GATE 2017 is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. IIT Roorkee held GATE exam for 23 subjects on 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th February 2017. Aspirants of M.Tech/M.Plan appear in GATE exam so as to get admission in top engineering colleges in India that accept GATE scores for M.Tech 2017 admissions. Also, this opens up doors to get recruitment in Public Sector Units or PSUs with vacancies in technical positions. GATE exam notification releases in the month of June, followed by application form submission in August, September, October. Applicants get to download admit card in January. Now that GATE 2017 exam is over, candidates (approximately 800000 lakh in number) are eagerly searching for GATE Result 2017. IIT Roorkee has notified that they will announce results on 27th March 2017. Stay up to date with day to day news on GATE 2017 exam here including notification, application form, admit card, result, counselling.

Latest – IIT Roorkee released official and final GATE 2017 question paper and answer key. Check here.


GATE Result 2017 – Candidates who have appeared for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering on 4, 5, 11, 12 February 2017 can check result of GATE 2017 on 27 March 2017. Check here.

GATE 2017

Date of Exam: 04, 05, 11, 12 Feb 2017
Organising Institute: IIT Roorkee

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GATE 2017 Important Dates

GATE 2017 Important Event GATE 2017 Date
Notification June 19, 2016
Commencement of form submission Aug 31, 2016
Last date of Online Application October 10, 2016 (11 AM)
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login November 16, 2016
Availability of GATE 2017 admit card January 5, 2017
GATE 2017 Exam Dates February 4, 2017;
February 5, 2017;
February 11, 2017;
February 12, 2017;
GATE 2017 Result declaration date March 27, 2017
Facility to download GATE Score Card begins on March 2017
Last date to download score card will be announced

GATE 2017 Result

All of you who belong to science stream must be familiar with the GATE test. The GATE test is also known as The General Aptitude Test in Engineering. The test is an all India examination primarily designed as an admission criteria for undergraduates to take admission into postgraduate courses in all the universities all over india which offer science stream. Here you will find about the exam, results, score validity, gate popularity, exam pattern etc.

The GATE exam has been used as the admission criteria for admitting candidates to post graduate courses in engineering since 1984. The exam’s toughness and well managerial sets of standards have led other public sector units to accept GATE score for recruitment purposes.The number of Public Sector Units accepting the GATE score has increased steadily over the past years and according to an article in Indian Express, last year GATE score was used by around 37 PSU in recruitment process. The score for the year 2016 was also used for recruitment of positions in the positions vacant for Cabinet Secretariat in Government of India.

Every year thousands of aspirants register themselves for this prestigious exam. The GATE score is valid all over India which is why it is so popular among engineering students. The exam has become the largest PG entrance exam today. The GATE exam is conducted by IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISC (Indian Institute of Science) jointly.

The exam comprises of two sections with 65 questions out of 100 marks. The time allowed to complete the task is 3 hours. In general, the questions for the exam consist of topics from three different subjects (i) general aptitude which covers 15 marks out of 100 (ii) engineering mathematics where you get questions of around 10-13 marks (iii) and the rest of the marks in the test will be from engineering area selected by the candidate.

The questions are multiple choice and fill in the blanks type in nature. The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) have negative marking for every wrong answer marked while fill in the blanks do not have negative marking scheme.

The examination process is being conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee this year. The result was declared on 19 march 2016 last year. For the year 2017, GATE exam was held on 4, 5, 11, and 12 February 2017. The candidates who appeared for the exam must eagerly be waiting for the results now. The result of GATE 2017 is scheduled to be released on 27th March 2017. The exam result will be published soon by GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System). Candidates will be required to enter their Registration ID, E-mail ID and password to get their admit card.No authority will release the admit cards in offline mode. Students are advised to keep up with the latest updates related to their GATE 2017 EXAM.

