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What is GATE?

Notably, GATE or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a computer-based exam (online mode). The exam is a postgraduate entrance examination held across the nation. It is held for admissions to the M.Tech/M.E. and Ph.D. programmes at the various NITs, IITs, GFTIs and other Universities of the nation. IISC  Bangalore is also a part of this exam. Presently, the exam is jointly conducted by the IIS (Indian Institute of Science) and seven IITs (Indian Institutes of Technologies) of Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras) and Mumbai (Bombay). GATE exam is conducted on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE. Specifically, GATE tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering or science.

GATE is one of the most competitive examinations in India. It is also recognized by various foreign institutes like Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Furthermore, GATE is regulated by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


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GATE 2019

The last GATE exam took place on February 03 – 04 & February 10 – 11, 2018. IIT Guwahati was the organizing institute for the exam. Consequently, GATE 2018 results have been declared. Presently, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras is going to hold GATE 2019 through online medium. IIT Madras will hold the exam for 24 papers, on February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019. IIT Madras has released the notification for GATE 2019 on July 6, 2018.  From September 1, 2018, the GATE aspirants can apply for the exam. The authority will conduct GATE 2019 across 200 cities of the nation and 6 cities of foreign nations.

Changes in GATE 2019

One of the major changes in

GATE 2019 is that one more subject has been added in the syllabus of the exam. This subject is that of Statistics the code for which is ST. Another major change in GATE 2019 is that now the GATE aspirants will get an extended period of several days for submitting their GATE Application form. There are no other changes for GATE 2019.

GATE 2019- Papers and Their Codes

Presently, the GATE Papers and their codes as per GATE 2019 are as follows:

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Mathematics MA
Biotechnology BT Mechanical Engineering ME
Civil Engineering CE Mining Engineering MN
Chemical Engineering CH Metallurgical Engineering MT
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Petroleum Engineering PE
Chemistry CY Physics PH
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Ecology and Evolution EY Engineering Sciences XE(A-H)
Life Sciences XL(P-U)

GATE Syllabus

GATE Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA) (Common to all papers)

Verbal Ability in GATE: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies. Furthermore, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning, and verbal deduction.
Numerical Ability in GATE: Numerical computation, numerical estimation. Also, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

GATE Syllabus for Electrical Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential equations, also Complex variables. In addition, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods and Transform Theory

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Electric Circuits

First of all, Network graph, KCL, KVL, Node, and Mesh analysis, Transient response of dc and ac networks and Sinusoidal steady‐state analysis. Furthermore Resonance, Passive filters, Ideal current and voltage sources. Also Thevenin’s theorem, Norton’s theorem, Superposition theorem, Maximum power transfer theorem as well as, Two‐port networks, Three phase circuits, Power and power factor in ac circuits.

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Electromagnetic Fields

Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field Intensity, Electric Flux Density, Gauss’s Law and Divergence. Moreover Electric field and potential due to the point, line, plane and spherical charge distributions. Furthermore Effect of the dielectric medium, Capacitance of simple configurations, Biot‐Savart’s law, Ampere’s law, Curl, Faraday’s law. Also Lorentz force, Inductance, Magnetomotive force, R luctance, Magnetic circuits, Self and Mutual inductance of simple configurations.

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Signals and Systems

Representation of continuous and discrete‐time signals, Shifting and scaling operations, Linear Time-Invariant, and Causal system. Similarly, Fourier series representation of continuous periodic signals, Sampling theorem, Applications of Fourier Transform, Laplace Transform and z-Transform.

GATE Syllabus- 5: Electrical Machines

Firstly, single phase transformer: equivalent circuit, phasor diagram, open circuit and short circuit tests, regulation and efficiency. Secondly,  Three phase transformers: connections, parallel operation. Also, Auto‐transformer, Electromechanical energy conversion principles. Thirdly,  DC machines: separately excited, series and shunt, motoring and generating mode of operation and their characteristics, starting and speed control of dc motors. Next,  Three phase induction motors: the principle of operation, types, performance, torque-speed characteristics, no-load and blocked rotor tests, equivalent circuit, starting and speed control.

