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About GATE Exam

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What is GATE Exam About?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an 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 seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

This page comprehensively deals with crucial pointers on All About GATE Exam and details regarding it. Every year the GATE exam is conducted in the month of January and February. The Exam is designed to test in-depth knowledge in basic concepts and their application for all the subjects in the engineering segment.

The following 23 papers from GATE Exam Syllabus are conducted in GATE Examination:
  • Aerospace Engineering AE
  • Agricultural Engineering AG
  • Architecture and Planning AR
  • Biotechnology BT
  • Civil Engineering CE
  • Chemical Engineering CH
  • Computer Science & Information Technology CS
  • Chemistry CY
  • Electronics & Communication Engineering EC
  • Electrical Engineering EE
  • Engineering Sciences XE
  • Petrolium Engineering PE
  • Geology and Geophysics GG
  • Instrumentation Engineering IN
  • Life Sciences XL
  • Mathematics MA
  • Mechanical Engineering ME
  • Mining Engineering MN
  • Metallurgical Engineering MT
  • Physics PH
  • Production & Industrial Engineering PI
  • Textile Engineering & Fiber Science TF
  • Ecology and Evolution EY
  • Petrolium Engineering PE

GATE Exam Eligibility

  • A Candidate holding a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2).
  • A Candidate holding a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma).
  • Candidates can also appear for this exam in the final year of their graduation
  • Master's degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree program (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.
  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology.

All you need to know About GATE Exam

  • 1. The GATE exam is of three hours duration that includes 65 Questions of 100 Marks
  • 2. You can choose subject of your interest and prepare according to the syllabus provided in the GATE brochure
  • 3. The subjects of interest include Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering & Instrumentation Engineering.
  • 4. Apart from the subjects listed above, you can also opt for other subjects such a Mathematics, physics.etc.
  • 5. Scores and grades of qualified candidates in GATE will provide them All India Rank as well as a percentile score. For example, a candidate who scores 99 would feature in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared for GATE.
  • 6.Any Candidate who scores below 70 % does not get the no score card.
  • 7. The validity of GATE scores is for 2 years. After two years you may re-appear the GATE exam and can consider the scores of new exam for the purpose of admissions if you score better than the old one.

About GATE Exam Pattern

1. Question types
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)
2. Marking Scheme
  • For MCQs which carry 1mark, 1/3rd mark is deducted for every incorrect answer
  • For MCQs which carry 2 marks, 2/3rd mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • No negative marks for questions that are not attempted
  • No negative marking for NAT questions
3. Sections
  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Subject Specializations

About GATE Exam 2021 Details on Questions & Answers

    In GATE Exam the candidate will be answering in two modes
  • Multiple Choice Question(MCQs)
    Has 4 choices out of which only one is correct. The candidate must choose the correct option to be awarded marks
  • Numerical Value Question
    This requires the candidate to enter a numerical value to the question using the virtual keyboard
  • Recall Questions: These questions test the understanding simple principles and laws of the subject
  • Comprehension Questions: These questions test the understanding of the basics, and requires the candidates to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  • Application of concepts: These questions test the application of the concepts and require computation as well as logical reasoning
  • Analysis and Synthesis questions: These questions test much deeper level of understanding. They require analytical skills and the skill to synthesize the results of the analysis.These questions can be one of the following two types
    - Common Data Questions: In these questions a passage is given followed by two or three independent questions which can be solved by analyzing the given data. Each question under this group will carry 2 marks.
    - Linked Answer Questions: Similar to the common data question, the 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 2 marks.