Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Complete Information

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India level entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Science for admission to post-graduate programmes such as M.E., M.Tech, direct PHD offered by centrally funded Indian institutes of higher education. GATE score is also used by some private and public sector undertakings for employment procedure. The article is illustrating here pre-exam and post-exam information of GATE including eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, syllabus, answer sheer, result, scorecard etc.

Number of Students Appeared in GATE Exam 

Year Number of Candidates
2015 804,463
2014 889,156
2013 984,855
2012 686,614
2011 Aprox 553,000 *
2010 Aprox 415,000 *

 Latest Changes in GATE Exam

  • The respective authority is allowing aspirants to use online virtual calculator during the exam, however physical calculator is not allowed. For the convenience of candidates, the university puts the online virtual calculator in advanced for practice.
  • Answer key will be available at the official website for some duration. Candidates are permitted to put challenge against every answer key but for the same they will have to pay nominal fee.
  • The authority has introduced a new paper in the year 2016 named Petroleum Engineering (PE) and hence now the total number of paper is 23. List of paper codes are mentioned as below:


Administrative Institutes

GATE exam is organized by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) along with seven 7 IITs. List of those 7 IITs along with zones are furnished below:

Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science

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

Minimum Eligibility Criteria Required for GATE Exam


GATE Exam Pattern

  • Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Questions will be involved in the question paper.
  • Multiple choice questions will consist of four alternatives, out of which one option is right. Candidates are required to answer Numerical questions by using a keypad.
  • General Aptitude section consisting 15 questions will be common to all papers.
  • Questions’ distribution for paper codes including EY, AR, CY, MA, GG, XL and PH: General Aptitude (15%) and Main subject (85%).
  • Questions’ distribution for paper codes BT, AE, AG, CS, CE, CH, IN, EC, EE, MT, ME, MN, PI, TF and XE: General Aptitude (15%), Main subject (70%) and Engineering Mathematics (15%).

Marking Scheme

  • MCQ type questions will be of 1 or 2 marks. 1/3 marks gets deducted for 1 mark questions and 2/3 for 2 marks questions in case of each wrong attempt.
  • Numerical answer questions will be for 1 or 2 marks. No negative marking rule will be applicable in this section.

How to Apply?

Get access of official portal of GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) i.e. in order to apply for GATE exam. Photographs, category certificates, signatures and other necessary certificates required to be uploaded in the prescribed format.

Application Fee

Rs. 1500/- for General/OBC-NCL Male Candidates/Other Candidates and Rs 750/- for Women/SC/ST/ PwD category candidates

GATE Exam Availability Details

Admit card for appearing in GATE exam will be obtained from the official website. Candidates are required to get updated with date of release of admit card.

Result and Counseling Details

GATE exam result will be made available by the respective authority at its official website. There will be no common counseling gets conducted for admission in Indian Institute of Technology; however NITs admission will be done through CCMT process.

Contact Information of Zonal GATE Office