Then, Operating principle of single phase induction motors; Synchronous machines: cylindrical and salient pole machines, performance, regulation and parallel operation of generators, starting of synchronous motor, characteristics. Also, Types of losses and efficiency calculations of electric machines.

GATE Syllabus- Section 6: Power  systems

Power generation concepts, ac and dc transmission concepts, Models and performance of transmission lines and cables. Also,  Series and shunt compensation, Electric field distribution and insulators, Distribution systems and Per‐unit quantities. Furthermore, Bus admittance matrix, GaussSeidel and Newton-Raphson load flow methods. In addition, Voltage and Frequency control, Power factor correction and  Symmetrical components.

Also,  Symmetrical and unsymmetrical fault analysis, Principles of over‐current, differential and distance protection. Moreover,  Circuit breakers, System stability concepts, and  Equal area criterion.

GATE Syllabus- Section 7: Control Systems

Mathematical modeling and representation of systems, Feedback principle, and transfer function. Similarly, Block diagrams and Signal flow graphs, Transient and Steady‐state analysis of linear time-invariant systems, and Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist criteria. Furthermore, Bode plots, Root loci, Stability analysis, Lag, Lead and Lead‐Lag compensators. Also,  P, PI and PID controllers; State space model, and  State transition matrix.

GATE Syllabus- Section 8: Electrical and Electronic Measurements

Bridges and Potentiometers, Measurement of voltage, current, power, energy and power factor. Also, Instrument transformers, Digital voltmeters, and multimeters. In addition, Phase, Time and Frequency measurement. Moreover, Oscilloscopes and Error analysis.

GATE Syllabus- Section 9: Analog and Digital Electronics

Characteristics of diodes, BJT, MOSFET. Similarly,  Simple diode circuits: clipping, clamping, rectifiers. Also, Amplifiers: Biasing, Equivalent circuit and Frequency response, and Oscillators and Feedback amplifiers and,  Operational amplifiers: Characteristics and application. In addition, Simple active filters, VCOs and Timers, Combinational and Sequential logic circuits, Multiplexer, Demultiplexer, Schmitt trigger, and Sample and hold circuits, A/D, and D/A converters. Finally,  8085Microprocessor: Architecture, Programming, and Interfacing.

GATE Syllabus- Section 10: Power Electronics

Characteristics of semiconductor power devices: Diode, Thyristor, Triac, GTO, MOSFET, IGBT. Moreover, AC to DC conversion: Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converter. Similarly, Single and three phase configuration of uncontrolled rectifiers, Line commutated thyristor-based converters, Bidirectional ac to dc voltage source converters. Also, Issues of line current harmonics, Power factor, Distortion factor of ac to dc converters, Single phase, and three phase inverters, and Sinusoidal pulse width modulation.

GATE Syllabus for Computer Science and Information Technology

GATE Syllabus- Section1: Engineering Mathematics

Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra. Also, Calculus and Probability

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Digital Logic

Boolean algebra. Combinational and sequential circuits. Moreover, Minimization, Number representations and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating point).

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Computer Organization and Architecture

Machine instructions and addressing modes. Similarly ALU, data‐path, and control unit. Also, Instruction pipelining and Memory hierarchy: cache, main memory, and secondary storage. Moreover I/O interface (Interrupt and DMA mode).

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Programming and Data Structures

Programming in C,  Recursion. Furthermore  Arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary search trees, binary heaps, and graphs.

GATE Syllabus- Section 5: Algorithms

Searching, sorting, hashing. Followed by Asymptotic worst-case time and space complexity. Algorithm design techniques including greedy, dynamic programming and divide‐and‐conquer. Moreover Graph search, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths.

GATE Syllabus- Section 6: Theory of Computation

Regular expressions and finite automata. Similarly, Context-free grammars and push-down automata. Also Regular and context-free languages, pumping lemma, Turing machines, and undecidability.

GATE Syllabus- Section 7: Compiler Design

Lexical analysis, parsing, syntax-directed translation. Furthermore Runtime environments and Intermediate code generation.

GATE Syllabus- Section 8: Operating System

Processes, threads, inter‐process communication, concurrency, and synchronization. Furthermore Deadlock, CPU scheduling, and Memory management. As well as virtual memory and Filesystems.

