Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (in Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Council of Educational Research and Training, Government of India, National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE).

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A Graduate aptitude test is conducted to evaluate applicants’ thorough understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, as well as both undergraduate and postgraduate level subjects in Arts, Commerce, and Science.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and seven Indian Institutes of Technology jointly administer GATE (namely, IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee). The Organising Institute (OI) is one of the administering institutes and is responsible for the end-to-end process as well as overall coordination among the administering institutes for conducting the GATE Examination. The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) is the host institution for GATE.

The GATE 2024 examination is held in cities across India as well as in selected cities in Bangladesh, Nepal, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. The exam would be a computer-based exam (CBT)

GATE 2024 Highlights

Full Exam NameGraduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE)
Short Exam NameGATE
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
Frequency of ConductAnnually
Exam LevelNational 
Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 hours
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject
Types of Questions (a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)(b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)(c) Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks +Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks +Subject Questions: 72 MarksTotal: 100 Marks(XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 Marks)
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Mark
Marking SchemeQuestions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
Official Website
Application Fee (General)Rs. 1700/-

Importance Dates For GATE 2024

Event DayDate
Online Application Process Opens( Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced
Closing Date of REGULAR online Registration / application processTo Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced
End of Extended period for online Registration / application (with late fee)To Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced
Last Date for change of Category, Paper, and Examination City and adding a new paper (an additional fee will be applicable per change)To Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced 
Admit Card will be available for downloadTo Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced
GATE 2024 Examination To Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application PortalTo Be AnnouncedTo Be Announced

GATE 2024 Papers

SUBJECTs (paper)Code
Aerospace EngineeringAE
Agricultural EngineeringAG
Architecture and Planning (New Pattern)AR
Biomedical EngineeringBM
Civil EngineeringCE
Chemical Engineering CH
Computer Science and Information Technology CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC
Electrical EngineeringEE
Environmental Science & EngineeringES
Ecology and EvolutionEY
Geomatics EngineeringGE
Geology and GeophysicsGG
Instrumentation EngineeringIN
Mechanical EngineeringME
Mining EngineeringMN
Metallurgical EngineeringMT
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper)NM
Petroleum EngineeringPE
Production and Industrial EngineeringPI
Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Engineering SciencesXE
Humanities & Social SciencesXH
Life SciencesXL

