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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

Overview :

GATE, elaborated as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an entrance examination for admissions into to post graduate programs at National level. The examination is conducted by the seven IITs located at Bombay, Guwahati, Kanpur, Roorkee, Madras, Delhi and Kharagpur along with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on behalf of the reputed organization of NCB-GATE i.e. National Coordination Board belonging to Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD), Government of India. The courses offered with the help of the financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies are usually M.E., Direct Ph.D. and M.Tech in Indian Institutes of Higher Education. GATE scores are highly used by the public as well as private sectors.

Eligibility :

The eligibility criteria for GATE varies as per the course taken and are described below:

For B.E./B.TECH./B.Pharm. –
  • The candidates must hold a Bachelor degree in the stream of Engineering/Technology once completed the 10+2 level or even hold the same after getting passed through B.Sc. or is a diploma holder in Engineering /Technology
  • Only those candidates can apply who have either passed the minimum qualifying criteria or in the final year of their studies
  • Current year is the basis of qualifying into GATE instead of previous or later years.

For B.Arch.–
  • The applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in Architecture which is usually a 5 year degree course
  • They should be either in the final year of their degree or have completed the same earlier
  • Only current year will be considered for the qualification criteria irrespective of the previous and later years.

For B.Sc. (Research)/B.S. –
  • Candidates should possess Bachelor’s degree in Science or any PG diploma or a 4 year degree course after 10+2 level
  • Applicants should be either in last or 4th year of their coursework or have already completed the same.
  • Only current year will be considered for the qualification criteria.

For M.Sc./M.A./MCA or Equivalent-
  • The applicants should possess a Master’s Degree in any branch belonging to the discipline of Science/ Statistics/Computer Applications/ Mathematics or any equivalent coursework.
  • Applicants should be either in the final year of their coursework or they have already completed their degree
  • Only current year will be considered for the qualification criteria

For Int. M.E. /M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) –
  • Candidates should possessa post-B.Sc., Integrated or Master’s Degree in the field of Engineering/Technology. The program should be of 4 years or equivalent.
  • Applicants from 2nd/3rd/4th year are eligible to apply for the exam
  • The qualifying criteria is applicable up to two years from the current year

GATE 2022 Exam Dates :

Candidates interested in joining M.Tech and other specialized postgraduate courses which are open in India through GATE 2022, can refer to the following exam schedule:



GATE 2022 registration commencement

September 2, 2021

IITKGP GATE 2022 registration last date

September 30, 2021

Last date for submission of GATE application form (by registered candidates) with additional late fee of Rs. 500

October 7, 2021 (Concluded)

Display of defective applications October 26, 2021

Start of making corrections in GATE 2022 application form

November 1, 2021 (Started)

Last date for Rectification of Applications found Defective in Scrutiny November 15, 2021

Last date to change GATE exam paper, category, and city

November 15, 2021

GATE application correction 2 (Name, DOB, contact, university or degree)

To be announced

Release of GATE mock test 2022


GATE 2022 admit card release date

January 15, 2022

IITKGP GATE 2022 exam date

February 5, 6, 12 and 13, 2022

Release of GATE response sheets

February, 2022

Availability of GATE 2022 question paper

February 2022

GATE 2022 answer key release date

February, 2022

Challenging of answer key

March, 2022

Release of Final Answer Key

March, 2022

IITKGP GATE result 2022 declaration date

March 17, 2022

Availability of GATE 2022 scorecard

March 21, 2022

GATE Exam Pattern :

Students who are interested in taking the test can view all the detailed information related to the GATE test pattern in the table below, such as question types and scoring scheme:



Examination Mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)


3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Subjects (Papers)



  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Candidate’s Selected Subject

Type of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions for testing these abilities

  • Recall
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis & Synthesis

Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Distribution of Marks in all Papers except papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

  • General Aptitude: 15 Marks
  • Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks
  • Subject Questions: 72 Marks
  • Total: 100 Marks

Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

  • General Aptitude: 15 Marks
  • Subject Questions: 85 Marks
  • Total: 100 Marks

Marking Scheme

Questions carry 1 mark and 2 marks

Negative Marking

There will also be a negative mark for the wrong answer selected in MCQ. For a 1-point MCQ, 1/3 of the points will be deducted for incorrect answers. Similarly, for a 2-point MCQ, 2/3 points will be deducted for incorrect answers.

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