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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017

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All You Need To Know about Gate 2017


Graduate aptitude test in engineering (GATE) is an all India examination jointly conducted in the collaboration of 7 IITs and IISc Bangalore. It aims at testing the student's ability in comprehensive understanding and their capability in engineering concepts along with managerial things. GATE score reflects the relative performance level of the candidate. It can get you into the most prestigious institutions of India along with the financial assistance from ministry of human resource development and other government agencies. The GATE score card is valid up to 3 years. Over 12 lakh students are expected to appear for GATE 2017.


Important dates:

GATE 2017 Notification availability

August 2016

GATE 2017 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) opens for registration, application filling and submission

1st September 2016

Closing date for online application submission

4th October 2016

closing date for request for change of city 

16th November 2016

Admit Card availability 

5th January 2016

GATE online examination



Announcement of Result 

4th,5th,11th,12th February 2017


27th March 2017


Application Process:

The application process for GATE 2017 started on September 01 .It involves multiple stages.

Step 1: Register at GOAPS website

Step 2: Filing GATE 2017 Application form

Step 3: Fee Payment



The official GATE website can be referred to view the entire details process. The last date for submission of online application through website is Oct 04, 2016.


Fee Details

Male Candidates (General/OBC): 1500/-

Women Candidates of any category: 750/-

SC / ST / PwD* Category Candidates: 750/-


Available options for GATE online payments are Debit card Payment, Credit Card, Using Net banking or Using E-Challan. 


Eligibility Criteria:

There is no upper age limit to attempt GATE. The minimum qualifying degrees to apply for GATE are the following:

  • Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (currently in final year or already completed)
  • Bachelor's degree holders of Architecture / Science
  • Master's degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent
  • Post-BSc Integrated Master's degree programs in Engineering / Technology 
  • Integrated Masters degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology 
  • Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program


In case a candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned above in 2016 or earlier, he/she has to submit the degree certificate / provisional certificate / course completion certificate / professional certificate / membership certificate issued by the institute.



GATE is a computer based test, consisting total 65 questions carrying 100 marks. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The question paper consists of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions. The Engineering Mathematics section carries around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section carries 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper. There is a negative marking of 1/3 for each one mark question and 2/3 for each 2 mark question. For numerical answer type question, there is no negative marking.



Among 251 Public sector undertakings (PSU) in India, about 50 recruit their candidates through GATE. Each individual PSU releases separate notification through GATE. About 745 graduate engineers get placed in PSUs through GATE. Major PSUs include HPCL, IRCON, IOCL, Power Grid, SAIL, ONGC, GAIL, NPTC and many others.


Online Examination Dates

4th, 5th, 11th and 12th February 2017.


A good GATE score gives you multiple options and benefits:

  • Gets you an admission into top notch institutions
  • You can do your masters in the most reputed institutions of India and learn from the best faculties in the country
  • Get hired into a Public sector Undertakings(PSU)
  • Gives a huge technical edge over others in interviews and career planning



  • Get the right resources and study materials
  • Plan your study
  • Make short notes for later revision
  • Attempt a large number of practice/mock tests
  • Solve those papers within a stipulated time to increase speed and accuracy.


GATE is conducted for the following 23 streams:

  1. AE: Aerospace Engineering
  2. AG: Agricultural Engineering
  3. AR: Architecture and Planning
  4. BT: Biotechnology
  5. CE: Civil Engineering
  6. CH: Chemical Engineering
  7. CS: Computer Science and Information Technology
  8. CY: Chemistry
  9. EC: Electronics and Communications
  10. EE: Electrical Engineering
  11. EY: Ecology and Evolution
  12. GG: Geology and Geophysics
  13. IN: Instrumentation Engineering
  14. MA: Mathematics
  15. ME: Mechanical Engineering
  16. MN: Mining Engineering
  17. MT: Metallurgical Engineering
  18. PE: Petroleum Engineering
  19. PH: Physics
  20. PI: Production and Industrial Engineering
  21. TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
  22. XE (A-H): Engineering Sciences
  23. XL (P-U): Life Sciences 


All you need is good basics, understanding and application to come out with flying colours!


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