GATE Exam FAQs

GATE 2012 Application Process FAQs
1. How do I apply ONLINE?
Go to the link “Apply Online”. Register yourself by entering your name, date of birth, password and email id. You can then fill in your ONLINE application form, proceed to make the payment of application fee using Payment Gateway or Challan Payment options.
2. Should I attest the photograph for application form?
Do not attest the photograph for the application form.

3. Why should I choose two examination cities?
Generally, you will be allotted a centre in the examination city of your first choice. Only in cases where it becomes difficult to accommodate you in the examination city of your first choice, your second choice will be considered.
4. You are asking only the SC/ST/PD candidates to enclose the category certificate. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to enclose the category certificate too?
OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates do not have to enclose the category certificate since their application fee is same as that of the general category candidates. However, in the application, you can indicate the category to which you belong to. You need to produce the category certificate only to the admitting institute at the time of admission.
5. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2012 examination?
You can make the payment during the ONLINE application process by choosing one of the following options:
Payment Gateway: Netbanking through the payment Gateway of Bill Desk.
Challan Payment: Payment by cash at any branch of ICICI Bank, Indian Bank and State Bank of India.
6. If I choose the Payment Gateway option, how do I submit the ONLINE Application?
After completing the ONLINE application, choose Payment Gateway option and proceed. At the end of this process, a pdf file will be generated with the following pages:
Page-1: Instructions for the candidate
Page-2: GATE 2012 Application – GATE Copy
Page-3: GATE 2012 Application – Candidate Copy
Page-4: Address Slip of respective zonal GATE office
Take a print out of the entire file. You can also save this pdf file for your future reference.
Paste your recent photograph (3 cm x 4 cm) in the designated place of Page-2.
Sign at the designated places of Page-2.
Paste Page-4 on top of a A4-size envelope
The GATE copy of the above Application (after pasting the photo and signing) with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Speed Post (preferably) or by Registered Post to The Chairman, GATE of the Zone, where the candidate prefers to appear for the examination (corresponding to the 1st Choice of Examination City), so as to reach on or before Monday, 24 October 2011 or it can be handed over personally to respective Zonal GATE Office.
7. If I choose the Bank Challan option, how do I submit the ONLINE Application?
After completing the ONLINE application process, a pdf file will be generated with the following pages:
Page-1: Instructions for the candidate
Page-2: GATE 2012 Application – GATE Copy
Page-3: GATE 2012 Application – Candidate Copy
Page-4: Address Slip of respective zonal GATE office
Page-5: Bank Challan
Take a print out of the entire file. You can also save this pdf file for your future reference.
The bank challan (Page-5) will be printed in triplicate. Take it to any branch of ICICI Bank, Indian Bank or State Bank of India (as opted by the candidate) and pay the fee. Bank will retain a copy with them and will return two copies to you. Retain the Candidate’s copy with you and attach the GATE Copy with the application form.
Paste your recent photograph (3 cm x 4 cm) in the designated place of Page-2.
Sign at the designated places of Page-2.
Paste Page-4 on top of an A4-size envelope
The GATE copy of the above Application Form (after pasting the photo and signing) with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Speed Post (preferably) or by Registered Post to The Chairman, GATE of the Zone, where the candidate prefers to appear for the examination (corresponding to the 1st Choice of Examination City), so as to reach on or before Monday, 24 October 2011 or it can be handed over personally to respective Zonal GATE Office.
8. Do I need to post my application and attachments?
Yes. As mentioned above in the answers to Questions 6 and 7.
9. When and how will I know the status of my application?
The status of your application will be put up on the zonal GATE website. Click on the link “Application Status” and follow the instructions. Generally, the status of your application will be put up within two days after the receipt of the application in the Zonal GATE offices.
10. After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a pdf file, will I be able to login again to change my application data?
No. After completing all the steps upto pdf application form generation in ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and cannot modify the data. However, you can create a new application by registering once again if you are accessing the website on or before 17 Oct 2011.
11. I have missed to take a print of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it?
You can login with the same Login id and password and take a printout.
GATE 2012 Admit Card FAQs
1. When will I receive my admit card?
Admit card can only be downloaded from the zonal GATE websites from 2nd January 2012. Sending Admit cards by post has been discontinued. Bring the admit card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. ONLY one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if original and valid photo identification is not presented.
GATE 2012 Examination FAQs
1. For how many GATE papers can I apply?
A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 21 papers listed in the GATE INFORMATION BROCHURE or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below. The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission
2. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper and Examination City?
Requests for change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form will not be considered. Requests for change of examination city will be accepted till December 30, 2011 with a fee of Rs.400/- to be paid in the form of demand draft (payment details).
3. Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the test?
For OFFLINE Examination, the question paper itself contains some blank sheets on which you can do the rough work. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet as no additional paper will be provided during the test. For ONLINE Examination, a notepad provided to the candidate can be used to do the rough work.
4. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?
For OFFLINE Examination, candidate will not be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the hall only after the Optical Response Sheet (ORS) from all the candidates in the examination hall have been collected and accounted for.
For ONLINE Examination, candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination lab for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the lab only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.
5. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?
Electronic diary, mobile phone, and any such electronic gadgets, blank papers, clip boards and log-tables will not be allowed in the examination venue. You should, however, bring HB black pencils (to darken the bubbles in the answer sheet), a soft eraser (in case you wish to change an answer) and a black point pen for filling up the candidate’s data in the designated boxes. Also, you can bring a scientific calculator without data connectivity. If you bring any item that is not permissible inside the examination venue, you will have to keep it at the test center at your own risk.
6. Will there be any arrangement at the test center for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?
No such arrangements will be possible at the test center.
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96 thoughts on “GATE Exam FAQs”

