GATE Exam Details- Gateway to Higher Education

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is another reputed examination in India for higher education.

This is a national level exam being conducted by GATE Committee having members from IISC, Bangalore and other IIT’s on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, and Ministry of Human Resources Development.

The GATE score is valid for a couple of years, and you can use the score to enroll in Master program and for public sector units.

There are many PSUs who now consider the GATE score for the initial evaluation for the openings. Since then the value has been increased a lot, and multiple people appear for the examination. This is the reason GATE Cutoff is going high.

Recently, there have been some changes in the exam pattern, and one should prepare for it well.

Here I am going to share some important information about the GATE exam.

Applicability of GATE Score

Here are some of the institutions where GATE scores are valid-

  • Tech – Campus placements in National and International private or public companies
  • Several reputed PSUs and research organizations recruit on the basis of GATE Exam Score. i.e. IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, PGCIL, BARC,
  • Teaching: Professor, Asst. Professor at IITs, NITs, reputed educational institutes,
  • Junior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs,
  • Senior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs,
  • Junior Research Associates/ Senior Project Associates
  • Scientists “C” grade jobs
  • Career in Research & Development
  • Technical value addition
  • Expertise in subject/domain specialization

Exam Pattern

Section Question


No. of


Marks Per




General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5




1 to 25 25 1 25
26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions: 65 Total Marks: 100 Total Duration: 3 hours
Technical Section:

70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks Engineering Mathematics:

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions

This is the probable categorization of marks and students are advised to check the official notification for the same.

Also, as the exam contain negative marking and so you should take care of it. Here are the details for negative marks-

Negative Marking
Questions Type Marks Negative Marking
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 1 mark 0.33
2 marks 0.66
Numerical Answer Questions 1 mark Nil
2 marks Nil

Exam Schedule

As per the official notification by GATE authority, here are the schedules of the exams as per the paper-

Exam Date & Day Session No. Time (IST) Paper Code
4th February 2017




5th February 2017 (Sunday)

1 09:00 – 12.00 Hrs. (First Half) ME, AR, TF



14:00 – 17:00 Hrs. (2nd Half) ME, AG, GG
09:00 – 12.00 Hrs. (First Half) EC, BT, CY, EY, PI
4 14:00 – 17:00 Hrs. (2nd Half) EC, AE, MA, MT, PE, PH
11th February 2017 (Saturday) 5 09:00 – 12.00 Hrs. (First Half) CS, EE
6 14:00 – 17:00 Hrs. (2nd Half) CS, EE
12th February 2017 (Sunday) 7 09:00 – 12.00 Hrs. (First Half) CE, CH, MN
8 14:00 – 17:00 Hrs. (2nd Half) CE, IN, XE, XL


This was all about the GATE exam. If you’re preparing for the GATE 2017, it’s time to be serious about the revision and working on weak points.

We wish you good luck for the exam!


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Aditi - 3 weeks ago

Nice article I found it very informative thanks for share with us.


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