GATE Syllabus- Section 9: Databases

ER‐model and Relational model covering relational algebra, tuple calculus, and SQL.Also Integrity constraints and normal forms. Followed by File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees), transactions and
concurrency control.

GATE Syllabus- Section 10: Computer Networks

The concept of layering, LAN technologies (Ethernet), Flow and error control techniques, and switching. Also, IPv4/IPv6, routers and routing algorithms (distance vector, link state). Moreover TCP/UDP and sockets, congestion control and Application layer protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP). Furthermore, Basics of Wi-Fi and Network security covering authentication, basics of the public key and private key cryptography. Also digital signatures, certificate, and firewalls.

GATE Syllabus for Civil Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra and Calculus together with Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE) and Partial Differential Equation (PDE). Furthermore, Probability and Statistics followed by Numerical Methods.

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Structural Engineering

Engineering Mechanics, Solid Mechanics. Also Structural Analysis and Construction Materials and Management. Finally,  Concrete Structures and Steel Structures.

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering

Soil Mechanics together with Foundation Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Water Resources Engineering

Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics. Moreover, Hydrology and Irrigation

GATE Syllabus- Section 5: Environmental Engineering

Water and Waste Water together with Air Pollution. Also Municipal Solid Wastes and Noise Pollution

GATE Syllabus- Section 6: Transportation Engineering

Transportation Infrastructure.  Similarly, Highway Pavements and Traffic Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

Principles of surveying; Errors and their adjustment; Maps – scale and coordinate system. Also Distance and angle measurement – Levelling and trigonometric leveling; Traversing and triangulation survey; Total station and Horizontal and vertical curves. Photogrammetry – scale, flying height together with Remote sensing covering basics, platform and sensors and visual image interpretation. Furthermore Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical Positioning system (GPS)

GATE Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential equations. Also Analysis of complex variables, Probability and Statistics, and Numerical Methods

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Electrical Circuits

Voltage and current sources having independent, dependent, ideal and practical sources. Furthermore v-i relationships of resistor, inductor, mutual inductor, and capacitor. Also transient analysis of RLC circuits with dc excitation.

Also, Kirchoff’s laws, mesh and nodal analysis, superposition, Thevenin, together with Norton, maximum power transfer, and reciprocity theorems.

Moreover Peak-, average- and rs values of ac quantities. Also  apparent-, active- and reactive powers. Furthermore phasor analysis, impedance and admittance together with series and parallel resonance, locus diagrams, the realization of basic filters with R, L and C elements.

Finally, One-port and two-port networks, driving point impedance and admittance, open-, and short circuit parameters.

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Signals and Systems

Periodic, aperiodic and impulse signals together with Laplace, Fourier, and z-transforms. Similarly transfer function, the frequency response of first and second order linear time-invariant systems, the impulse response of systems as well as convolution and correlation. Also Discrete time system including impulse response, frequency response, pulse transfer function and DFT and FFT as well as basics of IIR and FIR filters.

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Control Systems

Feedback principles, signal flow graphs, transient response, and steady-state-errors. Also Bode plot, phase and gain margins, together with Routh and Nyquist criteria, root loci, and design of lead. Furthermore, lag and lead-lag compensators, state-space representation of systems and time-delay system. Also mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic system components, synchro pair, servo and stepper motors and servo valves. As well as on-off, P, P-I, P-I-D, cascade, feedforward, and ratio controllers.

GATE Syllabus- Section 5: Analog Electronics

Characteristics and applications of the diode, Zener diode, BJT, and MOSFET. Also small signal analysis of transistor circuits, feedback amplifiers. Moreover Characteristics of operational amplifiers, and applications of opamps including difference amplifier, adder, subtractor, integrator, differentiator, instrumentation amplifier, precision rectifier, active filters and other circuits. Furthermore, Oscillators, signal generators, voltage controlled oscillators and phase locked loop.

GATE Syllabus- Section 6: Digital Electronics

Combinational logic circuits, minimization of Boolean functions together with IC families covering TTL and CMOS. Furthermore Arithmetic circuits, comparators, Schmitt trigger, multi-vibrators, sequential circuits, flip-flops, shift registers, timers, and counters. Also sample-and-hold circuit, multiplexer, analog-to-digital (successive approximation, integrating, flash and sigma-delta) and digital-to-analog converters (weighted R, R-2R ladder, and current steering logic).

