Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Mode of ExamOnline
Level of ExamNational Level

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to: (i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and (ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

The information in this brochure is mainly categorized into Pre-Examination (Eligibility, Application Submission, Examination Centres, etc.), Examination (Pattern, Marks/Score, etc.) and Post-Examination (Answers, Contests, Results, Scorecard, etc.) sections.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is basically an examination on the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. GATE 2019 will be conducted for 23 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) and it would be distributed over February 2,3 and February 9, 10, 2019 (9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm). The GATE examination centres are spread in different cities across India, as well as, at six cities abroad. It would purely be a Computer Based Test (CBT).

The GATE score would reflect the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject, which is quantified based on the several years of examination data. Note that the GATE 2019 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

Scholarship/Assistantship for Post-graduate Programs

To avail the financial assistance (scholarship/assistantship), the candidate must first secure the admission to a program in one of the central government supported institutes, by a procedure that could vary from institute to institute. Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on: his/her performance in GATE only; or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate’s academic record. In the test/interview based selection procedure, as per the MHRD guidelines, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining will be given to the candidate’s performance in test/interview and/or academic record. However, the admitting institutes could prescribe a minimum passing marks in the test/interview.

Candidates are advised to seek the complete details of the admission procedures and the availability of MHRD scholarship/assistantship from the corresponding admitting institutions. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistantship could be different for different institutions. The management of the post-graduate scholarship/assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution. Similarly, reservation of the seats for different categories will be as per the policies and norms of the admitting institution and the Government of India rules.

The admitting institute may also specify the number of candidates who will be provided financial assistance (scholarship), if admission is secured. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Note: 1. Call for admissions to M.Tech./Ph.D. will be advertised separately by the respective institutions and GATE committee is not responsible for the admission process.

2. GATE zonal offices will not entertain any enquiry about admission, reservation of seats and/or award of scholarship/assistantship.

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Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2019 (No age limit)

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree / Examination

Description of Eligible Candidates

Year of Qualification

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)

Currently in the final year or already completed


B. Arch.

Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 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 4th 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 (4 years program)

Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th 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 (5 years program)

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years 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



Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: i) must have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 4 years) in Engineering/Technology or; ii) must have completed or are in the final year of their Post Graduate (Master’s) degree (duration: at least 2 years) in any relevant subjects in science.

Note: If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or has already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, the candidate should select the minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.

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

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

Types of Questions

GATE 2019 Exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Type Questions in all papers & sections. Multiple Choice Questions will contain 4 options, of which only one is correct. For Numerical Type Questions a numerical value as the answer should be entered using mouse and virtual keyboard on the monitor. The following are type of Questions:

a. Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory directly or at most from a one-line computation.

b. Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate's understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

c. Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

d. Analysis and Synthesis: These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

e. Common Data Questions: Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.

f. Linked Answer Questions: These questions are of problem solving type. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the second answer. Each question in such linked answer questions will carry two marks.

How to prepare for GATE 2019?

GATE examination consists only of multiple and numerical answer type questions, hence only correct answer fetches marks.

Practice previous year question papers and analyze the weak topics and concentrate more on those topics. Candidates must try to solve the papers in a given time limit to obtain an idea as to how many questions are solved within the allotted time.

Impart equal emphasis on both theory and numerical problems. 

Browse through the GATE syllabus for topics allotted more weightage and prepare them.

Group Study is an effective way to brush up knowledge about technical topics with fellow partners and also helps to explore new techniques and methods to better understand the topics.

Do not make wild guess as there is negative marking associated with the questions. 

Prepare the list of important definitions, equations, derivations, theorems, laws in every subject.

Pay more attention while attempting linked and common data questions.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern





No. of


Marks Per




General Aptitude

1 to 5








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 allotted to Numeric 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 questions 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.


Negative Marking

Questions Type


Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

1 mark


2 marks


Numerical Answer Questions

1 mark


2 marks


Application Start Date :

1st September 2018

Application End Date :

21st September 2018

Exam Date :

2nd February 2019

Result Date :
Conducted By :

Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology

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