Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exam

What is GATE Exam?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institute of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on Behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

The GATE Committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and for declaring the results. The administrative purposes, the examination cities in India are segregated into eight zones. The operations related to GATE, in each of the eight zone, are managed by a ZOnal GATE office at the administrative Institute (IIT or IISc)

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various UG subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and PG subjects in Science.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT's) jointly conduct the GATE every year. It is the qualifying entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to postgraduate (PG) courses (M.E, M.Tech, PhD) in IISc and IITs.

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master's programs and direct Doctoral programs in engineering/ technology/ architecture. As per the directives of the MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the post-graduate programs (Master's and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship/assistantship.

Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the Institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on his/her performance in GATE only or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate's academic record.

If the candidate is to be selected through test/interview for post-graduate programs, a minimum of 70% weight age will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weight age will be given to the candidate's performance in test/interview and/or academic record, as per MHRD guidelines.

The admitting institutes could, however, prescribe a minimum passing percentage of marks in the test/interview. Some of the colleges/institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship/assistantship. Jobs: Several public sector undertaking would consider GATE scores for screening for providing jobs.

Candidates who qualify in the GATE exam will be provided with a scorecard which is valid for three years from the date of announcement of the results.

GATE Exam Highlights 

Exam name  Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Conducted by Jointly by 7 IITs & IISc
Frequency Once a year
Exam level  National 
Mode of exam Online (Computer Based Test)
Application mode Online 
GATE papers 29 Papers (Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (combined) and Geomatics Engineering are newly added subjects)
GATE scorecard validity  3 years
Duration  3 hours (180 minutes) 
Sections General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate's selected Subject
Type of Questions 

(A) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

(B) Remaining Types

1. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and / or

2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions for testing these abilities




Analysis and 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 All the questions will be 1 Mark or 2 Marks
Official website

GATE 2023

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2023 - IIT Kanpur has announced the GATE Exam date 2023. GATE 2023 will be conducted on February 4, 5, 11 and 12 for 29, 2022 and last date for GATE Registration is 30 September, 2023.

GATE 2023 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) will start the registration from 30 August, 2022. The GATE Exam centres are available in different cities across India and also in six cities abroad. The Exam would be purely a Computer Based Test (CBT). GATE 2023 - The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering will be conducted for a total of 29 Subjects also known as Papers.

GATE Exam Dates 2023

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Enigneering (GATE) 2023 is computer-based examination will be held on February 04, 05, 11 & 12, 2023. The result will be available on 16 March, 2023. Candidates are advised to check GATE 2023 exam schedule and sectional-single session papers here. The list below is tentative time table. 

Online Application Process Opens Tuesday 30 August, 2022
Closing Date of REGULAR Online Registration/Application Process Friday 30 September, 2022
Closing Date of Extended Online Registration/Application Process Friday 07 October, 2022
Last Date of Change of Category & Examination City & adding a New Paper (An additional fee will be applicable per change) Friday 11 November, 2022
Availability of GATE Admit Cards for download Tuesday 03 January, 2023
GATE 2023 Examinations Saturday & Sunday 04, 05 and 11, 12 February, 2023
Announcement of Results of GATE 2023 Thursday 16 March, 2023
Availability of Scorecard for download by candidates Tuesday 21 March, 2023

GATE Notification 2023

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has announced that GATE 2023 Exams. The IIT Kanpur GATE 2023 registration will start from 30 August, 2022. Interested candidates are advised to refer to the GATE Notification / Information brochure for more details before kick-starting the online registration proces. Candidates will be able to register for GATE 2023 Exam till 30 September, 2022.

THE GATE 2023 Important brochure displays all the details starting eligibility to Marking Scheme. The notification will be available only on the official website of GATE. Candidates can access on GATE 2023 Imporation Brochure

GATE Eligibility 

Candidates must ensure that they meet all the educational eligibility criteria of GATE 2023.

Candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergradute degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Enigneering / Technology / Architecture / Commerce / Science / Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2023.

Candidates are advised to check the complete the details about documents required in support of eligibility (eligibility documents) on our GATE eligibility criteria page

List of GATE 2023 Papers And Corresponding Codes 

The GATE exam will be held on 29 subjects (papers) Candidates can select only one paper in any one session. Candidates should note that CE and ME may be conducted in multiple sessions. 

