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GATE EXAM

GRADUATE APTITUDE TEST IN ENGINEERING

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a prestigious national-level examination that assesses candidates for comprehensive understanding in various undergraduate-level subjects in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities for admission to various Master’s and Doctoral Programs and Recruitment by some Public Sector Undertakings.

ADMISSION:

Valid GATE score can be used for seeking admission to:
(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities; and
(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities,
in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

Qualifying GATE score can be used for seeking financial assistance towards:
(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities; and
(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities,
in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies.

Financial Assistance given to M.Tech students is Rs. 12,400 per month and generally paid for 22 months. 
PG Scholarship (GATE/GPAT)

Financial Assistance given for Ph.D. programs (Direct Ph.D. after B.E./B.Tech/M.Sc equivalent with a valid GATE score) is Rs. 37,000 per month for the first two years and Rs. 42,000 per month from the third to the fifth year. (Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure Circular No. 33(14)PFC-II/2018 dated June 21, 2023.) 

RECRUITMENT:

Many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process. A list (not exhaustive) of such PSUs is provided below:

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Coal India Limited (CIL), Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), Chenab Valley Power Projects Limited (CVPPL), Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Engineers India Limited (EIL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDSL), National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), NLC India Limited (NLCIL), National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL), etc.

Disclaimer: GATE scores may be shared with institutions supported by the MoE, Public Sector Undertakings, and other eminent institutions for the purpose of admission and recruitment.

GATE 2024 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Before filing an application, candidates are advised to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for GATE 2024.
Candidates who are currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program or who have completed any government approved degree program in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities are eligible to appear for GATE 2024.

Some Professional Societies/Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering, are given below.

  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

Candidates who possess certification from any such professional societies must ensure that those examinations are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/ UPSC as being equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.Planning, etc.

Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: Candidates must be currently in the 3rd or higher years or must have completed their Bachelor’s degree (of at least three years duration) in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities.

Any candidate fulfilling the above-mentioned criteria is eligible to appear for GATE 2024.

More details of eligibility criteria are given below.

Note:

  • Candidates pursuing any higher degree or in possession of a degree higher than that mentioned in the table below, will be allowed to appear for GATE 2024.
  • Candidates with B.Sc./B.A./B.Com. degrees (3-year program) desirous of seeking admission to Masters programs in IITs and IISc may refer to JAM 2024.
Degree / ProgramQualifying Degree / ExaminationDescription of Eligible CandidatesExpected Year
of Completion
B.E. / B.Tech. /
B. Pharm.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology
(4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)
Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2024
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5-year course) / Naval Architecture (4-year course) / Planning (4-year course)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2025 (for 5-year program), 2024 (for 4-year program)
B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma /
4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2024
Pharm. D.
(after 10+2)
6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th/ 6th year or already completed2026
M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc.Degree holders of M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc and those who are in the 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester of such programme.5th/ 6th/ 7th or higher semester or already completed2024
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Arts / Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the first year or higher or already Completed2024
Int. M.E. / M.Tech.
(Post-B.Sc.)
Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (4-year program)Currently in the 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year or already completedAny year
Int. M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Pharm or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (5-year program)Currently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th year or already completed2025
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3 year program)Currently in the 3rd year or already completed2023
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2025
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.)B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE / UPSC / AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional coursesEnrolled Upto 31st May 2013*
B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)4-years programCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th year or already completed2024

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Data Required for Filling the Online Application Form in GATE 2024

  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.).
    1. The name of the candidate in the application form must be exactly the same as that in the valid photo ID, which the candidate MUST produce in original while appearing for GATE-2024 examination at the centre.
    2. GATE 2024 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form.
    3. Prefixes/titles such as Mr / Shri / Dr / Mrs / Smt / Prof / Capt / Maj / Lt / Col / Er / Ar, etc. MUST NOT be used.
  2. Address for communication (including PIN code).
  3. Eligibility degree details.
  4. GATE paper(s) and their codes in which the candidate wishes to appear.
  5. THREE choices of GATE examination cities (from the same zone).
  6. Net-banking /debit card / credit card / UPI / wallet details for fee payment.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR FILLING THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM IN GATE 2024

  1. High quality image of candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified in the Information Brochure.
  2. High quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified in the Information Brochure.
  3. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate in pdf format (if applicable).
  4. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate in pdf format (if applicable).
  5. Scanned copy of Certificate of Dyslexia in pdf format (if applicable).
  6. Scanned copy of valid photo Identity document: Aadhar-UID (preferable)/ Passport/ PAN Card/ Voter ID/ Driving License.
  7.  The photo ID must have Name, Date of birth of the candidate and unique photo ID number. This photo ID must be carried in original to the examination hall for verification.

NOTE: Ensure that the uploaded documents are readable and clear. Uploading unreadable documents may lead to delays in processing the application and may lead to rejection of candidature.

APPLICATION FEES

CategoryRegular Period
(24th Aug to 29th Sept 2023)
During the Extended Period
(30th Sept to 13th Oct 2023)
Female candidates SC/ST/PwD
(per test paper)
₹ 900₹ 1400
All other candidates including foreign nationals
(per test paper)
₹ 1800₹ 2300

*PwD means Persons with Benchmark Disability.

Note: The above Application fees are for a single test paper. Candidates opting for two papers would have to pay twice the above mentioned fees.

QUESTION PAPER PATTERN

ParticularsDetails
Examination ModeThe test papers will be in English. Computer Based Test (CBT) [will be conducted at select centers in select cities].
 
Duration3 Hours*
 
Number of Subjects (Papers)30
 
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subjects
 
Type of QuestionsCandidate’s Selected Subject(s)
(a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
(b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
(c) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
 
Questions for testing these abilities(a) Recall
(b) Comprehension
(c) Application
(d) Analysis & Synthesis
 
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 marks
Engineering Mathematics**: 13 marks
Subject Questions: 72 marks
Total: 100 marks
(**XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 marks)
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 marks
Subject Questions: 85 marks
Total: 100 marks
Marking SchemeQuestions carry 1 mark or 2 marks
Negative MarkingFor a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be negative marking.
For a 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
For a 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
There is no negative marking for wrong answer(s) to MSQ or NAT questions.
There is no partial marking in MSQ.
Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksCompulsory SectionSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time* (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF; Subject marks in these papers include questions on Engineering Mathematics (13 marks), which are paper-specific.1585100180
CY, DA, EY, MA, PH, ST1585100180
AR [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B1 or Part B2 can be selected during Exam. B1: Architecture or B2: Planning]156025100180
GE [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B1 or B2 can be selected during the Exam.
B1 – Surveying and Mapping or B2 -Image Processing and Analysis.]
155530100180
GG [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B can either be Geology (B1) or Geophysics (B2) — which must be chosen at the time of Application.]152560100180
XE [Section A (Engineering Mathematics) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Exam]15152 x 35100180
XH [Section B1 (Reasoning and Comprehension) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any ONE additional Section at the time of Application]152560100180
XL [Section P (Chemistry) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Exam]15252 x 30100180

*PwD candidates with benchmark disability greater than 40% are eligible for a total compensatory time of one hour.

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