Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the national level entrance exam conducted by IITs. It leads to admission to (i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and (ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies. Scorecard of GATE is also used for PSU recruitment through GATE.

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Every year one IIT or IISc conducts the exam. As the admission for upcoming academic session takes off, details of GATE exam are announced. All events then take place as per schedule. GATE organizing body handles all activities related to GATE exam such as accepting applications, issuing admit card, holding exam, and declaring results. Schedule for all events is given below.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Dates
GATE 2018 03, 04, 10, 11 Feb 2018
GATE 2019 Feb 2019

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GATE Cut Offs

The cut off for the past years has been mentioned here for your reference as to give you an idea.

Year 2017
Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 28.70 25.8 19.10
ME 32.87 29 21
EE 25.20 25.20 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 22.50 16.60
IN 34.60 31.10 23.00
CH 44.30 39.80 29.50
BT 38.90 35.00 25.90
Year 2016
Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 25.00 22.50 16.60
ME 29.60 26.60 19.70
EE 25.10 22.50 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 22.50 16.60
IN 31.60 28.40 21.00
PI 26.40 23.70 17.50

PSU Recruitment through GATE

Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) that are accepting GATE result for recruitment are:

  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
  22. IPR
  23. IRCON
  24. KRCL
  26. MDL
  27. MECL
  28. Midhani
  29. Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC Ltd)
  30. NALCO
  31. National Textile Corporation
  32. NBCC Ltd.
  33. NFL
  34. NHAI
  35. NHPC
  36. NLC India Ltd
  37. NPCIL
  38. NTPC Limited
  39. OIL India
  40. ONGC Ltd.
  41. OPGC Ltd
  42. Power Grid
  43. PSPCL
  44. PSTCL
  45. Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd
  46. RCFL
  47. RITES
  48. SAIL
  49. Tata Power
  50. THDC
  51. Vizag Steel

Candidates can apply for PSU recruitment through GATE result. Separate application forms have to be submitted for each PSU. One can decide where to go based on the GATE discipline papers a PSU is accepting, position offered, salary offered, state of employment and various other factors. Read more.


Common Offer Acceptance Portal will be the common platform to get admission in M.Tech program in all IITs. All participating Indian Institute of Technology will offer admission through this common counselling process.

Indian nationals with a valid GATE score can register for GATE COAP. One has to register at COAP in addition to applying for admissions in IITs.

After GATE Result 2018 - COAP
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Centralized Counselling for M.Tech (CCMT) will be organized for joint admission and counselling to NITs, IIITs, CFTIs. There are 40 participating institutes which offer admission to M.Tech, M.Arch, M.Plan, M.Des. CCMT is an online admission process for all participating institutes. Its important features are admission process, schedule, process flow chart, contact details which are conveyed through information brochure.


GATE Exam : Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Cut Off

Year # of candidates Registered # of candidates Appeared # of candidates Qualified % appeared % qualified
2016 971831 818850 135392 84.26 16.53
2015 927580 804463 121060 86.73 15.05
2014 1033625 889157 149694 86.02 16.84
2013 1200728 984855 136699 82.02 13.88
2012 777134 686614 108526 88.35 15.81
2011 612568 686614 96239 91.17 17.23
2010 460541 686614 59853 91.33 14.23
2009 230341 212130 35273 92.09 16.63
2008 184672 166027 31694 89.90 19.09
2007 168917 153822 44387 91.06 28.86


Eligibility Criteria of GATE

  • Those who have any of the following degrees can apply for GATE.
    • BE / B.Tech / B.Pharma 4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc / Diploma in engineering
    • B.Arch
    • B.Sc (Research) / B.S.
    • M.Sc / MA / MCA or equivalent masters degree in any branch of science / mathematics / statistics / computer applications or equivalent
    • Integrated ME / M.Tech post B.Sc
    • Integrated M.Sc or Integrated BS-MS
    • Professional society exams that are equivalent to BE / B.Tech / B.Arch
  • There is no age limit.
  • Year of qualifying qualifying exam should be no later than year of exam for BE / B.Tech / B.Pharm / B.Arch / B.Sc Research / B.S. / M.Sc / MA / MCA / Integrated M.Sc / Integrated BS-MS.
  • Year of qualifying qualifying exam should be no later than next year of exam for Integrated ME / M.Tech of Dual Degree after Diploma or 10+2, and two years after exam for Integrated ME / M.Tech post B.Sc.

GATE Exam Pattern

It is important to know GATE exam pattern.

  • GATE is a computer based test.
  • There are two types of questions namely MCQs and NATs in the exam.
  • Some questions are of 1 mark and some are of 2 marks.
  • Only MCQs have negative marking.
  • For a 1 mark question, there is 1/3 negative marking. Whereas for a 2 marks question, there is 2/3 negative marking.
  • There are overall 65 questions of 100 marks.

GATE Exam Pattern of AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE

  • Engineering Mathematics carry around 15% of the total marks.
  • General Aptitude section carry 15% of the total marks.
  • Remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE Exam Pattern of AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL

  • General Aptitude section carry 15% of the total marks.
  • Remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE Syllabus

Syllabus of GATE is officially available. Since each subject paper has a different syllabus, therefore you should download and refer only that subject syllabus of GATE 2018 for which you have applied.

Official GATE Syllabus for AE (Aerospace Engineering), AG (Agricultural Engineering), AR (Architecture and Planning), BT (Biotechnology), CE (Civil Engineering), CH (Chemical Engineering), CS (Computer Sc. and Information Technology), CY (Chemistry), EC (Electronics and Communication Engg.), EE (Electrical Engineering), EY (Ecology and Evolution), GG (Geology and Geophysics), IN (Instrumentation Engineering), MA (Mathematics), ME (Mechanical Engineering), MN (Mining Engineering), MT (Metallurgical Engineering), PE (Petroleum Engineering), PH (Physics), PI (Production and Industrial Engineering), TF (Textile Engineering and Fibre Science), XE (Engineering Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics, Materials Science, Solid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Polymer Science and Engineering, Food Technology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), XL (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology) is available at as well as here.

Books recommended for GATE

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

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 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.

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