Moreover Characteristics of ADC and DAC (resolution, quantization, significant bits, conversion/settling time); basics of number systems, an 8-bit microprocessor, and microcontroller covering applications, memory and input-output interfacing. Similarly basics of data acquisition systems.

GATE Syllabus- Section 7: Measurements

SI units, systematic and random errors in measurement, expression of uncertainty – accuracy and precision index, propagation of errors. Also PMMC, MI and dynamometer type instruments, dc potentiometer; bridges for measurement of R, L, and C, Q-meter. Furthermore Measurement of voltage, current and power in single and three phase circuits and also ac and dc current probes, true rms meters, voltage and current scaling, instrument transformers, timer/counter, time, phase and frequency measurements, digital voltmeter, digital multimeter. Finally oscilloscope, shielding, and grounding.

GATE Syllabus- Section 8: Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation

Resistive-, capacitive-, inductive-, piezoelectric-, Hall effect sensors and associated signal conditioning circuits. Also transducers for industrial instrumentation containing displacement (linear and angular), velocity, acceleration, force, torque, vibration, shock, pressure (including low pressure), flow (differential pressure, variable area, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, turbine and open channel flow meters) temperature (thermocouple, bolometer, RTD (3/4 wire), thermistor, pyrometer and semiconductor). As well as liquid level, pH, conductivity and viscosity measurement.

GATE Syllabus- Section 9: Communication and Optical Instrumentation

Amplitude- and frequency modulation and demodulation. Moreover Shannon’s sampling theorem, pulse code modulation. Together with frequency and time division multiplexing, amplitude-, phase-, frequency-, pulse shift keying for digital modulation. Also optical sources and detectors: LED, laser, photo-diode, light dependent resistor and their characteristics. Finally,  interferometer covering applications in metrology and basics of fiber optic sensing.

GATE Syllabus for Electronics and Communications Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, together with Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis, Numerical Methods, and Probability and Statistics

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Networks, Signals, and Systems

Network solution methods covering nodal and mesh analysis. Moreover, Network theorems containing superposition, Thevenin and Norton’s, maximum power transfer. Also, Wye‐Delta transformation, Steady state sinusoidal analysis using phasors and Time domain analysis of simple linear circuits. Similarly Solution of network equations using Laplace transform, Frequency domain analysis of RLC circuits and Linear 2‐port network parameters including driving point and transfer functions. Finally State equations for networks.

Continuous-time signals covering Fourier series and Fourier transform representations, sampling theorem, and applications. Similarly, Discrete-time signals including discrete-time Fourier transform (DTFT), DFT, FFT, Z-transform, interpolation of discrete-time signals. Furthermore, LTI systems which include definition and properties, causality, stability, impulse response, convolution, poles and zeros, parallel and cascade structure, frequency response, group delay, phase delay and digital filter design techniques.

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Electronic Devices

Firstly, Energy bands in intrinsic and extrinsic silicon. Secondly, Carrier transport covering diffusion current, drift current, mobility, and resistivity. Thirdly, Generation and recombination of carriers. Then, Poisson and continuity equations. Next, P-N junction, Zener diode, BJT, MOS capacitor, MOSFET, LED, a photodiode and solar cell. Similarly, Integrated circuit fabrication process covering oxidation, diffusion, ion implantation, photolithography and twin-tub CMOS process.

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Analog Circuits

In the first place, Small signal equivalent circuits of diodes followed by BJTs and MOSFETs. Then, Simple diode circuits covering clipping, clamping, and rectifiers. Next, Single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers including biasing, bias stability, mid-frequency small signal analysis, and frequency response. Furthermore, BJT and MOSFET amplifiers including multi-stage, differential, feedback, power and operational. Moreover, Simple op-amp circuits, Active filters, and Sinusoidal oscillators covering criterion for oscillation, single-transistor, and op-amp configurations. Similarly, Function generators, wave-shaping circuits, and 555 timers. Also, Voltage reference circuits and Power supplies covering ripple removal and regulation.