  1. iam first yaer mech. can i apply for GATE exam nw. i have sum doubts regarding the preparation. pls can u help me? which book i have to prefer for studying.

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          1. bt i hv nt find ny such info on gate site?..there its mentioned that scientific calci without data connectivity are allowed…nd fx991es satisfies this term i guess?

  3. sir i completed my btech ece and den i have done mca now am i eligible for mtech through gate if i get top score will iits take me and does psu take me through gate as engineer trainee

  4. Sir, my full name is more than 30 characters for filling gate 2013 application form.so can i keep my name with out expanding the initials ? please help
    thank you.

  5. sir i have completed my B.E in E&C in june….and will be answering gate 2013… but i had also answered karnataka PGCET exam in july’12 and got my results…what if i take up a seat now in 1 of the colleges in karnataka and later wish to change the course and college based on my gate score if turns out to provide me better course and college than the prevois one?

  6. hi sir this is vikash and i have just entered the fourth year with branch E.C.E ………..sir i have a back paper in my 6th sem ,and i am preparing for GATE 2013 ,and i m very much certain i will crack it……..since interviews through GATE scores in IITs and NITs are taking place during the month of may and june ………….and i can only clear my back paper in the month of june in the coming year in my 8th sem…………………..so can i sit for the interview if i cleared my GATE………………with a without cleared back paper……………..

    pls do answer its disturbing me a lot…….if possible do reply me mail.vikash21@gmail.com

  7. I have done my BE in Electronics and want to give gate in computer science. Do IIT’s give admission in such case?

  8. hello sir, i am 3rd year mca student and i want to know that i am eligleble for gate or not.Also iwant to know my subject code.

  9. hello sir;
    i am computer engineer and i want to know which exam code i should prefer for GATE exam 2012 among 21.comp scei or it coz there is no comp engg.

  10. hello please send me the info about the sullabus of GATE exams 2012 for cse branch coz i’m new to this so…i don’t know much about GATE exams..

  11. Hello everyone.. i am Raghavendra pursuing final year engineering in information Science, i had lost 2 years in the mid of the course coz of personal reasons. Can someone please let me know, will it be a problem, to opt for gate exams, and what is the eligibility for general merit and sc/st and cut off percentage in the under-graduate degree to quailify for gate.
    Please let me know.
    Thannx in advance

  12. i am final year student of elecronics and communication engineering , please suggest which optional branch is better fo me- EC or INSTUMENTATION ENGINEERING(IE) , i think in IE low student appearing . pl. help . EMAIL- upen.ece96@gmail.com

  13. hello frends
    can i get admission in Mtech (structures) if i appear in for GATE architecture and town planning or is it necessary for me to appear in for GATE civil.
    i have very less knowledge about civil as i have pursued my graduation in architecture.
    kindly help me in this matter.

  14. I Am a biotech student with 79 percentile. can you suggest me a place where I can apply for my M.Tech Admission?

  15. @smruti 99% is required for get into IITs

    Higher Engineering Mathematics written by Dr. B.S. Grewal, Network Analysis written by VanValkenburg, Integrated electronics by Milman Halkias, Electronic devices and circuits by Millman and Halkias, Digital Electronics by Morris Mano, Signal and Systems Simon Haykin, Modern Control system by Ogata, Communication System by Simon Haykin and Engg Electromagnetics by William Hayt.
    The above-mentioned will be useful for the students to prepare for the GATE exam.

  16. sir i m smruti n i m a 3rd yr student of ECE branch..i want to know what percentile is required to get in to iit or nits and please give me the names of some good books which i can follow for 2012 gate???

