About GATE Examination

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.The GATE Exam committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results. GATE is conducted through the constitution 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
Many students may not be aware that there are several institutions in this country, offering specialized postgraduate programmes in various disciplines. Attractive scholarship / Assistantship for postgraduate courses in engineering / Technology / Architecture /Pharmacy at Engineering colleges / institutes in the country ,are available to those who qualify through GATE Exam. List of Colleges offering ME/MTech and accepting GATE Score.

Objectives of GATE Exam

To identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post Graduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy at the National level. To serve as benchmark for normalisation of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country is the main Objectives of GATE Exam.

Why should we take GATE Exam?

M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of interest in a certain area which may lead to Ph.D, M.Tech degree is best for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes/R&D centers should take GATE Exam.

Gate Exam Important Dates

The Important Dates for Gate Exam every year
Availability of GATE Exam forms: October, 1st week
Last Date for filling up GATE Exam forms: November, 1st week
GATE Exam Date: 2nd Sunday of February
GATE Exam Results: March 15st

GATE Examination Details

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.

After GATE Examination

After publication of GATE results, students must apply to individual Institutes to get their application forms. Institutes advertise M.Tech admissions in leading newspapers from 1st April till end July. However some Institutes do not advertise and therefore students have to get the forms themselves. In the application forms, you have to mention your GATE score along with other details. The concerned Institute may conduct written test and/or interview for the purpose of admission.
General thumb rules: If your GATE score in Computer Science is 96 percentile or more then you can try for IITs, if between 85 – 96 percentile, then apply for top RECs, JADAVPUR, SHIBPUR, ROORKEE, etc. If less than 85, you have to look for appropriate institutes.

GATE Scholarship

During the pursuit of M.Tech, you are paid a scholarship of Rs.8000.00 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 18 months M.Tech period. This scholarship available only to GATE qualified candidates.

Important of GATE Exam

PSU’s like BARC, NPCIL, HAL etc. give importance to GATE scores for various job positions in their organizations. GATE seats are fixed in every institute. Pharma graduate (post-graduate in India) schools have also got their fixed GATE seats. A student is also eligible for a monthly scholarship of Rs. 8000. The examination also tests the takers’ perseverance and patience. Encourage 3rd year students to also appear GATE along with Final Year students. GATE score is valid for 2 years.
The syllabus as required by GATE Exam is generally over by 5th semester. You can take any number of attempt, if bad result comes.

208 thoughts on “About GATE Examination”

  1. i completed my btech in ece.and am working now.canu tell the details wen the next gate exam date for application and how can i apply?

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  5. i think 3rd year student cant apply 4 gate exam 4m this year. So guys prepare 4 it and apply it in oct month. I m also doing 3rd year mech.

    1. I am in telecom 3rd year , plz tell me what should be my way of preparation and in which subjects i should pay more attention to get success in gate exam ?when should I be applying for gate exam…when s it gate held in 2013?….

  6. hlo….I am B.tech 6th sem ECE student.am i eligible for gate exam 2014? can i crack gate exam if i start studying now without joining any coaching center?

    1. yes u can easily crack d exam.. follow one book ie gate by rk kanodia. u will gate variety of questions. for reading use standard text books dont go for local authors

  7. hey,i m student of 2nd yr civil.. n i want to start preparing for gate…. so what can i do.. or which book should i refer…..

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  10. I am in mechanical 2nd year , plz tell me what should be my way of preparation and in which subjects i should pay more attention to get success in gate exam ?

    1. Hi, Did you get the answer? I’m foreign student too. I wanna take the exam but don’t know if i am eligible. If you get the information, could you please let me know. I really appreciate it.

  11. @imthiyaz.ece.salem: u can use studymaterials from GK. publications. Or u can buy online the study materials from ACE gate coaching institute, hyderabad from their website.

  12. sir. while applying online, i done a mistake, with the uploading of photograph. my uploaded fotograph is in blue background..but its given in instrctns dat it’ll b rejctd..wat 2 do? can i apply from anodr email id? plz reply

  13. i want to write GATE exam , my sister told it is possible to write gate exam in 3ed year of be ………. is it so ???

  14. Respected sir, if PSUs are recruiting through gate exams than due to age limit restriction, PSU’s departmental candidates who are eligible for higher posts due to their higher education after joining PSU, how make their debue in GATE exams?

  15. now i am in B.E(computer science & engineering )
    can i give the gate exam of mechanical engineering

  16. GATE is all India level mtech entrance exam where as tancet is the tamil nadu state level mtech entrance exam


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