All about GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE Exam. The operations related to GATE in 8 zones all over India are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at IISc. or IITs. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 was IISc Bangalore, and for GATE 2017 is IIT Roorkee.

  1. Examinations for all papers is be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online exam is expected to contain Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Questions where answers must be keyed in by the candidate using virtual keypad.
  2. GATE 2017 examinations was held on February 4 – 5, 2017 & February 11 – 12, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  3. For GATE 2017 the entire process of filling up application form, uploading of certificates/documents, etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc., to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office.
  4. The payment of application fees would be online through different modes like net banking or e-challan.
  5. GATE 2017 score is valid for 3 yrs from the date of Result Announcement.


Candidates with any of the following qualification are eligible to appear in GATE Exam.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 Years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (Five year course) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or Equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those in the second or higher year of such programs.
  • Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those in the fourth or higher year of such programs.
  • Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. Degree and those in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

How to Apply for GATE

All candidates have to apply ONLINE through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Details of the non-refundable application fee are shown in table below –


Source: GATE 2017 Notification:


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Exam Pattern

The GATE examination consists of a single online paper of 3-hour duration, in which there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.

Section Weightage & Marks
70% of the total marks is given to the technical section while 15% weightage is given to General Aptitude and Engineering Maths.


For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Question Types:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s)

(ii) Numerical Answer/Fill in the blank Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Design of Questions

The Fill in the Blank Questions usually consist of 35% – 40% of the total weightage.

About Online pattern

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the question s in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). The candidates will also be allowed to use a calculator with which the online portal is equipped with. A candidate must practice the use of online calculator well before the exam.


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