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GATE Exam 2024: Syllabus, Eligibility, Check at @gate.iitkgp.ac.in

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


GATE is one of the most popular exams for admission into postgraduate programs in engineering, technology, architecture and science in India. It is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board. The exam tests comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE score is valid for 3 years and is widely used by PSUs for recruiting candidates to senior technical positions.

The exam is held annually, generally during January or February. It is a computer based test of 3 hours duration comprising multiple choice questions and numerical answer type questions. There are a total of 25 papers to choose from belonging to different disciplines. A candidate can appear for maximum 2 papers in an exam session. The application process starts around September. Exam centers are located across India in almost all major cities as well as few cities abroad. Results are declared within a month after the exam. The GATE score is used for admissions as well as employment in PSUs and several other organizations for appropriate posts along with the qualifying degree. GATE qualified candidates also get assistantship for postgraduate programs.

GATE 2024 Exam Highlights

Characteristic Details
Exam Name Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
Exam Date February 3, 4, 10, 11, 2024
Number of Papers 29
Mode of Exam Computer-based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration 3 hours
Total Marks 100
Negative Marking One-third (1/3) of the marks for every wrong answer
Application Mode Online
Application Fee INR 1500 for General Category
Admit Card Available online 10 days before the exam
Result Declaration April 2024

GATE 2024 Exam Dates

Date Paper
February 3, 2024 Instrumentation, Control Systems, VLSI Design, Computer Networks, Information Security, Geomatics Engineering
February 4, 2024 Biotechnology, Biotechnology (MBA), Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Production and Industrial Engineering
February 10, 2024 Applied Geology, Architecture, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics
February 11, 2024 Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Mathematics (MBA), Statistics

GATE Notification Date

Year Notification Date
2017 August 31, 2016
2018 September 1, 2017
2019 August 30, 2018
2020 August 26, 2019
2021 August 25, 2020
2022 August 16, 2021
2023 August 15, 2022

GATE 2024 Organizing Institute

Year Organizing Institute
2024 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)
2023 Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay)
2022 Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi)
2021 Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT Guwahati)
2020 Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)
2019 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)
2018 Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT Madras)
2017 Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT Roorkee)

GATE 2024 Two-Paper Combination

Primary Paper Secondary Paper
CSE IT
ECE EE
ME CE
CIVIL PHE
GE CSE, IT, ECE, ME, CE
AR Part B1 (Architecture) or Part B2 (Planning)
BT Biotechnology
PH Physics
CH Chemistry
GE Management
GE Mathematics

GATE 2024 Application Fees

  1. Examination Center within India:

    • General/OBC/EWS Male Candidates: ₹1500
    • SC/ST/PwD/Female Candidates: ₹750
  2. Examination Center outside India (All Candidates):

    • Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu: US$50
    • Dubai and Singapore: US$100

    Category Application Fee Late Fee
    Male (General, OBC and Others) INR 1,700 INR 2,200
    SC/ ST/ PwD INR 850 INR 1,350
    Female candidates INR 850 INR 1,350

    GATE 2024 Application Fee for Centers Outside India

    Country Application Fee
    All countries except Dhaka, Kathmandu, Dubai, and Singapore USD 150
    Dhaka, Kathmandu USD 100
    Dubai, Singapore USD 200

    GATE 2024 Documents Required & Photo-size Guidelines

    Document File Format Dimensions File Size
    Passport-size photograph JPEG/JPG 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm 5 KB - 200 KB
    Signature JPEG/JPG 2 cm x 7 cm 5 KB - 200 KB
    Proof of Identity (POI) JPEG/JPG Any format Up to 1 MB
    Proof of Date of Birth (POD) JPEG/JPG Any format Up to 1 MB
    Proof of Educational Qualification (PEQ) JPEG/JPG Any format Up to 1 MB
    SC/ST/PwD Certificate (if applicable) JPEG/JPG Any format Up to 1 MB

    How to Fill GATE Application Form?

    1. Go to the GATE 2024 website and click on the "Apply Online" button.
    2. Create a new account or login to your existing account.
    3. Enter your personal details, educational qualification details, and contact details.
    4. Select the GATE paper(s) you want to appear for and the exam city.
    5. Upload your passport-size photograph and signature.
    6. Upload the required documents (POI, POD, PEQ, and SC/ST/PwD certificate, if applicable).
    7. Pay the application fee.
    8. Preview and submit your application form.

