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GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering)

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

GATE 2017 Admit Card

Engineering or GATE 2017 Admit Cards can be Downloaded from 17th December 2017. Candidates who have applied for the GATE 2017 exams can visit the official website of GATE to download the Online Admit Cards for GATE 2017 Exams as the Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post/email.

GATE 2017 is scheduled to be held from 31st January 2017 to 14 February 2017 during forenoon (09:00 AM to 12:00 noon) and afternoon (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) sessions on Saturdays and Sundays.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination for candidates having undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and postgraduate level subjects in Science.

The GATE score assists in getting admissions to post-graduate programs (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes of higher education with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. For getting admissions in postgraduate programs or direct Ph.D in IITs, and IISc, a valid GATE score is required.

Exam Date

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens for Enrollment, Application Filling, Application Submission Tuesday September 1, 2017
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website Thursday October 8, 2015
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login Friday November 20, 2015
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing Tuesday December 29, 2015
GATE 2017 Online Examination

Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon

Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM

Saturdays and Sundays Between January 30 to February 07, 2017
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website Saturday March 19, 2017 (10:00 Hrs)
Download of GATE 2017 Score Card Friday to Sunday March , 2017


The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF will be carried out ONliNE using computers where the candidates will be required to enter the answer for each question using mouse. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question.

In the ONLINE papers, the question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice type and numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for the answer. For numerical answer type questions, each question will have a number as the answer and choices will not be given.

GATE 2017 would contain questions of four different types in various papers:

  • Multiple choice questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each.
  • Common data questions, where two successive questions use the same set of input data.
  • Linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor.
  • Numerical answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate.

Examples of such questions can be found in Question Types.

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying 15 marks in General Aptitude (GA) are compulsory.

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, GG, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry 15 % of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15 % of the total marks and the remaining 70 % of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15 % of the total marks and the remaining 85 % of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

Each GATE paper shall have a General Aptitude (GA) component carrying 15 marks.

Here are the disciplines that the candidates will qualify for if they crack the GATE 2017

Aeronautical Engineering
Petroleum/Petro-Chemical Engineering/Technology
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Plastic Technology
Applied Mechanics
Polymer Technology/Science
Production/Industrial Engineering
Automobile Engineering
Renewable Energy
Biochemical Engineering
Rubber Technology
Biomedical Engineering
Textile Engineering & Fibre Science
Agricultural Science
Ceramic & Glass Technology
Applied Electronics
Chemical Engineering
Applied Physics
Chemical Technology
Civil/Environmental/Structural/Construction Engineering
Computer Science Engineering/Technology
Control and Instrumentation
Computer Applications
Electrical Engineering /Electrical and Electronics Engineering/Power Engineering
Earth Sciences
Electro-Chemical Engineering
Engineering Physics
Electronics/Comm./Telecomm Engineering
Geology/ Geophysics
Energy Engineering
Industrial Chemistry
Environmental Engineering
Veterinary/Animal Science
Food Technology/Processing Engineering
Life Sciences (Botany)
Industrial Engineering
Life Sciences (Zoology)
Industrial Management
Materials Science
Information Science /Information Technology/Information and Communication Technology
Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
Instrumentation & Process Control
Nano Science & Technology
Manufacturing Engineering
Nuclear Physics
Material Science and Engineering
Operations Research
Mechanical Engineering
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Medical Instrumentation
Radio Physicsv Metallurgical Engineering /Industrial Metallurgy
Radio Physics & Electronics
Mineral Engineering/Mineral Dressing
Mining Engineering/Technology; Machinery
Textile Chemistry
Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering
All other disciplines in Engineering/Technology/Sciences
Oil Technology
Paint Technology


Candidates can submit Application Form in two different modes : Online and Offline. The preferred mode of application process is Online

Application Category Application Fee
Online General/OBC(Male) Rs.1500/-
General/OBC(Female) Rs.750/-
SC/ST/PD Rs.750/-


Step 1: Decide Payment Option
  • Gateway Payment:

    Payment can be made using netbanking. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.30/-)

  • Challan Payment:

    Payment by cash at ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India branches. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.25/-)

Step 1.1: Obtain SC / ST / PD Certificate (if applicable)

Step 2: Apply Online

Candidates must follow the instructions provided while applying online.

At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:

  • Page-1: Instructions
  • Page-2: GATE 2017 Application - GATE Copy
  • Page-3: GATE 2017 Application - Candidate´s Copy
  • Page-4: Address Slip of respective zonal GATE office
  • Page-5: Bank Challan (for Challan Payment option only)

Take a print out of the entire file on A4 size white sheets using a laser/inkjet printer.

Step 3:  Cash Payment: (only for Challan Payment option)

The bank challan (Page-5) will be printed in triplicate. Take it to any one of the branches of ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India (as opted by the candidate) and pay the fees. Bank will retain a copy and will return two copies to you. In those two copies, retain the Candidate's copy with you and attach the GATE Copy with the application.

Step 4:

  • Paste your recent photograph (3.5 cm X 3.5 cm) in the designated place of Page-2. Before pasting, please write your name and application number on the backside of the photo with black ball point pen.
  • Sign at the designated place of Page-2.
  • Paste Page-4 on top of a 10 inch x 12 inch size laminated envelope.

Step 5: Post/Submission

Before posting your application form, make sure that, in addition to the other relevant attachments, you have attached either a copy of the degree certificate or a certificate from your college principal as indicated below:

  • Candidates should submit a copy of the degree certificate or provisional certificate if they have passed their qualifying degree in 2011 or before.
  • Candidates with the following eligibility conditions should submit a certificate signed by the Principal of the college, where the candidate is studying, clearly indicating the year of passing of the candidate in the qualifying degree.
  • Students in the final year of Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2).
  • Students in the final year of Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma).
  • Students in the final year of Master's degree programmes in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent.
  • Students in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.
  • Students in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

To download the format of the certificate to be sent by the candidates

For More Details

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