Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.
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 coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2010 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, designated as the Organising Institute for GATE 2010 .
Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify through GATE. 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/Doctoral programmes in 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 PhD programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.
Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist / Engineer.


 GATE 20GATE 2010 will include both ONLINE and OFFLINE examinations as per the following details:

GATE Examination of TF paper – ONLINE examination
Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee
February 07, 2010 (Sunday)
09.30 hrs – 12.30 hrs
GATE Examination of MN paper – ONLINE examination
Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Mumbai, Roorkee
February 07, 2010 (Sunday)
14.30 hrs – 17.30 hrs
GATE Examination in all other papers – OFFLINE
In all cities listed in Examination Cities
February 14, 2010 (Sunday)
09.30 hrs – 12.30 hrs
TF : Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
MN : Mining Engineering

ONLINE Examination : Examination using computers where the candidate will select the correct answer out of four options with the help of keyboard and mouse

OFFLINE Examination : Examination in the usual manner as in the previous years where the candidate will mark the correct answer out of four options in an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble.
The list of papers for GATE 2010 is given under Structure of GATE. The question papers will be in English only.

Before applying for GATE 2010, candidates must assure themselves that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programme they are interested in. The criteria for postgraduate admission with Scholarship/ Assistantship are different in various Institutes/ Universities. GATE Offices will not provide any information in this regard. For more details, the candidates are required to contact the Institutes/ Universities to which they are interested in seeking admission.
The choice of the paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Information about the pattern of the question papers is given under Question Paper Pattern


Commencement of Sale of Information Brochure and Offline Application Form/ Online Application Form submission – Tuesday Sept 22 2009
Last date of issue of Information Brochure and Application Form :
1) by post from GATE Offices Tuesday Oct 20 2009
2) at bank counters Wednesday Oct 28 2009
3) at GATE office counters Friday Oct 30 2009
Last date for :
1) Online application form submission (website closure) Wednesday Oct 28 2009 (18:00 hrs)
2) Receipt of completed Offline/ Online Application Form at respective zonal GATE Office Tuesday Nov 03 2009
Date of the examination :
1) Computer based ONLINE Examination for TF paper from 09.30 hrs to 12.30 hrs Sunday Feb 07 2010
2) Computer based ONLINE Examination for MN paper from 14.30 hrs to 17.30 hrs Sunday Feb 07 2010
3) OFFLINE Examination for all papers except TF and MN from 09.30 hrs to 12.30 hrs Sunday Feb 14 2010
Announcement of results Monday Mar 15 2010


The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE :

  1. Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  2. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  3. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
  4. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised 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. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

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