In GATE 2012, several new features were introduced. The application process was online with an online fee payment option and downloadable admit cards. The sale of offline applications and mailing the hardcopy admit cards have been discontinued. For the first time, the images of the Optical Response Sheet (ORS) were made available on the GATE websites along with the responses picked up by the scanner so that the candidates could cross-check and make a request for rechecking the ORS if there were any discrepancies.
The three hour test in 21 papers was conducted in 860 centers and 170 cities/towns across
the country on two days: the computer based online exam in six papers on 29th January
2012 and the offline exam in the remaining fifteen papers on 12th February 2012. A total of
7,77,134 candidates registered for GATE 2012 and 6,86,614 candidates appeared for the
exam. Nearly 81% of the total number of candidates who appeared for GATE 2012 were
from four papers: Electronics and Communication Engineering (1,76,944), Computer
Science and Information Technology (1,56,780), Mechanical Engineering (1,12,320) and
Electrical Engineering (1,10,125).
The total number of candidates qualified in GATE 2012 is 1,08,526. This year, 30,294 OBC
candidates qualified in the test, while 23,765 SC/ST and 447 physically challenged
candidates qualified. Out of 1,85,198 female candidates who appeared in GATE 2012,
22,896 candidates qualified.
The IIT Delhi zone topped among the other zones with 18,927 candidates figuring in the list
of qualified candidates, followed by IIT Madras (17,343), IIT Kharagpur (15,735), IISc
Bangalore (14,379), IIT Kanpur (12,469), IIT Roorkee (12,328), IIT Bombay (12,287), and
IIT Guwahati (5,058).
The candidates need to apply separately to each of the IITs and IISc to seek admission.
Prof.M. Jagadesh Kumar,
Organizing Chairman, GATE 2012,
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.