What is GATE?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination and benchmark to test the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. It is being conducted and administered by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs.


GATE score is used for admission in M.Tech/M.S./Ph.D. in India to all IITs, NITs, IIITs, Deemed Universities and other leading Institutions/Universities. GATE qualified students are entitled to a stipend of 12,400/- per month during their M.Tech course. Better remuneration is offered to M.Tech/M.E students. GATE is also an eligibility criterion for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories/IITs/IISc. For Academic Careers and research positions in R&D centres, M.Tech degree is mandatory.

National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore also use GATE score for admission to their M.S. and Ph.D. programmes with scholarships covering all academic expenses.

Most of the PSUs including Navratnas are using GATE score for screening of candidates in their recruitment process.

GATE Pattern

Engineering subjects cover 70 per cent weightage while General aptitude and Engineering Mathematics cover 15 per cent respectively. The three-hour GATE paper has a total of 65 questions, out of which 30 questions are of one mark and 35 questions are of two marks. The two-mark questions further include two pairs of common data questions and two pairs of linked answer questions.