    GATE 2024 Eligibility

    1. Educational Qualification: Candidates should have completed or be in the final year of their Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) or Postgraduate (Master's) degree in any relevant science subject. The degree should be from a recognized university or institute.

    2. Age Limit: There is no age limit to appear for the GATE exam.

    3. Nationality: GATE is open to candidates of Indian nationality as well as foreign nationals.

    Category Eligibility Criteria
    General Must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master's degree in any relevant science subject. Candidates in the pre-final or final year of their qualifying degree are also eligible to appear for GATE 2024.
    SC/ST/PwD Must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master's degree in any relevant science subject. Candidates in the pre-final or final year of their qualifying degree are also eligible to appear for GATE 2024. They will be eligible for a 50% relaxation in the GATE minimum qualifying score.
    International Candidates Must have passed or be in the final year of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology (duration of the course should be at least 4 years) or a Master's degree in any relevant science subject (duration of the course should be at least 2 years).

    GATE Eligibility Criteria for International Students

    • Must have passed or be in the final year of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology (duration of the course should be at least 4 years) or a Master's degree in any relevant science subject (duration of the course should be at least 2 years).
    • The qualifying degree must be from a recognized university or institute outside India.
    • The qualifying degree must be in a relevant discipline.
    • The qualifying degree must have been obtained through a full-time course of study.
    • They must have a valid passport.
    • They must have a valid visa for India.
    • They must have a valid email address and mobile number.

    GATE 2024 Exam Pattern

    • Exam Duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
    • Total Questions: 65
    • Question Types: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
    • Marking Scheme:
      • For MCQs: 1 mark for each correct answer and 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
      • For MSQs: 1 mark for each correct answer and no marks will be deducted for a wrong answer.
      • For NAT: 1 mark for each correct answer and no marks will be deducted for a wrong answer.
    • Negative Marking: There will be negative marking for MCQs only.
    • Languages: The GATE 2024 exam will be conducted in English and Hindi.
    • Mode of Examination: Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Component Details
    Mode of Examination Computer-based test (CBT)
    Duration of Examination 3 hours (180 minutes)
    Total Number of Questions 65
    Question Types Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
    Marking Scheme 1 mark for each correct MCQ and MSQ. 2/3 mark will be deducted for each incorrect MCQ. No negative marking for NAT questions.
    Minimum Qualifying Score 650 for General Category and 500 for SC/ST/PwD Category

    GATE 2024 Syllabus

    Subject Topics
    General Aptitude Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, and General English
    Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis, Numerical Methods, Probability and Statistics
    Electronics and Communication Engineering Signals and Systems, Electromagnetics, Circuits and Systems, Communication Systems, Control Systems, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, VLSI
    Electrical Engineering Engineering Mathematics, Electric Circuits, Electromagnetic Fields, Power Systems, Electrical Machines, Signals and Systems, Control Systems, Analog and Digital Electronics, Power Electronics
    Computer Science and Engineering Algorithms, Data Structures, Computer Organization and Architecture, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Software Engineering, Theory of Computation, Database Systems
    Mechanical Engineering Engineering Mathematics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering, Robotics
    Civil Engineering Engineering Mathematics, Strength of Materials, Concrete Technology, Structural Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Surveying, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering

    GATE Preparation

    • Start early. The GATE exam is a competitive exam, so it is important to start preparing early. This will give you enough time to cover the entire syllabus and to practice answering questions.
    • Make a study plan. Once you have started preparing, it is important to make a study plan. This will help you to stay on track and to make sure that you are covering all of the important topics.
    • Use the right resources. There are many resources available to help you prepare for the GATE exam. These include books, online courses, and mock tests. It is important to use the right resources for your learning style.
    • Practice regularly. The best way to improve your chances of success in the GATE exam is to practice regularly. This will help you to become familiar with the types of questions that are asked and to improve your speed and accuracy.
    • Take mock tests. Mock tests are a great way to assess your progress and to identify your areas of weakness. It is important to take mock tests regularly and to analyze your performance after each test.
    • Manage your time effectively. The GATE exam is a timed exam, so it is important to manage your time effectively. This means being able to answer questions quickly and accurately.
    • Stay motivated. The GATE exam can be a challenging exam, but it is important to stay motivated. This means setting realistic goals and celebrating your successes.
    • Join a study group. Studying with other people can be a great way to stay motivated and to learn from each other.
    • Find a mentor. A mentor can provide you with guidance and support throughout your preparation.
    • Take care of yourself. It is important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally during your preparation. This means getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly.

