General FAQs

GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an All-India Examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Every year one IIT or IISc is selected as the Organizing Institute. GATE is a passport for admission into M.E. / M.Tech. and M.Sc. Engg. courses in almost all the colleges / institutes / universities of the country. M.E. / M. Tech. is a four semester program and admission to these programs largely depends upon GATE percentile score.

GATE identifies meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Postgraduate Programs in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science and Pharmacy at National level. The examination is a compulsory requirement for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) scholarship / assistantship for M.E. and M. Tech. programs.

There are numerous reasons to take up GATE. Some of them are listed below:

  • To pursue M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Sc. Engg. program in one of the leading institutes of the country.
  • Master”s degree leads to a specialization and cultivates and brings out the best of your interest in a certain area which may lead to research/ Ph.D.
  • More domain specific companies are coming for on campus recruitment in leading Institutes.
  • Higher salary is offered to a student holding a Master”s degree as compared to one holding a B.E.
  • Master”s degree is a must have for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes and most of the R&D centers.
  • Scholarship of Rs 8000/- is paid during masters course, allowing one to live an independent life.
  • GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects.
  • Some government organizations (e.g. BARC) prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement.
  • Based on the GATE score, some of the foreign university (Like NTU, Singapore) offers Ph.D. position without any GRE score.
  • Most importantly, to be a part of a Premier Institutes and enjoy learning and research in a conducive ambiance.
  • One gets intellectual satisfaction of working in the area of interest.
  • Last but not the least, Master course changes the individual”s thought process; teaches them the approach to solve a problem in the totally new & challenging environment.
There is no fixed pattern on the number of questions or weight a question carries. The pattern varies from year to year. Also it may depends on the organizing institute for particular year”s GATE exam. However, we have done the topic-wise pattern analysis which has been provided in the registration kit for the students” convenience. Also our expert team of IIScian / GATE toppers has identified certain portions in each subject from which the questions invariably appear in the GATE. The details will be provided to the students during the classroom coaching.
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:

  • Bachelor”s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy and those who are in the final or pre- final year of such programs.
  • Master”s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or penultimate year of such programs.
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master”s degree program (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master”s degree program and Dual Degree program in Engineering/ Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examination conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

Preparation time for GATE is subjective and depends on the so many factors such as individual”s aptitude, fundamentals, attitude, concentration level, etc, Typically, a rigorous preparation of 4-6 months is considered good enough for getting into IISc or IITs.

There are many IISc alumni in India & Abroad (including M.Tech, PhDs & Post doctorate from MIT, USA) who provide the inspiration for the establishment of THE GATE ACADEMY.Please find the brief profile of the core team members – click here.

CS REFERENCE SHEET

SUBJECT REFERENCE BOOK
MATHEMATICS
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal Advance
  • Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass
PROGRAMMING AND ALGORITHMS
  • Data Structure & Algorithm in C – Mark Allen Weiss
  • Programming Languages – Ravi Sethi
  • Introduction to Algorithms – Corman, Rivest
  • Fundamentals of computer Algorithms – Horowitz
  • C programming – Kernighan and Ritchie
OPERATING SYSTEMS
  • Operating Systems – Galvin
  • Operating Systems – Stallings
DISCRETE MATH AND GRAPH THEORY
  • Discrete Mathematical Structures with applications to Computer Science – Tremblay and Manohar
  • Discrete Mathematics – Rosen
  • Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists – Mott
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION
  • Digital Electronics – Morris Mano
  • Digital circuits – Taub & Schilling
  • Microprocessor – Ramesh Gaonker
  • Computer Organisation – Hamacher
DATABASE
  • Database Systems – Korth
  • DBMS – Ramakrishnan and Gerke
COMPUTER NETWORKS
  • Computer Networks – Tanenbaum
THEORY OF COMPUTATIONS
  • TOC – Ullman
COMPILER DESIGN
  • Principles of Compiler Design – Aho and Ullman
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND WEB TECHNOLOGY
  • A Practitioner’s Approach – Roger Pressman
  • Web Engineering – Roger Pressman and David Lowe
  • Fundamentals of Software Engineering – Rajib Mall
  • An Integrated Approach to Software Engineering – Pankaj Jalote