The score that you receive in the GATE exam is valid for the duration of three consecutive years. If the candidate has not been able to secure their admission into the desired course this year, he/she need not appear for the exam. However he/she must fulfill the rest of the criteria as per the rules and regulations of the body. To be able to get admission in your desired colleges or courses a candidate must fulfill the qualifying marks criteria. Often students ask about the qualifying marks and how much they should score to get admission in well reputed colleges or universities. Ideally GATE score is not the deciding factor for the admission. It is decided only after the cut off released by IITs to shortlist the candidates based on the cut off. A student achieving rank above 740 is preferred by the top IITs whereas if you rank around 600, it will also land you admission in any IIT college.

Here is a table for you to give an idea about the statistics of the number of students who qualify for the exam.The statistics will give you an idea about how many candidates apply each year and how many crack the exam.

Year  Gate takers   Number of candidates who  Qualify candidates Percentage of qualIfiers
2016 818850    135392     16.53
2015 804463 121060 1.05
2014 889157    149694 16.84
2013    984855 1369699 13.88
2012 686614    108526      15.81

The above table clearly shows that the number of candidates who qualify for the exam is much less than number than the candidates who appear for the exam. The data shows that the percentile has experienced fluctuation within the past five years. Since this year’s result is yet to be released, no data is yet available for 2017.

This year as well lacs of students have applied to take admission in their desired courses and it is expected that the percentile will increase. The cut off may be expected to be higher for this year. Therefore students must gear up. Students must begin exploring the universities and colleges which offer the subjects of their courses. You can explore the ranking of the university in India, the packages offered to the students after the degree availed from that particular university.

Once the result is published students will be required to attend the student counselling. The candidates will be required to apply separately to IITs, IISc and NITs into various pg courses and doctoral programmes.

If the candidates face any issue regarding the admission procedure they must contact the concerned authorities, in this case it will be the university to which you wish to apply.

GATE 2017 Eligibility

Organizing body of GATE 2017 has notified the educational qualification required for appearing in GATE 2017. Candidate should have any of the following degree.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering / Technology) and those who are in final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (5 years course) and those who are in final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree of four year program in science (B.S.) and those who are in final year of such programs.
  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in final year of such programs.
  • Four year integrated Master’s degree (Post BSc) in Engineering / Technology and those in second or higher year of such programs.
  • Five year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual degree in Engineering / Technology and those in fourth or higher year of such programs.
  • Five year Integrated M.Sc or Five year Integrated B.Sc / M.Sc degree and those in final year of such programs.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC / AICTE as equivalent to BE / B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.
  • The International candidates should have completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science in relevant subject or are in the final year of the program.

GATE 2017 Application Form

Interested candidates can go through the eligibility criteria of GATE and then fill the online application form. Scanned copy of photograph and signature have to be uploaded, and application fee can be paid online or by challan (if applicable). A period of around one month is given to complete the process.

GATE 2017 registration process involves the following steps.

  • Reach the application form of GATE 2017 at the official website
  • Enter details asked in the GATE 2017 registration form such as name, date of birth, email ID and mobile number.
  • Next step for filling the GATE 2017 application form is to upload photograph, signature, and other documents.
  • Pay the application fee as suitable to the category, which completes form submission.

Note : The application procedure remains same for International candidates. The international candidates must have a passport for making application.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level examination that tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE 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 is also used by many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for employment screening purposes.

Note – Eligibility criteria certificate as applicable shall only be uploaded in application and NOT to be sent by post. In case, the candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2017, he/she has to upload a Provisional Certificate Letter (as shown in information brochure, issued by the Head of Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE etc. Candidates with backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should upload a copy of any of the mark sheet of the final year issued from the Institute where studying. Internet downloaded mark sheet shall not be accepted.

GATE 2017 Admit Card

The admit card of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering will be available for download from as per the schedule. It will be released online only and candidates must carry the GATE 2017 admit card along with one original identification card (Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, valid College ID, Employee identification card). For International candidates, a valid Passport ONLY shall be accepted as the recognized identification. Since, the only permitted photo identifications are; Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, valid College ID, Employee identification card, candidates who do not have any of these, must get one done before filling online application.

Following details are needed to login to the GATE online application processing system (GOAPS).

  • GOAPS Enrolment ID,
  • GOAPS password.