GATE Paper   Code  GATE Paper   Code 
Aerospace Engineering  AE Instrumentation Engineering  IN 
Agricultural Engineering  AG  Mathematics  MA
Architecture and Planning  AR  Mechanical Engineering  ME 
Bio-medical Engineering  BM  Mining Engineering   MN 
Biotechnology  BT  Metallurgical Engineering  MT 
Civil Engineering  CE  Naval Architecture & Marine Enigneering NM
Chemical Engineering CH  Petroleum Engineering PE
Computer Science and Information Technology  CS  Physics PH
Chemistry  CY  Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Statistics ST
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering & Fibre Sciences TF
Enivronmental Science and Engineering ES Engineering Sciences XE*
Ecology and Evolution EY Humanities and Social Sciences XH
Geomatics Engineering GE Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geophysics CG    

*XE (Engineering Sciences), **XH (Humanities & Social Sciences), ***XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will be comprised of sections listed in the below table:

*XE Papers Sections Code **XH Paper Sections Code ***XL Papers Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) (15 Marks) A Reasoning and Comprehension (Compulsory) (25 Marks) B1 Chemistry (Compulsory) (25 Marks) P
Any TWO Optional Sections   Any ONE Optional Section   Any TWO Optional Sections  
Fluid Mechanics B Economics



Materials Science C English C2 Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Linguistics C3 Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Philosophy C4 Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Psychology C5 Food Technology U
Food Technology G Sociology C6    
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H        

NOTE : Each Subject/Paper is total 100 Marks. General Aptitude (GA) Section of 15 Marks is common for all Papers. Hence remanining 85 Marks are the respective subject / Paper code.

GATE Exam Centres 

The GATE exam will be conducted at various cities grouped under the Zonal GATE office. Candidates have to choose three cities from the list of examination cities. One should choose the first and second choices from the same GATE zone, while, the third choice should be from another GATE zone. The important note is the GATE Committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one.  

GATE 2023 Registration Process

The candidates have to register and fill the application via online mode only at the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The registration process will start on 30 August, 2022, and it will end on 30 September, 2022. Explore more about the GATE 2023 registration procedure

GATE 2023 Application Fee

Note : The application fee mentioned above DOES NOT INCLUDE Service charges, processing fees and any other charges that the banks may levy.

For Examination Centres in India Regular Period (30 Aug to 30 Sept, 2022) During the Extended Period (01 Oct to 7 Oct, 2022)
Female Candidates INR 850/- INR 1350/-
SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates INR. 850/- INR 1350/-
All Other Candidates INR 1700/- INR 2200/-
For Examination Centres outside India (All Candidates)
Dhaka and Kathmandu US$ 100 US$ 150
Dubai and Singapore US$ 200 US$ 250

GATE Admit Card 2023

GATE 2023 Admit Card - Candidates who have registered successfully for the exam can visit the official website to download the GATE 2023 Admit Card from 03 January, 2023 Onwards. The admit cards will not be send to the candidates through post or email. One should take a printout of GATE Admit Card 2023 and carry the same to the Examination centre. The should also carry a valid photo identity card along with admit card to the examination centre for verification purpose. Candidates can access the direct link to download GATE 2023 Admit Card - Click here

GATE Syllabus 

GATE is believed to be one amongst the toughest entrance exams in India. The syllabus for the examination is very exhaustive and covers from 10 to 14 subjects from the engineering stream. Hence, it is important for students to analyse the GATE syllabus meticulously before kick-starting the preparation. Aspirants can check our GATE syllabus page that covers all the 29 papers including General Aptitude (common paper).

GATE Zone Office 

IISc and seven IITs jointly conduct the GATE exam. Candidates can access the zone information below which will help while registering online for the GATE exam. Candidates can clear their queries related to the examination centre, application, admit card and result. 

Zone  Contact Address  Phone Number  E-mail Id 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 560012 

080-22932392 & 080-23601227 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076   022-25767068 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 

Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 

0361-2582751 & 0361-2582755 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur 208016  0512-2597412, 2596962, 63 
Organising Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 

03222-282091 & 03222-282095 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036  044-22578200 
Chairman, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee 247667  01332-284531 

Special Features Of GATE 2022 Score For Employment

Most of the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have used GATE scores to shortlist the candidates for employment. A few of them are Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI).

Direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central government, i.e., Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, is now being carried out on the basis of GATE score.

The details of the scheme of recruitment are normally published in National Newspapers/Employment News/Rozgar Samachar by the concerned authority. The qualified candidates should have to check newspapers and other reliable sources daily for any such information.

GATE Cutoff 2022

It is very important for aspirants to know about the GATE cutoff score because it is not only used for admission to M.Tech programmes in IITs or NITs. To secure a job in public sector undertakings such as IOCL or BHEL, qualifying in GATE is mandatory. 

After the GATE 2022 examination, candidates should focus on the cutoff score along with paper analysis. The organising body, IIT Madras, has released the cutoff score for different categories depending upon the branches of engineering. Check the below table for GATE 2020 category-wise qualifying marks. 