EC REFERENCE SHEET

SUBJECT REFERENCE BOOK
MATHEMATICS
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass
SIGNAL AND SYSTEM
  • Signal & System – Simon Hykin & Barry Van Veen
  • Signals & System Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Discrete Time Signal Processing – Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Digital Signal Processing Proakis
CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • Control System Engg. – Nagrath & Gopal
  • Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo
  • Modern Control System – Katsuhiko Ogata
  • Design of feedback control system – Hostetter, Savant & Stefani
NETWORK
  • Network Analysis– Van Valkenburg
  • Network & System – D Roy & Choudhary
  • Engineering Circuit Analysis – Hayt & Kammerly
ELECTRONIC DEVICE + ANALOG CIRCUIT
  • Electronic devices and circuit Millman & Halkias
  • Electronic devices and circuit – Boylestead
  • Integrated Electronics : Analog & Digital Circuit and System – Millman & Halkias
  • Micro Electronics Circuit – Sedra & Smith
  • Linear ICs Gaekwad
DIGITAL CIRCUITS
  • Digital Electronics – Morris Mano
  • Digital Circuits – Taub & Schilling
  • Microprocessor – Ramesh Gaonker
ELECTROMAGNETICS
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems by E.C, Jordan and K.G.Balsain
  • Engg Electromagnetics William Hayt
  • Antenna And Wave Propagation KD Prasad
  • Microwave devices & circuits – Lio
  • Schaum series for Problem
COMMUNICATIONS
  • Communication systems – Simon Hykin
  • Principals of communication systems – Taub & Schilling
  • An introduction to Analog and Digital Communication – Simon Hykin
  • Modern & digital communication system – BP Lathi
  • Electronic communication system – Kennedy

EE REFERENCE SHEET

SUBJECT REFERENCE BOOK
MATHEMATICS
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass
SIGNAL AND SYSTEM
  • Signal & System – Simon Hykin & Barry Van Veen
  • Signals & System Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Discrete Time Signal Processing – Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Digital Signal Processing Proakis
CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • Control System Engg. – Nagrath & Gopal
  • Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo
  • Modern Control System – Katsuhiko Ogata
  • Design of feedback control system – Hostetter, Savant & Stefani
ELECTRIC CIRCUITS AND FIELDS
  • Network Analysis –Van Valkenburg
  • Network & System – D Roy & Choudhary
  • Engineering Circuit Analysis – Hayt & Kammerly
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems by E.C. Jordan and K.G. Balsain
  • Engg Electromagnetics – William Hayt Schaum series for problems
ELECTRONIC DEVICE + ANALOG CIRCUIT
  • Electronic devices and circuit Millman & Halkias
  • Electronic devices and circuit – Boylestead
  • Integrated Electronics : Analog & Digital Circuit and System – Millman & Halkias
  • Micro Electronics Circuit – Sedra & Smith
  • Linear ICs Gaekwad
ANALOG CIRCUITS
  • Electronics devices and circuits – Millman & Halkias
  • Electronics devices and circuits – Boylestead
  • Integrated Electronics : Analog & Digital circuits and system – Millman & Halkias
DIGITAL CIRCUITS
  • Micro Electronics circuit – Sedra & Smith
  • Digital Electronics – Morris Mano
  • Digital circuits – Taub & Schilling
  • Microprocessor – Ramesh Gaonker
  • Linear ICs – Gaekwad
ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENTS
  • Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation – A.K.Sawhney
ELECTRICAL MACHINES
  • P.S Bimbra Electrical Machines Electrical Machines by Nagrath and Kothari
POWER ELECTRONICS AND DRIVES
  • Power System Analysis BY JOHN GRAINGER &WILLIAM STEVENSON
  • Electric Energy Systems ; Olle Elegard
  • C L Wadhwa Electrical Power Systems

IN REFERENCE SHEET

SUBJECT REFERENCE BOOK
MATHEMATICS
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass
SIGNALS, SYSTEMS AND COMMUNICATIONS
  • Signal & System – Simon Hykin & Barry Van Veen
  • Signals & System Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Discrete Time Signal Processing – Oppenheim & Schafer
  • Digital Signal Processing Proakis
  • Electronic communication system – Kennedy
  • Communication systems – Simon Hykin
  • Principals of communication systems – Taub & Schilling
CONTROL SYSTEMS AND PROCESS CONTROL
  • Control System Engg. – Nagrath & Gopal
  • Automatic Control Systems – Benjamin C Kuo
  • Modern Control System – Katsuhiko Ogata
  • Design of feedback control system – Hostetter, Savant & Stefani
  • Process Control Instrumentation Technology- Curtis D. Johnson
BASICS OF CIRCUITS AND MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
  • Network Analysis –Van Valkenburg
  • Network & System – D Roy & Choudhary
  • Engineering Circuit Analysis – Hayt & Kammerly
ANALOG CIRCUITS
  • Electronics devices and circuits – Millman & Halkias
  • Electronics devices and circuits – Boylestead
  • Integrated Electronics : Analog & Digital circuits and system – Millman & Halkias
  • Micro Electronics circuit – Sedra & Smith
  • Linear ICs – Gaekwad
DIGITAL CIRCUITS
  • Digital Electronics – Morris Mano
  • Digital circuits – Taub & Schilling
  • Microprocessor – Ramesh Gaonker
TRANSDUCERS, MECHANICAL MEASUREMENT AND INDUSTRIAL INSTRUMENTATION
  • Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation – A.K.Sawhney
  • Measurement Systems – Application and Design, Fourth edition- Doebelin E.O
ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENTS
  • Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation – A.K.Sawhney
ANALYTICAL, OPTICAL AND BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION
  • Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation – A.K.Sawhney
  • Analytical Instrumentation- Bela G. Liptak
  • Introduction to Fiber Optics- Ghatak, A, Thyagarajan, K

