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GATE Exam – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE is an exam conducted by jointly Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies (i.e.  Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras) and Mumbai (Bombay) for primarily test comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science for admission into the Masters Program and Job in Public Sector Companies. GATE is also recognized by various institutes outside of India, such as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Eligibility for GATE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (3 years after 10+2/ 10+2+3 (ongoing) / 01+2+4 (ongoing) / Post B.Sc. / Post Diploma)
    • Final year of such programs candidates are also eligible
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or Equivalent
    • Final year of such programs candidates are also eligible
  • Candidates in the 2nd or higher year of Four-year integrated master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology.
  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year integrated master’s degree programs or dual degree programs in Engineering / Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UGC / AICTE, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India), AMIETE by IETE (India) as equivalent to B.E. / B. Tech.
  • A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.

GATE Exam Pattern

  • Examination Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT)
  • Total time: 03 hours
  • Total subjects / Papers: 29
  • Sections: General Aptitude (GA) + Selected subject
  • Type of questions: (a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) (b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
  • Total questions: 65 (10 questions will be from General Aptitude (Verbal & Numerical ability) + 55 questions will be technical based on the paper chosen)
  • Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL = General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
  • Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL: General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
  • Negative marking: 1/3rd of original marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

GATE Exam Papers

GATE Subject NameCode
Aerospace EngineeringAE
Agricultural EngineeringAG
Architecture and PlanningAR
Civil EngineeringCE
Chemical EngineeringCH
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS
Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC
Electrical EngineeringEE
Environmental Science and EngineeringES
Ecology and EvolutionEY
Geology and GeophysicsGG
Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringNM
Instrumentation EngineeringIN
Mechanical EngineeringME
Mining EngineeringMN
Metallurgical EngineeringMT
Petroleum EngineeringPE
Production and Industrial EngineeringPI
Textile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Engineering SciencesXE*
Life SciencesXL**
Humanities and Social SciencesXH***
Geomatics EngineeringGE

GATE Exam Fee

Gender / CategoryRegular periodExtended Period
(with Late Fee)
Female / ST / SC / PwD CandidatesRs. 750Rs. 1,250
All other candidatesRs. 1,500Rs. 2,000

Previous Years Papers for GATE Exam

GATE PaperCodeGATE PaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAEInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Agricultural EngineeringAGMathematicsMA
Architecture and Planning (New Pattern)ARMechanical EngineeringME
Biomedical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
BiotechnologyBTMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCENaval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper)NM
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECStatisticsST
Electrical EngineeringEETextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Environmental Science & EngineeringESEngineering SciencesXE
Ecology and EvolutionEYHumanities & Social SciencesXH
Geomatics Engineering (New Paper)GELife SciencesXL
Geology and GeophysicsGG

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for GATE Exam?

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (3 years after 10+2/ 10+2+3 (ongoing) / 01+2+4 (ongoing) / Post B.Sc. / Post Diploma (final year candidates are also eligible)

What is GATE exam useful for?

GATE exam is very important entrance exam to get admission into the M. Tech Programs and many PSU recruitments are also done on the basis of GATE Exam Marks.

How many years GATE score is valid?

GATE exam score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of GATE result .

What is the salary of GATE Topper?

Approximately salary of GATE Topper is 8 lakhs to 30 lakhs per year (it may vary on bases of job).

What is GATE Exam Syllabus?

GATE exam contains total 29 subjects including Aerospace, Agriculture, Biomedical etc… View detailed syllabus for all subjects in syllabus section.

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