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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IIT’s at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Bombay on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Masters of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e., government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India. GATE is also recognized by various countries o outside India, such as Germany, Singapore.

Candidates with a valid GATE Score can avail the benefit of GATE financial assistantship. A stipend of INR 12,400-24,000 per month is provided to MTech students for 8 hrs of work per week. A monthly stipend of INR 25,000 for up to 2 years is provided to PhD students. For the next 2 years, the financial assistance may raises by INR 3,000.

Additional assistantships in the form of scholarships, fellowships, etc. may be available through other organizations, such as CSIR, DAE, etc.

In GATE examination, candidates can apply for only one of the 24 papers listed in the table given below. Candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. However, candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which they wish to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, candidates are advised to refer to the websites of that particular institute.

Paper Code Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Life Sciences XL
Biotechnology BT Mathematics MA
Civil Engineering CE Mechanical Engineerings ME
Chemical Engineering CH Mining Engineering MN
Computer Science & Information Technology CS Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemistry CY Physics PH
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE Ecology and Evolution EY
Petrolium Engineering PE


GATE Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for the Gate exam in Engineering streams include General aptitude (Numerical & Verbal) for 15 marks, Engineering Mathematics for 10 to 13 marks and the rest of 72 to 75 marks in technical subjects studied at engineering level.


Gate Exam consists of 24 papers and all papers of GATE will be conducted by an online Computer Based Test (CBT). The GATE paper consists of questions of both multiple choice type and numerical answer type. For numerical answer type questions, the candidates have to enter a number as the answer using a virtual keyboard. The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

Gate Exam paper is divided into three parts. They are:

Engineering Mathematics
General Aptitude (Verbal & Numerical)
Technical Subjects (Stream based)

Each of these three parts is allocated with marks specified in the table below.

Section Question No. No. Of Ques Marks Per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
General Aptitude 6 to 10 5 2 10
Technical + Engineering Mathematics 1 to 25 25 1 25
Technical + Engineering Mathematics 26 to 50 30 2 60
Total Duration : 3hours Total Questions : 65 Total Marks : 100

Negative Marking

In Gate Exam negative marking is allocated to multiple choice questions only (MCQ) and there is no negative marking in numerical answer question. In multiple choice questions, 1 mark questions have 0.33 negative marking and 2 marks question have 0.66 negative marking.

Gate Negative Marking Sheme

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Numerical Answer Question
1 mark - 0.33 1 mark - Nil
2 marks - 0.66 2 marks – Nil


Gate Exams streams like CS, CE, EC, ME and EE is being held in multiple sessions, which has a different level of difficulty. To normalize and to consider all the candidates on the same platform, the exam authority normalizes marks. To find out normal marks and to know your gate score Gate official introduce these below described formulas, How to calculate normalize marks and how to calculate Gate Score are detailed described below.

How to calculate normalization score and Gate Score?

Normalized marks calculation for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME subjects formula is described below:
Normalized mark (︿Mij) of jth candidate in ith session, is given by
︿Mij = Mgt - Mgq/ Mti - Miq ( Mij - Miq ) + Mgq
Mij is the actual marks obtained by the jth candidate in the ith session,
Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1 % candidates in all sessions of that subject,
Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in all sessions of that subject,
Mti is the average of marks of top 0.1 % candidates in the ith session of that subject,
Miq is the sum of mean
Gate Score Calculation Formula.
S = sq + (st - sq)M - Mq / Mt - Mq
S = Score (normalized) of a candidate,
M = Marks obtained by a candidate ("normalized marks" in case of multiple-session subjects CE,
CS, EC, EE and ME),
Mq = Qualifying marks for general category candidates in that subject (usually 25 or μ + σ,
whichever is higher),
μ = Average (i.e. arithmetic mean) of marks of all candidates in that subject,
σ = Standard deviation of marks of all candidates in that subject,
Mt = Average marks of top 0.1 % candidates (for subjects with 10000 or more appeared candidates) or top 10 candidates (for subjects with less than 10000 appeared candidates),
St = 900 = Score assigned to Mt,
Sq = 350 = Score assigned to Mq.


