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Hello readers! This article will quench all your thirst and queries regarding GATE examination. Starting with the full form, Gate stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. This exam is exclusively conducted for admission in Post graduate programs relating to engineering as well as for the students who have completed their masters wanting to pursue PHD. Moreover this test aims at analysis of complete knowledge acquired in graduation by the students.

This test is a national level assessment which is organized by Indian Institute of Science as well as 7 IIT’s of Indian. Furthermore GATE examinations stands out as a prominent examination in the life of engineering students among the top engineering examinations like Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test, etc.

Also, the score in this examination known as GATE score is extremely important as it helps the students to take admissions in their desirable field of engineering. There is no ownership bar as Gate score are used for employment in government as well as government- owned companies.


  1. Firstly, students that are in the last year of are eligible for GATE exam. Also the students in last year of technology, architecture and other related courses are eligible.
  2. Students of final year of post-graduation in science, computer application, mathematic or equivalent courses are also eligible for this test.
  3. Students that are currently in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of Post- master’s degree programs are also eligible for this exam.
    Also, students of 4th or 5th year of integrated master’s degree program (5 year program) are eligible.
  4. Finally, aspirants with marks obtained by examinations conducted by professional societies like MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE are also eligible.


In order to appear for GATE exam, aspirants need to opt for one discipline among the following-

  1. Life science
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics
  4. Aerospace
  5. Computer Science & Information Technology
  6. Production and Industrial engineering
  7. Petroleum
  8. Mining
  9. Metallurgic
  10. Textile and Fiber
  11. Engineering sciences
  12. Mathematics
  13. Instrumentation
  14. Mechanical
  15. Geology and Geophysics
  16. Agriculture and planning
  17. Biotechnology
  18. Civil
  19. Electronics and communication
  20. Ecology and evolution
  21. Chemical
  22. Electrical


There will be total of 100 questions in the examination out of which candidates need to attempt 65 questions. Moreover these 65 questions are subdivided into the following-

1. 10 questions relating to general aptitude

2. 55 questions of the subject chosen by the aspirant.

Note: Don’t forget that there is negative marking for each wrong question. 2/3 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer while solving 2 Mark question. However, 1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answer wile solving 1 mark question.

There will be no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.


Syllabi of all the subjects can be found by clicking on the paper/subject below:

General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers
AE: Aerospace Engineering PH: Physics
AG: Agricultural Engineering PI: Production and Industrial Engineering
AR: Architecture and Planning TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
BT: Biotechnology XE -A: Engineering Mathematics
CE: Civil Engineering XE-B: Fluid Mechanics
CH: Chemical Engineering XE-C: Materials Science
CS: Computer Sc. and Information Technology XE-D: Solid Mechanics
CY: Chemistry XE-E: Thermodynamics
EC: Electronics and Communication Engg. XE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
EE: Electrical Engineering XE – G: Food Technology
EY: Ecology and Evolution XE – H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
GG: Geology and Geophysics XL – P: Chemistry
IN: Instrumentation Engineering XL-Q: Biochemistry
MA: Mathematics XL-R: Botany
ME: Mechanical Engineering XL – S: Microbiology
MN: Mining Engineering XL – T: Zoology
MT: Metallurgical Engineering XL – U: Food Technology
PE: Petroleum Engineering


It is most noteworthy to secure your seats in respective institute. Afterwards, scholarships are granted to the students with a valid gate score. Around Rs 11, 800 /- are paid by MHRD to gate qualified candidates.

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