Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an entrance exam for admission to the postgraduate and doctoral programmes in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Science (IISC). The score of the exam is also accepted by NITs and CFTIs. Many Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) also recruit candidates for their organization through the GATE.

GATE tests a candidate’s comprehensive understanding of specialization in  UG Engineering / Technology /Architecture. It is conducted for 23 subject papers like AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, XE, and XL.

GATE 2019

If you are preparing for GATE 2019 then you should take the exam seriously. The past year trends show that the pass percentage in the exam remains quite low, near about 14 to 17 percent. Hence, if you want to qualify for the exam then you must prepare well. Every year, a separate IIT conducts the exam, usually, in the month of February. You can check more details and dates from below.

Event Dates
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) opens 01 Sep 2018
Last Date for Submission of Online Application (through Website) 21 Sep 2018
Extended Closing Date for Submission of Online Application (through Website) 01 Oct 2018
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) 16 Nov 2018
Admit Card on the Online Application Portal (for printing) 04 Jan 2019
GATE 2019 Examination 02, 03, 09 & 10 Feb 2019
An announcement of Result 16 Mar 2019

GATE Qualifying Cut Off 2018

GATE Cut off for various disciplines are given below.

GATE Cut Off in 2018

GATE Paper General OBC SC / ST / PH
AE 34.4 30.9 22.9
AG 25 22.5 16.6
AR 43.9 39.5 29.2
BT 27.9 25.1 18.5
CE 26.9 24.2 17.9
CH 37.8 34 25.1
CS 25 22.5 16.6
CY 25.4 22.8 16.9
EC 25 22.5 16.6
EE 29.1 26.1 19.4
EY 49.3 44.3 32.8
GG 32.4 29.1 21.5
IN 37.1 33.3 24.7
MA 29.4 26.4 19.5
ME 34.7 31.2 23.1
MN 45  40.5 30
MT 40.3 36.2 26.8
PE 39.8 35.8 26.5
PH 29 26.1 19.3
PI 32 28.8 21.3
TF 32.2 28.3 21.4
XE 31.5 28.3 21
XL 29.9 26.9 19.9

Syllabus of GATE 2019

To prepare for the GATE, you need to know the syllabus. Syllabus for each subject will be different. Hence candidate needs to check the syllabus according to the paper he has chosen during the application process and prepare accordingly.

Paper Code GATE Exam Syllabus
GA Syllabus of General Aptitude Common in all papers
AE Syllabus of Aerospace Engineering
AG Syllabus of Agricultural Engineering
AR Syllabus of Architecture and Planning
BT Syllabus of Biotechnology
CE Syllabus of Civil Engineering
CH Syllabus of Chemical Engineering
CS Syllabus of Computer Science and Information Technology
CY Syllabus of Chemistry
EC Syllabus of Electronics and Communication Engineering
EE Syllabus of Electrical Engineering
EY Syllabus of Ecology and Evolution
GG Syllabus of Geology and Geophysics
IN Syllabus of Instrumentation Engineering
MA Syllabus of Mathematics
ME Syllabus of Mechanical Engineering
MN Syllabus of Mining Engineering
MT Syllabus of Metallurgical Engineering
PH Syllabus of Physics
PI Syllabus of Production and Industrial Engineering
PE Syllabus of Petroleum Engineering
TF Syllabus of Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
XE Syllabus of Engineering Sciences
XL Syllabus of Life Science

Exam Pattern of GATE 2019

Knowing the exam pattern of GATE 2019 is an important aspect which candidate should keep in mind and know beforehand. GATE 2019 shall be an online Computer Based based examination. The language of the exam will be English and there will be 65 questions of 100 marks.

  • Out of 65 questions, 10 questions shall be of General Aptitude (GA) carrying a total of 15 marks. GA will test the candidate’s Language and analytical abilities.

The questions in GATE 2019 shall be of 2 kinds:

  1. Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) – In these type of questions, there will be 4 options available for a question out of which only one will be the correct option. The questions will be of 1 or 2 marks. Candidates have to mark the correct option only, as there will be negative marking for the wrong answer.

There are also some specifications for negative marking in MCQ type questions.