  17. sir i am vijay i qualifyed gate2010 under sc category.i secured 19.33 marks. my gate score is 0256. can i get any nit. or which college please send me on my email id
    vj.parewa@gmail.com
    and can acall on 9997006189
    please send sir
    i heartly oblige.

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  19. hello sir,
    i’m 3rd year chemical engineering student.going to attempt gate this year.wanna start my preparation as soon as possible.
    but couldn’t find any material suggested or downloadable on the net.so please help me choose a material for preparation.
    thanks
    mail id:kingkhan21122012@gmail.com

  20. Hai, I am a student of final year Information Technology.Can you please suggest me the name of the books, which I can follow for the GATE,2011?
    Also give me a ebook for the download ,if link’s are possible

    My email ID:emarold1990@yahoo.in

  21. brush up your B tech concepts, solve last years papers and join some good online test series. its enough to crack GATE 2011 with good percentile.

    you can try http://www.aabhigyanmgate.com for free online test papers. their test evaluation techniques are best. try them …….. Gud luck

  22. Probably certain institutions/college has fixed min percentage of marks achieved as 60 %in BE/B Tech/AMIE besides a certain percentile in gate score card/Sponsor ship for candidate for admission in PG Engineering courses . My question is very specific that Which college relax the min marks in BE / B tech/AMIE up to 58%for admission in PG Engineering courses ?

  23. hello , sir i am in 4 th year , student , please give me a standard book’s name which i refer , for my gate exam’s .. i am in computer branch student.

    email ID:-kkketanpatel@yahoo.in

  24. hello sir…i am doing my 3rd yr in Btech. Pls suggest me some books to prepare for gate & in which topics are imp to fetch good marks

  25. hello sir…….i had completed my B.tech. course….now i am preparing for gate….can u tell me that WHAT WOULD BE THE APPROXIMATE WEIGHTAGE TO EACH TOPIC IN ELECTRONICS & COMMUNICATION FOR GATE2011….??????????
    and the subjects that i shud concentrate more for the preparation?
    my e-mail id:
    kimmi27789@gmail.com

    KIMMI AGGARWAL

  26. Hello Sir, I have done 4 yr B.sc(Engg) in E&C from an AICTE approved college in India. Am i eligible to appear for GATE exam and do M.Tech in India?

    I will be very thankful to you, if you kindly take some time and reply to my query.

  27. I completed B.E Computer Science & Engineering on 2007. I would like to Join Part time M.S at IIT Madras. Please let me know if GATE score is needed.

  28. hello , sir i am in third year , student ,, please give me a standard book’s name which i refer , for my gate exam’s .. i am in computer science branch student ,, and please give me a introduction about the how many level of percantile to gate IIT,
    thank you sir,,
    abdulhussain20@gmail.com

  29. hello , sir i am in third year , student ,, please give me a standard book’s name which i refer , for my gate exam’s .. i am in electrical branch student ,, and please give me a introduction about the how many level of percantile to get admissions in IIT,
    thankyou sir
    and my email id is johnfinn800@gmail.com

  30. hello sir…
    am doin 3rd yr btech in computer science…can u suggest me the best objective type book to follow???

  31. Hello there

    I just wanted to ask how much do I have to score in the actual paper (Out of 100) to get into one of the IITs? Which is the most important criteria in this respect – All India rank, the score, or the percentile?

    Having multiple interpretations of the same exam creates confusion.

    - Raja S

  32. Hello sir,
    I have completed my B.E in Computer science.
    I want to know that, is it possible to take any other subject in GATE exam irrespective of my degree branch.

  33. Hello sir,
    I got gate score 148, I received scorecard ..
    and my doubt is Am i qualified for gate or not..
    can i seek admission in any colleges .. pls tell me sir,
    My email id is “gopikrishna547@gmail.com”
    Thank You sir

  34. Hello, I am a student of 2nd year Information Technology.Can you please suggest me the name of the books, which I can follow for the GATE,2011?
    My email id is “ananya.luv.89@gmail.com”
    Thank You.
    -Ananya

  35. hello ,
    i got 32 marks in GATE.
    my gate score is 458 and percentile is 94.5 in electronics.
    i want to take admission in BITS pilani, in Emmbedded sysem or in VLSI.
    have i some chances or not.
    please refer me some other institute too according to my score.

    my id is “shorie2000@gmail.com”

    regards
    navnish

  36. hello sir..I have scored 24 out of 100 in Gate 2010 nd my AIR is 12566 am i qualified in GATE 2010? which colleges can i expect?

  37. hello , sir i am in third year , student ,, please give me a standard book’s name which i refer , for my gate exam’s .. i am in mechanical branch student ,, and please give me a introduction about the how many level of percantile to gate IIT,
    thankyou sir
    sumitguptame@gmail.com

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