Percentile denotes the percentage of candidates scoring lower than that particular candidate scoring high and it is calculated as: = ( 1 - All India rank/ No of candidates in that subjects) x 100%


Gate Exam is the standard exam for undergraduates and graduates, the opportunities and standard provided by Gate Exam is limitless, to maintain these standards Gate officials set these qualifying degrees as their eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of Eligible candidates
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) and those who are in the final year of such programs. Currently in the final year or already completed
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course) Currently in the final year or already completed
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science(Post- Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4 th year or already completed
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
Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post- B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program) Currently in the 2 nd /3 rd /4 th year or already completed
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 (Five year program) Currently in the 4 th /5 th year or already completed
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed
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

Foreign country Students Eligibility:

Students obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from foreign countries must have the following to be eligible for Gate Exam: i) Must have completed/are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 4 years) in Engineering/Technology. ii) Must have completed/are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree (duration: at least 2 years) in any relevant subjects in the field of science.

Age Limit:

There is no age restriction to appear in Gate Exam, as the students only need to have Bachelor’s degree. There is no upper age limit for candidates.

GATE 2019 Notification, Registration, Exam Dates and Application Form

About GATE Exam Dates:

GATE 2019 Exam Dates has been released now. The examination is organized by the IITs & IISc, Bangalore on a rotation basis. This year, the exam is managed by the IIT, Madras. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level examination. It is conducted to offer admission into masters & direct doctoral programmes in engineering/technology/architecture and doctoral programme in relevant branches of science. Through this article, candidates can get complete information about GATE 2019 including pre-examination (application submission, eligibility, exam centers, etc.), examination (pattern, marks/score, etc.) & post-examination (answers, results, scorecard, etc.) sections.

Events Dates (Announced)
GATE 2019 Online Application Form Opens 1st September 2018
Last Date for Submission of Application 21st September 2018
Last date for registration (with late fee) 1st October 2018
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City 3rd week of November 2018
Mock Test Release 3rd week of November 2018
Admit Card Downloading Starts 4th January 2019
GATE EXAM DATE 2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th February 2019
Answer Key Release Within a few days after examination
Announcement of Results 16th March 2019
Score Card Release 20th March to 31st March 2019
Counselling Starts 1th week of April 2019

GATE 2019 Registration

Candidates can check this section to know complete details about the application form:
  1. Candidates will register & fill application only through online mode on the official website.
  2. GATE 2019 application form will be available from 1st September 2018 to 21st September 2018.
  3. Upload your scanned images such as photograph (Maximum Size: 480×640 pixels, Minimum Size: 240×320 pixels & Dimension: 3.5cm × 4.5cm) and signature (Maximum Size: 160×560, Minimum Size: 80×280 pixels & Dimension: 2cm × 7cm).
  4. Candidates also have to upload certificate of qualifying degree, category certificate and/or Dyslexic certificate (if applicable).
  5. At the time of GATE registration 2019, candidates can choose three exam cities as examination centres.
  6. Candidates also have to fill ID number specified in any of the following, i.e. Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Driving License, Employee ID, Passport, PAN Card & Voter ID.
  7. There will be no need to send any hard copy of application/documents to the officials.
  8. Candidates should take a print copy of GATE application form 2019 for further references.

Application Fee:

The application fee will be deposited through online mode by using either net banking or debit card or credit card.
The fee will be non-refundable & non-transferable.

The fee details are given below in the table:

Category Application Charges
For Examination Centers in India
SC/ST/PwD/ Female candidates RS 750/-
All Other Categories RS 1500/-
Late Fee Rs. 500/-
For Examination Centers in Foreign Countries (All Candidates)
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu US $50
Dubai and Singapore US $100
Late Fee US $20

GATE 2019 syllabus for each of the papers will be different. GATE exam will be organized for 24 papers/subjects. The syllabus will be released by the conducting authority separately for each paper in a pdf format. These papers & detailed syllabus are:

