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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

About the GATE Examination

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


  • The GATE score card is valid for the two years.

  • There is no limit for number of attempts and age for the GATE examination, so candidate can appear in the GATE examination at any age and many times as per candidate wish.

  • GATE Score: After the evaluation of the answers, the raw marks obtained by a candidate will be converted to a normalized GATE Score. From 2013, the GATE score will be computed by a new formula. The GATE Score of a condidate is computed from:

  • where,

    • S = GATE Score (normalised) of a candidate,
    • M = Marks obtained by a candidate in a paper,
    • = Qualifying Marks for general category candidates in the paper,
    • = Average Marks fo top 0.1% or 10 (which ever is higher) of candidates in the paper,
    • = GATE Score assigned to M t (around 900), and
    • = GATE Score assigned to Mq (around 300),

    is usually 25 marks (out of 100) or which ever is higher. Here is the mean of marks in a paper and is the standard deviation.

  • Generally, GATE results will be announced in every around march 15.
  • Eligibility for GATE according to the 2013 notification

    Only the following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE 2013. Necessary supporting documents must be submitted ONLINE or by post during the submission of the application form for the exam. Please read this carefully and make sure that your year of qualification is not later that what is specified below.

    Qualifying Degree
    Qualifying Degre e/
    Examination (De scriptive)
    Description of Eligible
    Year of qualification
    cannot be later than
      Copies of Certificates to be submitted
            Passed in the year 2012 or earlier Expec ted to complete i n 2013 or later
    B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in
    hitecture (4 years after 10+2/
    Post B.Sc./ Post-Diploma)
    4th year of c ompleted 2013 Degree Certificate/
    Provisional Certificate/
    Course Comple tion
    Certificate from
    Principa l
    Master’s degree in any
    branch of Sc ience/
    Mathe matics/ Stat istics/
    Computer Applica tions or
    Final year or completed 2013 Degree Certificate/
    Provisional Certificate/
    Course Comple tion
    Certificate (pertaining to
    Masters degree)
    Certificate from
    Principa l
    Int. M.E./M.Tech or
    DD (after 10+2 or
    Integrated Master’s degre e
    programs or Dual Degree
    programs in Engineering/
    Tec hnology (Five years
    4th/5th year or completed 2014 Degree Certificat6e /
    Provisional Certificate/
    Course Comple tion
    Certificate from Principa l
    Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s
    degree programs in
    Engineering/ Technology
    (Four year programme)
    2 nd / 3 rd 4 th ye ar or completed 2015 Degree Certificate/
    Provisional Certificate/
    Course Comple tion
    Certificate from Principa l
    Professional Society
    (equivalent to
    B.E/B.Te ch equivalent
    examinations, of Professional
    Soc ieties, recognized by
    MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e .g.
    AMIE by Institution of
    Engineers-India, AMICE by
    the Institute of Civil
    Engineers India)
    Completed section A or
    e quivalent of such
    professional courses
    NA Professional Certificate/
    Provisional Certificate/
    Course Completion/
    Membership Certificate
    issued by the Society or
    Copy of Marksheet from
    Section “A”

    Certificate from Principal

    Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their Principal, as determined from the above table, have to obtain a signature from their principal on a certificate that will be printed on the application PDF file provided after completion of online application submission.

    Candidates with backlogs

    Candidates who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2012, but with a backlog (arrears/ failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should submit

    • A copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year, OR

    • A letter from the principal indicating that the student has a backlog from an earlier semester/year to be cleared, and therefore cannot produce a course completion certificate now. This certificate will also be present in the last portion of the PDF application form provided to you after you submit application online.

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