Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

graduate aptitude test in engineering

GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India level entrance exam. It is conducted by one of the IITs every time. The exam provides admission to postgraduate courses both Masters and Doctoral with MHRD. It is also considered for other government scholarships, assistantships in engineering, technology, architecture, and science.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Eligibility

The candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology)

A bachelor’s degree holders of a four-year program in Science (B.S.) OR

A bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years course) OR

A five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree OR

A five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology OR

A four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology OR

A master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent OR

GATE Exam Syllabus

The GATE exam will comprise questions from the following subjects:

Engineering: The question will be from the relevant subject of the trade.

General Aptitude (GA) component common in all papers

Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning.

Note: For more detailed syllabus, students need to visit the official website i.e. /

GATE Exam Pattern

The GATE exam consists of 65 questions in total with 100 marks. The duration of the exam is 3 hours.

There will two types of questions in the GATE exam:

A – MCQs will carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.

B – Numerical questions will carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.

Imp: There is negative marking (1/3rd) for each wrong response.

GATE Exam Dates
The exam is normally conducted in the month of February.

How to apply for the GATE Exam?
Students should apply for GATE only through online mode. They should visit the official website i.e. and follow the instructions given there carefully.

GATE Exam Fees
The GATE exam fees are as follows:

  • For General Category and OBC – Rs.1500/-
  • For women and SC/ST/PD candidates – Rs.750/-
  • For international candidates – US$ 100

Note: The exam fee may vary year to year.

GATE Exam Centres
The exam is conducted at different selected centers in different zones throughout India.

  • IISc Bangalore Zone
  • IIT Bombay Zone
  • IIT Delhi Zone
  • IIT Guwahati Zone
  • IIT Kanpur Zone
  • IIT Kharagpur Zone
  • IIT Madras Zone
  • IIT Roorkee Zone

Contact Details for GATE Exam
Organizing Chairman
GATE Office

Related Exam: Common Admission Test or CAT, Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), NEET or National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test