GATE EXAM STREAM

GATE EXAM STREAM

A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 21 papers listed in Table given below. Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.
The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.
Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes
Sl.NoPaperCodeSl.NoPaperCode
1Aerospace EngineeringAE12Instrumentation EngineeringIN
2Agricultural EngineeringAG13MatdematicsMA
3Architecture and PlanningAR14Mechanical EngineeringME
4BiotechnologyBT15Mining EngineeringMN
5Civil EngineeringCE16Metallurgical EngineeringMT
6Chemical EngineeringCH17PhysicsPH
7Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS18Production and Industrial EngineeringPI
8ChemistryCY19Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
9Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC20Engineering SciencesXE*
10Electrical EngineeringEE21Life SciencesXL*
11Geology and GeophysicsGG
XE Paper SectionsCodeXL Paper SectionsCode
Engineering Matdematics (Compulsory)AChemistry (Compulsory)H
Fluid MechanicsBBiochemistryI
Materials ScienceCBotanyJ
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologyK
tdermodynamicsEZoologyL
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyM
Food TechnologyG
* XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of the sections listed in the above table.  See further explanation below.

GATE EXAM PAPER STRUCTURE

GATE EXAM PAPER STRUCTURE

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only objective questions. The pattern of question papers is discussed separately in detail.
The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CY, GG, PH, MA, MN, MT, TF, XE, and XL will be carried out as ONLINE  computer based test where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to enter the answer for each question using a mouse  (keyboards will be disabled).  Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work. At the end of the three hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.
For all other papers (CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, and PI), the candidates will be given the questions printed on a paper, and they have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question using a black ink ball point pen.
General Aptitude Questions
All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
XE Paper
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
  1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XE sections B to G
The choice of two out of the sections B to G can be made at the time of appearing for the exam after viewing the questions.  Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change from one optional section to another optional section during the exam must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to G).
XL Paper
A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following
  1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XL sections I to M
The choice of two out of the sections I to M can be made at the time of appearing for the exam after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change from one optional section to another optional section during the exam must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

GATE ELIGIBILITY

GATE ELIGIBILITY
The following information is relevant for GATE 2013. Eligibility for GATE 2014 may vary from 2013. However, this gives an indicative idea about the eligibility criteria used by GATE board.
Only the following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE 2013.  Necessary supporting documents must be submitted ONLINE or by post during the submission of the application form for the exam.  Please read this carefully and make sure that your year of qualification is not later that what is specified below.
Qualifying Degree (Short)Qualifying Degree / Examination (Descriptive)Description of Eligible CandidatesYear of qualification cannot be later tdanCopies of Certificates to be submitted
Passed in the year 2012 or earlierExpected to complete in 2013 or later
B.E./B.Tech/B.ArchBachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-Diploma)Final year or Completed2013Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion CertificateCertificate from Principal (See below)
MSc. / M.A. / MCA equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Science / Matdematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalentFinal year or Completed2013Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate (pertaining to Masters degree)Certificate from Principal (See below)
Int. M.E. / M.Tech or DD (after 10+2 or Diploma)Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Five year programme)4td/5td Year or Completed2014Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion CertificateCertificate from Principal (See below)
Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post BSc)Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year programme)2nd/3rd/4td year or Completed2015Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion CertificateCertificate from Principal (See below)
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch)B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by tde Institute of Civil Engineers-India)Completed section A or equivalent of such professional coursesNAProfessional Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/ Course Completion/ Membership Certificate issued by tde Society or InstituteCopy of Marksheet for Section “A”
Certificate from Principal
Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their Principal, as determined from the above table, have to obtain a signature from their principal on a certificate that will be printed on the application PDF file provided only after completion of online application submission. Therefore, this cannot be scanned and uploaded online.
Candidates with backlogs
Candidates who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2012, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should submit
  • A copy of any one of the marks sheets of  the final year,  OR
  • A letter from the principal indicating that the student has a backlog  from an earlier semester/year to be cleared, and therefore cannot produce a course completion certificate now.  This certificate will also be present in the last portion of the PDF application form provided to you after you submit application online.

GATE EXAM info

GATE EXAM Info
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology.  GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate programmes (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies.  The score may also be used by Public sector units for employment screening purposes.
More about GATE Exam :
  • Over 500 institutes including the IISc, IITs and NITs require GATE score for admission to their ME, M.Tech and MS Programs.
  • A host of PSUs use GATE Scores for jobs in these organisations.
  • GATE is held on every second Sunday of February, every year.
  • The results for GATE are usually announced on 15th of March.
  • GATE score is valid for two years.
  • The paper has 65 questions – 30 one marks and 35 two marks questions. An aptitude section comprising of 5 one mark and 5 two mark questions, was introduced in GATE’10.
  • GATE qualified students are eligible for stipend of Rs. 8000/- per month.