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Selection, Syllabus, Pattern & Eligibility for GATE

  • The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) tests mainly the comprehensive understanding of various UG level subjects in engineering and science.
  • GATE is conducted every year since 1984 jointly by the IISc and 07 IITs (Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai, and Mumbai).
  • Since 2014, GATE has been an online Computer Based Test (CBT) and questions are shown in a random sequence on the computer screen.
  • The Primary purpose of the GATE Exam is for Post-Graduate Engineering Admissions. But from the past 08 years PSUs started signing MOUs with IITs for screening engineers for entry-level engineering jobs through GATE.
  • GATE is conducted every year February month over 660 centres across various countries apart from India like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, SriLanka & United Arab Emirates. The validity of the GATE score is considered to be 03 years since 2015


Currently in the final year or already completed students of B.Tech/ B.E/ AMIE/AMICE/M.Sc/MCA with no age limit


GATE is conducted in 24 disciplines/papers including the major engineering disciplines like Electrical Engineering (EE), Electronics & Communication (EC), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Computer Science (CS), Instrumentation (IN) and Civil Engineering (CE). A candidate can select or appear only in ANY ONE paper of the GATE exam. For more details about other disciplines/papers, please visit GATE IIT Madras


Section-1: Technical Ability (55 Questions)

  • This section includes Technical questions related to the Paper/Discipline chosen and Engineering Mathematics
  • 25 One-Mark Questions & 30 Two-Mark Questions

Section-2: General Aptitude (10 Questions)

  • Verbal Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.
  • Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.
  • 5 One-Mark Questions & 05 Two-Mark Questions

Duration,Type of Questions & Marking Scheme

The GATE exam is of 3 hours duration, with a total of 65 questions worth of maximum marks of 100. The questions include Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ),Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions. The answer in NAT is to be entered on an on-screen keypad.

There is negative marking scheme in GATE exam 

  • For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.
  • For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • NO negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

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