GATE Syllabus- Section 5: Digital Circuits

Number systems; Combinatorial circuits: Boolean algebra, minimization of functions using Boolean identities and Karnaugh map, logic gates and their static CMOS implementations, arithmetic circuits, code converters, multiplexers, decoders and PLAs; Sequential circuits: latches and flip‐flops, counters, shift‐registers and finite state machines; Data converters: sample and hold circuits, ADCs and DACs; Semiconductor memories: ROM, SRAM, DRAM; 8-bit microprocessor (8085): architecture, programming, memory and I/O interfacing.

GATE Syllabus- Section 6: Control Systems

Basic control system components; Feedback principle; Transfer function; Block diagram representation; Signal flow graph; Transient and steady-state analysis of LTI systems; Frequency response; Routh-Hurwitz and Nyquist stability criteria; Bode and root-locus plots; Lag, lead and lag-lead compensation; State variable model and solution of state equation of LTI systems.

GATE Syllabus- Section 7: Communications

Random processes: autocorrelation and power spectral density, properties of white noise, filtering of random signals through LTI systems; Analog communications: amplitude modulation and demodulation, angle modulation and demodulation, spectra of AM and FM, superheterodyne receivers, circuits for analog communications; Information theory: entropy, mutual information and channel capacity theorem; Digital communications: PCM, DPCM, digital modulation schemes, amplitude, phase and frequency shift keying (ASK, PSK, FSK), QAM, MAP and ML decoding, matched filter receiver, calculation of bandwidth, SNR and BER for digital modulation; Fundamentals of error correction, Hamming codes; Timing and frequency synchronization, inter-symbol interference and its mitigation; Basics of TDMA, FDMA and CDMA.

GATE Syllabus- Section 8: Electromagnetics

Electrostatics; Maxwell’s equations: differential and integral forms and their interpretation, boundary conditions, wave equation, Poynting vector; Plane waves and properties: reflection and refraction, polarization, phase and group velocity, propagation through various media, skin depth; Transmission lines: equations, characteristic impedance, impedance matching, impedance transformation, S-parameters, Smith chart; Waveguides: modes, boundary conditions, cut-off frequencies, dispersion relations; Antennas: antenna types, radiation pattern, gain and directivity, return loss, antenna arrays; Basics of radar; Light propagation in optical fibers.

GATE Syllabus for Mechanical Engineering

GATE Syllabus- Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra, Calculus, Differential equations, Complex variables, Probability, and Statistics, Numerical Methods

GATE Syllabus- Section 2: Applied Mechanics and Design

Engineering Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials, Theory of Machines, Vibrations, Machine Design

GATE Syllabus- Section 3: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences

Fluid Mechanics, Heat-Transfer, Thermodynamics, Applications

GATE Syllabus- Section 4: Materials, Manufacturing, and Industrial Engineering

Engineering Materials, Casting, Forming and Joining Processes, Machining and Machine Tool Operations, Metrology and Inspection, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Production Planning and Control, Inventory Control, Operations Research

GATE Important Dates 2019

S.No. Events Dates
1 Notification of GATE 2019 July 6, 2018
2 Starting date for applying for GATE 2019 September 1, 2018
3 End date to fill the application form through website September 21, 2018
4 The extended closing date for submission of application through website October 1, 2018
4. Change in gender, category, and PwD status to be finished by The fourth week of October
5 Change in exam city to be made in GATE 2019 application form The second week of November
6 Availability of GATE mock test 2019 by the third week of November
7 Release date of GATE 2019 paper schedule the second week of December
8 Availability of GATE 2019 admit card January 4, 2019
9 GATE 2019 Exam February 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2019
10 Availability of response sheet of GATE 2019 Second week of February
11 Availability of answer key Third week of February
12 Last date of challenging the answer key Third week of February
13 Announcement of GATE 2019 result March 16, 2019
14 Availability of score card of GATE 2019 March 20 to May 31, 2019

GATE Registration


GATE Registration


Candidates can fill the online application form for GATE at GOAPS at Also, you need to enter the correct details in the GATE application form and submit it for GATE application/registration. Before submitting GATE Registration, you need to pay an application fee which will either be Rs 750 or Rs 1500 depending upon your category.

