GATE Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Registration, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Cut Off, etc

About GATE Exam: The acronym GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. The GATE Exam was collectively conducted India wide by the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) and seven Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs at Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Kanpur, Roorkee, Kharagpur and Guwahati) under the assistance of national coordination board-GATE, ministry of human resources development, department of higher education and government of India.

The process related to Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam in each of eight zones all over India are handled by a GATE zonal officer at the IISc and IITs. The organising institute is in authority for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering institutes.

The GATE is an all India examination which generally tests the comprehensive understanding of the students in various under graduate subjects in technology, architecture, engineering, and post-graduate levels in science. The message in this article is mainly focused on Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam eligibility, pattern, registration and benefits.

GATE Eligibility Criteria

There is no age limit for GATE Exam. The following candidates are eligible for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam:

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture (5-year course) and students who are pursuing their final year.
  • Bachelor’s degree in science (4-year program) and students in final year of this course.
  • Bachelor’s degree in technology/engineering(four years after 10+2 or 3year diploma in engineering/technology)
  • Post –BSc integrated master’s degree programs in engineering/technology (5-year course) students currently in 2nd, 3rd, 4th year or already completed.
  • Integrated or 5-year integrated M.S program candidates currently final year or completed.
  • Master’s degree in any branch of computer applications, statistics, mathematics, science or equivalent students pursuing their final year or already completed.
  • Integrated master’s degree/Dual degree program in engineering/technology (5-year course) candidates in 4th, 5th year or already completed.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.Tech/B.E who have completed section A of AIME or equivalent of such professionals are eligible.

GATE Exam Pattern

The GATE exam is conducted online (computer based test). The paper consists of 65 questions for total marks 100.The duration for GATE exam is 3hours.There are two question types in this exam they are multiple choice questions(MCQs) and numerical answer questions. The multiple choice questions consist of four options in which you have to choose one right option. The MCQs carries 1 or 2 marks. The numerical answer question does not contain options we have to write the answer in real numbers using a mouse or virtual keypad. In numerical answer questions, some questions carry 1 or 2 marks. There is a negative marking for GATE exam. The negative marking is applicable to only MCQs. The 1mark MCQs 1/3rd marks are deducted for wrong answering and for 2marks MCQs 2/3rd marks is deducted for the wrong answer.

Out of 65 questions in GATE paper, 55 questions are related to engineering mathematics and respective engineering branch and the remaining 10questions consists of general aptitude questions.

GATE Registration and Fees

To register for GATE exam follow these steps:

  • Read the GATE notification from the official website
  • Get the application form from the site and fill the basic details such as applicant name, address, mobile number, e-mail id.
  • Upload the photograph and required documents.
  • Finally, pay the fees for the exam which you have to pay online. If the fees are not paid before the last date your application will be rejected.

Fee Structure

The fee structure for GATE application is based on category.

  • For male candidates (general/OBC) and for others fees are Rs.1500.
  • For women (all categories) and SC, ST, PWD fees are Rs.750.
  • For international students –Dubai and Singapore fees are US$ 100
  • For international students from countries like Kathmandu, Colombo, Ethiopia and Dhaka fees are US$ 50.

Note: fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Benefits of GATE

  • A good GATE Rank avails a candidate to get a good job.
  • There is an opportunity to get an award of a junior research fellowship in CSIR laboratories by qualifying the GATE exam.
  • A good GATE score is used to get admissions in IITs and renowned universities.
  • Can improve your technical skills which will be helpful for campus placements.
  • Helps in better preparation for B.Tech semesters.
  • Students who qualified in GATE are given a stipend of Rs.8000 per month during their M.Tech course in some colleges.
  • There is an opportunity of grasping a job in public sectors like NTPC, BHEL, Indian Oil Corporation, Bhabha atomic research center by your GATE score.

GATE Exam Reference Books

There are a lot of books which are used to get a good score in GATE exam. The books are different for different engineering branches.

For Electronics Engineering

  • Network analysis by Van Valken Burg
  • Digital design by M.Morris Mano
  • Antenna and wave propagation by K.D.Prasad
  • Automatic control systems by B.C.Kuo
  • Power systems by V.K. Mehta
  • Microprocessors and its applications by Goankar

For Computer Science and IT

  • Calculus by A.Maron
  • Computer network by Tennenbaum
  • Database systems by Navathe, korth
  • Programming languages by Pratt and zelkewitz
  • OS concepts by Galvin
  • Computer hardware by morris mano

For Mechanical Engineering

  • Strength of materials by B.C.Punamia
  • Operations research by Kanti swarup
  • Matrices by AR Vashistha
  • Numerical methods by SS.SAsthry

For Civil Engineering

  • Strengths of materials and unsolved problems by L Singer
  • C.C. design by AK Jain
  • Hydrology by K.Subramanya
  • Linear algebra by Erwin kreyszig

For Electrical Engineering

  • Microprocessors for programming examples by B.Ram
  • Power systems by A. Hussain
  • Electrical circuits by Chakrabarthy
  • Signal and system by Willsky


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