GATE Examination : How to Apply

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

                                       Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Exam is an all India entrance exam conducted for various under graduate subjects in engineering/technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in science Students for understanding their comprehensive and learning skills. A Student with a valid gate score can seek admission for their post-graduate programs such as ME, MTech and direct Ph.D.  GATE is considered to be standard examination conducted not only for post graduate admission but also to open the gates for various opportunities in government and private sectors. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. Graduates and post graduates can update their gate score, by appearing for exam and this score is also used by the private and public sectors to get employed within India.

                          GATE is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones (IIT Banglore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahti, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee). A candidate can be admitted to post graduate course based on their performance in GATE examination held in the respective year and also an admission test/interview conducted by the instituition department to which they are seeking admission. If a candidate is to be selected through test/interview for PG programs, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to performance in GATE and the remaining 30% is considered for their performance in test/interview. Some of the institution does not conduct additional interview/test rather than they purely depend only on GATE score as per guidelines. Candidates on qualifying gate, get a financial aid of 8000/- per month in the form of UGC scholarship

GATE qualification also enables fee concession for candidates who seeks admission their respective PG Programs and Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. 


Since a candidate is allowed to appear in only one of the 23 papers for which GATE examination is being held. The candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully. All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper. The question paper changes depending upon the section time of exam, either it could be morning section or afternoon section.

Various GATE exam papers and codes are:

Aerospace Engineering
Geology and Geophysics
Agricultural Engineering
Instrumentation Engineering
Architecture and planning
Life Science
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Computer Science & Information Technology
Metallurgical Engineering
Electronics and communication Engineering
Production and industrial Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Textile Engineering& Fibre Science
Engineering Science
Ecology and Evolution
Petroleum Engineering

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions. One section of the GATE exam that can easily dip candidates score is the General Aptitude section.

There are no negative marks for numerical type questions. For each wrong choice made by the student either 1/3rd or 2/3rd of the original marks carrying by that question will be considered as negative mark.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).Calculators are not permitted in the exam hall and if it’s necessary they can use virtual calculator provided in the computer screen. While answering for questions, a candidate can go randomly to any question directly by clicking on the question number provided in the right side of the computer screen. Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

In order to attain maximum score, the candidate must be always aware for not to making negative marks in each section of the question paper. All the numerical questions can be answered without to worry, because it does not reduce candidates overall score in the final results of the gate exam.

The qualifying mark varies depending upon the subject they have been chosen for exam and also based on the category of students (General, SC /ST /PwD, OBC). The score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the results. The score cards are issued only to qualified candidates. During the time of admission, candidate need to present their score cards.

Candidate can login to website, through the link: apply for GATE

New registration for candidates will open October of every year. So that the candidate can fill up their application and can pay their respective fees. There is fee concession for SC/ ST candidates. Male candidate has to pay Rs.1500/- as fee through net banking and for female candidates fee Rs.750/-. After completing registration, the hall ticket can be downloaded from their respective user’s accounts by logging with the details, which have been provided by them at the time of registration. The answer keys for each set will be published shortly the examination gets over. So that candidate can check their gate score by logging into their accounts. The syllabus for gate exam will be available from the website.

If any of the information provided by the candidate at the time of registration is not correct, then the candidate will be removed from the rank list of GATE exam in the respective year.

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