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What are the closing ranks in different branches of EC for M.Tech and also for PSUs?

As GATE-2017 is approaching nearer, the candidates are naturally curious about how much they have to score to get into their favorite institutions and PSUs. The closing or cutoff ranks may vary from year to year but usually by a narrow margin. Hence having a rough idea about these always help you understand how much tough it is to realize your dream and what the most preferred ones are for the candidates are.

Coming to IISc, it was once again the most sought after institute among the students for 2016. IISc have several disciplines among which Microelectronics, Signal processing, Communication, Electronic systems engineering (ESE) are the famous ones in terms of faculty, research and placement. All the above mentioned branches except for ESE offer direct admission offer. The closing ranks were not published officially but from trusted sources it is known that the closing ranks were around 20 for microelectronics, around 110 for communication, around 130 for signal processing. For getting ESE, candidates need to undergo interview and this year cutoff gatescore for interview call was 750 for both EC and EE (850 for CS).

Another premier institute IIT Bombay was also of high demand. They offer two year (TA) as well as three year (RA) M.Tech program.  TA program offers direct admission based on gatescore whereas RA program admits on the basis of gatescore and interview performance. For microelectronics, the closing rank was 59 this year, followed by 85 and 130 for Electronics Systems (ES) and communication respectively in case of TA. For RA, the closing ranks go far beyond those of TA.

In IIT Delhi, there is no scope for direct admission for EC. The cutoff scores (out of 1000) for interview call were 800 for Integrated Electronics and Circuits, 770 for Communication and 750 for control. For IIT Madras, the closing rank for microelectronics and VLSI was around 80 and for Kharagpur it is quite further from that.

Now another side of GATE is PSU job offers. Usually the PSUs give 85% weightage to gatescore (out of 100) and 15% weightage on interview and GD/GT. IOCL, PGCIL, NTPC etc follow this rule. For BHEL and DRDO, the weightage is 80-20 (no GD/GT) and for ONGC there are 60% weightage on gatescore, 25% on qualification and 15% on interview. But each stage usually has minimum qualifying marks, for example qualifying marks in IOCL for GD/GD and interview was 40% and for DRDO cutoff marks was 60% for interview.  BARC gives interview call based on gatescore but gatescore is not taken into account after you get an interview call. In HPCL and GAIL, the rule is not clearly declared but probably they give nearly equal weightage on both gatescore and interview. This year, cutoff score for IOCL in EC was 54.01/100. For HPCL, the cutoff was a bit higher (63.18) because of less number of vacancies. For NTPC also, cut off rank was around 140. ONGC, PGCIL, GAIL and BHEL have few vacancies for EC and hence cut off score was very high; around 900/1000. This year, BARC published cutoff score for EC as 789/1000 while for DRDO it was 839/1000. ISRO conducts separate examination for recruitment. The written test is qualifying and once you get interview call, you will be judged only by your interview marks.

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