    GATE Preparation Tips from Toppers

    Tip Toppers' Advice
    Start early "Start early and give yourself enough time to cover the entire syllabus." - Ankit Agarwal, GATE 2022 topper
    Make a study plan "Make a study plan that works for you and stick to it." - Akash Choudhary, GATE 2022 topper
    Use the right resources "Use the right resources for your learning style. There are many resources available, so find the ones that work best for you." - Shubham Mishra, GATE 2022 topper
    Practice regularly "Practice regularly to become familiar with the types of questions that are asked and to improve your speed and accuracy." - Aviral Jain, GATE 2022 topper
    Take mock tests "Take mock tests regularly to assess your progress and to identify your areas of weakness." - Rishabh Gupta, GATE 2022 topper
    Manage your time effectively "The GATE exam is a timed exam, so it is important to manage your time effectively." - Aman Gupta, GATE 2022 topper
    Stay motivated "The GATE exam can be a challenging exam, but it is important to stay motivated." - Ayush Jain, GATE 2022 topper
    Join a study group "Studying with other people can be a great way to stay motivated and to learn from each other." - Anshul Garg, GATE 2022 topper
    Find a mentor "A mentor can provide you with guidance and support throughout your preparation." - Sneha Gupta, GATE 2022 topper
    Take care of yourself "It is important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally during your preparation." - Shivam Arora, GATE 2022 topper

    GATE 2024 Preparation Books

    Subject Book Author Publisher
    General Aptitude Objective General English Anupam Sharma Arihant
    Engineering Mathematics Engineering Mathematics R.K. Rajput Pearson
    Electrical Engineering Basic Electrical Engineering S.L.Agarwal McGraw-Hill Education
    Electronics and Communication Engineering Signals and Systems A.K. Jain PHI Learning
    Computer Science and Engineering Introduction to Algorithms Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein MIT Press
    Mechanical Engineering Theory of Machines S.S. Bhavikatti PHI Learning
    Civil Engineering Strength of Materials B.C. Punmia S. Chand

    GATE 2024 Preparation- Online Coaching

    Provider Courses Price Pros Cons
    Made Easy Live lectures, video lectures, practice questions, mock tests Starts at INR 15,000 * Wide range of courses available * Experienced instructors * Strong track record of success * Can be expensive * Not as flexible as some other providers
    IMS India Live lectures, video lectures, practice questions, mock tests Starts at INR 12,000 * Similar range of courses as Made Easy * Strong track record of success * Can be expensive * Not as flexible as some other providers
    ACE Engineering Academy Comprehensive course that includes live lectures, video lectures, practice questions, mock tests Starts at INR 10,000 * Affordable * Comprehensive course * Experienced instructors * Not as many resources as some other providers
    GATE Academy Variety of courses including live lectures, video lectures, practice questions, mock tests Starts at INR 8,000 * Affordable * Variety of courses available * Experienced instructors * Not as many resources as some other providers
    Physics Wallah Comprehensive course that includes live lectures, video lectures, practice questions, mock tests Starts at INR 5,000 * Affordable * Comprehensive course * Experienced instructors * Not as many resources as some other providers

    Documents to be Carried with GATE 2024 Admit Card

    Document Description
    Valid Photo ID Any of the following: Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar card, Driving license, College ID
    Admit Card The admit card will be issued by GATE. You can download it from the official website of GATE.
    Mask You must wear a mask to the exam hall.
    Hand sanitizer You must carry a hand sanitizer to the exam hall.

    GATE 2024 Answer Key

    1. Release of Provisional Answer Key: The GATE conducting authorities release the provisional answer key on their official website a few days after the exam is conducted. It is made available for all subjects/papers of GATE.

    2. Objection Window: Along with the provisional answer key, the organizing institute also provides a specific time window during which candidates can raise objections if they find any discrepancies or have doubts regarding the answers provided in the key.

