The qualifying marks for various categories have been explicitly announced for the first time in GATE 2010. This would enable one to get an idea as to where one stands vis-à-vis one's competitors.
All the IITs and IISc have various programmes across numerous departments with each having a different cut-off. For instance, an ME (Master's in Engineering) course at IISc, with a process of direct admission, would require you to have an AIR of less than 40 whereas you could expect an interview call for an MTech or MS (Master's in Science) programmes even with a rank of 600.
Qualifying marks (of 100)
General category for some papers: ECE – 25, CSE – 25, EE – 25.20, ME – 25, IN – 25, Civil – 25.01 and Chemical – 25.41.
OBC categories: 9/10th of the General category qualifying score and for SC/ ST/ PD categories is 2/3rd of the General category qualifying score.