The various Indian Institutes of Technology IITs) are responsible for conducting the pan-India level Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) on a rotational basis. The Institutes administer GATE on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE of the Department of Higher Education that comes under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of the Union Government of India.
The GATE is conducted for admitting students in postgraduate courses (including the Master-level and Doctoral-level degree ones) in Institutes that are supported by the MHRD and other government agencies. These include prestigious institutes such as the IIITs, IITs, NITs, IISc, and other Government-Funded technical institutes (GFTIs), among other Indian universities. The Public Sector Units (PSUs) also consider GATE scores for job recruitments.
Also, candidates can qualify for Government Scholarships in various streams such as Science, Architecture, Technology, and Engineering via GATE.
Upon qualifying GATE, the aspirants can gain admission in the postgraduate-level courses in Indian higher education institutes, with financial aid that MHRD and other government agencies offer.
Under GATE, the candidates have a choice among 25 papers. Aspiring candidates can choose any two subjects out of the 25 papers that they wish to appear for. Also, the papers that they are applying to should be in line with their qualifications.
|GATE Exam Highlights|
|Exam Name||Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering|
|Short Exam Name||GATE|
|Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|Exam Duration||3 hours|
|Number of Test Takers||10 Lakh (Approx)|
|Level of Exam||All India Level|
GATE: Eligibility Criteria
GATE qualifies candidates for admissions in a range of courses. These include BArch, BPharm/BTech/BE, BSc (Research) / BS, Pharm D (after Class XII), MBBS, MCA / MA / MSc, BSc / BCom / BA, among others.
To apply for the BSc / BCom / BA courses, the candidate has to secure a Bachelor’s degree in Arts or Commerce or Science; they are 3-year programs.
The GATE contains questions from a range of subjects: Verbal Ability, General Aptitude, and Engineering.
GATE: Exam Pattern
Each paper of GATE has 65 questions, which total to 100 marks. Out of the total 65 questions, 10 questions are on General Aptitude and carry 15 marks. The candidates have 3 hours to answer all questions in GATE papers.
GATE question papers contain two kinds of questions.
The multiple-choice questions have four alternatives and the candidate has to mark the correct answer. The MCQs carry 1-2 marks.
The numerical answer questions carry 1-2 marks and the applicant has to mark the right answer among the given choices.
For every wrong answer, the candidate’s marks are cut.
GATE: Exam Dates
GATE is generally conducted during the month of February each year.
|GATE 2021 Important Dates|
|Release of GATE notification||7 August 2020|
|Application Start||11 September 2020|
|Last date for Application||8 October 2020 (5 PM)|
|Last date register with late fee||14 October 2020|
|Admit card download||14 January 2021|
|Exam Date||5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February 2021|
GATE: Admission Process
The official GATE website is http://gate.iitd.ac.in/index.php. To apply for GATE, the first step is to check if the candidate meets the stipulated eligibility criteria of the course that they are applying to. Upon satisfying the eligibility criteria, they have to visit the official website to register. During the registration process, they have to provide some basic details, following which they receive their login ID.
The next step is to sign in to their respective account with their valid login IDs and fill in the online application form with the requisite details. Also, they have to pay the applicable exam fee to apply. More so, they are required to upload the specified documents in the given format.
The GATE authorities accept applications only until the last given date for receiving applications and not thereafter.
GATE: Admit Card
After scanning through all applications, the authorities shortlist the candidates who are eligible. The Admit Cards of the selected candidates are uploaded on the official website a few weeks before the exam date. The applicants have to access their Admit Cards after logging into their respective accounts. If they notice any discrepancies, they must forward their concerns to the authorities immediately for the necessary changes.
GATE: Appear for the exam
Depending on which subject the candidate has selected, they have to appear on the date on which the exam is held. They must carry all mandatory documents to the exam hall, including their Admit Card and a photo-ID proof.
The results of GATE are posted on the official website. The candidate has to download their result from the official website after signing into their account. The Scorecard contains their rank and marks.
GATE: Counseling Process
The candidates who qualify GATE are invited to attend the counseling rounds. During the counseling rounds, they can select the college and branch.
The authorities assign seats to the applicants based on the availability of seats, given choices, and preferences.
GATE: Admission Process
The final step is to visit the institute where the candidate has got admission and complete the rest of the formalities, which includes paying the course fees.
GATE: Participating Colleges
Several colleges in India consider GATE scores for granting admissions to the aspiring candidates. These include IIT-Madras, IIT, Delhi, IIT-Mumbai, IIT-Gandhinagar-Gujarat, IIT-Patna, IIT-Guwahati-Assam, IIT-Roorkee – to list a few.