About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE.

If the candidate is to be selected through test/interview for post-graduate programs, a minimum of 70% weightage will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weightage will be given to the candidate’s performance in test/interview and/or academic record, as per MHRD guidelines.

 

GATE Eligibility

Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2015 given in the Table. So please study the following table carefully and make sure that your year of qualification is not later than what is specified.

 

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)

Description of Eligible Candidates

Year of qualification cannot be latter than

Copies of Certificates to be submitted

Passed in year 2014 or earlier

Expected to complete in 2015 or later

BE/B.Tech./
B.Arch./B.Pharm.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy (Post-Diploma/Post B.Sc./4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed

2015

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course  
Completion Certificate

Certificate
from Principal

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

2015

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate

Certificate
from Principal

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

2015

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate (pertaining to Master’s degree)

Certificate from Principal

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 /4th year or already completed

2017

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate

Certificate
from Principal

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

2016

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate

Certificate
from Principal

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

2015

Degree Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate

Certificate
from Principal

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, MICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)

Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses

NA

Professional Certificate /Provisional Certificate/Course Completion/ Membership Certificate issued by the Society or Institute

Copy of Mark sheet for Section “A”

 

Certificate from Principal

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

Candidates with Backlogs

Candidates, who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2014, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should

  • upload a copy of any one of the mark sheets of the final year,

    OR

  • 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 application form.

A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper.

Since a candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 22 papers for which GATE 2015 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully.

 

Courtesy - GATE 2015 Brochure

GATE Exam Type

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).Candidates will be provided with scribble pad for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

GATE Pattern and Marking Scheme

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA).

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2015 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

Marking Scheme

For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

 

Courtesy - GATE 2015 Brochure