Virtual calculator of GATE 2017 is made available online. The salient features of this online calculator have been explained, and a demo calculator has been given for practice which you can access. One should note that keyboard will not be used in the exam, only mouse will be used. You must practice using the GATE 2017 virtual calculator so that you do not find any difficulty in doing so on the day of the exam.

GATE 2017 Syllabus and Exam Pattern

The complete syllabus of GATE 2017 is given on the official website launched by IIT Roorkee, Details of exam pattern and syllabus of GATE 2017 is also given here for your reference.

All the papers have General Aptitude questions, of the following type.

  • 5 Questions of 1 mark each.
  • 5 Questions of 2 marks each.
  • Total marks for GA is 15.

GATE 2017 exam pattern of all papers except GG, XE, XL.

These papers will have GA + the following questions.

  • 25 Questions of 1 mark each.
  • 30 Questions of 2 marks each.
  • Questions will be MCQ and Numerical answer type.

Exam pattern for GATE 2017 GG (Geology and Geophysics)

This paper will have GA + the following questions.

  • Part A – Common for all candidates – 25 questions of 1 mark each.
  • Part B – Separate for Geology and Geo physics candidates – 30 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Questions will be MCQ and Numerical answer type.

Exam pattern for GATE 2017 XE (Engineering Sciences)

This paper will have GA + the following questions.

  • Section A – Common for all candidates – 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Sections B through H – 9 questions of 1 mark each and 13 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Questions will be MCQ and Numerical answer type.

Exam pattern for GATE 2017 XL (Life Sciences)

This paper will have GA + the following questions.

  • Section P Chemistry – Common for all candidates – 5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Sections Q through U – 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each.
  • Questions will be MCQ and Numerical answer type.

Negative Marking : For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions (MCQs), there would be negative marking. For 1-mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, there is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

GATE 2017 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or 10.001 (three decimals). Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

How to prepare for GATE?

Once you have decided to appear for the GATE exam, preparation needs to begin. An effective strategy to prepare for GATE is when you are clear on the three points.

  1. Which paper you wish to appear for, and whether you are eligible for the same.
  2. Know the syllabus for GATE.
  3. Have a clear plan of action for GATE preparation.

Determine the eligibility and go through the GATE 2017 syllabus. A good plan for GATE exam preparation must have the following points.

  • Study hours – Study at least 5 hours every day. Divide your time between studying theory, practising questions, and solving mock tests.
  • Books – Refer to the important books for GATE preparation.
  • Question papers – For self analysis, and understanding the level of difficulty as well as the examination pattern, go through last year papers. GATE Papers of past years of all subjects are available online.
  • GATE online preparation – Refer to online preparation resources for GATE exam. Some very useful videos can be viewed for free at NPTEL.
  • Check out the GATE exam preparation strategy for an in depth guide on how to prepare for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

GATE Exam Statistics

GATE was held in the online mode, in 8 sessions, for 23 papers last year. It was conducted in more than 680 examination centers in all states and UTs in India. Only 15% candidates could obtain the qualifying marks in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. The numbers indicate the level of difficulty and competition of GATE.

GATE Examination 2015 2016
Number of candidates who registered for GATE exam 9,27,580  9,71,831
Candidates who appeared for GATE 8,04,463  8,18,850
Male candidates who appeared 5,67,111  576611
Female candidates who appeared 2,37,235  242207
Number of candidates who qualified GATE 1,21,060
Percentage of GATE qualified candidates 15.05%
Maximum candidates appeared for Mechanical Engineering 1,85,758
Second largest GATE paper was Electronics and Communication Engineering 1,72,714
Third largest paper of GATE exam was Electrical Engineering 1,25,851
Fourth largest number of candidates appeared for Computer Science and Information Technology 1,15,425
Fifth most number of students appeared for Civil Engineering 1,01,429
PSUs that signed MOUs with IIT Kanpur to receive GATE result for recruitment 15

The candidates need to apply separately to each of the IITs, IISc, NITs and other institutes/universities to seek admission to various post-graduate and doctoral programmes. The candidates have to visit the websites of the respective institutes/universities for details regarding the admission.

This page is being updated with details of GATE exam. Stay tuned for news and updates of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering application form, admit card, results.

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