GATE Examination Structure

Structure Of Gate And Gate Results

All candidates for GATE will appear in a single paper of 3 hours duration and of 150 marks.

GATE will have the following papers:

Paper Code
Agricultural Engg. AG
Architecture and Planning AR
Civil Engg. CE
Chemical Engg. CH
Computer Science & Engg. CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics & Comm. Engg. EC
Electrical Engg. EE
Geology & Geophysics GG
Instrumentation Engg. IN
Information Technology IT
Mathematics MA
Mechanical Engg. ME
Mining Engg. MN
Metallurgical Engg. MT
Physics PH
Production & Industrial Engg. PI
Pharmaceutical Sciences PY
Textile Engg. & Fibre Sci. TF
Engineering Sciences XE
Life Sciences XL

Papers XE and XL are of general nature and will comprise of the following Sections:

Engineering Sciences (XE): Life Sciences (XL):
Engg. Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory H
Computational Science B Biochemistry I
Electrical Sciences C Biotechnology J
Fluid Mechanics D Botany K
Materials Science E Microbiology L
Solid Mechanics F Zoology M
Thermodynamics G – –

Candidates appearing in XE or XL papers are required to answer three sections, one compulsory and two other sections of candidate’s choice out of the sections mentioned against the respective papers. Candidates qualified in XE or XL paper will be further examined by the admitting Institute to assess their suitability for a particular programme.

The choice of the paper is the responsibility of the candidate. However, some guidelines are suggested below:

* Candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. However, the candidate is free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria.
* Candidates studying in the fourth year of Five-Year Integrated M.Tech ./Dual degree programme are treated at par with those in the final year of Four-Year B.E./B. Tech. programme and are expected to appear in the paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree.

The question paper of GATE will be fully of objective type. There will be ‘negative’ marking for each wrong answer. The deduction will be 25% of the marks allotted.

Candidates generally receive Admit Cards by last week of January. If they do not receive it by 1 st February, they should contact the concerned GATE Chairman.

GATE result will be be available on internet addresses of various Institutes given.

The GATE score card is a valuable document. Care should be taken to preserve it. Additional Score cards will be issued on payment basis only once. The Score Card cannot be treated as a proof for category or date of birth.

* GATE score is valid upto 2 year after result.
* Score card will be sent only to the qualified candidates. No information will be sent to the candidates who have not qualified.
* The score card of the Qualified Candidates will give Percentile score for that discipline. The percentile score in each discipline is calculated as follows:

p = -M-xioo
Where P : Percentile Score
N : total number of candidates appearing in that discipline nc; number of candidates having the same all India rank ‘r’ in the same discipline r : all India rank
P = {(number of candidates who have secured marks less than the marks secured by the candidate concerned)/N} x 100
* The GATE evaluation is carried out with utmost care. Requests for revaluation of answer scripts and re-totaling of marks will not be entertained.
* The GATE result and particulars of the qualified candidates will be made available to interested Organizations (educational institutions, R and D laboratories, industries etc.,) in India and abroad based on written request by the organisation and on payment. Details can be obtained from GATE Chairman of IITs / IISc.

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The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE Exam:

* Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy, and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
* Master’s 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’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
* Candidates with qualifications obtained through examination conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE exam is held at different Centres all over India. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi is the Organising Institute, and has the overall responsibility of conducting GATE exam. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Delhi and Delhi alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

The registration fee Rs.1000/- for General; Rs.500/- for SC/ST (with Information Brochure) or on-line Rs. 900/- for General and Rs. 400/- for SC/ST (without Information Brochure) is not refundable.

If you have questions, please ask below


  1. gouse basha says:

    iknow about the styfund of gate for life science students

  2. Deepak says:

    i want to give a gate examination what things i have to does.

  3. Madhuja says:

    I hv learnt that BT(Biotechnology) has been introduced as a separate paper since 2010. Can I get the syllabus for the same for GATE 2011.

  4. aakash says:

    there is no option for download of syllabus . Iwant syllabus of GATE 2001 MECHANICL

  5. THIRU says:


  6. Maya says:

    i want to know about the books which one should refer while preparing for gate??????
    can u please tell me about the colleges also?????

  7. Abhinav Thakare says:

    There is no any .pdf file so that i can take it????????
    And geting score in GATE is harder than booking railway resevation from IRCTC!!!!!!!!

  8. Yogesh Rokade says:

    I want syllabus for cs(computer science)
    and model question paper??

  9. tipu says:

    sir i want to get a seat in iit delhi in gate exam what can i do for this

  10. dinesh says:

    i m a computer science 3 rd yr student .i want to know various subject and their marks for gate preparation..

  11. vivek nautiyal says:

    please give me a solved problem with there explanation of gate 2005 to 2010.( please free of costs……….)

  12. Ajay says:

    i want information abt the gate … that in which of the years iit madras as organised the exam frm 2002 -2010

  13. AAKASH GUPTA says:


  14. ramesh says:

    am doing biotechnology. i want to write gate entrance exam for my p.g. degree.can you send syllabus for biotechnology.

  15. preeti choudhary says:

    plz send me cy previous papers

  16. vinod reddy says:

    i wanna total information about gate exam

  17. vinod reddy says:

    i want marks for gate exam for ece branch

  18. visithra says:

    i have completed my 12th public exam march 2011.
    i wish to study bsc biotechnology .when i can write gate exam for bio technology . what is the eligibility

  19. priya says:

    could u plz tell me about bt branch??

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