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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) and the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Roorkee, Madras and Kanpur).

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to:

(i) Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and

(ii) Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MoE scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory.

Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

The score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the GATE results.

NOTE: GATE is NOT an admission ensuring examination. Qualifying in the GATE examination does NOT guarantee admission / scholarship. Admission to any institute is fully dependent on the admitting institute's criteria for educational qualification. Similarly, GATE qualification does not assure a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) job, as it depends on the recruitment procedure of the concerned PSU. GATE committee is NOT liable for any legal obligations related to admission/job.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture/Science/Commerce/Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2022 exam.

Important Dates

The Exam is conducted over the first and second week of February every year usually from 5th to 14th of February.

The registration process is online. Aspirants have to apply on the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website which usually opens in the second week of September from 12 to 14 September.

The last date for registration by the end of September (by 30th September) without the late fee.

Application Process

Candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode ONLY at GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).

The payment of application fees is through electronic mode.

The Admit Cards for GATE 2022 would be available only on GOAPS website. Candidates can download their Admit Card from GOAPS website.

Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers) 27
Sections General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
Type of Questions

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

(ii) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or

(iii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Number of Questions 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
Marking Scheme All of the questions will be of 1 mark and 2 marks


NPTEL has initiated this as a one stop solution with all relevant videos on the GATE syllabus. It is a good initiative for GATE aspirants!

Check out this page to access NPTEL GATE Resources (

For more information, head to IIT-KGP GATE page (