GATE Engineering Exam – What You Must Know

Planning to appear for GATE Engineering Exam after completing your B.Tech? Find out GATE Exam details including exam dates, eligibility, application form, syllabus, admit card, results, pattern, preparation tips, question papers and more here.

Created On: Sep 11, 2018 12:22 IST
GATE Engineering Exam – What You Must Know
GATE Engineering Exam – What You Must Know

Planning to appear for GATE Engineering Exam after completing your B.Tech? Let’s find out the key details about the GATE Engineering exam including exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern and marking scheme here.

What is GATE Exam?

GATE is a national level engineering entrance exam. The exam is conducted to facilitate admission to postgraduate level engineering courses i.e. M.E and M.Tech offered at premier technology institutes like IITs and IISERs. Additionally, many B-schools also accept GATE Exam score for direct entry to P.hD programmes. GATE scores are also used by some Public and Private Sector Units for recruitment of technical talent.

Who can appear for the GATE Engineering Exam?

As a postgraduate level test, the GATE Engineering exam doesn’t prescribe any age limit for the test takers. In terms of academic eligibility, candidates who qualify in any of the given below criteria are eligible to apply for GATE exam:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 Years after 10+2 / 3 Years after Diploma) in relevant engineering domain
  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics/Science/Statistics/Computer Applications or relevant domain
  • Students in the final year of their Graduation / Post graduation programme

GATE Engineering Exam Pattern

Being a postgraduate level entrance exam, the GATE engineering exam is conducted for 24 subjects and aspirants can choose the relevant subject paper as per their specialization. However, each candidate can only apply for 1 paper in the GATE Exam.The GATE Exam Pattern is as follows:

Exam Mode

Online / Computer Based Exam

Total Number of Questions


Total Number of Marks


Exam Duration

3 Hours

Section-wise weightage of the Subjects

Paper Code

Subject : Marks Weightage

CE, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, AE, AG, BT, CH, MN, MT, TF, XE, PE, ST and PI


General Aptitude (GA) – 15%

Engineering Mathematics – 15%

Subject of the Paper –  70%

AR, CY, EY, XL, GG, MA and PH

General Aptitude (GA) – 15%

Subject of the Paper –  85%

Type of Questions

The GATE exam will have two type of questions i.e.

  • Multiple Choice Questions: These are Objective Questions with 4 options from which candidates have to choose the correct answer. MCQs generally carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.
  • Numeric Questions: These questions have a real number as their answer which is to be entered by the candidates using the virtual keypad provided on the screen. No options will be provided for these questions. Numeric Questions generally carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.
  • For each correct answer, candidates are awarded 1 or 2 marks, depending upon weightage of the question
  • For each incorrect answer, 1/3 marks are deducted from a 1 mark question
  • For each incorrect answer, 2/3 marks are deducted from a 2 mark question

Marking Scheme

GATE Engineering Exam Schedule

Generally, the GATE exam schedule begins with the start of online registration process which commences in the month of September. Candidates can apply for the GATE exam until the first week of October. The GATE Exam admit cards are released in the first week of January while the exam takes place over 4 days in the first and second week of February. GATE exam results can be expected by mid-March, whereas the scorecard is made available by March end.

GATE Exam Event


Registration Begins

1st week of September

Registration Ends

1st Week of October

Admit Card Release

1st Week of January

GATE Exam Dates

1st and 2nd Week of February

GATE Exam Results

Mid- March

GATE Exam Scorecard availability


That covers all the basic information aroundthe GATE Engineering Exam that you must know before appearing for it. For more informative articles and details regarding engineering exam, please visit

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