If you have applied, then you can check the GATE application status. Corrections in form can also be done through a specific channel only, details of which are at GATE form correction page. If the form is filled, submitted, error-free, then all that remains pre-exam is to download admit card of GATE 2019.

GATE Application Form

You can download GATE application form from EduGorilla marketplace.

Steps to fill GATE 2019 Application Form

The following steps will guide you through to a successful registration for GATE 2019:

  • Registering through GOAPS
  • Filling of GATE Application Form
  • Uploading of Required Documents
  • Previewing Filled Application Form
  • Paying the Application Fees
  • Submitting the Filled Application Form

Certificate from Principal for GATE Application Form

Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their college Principal, as determined from above Table, have to obtain one from his/her institution beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the GATE application form.

Candidates with Backlogs in Gate Application Form

GATE candidates who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2017, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should

  1. submit a copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year while applying for GATE,


  1. have to obtain a declaration from their Principal along with the signature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the GATE application form

GATE Application Fees Details

In order to complete the online GATE registration, aspirants have to submit the requisite application fee.

Category Fee
SC / ST / PwD Category Rs. 750/-
Women Candidate Rs. 750/-
All Other Categories Rs. 1500/-

For International GATE Candidates

Countries Fee
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu US $50
Dubai and Singapore US $100

Payment Mode for  GATE Application Form

Aspirants can either opt for online mode or can download the e-challan from the official website of GATE 2019.

GATE 2019 Result (Tentative)

Presently, candidates can find GATE 2019 result on the GOAPS portal of the GATE website. The result will be declared in the month of March 2019.

GATE Scorecards

After the declaration of result, GATE Scorecards are available for the candidates securing marks equal to or more than the cut-off marks.

GATE 2019 Eligibility

Aspirants can choose the GATE paper – out of the 24 papers (one paper of statistics also gets added from 2019) – they wish to appear for.

Note: Candidates can appear in ‘only one’ paper of the GATE.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2019

Qualifying Degree for GATE Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive) for GATE Description of Eligible candidates for GATE Year of Qualification cannot be later than
B.E./B.Tech./B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs. Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2019
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four-year program) Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4thyear or already completed 2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five-year program) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2020
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.) B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

GATE aspirants from

  • Bangladesh
  • Ethiopia
  • Nepal
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka and
  • United Arab Emirates

must have completed or should be in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Post-graduate (MSc) degree in any relevant science subject.

Note: If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, he/she can select the relevant minimum required qualifying degree while filling the GATE application form.

If the GATE candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned above in 2017 or earlier, he/she will have to submit the degree certificate / provisional certificate/course completion certificate / professional certificate/membership certificate issued by the society or institute.

If the GATE candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2017 or later as mentioned above, he/she has to submit a certificate from Principal or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE.

GATE  Exam Pattern

All the 23 GATE papers consist of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. GATE is a three-hour computer-based examination, consisting of both numerical-type and objective-type questions (MCQs). The following list depicts the code for each paper.



A candidate can take only one GATE paper. Therefore, he/she must choose the subject code very carefully at the time of filling the application form. It is NOT possible to change the choice of paper after the submission of the application form.

For papers having the codes AE, CE, BT, AG, CS, EC, CH, EE, ME, IN, MN, PE, MT, PI, TF and XE, 15% of the overall marks will be for General Aptitude section, 15% of the overall marks will be for Engineering Mathematics. Though the rest of the 70% of the marks will be for the chosen paper.

For papers having the codes EY, AR, CY, PH, MA, GG and XL, 15% of the overall marks will be for General Aptitude section and the rest 85% of the marks will be for the chosen paper.

In all papers, the General Aptitude section will contain 10 questions carrying a total of 15 Marks.

For General Aptitude Section of GATE

  • 05 Questions carrying 01 Marks
  • 10 Question carrying 02 Marks

For Other Sections of GATE Except GG, XE, and XL

In all remaining papers, except GG, XE and XL will contain 55 questions carrying a total 85 Marks.