GATE 2024 Examination Syllabus

SUBJECTs (paper)CodeSyllabus
1Aerospace EngineeringAEEngineering Mathematics, Flight Mechanics, Space Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Structures, Propulsion
2Agricultural EngineeringAGEngineering Mathematics,  Farm Machinery,  Farm Power, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Agricultural Process Engineering,  Dairy and Food Engineering
3Architecture and Planning (New Pattern)
PART A: Architecture, Planning and Design, Construction and Management, Environmental Planning and Design,  Urban Design, Landscape and Conservation,Planning Process,  Housing, Services and InfrastructurePART B1: History and Contemporary Architecture , Building Construction and Structural systems, Building Services and Sustainability PART B2:  Regional and Settlement Planning, Planning Techniques and Management,  Infrastructure Planning, 
4Biomedical EngineeringBMEngineering Mathematics, Electrical Circuits, Signals and Systems, Analog and Digital Electronics, Measurements and Control Systems, Sensors and Bioinstrumentation, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Imaging Systems, Biomechanics, Biomaterials
4BiotechnologyBTEngineering Mathematics, General Biology, Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology,  Fundamentals of Biological Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology,  Plant, Animal and Microbial Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA technology and Other Tools in Biotechnology
5Civil EngineeringCEEngineering Mathematics,  Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Geomatics Engineering
6Chemical Engineering CHEngineering Mathematics,  Process Calculations and Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations,Heat Transfer , Mass Transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Instrumentation and Process Control,  Plant Design and Economics, Chemical Technology
7Computer Science and Information Technology CSEngineering Mathematics,  Digital Logic, Computer Organization and Architecture,  Programming and Data Structures,  Algorithms, Theory of Computation, Compiler Design, Operating System, Databases, Computer Networks
8Chemistry CYPhysical Chemistry,  Inorganic Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, 
9Electronics and Communication EngineeringECEngineering Mathematics, Networks, Signals and Systems, Electronic Devices, Analog Circuits, Digital Circuits, Control Systems, Communications, Electromagnetics
10Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering Mathematics, Electric circuits,  Electromagnetic Fields, Signals and Systems, Electrical Machines,  Power Systems,  Control Systems, Electrical and Electronic Measurements, Analog and Digital Electronics,  Power Electronics
11Environmental Science & EngineeringESMathematics Foundation, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Water Resources and Environmental Hydraulics, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management, Air and Noise Pollution, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management,  Global and Regional Environmental Issues, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 
12Ecology and EvolutionEYEcology,  Evolution, Mathematics and Quantitative Ecology,  Behavioural Ecology,  Applied Ecology & Evolution, 
13Geomatics EngineeringGEPART A: Common – Engineering Mathematics and Basic Geomatics, PART B: Section I – Surveying and MappingPART B: Section II – Image Processing and Analysis
14Geology and GeophysicsGGPart A: Common SectionPart B (Section-1): GeologyPart B (Section-2): Geophysics
15Instrumentation EngineeringINEngineering Mathematics,  Electricity and Magnetism,  Electrical Circuits and Machine,  Signals and Systems,  Control Systems, Analog Electronics,  Digital Electronics,  Measurements, Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation, Communication and Optical Instrumentation 
17Mechanical EngineeringMEEngineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Design, Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, 
18Mining EngineeringMNEngineering Mathematics, Mining Geology, Mine Development and Surveying, Geomechanics and Ground Control,  Mining Methods and Machinery,  Surface Environment, Mine Ventilation and Underground Hazards,  Mineral Economics, Mine Planning, Systems Engineering, 
19Metallurgical EngineeringMTEngineering Mathematics, Metallurgical Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena, and Rate Processes,  Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy, Mechanical Metallurgy, Manufacturing Processes, 
20Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper)NMEngineering Mathematics, Applied Mechanics and Structures, Fluid Mechanics and Marine Hydrodynamics,  Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Thermodynamics and Marine Engineering,  
21Petroleum EngineeringPELinear Algebra, Calculus, Differential equations, Complex variables, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Methods, Petroleum Exploration, Oil and Gas Well Drilling Technology, Reservoir Engineering, Petroleum Production Operations, Offshore Drilling and Production Practices, Petroleum Formation Evaluation, Oil and Gas Well Testing, Health Safety and Environment in Petroleum Industry, Enhanced Oil Recovery Techniques, Latest trends in Petroleum Engineering
22PhysicsPHMathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics Electromagnetic Theory,  Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Electronics, Nuclear and Particle Physics
23Production and Industrial EngineeringPIEngineering Mathematics,  General Engineering,  Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Processes II, Quality and Reliability,  Industrial Engineering, Operations Research and Operations Management
24StatisticsSTCalculus, Matrix Theory, Probability, Standard discrete and continuous univariate distributions, Stochastic Processes, Estimation, Testing of Hypotheses, Non-parametric Statistics, Multivariate Analysis, Regression Analysis
25Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTFENGINEERING MATHEMATICS, Textile Fibres.Yarn Manufacture, Yarn Structure and Properties, Fabric Manufacture, Structure and Properties, Textile Testing, Chemical Processing