ME REFERENCE SHEET

SUBJECT REFERENCE BOOK
MATHEMATICS
  • Higher Engineering Mathematics – Dr. BS Grewal
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Erwin Kreyszig
  • Advance Engineering Mathematics – Dr. HK Dass
ENGINEERING MECHANICS
  • Engineering Mechanics Vol. I & Vol. II – Meriam & Kraige
  • Engineering Mechanics – I. H. Shames
  • Engineering Mechanics – Beer & Johnson
  • Engineering Mechanics – CBS Publishers
STRENGTH OF MATERIAL
  • An Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids – Stephen H Crandall
  • Strength of Materials – Pytel & Singer
  • Strength of Materials – Timoshenko and Young
THEORY OF MACHINE
  • Theory of Machine – Nagrath & Gopal
  • Theory of Machine – S. S. Rattan
  • Theory of machine – R. S. Khurmi
MACHINE DESIGN
  • Mechanical Design – Shigley
  • Machine Design – Sharma & Agarwal
THERMODYNAMICS & ITS APPLICATIONS
  • Engineering Thermodynamics – P. K. Nag
  • Power Plant Engineering – Arora & Domkundwar
  • Referigeration & Airconditioning – Arora & Domkundwar
  • I.C. Engines – V. Ganesan
FLUID MECHANICS & HYDRAULIC MACHINES
  • Fluid Mechanics – K. Z. Schaffer
  • Fluid Mechanics – Schaum’s series
  • Fluid Mechanics – A. K. Jain
HEAT TRANSFER
  • Heat Transfer – J. P. Holman
  • Heat transfer – D.S. Kumar
  • Heat Transfer – Arora & Domkundwar
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING
  • Production Engineering – R. K. Jain
  • Manufacturing Science – A.K. Ghosh
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
  • Industrial Engineering – Banga & Sharma

 

  • Percentile
  • All India Rank (Branch specific)
  • GATE score (with respect to all the participants in GATE exam, across all branches)
  • Absolute marks scored

Scorecard will be sent only to the qualified candidates. No information will be sent to candidates who did not qualify.
GATE scorecard is valid for TWO YEAR only. Additional scorecards (up to a maximum of two) will be issued only once on request and on payment of Rs 300 per scorecard. Such requests should reach the Organizing Chairman, GATE before some stipulated date (typically by August 31) together with a bank draft for the amount mentioned as above in favour of Chairman GATE, IIT. These scorecards will be labeled as Additional Scorecard-1 and Additional Scorecard- 2.

  • Scorecard will be sent only to the qualified candidates. No information will be sent to
  • Candidates who did not qualify.
  • The GATE score card is a valuable document. Care should be taken to preserve it. Additional Score Cards, (up to a maximum of two) will be issued on payment just once.
  • The Score Card cannot be treated as a proof of category.
  • The score card of the Qualified Candidates will include GATE Score, Percentile Score and Rank.

After the evaluation of the answers, the raw marks obtained by a candidate will be converted to a normalized GATE Score.

From 2013 onwards, the GATE score of a candidate is being computed using the formula given below.

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After the declaration of the results, GATE Score Cards will be issued (mailed to the Correspondence address given in the application) to (a) All SC/ST/PwD candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of SC/ST/PwD candidates in their respective papers. and (b) All other candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of OBC candidates in their respective papers. There is no provision for the issue of additional GATE Score Cards.

The GATE 2014 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying mark/score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2014, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Kolkata and Kolkata alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

Multiple choice questions in all papers and sections will contain four answers of which only one is correct. The types of questions in a paper may be based on following logic:

(i) Recall:
These are based on facts, principles, formulas or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

(ii) Comprehension:
These questions will test the candidate”s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

(iii)Application:
In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv)Analysis and Synthesis:
These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independent of one another.

Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question in this group carries two marks.

These are problem solving question. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed in such a way 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 two marks.

The questions based on the above four logics may be a mix of single, stand alone statement / phrase / data type questions, combination of option codes type questions or match items type questions.