    3. Reviewing and Resolving Objections: After the objection window is closed, the authorities review all the objections raised by the candidates. If any objections are found to be valid, necessary corrections are made to the answer key.

    4. Release of Final Answer Key: Based on the review and resolution of objections, the GATE conducting authorities release the final answer key, which contains the officially accepted and corrected answers to the questions.

    5. Result Calculation: The final GATE scores are calculated based on the final answer key. For MCQs, candidates receive marks as per the marking scheme (usually +1 or +2 for correct answers and negative marking for incorrect answers). For NAT questions, marks are awarded without any negative marking.

    6. Declaration of Results: After the final answer key is released, the GATE results are declared. The results are usually announced on the official website, and candidates can check their scores and rank in the examination.

    GATE Rank v/s Institute

    Branch GATE Rank Institute
    Computer Science and Engineering 1-100 IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur
    Electrical Engineering 1-100 IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur
    Mechanical Engineering 1-100 IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur
    Civil Engineering 1-100 IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur

    GATE Cutoff 2023

    Branch GATE Rank
    Computer Science and Engineering 1-178
    Electrical Engineering 1-136
    Mechanical Engineering 1-215
    Civil Engineering 1-189

    GATE 2022 Cut off Marks

    Branch GATE Paper Code Qualifying Cutoff Marks
    Computer Science and Engineering CSE 32.5
    Electrical Engineering EE 29.9
    Mechanical Engineering ME 26.6
    Civil Engineering CE 23.9

    GATE COAP 2024

    Institute Location
    Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) Various
    National Institutes of Technology (NITs) Various
    Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) Various
    National Institutes of Science Education and Research (NISERs) Bhubaneswar, Jatni, Pune, Tirupati
    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, Berhampur, Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Kolkata, Pune (Powai), Bhopal (MP)
    Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Dehradun
    Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Thiruvananthapuram
    National Institute of Technology, Durgapur Durgapur
    National Institute of Technology, Rourkela Rourkela

    List of Top M.Tech Colleges in India after GATE

    Rank Institute Location
    1 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) Mumbai
    2 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) Delhi
    3 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) Chennai
    4 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) Kharagpur
    5 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) Kanpur
    6 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) Roorkee
    7 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) Guwahati
    8 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad) Hyderabad
    9 Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT Indore) Indore
    10 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IIT Gandhinagar) Gandhinagar

    Previous Year GATE PSU Cutoff

    PSU GATE Paper Code Year Cutoff Marks
    Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) CSE 2022 75.1
    Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) CSE 2022 69.8
    Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) CSE 2022 65.2
    Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) CSE 2022 61.9
    GAIL (India) Limited CSE 2022 54.3
    Petronet LNG Limited CSE 2022 51.7
    National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) CSE 2022 62.5
    Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) CSE 2022 55.4
    Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) CSE 2022 50.2
    Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) CSE 2022 53.2
    Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) CSE 2022 49.7
    Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITI) CSE 2022 46.5
    State Bank of India (SBI) CSE 2022 60.0
    Punjab National Bank (PNB) CSE 2022 55.6
    Bank of Baroda (BoB) CSE 2022 51.9
    Canara Bank CSE 2022 48.4
    Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) CSE 2022 66.0
    ICICI Bank CSE 2022 62.4
    Bajaj Finance CSE 2022 58.6

    GATE Overview 2024 FAQs

    Candidates who have completed or are in the final year of their bachelor's degree in engineering, technology, architecture, or science are eligible.

    Yes, GATE is open to international candidates. They must have completed or are in the final year of their qualifying degree.

    Yes, candidates from science or architecture backgrounds can apply for specific papers. Refer to the GATE brochure for eligible disciplines.

    GATE does not have a specific age limit. Candidates of any age can apply as long as they meet the educational qualifications.

    No, candidates must be in the final year or have completed their bachelor's degree to be eligible for GATE.

    Yes, candidates with a gap in education are eligible. There is no age limit or restrictions based on the number of attempts.

    No, there is no minimum percentage requirement for GATE. However, some institutions may have their own criteria for admission.

    Yes, candidates from foreign universities can apply for GATE. They should have completed or be in the final year of their qualifying degree.
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