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
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.
of Online Examination: 29-01-2012 (Sunday)
Offline Examination: 12-02-2012 (Sunday)
Eligibility for GATE Examination:
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE
- 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
GATE Examination Schedule:
GATE 2012 Examination will include both ONLINE and OFFLINE
examinations as per the following schedule:
||29 January 2012
|09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs
||AR, GG and TF
|14:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hrs
||AE, AG and MN
||12 February 2012
|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.
|SC / ST / #PD
# 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.
|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
|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
Take a print out of the entire file on A4 size
white sheets using a laser/inkjet printer.
- 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)
|Step 4: Cash Payment: (only for Challan
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.
- 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
|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
- 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
- Students in the fourth or higher year of Five-year
Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in
To download the format of the certificate to be sent by the candidates,
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
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,