Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to PwD and Dyslexic Candidates


01. What are the details of the guidelines that will be followed about PwD candidates writing GATE 2019 examination?
GATE 2019 will follow the guidelines as mentioned in the government regulations. Please refer to:
1) http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/content/en/docs/omguide.pdf
2) http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/content/en/docs/CCDLetters.pdf
3) Guidelines for conducting written examination for Persons with Disabilities issued vide O.M. NO.F.No. 16-110/2003-DD.III,Dated: 26th February, 2013
4) "Guidelines for persons with Benchmark Disabilities" issued vide O.M. No. 34-02/2015-DD-III dated 29.08.2018.

02. Will the facility of scribe and/or compensatory (extra) time be given to all PwD candidates?
Please refer to http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/content/en/docs/CCDLetters.pdf (in particular to the fifth page of the document) for the clarification issued by CCPD on 18.03.2013. “The facility of scribe is meant for only those PwD candidates who have physical limitation to visualize / write including that of speed. The scribe will be provided by the GATE authorities. The compensatory (extra) time would be applicable only to such candidates.”
The assistance that the Scribe can render to the candidate consists of ONLY reading the instructions and test paper displayed on the computer screen verbatim and in mouse-clicks, if the candidate is not able to do so.
  1. The Scribe shall not translate/interpret/emphasize the Test Paper Contents to the Candidate.
  2. The Scribe can either be arranged by the candidate or provided by GATE.
  3. The Scribe should not be a candidate for a test paper in GATE 2019. According to the GoI (Government of India) guidelines, in case the candidate wants to bring his/her Scribe, then the qualification of the Scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. In case, the candidate requests for arranging a Scribe assistance from GATE, then the qualification of the Scribe will not be more than the minimum eligibility criteria of GATE. However, the qualification of the Scribe will be matriculation or above.
  4. Both the candidate and Scribe need to sign a declaration form.
  5. Candidates are permitted to visit the Exam Centre a day before the examination to see and get familiarized with the arrangements.


03. If I arrange my own Scribe to assist me during the GATE 2019 examination, then what should be the maximum qualification of the Scribe?

Based on the Clause VI of the guidelines (O.M. No. 34-02/2015-DD-III dated 29.08.2018), if the candidate is allowed to bring his own scribe, the qualification of the scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. The term 'qualification' even in its ordinary meaning denotes an official completion of some course and which confers some status. A person cannot be deemed to possess a qualification unless he/she completes it. In other words, being a student of a course, in whichever year that may be, does not confer any status on the student, unless the student qualifies, by completing the course.

By way of example, let us assume that the candidate A is a person who has completed 12th standard, then is pursuing B.Tech course and is in the the 4th/Final year. On the date of the examination, the candidate A’s qualification is only 12th standard. So one step below qualification would be 10th Standard/ matriculation (highest qualification), as 11th standard does not create any legal status.

Candidate B, possesses a B.Sc Degree (completed) and is presently pursuing final year of B.Tech. or M.Sc. program, then one step below qualification would be 12th Standard and Candidate B can have a scribe who is 12th Standard qualified (highest qualification), which could then include B.Tech./B.Sc. students.



04. Will there be a “magnified question paper” for visually challenged PwD candidates?
YES. Once you reach the examination hall, please contact the GATE Institute Representative through the invigilator in your examination hall and he/she will do the needful.

05. Will the facility of scribe and/or compensatory (extra) time be given to dyslexic candidates?
Yes, dyslexic candidates can avail the services of scribe, provided such candidates submit a proper dyslexic certificate issued by the competent authorities. The compensatory (extra) time would be applicable only to such dyslexic candidates availing the scribe facility.
The assistance that the Scribe can render to the candidate consists of ONLY reading the instructions and test paper displayed on the computer screen verbatim and in mouse-clicks, if the candidate is not able to do so.
  1. The Scribe shall not translate/interpret/emphasize the Test Paper Contents to the Candidate.
  2. The Scribe can either be arranged by the candidate or provided by GATE.
  3. The Scribe should not be a candidate for a test paper in GATE 2019. According to the GoI guidelines, in case the candidate wants to bring his/her Scribe, then the qualification of the Scribe should be one step below the qualification of the candidate taking the examination. In case, the candidate requests for arranging a Scribe assistance from GATE, then the qualification of the Scribe will not be more than the minimum eligibility criteria of GATE. However, the qualification of the Scribe will be matriculation or above.
  4. Both the candidate and Scribe need to sign a declaration form.
  5. Candidates are permitted to visit the Exam Centre a day before the examination to see and get familiarized with the arrangements.


06. I have some other learning disabilities similar to Dyslexia, such as Dyspraxia / Dyscalculia / Dysgraphia. In such case, how shall I indicate in the application form?
Please select the button with "Candidate with Dyslexia / similar learning disabilities".

07. I have some other learning disabilities similar to Dyslexia, such as Dyspraxia / Dyscalculia / Dysgraphia. In such case, can I avail the services of a scribe?.
To avail the services of a scribe, the candidate with dyslexia / similar learning disabilities should attach a proper dyslexic certificate issued by any Dyslexia Association (refer to Appendix C, for Authorities Empowered to Issue certificate concerning Dyslexic / similar learning disabilities).

08. Whether GATE can provide any assistive devices for PwD candidates?
Assistive Devices: PwD candidates, if required can use assistive devices like Abacus, Braille slate, Wheel chair etc. PwD candidates desiring to make use of these devices have to arrange them, on their own and bring along with them, to the examination. GATE is not in a position to provide any of these assistive devices. However, since GATE 2019 is a Computer Based Test, candidate will be given an option to view the content on the computer screen in a magnified font.
Candidates are permitted to visit the Exam Centre a day before the examination to see and get familiarized with the arrangements.