GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an all India examination that gives you the winning edge in a highly competitive engineering job market. The last few years have seen engineering job market lose its sheen, and most graduates end up with jobs that are not upto their expectations.

This competitive exam, conducted jointly by IIT’s and IISc, assesses the candidate’s understanding of the core engineering concepts and ability to apply the same in the real world. If a student makes the necessary efforts to strive for the high scores, GATE can be his / her gateway to an exciting future career.

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. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes.


  1. GATE scores are considered for admissions to Masters programs at IITs, NITs, NITIE and other reputed engineering institutions across the country.
  2. These scores are also used by highly esteemed PSUs such as BPCL, GAIL, HPCL, IOCL among others as the base during their selection procedures. In other words, when you choose to appear for GATE, you are choosing a better future for yourself.

This time 23 papers will appear in GATE and syllabus for every discipline is different from one another. The existence of the syllabus of such a large paper will be available in the official website which is there in the PDF format. One can download the official PDF of the GATE 2019 for accessing the syllabus for AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, XE, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF and XL.

GATE Eligibility

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination (Descriptive) Description of Eligible Candidates Year of Qualification cannot be later than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs Currently in the final year or already completed 2017
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2019
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 2018
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 2017
Professional Society Examination (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

Top IIT and NIT Colleges in India

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IITs are autonomous engineering institutions that are governed by the rules and regulations laid down by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) established in 1945. Officially declared as the “institutions of national importance” in 1961, they are a dream for every aspiring Indian engineer and scientist. Every year, a million students appear for the IIT-JEE (Joint Entrance Examination).; out of which about 10,000 get admission in the IITs. Here’s a list of IIT colleges in India, which have been ranked on the basis of reputation, faculty, and citations in the media.
The Best IIT Colleges in India
1. IIT Bombay

Located in the Powai area of Mumbai, it was founded in 1958 and is the second oldest among the IITs. While the flagship B.Tech course of IIT Bombay draws thousands of young aspirants every year, its courses in social sciences such as sociology and philosophy are also popular. It also offers 17 interdisciplinary centers where students can take a list of courses. From the last 5 years, 75% of the top 100 ranks in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) choose IIT Bombay. If you like growth and opportunities along with an active social life, IIT Bombay has all of it to offer. It conducts India’s largest college festivals, which has participants coming in from all over the world. This has consistently been among the top IIT colleges in India!

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2. IIT Delhi

When it was formally established in 1961, this institution was named as the College of Engineering and Technology. It was given the tag of ‘IIT’ in 1963, following which it has evolved into one of the most reputed centers of higher education in the country. Ranked after to Bombay and Kanpur, IIT Delhi attracts young talent from across the country. With a sprawling campus in the heart of the Indian capital city, it ensures that students get the best of everything and go away with an enriching experience.

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3. IIT Kharagpur

Established in 1951, IIT Kharagpur is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country and also the oldest. With a campus spread across 2100 acres, it presently is also the largest among all IITs. Official statistics indicate that this institution has the highest student enrollment rate too.

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4. IIT Kanpur

Next in the hierarchy comes the 57-year-old IIT Kanpur, located near Kalyanpur village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The foundation of this institution is largely credited to the generous assistance provided by nine US universities, which were a part of the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP). An IIT aspirant needs to secure a top rank in the JEE Advanced Examination to get into this college. Being a public research institution, IIT Kanpur has been involved in a number of projects of social and public utility. One of the most recent projects undertaken by it is the National Air Quality Index, which was one of the biggest projects undertaken by the The Minister of Environment.

Time and again, it has proved itself to be one of the top IIT colleges in India!

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5. IIT Roorkee

Established way back in 1847, this is the oldest technical institution in the continent of Asia. A formal ‘university’ status was accorded to it in 1949, and 52 years later, in 2001, it was given the status of an IIT. Besides engineering, one is also likely to be impressed by the humanities and applied sciences departments of this institution.

