Jul 19, 2019 by Aishee Roychaudhuri #Education ,#Campus Watch


Any plans after graduation? Have you thought about it? In today’s market, having a bachelor’s degree is similar to getting minimal education. Everybody has it. Of course, you can settle for a job in the IT industry with just a B.Tech degree in hand but we all know how that goes.

Higher Studies are undoubtedly a good option. However, if you don’t want to study anymore, you might want to go for a job which is more secure. In India, there is nothing more secure than government jobs. Also, it is a known fact that being more educated will open a floodgate of opportunities for you.

In a nutshell, if you want to opt for M.Tech at prestigious institutions like the IITs or settle for a secure government job in any of the PSUs with a good salary, GATE is the right door for you to knock.

Now you must be wondering- what is GATE?

What is GATE?

GATE or graduate aptitude test in engineering is the exam focused on the concept of various fields of science and engineering and technology.

It is conducted jointly by all the premier institutes in India- IISC Bangalore and the 7 IIT’s, IISERs.

I am sure you have heard about the IIT’s or IISC especially if you’re an Indian citizen.

So basically the GATE measures the capability of students’ performance relatively with others. Qualifying this exam leads one to the postgraduate studies on his/her basic engineering and science subjects.

This exam is held by the government of India, (Ministry of Human Resources and Development, India).

This is a highly competitive exam and a small pool of candidates are selected every year. But come on, we all know it’s worth it!

When to apply for GATE – Eligibility criteria.

In simple words when you want to pursue MTech or postgraduate degrees in subjects of engineering and science from the IITs and IISC you appear for GATE examination. You need to have:

There’s no age limit for the exam.

You should be an Indian national. The same stands for students from other countries as well.

Academic requirements: A bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology (4 years of study after 10+2 level/post-BSc.) People in the final years of such programs can also apply.


A Master’s degree in any of the branches of Mathematics/Statistics/Science/Computer Applications. People in the final years of such programs are also eligible to take this exam.


Candidature from the second or higher year of four-year integrated master’s degree program in the field of engineering/technology.


Candidature from the fourth or higher year of five-year integrated Master’s degree program in the fields of engineering/technology.

Also, it’s a gentle reminder that the various IIT’s and IISC has their own criteria of marks from 10 and 10+2 level which you can find out by visiting the intended IIT’s/IISC’s website.

Application form details:

GATE is a computerized test taken in online mode in the month of February every year.

The application form can be accessed in the online mode only.

For GATE 2020, IIT Delhi will release the application form and will thereby conduct the exam as well.

Also before filling up the application form, you’re supposed to register for the GATE 2020 exam through the GATE official website.

The application form must be submitted within the mentioned date to ensure successful participation in the examination.

The application form entails the basic identity details of the student including family, education, address, exam center along with a photograph and signature of the candidate. Then after paying the fee which is a very affordable amount, the student can submit the application form successfully.


GATE is a national-level examination for B.Tech graduates. Of course, it is going to be tough. On top of that, GATE syllabus for any engineering stream is tiring to cover as you have to cover 10-14 subjects from your respective engineering stream. It is next to impossible to cover all of the subjects and master all of them. In order to ace the exam, you must analyze the GATE syllabus and the exam pattern. Once you have analyzed the syllabus, all you have to do is strategize and start your preparations accordingly.

This exam is taken by 9 lakh students approximately and is a highly competitive exam. So you better start your preparation as soon as possible.

Exam pattern:

All the 24 papers will carry 15 marks General Aptitude compulsory questions along with the subjects selected by the candidate.

The duration will be of 3 hours.

The type of questions will be MCQ, Numerical answer type.

The question paper will check whether you can:

– Recall

– Comprehend

– Apply

– Analyze

– Synthesize

Marking scheme:

The marks are around 1 or 2 per question.

For 1 mark questions,⅓ rd will be deducted for wrong answers.

For 2 mark questions, ⅔ re will be deducted for wrong answers.

Zero marks for unanswered ones.

Also, note that negative marking is applicable only on the MCQs. No negative marking will be given on the numerical type questions.

Exam Dates:

The registration begins in the first week of September 2019.

Last day to submit the application form is around the end of September.

Admit card will be available around the first week of January 2020.

The exam will be held around the first and second week of February 2020. The response sheets will be released at the same time as well.

In the second week of March 2020, the final answer key will be released.

Results will be declared in the third week of March 2020.

The scorecard will be available between the third week of March and last week of May 2020. The score remains valid for 3 years.


GATE is the gateway to a huge opportunity of learning and working and being mentored by some of the brightest minds in the country.

It is a highly competitive exam and is worth it if you want to secure a really deserving job especially government jobs. There’s huge scope abroad as well and why not, it’s IIT and IISC dude!

In fact, during job interviews, a good GATE score boosts your CV in unimaginable ways.

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