GATE Exam: 2020 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering [GATE]

GATE - Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering). The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc.

The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the Organizing Institute for GATE 2018.

GATE Exam Date

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Friday 01st September 2018
Last Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) Thursday 05th October 2018
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) Friday 17th November 2018
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing) Friday 05th January 2019
GATE 2018 Examination Saturday 03rd February 2019
Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Sunday 04th February 2019
Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday 10th February 2019
  Sunday 11th February 2019
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Saturday 17th March 2019

GATE Eligibility criteria

GATE 2019 Eligibility Criteria:

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Year of Qualification
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2018
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4 years program) Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed 2020
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/ Technology (5 years program) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2019
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch.) B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: i) must have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 4 years) in Engineering/Technology or; ii) must have completed or are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree (duration: at least 2 years) in any relevant subjects in science.

Note: If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or has already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, the candidate should select the minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.

GATE Application Form & fees

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) An online interface is provided for your interaction with the GATE Office.GATE 2018 application fee payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or e-challan facilities. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred.This charge will be specified on the payment portal.

Fee for GATE Application:

Women candidates  Rs. 750
SC/ST/PwD* category candidates  Rs. 750
All other candidates  Rs. 1,500
GATE International candidates

 US Dollars 50

NOTE: Requests for change of examination city will be accepted till 16th November with a fee of 400/-(four hundred only) to be paid online using GOAPS.

GATE Application Process: 

Candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode ONLY through GOAPS. The photograph, signature, thumb impression, qualifying degree certificate, and category certificate (SC/ST/PWD) wherever applicable, must be uploaded during the online application. Candidates shall be required to enter the specified number in their identification card of any one of Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, valid College ID, Employee identification or and Driving License. The candidates who do not have any of these identity cards, may please get one of these cards issued before application procedure. Please note that no application form is available for sale anywhere. For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID shall be accepted as the recognized identification.

GATE Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Examinations for all the 23 papers (disciplines) will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination.Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.A virtual on screen calculator only shall be used during examination.The candidates shall use ONLY virtual calculator to be provide by GATE.

Codes for the GATE 23 papers:

AE: Aerospace Engineering , AG: Agricultural Engineering , AR: Architecture and Planning , BT: Biotechnology,  CE: Civil Engineering , CH: Chemical Engineering ,  CS: Computer Science and Information Technology , CY: Chemistry , EC: Electronics and Communications , EE: Electrical Engineering  , EY: Ecology and Evolution , GG: Geology and Geophysics,  IN: Instrumentation Engineering , MA: Mathematics , ME: Mechanical Engineering , MN: Mining Engineering , MT: Metallurgical Engineering , PE: Petroleum Engineering , PH: Physics , PI: Production and Industrial Engineering , TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science ,  XE (A-H): Engineering Sciences  ,  XL (P-U): Life Sciences

GATE Exam Pattern:

Total marks and time (no candidate shall be allowed to leave the exam hall before the complete exam duration of 3 Hours)

Paper Code General Aptitude (GA) Subject Total Total 
   Marks  Marks Marks Time
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF 15 85 100 3 Hours
XE (Section A + any two sections) 15 15 + 2 x 35 100 3 Hours
XL (Section P + any two sections)   15 25 + 2 x 30 100  3 Hours

Marking Scheme:

For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL

These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub- total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answer questions,

choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g., 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. The questions shall be mentioned with up to which decimal places, the candidates need to make an answer. Also, an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors.

GATE Admit Card

The Admit Card can only be downloaded from the GATE portal from 5th January 2018 (tentative). Admit Cards shall NOT be sent by post/email. Bring a colour print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Test Centre along with the original and valid photo identification photocopy / scanned copy/invalid or expired identification.

GATE Results & Score Card

GATE 2018 results will be announced on March 27, 2018 at 17:00 hours and will be available on the GATE Online Application Website. GATE 2018 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.After the declaration of results, qualified candidates can download their GATE 2018 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination).

The GATE 2018 score cards can be downloaded between March 27, 2018 to May 26, 2018 from the GOAPS portal of gate website. In case any candidate requires a soft copy of his/her GATE Score Card after May 26, 2018 till December 31, 2018, they can do so by paying a fee of 500 (five hundred only) on the GOAPS portal.

List of GATE examination centres

GATE is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

  • Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee shall be responsible for the overall coordination of GATE 2018.

GATE Contact Information

Contact Number: 01332-284531/5707

Email ID

GATE Participating Colleges

The CCMT Counselling 2017 provides a system wherein students with valid GATE score can fill one CCMT 2017 Application Form and apply to all the programmes of all participating institutions to which they were eligible.Overall convenience of the students has increased enormously due to centralized counselling and simplified their efforts tremendously.CCMT 2017 is being organized by one of the NIT.

Participating Institutions:

  • Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar
  • Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur
  • Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal
  • Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad
  • National Institute of Technology Agartala
  • National Institute of Technology Calicut
  • National Institute of Technology Delhi
  • National Institute of Technology Durgapur
  • National Institute of Technology Goa
  • National Institute of Technology Hamirpur
  • National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
  • National Institute of Technology Meghalaya
  • National Institute of Technology Nagaland
  • National Institute of Technology Patna
  • National Institute of Technology Puducherry
  • National Institute of Technology Raipur
  • National Institute of Technology Sikkim
  • National Institute of Technology Arunachal Pradesh
  • National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur
  • National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
  • National Institute of Technology, Manipur
  • National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
  • National Institute of Technology, Silchar
  • National Institute of Technology, Srinagar
  • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Surat
  • Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur
  • National Institute of Technology Uttarakhand
  • National Institute of Technology Mizoram
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management Gwalior
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing Kancheepuram, Chennai
  • Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacture Jabalpur
  • Institute of Technology, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya, Bilaspur
  • National Institute of Foundry & Forge Technology, Hatia, Ranchi
  • Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • School of Planning & Architecture: Vijayawada
  • Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, District Howrah
  • Central University of Rajasthan
  • PEC University of Technology,Chandigarh