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6. IIT Madras (Chennai)

Set up in 1959, with assistance from erstwhile West Germany, IIT Chennai was the third of its kind to be set up immediately after India’s independence. With a glorious history of producing achievers in all fields of human endeavour, IIT Chennai has become a top destination for today’s budding engineers.

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7. IIT Guwahati

Located in the tranquil city of Guwahati, Assam, it was established in the year 1994. This institution has fast evolved into a top-class public institution in the country. The scenic beauty surrounding the campus makes the thought of joining IIT Guwahati all the more exciting!

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8. IIT Hyderabad

IIT Hyderabad started functioning from August 2008; however, the foundation stone of was laid by Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble Chairperson of UPA in its main campus in Kandi later. With a 500-plus student population, IITH has a large number of activities to offer: sports, cultural, technology, and entrepreneurship. The institute wants to provide technology, solutions and trained manpower for the betterment of the people of India.

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9. IIT Gandhinagar

Located in Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the banks of river Sabarmati, IIT Gandhinagar strives to offer the best undergraduate and graduate education in India. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, it emphasizes on liberal arts, project-oriented learning, compulsory courses in design and life sciences, diversity and globalization. The institute also offers Ph.D. in Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences and Social Epidemiology.

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10. IIT (BHU) Varanasi

IIT (BHU), Varanasi, has 13 departments and three inter-disciplinary schools. The departments of Metallurgical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Chemical Engineering have been recognized as Centers of Advanced Studies (CAS) by the UGC of India. The college conducts three major national level festivals namely, TECHNEX (Technical Festival), KASHI-YATRA (Cultural Festival) and SPARDHA (Sports Festival), which ensure that students have a vibrant campus life.

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This was our list of the top IIT colleges in India!

Application Process

1. How do I apply ONLINE?

Ans: Go to the link, read the instruction and then click on How to apply.

2. Can I use one e-mail address to fill multiple application forms?

Ans: NO, one e-mail address can be used to submit only one application form.

3. Why should I choose three examination cities?

Ans: Generally, you will be allotted a centre in the examination city of your first choice. Only in cases where it becomes difficult to accommodate you in the examination city of your first choice, your other two choices will be considered. A candidate is required to fill his/her primary as well as secondary choices, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

4. My power / internet connection failed during the application process, what do I do?

Ans: If you have clicked on the “Save” button during the application process, the data you entered up to that point of time has been stored online. Simply login back to the GATE 2019 application website and continue the application process. Otherwise, you have to start the process afresh.

5. You are asking only the SC / ST / PwD candidates to upload the category certificate. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too?

Ans: No. Category certificate is required at this stage only to claim the concessional rate for the application fee. The category of the candidate has been captured for general information purpose only. The GATE scorecard displays the marks / score obtained by the candidate and the category- wise cut-off. However, you have to produce the category certificate to the admitting institute at the time of admission to justify your claim of belonging to the respective category.

6. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2017 examination?

Ans: You can make the payment during the ONLINE application process by choosing the following option:

  • Online Payment: Net Banking through the payment gateway.
  • e-challan : e-challan of both State Bank of India / Axis Bank.

7. If I want the Online Payment (Net-banking) option, how should I complete the application process?

Ans: After filling all the fields in the ONLINE application form, choose the Online Payment option and proceed for payment by following the instructions. Your browser screen will re-direct you to the bank you choose. Login with your Internet Banking credentials and confirm the payment. After confirming the payment, you will be re-directed back to the GATE 2016 application website. At the end of this process, you can download a PDF file will be generated with the necessary details of the candidates, like full name, date of birth (DoB), scanned photograph, sex, category (GE/OBC/SC/ST), PwD (Y/N). Full contact address, mobile number, email id, etc. Take a printout of the entire PDF file for your future reference/use.

8. My power/internet connection failed during online payment. What do I do?

Ans: When you can get back online, first check the status of your payment on the GATE application website.