  • For 1 marks questions, a deduction of ⅓ will be there for the wrong answer.
  • For 2 marks, there will be a deduction of ⅔  for the wrong answer.

Thus it is highly suggested that candidate should mark their answer when they are sure of the answer so as to reduce the chances of negative marking in the main exam

2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) – These type of questions are little different from MCQ type questions. In these type of questions, no answer choices shall be shown. The candidate has to type in the answer using the virtual keypad. The answer can be in decimal or real number. For decimal answers, it will be explicitly mentioned as to up to how many places after the decimal, the candidate has to answer the question. It is recommended to the candidates that for answers which are in decimal, the candidate should answer up to three decimal places.

The uniqueness of these type of questions is that there will be no negative marking in these type of question. Candidates are advised to attempt all the questions of these types, even if they don’t know the answer, as there will be no negative marking if the answer goes wrong.

Marks and Marking scheme

For a good score in GATE 2019, it is essential that the candidate knows the marking scheme of the whole paper so that they can make the strategy for scoring the maximum marks with minimum deductions. So we are giving you a detailed analysis of the marking scheme so that you have a better understanding of it.

  • For papers with code AE,AG,BT,CE,CH,CS,EC,EE,IN,ME,MN,MT,PE,PI,TF and XE, the distribution of the whole paper will be as follows:
  1. Engineering Mathematics -15% of the total marks.
  2. the General Aptitude(GA)- 15% of the total marks
  3. remaining 70% of the total marks – subject of the paper.
  • However, for papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL, there is a little difference in the distribution of the marking across the paper:
  1. the General Aptitude section – 15% of the total marks
  2. the remaining 85% of the total marks – the subject of the paper.

(A) The GA (Gerenal Aptitude) paper will be a little different from other papers in terms of the distribution of the questions:

The GA section will be the common section in all the GATE subject papers. It will have 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10) giving a total of 15 marks to this section. We are giving here the distribution of the rest 85 marks out of 100 according to the paper chosen by the candidate.

  • The question papers other than GG, XE, and XL will contain 25 questions of 1 mark each(sub-total 25) and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each(sub-total 60) giving a total of 85 marks and 15 marks of the GA section.

(B) The GG( Geology and Geophysics) paper will be a little different from other papers in terms of the distribution of the questions:

There will be two parts to the paper: Part A and Part B. Part A is the compulsory section which has to be attempted by all the candidates. Part B of the paper will further contain two sections: Section 1 of Geology and Section 2 of Geophysics. Candidates have to attempt all the questions of any one of the sections.

Part A will contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks). These 25 questions may consist of numerical answer type questions. Either section of Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) shall contain 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks).In both these sections also, some of these may be numerical answer type questions.

(C) Candidates appearing for Engineering Sciences paper should understand the pattern given below :

  1. GA – General Aptitude carrying a total of 15 marks.
  2. Section A – Engineering Mathematics – It is the compulsory section which has to be attempted by the candidate. This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 8 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type as well
  3. Any two of XE Sections B to H: The choice of two sections from B to H can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only TWO optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section has to first deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to H) and then choose the new section which he wants to answer.

Each of the optional sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks: 9 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 26 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type also.

(D) Candidates for Life Sciences paper (XL) should know the distribution of questions and the marks for a better understanding of the structure of the paper  

  1. GA – General Aptitude carrying a total of 15 marks.
  2. Section P– This section will contain the questions of chemistry and is the compulsory section which needs to be attempted by the aspirant. This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks) of which Some questions may be of numerical answer type also.
  3. Any two of XL Sections Q to U: The choice of two sections from Q to U can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only TWO optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section has to first deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (Q to U) and then choose the new section. Each of the optional sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

How to prepare for GATE 2019

GATE 2019 is an important examination for candidates who want to do post graduation or join a good PSU. Seeing the high competition these days, it is essential that the candidates prepare for this exam with full proof strategy and preparation plan. We are providing here some useful tips which shall help the students in preparing well for this competitive exam and ensure that they pass the exam with flying colors:

  • The first essential thing to keep in mind is that the candidate should be well aware of the syllabus, exam pattern, marking scheme that he/she has an idea about the exam.
  • Next, the candidate should gather all the important resources according to the paper they are appearing for. Here we are providing a comprehensive list of some important books according to the paper they are appearing for. Candidates shall refer to the list given on this page to know about the important books they should read from.
  • Candidate should have a clear understanding of the topic and make important notes for the same. Practice as many questions on that particular topic per day. At the end of the day, they should revise what they have learned from the revision notes.
  • Mocks are an important part of any competitive exam. Practicing mocks gives you an idea of your level of preparation, what are the weak areas. Candidate should take as many mocks as possible and analyze them thoroughly to find out key points such as their strong areas, where do they need to improve.

