Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

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GATE 2023

To gauge the understanding of various undergraduate Engineering and Science subjects of students, the Graduate aptitude test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and 7 IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE, Department of higher education, Ministry of Education (MoE) and Government of India. 

Full Exam Name Graduate aptitude test in Engineering (GATE)
Managed by Indian Institute of Kharagpur 
Exam Level National 
Mode of Application Online 
Application fee Rs 1500
Mode of Exam Online 
Type of Questions MSQ/MCQ/NAT
Exam Duration3 hours 
Participating Colleges 1072 

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GATE Exam Overview 

The scores of GATE are used for admission to various postgraduate programs and jobs in PSUs. Students are aided with financial assistance from MHRD and various other government-affiliated agencies. Being one of the most competitive exams in India, the Government of India has also started using the exam scores to recruit students for various entry-level Engineering positions. Due to its credibility, GATE scores are also accepted at various institutions outside India for example, the Technical University of Germany.

GATE 2023 Exam dates 

Following are the important dates related to the GATE exam 2023, make sure you don’t miss out on any important dates and stay on top of everything. 

Events Dates
GATE 2023 exam dateFebruary 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2023
Release of response sheetsFebruary 15, 2023
Release of answer keyFebruary 21, 2023
Challenging of answer keyFebruary 22 to 25, 2023
Declaration of ResultMarch 16, 2023
GATE scorecard 2023March 21, 2023

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GATE 2023 Exam Pattern

Here is some important information regarding the duration, marking scheme and types of questions in GATE that you must know-

  • The duration of the exam is 3 hours during which the candidate is given 65 questions which are of 100 marks. 
  • The examination is conducted on Computer and the exam consists of Multiple choice and Numerical answer type questions. 
  • Questions either carry 1 or 2 marks each. 


The candidates who want to appear for the exam, have to fulfil the following eligibility criteria-

  • Nationality- 

Indian National candidates and people outside India both are eligible to appear for GATE exams. 

  • Academic qualification-
  • The candidate should have completed their undergraduate degree in Engineering or Technology or a postgraduate degree in the relevant subject-related field.
  • Candidates in the pre-final or final year of their college can also appear for the exam. 
  • The candidates who want to appear for the exam and are not from India must be in their 3rd or higher years or must have completed their bachelor’s degree (not less than 3 years) in Engineering/Science/Arts/Commerce
  • Age limit-

The best part of GATE is that there is no age limit set for the candidates to appear for this exam. 

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Disciplines for Which GATE is Conducted

The following table consists of all the disciplines for which GATE is conducted along with their subject code. 

Discipline Code DisciplineCode 
Aerospace Engineering AEComputer Science and ITCS
Instrumental Engineering INProduction and Industrial TrainingPI
Agricultural EngineeringAGChemistryCY
Mathematics MATextile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Architecture and PlanningAREngineering Sciences XE
Mechanical EngineeringMEElectronics and Communication EngineeringEC
Biomedical BMElectrical EngineeringEE
Mining EngineeringMNLife Sciences XL
BiotechnologyBTEnvironmental science and Engineering ES
Metallurgical EngineeringMTHumanities and Social Sciences XH
Civil EngineeringCEEcology and EvolutionEY
Petroleum EngineeringPEStatistics ST
Chemical EngineeringCHGeology and Geophysics GG
Physics PHGeomatics EngineeringGE
Naval Architecture and Marine EngineeringNM

Marking Scheme 

Here are paper-wise marks bifurcated in GATE, the maximum marks and the total time allotted to each category. 

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST1585100180
AR [Part A + Part B (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)]1560 + 25100180
GE [Part A + Part B (Section I or Section II)1555 + 30100180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1: Geology or Section 2: Geophysics)]1525 + 60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)1515 + (2 x 35)100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 + 60100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 + (2 x 30)100180

Final Result and Normalisation 

There are many candidates that appear for the examination and it happens in various shifts. Therefore, in order to make sure everybody gets fair scores a normalisation formula is created by the conducting body to eradicate any unfairness.


Q1. What is the GATE exam for?

Ans. The GATE exam is designed to gauge students’ proficiency in engineering and science-related courses. Many PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) use the GATE scorecard when hiring candidates for prestigious positions in companies like Indian Oil, GAIL, and Hindustan Petroleum, among others.

Q2. Is GATE useful for getting a job? 

Ans. Yes, many PSUs hire candidates on the basis of this exam’s scores. The score is used to select applicants in a number of PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings), including GAIL, OIL, ONGC, NTPC, IOCL, and many others. Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the IITs for GATE recruitment, several public-sector units (PSUs) made the exam popular.

Q3. Which countries accept GATE scores?

Ans. Germany accepts GATE scores to enrol students at the Technical University of Munich and  WTH Aachen University while Singapore also accepts the scores to enrol students at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore. 

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