  • If the payment was received by GATE, you can continue the process of printing the application form.

9. My net banking account has been debited (money taken out) more than once. How do I get the money back?

Ans: This can happen if your bank account was used more than once or you pressed refresh or back/forward button of your internet browser. Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of GATE 2016 from this account will automatically be returned (credited) to the same bank account.

10. My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but GATE Application website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do?

Ans: This happens because of some failure in internet transactions (including failure of internet connection at your end). Within 72 Hr. GATE Application website shows that the payment is success, you will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.


1. For how many GATE papers can I apply?
Ans:A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 22 papers listed in the GATE INFORMATION BROCHURE or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below. a) The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. b) The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

2. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper and Examination City?

Ans:Requests for change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form will not be considered. However, requests for change of examination city will be accepted till 3rd week of November,2016 with an additional fee to be paid in the form of a Demand Draft.

3. Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the test?

Ans: A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.

4. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?

Ans: NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the computer laboratory where the exam will be conducted only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.

5. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

Ans: Electronic diary, mobile phone, and any such electronic gadgets, blank papers, clip boards and log-tables will not be allowed in the examination venue.

6. Can I use a calculator during the examination?

Ans: Yes. You can use your own non-programmable calculator.

7. Will there be any arrangement at the test center for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?

Ans: NO. Such arrangements will not be possible at the test center.

Admit Card

Q. 1) When will I receive my admit card?

Ans:Admit card can only be downloaded from the GOAPS website in December 2016. Admit Cards will NOT be sent by post. Exact dates are yet to be announced.

Q. 2) Is the Admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to the exam?

Ans:No. Bring the Admit Card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification, whose details have been entered while filling the application. ONLY one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, College ID, Employee Identification Card, or a Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the exam if the original and valid photo identification is not presented.

  • Name of the course provided: M.Tech./Ph.D. programme in IISc, IITs, and to other institutions.
  • Number of Papers: There will be overall 23 papers. Candidates needed to appear in just one paper out of 23 papers.
  • Mode of Exam: The examination will appear in CBT
  • Exam Duration: Candidates are required to complete exam within 3 hours duration Number of Questions: There will be 65 questions of 100 marks
  • Type of Questions: Question paper will have questions in Multiple Choice Questions format. There will be 4 questions and one has to choose one out of 4.
  • Section Common in GATE Papers: In General Aptitude section will be common in all papers. It will consisted be of 150 questions for maximum 15 marks (5 questions for 1 mark and 5 for 2 marks).
  • New Section: In paper with XE, new section (H) which means Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences added from year 2018.
  • Mark Scheme: NAT and MCQ questions consisted of 1 or 2 marks in all papers
  • Negative Marking: There will be provision for negative marking of 1/3 marks for those questions carrying 1 mark. However, the questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. There will be no negative marking for various Numerical Answer Type questions.
  • There will be 25 questions of 1 mark each.
  • 30 questions for 2 marks
  • 10 questions from GA
  • Exam Pattern For Paper GG
  • Part A comprises of 25 questions of 1 mark each. This part is common for all the candidates.
  • Part B consisted of 30 questions for 2 marks each. This part consisted of 2different sections, section-1, Geology and section-2,Geophysics for 10 questions

Exam Pattern For Paper XE:

  • Section A consisted of Engineering Mathematics which is actually a Compulsory Section. IN this section, 11 questions will be asked and 7 of them for 1 mark each and 4 questions for 2 mark each. It is common for all the candidates.
  • From B to H in XE consisted of 22 questions. 9 of them carrying 1 mark and 13 for 2 marks.
  • 10 questions from GA will appear.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern For Paper XL:

  • Section P consisted of Chemistry. This is compulsory section with 15 questions, where 5 questions marked for 1 mark each and 10 for 2 marks
  • Any two of the XL sections from Q to U, there will be 20 questions where 10 questions for 1 mark each and other 10 questions for 2 marks each.
  • 10 questions from GA

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