About GATE Exam

What is GATE


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

What is scope of GATE


Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor"s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy or Master"s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science.


  1. Some private institutions specify GATE as the Mandatory  Qualification even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes


  1. GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior  Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. 


  1. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist / Engineer


  1. Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) consider the GATE  score for admissions to their prestigious fellowship program  (Ph.D in  management)


  1. Some universities of high repute ( top 100 globally)  ,abroad, also consider the GATE score for admissions to their post graduation/M.S programs 


  1. GATE score is required for admissions to the highly acclaimed Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering (PGDIE) offered by National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)

What is Eligibility for GATE?


The following categories of candidates ONLY are eligible to appear for GATE:


a) Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.


b) Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.


c) Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programmes.

d) Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.


e) Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.


f) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institute of Engineers (India); AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers (India)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible. 

What is the Date and Time of GATE Exam?


GATE is usually held on the second Sunday of February every year. Candidates will be required to appear in a single paper of three hours duration. The examination will be held on second Sunday of February from 0930 to 1230 hrs.

How to apply for GATE


candidates have to apply ONLINE through gate site.

What is pattern of question Paper?


 GATE 2013 would contain questions of four different types in various papers:

(i) Multiple choice questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each; Each of  the multiple choice objective questions in all papers and sections will contain four answers,  of which one correct answer is to be marked.

(ii) Common data questions (which are also multiple choice questions), where two successive questions use the same set of input data;

(iii) Linked answer questions (which are also multiple choice questions), where the answer to the first question in the pair is required to answer its successor

(iv) Numerical answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen.


How papers are evaluated in GATE Exam

From 2013, the GATE score will be computed by a new formula.

When result for gate exam is declared ?


Generally it is declared in month of March 

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