S No Branch General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD
1 Aerospace Engineering (AE) 33.5 30.2 22.3
2 Agricultural Engineering (AG) 28.3 25.5 18.9
3 Architecture and Planning (AR) 41 36.9 27.3
4 Biotechnology (BT) 35.9 32.3 23.9
5 Civil Engineering (CE) 28.2 25.4 18.8
6 Chemical Engineering (CH) 34.8 31.3 23.2
7 Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) 29.5 26.6 19.7
8 Chemistry (CY) 32 28.8 21.3
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 26.7 24 17.8
10 Electrical Engineering (EE) 39.6 35.6 26.4
11 Ecology and Evolution (EY) 37.1 33.4 24.7
12 Geology and Geophysics (GG) 44.5 40.1 29.7
13 Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 31.9 28.7 21.3
14 Mathematics (MA) 25 22.5 16.7
15 Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.1 30.7 22.7
16 Mining Engineering (MN) 31.5 28.4 21
17 Metallurgical Engineering (MT) 53.5 48.1 35.7
18 Petroleum Engineering (PE) 49.9 44.9 33.3
19 Physics (PH) 25.2 22.7 16.8
20 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) 32.2 29.2 21.7
21 Statistics (ST) 32.5 29.2 21.7
22 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) 40.1 36.1 26.7
23 Engineering Sciences (XE-A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H) 26.7 24 17.8
24 Life Sciences (XL-P, Q, R, S, T, U) 36.7 33 24.5


The GATE scorecard is the document given to candidates who have qualified in the examination. The GATE scorecard will be awarded to candidates who have obtained the minimum qualifying cutoff or score in the examination. The scorecard will be available on the official website between March 21 and May 31, 2022. Aspirants are advised to download the soft copy of GATE scorecard, which has validity for three years from the date of declaration of result. However, this validity is not applicable for the recruitment in the public sector undertaking (PSU).

GATE Score Calculator

GATE Score Calculator The authorities use GATE raw marks to compute the scores because the exam is conducted in multiple sessions. Marks are obtained and normalized to compute the score for GATE. Candidates have to note that the marks obtained in single session papers will be considered for the GATE 2022 scores.


GATE 2023 Application Correction Window Opens from 11 November, 2022

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2023 - IIT Kanpur is scheduled to open the window for correction in the application form of GATE Examination from 04 November, 2022.

Institute will activate the link on 04 November, 2022 on the official website -

Candidates who have done any mistake in the application form can make corrections till 11 November, 2022.

3 November 2022
GATE 2023 Registration window closes tomorrow

Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kanpur is going to close the registration window for GATE 2023 tomorrow - 30 September, 2022.

Candidates who are interested to apply for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering GATE this year can register themselves online on or before the last date of the registration.

Candidates are required to login on the official website - using the credential to apply online.

29 September 2022
GATE 2023 Correction Window to open till 20 October, 2022

Indian Institute of Technoology, IIT Kanpur has issued a notice for all candidates regarding the on-going GATE 2023 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) portal.

Candidates are notified that the registration window to apply for the exam would remain till 07 October, 2022. To be noted that GATE 2023 registration without any additional late fee will be accepted till 30 September, 2022. Once is registration window is closed, the GATE 2023 Correction window would be opened for candidates and they would get to make changes and even choose to change the exam city. The correction window would remain open till 20 October, 2022.

21 September 2022
GATE 2023 Registrations Starts tomorrow - 30 August, 2022.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur will start the GATE 2023 Registration process tomorrow. Interested candidates will have to visit and fill GATE 2023 Application Form. The last date for the online GATE registration 2023 will be 30 September, 2022.

The last date for the online GATE Registration 2023 will be 30 September 2022. Candidates are recommended to fill out the registration from before the last date. The candidates are advised to read the Notification of GATE 2023 carefully to know the eligibility criteria.

29 August 2022
IIT Kanpur has announced the GATE 2023 Registration date.

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur is going to commence the GATE 2023 Registration from 03 August, 2022. Candidates will be able to fill the GATE 2023 Application Form at

The application form for GATE 2023 comprises registration, filling application form, uploading the documents and payments of fee. The last date to complete the GATE registration 2023 is 30 September, 2022 without late fee.  While the last date is 07 October, 2022 to fill the GATE Application Form 2023 with late fee of Rs. 500/-.

22 August 2022
GATE 2023 Registrations Begins from 30 August, 2022.
GATE 2023 to be conducted in February by IIT Kanpur
GATE 2022 Registration Ends Today
GATE 2022 Registration Deadline Extended Till September 30
GATE 2022 Registration To End Today
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