Best Books for GATE 2019

Having the necessary books is an important part of the preparation of GATE 2019. Here we are providing the comprehensive list of the necessary books according to the paper for GATE 2019.

Mechanical Engineering Solved Papers Buy Online
Computer Science & IT Engineering Solved Papers Buy Online
Guide Electronics & Communication Engineering Buy Online
Civil Engineering Solved Papers Buy Online
Electrical Engineering Solved Papers Buy Online
Engineering Mathematics Buy Online

Candidates can refer to this list so that they have an idea what books and resources they should refer to GATE 2019 preparation and prepare accordingly.

Application Form for GATE 2019

The application form for GATE 2019 shall be filled in online mode from the official website, the official link for which shall be provided on this page. Candidates need to first ensure that they satisfy the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. They shall fill the application form through the official portal only.

Candidate first shall register themselves at official portal. They may have to provide their full name as per the qualifying degree certificate, valid e-mail id, and mobile number and also set a password. They will receive an e-mail which will contain the registration ID. This registration ID shall be kept safely by the candidate for all the future references.

Documents Required:-

After successful registration, the candidate shall fill in the application form for GATE 2019 through the official portal. Candidates shall ensure that they have the necessary data ready at the time of filling the application. We are providing here all the data that candidate shall need at the time of application filing:-

  • Personal information such as name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parent’s name and mobile number etc. No prefix such ass Mr, Ms., Dr. Etc shall be used while filling the form. They must ensure that they fill all the information as per the qualifying degree certificate from the institute in which candidate is pursuing her studies.
  • Address for all the communication.
  • Eligibility degree details
  • College name and address with PIN code
  • GATE paper
  • GATE examination cities
  • Candidate’s soft copy of photograph and signature as per the requirement
  • Scanned copies of all the certificates( degree certificates/caste certificates) as applicable.
  • Details of the valid ID
  • Net banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment.

Fee Payment Method

After successful submission of the application on the official portal, the candidate will be redirected towards the payment gateway which will provide the payment options. Candidate can pay through net banking and debit/credit card. The candidate will be able to see the application fees and the banking charges. After confirming the payment for GATE 2019, the candidate will be directed back to the official portal from where they can download the pdf copy of the application form by clicking “ Download Application Form”. It is advisable for the candidates to keep a copy of the application form for future references.

It might be possible that due to some technical error, payment may not be successful and the amount might get debited. Candidates are advised to do a fresh payment for the same. The amount debited will be credited back to the account which might take a week to be complete. Here we are showing the fees for GATE 2018. It is expected that the application fees for GATE 2019 will be same as that of 2018. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the page for regular updates.

For Examination Centers in India
Female candidates Rs 750
SC/ST/PwD* category candidates Rs 750
All other candidates Rs 1500
For Examination Centers outside India( All Candidates)
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu US$ 50
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100

GATE 2019 Admit Card

After scrutiny and rectification, candidates who successfully registered for the GATE will be able to download the admit card from the official portal. The admit cards will be available on the scheduled date. Admit cards will be available online only and will not be sent through the post.

It is an important document which needs to be carried by the candidate along with the original and valid Identity document, specified during the application form filing. It is advised to the candidate to print using a laser color printer so that the photograph of the candidate is clear on it.

Exam Cities for GATE 2019

GATE 2019 is conducted across India according to the zonal IITs.The list of exam centres for GATE 2018 is being provided below. 

Result of GATE 2019

The GATE 2019  result is expected to be released in 3rd week of March 2019. The scorecards of GATE 2019 shall be available after the announcement of the result. The candidates will have to log in to GOAPS and check it. GATE 2019 scorecard will be valid for 3 years.

