(GATE) The Graduate Aptitude Test in Enginering

GATE is an All-India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) on behalf of the National Coordinating Board- GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


The objective of GATE is to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission in Postgraduate Programmes in Engineering at the national level. Some Engineering Colleges/Institutes specify GATE as a mandatory qualification for admission for Postgraduate Programmes. For doing M.Tech. and Ph.D programme from IIT, IISc. and other reputed institutes one should have GATE score. The GATE qualified students are given their all India Rank (also percentile). On the basis of this score one has to apply to the institutes.


The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE
  • Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE(I), AMICE(I) by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India)-ICE(I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.


The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, as explained in Question Paper Pattern.


GATE score is valid for TWO YEARS from the date of announcement of the GATE results.


After publication of GATE results, students are eligible to apply to individual Institutes for admission. Admission in the Institute is based on GATE percentile.
Results of qualified candidates in GATE will give All India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99 means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared. Candidates who get less than 70 percentile get no score card.
During the pursuit of M.Tech/Ph.D one is paid a scholarship of Rs. 5000 per month by the Government of India. This amount is enough for living expenses including purchase of books etc. the scholarship is paid for the entire period of M.Tech/Ph.D.



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