  1. Statistics (ST): Engineering Mathematics,Verbal Ability & Numerical Ability, etc.
  2. Aerospace Engineering (AE): Engineering Mathematics, Flight Mechanics, Space Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Structures, Propulsion.
  3. Agricultural Engineering (AG): Engineering Mathematics, Farm Machinery, Farm Power, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, etc.
  4. Architecture and Planning (AR): Architecture and Design, Building Materials, Construction and Management, Building and Structure, Environmental Planning and Design, etc.
  5. Biotechnology (BT): Engineering Mathematics, General Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Plant and Animal Biotechnology, etc.
  6. Civil Engineering (CE): Engineering Mathematics, Structural Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, etc.
  7. Chemical Engineering (CH): Engineering Mathematics, Process Calculations and Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations, etc.
  8. Computer Science and Information Technology (CS): Engineering Mathematics, Digital Logic, Computer Organization and Architecture, Programming and Data Structures, etc.
  9. Chemistry (CY): Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry & Organic Chemistry.
  10. Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC): Engineering Mathematics, Networks, Signals and Systems, Electronic Devices, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, etc.
  11. Electrical Engineering (EE): Engineering Mathematics, Electric Circuits, Electromagnetic Fields, Signals and Systems, Electrical Machines, etc.
  12. Ecology and Evolution (EY): Ecology, Evolution, Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology, Behavioural Ecology, etc.
  13. Geology and Geophysics (GG): Common Section (Earth and Planetary system, Weathering and soil formation, etc), Geology & Geophysics.
  14. Instrumentation Engineering (IN): Engineering Mathematics, Electrical Circuits, Signals and Systems, Control Systems, etc.
  15. Mathematics (MA): Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Algebra, Functional Analysis, Numerical Analysis, etc.
  16. Mechanical Engineering (ME): Engineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Design, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, etc.
  17. Mining Engineering (MN): Engineering Mathematics, Mine Development and Surveying, Geomechanics and Ground Control, etc.
  18. Metallurgical Engineering (MT): Engineering Mathematics, Thermodynamics and Rate Processes, Extractive Metallurgy, etc.
  19. Petroleum Engineering (PE): Linear Algebra, Petroleum Formation Evaluation, Oil and Gas Well Testing, etc.
  20. Physics (PH): Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, etc.
  21. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI): Engineering Mathematics, General Engineering, Manufacturing Processes I, Quality and Reliability, etc.
  22. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF): Engineering Mathematics, Textile Fibers, Fabric manufacture, Structure and Properties, etc.
  23. Engineering Mathematics (XE-A), Fluid Mechanics (XE-B), Materials Science (XE-C), Solid Mechanics (XE-D), Thermodynamics (XE-E), Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F), Food Technology (XE-G), Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H).
  24. Chemistry (XL-P), Biochemistry (XL-Q), Botany (XL-R), Microbiology (XL-S), Zoology (XL-T) & Food Technology (XL-U).
During GATE exam preparation, it is necessary to know some tips & tricks to crack the examination:
  1. Good understanding of the basic concepts, exam pattern & syllabus.
  2. Try to solve past years question paper & sample papers.
  3. Choose the best study material & GATE Preparation books for GATE exam.
  4. Make a strategy & timetable, instead of jumping straight to more complex topics.
  5. Avoid distractions & take care of your health.
  6. Solve online mock tests & revise the topics in each day difference.
In this section, we are providing details about GATE admit card 2019 releasing date, mode & other details:
  1. Candidates will get admit card through online mode by entering their enrollment ID/email address & password.
  2. There will be no facility to send admit cards by post or email to the candidates.
  3. Downloading of GATE Hall Ticket 2019 will be started from 4th January 2019.
  4. Before examination start, biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) will be captured for randomly selected candidates.
  5. On the day of the examination, candidates must bring original ID proof (specified in application) along with admit card.
  6. Candidates should download admit card in color print.

The answer keys for various papers will be published after a few days of the examination. Candidates will check it through online mode on the website.

GATE Answer Key/Question Papers 2019 will be released on different dates as per papers. Candidates should submit their objection on the answer keys within a given time period against a payment.

Through this section, candidates can get information about result & scorecard including date, mode, etc.
  1. Candidates will check GATE 2019 result on 16th March 2019.
  2. The result will be declared only through online mode.
  3. It can be viewed by entering enrollment number/registration number & date of birth.
  4. No result/rank will be sent through offline mode or any other mode.
The scorecard will be made available only to qualified candidates. It will be released after result declaration.
  1. GATE score card 2019 will be valid for three years after the announcement of the result.
  2. Candidates should download their scorecard from 20th March to 31st March 2019.
  3. If candidates require a soft copy of it after the last date, they have to pay Rs. 500 for obtaining the same till last week of December 2019.

