GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering is a national test conducted by Indian Institute of Science and IIT’s for admission to various post graduate courses in the field of engineering and techology. The exam was introduced in the year 1984 and since then has been one of the most competitive examinations in the country.The exam nowdays is also being used to select engineers for entry level jobs in various government offices.The examination is organised once a year and students can choose his field in which he wants to pursue his post graduation.
The Examination consists of 65 questions that are to be answered in the time limit of 3 hours. Since the year 2014 the examination has been completely shifted to online pattern. Now the candidates are needed to answer objective type and numerical type questions which appear on screen in random manner.
The candidates can chose to appear for GATE in any of the 23 below mentioned fields:
- Geology and Geophysics (GG)
- Aerospace Engg (AE)
- Agricultural Engg (AG)
- Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
- Architecture & Planning (AR)
- Mathematics (MA)
- Biotechnology (BT)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
- Civil Engineering (CE)
- Mining Engineering (MN)
- Chemical Engineering (CH)
- Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
- Sci & Information Tech (CS)
- Physics (PH)
- Chemistry (CY)
- Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
- Electronics & Communication Engg (EC)
- Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
- Electrical Engineering (EE)
- Engineering Sciences (XE)*
- Ecology and Evolution (EY)
- Life Sciences (XL)
The candidate has to choose any one of the above mentioned subjects and questions are asked in from concepts used in these subjects. Every paper contains 10 aptitude based questions from each subjects apart from the other core topics.
The candidate who have obtained a valid graduation degree in any discipline are eligible for this examination. They should possess the degree from the Universities recongnised by the Govt. Of India. Final and Pre Final Year students are also eligible to apply for this examination.
How To Apply
The candidates who wish to appear for the GATE examination need to apply online. To register and apply for this examination the candidate need to visit this link. After visiting the link you are required to register yourself with a valid mail ID. Once you register a link will be sent to you where you will be required to choose your password.
Once you log in through your email and password you will be required to fill in the application form. Here you will be required to fill in your personal details and select the subject in which you wish to appear for your examination.
Once the filling of form has been completed you will be required to make payment of Rs. 1500 either through net banking or through bank challan. Once you make the payment then you will be required to download the form. Two pages would appear, first would contain the address and location where you need to send in the hard copy. Second would a contain a certificated that you might need to get signed by your principal.
After the sign by your principal and attach all the asked document you will be required to send the form to the address mentioned.
After the score for this examination is declared the candidates are required to apply to the college for admission when the notice is released.
No separate counselling is held after this examination. The selection procedure is decided by the institute where you are applying.
Syllabus For Examination
The examination consists of questions asked from the subjects chosen by the candidate. Questions comprise of topic that are taught during the graduation to the student. First ten questions are based on the general aptitude of the subject. Other questions are asked from the core topics of the subject.
Some of the important dates to be kept in mind for GATE are:
- Start of Gate Registration GOAPS 1st September 2014
- Last Date of Registration 1st October 2014
- Last Date For Payment of Application 20th October 2014
- Last Date For Change of Center 21st November 2014
- Download of Admist card 17 December 2014
- Date of GATE 2015 31st January 2014
- GATE 2015 Result 12th March 2014
- Download of Score Card 27th March to 29th May 2015
Students can reach out for resolving their queries to Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Science Bangalore,Bengaluru 560 012. You can also reach out to them through means of telephone by contacting 088-22932392 and 08023601227.
The result of the candidate are declared after a month of appearing for the examination. The candidate receives an All India Rank plus a score card where his obtained score is mentioned alongwith section wise cut off.
The score card is provided only to the qualified candidates i.e the candidates who have obtained a score more than the cutoff score.
GATE score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of results.
Reservation and Seat Distribution
To help provide equal oppurtunities to the students reservations would be provided for admission to IIT’s and IISc. 30% of the total seats would be reserved for the OBC cateogary and 15% of the seats are reserved for the SC/ST cateogary. Some seats are reserved for the people with physical disabilities as well.
GATE score is accepted by most of the Technological institution across India. Some of the prominent institutes which accept the score of this examination are:
- IIT, Roorkee
- NIT, Jamshedpur
- BITS, Pilani
- Delhi College of Engineering
- Osmania University
- Anna University
- IISc Bangalore
- IT BHU
Counselling and Admission Procedure
Once the result of GATE has been declared and the score card has been obtained, the candidates can apply at various institutes as soon as the admission notification is realeased.
No separate counselling for the same is organised by either by the government or by any other authorities. The selection or counselling procedure may vary from institute to institute, but in most of the cases only Personal Interview is held. After successful completion of this round the candidates are required to submit all their original documents and after verification admission letter is offered.