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Frequently Asked Questions

iPATE Certification

GATE, has been a successful benchmark to assess academic knowledge base of engineering students, which helps them to explore higher studies and to get jobs for PSUs in India.

There is no benchmark exists in India to assess the Industrial aptitude & proficiency of engineering graduates. Also no mechanism for the passing out students to be prepared in line with desired industrial skill-sets and become industry-ready.

CII iPATE caters the need of Indian Industry by identifying technical talent on PAN India basis.
NO, iPATE Exam is not compulsory. Candidates may appear for iPATE to get recognition, better visibility to Industries and get better job opportunities.
The iPATE score is valid for 3 years.
NO, Engineers at any age are eligible for iPATE Exam.
iPATE is not a placement service, it's an Exam conducted by CII on behalf of Indian industries to recruit Technical talent.

LIVE database of successful Candidates will be shared with Indian  industries to recruit based upon Grades, Scores and Ranking.
See CII website which carries the announcement on iPATE. This announcement is linked to ipate website This should be proof enough about the authenticity of this exam for you. If this thing had been fake, then an organization of the repute and stature of CII would not have posted iPATE banner on its website. In case you are not aware about CII, then please be informed that the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is a 125-year old organization. It is the oldest and the largest conglomeration of companies in India with more than 9000 members, 68 offices in the country and 11 offices overseas. CII has been working closely with the Government of India in nation-building.
There will be no direct recruitment that iPATE can claim or commit. Companies will use the iPATE database of certified candidates to shortlist them as per their requirement. Human resource heads of companies will follow their own processes after shortlisting of candidates from the iPATE list, including conducting interviews or group discussions, whatever the case may be.
There is no ranking system till now in iPATE. Please input the valid details to the certification page to know your result.
Check your Resume, whether it is having insufficient information in any Section, put all the mandatory details over there and make it look attractive.Your merit list and resume link will be sent to the company from our end, once your profile will get shortlisted you'll receive the calls or email from the companies.Please do check your email in regular basis and do receive call.
No,till now it is not possible to know the name of the selected or shortlisted candidates.
The shortlisted candidate will be contacted by the companies either through call or E-Mail.
The Resume link will be send to the companies. Therefore the companies can access the updated resume.
When the results are out, the database of successful candidates with their scores, i.e., all those who get above 30 marks, will be sent to the companies. Companies will shortlist the desired candidates from that list and do further due diligence as per their requirement. The recruitment Status will be updated to our web page.
iPATE is an Examination not a placement service. If you perform really well in the exam then there are high chances that you may get shortlisted by the companies and after that you also have to crack the interview round to get the job.
When the results are out, the database of successful candidates with their scores, i.e., all those who get above 30 marks, will be sent to all 9000 member companies of CII, including PSUs. Companies will shortlist the desired candidates from that list and do further due diligence as per their requirement.
Since, iPATE is an examination not a placement service, the interview will be conducted by the companies not by us. Your profile will be send to the companies from our end, once your profile get shortlisted you'll receive the calls or email from the companies.
CII is India’s premier and one of the largest business associations, having more than 9,100 member companies from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs and an indirect membership of over 3,00,000 enterprises from 291 national and regional sectoral industry bodies.

CII has been conducting various initiatives in creating platform for Academia and Industry to interact, and closely working with AICTE along with premier academic Institutions, through various initiatives at different parts of the country, keep discussing on improving the industry-institute interactions.

Hence, CII iPATE certification will be of great help for the candidates, to be recognized by Indian industries to get suitable job opportunities.
The LIVE database of candidates with Overall and Sectional Scores will be available to Indian Industry, who are in search of technical talent to hire.

iPATE certification will give recognition and visibility to recruiters on PAN India basis.
NO, there is no limitation on the iPATE Exam attempt. A candidate can appear for the iPATE Exam every year.
Being India’s premier and one of the largest business associations, CII is reaching out to mostly private sector companies including MNCs and SMEs on PAN India basis, to facilitate the list of successful candidates, to hire as per need.
NO. There is no quota or reservation. It's an online Exam to identify Technical Talent on PAN India basis and provide the LIVE database to Indian industry to recruit as per need.
YES, experienced candidates may also appear in iPATE Exam. There is no bar of experience. They need to select Disciplines as per their Education / Experience.

