What is GATE?
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an All-India Examination conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on behalf of the National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Eligibility for GATE?
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2010: a) Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes. b) Master's 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. c) Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology. d) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examination conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

What is the Date and Time of GATE Exam?
GATE is usually held on the second Sunday of February every year. Candidates will be required to appear in a single paper of three hours duration. The examination will be held on second Sunday of February from 0930 to 1230 hrs.

What is the Application / Registration process?
Candidates can submit Application Form in two different modes : OFFLINE and ONLINE.



Is GATE objective type this time?
Gate 2010 pattern will be of objective type with a total of 60 questions to be answered in total time of 3 hours.

What is GATE paper structure this time?
Question paper bearing codes, AR, CE, CH, CS,CY, EC, EE, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PH, PI ,PY, TF
Q.1 to Q.20 : Will carry one mark each (sub-total 20 marks) -1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.21 to Q.50 : Will carry two marks each (sub-total 60 marks) -2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.51 through Q.56 (3 pairs) will be common data questions. Each question will carry two marks - 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Question pairs (Q.57, Q.58) and (Q.59, Q.60) will be linked answer questions.

The answer to the second question of the last two pairs will depend on the answer to the first question of the pair.
If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. Each question will carry two marks -There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.57 and Q.59, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.58 and Q.60.

What has the individual weightage of different topics in different years of GATE?
Individual Weightage analysis of different topics in different years of GATE may be made available to our subscribed candidates. However, it is not a part of our package.

Where can I get model test papers for GATE?
Apart from the model test papers in the package offered, we are not committed to providing you any Model Test papers. We may provide some question papers for download.

GATE Score
The GATE score, awarded in the range of 0 to 1000 reflects the candidates academic ability and will be based on his/her performance in GATE 2009 and the performances of all candidates who appeared in GATE in the last four years 2006-2009. Candidates with the same GATE score from different GATE papers and/or years can be considered to have the same performance level.


A typical qualitative interpretation of the GATE SCORE, for example, can be as follows: Ability Level GATE Score Range

  • Outstanding 800 to 1000
  • Excellent 675 to 800
  • Very good 550 to 675
  • Good 425 to 550
  • Above average 300 to 425
  • Average 100 to 300
  • Below average Below 100

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