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About GATE Exam

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India 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 eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT BHU and IIT Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate.

Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master’s degree programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/assistantships. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

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. GATE qualification is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India.

A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 22 papers listed in the table given below:

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.

 

Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes

 

Sl.No Paper Code   Sl.No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE   12 Geology and Geophysics GG
2 Agricultural Engineering AG   13 Instrumentation Engineering IN
3 Architecture and Planning AR   14 Mathematics MA
4 Biotechnology BT   15 Mechanical Engineering ME
5 Civil Engineering CE   16 Mining Engineering MN
6 Chemical Engineering CH   17 Metallurgical Engineering MT
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS   18 Physics PH
8 Chemistry CY   19 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC   20 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
10 Electrical Engineering EE   21 Engineering Sciences XE*
11 Ecology and Evolution EY   22 Life Sciences XL**
             
  XE Paper Sections Code     XL Paper Sections Code
  Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A     Chemistry (Compulsory) H
  Fluid Mechanics B     Biochemistry I
  Materials Science C     Botany J
  Solid Mechanics D     Microbiology K
  Thermodynamics E     Zoology L
  Polymer Science and Engineering F     Food Technology M
  Food Technology G        

 

 

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2019 (No age limit)

The categories of candidates eligible to appear for GATE 2019 are given in Table below.
 

 

Table : Minimum Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2019

 

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Year of qualification not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree 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 2019
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
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 2019
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 2019
Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program) Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year or already completed 2021
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 4th/5th year or already completed 2020
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 2019
Professional Society Examination (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 NA

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 science subject.

Important Dates [GATE 2019 Online Examination]

 

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Saturday 1st September 2018
Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application Sunday Extended to
23rd September 2018, 18:00 hrs
Enrollment process closes on Monday 1st October 2018
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Paper Change Request (closed) 17/10/2018 to 24/10/2018
Corrections request concerning Gender / Category / PwD Status / Dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities 31/10/2018 to 07/11/2018
Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) 13th November 2018 16th November 2018

 

Online Examination Schedule: GATE 2019 (Organising Institute – IIT Madras)

 

GATE 2019 Examination

Forenoon

9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon (Tentative)

Afternoon

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative)

Saturday 
Sunday
2nd February 2019 
3rd February 2019

Saturday 
Sunday

9th February 2019 
10th February 2019
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Saturday 16th March 2019

 

Paper Structure of GATE 2019

GATE 2019 will be conducted in the subjects (also referred to as “papers”) shown in Table below Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice, as this knowledge will be required at the time of application form submission and appearing for the examination. A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper.
 
Since a candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 22 papers for which GATE 2019 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully. Table below gives the list of GATE papers and paper codes for GATE 2019.
 
The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, the candidate is, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute.
 

Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes

 

Sl.No Paper Code   Sl.No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE   12 Geology and Geophysics GG
2 Agricultural Engineering AG   13 Instrumentation Engineering IN
3 Architecture and Planning AR   14 Mathematics MA
4 Biotechnology BT   15 Mechanical Engineering ME
5 Civil Engineering CE   16 Mining Engineering MN
6 Chemical Engineering CH   17 Metallurgical Engineering MT
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS   18 Physics PH
8 Chemistry CY   19 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC   20 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
10 Electrical Engineering EE   21 Engineering Sciences XE*
11 Ecology and Evolution EY   22 Life Sciences XL**
             
  XE Paper Sections Code     XL Paper Sections Code
  Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A     Chemistry (Compulsory) H
  Fluid Mechanics B     Biochemistry I
  Materials Science C     Botany J
  Solid Mechanics D     Microbiology K
  Thermodynamics E     Zoology L
  Polymer Science and Engineering F     Food Technology M
  Food Technology G        

 
*XE (Engineering Sciences) and **XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of Sections listed in the above table. More detailed explanation is given below.
 
General Aptitude Questions
 
All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
 
XE Paper
 
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
 
1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
 
2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
 
3. Any two of XE sections B to G
 
The choice of two sections from B to G can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to G).
 
XL Paper
 
A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following
 
Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
 
GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
 
Any two of XL sections I to M
 
The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered by the candidate. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).
 
Duration and Examination Type
 
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.
 
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 questions 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). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

 

GATE Previous Year Question Papers with Solutions (2004-2018)

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