  • 25 Questions carrying 01 Marks
  • 30 Question carrying 02 Marks

For GATE GG (Geology and Geophysics) paper

The GATE Geology and Geophysics (GG) paper contains the General Aptitude section and two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates whereas Part B includes two sections:

  • Section 1 (Geology)
  • Section 2 (Geophysics)

Candidates are required to attempt only one section from Part B. Although, Part A is compulsory for all.

  • 25 Questions carrying 01 Marks- Total 25 Marks
  • 30 Question carrying 02 Marks- Total 60 Marks

For GATE XE (Engineering Sciences) paper

In GATE XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 8 marks). Though, some questions may be of numerical answer type questions.

Each of the other sections of the GATE XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks. Marks-division for GATE XE is mentioned below. Some questions should be of numerical answer type.

  • 9 Questions carrying 1-mark each- Total 09 Marks
  • 13 Questions carrying 2-marks each – Total 26 Marks

For GATE XL (Life Sciences) paper

Similarly, Chemistry section is mandatory in GATE XL paper. It contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type. Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains the below segregation-

  • 10 Questions carrying 01 Marks- Total 10 Marks
  • 10 Question carrying 02 Marks- Total 20 Marks

Negative Marking in GATE 2019

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in  GATE

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.

Numerical Answer Questions in  GATE

There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer to these questions is a real number to be entered by using the mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.

Negative Marking

Questions Type


Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in  GATE 1 mark 1/3
2 marks 2/3
Numerical Answer Questions in  GATE 1 mark Nil
2 marks Nil

GATE Percentile

A candidate’s percentile denotes the percentage of candidates scoring lower than that particular candidate. It is calculated as:

Percentile = (1 – All India rank/No of candidates in that subject) x 100

Qualifying Marks for GATE

The rules for qualifying marks have seen many changes throughout the years. The qualifying marks (out of 100) for GATE are different for different subjects as well as categories.

2/3 (i.e., 66.67%) of general category’s qualifying mark.

Category Qualifying mark (out of 100)
General (GN) 25 or μ + σ, whichever is higher.
Other backward classes 90% of general category’s qualifying mark.
Scheduled Castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST)

Here μ is the average (i.e., arithmetic mean) of marks of all GATE candidates in the subject (with negative marks converted to zero) and σ is the standard deviation of all marks in that subject.

Usually, the general category’s qualifying mark of GATE is in the 25 to 50 range.

The Government of India implemented reservations for other backward classes in college admissions and public-sector job recruitment in the year 2008. Before that, all OBC candidates were included in the “general” category. There was no separate OBC category then

GATE 2019 Application Details

GATE aspirants should visit the official website of GATE 2019, to apply online. Candidates need to check the eligibility conditions before applying online. Candidates need to pay the application fee through online mode in order to submit the GATE Application Form. Any delay in the submission may lead to its cancellation. Hence, fill the online GATE application form before the last date. Candidates can access the online application form of GATE from the below websites of regional IITs.

Institute Web Address
IISc Bangalore
IIT Bombay
IIT Delhi
IIT Guwahati
IIT Kanpur
IIT Kharagpur
IIT Madras
IIT Roorkee

Sample GATE Scorecard


GATE 2019 Scorecard

A scorecard in the Mechanical Engineering test of GATE 2015. (The candidate’s photograph, signature, name, registration number, and QR code are blurred.)

Calculation of GATE Score for All Subjects (Single-session and Multiple-session)

Calculation of GATE Score for All Subjects


M: CAT 2018 candidate’s obtained marks in individual papers (actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multi-session papers)

Mq: Denotes the qualifying marks for a general category candidate in the paper.

t : The mean of the top 10 or top 0.1% candidates (whichever is greater). Moreover, these are the candidates who appeared in the multi-session papers (including all the papers).

Sq: 350. It is the score assigned to Mq.

St  : 350. It is the score assigned to M̅t

In the formula for GATE 2019, Mq generally carries 25 marks (from 100) or +σ, whichever of the two is greater. Here, μ is the mean and σ equals to the standard deviation of marks of all the candidates who took the paper.