26Engineering SciencesXEXE-A: Linear Alegbra, Calculus, Vector Calculus, Complex variables,  Ordinary Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations, Probability and Statistics,  Partial Differential Equations,  Probability and Statistics,  Numerical Methods XE – B Fluid Mechanics: Flow and Fluid Properties, Flow and Fluid Properties,  Integral Analysis for a Control Volume,  Differential Analysis, Dimensional Analysis, Internal Flows, Bernoulli’s Equation and its Applications, Potential Flows, External FlowsXE – C Materials Science: Classification and Structure of Materials, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Phase Transformations,  Properties and Applications of Materials,  Characterization and Measurements of Properties,  Processing of Materials,  Degradation of Materials XE – D Solid Mechanics:  Mechanics of rigid bodies, Mechanics of deformable bodies, VibrationsXE – E Thermodynamics,  Basic Concepts, First Law of Thermodynamics , Second Law of Thermodynamics,  Properties of Pure Substances,  Properties of Pure Substances, Thermodynamic Cycles, Ideal Gas MixturesXE – F Polymer Science and Engineering: : Chemistry of High Polymers, Polymer Characterization, Synthesis, Manufacturing and Properties, Polymer Blends and Composites, Polymer Technology, Polymer Rheology, Polymer Processing, Polymer Testing, Polymer Recycling and Waste management XE – G Food Technology: Food Chemistry and Nutrition, Food Microbiology, Food Products Technology,  Food Engineering XE – H Atmospheric and Ocean Science: Atmospheric Science,  Ocean Sciences
27Humanities & Social SciencesXHXH – B1 Reasoning and Comprehension: Reading Comprehension,  Expression, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning XH – C1 Economics: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, International Economics, Public Economics, Development Economics, Indian EconomyXH – C2 EnglishXH – C3 Linguistics: Language and Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology:, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Areal Typology, Universals, Cross-linguistic Features, Methods of Analysis, Applied LinguisticsXH – C4 Philosophy:  Classical Indian Philosophy,  Heterodox Systems: Cārvāka, Upaniṣads, Bhagavadgītā, and Dharmaśāstras,  KāṣmiraŚaivism, Śaivasiddhānta, VīraŚaivism, Śāktism and Vaiṣṇavism, Contemporary Indian Philosophy( Vivekananda), Classical and Modern Western Philosophy( Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics,  Social and Political Philosophy,  Logic), Contemporary Western Philosophy,XH – C5 Psychology:  Research Methods and Statistics, Approaches to Research, Designing Research, Nature of Quantitative and Qualitative Research, Statistics in Psychology,  Correlational Analysis, Experimental Designs, Psychometrics, Biological and Evolutionary Basis of Behaviour, Perception, Learning, Memory and Forgetting, Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence and Language,  Personality: Theories of Personality, Motivation, Emotion and Stress and Coping, Social Psychology, Development across the Life Span, Applications of PsychologyXH – C6 Sociology: Sociological Theory, Research Methodology and Methods, Sociological Concepts, Social Movements, Sociology of Development, 
28Life SciencesXLXL – P Chemistry (Compulsory for all XL candidates): Atomic Structure and Periodicity, Structure and Bonding, s, p and d Block Elements,  Chemical Equilibria, Electrochemistry, Reaction Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Structure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction MechanismsStructure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Chemistry of BiomoleculesXL – Q Biochemistry: Section 1:Organization of life; Importance of water; Structure and function of biomolecules: Amino acids, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins and Nucleic acids; Protein structure, folding / misfolding and function; Myoglobin, Hemoglobin, Lysozyme, Ribonuclease A, Carboxypeptidase and Chymotrypsin.Section 2:Enzyme kinetics, regulation, and inhibition; Vitamins and Coenzymes; Bioenergetics and metabolism; Generation and utilization of ATP; Metabolic pathways and their regulation: glycolysis, TCA cycle, pentose phosphate pathway, oxidative phosphorylation, gluconeogenesis, glycogen, and fatty acid metabolism; Metabolism of Nitrogen containing compounds: nitrogen fixation, amino acids, and nucleotides. Photosynthesis, Calvin cycle. Section 3: Biochemical separation techniques: ion exchange, size exclusion, affinity chromatography, centrifugation; Characterization of biomolecules by electrophoresis; DNA- protein and protein–protein interactions; UV-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy; Mass spectrometry.Section 4: Cell structure and organelles; Biological membranes; Action potential; Transport across membranes; Membrane assembly and Protein targeting; Signal transduction; Receptor-ligand interaction; Hormones and neurotransmitters.Section 5: DNA replication, transcription, and translation; DNA damage and repair; Biochemical regulation of gene expression; Recombinant DNA technology and applications: PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, DNA-microarray; Next generation sequencing; Gene silencing and editing.Section 6: Immune system: Innate and adaptive; Cell of the immune system; Active and passive immunity; Complement system; Antibody structure, function, and diversity; B cell and T Cell receptors; B cell and T cell activation; Major histocompatibility complex; Immunological techniques: Immunodiffusion, immune-electrophoresis, RIA and ELISA, flow cytometry; monoclonal antibodies and their applications.XL – R Botany: Plant Systematics, Plant Anatomy, Plant Development; Cell and Tissue Morphogenesis, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Genetics and GenomicsPlant Breeding, Genetic Modification, Genome Editing,  Economic and Applied Botany, Plant Pathology, Ecology and Environment, XL – S Microbiology: Historical Perspective, Methods in Microbiology, Microbial Taxonomy and Diversity, Prokaryotic Cells: Structure and Function,  Microbial Growth, Control of Micro-organisms, Microbial Metabolism,  Microbial Diseases and Host-Pathogen Interaction, Chemotherapy/Antibiotics, Microbial Genetics, Microbial Genetics, XL – T Zoology: Animal Diversity,  Evolution, Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Gene expression in Eukaryotes, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Parasitology and Immunology, Development Biology, Ecology, Animal BehaviourXL – U Food Technology:  Food Chemistry and Nutrition, Food Microbiology,  Food Products Technology,  Food Engineering, 

