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GATE Advice to Low Scorers
This thread has been one of the most preferred platforms for GATE Biotechnology Discussions. The thread starts with invaluable suggestions for best utilization of GATE BT Scores. Feel free to post your queries about GATE BT/XL here.

Hi all,

Lately, I have been receiving mails from many of the members of biotechnologyforums (India) to shed some tips on procuring a seat in IITs. Well, I'm sorry for the delay, (was over occupied with my new job), but here I'm!

Note: The main focus of this article is to ensure that all GATE qualified students do apply at other departments as well (apart from their core field of Biotechnology).

As, I said in my Previous Post it's very easy to crack GATE and it's really easy to get a seat too, only if you do it the right way.

Just keep a note of following things if you have cracked GATE:

1. If your GATE score/marks are just touching the cut-off (i.e marginally above the cut-off), apply at:

CTARA (Center for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas) at IIT Bombay and CRDT IIT Delhi (You'll definitely get a call).

2. If you are at 90 percentile (or around 93 percentile): 1st of all apply at NUS! It's much better than IITs! Then, consider applying at :

Department of Pulp and Paper Technology IIT Roorkee
Environmental Engineering IIT Roorkee
Goes without saying for CTARA and CRDT

3. If you are above 95 percentile do apply at:
IIT Guwahati (all departments you are eligible for)
IIT Delhi Chemical Engineering
IIT Madras Biochemical/Biotech (though it varies between 95-97 percentile as cut-off)
IIT Delhi Atmospheric Sc.
IIT Kanpur Environmental
IIT Kharagpur (apply all departments you are eligible for)
Goes without saying for NUS, IIT Roorkee, CTARA and CRDT

4. Above 98 percentile but below 99 percentile you may not get a call from only the following:
IIT Kanpur Biomedical
IIT Bombay Biomedical
IIT Delhi Biochemical

Once you get a call, it's all about being crystal clear of your concepts and confidence during interview (your GATE score matters least there). You can make it or you may mar it, it's all upto "the way you act (during applying for IITs and during interview equally".

Hope it solves some confusions.

Let me know if I can help in some other way(s).


Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC

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Hello sir,
I have B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Bhopal with CGPA 7.95(79.5%).
I have secured 98.86 percentile in Gate 2015.
I wish to apply to NUS for January term next year.
Can u please tell me what are my chances?
Also I am in dilemma whether to go for masters in course work or research.
Do I have equal opportunities of getting jobs in either courses?

Thanks in advance.
Hello Sunil sir,
I have got an AIR 215 in Biotechnology.Can i get IIT Kanpur or IIT Bombay?
Hello sir, can you tell me some good universities in Europe which call students from india on the basis of their GATE score ?
I Have done my Graduation in Biotechnology and have scored 146 rank with 611 Gate score, 2015.
Kindly guide me in this regard.
and I have special interest and orientation towards neurosciences.
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