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The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam is a national-level entrance examination conducted in India. It is jointly conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Ministry of Education, Government of India.

The GATE exam primarily assesses the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. It serves as a gateway for admission to postgraduate programs (Master’s and Ph.D.) in prestigious institutes, including IITs, NITs, and other universities in India. GATE scores are also used for recruitment in several public sector undertakings (PSUs) and government organizations for various technical positions.

The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam is typically conducted in the month of February. The exact dates for the exam may vary from year to year, and the conducting body, which is the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) or Indian Institute of Science (IISc), announces the exam dates well in advance. It is recommended to check the official GATE website or relevant sources for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the exam schedule.


  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (3 years after 10+2/ 10+2+3(ongoing)/ 10+2+4(ongoing)/ Post-B.Sc./ Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programs ( Also prefinal year of
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of Four-year integrated master’s degree programs (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering / Technology.
  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year integrated master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering / Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UGC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE(India), AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India)-ICE(I), AMIETE By IETE(India)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.
  • A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in
  • Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible to appear for GATE 2022 examination. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

There is no age limit criterion defined by the exam conducting authority to appear in GATE

To apply for the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam, you can follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Registration: Visit the official GATE website ( or the respective IIT/IISc website) during the registration period. Click on the registration link and create an account by providing your personal details, a valid email address, and a password.
  2. Filling the Application Form: Log in to your account using the credentials created in the previous step. Fill in the required information in the GATE application form, including personal details, educational qualifications, choice of GATE paper, exam centers, etc.
  3. Uploading Documents: Upload scanned copies of your recent photograph, signature, and any other required documents as per the specified format and size.
  4. Payment of Application Fee: Pay the application fee online using a debit card, credit card, or net banking. The fee amount varies depending on the category of the candidate and the examination center chosen.
  5. Preview and Submission: After completing all the required sections and payment, preview your application form to ensure all details are accurate. Submit the form once you are satisfied with the information provided.
  6. Print Application: Download and print a copy of the filled-in application form for your reference. However, it is not necessary to send the hard copy to the GATE organizing institute.

It’s important to keep track of important dates, notifications, and any updates from the GATE organizing institute. The exact procedure and online application portal may vary each year, so it is recommended to refer to the official GATE website or the respective IIT/IISc website for the most up-to-date and accurate application process.


No, there is no specific age limit to appear for the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam. Candidates of any age can appear for the exam as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria related to their educational qualifications. The GATE exam focuses on assessing the knowledge and aptitude of candidates in the field of engineering and science, irrespective of their age.

GATE 2023 comprised 65 questions to be answered in 3 hours. 30 questions were of 1 mark and 35 questions of 2 marks, with the paper totalling 100. Three types of questions were asked: Multiple Choice (MCQ), Multi-Select (MSQ) and Numerical (NAT).

The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam pattern remains unchanged. However, it’s important to note that exam patterns and structures can be subject to updates and changes by the conducting body. To get the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the GATE exam pattern, it is advisable to refer to the official GATE website or the information brochure released by the organizing institute for the specific year you plan to appear in the exam.

The syllabus for each subject of the GATE exam is provided separately under each of the subject pages of this website.


The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam syllabus varies depending on the discipline or subject chosen by the candidate. The syllabus is designed to cover the fundamental concepts and knowledge in various engineering and science disciplines. Here are some of the broad subject areas covered in the GATE exam:

  1. Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  2. Agricultural Engineering (AG)
  3. Architecture and Planning (AR)
  4. Biotechnology (BT)
  5. Civil Engineering (CE)
  6. Chemical Engineering (CH)
  7. Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
  8. Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
  9. Electrical Engineering (EE)
  10. Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)
  11. Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
  12. Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  13. Mining Engineering (MN)
  14. Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
  15. Petroleum Engineering (PE)
  16. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
  17. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
  18. Engineering Sciences (XE)
  19. Life Sciences (XL)

Each subject has its own specific syllabus, which can be found in detail on the official GATE website or the information brochure released by the organizing institute. The syllabus generally covers topics from undergraduate-level engineering or science courses, and it is advisable for candidates to thoroughly study the relevant syllabus for their chosen subject to prepare effectively for the GATE exam.

Yes, you can apply for the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) exam if you are in the final year of your undergraduate degree. The eligibility criteria allow candidates who are in their final year or have completed their qualifying degree to appear for the GATE exam. However, it’s important to note that you must provide the necessary documents and certificates during the application process to prove your eligibility.

Several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India recruit candidates based on their GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) scores. Some of the prominent PSUs that consider GATE scores for recruitment include:

  1. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  2. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
  3. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)
  4. Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
  5. National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)
  6. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)
  7. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  8. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  9. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
  10. Airport Authority of India (AAI)

These are just a few examples, and there are several other PSUs that recruit through GATE scores. The specific PSU vacancies, disciplines, and selection procedures may vary from year to year. It is advisable to regularly check the official websites of the PSUs and GATE for updated information on recruitment notifications, eligibility criteria, and application processes.

We recommend that you start your preparation atleast 4 to 5 months before GATE. However, it is advisable to prepare for GATE as early as possible. Many of our students have prepared and cracked GATE with 18-24 months of preparation. Starting early has many advantages. Speak to a Career Avenues counsellor to make a personalised preparation plan for you.

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