GATE 2024 Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration3 hours
Number of Subjects (Papers)29 
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject 
Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Questions for testing these abilitiesRecall Comprehension Application Analysis and Synthesis
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (Subject) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks (XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 Marks)
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Marking SchemeQuestions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
Negative MarkingFor a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, the 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking for wrong answer(s) to MSQ and NAT questions.

GATE 2023 Fees 

Application fees for Indian Nationals

For Examination Centres in IndiaRegular Period (30th August to 30th Sept. 2022)During the Extended Period (1 st Oct. to 7 to Oct. 2022)
Female candidatesRs. 850/-Rs. 1350/-
SC / ST / PwD* category Rs. 850/-Rs. 1350/-
All other candidates Rs. 1700/-Rs.2200/-

Applications Fees For Foreign Nationals

For Examination Centres in IndiaRegular Period (30th August to 30th Sept. 2022)During the Extended Period (1 st Oct. to 7 to Oct. 2022)
Female candidatesRs. 1700/-Rs. 2200/-
SC / ST / PwD* category USD 100 (Rs. 8263/-)Rs. 12,394/- USD 150
All other candidates USD 200 (Rs. 16,562/-)USD200 (Rs. 20657-)

Eligibility Criteria For GATE 2024

A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2024 exam. 

If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or has already obtained a higher degree, the candidate will be allowed to appear for the GATE 2024 examination.

The candidates with B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com. degrees desirous to seek admission for master’s programs in IITs may refer to the JAM-2024 Examination. 

GATE 2024 Application Process

Application for GATE 2024 must be submitted ONLINE on the website ( by paying the necessary application fees. The photograph, signature, category certificate (SC / ST / PwD), and/or Dyslexic certificate, wherever applicable, must be uploaded during the online application. Candidates MUST enter the valid photo identity (ID) number specified in any one of the following IDs: 

  • Aadhaar-UID (preferable), 
  • Passport, 
  • PAN Card, 
  • Voter ID 
  • Driving License.

The candidates, who do not possess any of these identity cards, may please procure any one of them before making the application. Candidates must produce the SAME original valid photo ID proof during the examination for verification purposes. In the absence of the SAME original valid photo ID proof, the candidate will NOT be allowed to appear for the GATE 2024 examination.

GATE 2024 Admit Card

Admit cards can only be downloaded from the GATE 2024 website. Admit Cards will not be mailed or sent as an e-mail attachment.

Candidates should bring a printed copy of the available for download Admit Card on A4 paper to the Examination for verification, as well as the original and valid photo Identity Document (NO photocopy / scanned copy / an expiration date document), as stipulated during the online application process. (for example Aadhaar-UID, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, and Driving License).

 The candidate’s photograph and signature images must be clear and legible for the Admit Card to be valid. The photograph on the Admit Card and the photograph in the valid photo identity document SHOULD MATCH the candidate’s appearance on the day of the examination. To do so, print the Admit Card on A4 paper with a laser printer, preferably in color. The GATE 2024 Admit Card as well as the original ID proof are required for entry into the examination hall.

Zonal Offices For GATE 2024

Zones Contact AddressMail ID
Zone-1Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Bengaluru
Zone-2Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076
Zone-3Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Zone-4Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati
Zone-5Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur
Zone-6Organising Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur
Zone-7Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
Zone-8Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee

Documents Required 

  • Personal data (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, and so on).
  • Please keep in mind that the candidate’s name on the application form must exactly match the name on the valid photo ID, which the candidate MUST produce in original when taking the GATE-2024 exam at the center.
  • The GATE 2024 scorecard will be issued in accordance with the name entered on the application form.
  • Mr / Shri / Dr / Mrs / Smt / Prof / Capt / Maj / Lt / Col / Er / Ar, etc. MUST NOT be used before the name.
  • Communication Address (including PIN code).
  • Details on eligibility.
  • The GATE paper(s) / subjects/codes in which the candidate wishes to appear.
  • THREE GATE examination city options (from the same zone).
  • Internet banking/debit card

Frequently Asked Questions.

Q. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2023 examination?

A. The payment option will appear after filling the online application form in GATE 2023 website. The candidate can opt for any of the payment options listed over there. The additional charges such as service charges, processing fees or bank charges, have to be borne by the candidate.

Q. Is there any age limit to appear for GATE 2023?

A. NO. There is no age limit to appear for GATE 2023. 

Q. Are there any restrictions on the number of times one can appear for GATE?

 A. Candidates can appear for the GATE examination any number of times.

Q.Can candidate appear in any of the GATE 2023 papers?

A. Although, the candidate is free to choose any of the papers [up to two from the given combinations], candidate should select paper appropriate to the discipline of qualifying degree.

Q. What is the fee for candidates with foreign nationality in the GATE 2023 Examination?

A. For the candidates with foreign nationality, who wish to appear for GATE 2023 examination, the application fee is Rs. 1700/- for Female Candidate, Rs. 8263 (USD 100) for SC/ST PWD Candidates and Rs. 16,523/- For other Candidates. GATE also Chages additional charges for extended period Rs. 2200/- female Candidate, Rs. 12,394 (USD 150)  For SC/ST PWD Candidates And Rs. 20,627/- for other candidates, Accordingly.

Q. When and how will Candidates know the status of their application of GATE 2023 Examination?

A. Candidates  can check the status of your application by logging into the GATE official website from time to time.

Q. For how many GATE 2023 examination papers can candidates apply?

A. A candidate can apply for ONE or TWO papers of the 29 papers listed in the GATE. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate.

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