GATE Cut-off for Top Engineering Colleges

Colleges / Institutions General ST SC OBC PH
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur 412.00 276.00 228.00 347.00
Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology 453.00 261.00 296.00 409.00
National Institute of Technology, Srinagar 461.00 226.00 322.00
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 475.00 274.00 348.00
National Institute of Technology, Silchar 507.00 301.00 389.00 474.00
National Institute of Technology, Patna 515.00 272.00 397.00 460.00
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 518.00 291.00 400.00
Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur 518.00 352.00 387.00
National Institute of Technology, Raipur 526.00 278.00 373.00 478.00
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology 527.00 287.00 357.00
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal 527.00 313.00 448.00
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Meghalaya 528.00 374.00 409.00 459.00
School of Engineering & Technology, Central University of Rajasthan 548.00 287.00 457.00 496.00
National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur


572.00 249.00 382.00 507.00
National Institute of Technology, Agartala 579.00 283.00 378.00 524.00
Malaviya National Institute of Technology,Jaipur 579.00 318.00 374.00 379.00
National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur 586.00 363.00 407.00 543.00
National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra 592.00 363.00 435.00 529.00
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology


620.00 404.00 533.00 574.00
ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management 622.00 283.00 430.00 554.00
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad 634.00 352.00 555.00 576.00
National Institute of Technology, Warangal 645.00 256.00 339.00 461.00
National Institute of Technology, Calicut 654.00 319.00 414.00 551.00

GATE 2019 Exam Centres

S. No. Zonal GATE Office Tentative List of Examination Cities
1 IISc Bangalore
Bengaluru – 560 012
Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, Bidar, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
2 IIT Bombay
Powai, Mumbai – 400 076
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara
3 IIT Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110 016
Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain
4 IIT Guwahati
Guwahati – 781 039
Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
5 IIT Kanpur
Kanpur – 208 016
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
6 IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur – 721 302
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
7 IIT Madras
Chennai – 600 036
Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal
8 IIT Roorkee
Roorkee – 247 667
Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar
9 International GATE,
IIT Guwahati
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Question: What if I have not received my GATE score card or lost it?

Answer: You can obtain the duplicate SCORE Card by visiting the GATE website. For more details, please contact GATE office

Question: How many choices can a candidate make?

Answer: A candidate can submit as many numbers of choices in order of preference as she/he wishes from the list of her/his available choices.

Question: How many counseling rounds will be there?

Answer: There will be 3 regular rounds of counseling followed by internal sliding and physical reporting at the allotted institution. Finally, one NATIONAL SPOT ROUND will be conducted for the vacant seats.

Question: If I get seat allotment for admission, where should I report?

Answer: You can report at any one of the Reporting Centre (RC) on the allotment within the scheduled time of the same round after paying the Seat Acceptance Fee.

Question: Do I need to send the print-out of the application form?

Answer: No.

Question: How can I know the status of my application form?

Answer: You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.

Questions: How many times can I appear for GATE? Is there any age limit for GATE 2019?

Answer: There are no limitations in the number of attempts for appearing at the GATE and also no age limit.

Question: Is there any negative marking in GATE 2019?

Answer: There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark. Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.

Question: Can I take the GATE through offline mode?

Answer: No. GATE is only conducted in online mode.

Question: What is the virtual calculator in GATE?

Answer: It is the online calculator which will be provided at the time of examination. It contains all the functions and operators that allow you to do calculations. The virtual calculator will be shown on the computer screen while appearing in the exam.

Question: I have made mistakes in my name at the time of filling the application. How can I correct it?

Answer: Correction in the application was allowed only in limited entries. Candidates can make the correction by sending an E-mail to their respective zonal GATE office. They provided the access to make the correction.

Question: I want to change my examination city. How can I make changes?

Answer: For changes in the examination city, candidates can make it via GOAPS login.

Question: Please suggest me some of the better GATE coachings in Lucknow.

Answer: List of some of the best GATE coachings in Lucknow is as follows:

  • T.I.M.E. Lucknow
  • Catalyst Center of Excellence
  • E S Academy
  • Engineer’s Institute of India
  • Gateforum

GATE Contact Details

Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru, PIN- 560 012

Ph: 080-23606761, 23606762,
23606763, 23606764, 23606765
Email: [email protected]

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