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 
Languages English 
Exam Level  National 
Mode of Application  Online 
Application fee  Rs 1500
Mode of Exam  Online 
Type of Questions  MSQ/MCQ/NAT
Exam Duration 3 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 date February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2023
Release of response sheets February 15, 2023
Release of answer key February 21, 2023
Challenging of answer key February 22 to 25, 2023
Declaration of Result March 16, 2023
GATE scorecard 2023 March 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  Discipline Code 
Aerospace Engineering  AE Computer Science and IT CS
Instrumental Engineering  IN Production and Industrial Training PI
Agricultural Engineering AG Chemistry CY
Mathematics  MA Textile Engineering and Fiber Science  TF
Architecture and Planning AR Engineering Sciences  XE
Mechanical Engineering ME Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
Biomedical  BM Electrical Engineering EE
Mining Engineering MN Life Sciences  XL
Biotechnology BT Environmental science and Engineering  ES
Metallurgical Engineering MT Humanities and Social Sciences  XH
Civil Engineering CE Ecology and Evolution EY
Petroleum Engineering PE Statistics  ST
Chemical Engineering CH Geology and Geophysics  GG
Physics  PH Geomatics Engineering GE
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering NM

Marking Scheme 

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

Paper Code General Aptitude (GA) Marks Subject Marks Total Marks Total Time (Minutes)
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 B (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)] 15 60 + 25 100 180
GE [Part A + Part B (Section I or Section II) 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
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section) 15 25 + (2 x 30) 100 180

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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