However, CII will launch iPATE for experienced Engineers in due time to assess the proficiency as per domains and functional areas.

This will enormously help experienced candidates to switch over and find better job opportunities.
The answer is yes and no. The idea is to help address the problem of companies of sourcing right talent through an easily available list of certified talent. Companies will use the list of iPATE certified candidates to shortlist them for further screening. So, there will be no direct recruitments as such because further due diligence by companies will also happen. But yes, candidates will definitely be able to get direct access to companies by scoring well in this exam.
If the candidate is been shortlisted by the companies he/she will receive a E-Mail or call from that companies.Please do check your email on regular basis and do receive call.
The merit list will be shared with the companies only.
It is given there in our web page. Please follow the given link to know the details
Yes, it is highly possible. As iPATE is not a placement service It is completely depend upon the company to whom they are going to shortlist.
CII is not in a position to say what companies will offer to those they may recruit through this exam. Benefits and pay packages will depend on the overall quality of the candidate.
The IPATE score is valid for 3 years that doesn't means that the recruitment process is over.The profile will be shared to the companies from our end and the companies can shortlist the candidate with in those three years as per their requisite and requirement.

Online Registration

All the final year and pass-out engineers can apply for the exam, Pre-final year students can also apply if there is requirement of the companies to hire those candidate as intern.
YES, the candidate may modify their registration details in the form after the registration has been done except the email address. The candidate will be able to edit their details till the necessary announcement is given.
The candidate is expected to appear in iPATE with appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, he/she can also choose a Discipline in line with the eligibility criteria of Industry in which he/she wishes to seek job.
A candidate can apply for only ONE Discipline. The selection of the appropriate discipline is the responsibility of the candidate.
Candidates are discouraged to fill multiple application forms using one e-mail address.
There is a link to the payment gateway in the online application form. The candidate can opt for any of the payment options listed over there. The additional charges (if any) such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate.
All kind of online payment process is available. i.e Debit card, Online banking, UPI, e-wallet etc.
Any unaccounted or excess money that was received from candidate's account on behalf of iPATE, will automatically be returned (credited) to the same account. However, this may take few days to process.
Candidates can always check the status of transaction from their bank account, wallet, credit or debit card.

In case, the fee amount has been debited (deducted), but has not received any acknowledge email of successful fee payment, then the amount will be credited back to their account, which may take few days.

In such a situation, the candidate may initiate a fresh application and payment without waiting for the money to be credited back to their account. This will ensure the application submission within the deadline.
The authorities have increased the number of centers from the previous time and these centers are decided on the basis of least distance that is needed for traveling for the students as well as we choosing such examination center which have the good infrastructure and appropriate facilities for conducting the examination.
Yes a backlog candidate can apply for the exam as talent is independent of marks, but it is advised to get that backlog cleared before the recruitment process starts for better job opportunities.
The System and Process has been built on AADHAAR, so it's highly required for iPATE Registration. Hence, AADHAAR is the only Identity Proof, candidates need to carry to Exam Centers.

Aspiring candidates, who don't have AADHAAR yet, may get it done in due time, so that they may register for iPATE.
YES, online Registration process is one attempt. Candidates should have all necessary information and attachments readily available before Registration.
The institute nominates their top 10 deserving students for appearing in the iPATE examination. Here the candidates may register under this section without paying any Exam fee, which is separately being taken with the Institute.
Candidates, who have valid AADHAAR and Qualifications as per the Eligibility of iPATE, can apply.
The print-out of the application form is not required to be sent to iPATE Authority. Please keep it for your future reference.
Candidates will receive the acknowledge email with all details. They may check their inbox, time to time.
NO. After completing all the steps upto PDF application form generation in the ONLINE application process, the candidates can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence, candidates need to be very careful while entering the data.
No, the date will be system generated hence the candidate can't choose the exam date
Yes, only postgraduate engineers can apply for the iPATE exam.
Every candidate must provide a photo as well as a signature while filling up the form, for more details please visit

