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To answer the question, that where will you get admission based on a particular rank, score, percentile or marks, first we have to understand the meaning of these words. These words are directly dependent on your performance in the GATE Exam, the better your performance, the better will be your Marks, Rank, Score and Percentile. You should aim to get a 870+ GATE Score and a rank of less than 100, ie single or double digit rank, to get admission in the institute of your choice.

percent minGate Marks

Calculated in the same way as marks of any other exam is calculated. In case of GATE you are given +1 or +2 for every correct answer, - 1/3 or -2/3 on every wrong answer and 0 marks for no attempt. (Marking  depends on type of questions and maximum marks of the question). Gate marks are calculated out of 100 and it may even be negative if you have wrongly answered most of the questions.

Gate Rank

GATE Rank also called as AIR or All India Rank tells how far are you from top in a particular year and in a particular subject. Every GATE Qualified Candidate is given a GATE Rank. Its an integer number which tells your position in the exam and paper for the year in which you have given the exam. Example AIR-30 in CS-15 means you are at the 30th position from top in Computer Science GATE Exam conducted in year 2015.

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GATE Score

GATE score is calculated out of 1000, unlike marks which are out of 100. It is calculated using a formula which can be found on organizing institute's website. In fact, this is the most important term used for admission and in declaring cut off s for call for Interview/Test and admission.

GATE Percentile

It is the percentage of people behind you (as per rank) in gate exam. The lower your rank is, higher will be the percentile. Toppers percentile is 100 and last rank holders percentile is 0.


Continue Reading to next page for knowing the impact of GATE Score on admission and how to calculate GATE Percentile and most important, to know In which institute will you get admission on a particular GATE Rank / Score?


The GATE Score Impact on Admission

simply tells the level of your intelligence, A topper of GATE in a particular subject and in a particular will always get 1000 marks no matter he scores 10 marks or 100 marks out of 100. He is the most intelligent person who appeared in the exam. You can use GATE Score to compare your level with students of other streams also like Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Computer Science etc. You can also use it to compare yourself with students of past years. Because with same GATE Score a person can apply for 2 years for admission and some courses are for students from different papers of GATE, The Admission committee uses GATE Score to select toppers for admission and not marks. If admission are to be given only for current year students with only 1 exam paper like CS then marks alone can be used. As an example consider the fact that a student named A got 70/100 marks in GATE CS 2015 along with a score of 900 and consider another student named B who has got 50/100 marks in GATE CS 2014 but this student is also the topper with a GATE Score of 1000. B will be given first preference for admission ignoring the fact that he got 20 marks less than A because it will be considered that GATE CS 2014 was tough as compared to GATE CS 2015 and B being the topper of GATE CS 2014 is more intelligent than A.

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Calculating The GATE Percentile

The simple formula to calculate the GATE Percentile is as follows:

((Total No of Students appeared in your subject- Your Rank)/(Total No of students-1))*100

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Suppose 200000 people appeared in the exam

Example 1 Your rank is 100
Percentile = ((200000-100)/(200000-1))*100 = 99.95%

Example 2 Your rank is 1
Percentile = ((200000-1)/(200000-1))*100 = 100%

Example 3 Your rank is 200000
Percentile = ((200000-200000)/(200000-1))*100 = 0%

A percentile of 99.99 is considered good for getting direct admission in IIT.

Continue Reading to know In which institute will you get admission on a particular GATE Rank / Score?



If you are a single digit rank holder, Congratulations. The ball is in your court, all IITs and IISc have kept their GATE open for you. Apply to the one where you like to get admission and pack your bags for your new life.

If you are a double digit rank holder, Congratulations to you too. The ball is in your court but you may not hit it in the way you want, some IITs have kept their GATE open for you. Apply to your top 3-4 preferences and surely you will get admission in any one of them. If your rank is close to 10, you will get your first preference for sure. but if your rank is close to 99 then it all depends on the seat availability and the preference of the 98 students who have secured a lesser rank than you. But you will get a seat in one of the IIT for sure.

If you are a triple digit rank holder then you are eligible for IIT and NIT, depending on how close is your rank from 100. You have missed a golden chance by a bit. But no worries you still have some options left like

  1. IITs which are at the end of preference list of students.
  2. Second or third admission list of top IITs.
  3. Appearing in an interview for admission.
  4. Getting admission into a 3 year M.Tech program or MS / Direct PhD.
  5. Going for Interdisciplinary courses.

By the way, this is for general category applicants only. Reserved Category applicants may even get admission in IITs with a 4 digit rank, if of course their rank is close to 1000.

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Now, lets try to answer the toughest question of where will you get admission on a particular rank / score. There is no tabular chart for this indicating that if your rank is between 10-40 you will get IITB, 40-70 then IITD and so on. There are a number of things which effect your admission like:

  1. Your GATE Score.
  2. Your Preference list of institutes / IITs.
  3. Seat availability in various IITs.
  4. Preference list of students who have a higher score than you.
  5. Number of students who upgraded their institute to an IIT which was on top of their preference list.
  6. Number of students who want to take admission based on previous year's GATE Score (Higher than you).
  7. Number of students interested in your particular course and having a higher GATE Score than you.
  8. Course availability at IIT, Not all engineering branches are available in every IIT.
  9. Number of students who gave GATE for PSU and got a higher score than you.
  10. Number of students with higher GATE score than yours who have decided to go abroad for studies.

Continue Reading to know In which institute will you get admission by a Case Study.


Case study: Consider Mr. A got a rank 71 and a score of 820 and he is interested in joining M.Tech in CSE. After the declaration of results he will apply in all the IITs where he is interested to join, independently. We will ignore all students who have got a score of 819 and less, as they will not have any impact on the admission of Mr. A. Out of all 70 students having higher score than Mr A, only those who are interested to join M.Tech CSE in India will influence the admission of Mr. A. Do remember that some may even apply from previous year GATE Scores. Now take an institute say IITB. IITB will receive thousands of applications along with your application, After filtering and sorting out the applications It will release the list of say top 40 students based on GATE Score, who will get admission in its M.Tech program. Same way IITD will also release the list. But most of the names will be common in both lists so some of them will drop one of the institute and will join the other. The institute with vacant seats remaining will publish a second list from among the toppers who have applied in it. If your name is in that list then you will get the admission. So you may understand that once your rank gets higher than 30 it becomes hard to accurately predict the institute where you will get admission. But we suggest you to apply in all the institutes where you are willing to take admission. i.e all the institutes of your preference list. Then keep on waiting for the list to get published and take the decision accordingly of upgrading the institute or joining some other branch or course.

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AuthorVikram Singh: Vikram Singh    Webpage


About me: I am a PhD scholar at Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. I like to write about different topics which are related to Academics, Computer Science and Technology. I would love to resolve your queries, regarding this article. Please leave your questions / suggestions in the comments section below. I will reply to them as soon as possible.




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