Gate 2015: Everything you need to know about and more

GATE 2015: Students appearing for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.


By: Cheshta Rajora

With Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015 around the corner, here is a comprehensive guide on one of the most coveted and competitive exams of India.


1. WHAT is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that tests analytical, comprehensive and basic understanding of a candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Architecture/Technology and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The score secured by the candidate is used for admission into post-graduate programs (M.E, M.Tech, direct Ph.D) in Indian institutes for higher education with scholarships provided by Governmental agencies and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The score is also used by Public and Private sector undertakings for their screening process. CLICK here to download GATE admit card


Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven institutes of Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) – Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee – jointly administer, organise and conduct the GATE exam. GATE 2015 is conducted and organized by IIT Kanpur. Click here for examination schedule GATE 2015



Cudgeling brains over why to take up as competitive an exam as GATE? Reconsider and re-evaluate the following 6 points to know why you should give GATE.

a)One of the primary reasons for undertaking GATE is the scholarship that one can secure. Financial assistance during master’s programs and direct doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in institutes supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) or other Government agencies is possible only through GATE. In December 2014, the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development headed by Smriti Irani announced that the scholarship for GATE-qualified postgraduate students be increased by 55%, from Rs 8000 per month to Rs 12400 per month.


b)GATE qualified candidates are eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects- India’s largest government funded Research and Development (R&D) organization.


c) If you are one of the top rank holders in some GATE papers you are entitled to apply for Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship awarded by CSIR. And if you seek to apply for the post of a Scientist/Engineer, well, you need GATE qualification.


d) Owing to the quality of the exam, and its coveted reputation across India and now worldwide, you can use GATE not only to apply in India but also foreign universities.


e) GATE qualification is required for admission to post-graduate institutes. Some institutes also conduct their own screening tests and interviews, in which case a 70-30 break up is followed with GATE allotted 70% weightage and the rest to the institute’s score-card.


f) Now comes the most lucrative and attractive reason for not letting go of your prospective GATE Rank- employment in leading Public and Private sector undertakings in India. With more than 100,000 students applying for less than 1000 jobs, P&P sector undertakings now have undertaken GATE as screening tool for recruiting engineers at entry level positions.



Once you have made up your mind to take the plunge, let’s make it (sound) easier on how to give GATE from the point of filling the form to finally appearing for the big-Day. Brush up the following points to not miss out on any vital information before appearing for the exam.


a) Application fee has been increased from Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 for general category, OBC male/other candidates, and Rs 750 for all female candidates and SC, ST male/other candidates. No application form is available for sale as the entire process is held online. Log in to the GATE official website ( to download the form, for payment of fees via net banking, debit/credit transactions, e-challan. Last date for application form for GATE 2015 has passed.


b)Admit cards are available from 17th December 2014 onwards and candidates must note that admit cards are not sent via mail/post. They should be downloaded from the respective zonal GATE website.


c) Candidates can apply for only one of the 22 papers listed in the GATE INFO BROCHURE or GATE website. The duration of exam is 3 hours which contains a total of 65 questions worth a maximum of 100 marks. From 2014 onward, examinations for all the 22 subjects will be conducted online via a Computer-Based Test (CBT). The online examination will contain a mix of multiple choice questions and numerical problems; some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate will be done using the “virtual screen” (i.e. on-screen) . At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer automatically closes the screen from further actions.


d) One mark MCQ’s carry a negative marking of 1/3 of marks; two marks MCQ’s carry a negative marking of 2/3 marks; no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.


e) Perplexed by preparation predicaments? Don’t worry, here’s your guide:

*Students preparing for the exam should practice as many previous year papers as possible to brush up and strengthen their weaker areas and basics.

*GATE preparation material works wonders for supplying candidates a comprehensive collection of vast data in one single booklet. Even though one should not reply solely on these, they are good to kick-start your preparation.

* A period constant preparation for 3-4 months prior to the exam suffices well.

* Notes are your elixir. Make notes to jot down the basic concepts (definitions, unit, dimension etc.) as well as necessary theories, formulae etc to not get caught in the labyrinth of vast syllabus two nights before the exam.

*One month before the examination you should start revising the course as many times as possible.

*Time management is central for any competitive exam. Time yourself while taking every single practice paper at home and beat your previous score to secure good rank.

*Do not try to get hold of the entire syllabus prescribed by GATE. A selective preparation would be a very helpful concept and should be learned accurately.

*Rote learning is simply futile; get your basics straight and you are (near to) ready for the exam.


f) GATE online will be held at Forenoon: 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Afternoon: 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM on 31st January, 1st, 7th, 8th and 14th February, 2015.


 3. Where after GATE?

With due preparation, strategy and practice, and ofcourse a good rank, a GATE score can secure you a seat in the following places:


a) India’s top engineering, technology, science institutes like Indian Institute of Science, National Institutes of Technology, state universities like Bengal Engineering and Science University (recently converted to IIEST), Jadavpur University, Delhi Technological University, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Andhra University College of Engineering, Osmania University and PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh.


b) Foreign universities like the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and technical universities in Germany for their Masters and Ph.D. programs, RWTH Aachen, which is a part of IDEA league and is in collaboration with Imperial College London.


c) GATE rank is your entry-pass to coveted companies such as Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd., Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd.


5. WHO can give GATE?

Anybody with a:


a) Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2/ Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programs.


b) Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.


c) Candidates in the second or higher year of Four-year integrated Master?s degree programs (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology


d) Candidates in the fourth or higher year of five-year integrated master’s degree programs or dual degree programs in Engineering/Technology.


e) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by iE(i), AMICE(i) by the institute of Civil Engineers (India)-iCE(i)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.


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