Candidates can submit Application Form in two different modes: OFFLINE and ONLINE (subject to changes)

OFFLINE ONLINE
Application fee General & OBC Rs. 1000 Application fee General & OBC Rs. 900
SC/ST/PD Rs. 500 SC/ST/PD Rs. 400
Application Submission Process Application Submission Process
Step 1. Procurement of Application FormCandidate can obtain a packet containing (i) OFFLINE Application Form (ii) Information Brochure (iii) Acknowledgment Card (iv) Envelope from:

  1. Designated Bank Branches corresponding to each zone on cash payment.
  2. Zonal GATE Office by sending a request letter and TWO self-addressed slips along with a Demand Draft for appropriate amount.
  3. Zonal GATE Office after handing over Demand Draft for appropriate amount
Step 1. Obtain a Demand DraftThe candidates must obtain a Demand Draft, drawn on any nationalized bank in favor of Chairman of the corresponding zonal GATE Office, the website of which the candidate wishes to submit online Application.
Step 2. Online Application
Step 2. Fill in the Application Form Step 3. Take print out of Application FormSave the PDF file, take a printout, Sign at appropriate places and paste photograph.
Step 3. Obtain SC/ST/PD/OBC (non creamy layer) CertificateSC/ST/OBC (non creamy layer) and Disability Certificate should be obtained from appropriate authority, if applicable.
Authorities who can issue SC/ST/OBC (non creamy layer) Certificates.
Step 4. Obtain SC/ST/PD/OBC (non creamy layer) CertificateSC/ST/OBC (non creamy layer) and Disability Certificate should be obtained from appropriate authority, if applicable.
Authorities who can issue SC/ST/OBC (non creamy layer) Certificates.
Step 4. Post/SubmissionDuly filled-in Application Form with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Registered or Speed post to the Chairman, GATE of the Zone, where the candidate prefers (corresponding to the 1st Choice of Examination City) to appear for the examination.
Or
It can be handed over personally to respective Zonal GATE Office.
Step 5. Post/SubmissionDuly filled-in Application Form with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Registered or Speed post to the Chairman, GATE of the Zone, the website of which has been used for making ONLINE registration.
OR
It can be handed over personally to respective Zonal GATE Office.

 

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. The examination for the papers with codes TF and MN will be carried out ONLINE using computers where the candidates will be required to select the correct choice from among the four provided options. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.
 
No physical calculators will not be allowed in either actual GATE Exam or simulated GATE exams conducted by THE GATE ACADEMY
 
Yes, THE GATE ACADEMY would provide online calculator while the tests are being taken.

The answer is both yes & no. Any coaching institute and the best faculty can just guide you in building the concepts and its you who has to put effort and try to build concept. On second week of Feb, its you who has to appear in the GATE exam. There is old saying ,”You can bring a horse to water but you can not make it drink”.

At THE GATE ACADEMY, Course curriculum is designed in such a logically systematic and interactive way that students start getting interest from day one. The course is designed in an inclusive way and the regular feedback to the students helps in improving the critical/ weaker area.

Unlike other disciplines, where there are various institutions and publications who come up with their rankings, the same for ME/ M Tech is not available. Ranking also becomes difficult because these institutions are highly technical and research oriented. But there is a ranking by SCOPUS database based on the number of research publications by these institutions and number of citations received by the same. The rankings are:
  1. IISc, Bangalore
  2. IIT Kharagpur
  3. IIT Bombay
  4. IIT Delhi
  5. IIT Kanpur
  6. IIT Madras
  7. Jadavpur University – www.jadavpur.edu
  8. Anna University – www.annauniv.edu
  9. IIT rourkee
  10. Cochin University of science and technology – www.cusat.ac.in
  11. IIT Guwahati
  12. College of Engineering, Anna University – www.annauniv.edu
  13. Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah – www.becs.ac.in
  14. IT BHU, Varanasi – www.itbhu.ac.in
  15. BITS, pilani – www.bits-pilani.ac.in

(SCOPUS database is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. SCOPUS covers nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers. http://www.scopus.com)

Number of attempts is not restricted. The best of the valid GATE score is accepted which we provide in application form. The GATE score is valid for 2 years.
There is no age limit.
The candidate should have a PASS certificate from any recognized university.
The higher score you have secured of the two will be considered automatically once you fill-up the form.
  • Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes.
  • GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.

Please find below the list.

  • GATE 2011 IIT Chennai
  • GATE 2010 IIT Guwahati
  • GATE 2009 IIT Roorkee
  • GATE 2008 IISc
  • GATE 2007 IIT Kanpur
  • GATE 2006 IIT Kharagpur
  • GATE 2005 IIT Bombay
  • GATE 2004 IIT Delhi
  • GATE 2003 IIT Madras
  • GATE 2002 IISc Banglore
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