualify for the postgraduate scholarship in their own institutions only. They are not eligible for admission to a fresh M.E/M.Tech. programme.


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