Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

The GATE examination acts as the ‘great career wall’ to any aspiring, dynamic individual!

The GATE is an all India level examination, which is conducted for the admissions to the post graduate degree programs in engineering/architecture/ technology and to the doctoral programs in the relevant branches of science, falling under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The GATE test is administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) under the supervision of the National Coordination Board- GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The exam is also conducted for qualifying the students for other governmental scholarships /assistantships. The question pattern differs according to the paper code, i.e. it varies according to the subjects and specifications. The GATE question paper consists of multiple choice questions with an option of four answers, out of which, only one is the right answer.


The GATE plays a vital role in any student’s life, if it is chosen by the student. Because, if a student gets qualified in the GATE, then he/she would be eligible for the governmental scholarships for undergoing the master degrees, and doctoral programs… These features have dragged many students towards the preparation of the examination. The most important fact is that the GATE exam bears more significance, i.e. the GATE performance would be given 70% importance in the admission process and the remaining 30% would depend on the student’s academic performance records, interview performance, etc… Thus, the fact that the GATE is one of the significant exams in the professional education couldn’t be denied!

GATE Structure

The question type is typically based on the logics and concepts of the subjects, hence having an in-depth knowledge about the subjects, would fetch more marks. It analyzes the candidates’, comprehension ability, subject knowledge, capability to solve quantitative questions, problem solving abilities, data interpretation skills and other related skills... Thus, it involves the questions based on formulae, basic principles, laws, etc. It also comprises of questions based on fundamental ideas, which in turn demands the students to derive the consequences from the basic theories and logics of the subjects. The logical reasoning section consists of questions involving mathematical computation and application-oriented questions, thereby requiring the students to implement their subject knowledge.

The analysis and the interpretation section consists of linked type questions and common data questions.  The questions formed would be independent, but the solutions to both the questions could be obtained from the given passage, or data. The linked type comprises problem solving type of questions. The GATE 2011 question paper is said to have 5 different patterns for 5 groups of specifications and these details are clearly stated in the official website for GATE.

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