GATE Overview

What is GATE?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subject engineering and science.

GATE Paper Structure

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical Answer Questions
  • General Aptitude Questions

GATE 2015 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  2. Numerical Answer Questions
  3. General Aptitude Questions
  1. Multiple Choice Questions: (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

  2. Numerical Answer Questions: Numerical 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

  3. General Aptitude Questions: All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

Institutes who conduct the GATE Exam:

GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones.
The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The overall co-ordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2015 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, which is designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2015.

GATE Score Calculations

The GATE percentile is calculated as follows:

  • P = ( (N- your rank)/ N) x 100

  • Where P is percentile and N is total number of candidates appeared for GATE exam in your stream.

  • (N- Your rank) indicates the number of candidates who have scored more marks than you

GATE 2014 report stream wise

Subject Number appeared Number qualified Percentage of appeared that qualified
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) 256135 36394 14.21%
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) 224160 17440 7.78%
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 165814 24573 14.82%
Electrical Engineering (EE) 152381 25342 16.63%
Civil Engineering (CE) 67472 11920 17.67%

Scope after GATE Exam

Valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) or other Government agencies.

  1. Higher studies (M.Tech)

    Students who qualify in GATE are entitled to a stipend of Rs 8,000 per month during their M.Tech course. After joining M.Tech. at IITs and IISc, one can look at a salary package ranging from Rs 7 lakh to 30 lakh per annum, depending upon specialisation and performance.

  2. Recruitment in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) Companies Some name of PSU which consider GATE score for placement
    • HPCL-Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
    • NHPC Limited
    • NTPC Limited
    • BPCL Limited
    • Indian Oil
    • GAIL
    • MDL
    • NFL
    • MECL
    • NLC
  3. Fellowship
    Clearing GATE is also an eligibility clause for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories.

The following line chart shows the variation of the number of candidates appeared in the top 5 subjects, since GATE 2010:

Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Civil Engineering (CE)
Chemical Engineering (CH)

All other subject


GATE Cut off 2014

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper No of Candidates Appeared Qualifying Marks (General) Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL) Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
CS Computer Science and IT 1,5,5190 25 22.5 16.67
EC Electronics and Communications Engineering 2,16,367 25.56 23.01 17.04
EE Electrical Engineering 1,41,799 25 22.5 16.67
ME Mechanical Engineering 1,85,578 28.86 25.97 19.24
CE Civil Engineering 90,872 26.57 23.91 17.71
CH Chemical Engineering 15,844 35.14 31.62 23.43