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About 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 Coordinating Board – GATE,Department of Education,Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD),Government of India.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.

GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist / Engineer.

Eligibility Criteria

The following categories of applicants are qualified to appear for GATE:

Important Dates

Test Pattern

The GATE test duration is 3 hours. There are 65 questions with a maximum of 100 marks. Objective type questions are included in the GATE test. In the AE and TF papers, there are 60 multiple type questions. Four alternatives will be there. Numerical questions have a number as the answer.

Geophysics, Fiber Engineering, Aerospace and Mining papers can be answered through online. Some other papers with the same pattern are Geology and Textile. Candidates can mark right alternative by darkening the bubbles for all other papers. Numerical questions do not have negative marking. All other papers follow negative marking. There is General Aptitude part that carries 15 marks. Applicants can select any one paper from the list of 21.


General Aptitude

Aerospace Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Civil Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Computer Science and Information Technology


Electronics and Communication Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Geology and Geophysics

Instrumentation Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering


Production and Industrial Engineering

Textile Engineering and Fiber Science

List of GATE centers

Online Examination Cities

List of cities where the GATE shall be conducted and their codes

Offline Examination Cities

List of cities where the GATE shall be conducted and their codes

Colleges Accepting the GATE Score

Central India

West India

South India

North India

East India


The GATE test examines candidates on their fundamentals. There are mainly derivation questions. The aspirants must get their fundamentals correct, and then test on the fundamentals. The aspirants can choose best coaching material. They can ask their seniors as what they used to clear the GATE exam. Here are some constraints on which aspirant can choose whether he/she should go for a particular coaching center, use a particular coaching material, or tests:

Coaching Centers for GATE

Courtesy : Gate website