GATE Resources

What is GATE?

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

GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs,viz.BombayDelhiGuwahatiKanpur,KharagpurMadras and Roorkee.This exam is conducted on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies.

GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e., government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India.

Direct recruitment to Group ‘A’ level posts i.e., Senior Field Officer (SFO Tele), Senior Research Officer (SRO) (Crypto) and SRO (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat is now being done on the basis of GATE scores.

This year GATE 2017 examination shall be held in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates for admissions of candidates from these nationalities in IITs and IISc.


Eligibility to Appear in GATE

The following are eligible to take GATE

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.

Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) currently in the 4th year or already completed.

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.

Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

Candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates must have completed or are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Post-graduate (M.Sc.) degree in any relevant science subject.

What’s New in GATE 2017?

New Section: A New Section has been introduced in the Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper. This section is the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (section H). GATE 2017 XE Paper will now have eight sections from A to H.

International Students: International students will now be able to apply for GATE 2017. Students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) will be allowed to appear for GATE 2017.

Exam Centres: Candidates can choose the GATE 2017 Exam Centre second choice in any city in India

Thumb impression: The Thumb impression of candidates needs to be uploaded during the application procedure.

Candidates who have completed the qualifying degree in 2016 or earlier, need to upload scanned image of degree completion certificate or final year/semester mark sheet.

For Final Year Students: Candidates studying in the final year of their qualifying degree ( completing in 2017 or later) need to upload the scanned image of third year (fifth/sixth semester) mark sheet, as proof of eligibility criterion. Similarly this applies to candidates of AMIE, AMICE and other similar programs.

GATE 2017 Important Dates:


Sl. No.  Events Dates
1 Last Date for Submission of online Application through Website. 4th October, 2016


2 Start Date for Application Form Through GOAPS 1st September, 2016
3 Last Date for submission of online Application through Website 4th October, 2016
4 Last Date for Request for change in the choice of Exam City 16th November, 2016
5 Download of Admit Card From 5th January, 2017
6 GATE 2017 online Examination

Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

February 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2017
7 GATE 2017 Result March 27, 2017
8 Download of GATE 2016 Score Card March 27 to May 26, 2017


GATE 2017 Exam Pattern Details:

Duration of Exam: 3 hours

 Types of Questions: Multiple Choice

Numerical Questions: Answers to be keyed in using the keypad. A rough book will be given for calculations

Marking Scheme for GATE 2017:

There will be 1 mark and 2 marks questions. The total marks are 100.

Negative marking will exist only for multiple choice questions.

1/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer to a 1 mark questions

2/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer to the 2 mark questions


Section Question No. No. of Questions Marks Per Question Total


General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5




1 to 25 25 1 25
26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions : 65 Total Marks : 100 Total Duration : 3 hours
Technical Section :

 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks Engineering Mathematics :

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions
Negative Markings
Questions Type Marks Negative Marking
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 1 mark 0.33
2 marks 0.66
Numerical Answer Questions 1 mark Nil
2 marks Nil


GATE 2017 Cut-Off Marks.

The GATE Cut-off is the minimum marks which candidates have to score in the examination for admission into M.Tech/ME courses. The cut-off will depend on the various factors such as the number of candidates appeared in the exam, the difficulty level of exam & total number of seats available in each Institution.

After the result declaration, the cut-off list will be published The Cut-off marks will be decided by a committee constituted by IIT Council. On the basis of cut-off marks, the merit list will be prepared for short listing candidates for counseling and admission process.

GATE 2016, 2015  & 2014cutoff(out of 100) is mentioned branch wise:

GATE Papers GATE-2016 Cut off GATE-2015 Cut off GATE-2014Cut off









Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 25.45 22.9 16.96 25.45 22.9 16.96 25 22.5 16.67
Chemical Engineering (CH) 29.7 33.1 22 27.52 24.77 18.34 32.35 21.57 29.12
Biotechnology (BT) 26.08 23.47 17.39            
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 27.52 24.77 18.34 32.73 29.46 21.82 25 22.5 16.67
Electrical Engineering (EE) 25.1 22.5 16.7 25.1 22.5 16.7 25.74 23.17 17.16
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.67 25 22.5 16.67
Civil Engineering (CE) 25 22.5 16.6       27.13 24.42 18.09
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)             49.87 44.88 33.25