Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the exam across several years. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g., M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes of higher education with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also be used by Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment screening purposes.

The information in this brochure is mainly categorized into Pre-Examination (Eligibility, Application submission, Examination Centers, etc.), Examination (Syllabus, Pattern, Marks/Score, Model Question Papers, etc.) & Post-Examination (Answers, Results, Scorecard, etc.) sections.

About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2015 is IIT Kanpur.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the MHRD or other Government agencies. As per the directives of the MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the post-graduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship/assistantship. Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the Institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on his/her performance in GATE only or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate is to be selected through test/interview for post- graduate programs, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weightage will be given to the candidate’s performance in test/interview and/or academic record, as per MHRD guidelines.

The admitting institutes could however prescribe a minimum passing percentage of marks in the test/interview. Some colleges/institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship/assistantship. To avail of the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first admission to a program in these Institutes, by a procedure that could vary from institute to institute. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. Candidates are advised to seek complete details of admission procedures and availability of MHRD scholarship/assistantship from the concerned admitting institution. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistantship could be different for different institutions. The management of the post-graduate scholarship/assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution. Similarly, reservation of seats under different categories is as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting institution and Government of India rules. GATE offices will not entertain any enquiry about admission, reservation of seats and/or award of scholarship/assistantship.


Employment Several public sector undertaking have, in the past, used GATE scores for screening for providing a salaried employment. A select few such organizations are: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid India, etc. Note: GATE administration is not responsible for employment opportunities. The qualified candidates must check newspapers and other reliable sources for any such information.


Administration GATE is administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from these administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

GATE is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:


The overall co-ordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2018 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, which is designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2018.

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper No. of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Marks (General) Qualifying Marks (OBC?NCL) Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
ME Mechanical Engineering 235000 34.7 31.2 23.1
EC Electronics and Communication Engineering 183000 25 22.5 16.6
EE Electrical Engineering 146000 29.1 26.1 19.4
IN Instrumentation Engineering 18000 37.1 33.3 24.7
CE Civil Engineering 118000 26.9 24.2 17.9
CS Computer Science and Information Technology 132000 25.00 22.50 16.6
AE Aerospace Engineering 4400 34.4 30.9 22.9
AG Agricultural Engineering 1600 25.00 22.50 16.6
AR Architecture and Planning 6800 43.9 39.5 29.2
BT Biotechnology 11000 27.9 25.1 18.5
CH Chemical Engineering 18500 37.8 34 25.1
CY Chemistry 18500 25.4 22.8 16.9
EY Ecology and Evolution 1000 49.3 44.3 32.8
GG Geology and Geophysics 7000 32.4 29.1 21.5
MA Mathematics 8000 29.4 26.4 19.5
MN Mining Engineering 3000 45 40.5 30
MT Metallurgical Engineering 4500 40.3 36.2 26.8
PH Physics 12000 29 26.1 19.3
PI Production and Industrial Engineering 4000 32 28.8 21.3
TF Textile Engineering and Fiber Science 1500 32.2 28.9 21.4
XE Engineering Sciences 4000 31.5 28.3 21
XL Life Sciences 13000 29.9 26.9 19.9



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