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GATE 2012

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:
  • Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru
  • Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  • Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  • Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2012 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2012

Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or Master's degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master's degree programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/assistantships. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

GATE qualification is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Important Dates:

  • Date of Online Examination: 29-01-2012 (Sunday)         
  • Date of Offline Examination: 12-02-2012 (Sunday)

Eligibility for GATE Examination:

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE 2012:

  • Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the 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 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.
  • Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institute of Engineers (India); AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers (India)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE Examination Type:

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. In all papers other than AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF, all the questions are of multiple choice type. In AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF papers, the question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice type and also some questions of numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for the answer. For numerical answer type questions, each question will have a number as the answer. Click here to view the pattern of question papers. The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF will be carried out ONLINE using computers where the candidates will be required to enter the answer for each question using mouse. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, except for the numerical answer type questions.

Each GATE paper shall have a General Aptitude (GA) component carrying 15 marks.

GATE Examination Schedule:

GATE 2012 Examination will include both ONLINE and OFFLINE examinations as per the following schedule:

Type Date Time Paper Codes
Online 29 January 2012
(Sunday)
09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs AR, GG and TF
14:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hrs AE, AG and MN
Offline 12 February 2012
(Sunday)
09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs BT, CE, CH, CS, ME, PH and PI
14:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hrs CY, EC, EE, IN, MA, MT, XE and XL

Before applying, candidates are advised to download the GATE 2012 Information Brochure and read it carefully.

Candidates have to apply only Online. Details of the application fee and the steps in the application process are given below.

Category Application Fee
General/OBC Rs.1000/-
SC / ST /   #PD Rs.500/-

# PD: Person with Disability

How to Apply?

Before applying, candidates are advised to download the GATE 2012 Information Brochure and read it carefully. Candidates have to apply only Online. Details of the application fee and the steps in the application process are given below.

Application Process
Step 1:Decide Payment Option
  • Gateway Payment:
    Payment can be made using netbanking. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.30/-)
     
  • Challan Payment:
    Payment by cash at ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India branches. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.25/-)
Step 2: Obtain SC / ST / PD Certificate (if applicable)
Step 3: Apply Online

Candidates must follow the instructions provided while applying online.

At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:

  • Page-1: Instructions
  • Page-2: GATE 2012 Application - GATE Copy
  • Page-3: GATE 2012 Application - Candidate's Copy
  • Page-4: Address Slip of respective zonal GATE office
  • Page-5: Bank Challan (for Challan Payment option only)
Take a print out of the entire file on A4 size white sheets using a laser/inkjet printer.
Step 4: Cash Payment: (only for Challan Payment option)

The bank challan (Page-5) will be printed in triplicate. Take it to any one of the branches of ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India (as opted by the candidate) and pay the fees. Bank will retain a copy and will return two copies to you. In those two copies, retain the Candidate's copy with you and attach the GATE Copy with the application.
Step 5:
  • Paste your recent photograph (3 cm X 4 cm) in the designated place of Page-2.
  • Sign at the designated place of Page-2.
  • Paste Page-4 on top of an 10 inch x 12 inch size laminated envelope.
Step 6: Post/Submission

Before posting your application form, make sure that, in addition to the other relevant attachments, you have attached either a copy of the degree certificate or a certificate from your college principal as indicated below:

  • Candidates should submit a copy of the degree certificate or provisional certificate if they have passed their qualifying degree in 2011 or before.
  • Candidates with the following eligibility conditions should submit a certificate signed by the Principal of the college, where the candidate is studying, clearly indicating the year of passing of the candidate in the qualifying degree. 
    • Students in the final year of Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2).
    • Students in the final year of Master's degree programmes in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent.
    • Students in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.
    • Students in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

To download the format of the certificate to be sent by the candidates, click here.

Candidates with backlog: Candidates with a backlog of papers should submit a copy of the marks sheet of eighth semester (for those in Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture or equivalent) or a copy of the marks sheet of fourth semester (for those in Master's degree programmes in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent).

Duly filled-in Application with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Speed Post (preferably) or by Registered Post to The Chairman, GATE of the Zone corresponding to the 1st Choice of Examination City, so as to reach on or before Monday, 24th October, 2011

OR

It can be handed over personally to the respective Zonal GATE Office on or before Monday, 24th October, 2011. 

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