About GATE Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

What is GATE Exam ?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology.


The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes.


GATE is administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from these administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

GATE is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

  • Zone - 1 : Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
  • Zone - 2 : Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Zone - 3 : Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Zone - 4 : Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • Zone - 5 : Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • Zone - 6 : Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Zone - 7 : Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Zone - 8 : Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Basic Features of GATE 2021
  • GATE 2021 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 2nd February 2019 and 10th February 2019.
  • Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2021 will be held in multiple sessions.
  • Examinations for all the 24 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • A candidate can apply for only one of the 24 papers.
  • Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.
Eligibility of GATE 2021
  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2/ Post-B.Sc./ Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • 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 UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by iE(i), AMICE(i) by the institute of Civil Engineers (India)-iCE(i)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.
Financial Assistanship (scholarship)
  • At Present MHRD provide M.Tech financial assistance of Rs 12,400/-
  • To avail of the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first secure admission to a program in a particular Institute.
  • Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.
  • The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistantship could be different for different institutions.
  • The management of the post-graduate scholarship/assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution.
  • Similarly, reservation of seats under different categories is as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting institution and Government of India rules.
  • GATE offices will usually not entertain any enquiry about admission, reservation of seats and/or award of scholarship/assistantship.
  • Some colleges/institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship/assistantship.

GATE Exam Details By Registered & Qualified Students
2008184,672 31,694 - (17.16%)
2009230,341 35,273 - (15.31%)
2010460,541 59,853 - (13.00%)
2011612,568 96,239 - (15.71%)
2012777,134 108,526 - (13.96%)
20131,200,728 136,699 - (11.38%)
20141,033,625 149,694 - (14.48%)
2015927,580 121,060 - (13.05%)
2016971,831 135,392 - (13.93%)
2017922,167 129,149 - (14.00%)