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What is GATE Exam?

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is conducted for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology.
  • The exam is conducted annually by IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee) on a rotational basis.
  • GATE is an online test, conducted for 24 disciplines (papers) of engineering. Mostly questions are fundamental, concept based and thought-provoking.
  • Please don’t have a misconception that GATE is only meant for ME/MTech which leads to the teaching career only. 
  • There are many other advantages of taking GATE such as employment in PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings), direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central Government and some other Government of India Organizations. Read about PSU Recruitment through GATE
  • GATE qualifiers can use their GATE Scorecard for admission to Master’s Program and direct Doctoral Programs in Engg./Tech./Architecture. 
  • The GATE Scorecard is also used to avail financial assistance (scholarship) for the post-graduate program. Read more
  • The exam will also be held for international candidates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

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GATE 2019 Exam Schedule

Candidates can take GATE according to their Paper Code only. As there is a huge number of aspirants, thus GATE is held in multiple sessions. The table below depicts the tentative GATE 2019 schedule for all the papers:

Date Session Time (IST) Test Paper Codes
February 02, 2019 1 9:30 – 12:30 hrs CY, ME 1, MN
2 14:30 – 17:30 hrs ME 2, XE, XL, TF
February 03, 2019 3 9:30 – 12:30 hrs CS, CH
4 14:30 – 17:30 hrs AE, AG, AR, BT, EY, GG, IN, MA, MT, PE, PH, PI, ST
February 09, 2019 5 9:30 – 12:30 hrs EC
6 14:30 – 17:30 hrs EE
February 10, 2019 7 9:30 – 12:30 hrs CE 1
8 14:30 – 17:30 hrs CE 2

GATE Eligibility Criteria

It is advised to all the GATE aspirants to check their eligibility before making the registration. They can apply for only 1 paper in GATE. The minimum academic qualification to apply for GATE 2019 is indicated below for all the applicants:

  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years after 10+2, or 3 years after Diploma) in the related engineering and science stream
  • Master’s Degree in any branch of Mathematics/Science/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent degree.
  • International applicants possessing a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the related engineering or science stream.
  • Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree.
  • There is no stipulated age limit criterion defined for GATE applicants.

NOTE: Candidates with a backlog in their qualifying exam have to submit a copy of the final year mark sheets or a declaration from their Principal along with the seal and signature. Check out the documents required in support of GATE eligibility and qualifying disciplines in GATE.

How to apply for GATE 2019

GATE Registration Date: Sept 01, 2018 – Oct. 1, 2018

GATE Application Form will be available at http://gate.iitm.ac.in/ from September 01, 2018. It can be filled online through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System). A candidate has to follow 3 steps primarily to register online for GATE 2019.

  • Register and create a candidate’s login on the website of GOAPS. Provide your email-ID, phone number and create a password to register.
  • Then, fill GATE Application Form and upload the scanned images of Photograph and Signature in JPEG format.
  • The next step before final submission of GATE Online Application Form is fee payment.

The application fee for female, SC/ST candidates is INR 750 while it is INR 1500 for other candidates. The application fee can be paid in either online or offline mode.