Cutoff for GATE 2019

After the declaration of the result of GATE 2019, cut off will be generated for different branches. Here we are providing the cut off for GATE 2018 so that candidates can have an idea about how much do they need to score in their respective paper and clear the cutoff.

Branch General OBC SC/ST/PWD
Computer Science (CS) 25.00 22.50 16.60
Civil Engineering (CE) 26.90 24.20 17.9
Electrical Engineering (EE) 29.1 26.1 19.4
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.7 31.2 23.1
Electronics and Communication (EC) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Production Engineering (PI) 32.0 28.8 21.3
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 37.0 33.8 24.7
Aerospace Engineering (AE) 25 22.5 16.6
Chemical Engineering (CH) 37.8 34 25.1
Chemistry (CY) 25.4 22.8 16.9
Physics (PH) 29.0 26.1 19.3
Geology and Geophysics (GG) 32.4 29.1 21.5
Biotechnology (BT) 27.9 25.1 18.5
Life Science 29.9 26.9 19.9AR
Architectural Engineering (AR) 43.9 39.5 29.2
Agricultural Engineering (AG) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Maths (MA) 29.4 26.4 19.5
Petroleum Engineering (PE) 39.8 35.8 26.5

Normalization Process

The normalization process shall be done for multi-session papers in GATE 2019. It is done to take into account any variation in the difficulty level of the question paper across different sessions. Normalization is done on the basis that in all the multi-session papers, the distribution of ability of the candidates across the session is same.

Participating Institutes of GATE 2019

GATE is conducted for admissions to postgraduate and doctoral programmes in government-affiliated institutes such as IITs, NITs and other CFTIs which use GATE score as parameter.

Major PSUs across India also take candidates based on their GATE score. Hence it is important that the candidate prepares well for this exam if he wants to make a future in PSU. We are providing here the list of all the major PSUs that usually recruit through GATE score every year

  2. BBNL
  3. BEML
  4. BHEL
  5. BNPM
  6. BPCL
  7. BSNL
  8. BSPCL
  9. Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India
  10. CEL
  11. Coal India Ltd
  12. DMRC
  13. DRDO
  14. ECIL
  15. EdCIL India
  16. GAIL
  17. GSECL
  18. HAL
  19. Haryana Power Utilities
  20. HPCL
  21. IOCL

What After Result of GATE is Announced

GATE 2019 is the gateway to admissions in post graduation and doctoral programmes across government recognized institutes. GATE scores are also used by major PSUs of India for recruitment of candidates through their own process. Candidates who qualify GATE 2019, are eligible for further process to post-graduation and recruitment process of PSUs. Here we are giving an idea about the further processes which are done after the GATE results are declared.

  •  M.Tech Admissions through GATE

COAP 2019

For facilitating admissions in post graduation and doctoral programs of government recognized institutes such as IITs, there is a common offer acceptance portal (COAP) through which the candidates have to apply. The process involves sending applications to the individual IITs as well as applying on COAP.

The COAP is a portal through which institutes offer admission to the students. Candidates also have to accept the offer through COAP only. Candidates should ensure that before applying to the individual institute, they should check the eligibility criteria and ensure that they satisfy the criteria.

CCMT 2019

Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) 2019 is organized by NITs, CFTIs etc for joint admission. These institutes use GATE scores along with their own process for Post Graduation admissions. Its important features are admission process, schedule, process flow chart, contact details which are conveyed through information brochure

  • PSU Recruitment through GATE 

PSU jobs are one of the most sought-after jobs because of the stability and better pay. The major PSUs of India also recruit the GATE qualified candidates for their organization in various locations. After the declaration of GATE result, the PSUs release their eligibility criteria for qualified GATE candidates for further process.

There are different criteria for different PSUs. Some PSUs directly recruit through GATE score. Some PSUs shortlist students on the basis of GATE score for further group discussions and personal interviews. It is advisable that the candidates refer to the individual website for more details regarding the eligibility criteria and process.

Some major recruiters which use GATE scores are Indian Oil Corporation Ltd(IOCL), Bharat Heavy Electronics Ltd(BHEL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd( ONGC) etc.

Official website:

For more information about GATE 2019: Download information brochure



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