The examination is organized by the IITs & IISc, Bangalore on a rotation basis. This year, the exam is managed by the IIT, Madras. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level examination. It is conducted to offer admission into masters & direct doctoral programmes in engineering/technology/architecture and doctoral programme in relevant branches of science. Through this article, candidates can get complete information about GATE 2019 including pre-examination (application submission, eligibility, exam centers, etc.), examination (pattern, marks/score, etc.) & post-examination (answers, results, scorecard, etc.) sections.

This below information about GATE is as per GATE -2009. The new information is under construction

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.

Admission to post graduate programmes at engineering and other professional colleges in the country such as IISc Bangalore, IITs, NITs and NIPER are open to those who qualify through GATE. Students who wish take admission in masters courses such as M.Tech, M.E. or M.Pharm in India have to take GATE.

GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/Engineer.

GATE is conducted in 21 streams. They are Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Instrumentation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Geology and Geophysics, Mathematics, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production and Industrial Engineering, Textile Engineering and Fiber Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Sciences and Life Science.

Eligibility For GATE

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE

  • Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of suchGATEprofessional courses are also eligible.


The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration. The question paper consists of only objective type questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. Only one choice is correct. There will be negative marking for wrong answers. The deduction for each wrong answer will be (1/3rd) of the allotted marks.

The question paper will be for a total of 100 marks divided into three groups

(i) Group I: Question Numbers 1 to 20 (20 questions) will carry one mark each (sub total 20 marks).

(ii) Group II: Question Numbers 21 to 50 (30 questions) will carry two marks each (sub total 60 marks).

(iii) Group III: Question Numbers 51 to 60 (10 questions) will carry two marks each (sub total 20 marks). These questions are called linked answer questions. These 10 questions comprise five pairs of questions (51 & 52, 55 & 56, etc.). first three questions are common data type . The two pairs are linked data type ,for the last two pair solution to the second question of each pair (e.g. Q.60) will be linked to the correct answer to the first one (e.g. Q.59) in the pair.

Each question will have four choices for the answer. Only one choice is correct. Wrong answers carry (1/3)rd negative marks. In Q.1 to Q.20, 0.33 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and in Q.21 to Q.56, Q.57, and Q.59, 0.67 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. If the first question in the linked pair is wrong, then the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. However, there is no negative marking for the linked answer questions - Q.58 and Q.60.

Papers bearing the code AE, AG, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF will contain questions on Engineering Mathematics to the extent of 15 to 18 marks

Every Year Gate Paper is Organised by any of these Institution