What is GATE?

GATE : A gateway to golden careers in Engineering and Science at IITs, IISc and NITs.

GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, and is the only competitive exam which leads to admission to various world-class institutions for the M.Tech. and MS programmes

GATE is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and Government of India. The GATE committee, which comprises representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.

The IISc and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, and Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India jointly conduct and administer this exam through the constitution of zones.

The zones and name of the conducting institutes are:

  • Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru
  • 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

Admission to PG programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination.

GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or Master's degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master's degree programmesin Engineering/Technology/Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/assistantships.

To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

GATE qualification is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Admission to post graduate programmes at engineering and other professional colleges in the country such as IISc Bangalore, IITs, NITs and NIPER are open to those who qualify through GATE. Students who wish to take admission in masters courses such as M.Tech, M.E. or M.Pharm in India have to take GATE.

GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories.Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/Engineer.

Ample Opportunities: GATE is conducted in 22 streams. They are - Electronics and Communications Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Instrumentation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Engineering,Architecture and Planning, Geology and Geophysics, Mathematics, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Production and Industrial Engineering, Textile Engineering and Fiber Science, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Sciences and Life Science.