The cut off marks will be released after the result announcement for GATE admission. Check here details about GATE cut off including releasing mode, date, last year cut off, etc.

  1. It is the minimum marks which candidates have to obtain in the examination to get admission into various PG & other courses.
  2. Cut off will be published through online mode according to the categories & papers.

Below, we have updated previous year qualifying cut off marks:

Paper Categories
Chemical Engineering (CH) 44.3 39.8 29.5
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 32.87 29 21
Civil Engineering (CE) 28.7 25.8 19.1
Electrical Engineering (EE) 25.2 25.2 16.7
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 25 22.5 16.6
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) 25 22.5 16.6
  1. No centralized counselling will be organized by the authority for admission to PG courses.
  2. Candidates have to apply separately for each IIT.
  3. CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan admissions) will be conducted for admission to all NITs & several other centrally funded Institutions.
  4. GATE 2019 Counselling will be started in the month of April 2019 through online mode.
  5. Candidates, those have a valid GATE 2017/2018/2019 scorecard, they can apply for counselling.
  6. At the time of counselling registration, candidates have to fill choices of colleges & courses as per their preferences.
  7. Allotment of the seat will be done on the basis of rank, filled choices, category, availability of seats, etc.


Higher education though Gate, the M. Tech specialization is available for some fields in engineering stream, and these specializations preference are based on the placement opportunities. Though Gate students can choose from any one of the specialization course for example Civil engineering, Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering etc. These specialization subjects play a very specific role in deciding future in the industry.

Here is the list of subject specialization priorities:
Electrical Engineering
Power Electronics
Machines and Drives
Power Systems
Control and Automation
Digital Signal Processing
Instrumentation Technology
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
VLSI Design Tool Technology
Integrated Electronics and Circuits
Micro Electronics
Microwave Engineering
Communication Engg
Telecommunication Technology and Management
Optoelectronics and Optical Communication
Digital Signal Processing
Control and Automation
Computer Science and Engineering/Information Technology
Computer Science
Information Technology
Information Security
Software Engineering
Distributed Computing
Image Processing
Computer Systems and Hardware
Database and Information Systems
Programming languages
Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Computing
Mechanical Engineering
Design of Mechanical Equipment/Machine Design
Thermal Engineering
Manufacturing Science and Engineering
Production Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Material Science and management
Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Transportation Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Earthquake Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
Rock Engineering and Underground Structure


Gate Cut off marks are decided based on the difficulty level of the question paper and every year Gate cut off marks varies, every stream have different cut-off marks. Here we have listed out previous year cut-off marks along with subject wise cut-off marks.

Previous Year’s GATE Qualifying Cut-off Marks GATE 2017 CUTOFF MARKS

Branch General OBC SC/ST/PH
EC 25 22.5 16.6
CE 28.7 25.8 19.1
EE 25.2 25.2 16.7
ME 32.87 29 21
CS & IT 25 22.5 16.6
IN 34.6 31.1 23
CH 44.3 39.8 29.5


Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 146299 25.2 22.2 16.7
2016 146293 25.2 22.2 16.7
2015 125851 25.2 22.2 16.7
2014 141799 25.2 22.2 16.7
2013 152381 25.74 23.17 17.16
2012 110125 25 22.5 16.67
2011 72680 26.08 23.47 17.39
2010 52246 25.2 22.68 16.6


Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 183159 25.2 22.2 16.7
2016 183152 22.5 16.6 16
2015 172714 25 22.5 16.67
2014 216637 25.56 23.01 17.14
2013 256135 25 22.5 16.67
2012 176944 25 22.5 16.67
2011 137853 26.11 23.5 17.41
2010 104291 25 22.51 16.67

Civil Engineering Cutoff Marks:

Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 129225 28.7 25.8 19.1
2016 118147 25 22.5 16.6
2015 101429 25 22.5 16.67
2014 90872 26.57 23.91 17.71
2013 67472 27.13 24.42 18.09
2012 36156 33.03 29.73 22.02
2011 29347 25 22.5 16.67
2010 19406 25.01 22.51 16.67

Computer Science Engineering Cutoff Marks:

Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 96878 25 22.2 16.6
2016 131803 25 22.5 16.6
2015 115425 25 22.5 16.67
2014 155190 25 22.5 16.67
2013 224160 25 22.5 16.67
2012 156780 31.54 22.5 16.67
2011 136027 25 22.5 16.67
2010 107086 25.01 22.51 16.67

Mechanical Engineering Cutoff Marks:

Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 234227 32.87 29 21
2016 234727 29.6 26.6 19.7
2015 185758 32.73 29.46 21.82
2014 185578 28.86 25.97 19.24
2013 167814 25 22.5 16.67
2012 121320 27.14 24.42 18.09
2011 81175 30.81 27.73 20.54
2010 59338 25.01 22.51 16.67

Instrumentation Engineering Cutoff Marks:

Gate Exam Year No.of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Mark (General) Qualifying Mark (OBC) Qualifying Mark (SC/ST/PH)
2017 18066 34.60 31.10 23.00
2016 18045 25 22.5 16.6
2015 22387 25.45 22.9 16.96
2014 22367 25 22.5 16.67
2013 28249 25 22.5 16.67
2012 21509 25 22.5 16.67
2011 18456 25 22.5 16.67


The purpose of the GATE exam is to test students knowledge and understanding of their under Graduate level subjects in Engineering and Science. Every year lakhs of Engineering graduates pass out from universities and engineering colleges. GATE In the present competitive scenario, to measure and test the caliber of engineering students is possible through the GATE exam only

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs. Better remuneration is being offered for students of M.Tech/M.E as compared to those pursuing B.Tech /B.E.

GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings. There are total 217 Public sector units. A good GATE rank assures a good job. After joining M.Tech. at IITs and IISc, one can look at a salary package ranging from Rs 7 lakh to 30 lakh per annum, depending upon specialization and performance.

Benefits of appearing for the GATE exam
  1. You can get admission in M. Tech/MS in IISc /IITs / NITs and other Universities depending upon your score
  2. If you were unlucky in IIT JEE, you can get one more chance to realize your cherished goal of studying in IISc / IITs by taking GATE
  3. Based on GATE Score, you can apply for some of the top PSUs which offer lucrative jobs.
  4. You can get a financial aid of RS 12400/- per month in the form of MHRD scholarship
  5. With a good GATE score you can land in IISc /IITs / NITs where you can have abundant campus placements with attractive salary packages ranging from Rs 7 to 30 Lakh p.a.
  6. You can shift to management side by doing PG Diploma of 2 year in Industrial engineering in NITIE Mumbai, where admission sare based on GATE score and interview.
  7. If you don’t have first class in Engineering and if it is a hurdle to apply for some of the jobs like teaching, it can be overcome by doing M. Tech/ MS.
  8. You can try for MS admissions based on GATE score in some of the foreign Universities like in Singapore, Germany and Malaysia.
  9. More MNC companies recruit through campus recruitment in leading /Prestigious Institutes
  10. Masters Degree is a must for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in Educational Institutes and most of the R& D centers
  11. Gate Qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored Projects
  12. Last but not the least, Masters Course changes the Individual’s thought process, teaches us how to approach and solve a problem in the totally new & unknown environment.


1. Can I appear in any of the GATE 2018 papers? The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate can also choose any other papers of GATE 2018, however, it is better to choose a paper in line with the eligibility criteria of the institutions/organizations in which he/she wishes to seek admission/job.

2. Can I use one e-mail address to fill multiple application forms? NO. One e-mail address can be used to submit only ONE application form. Candidates are discouraged to fill multiple application forms using different e-mail addresses.

3. Why should I choose three examination cities? A candidate will most likely be allotted a centre in the examination city of his/her first choice. Only in cases, where there are too many candidates opting for a certain city as their first choice, the other two choices become relevant. A candidate is required to fill his/her choices of cities to appear in the examination, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate. For candidates opting international centers, there will be only one choice (by default).

4. What do I do, if the power/internet connection failed during the submission of application process? Please login to the GOAPS website again and continue the application process.

5. Only SC/ST/PwD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificates. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too? NO. Category certificate is required only for Indian nationals (appearing from exam centers within India), who wishes to avail a concession in application fee. As far as the GATE 2018 examination is concerned, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates are eligible for application fee concession.

6. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2018 examination? There is a link to the payment gateway from the application portal. The candidate can opt for any of the payment options listed over there. The additional charges such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate.

7. What do I do, if power/Internet connection failed during online payment? When you can get back online, login back to GOAPS website and check the status of the payment. If the payment was received by GATE, you can continue the process of printing the application form. If the payment was not received by GATE, you can also check the status of transaction from your bank account. In case, the fee amount has been debited (deducted) from your bank account, but GOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, then the money will be credited back to your account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process. In such a situation, you may initiate a fresh payment on GOAPS without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account. This will ensure that your application submission will be on time (within the deadline).

8. My net banking account has been debited more than once. How do I get the money back? Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of GATE 2018 from this account, will automatically be returned (credited) to the same bank account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process.

9. My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but GOAPS website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do? Please login back to GOAPS after some time and check the status of the payment. Even then, if GOAPS does not acknowledge any fee payment, the money will be credited back to your account. However, this may take a week or more, after the closure of the application process. In such a situation, you may initiate a fresh payment on GOAPS without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account. This will ensure that your application submission will be on time (within the deadline). Finally, you will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.

10. Do I have to send the print-out of the application form? NO. The print-out of the application form is not required to be sent to the Organizing Institute (IIT Guwahati) or any other GATE zonal offices.

11. When and how will I know the status of my application? You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.

12. After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will I be able to change my application data? NO. After completing all the steps upto PDF application form generation in the ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence, you need to be very careful while entering the data.

13. I have missed to take a print-out of my ONLINE application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it? You can login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and password and take a print-out for your own reference. The print-out must not be sent to GATE Organizing Institute.

14. If I have not uploaded photograph as per the specifications mentioned, will my application be rejected? YES, the application will be rejected.

15. Which Identity Document (ID) will be accepted in the application form? For Indian candidates, the following identification documents/cards will be accepted: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification.

16. If I am in the final year of my qualifying degree program, what certificate do I upload? If a candidate is in the final year of the qualifying degree program, a Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute (in the format given in Appendix A), must be uploaded.

17. If I have completed the degree in 2017, but my institute has still not provided me withthe degree certificate/provisional certificate, which document should I upload as eligibility certificate? In case, the degree certificate/provisional certificate has not been issued at the time of application, final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document.

18. I have backlogs/arrears during the qualifying degree program, due to which I did not complete the program. I am currently not studying in the college and therefore cannot get duly signed Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute. Which document should I upload while filling the application form? If you cannot get a duly signed Certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute, you should submit final year mark sheet (of any one semester), even if there are backlogs/arrears in some subjects.

19. Is the downloaded mark sheet (from internet) acceptable as an eligibility document? Yes, internet downloaded final year mark sheet (of any one semester), which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) ONLY, is acceptable.

20. When will I receive my Admit Card? Admit Card can ONLY be downloaded from the GOAPS website from 5th January 2018. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post or as e-mail attachment.

21. Is the Admit Card alone sufficient to gain entry to the examination centre? NO. Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Examination for the verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy/scanned copy/NOT an expired document), which was specified during the filling up of the online application. For Indian candidates, only following identification cards will be accepted: Passport PAN card Voter ID Aadhaar-UID College ID Employee ID & Driving License. For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification. The Admit Card is valid if and ONLY if the candidate's photograph and signature images are clear and legible. The photograph on the Admit Card and that in the valid photo identity document should match with the appearance of the candidate on the day of examination.

22. Can I bring soft copy of the Admit Card (in mobile phone/tablet/laptop) to gain entry to the examination centre? NO. Hard copy (printed in color) of the Admit Card must be brought to the examination centre along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) Identity Document (ID), which was specified during the filling up of the online application.

23. For how many GATE papers can I apply? A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 23 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 other paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

24. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper? NO. Requests for the change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form WILL NOT be permitted.

25. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination City? YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against payment. A specific time period for the same will be notified in the GATE 2018 website.

26. Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the examination? A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.

27. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the examination? NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination. Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall only after the scheduled end of examination.

28. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

Only Admit Card, Identification Card and a pen is permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall.