GATE Exam 2022

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When we talk about the toughest exams in India, one can not miss the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, popularly known as the GATE Exam amongst millennials. The craze of this exam is such that many science & tech enthusiasts who take gap years, leave their existing jobs to hit a high score on the test. The GATE exam is used for admissions to PG and PhD courses offered by the best engineering institutes in India- IITs. The Government of India also uses GATE as a requirement for PSU candidates. Here is everything you need to know about the GATE exam 2022, important dates, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern and more!

What is GATE Exam?

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an online national level examination for Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (MTech), and direct Ph.D. admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), and other institutes/universities throughout India. On behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB – GATE), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource & Development (MHRD), Government of India, the exam is jointly conducted IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee, and Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore, on a rotating basis (IISC Bangalore).

GATE Exam Important Dates 2022

The official GATE 2022 exam dates are listed in the table below:

GATE 2022 Events Exam Dates
GATE 2022 Notification Release 3rd Week of July 2021
GATE 2022 Registrations (without any additional fee) 1st week of November 2021
GATE 2022 Registrations (with a late fee) October 1, 2021, to October 7, 2021
GATE 2022 Form Correction (with additional fee) November 2, 2021, to November 15, 2021
GATE 2022 Admit Card Release January 15, 2022 (Out)
GATE 2022 Exam Dates February 5-6 and 12-13, 2022
Release of Provisional GATE 2022 Answer Key First week of March 2022
Challenge GATE 2022 Answer Key First week of March 2022
Release of Final GATE 2022 Answer Key Second week of March 2022
GATE 2022 Result Declaration March 17, 2022
The GATE 2022 Score Card has been released (without any fee) March 21, 2022 to May 31, 2022
Publishing of GATE 2022 Cutoff Last week of March 2022
Start of IIT Delhi MTech Registration through GATE Second week of March 2022
Start of IIT Madras MTech Registration through GATE Third week of March 2022
Start of IIT Bombay MTech Registration through GATE Third week of March 2022
GATE registration for MTech students at IIT Kanpur has begun. Third week of March 2022
GATE registration for MTech students at IIT Kharagpur has begun. Last week of March 2022
Registration for GATE COAP has begun (for admission to IITs) Last week of March 2022
Registration for GATE CCMT has begun (for admission to NITs) First week of June 2022

About GATE 2022 Exam

The GATE exam is jointly conducted by IITs and IISc on account of the National Coordination Board. As per the GATE exam 2022 notification, IIT Kharagpur is likely to conduct this national-level entrance test. In the exam, there are a total of 27 subjects from which students can choose one that suits their academic background. The test would be an online exam spanning a duration of 3 hours. Based on the performance of candidates, a score is awarded which is valid for up to 3 years. Tabulated below are the highlights of GATE 2022-

GATE Full Form Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Organizing Body IIT Kharagpur
Exam Level All India Level
Mode of Application Online 
Mode of exam Computer-based Test (Online)
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Duration 3 hours (180 minutes)
Number of Subjects  29
Number of Questions 10 (GA) + 55 (subject)= 65 
Question Type MCQ, MSQ, NAT 
Number of Exam Centers 206 in India and 6 abroad

GATE 2022 Latest Updates

Here are the latest updates for GATE Exam 2022 :

  • For the year 2022, the GATE exam will be conducted by IIT Kharagpur
  • Two new subjects have been added- Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and Geomatics Engineering
  • Since many students are taking their GAT Exam from their hometown, NCB-GATE has proposed setting more number of GATE Centres
  • They have also mentioned that the benefits given to students in 2021 will continue for 2022 as well
  • GATE Mock papers are available for CS, EE, EC, IN, etc
  • GATE syllabus for all 25 exams have been revised

GATE 2022 Registration Process

Here’s how you can register for GATE 2022 exam:

  • Login into GOAPS website.
  • Apply for the GATE exam by adding all the essential details.
  • Upload all the documents like Photograph, signature, ID proof, Category certificate, degree certificate in the appropriate and prescribed size.
  • Thoroughly check and submit your form then pay the online fee through the prescribed methods.

Important: Your GATE application will be submitted only after the final payment which can be made through debit card /credit card/ net banking.

Documents Required for GATE Exam 2022

To get enrolled for the examination, students need to upload their necessary documents along with the online application form. Here are some essential documents required for the GATE exam 2022- 

  • Photograph, Signature, category certificate (SC/ST/PwD) 
  • The students falling under the PwD category must present the complete set of documents necessary for the online application
  • ID Proof- voter ID, Passport, PAN Card, College ID, Employee ID, or Driving License 
  • Candidates have to submit the Degree/ Marksheet/ certificate/ provisional certificate/ professional certificate/ course completion certificate/  membership certificate that has been given by the institution if they have completed their degree program in the year 2019
  • If the students are in the final year and will be completing their program in the coming months of 2022, they have to submit the certificate from the principal/ head of the institution. Along with a marksheet of the latest semester with the university’s stamp 

Fees for GATE 2022

Here are the GATE exam fees for different categories:

Category Fees Fees for Extended Time
Women (All Categories) 750 INR 1250 INR
Men (OBC, General & Others included) 1,500 INR 2,000 INR
SC/ST/PwD 750 INR 1250 INR
International Students from
Addis Ababa Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu
50 USD 70 USD
International Students from
Dubai and Singapore
100 USD 120 USD

GATE Exam 2022 Schedule

The GATE Exam schedule for 2022 has not been shared yet. Following is the schedule for 2021 for your reference:

Days  Date and Session Time Papers
Day 1 Feb 5, 2021
12:00- 17:00 hrs Miscellaneous Activities
Day 2 Feb 6, 2021 (Saturday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  CE-1, IN, CY
Day 2 Feb 6, 2021 (Saturday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs CE-2, PH, AR, BM, AE, MN
Day 3 Feb 7, 2021 (Sunday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  EE, GG, AG, EY
Day 3 Feb 7, 2021 (Sunday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs EC, PE, ES, ST, PI
Day 4 Feb 12, 2021 (Friday) 12:00- 17:00 hrs Miscellaneous Activities
Day 5 Feb 13, 2021 (Saturday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF
Day 5 Feb 13, 2021 (Saturday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs CS-2, XE, XL
Day 6 Feb 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Forenoon Session (FN)
9:30- 12:30 hrs  ME-1, XH
Day 6 Feb 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Afternoon Session (AN)
15:00- 18:00 hrs ME-2, MT

GATE 2022 Exam Centers

  • There are eight zones in the GATE 2022 Exam Centers. IISc Bangalore and seven other IITs serve as eight zonal GATE offices, overseeing operations in these exam cities.
  • This year, IIT Kharagpur has cancelled three exam cities: Sonepat, Panipat, and Idukki, whereas Leh (Ladakh) has been added as a new test city.
  • The GATE test will be held in over 200 locations across India.
  • GATE 2022 will not be held in foreign sites due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. International candidates can take the test in any of India’s cities. 
Cities  Number of GATE Exam Cities
IISc Banglore 30 cities
IIT Bombay 30 cities
IIT Delhi 19 cities
IIT Guwahati 21 cities
IIT Kanpur 14 cities
IIT Kharagpur 26 cities
IIT Madras 40 cities
IIT Roorkee 22 cities

GATE Exam Eligibility Criteria

There are certain prerequisites the candidates have to meet before appearing in the GATE exam. If any discrepancy is found in the essential requirements, the official authorities hold the power to cancel the candidature of the applicants. Following are some of them: 

  • Formal schooling of 10+2
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture or Technology
  • Master’s degree in any branch of science /mathematics/ computer application/ statistics or their equivalent
  • New relaxation in terms of minimum eligibility has been introduced this year which means that not only students pursuing 10+2+4 ongoing courses can apply but those who are a part of 10+2+3 ongoing courses can also apply in their 3rd year.

GATE Eligibility Criteria for Candidates other than Indian Nationals:

Candidates belonging to other nationalities can also appear for the GATE exam, provided that they have alignment with the below-mentioned requisites-

  • Must have completed or been in the final/ pre-final year of the UG course in Engineering or Technology
  • Must have completed or been in the final/ pre-final year of the PG course in any relevant science subject (s)

GATE 2022 Admit Card

  • On January 15, 2022, the GATE 2022 Admit Card was published. At the, candidates may get their GATE 2022 Admit Card.
  • Candidates can use the GOAPS portal on the official website to obtain their GATE hall tickets.
  • The GATE 2022 Admit Card is a required document to bring to the exam center on the exam day.

How to Download

Following these easy processes, students may obtain their GATE 2022, Admit Card:

  • Visit the official website at for further information.
  • Click Submit after entering your GATE Enrollment ID and Password.
  • To obtain a copy of the GATE Admit Card, go to the website provided.
  • Take a colored printout of the paper after downloading it.
  • If there are any differences, make a note of them.

GATE Exam Papers

GATE exam comprises of 27 subjects and from this year onwards students are allowed to choose ONLY ONE subject for the paper in ONE SESSION. If you are planning to appear for the GATE exam, here are the subjects along with their paper codes.

Geology and Geophysics (GG) Life Sciences
Ecology and Evolution  Engineering Sciences 
Electrical Engineering  Textile Engineering and Fibre Science  
Electronics and Communication Engineering  Statistics 
Chemistry  Production and Industrial Engineering  
Computer Science and Information Technology  (CS) Physics 
Chemical Engineering (CH)  Petroleum Engineering 
Civil Engineering (CE) Metallurgical Engineering 
Biotechnology (BT) Mining Engineering 
Biomedical Engineering  (BM) Mechanical Engineering 
Architecture and Planning (AR) Mathematics 
Agricultural Engineering (AG) Instrumentation Engineering  
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)
and Humanities and Social Sciences (XS)

GATE Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

The GATE exam comprises of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks that are to be done in a span of 3 hours. Questions can further be bifurcated into two categories – MCQ and Numerical types. MCQs come with four options whereas Numerical questions are to be solved by the candidates. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions and the students will enter the answer using the virtual keyboard.

Mode of Exam Online
Question Types  -Multiple Choice Questions
-Numerical Based Questions
-Multiple Select Questions
Total Questions  65
Marks per Correct Question 1 mark / 2 marks 
Total Marks  100
Total Time of the Exam  180 Minutes 
Division of Marks -General Aptitude: 15% of total marks
-Engineering Mathematics: 13% of total marks Subject
-Discipline opted for by candidate: 72% of total marks

The table given below can elaborate the exam pattern for GATE exam 2022:

Sections  Question Numbers  1 Mark Question   2 Mark Question
General Aptitude  10 5 5
Technical + Engineering Mathematics  55 25 30

Marking Scheme

Paper Code General Aptitude (GA) Marks Subject Marks Total Marks Total Time (Min)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST 15 85 100 180
AR [Part A + Part B1 (Architecture) OR Part B2 (Planning)] 15 60 + 25 100 180
GE [Part A + Part B (Section 1 OR Section 2)] 15 55 + 30 100 180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)] 15 25 + 60 100 180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections) 15 15 + (2 x 35) 100 180
XH (Section B1 +Any ONE Section) 15 25 + 60 100 180
XL (Section P+Any TWO Sections) 15 25 + (2 x 30) 100 180

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GATE 2022 Syllabus

The syllabus of the GATE exam is designed by professionals who have intense knowledge & experience in their respective fields. A different syllabus is prescribed for each subject and applicants are advised to prepare accordingly. Given below are important topics of 10 choicest subject choices of GATE aspirants:

Civil Engineering 

Continuity and Differentiability 
Eigenvalues and EigenVectors 
Evaluations of definite and indefinite integrals 
Stokes, Gauss and Green’s Theorems 
Discrete Random Variables


Engineering Mathematics 
Solution of Linear and Non-Linear algebraic equations   
Microbial classification and Diversity 
Cell signalling and signal transduction 
Mendelian inheritance 

Instrumentation Engineering

Mean Value Theorem
Analytic Functions 
Kirchoff’s Laws 
Frequency and Impulse Response 
Characteristics and Application of Diode

Mechanical Engineering 

Free-body diagrams and equilibrium  
Elastics constants 
Strain gauges and rosettes
Shear force and bending moment diagrams 
Thermodynamics and Fluid Dynamics 

Metallurgical Engineering 

Principles and process for the extraction of non-ferrous metals
Ladle metallurgical operations 
Surface Treatment 
Dislocation interactions and reactions 
Griffith Theory 

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science 

Roller and apron drafting principles 
Combining Efficiency 
Yarn clearers and tensioners 
Primary and secondary motions of the loom
Principles of winding processes and machines 

Food Technology

Morphology of Bacteria 
Microbial Growth 
High-pressure homogenization
Mass transfer operations


Generations and utilization 
Characterization of biomolecules by electrophoresis 
Cell structures and organelles 
DNA replication
Transport of minerals and solutes 


Comparative Physiology  
Systematics and Classification of Animals  
Embryonic Development 
Animal Behaviour 
Cellular Differentiation 


Directional Derivatives 
Simple and linear Regression 
Archimedean Property  
Finite-dimensional Vectors 
Probability Inequalities 

Also Read: GATE syllabus for CSE

How to Prepare for GATE 2022?

GATE is considered one of the toughest competitive exams for MTech and PhD programmes offered by the top engineering institutes in India. Here are some tips and tricks on how to prepare for GATE 2022- 2023 exams. 

  • Make a Study Strategy: It is important to have a good study plan before you start your preparation. So, study the exam pattern, syllabus and question papers to make a personalised study plan to get amazing scores in the GATE exam.
  • Section-wise Weightage: Knowing the weightage of every section is the best way to crack a competitive exam. Try to focus on the topics which have the most weightage and can help you get into your dream college. 
  • Use Limited Reference Books & Make Notes: Try to focus on limited yet quality reference books for the subjects and make detailed notes for the topics so that you can use them for revision later on.
  • Revision & Mock Test: Revision is an extremely important step in process of how to prepare for GATE 2022! It is important to revise your concepts, numerical and MCQ questions on a daily basis so that you are prepared thoroughly.   

Click Here to Get More GATE Preparation Tips!

Candidates can use the table below to find subject-specific GATE 2022 books for better preparation:

Paper Name Recommended Books
GATE ME SS Rattan’s Strength of Materials, RS Khurmi’s Theory of Machines, and SS Bhavikatti’s Engineering Mechanics
GATE CS Cormen’s Algorithms, Galvin’s Operating System, and Ullman’s Theory of Computation
GATE EE Val Valken Burg’s Network Analysis, Oppenheim Wisky’s Signals & Systems, and UA Bakshi’s Power Electronics
GATE EC Millman and Halkias’ Electronic Devices Circuits, Mano’s Digital Logic and Computer Design, and B Ram’s Microprocessors
GATE CE K Subramanya’s Engineering Hydrology and C.S.Reddy’s Basic Structural Analysis
GATE CH Binay K. Dutta’s Heat Transfer, Christie J. Geankoplis’ Mass Transport Phenomena, and Gopala Rao M’s Chemical Technology
GATE BM G.S Sawhney’s Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering and R.S Khandpur’s Biomedical Instrumentation

GATE Mock Test

All candidates can access the GATE mock test on the official website through their login details. Here is the link for the mock tests – Click here!

GMAT Exam 2022: Score Calculation

To calculate the score of the GATE Exam 2022, students will need a formula prescribed by the official authorities. For the papers having one session candidates will obtain actual marks as their GATE score whereas, for the papers with multiple sessions, normalized marks will be allocated to the students along with the raw marks obtained by students in the exam. Here is the formula is given on the official site which would provide you with the appropriate exam score-

  • M= Total marks obtained (either normalize marks or actual marks)
  • Mq= Qualifying marks of the category which candidates belong to
  • Mt= Mean of marks of top 10 or top 0.1% (in multi-session papers all sessions will be included)
  • Sq= 350, scores assigned to Mq 
  • St= 900, score assigned to Mt

GATE 2022 Accepting Top Colleges & Cut-Off

The qualifying cutoff for all institutions may change from year to year, although it has been noticed that the rank necessary for admissions in each college generally remains the same. In the table below, several instances of institute-accepted rankings are listed:

