Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering(GATE)

National level engineering entrance examination

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What is GATE?

GATE exam (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a computer based test(CBT) conducted by IITs/IIScĀ  in India With the purpose of examining the understanding of various engineering topics in students. The GATE exam was started in 1984 and is held once every year, usually in first and second week in February and the results are declared approximately in the third week of March(after 40 days).
GATE Exam is open for international students from below countries too.

  • Bangladesh
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Germany
  • United Arab Emirates

There are many benefits of writing the GATE exam. Some of them are given in detail as follows:

Benefits of GATE Exam (Why GATE?)

GATE score enables students open the doors to take admission in various prestigious PG programs in IITs and IISc.

There are some other benefits as well:

  • ME (Master of Engineering)
  • MTech (Master of Technology)
  • Stipends in ME/M.Tech through GATE Exam
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Research institutes recruitment through GATE exam)
  • PSU's(Jobs in Public Sector Units)
  • Admissions in Foreign Universities through GATE Exam

Exam Pattern, Eligibilty & Syllabus

GATE Eligibility

The following students are eligible to take the GATE exam -

  • Bachelor’s degree students in Final Year of Engineering / Technology / Architecture (4 year graduation program after 10+2) programs
  • Master’s degree students Final Year in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent

Pre-final year students are not eligible to appear in GATE exam. There is no age limit to apply for GATE Exam also GATE Score (GATE Result) is valid for three years.

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GATE Syllabus

GATE syllabus is one of the most intensive topics covering various topics in engineering. GATE exam questions can be broadly classified as follows -

  • Engineering mathematics questions constituting 15 marks(5 questions of 2 marks each and 5 questions of 1 mark each)
  • General aptitude questions constituting 15 marks(5 questions of 2 marks each and 5 questions of 1 mark each)
  • Core(Technical) questions constituting 70 marks(25 Questions of 2 Marks each and 20 Questions of 1 Marks each)

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GATE Syllabus

GATE Exam Pattern



Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Questions

65 (35 Questions of 2 Marks and 30 Questions with 1 Mark of weightage)

Total Marks


Questions Type

There will be two question types:

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Numberof sections

GATE 2020 question paper will comprise of total 3 sections except for AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH and MA papers :
General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and technical Subjects of respective branches

General Aptitude Section

The GATE paper will also consist of a General Aptitude (GA) section constituting of 10 questions with the weightage of 15 Marks.

Marking Scheme

MCQs carrying 1 mark each- 1/3 mark will be cut for every wrong answer.
MCQs carrying 2 marks - 2/3 mark will be cut for every incorrect response.There is no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern - Paper Code Wise Subject Weightage

Paper Code

Exam Pattern

CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST and PI

GA (General Aptitude) - 15%
Engineering Mathematics - 15%
Subject of the Paper - 70%

AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH and MA

GA (General Aptitude) - 15%
Subject of the Paper - 85%

GATE Streams

Popular Streams for GATE based on number of takers.



Mechanical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Electronics and Communications


Civil Engineering


Computer Science and IT


Chemical Engineering


Instrumentation Engineering



Other important streams are as follows -



Aerospace Engineering


Agricultural Engineering


Architecture and Planning






Ecology and Evolution


Geology and Geophysics




Mining Engineering


Metallurgical Engineering


Petroleum Engineering


Production and Industrial Engineering


Textile Engineering and Fiber Science


Engineering Sciences


Life Sciences


GATE Score(Result)

GATE Exam score is usually announced in the 3rd week of March (around 40 days from the exam date). The GATE scorecard consists of the following -

  • GATE Score (on a scale of 1000)
  • Marks (out of 100)
  • Qualifying marks for General, OBC and SC/ST/PwD categories.
  • All India Rank
  • Number of candidates appeared in the paper

Both Marks as well as GATE score is released because

  • Marks tells the candidates about his performance in his question paper
  • GATE Score is generalized score across different sets of question papers. Example, Because of the huge number of GATE Aspirants, Mechanical Engineering (ME) GATE Paper is divided into 3-4 time slots of students each of which get different sets of question papers. Since the difficulty level might vary across different set of questions, the organizing body releases GATE score to compare the students in different time slots with different papers.

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