Online Preparation

Please follow the instructions below:
1. Create your ENGGtalks account with YOUR MAIL IDif your account has already been registered, please reset your password and login.
2. Update all relevant information while creating your Profile.
3. Create your Professional Resume here and add all relevant information to make it complete.
4. Enroll for your Learning & UpSkilling programs here, which are available FREE.
NOTE: Both iPATE and ENGGtalks registered Email Ids must be same, so that iPATE Score cards can be mapped with Professional Resume of the qualified candidates, which will be forwarded to Indian Industries as per requisites.
The suggestion of the book will be given to the candidates after registration.
NO. It will be completely online program, which can be done at convenient time from any place.
Mock test will be available tentatively one month before the exam.

To access, Login via and at the top left hand side click on mock test option.The discipline for which you have registered will be there.
As per Timeline, the Candidates, after enrollment will get Self and Group learning opportunities along with recommended Reference Books, Technical Videos, Discussion Forums, Preparatory Mock Tests and Networking with Industry professionals.

These will immensely help candidates to be properly oriented towards iPATE Exam.
There will be preparatory Mock Tests for every Engineering disciplines, covering all subjects.

The simulated Mock Test Environment will help candidates to increase the Speed & Accuracy, build Confidence. The Test papers have been prepared and scientifically validated by Subject Matter Experts. There will be detailed solution for Self Evaluation, to focus on the weak areas.

Candidates will be familiar with the Exam Trends, which may help them to plan iPATE Exam attempt strategy for Max. Output.
It's absolutely FREE of cost. Candidates will get access after Enrollment for iPATE Examination as per Timeline.​
Start preparation with the same study material provided as there is no change in the syllabus and the study material is same as the previous year. There is only a new set of preparatory mock tests available.

Admit Card Generation

The Timeline may please be referred.
Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Examination Center for the verification along with the original AADHAAR (NO photocopy/scanned copy), which was specified during the filling up of the online application.

The Admit Card is valid if and ONLY if the candidate's photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the Admit Card and that in AADHAAR should match with the appearance of the candidate on the day of examination.
NO. The Exam Centers will be preferably located in the States and UTs as listed. The Cities / Towns will however be selected based upon the no of applicants from surrounding areas and the availability of the necessary Technological infrastructure.
No. Hard copy (preferably printed in color) of the Admit Card must be brought to the examination centre along with AADHAAR (not photocopied/ scanned copy), which was specified during the filling up of the online application.

Computer Based Examination

Please refer Information page / Examination Details tab.
There will be overall cut off of 30% for iPATE Exam.

However, no Sectional cut off has been considered.
YES, for a wrong answer, there will be negative marking of 1/2 mark, which will be deducted.
A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.
No. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination.

Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall only after the scheduled end of examination.
Questions are being prepared by diverse groups of experts, from different fields. No single entity will have access to questions at one place. They will all go into a databank of questions from where different sets of questionnaires will be generated for different batches of examinees. Using artificial intelligence, the system will adapt the level of questions to be presented before each examinee. Same will be reflected in the results also. The report card of each candidate will certify the level of difficulty / complexity that s /he was able to handle during the exam.
Because it will be easy for us to track each and every candidate if found cheating or policy violations.
Only Admit Card, AADHAAR Card and a pen is permitted to be taken inside the examination hall.

Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall.

If a candidate brings any of these items, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s own risk.

If the candidate is found to be in possession of these items (even if not using them), he/she will be disqualified and the result will not be declared for the candidate.
NO. During iPATE online examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions.

Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall.
NO. Such arrangements will not be made at the examination center.

If candidates bring personal belongings including mobile phones, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s own risk.

The iPATE authority are not responsible in any way.
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