Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exam is a standard Examination that tests the comprehensive knowledge of various undergraduate topics in engineering and science along with quantitative and reasoning ability. GATE Exam Score is useful for Post Graduate Admissions ( M.Tech / M.S / Ph.D.) particularly at IISc, NITIE, all IITs, NITs, IIIT, Government Engineering Colleges and some foreign universities. GATE Score also opens gates for jobs opportunities in several Public Sector Unit (PSU through GATE) and research organizations.IISc and seven IITs jointly administered GATE Exam every year. There is a fixed turn for each Institute to organize GATE.It is conducted by a different institute every year among the 7 IITs & IISc, Bangalore. GATE Notification comes in the month of September and Test is conducted normally in the month of February and the Results are announced in the month of march every year.GATE SCORE is valid for 3 years and there is no restriction on number of attempts.


AGE ELIGIBILITY: There is no upper age limit.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBLITY: The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE
• B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch/B.Pharm graduates (Post-B.Sc/Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
• Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computers or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
• Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree program (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual degree program in Engineering/Technology.
• Candidates with qualifications obtained through examination conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE like AMIE, AMICE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A are also eligible.



Question No.

No. of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

General Aptitude

1 to 5




6 to 10








1 to 25




26 to 55





Total Questions : 65

Total Marks : 100

Total Duration : 3 hours

Technical Section :

 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics :

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numerical Answer Type Questions


GATE examination consists of Multiple Choice and Numerical Answer type questions.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • These questions are objective in nature and each question will have choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks in all the sections.
  • Numerical Answer Questions
  • There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer for these questions is a real number to be entered by using mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.

    Questions Type


    Negative Marking

    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

    1 mark


    2 marks


    Numerical Answer Questions

    1 mark


    2 marks


  • Students who qualify in GATE Exam are entitled to a stipend of Rs12,400/- per month during their M.E, M.TECH M.S (By Research) Program in IISc, IITs, NITs, Central universities, Government colleges, and Private colleges.
  • Clearing GATE is also an eligibility clause for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. M.Tech. degree is mandatory for those wishing to apply for research positions in R&D centers.
  • Many public sector undertakings (PSUs) such as HAL, BHEL, Indian Oil Corporation, NTPC, Power Grid, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (there are PSUs around 200 in number) are using the GATE score for recruiting candidates for their organizations.
  • The Students who qualify this test are eligible for Master’s degree at NTU &NUS, (National University of Singapore), Singapore.
  • A GATE Score is helpful to get Ph.D. admissions in IISc, IITs and Central Universities.
  • A GATE score is preferred for Technical interviews in many Private Sector companies.
  • A GATE score helps students to join in reputed companies as well as off-campus recruitments.
  • For those who couldn’t pursue their B.Tech in IIT, it provides another opportunity to study in the prestigious IITs.

GATE, for long, has been known to test the engineering basics in a smart way. Complaints of “lengthy” problems have been rare. But the task of mastering an entire course of engineering (around 30 undergraduate subjects) for a three-hour test, itself gives the test a certain level of toughness.

Each year, Only around 15% of all appearing students qualify. High percentiles (more than 99th percentile, in some cases) are required to get admission in M.Tech. or M.E. degree programs in Indian Institute Of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, or to get shortlisted for job interviews in Indian public sector undertakings.



Qualifying mark(out of 100)







25 or µ+ , Whichever is higher






Other backward classes(OBC)

90% of general category’s qualifying mark






Scheduled castes (SC) and Scheduled tribes (ST)

2/3(i.e., 66.67%) of general category’s qualifying mark






Where µ is the average (i.e., arithmetic mean) of marks of all candidate in the discipline(with negative marks converted to zero) and is the standard deviation of all marks in that discipline.


List of colleges offering M.Tech Courses:

  • 1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • 2. Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
  • 3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
  • 4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal.
  • 5. Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.
  • 6. Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Mumbai.
  • 7. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
  • 8. IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • 9. IIT Patna, Bihar
  • 10. IIT Rajasthan
  • 11. IIT Bhubaneswar, Orissa
  • 12. Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
  • 13. Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad

List of NITs

  • 1. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh)
  • 2. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • 4. National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (West Bengal)
  • 4. National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh)
  • 5. Malviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  • 6. Dr. B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar (Punjab)
  • 7. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
  • 8. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Haryana)
  • 9. National Institute of Technology, Patna (Bihar)
  • 10. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (Orissa)
  • 11. National Institute of Technology, Silchar (Assam)
  • 12. National Institute of Technology, Hazartbal, Srinagar (J & K)
  • 13. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal (Karnataka)
  • 14. Sardar Vallabh bhai National Institute of Technology, Surat (Gujarat)


Specialization priority


Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • VLSI Design Tool Technology
  • Integrated Electronics & Circuits
  • Micro Electronics
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Communication Engg
  • Telecommunication Technology & Management
  • Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control & Automation


Electrical Engineering

  • Power Electronics
  • Machines & Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Control & Automation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation Technology


Mechanical Engineering

  • Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Manufacturing Science & Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Science & management


Civil Engineering

  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering &Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Rock Engineering & Underground Structure