Institute GATE Rank Cut-Off
IISc Banglore Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank ≤ 600
IIT Bombay Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank ≤ 600
IIT Delhi Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank ≤ 300
IIT Kanpur Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank ≤ 300
IIT Kharagpur Rank ≤ 600
IIT Madras Rank < 100; in some of the courses rank ≤ 300
IIT Hyderabad Rank ≤ 1500
IIT Roorkee Rank ≤ 1000
IIT Guwahati Rank ≤ 1000
IIT BHU Rank ≤ 1000
NITs Rank ≤ 1500
IIT Patna Rank ≤ 1500
GFTIs (National and State-level) Rank ≤ 2500

GATE 2022 Counseling

For M.Tech admissions, IIT Kharagpur will not have any counseling sessions. Candidates seeking admission to IITs, NITs, and other prominent universities would be required to engage in separate counseling procedures.

  • For admissions into NITs candidates need to register for GATE CCMT Counseling. Usually, the counseling process starts in the month of April.
  • For admissions into IITs, candidates need to register for GATE COAP Counseling. Aspirants must apply to particular institutes where they wish to be admitted before registering for the Common Offer Acceptance Port

GATE 2022 PSU Recruitment & Cut-Off

  • Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) are businesses that are owned by the Indian government’s central government, one of its states/territories, or both.
  • Every year, these firms hire applicants through the GATE test.
  • Candidates who have been shortlisted and have a valid GATE score are invited to participate in selection phases such as a personal interview (PI) or a group discussion (GD).

GATE PSU Previous Cutoffs

GATE Cutoff for BHEL Recruitment
Discipline UR OBC SC ST
Mechanical 79.31 75.18 61.33 53.84
Electrical 69.98 66.04 53.99 50.59
Electronics 68.68 65.32 56.46 49.13
Metallurgy 65 57.67 56.67 48.67
GATE Cutoff for NTPC Recruitment
Discipline UR OBC SC ST
Electrical 66.69 61.11 50.93 49.28
Mechanical 76.31 68.69 55.83 49.72
Electronics 63.74 55.85 47.47 47.1
Instrumentation 63.33 55 43 46.67
Civil 73.12 70.34 64.84 57.56
IT 65.93 55.76 50.71 37.71
GATE Cutoff for GAIL Recruitment
Discipline UR OBC SC ST
Chemical 68.4 64 60.75 53
Mechanical 82.58 80.37 73.72
Electrical 77.95 74.54 66.24 61.82
Instrumentation 75.37 70.50 56.23
Business Information System 70.41 64.29 61.82
Telecom/Telemetry 76.22 70.39 66.34 58.73
GATE Cutoff for HPCL Recruitment
Discipline UR OBC SC ST
Mechanical 75.14 70.69 58.34 50.85
Civil 66.97 62.26 54.91 54.26
Electrical 67.35 65.23 53.55 51.61
Instrumentation 61.33 57.33 44.67 35.33
E &TC 63.18 62.88 53.35 47.83
Chemical 54 51.67 44.33 41


Can one Email ID be used in filling more than one application?

No, it is completely forbidden. One email address can be used only once to fill the application form. Students are advised not to attempt doing so.

How do I proceed when there is an electricity cut or interruption in the internet connection while submitting the online application?

You can easily continue filling or submitting your application again. You have to login into the GOAPS website again and can go on with your process.

Is it mandatory to select three examination cities?

Generally, the centre of examination is allocated depending upon the first choice of candidates. But if authorities face a situation of a higher number of enrollments, they have the rights to allocate the centre in any of the optional cities selected by students.

What is to be done when electricity or internet goes off while making the online payment?

Log in again to the GOAPS website and check what is the status of your payment. If the GATE authorities have received your payment, you can proceed further and print the application. If the payment has been made by your bank and it is not received by the authorities,  your money would be credited back to your account with 7-10 working days. You can make the payment again with proper internet connectivity and submit the application again. 

We hope that this blog about the GATE exam has provided you with the essential information of the test. If you want to capture the global exposure and acquire numerous growth opportunities, you should try to attain a degree in  Engineering, Technology or Architecture. Contact us at Leverage Edu and our e will map you with a well-fit course and university!

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