All About GATE

What is GATE?

  • The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE 2016 Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MoHRD), and Government of India(GOI).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. For how many GATE 2017 papers can I apply?

Answer: A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 22 papers listed in the Syllabus & Paper Codes section or GATE 2017 Brochure or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below:
1. The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree.
2. The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

Q. After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE gate 2017 Examination Paper and Examination City? 

Answer: Requests for change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form will not be considered. However, requests for change of examination city will be accepted till a prescribed date mentioned on the GATE website with an additional fee (around Rs. 400/-) to be paid in the form of a demand draft in favour of “Chairman GATE 2013″, payable at Mumbai. Please send this DD to the Zonal office where you sent the application form.

Q. Why should I choose two examination cities for Gate 2017?

Answer: Generally, you will be allotted a centre in the examination city of your first choice. Only in cases where it becomes difficult to accommodate you in the examination city of your first choice, your second choice will be considered.

Q. How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2017 examination?

Answer: You can make the payment during the Online application process by choosing one of the following options:
1. Online Payment: Netbanking through the payment gateway.
2. Challan Payment: Payment by cash at any branch of Canara Bank or State Bank of India.

Q. Do I have to send the printout of the application form?

Answer: Yes. At the end of the Application process a PDF file of the application is generated. You have to affix your photograph, signature and enclose other documents along with this print out and send to the concerned GATE office. This isrequired in addition to the uploading of the image files.

Q. When will I receive my Gate 2017 admit card?

Answer: Gate 2017 Admit cards can be downloaded from the GATE Online Applicant Interface . Sending Admit cards by post has been discontinued.

Q. Is the Gate 2017 Admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to the exam?

Answer: No. Bring the admit card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. Only one of the following photo identifications is permitted:

Driving license / Passport / PAN Card / Voter ID / College ID / Employee Identification Card or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address.

Photocopies of the original identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if original and valid photo identification is not presented.

Q. Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the Gate 2017 test?

Answer: For Offline Gate Examination, the question paper itself contains some blank sheets on which you can do the rough work. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet as no additional paper will be provided during the test. For Online Examination, a notepad provided to the candidate can be used to do the rough work.

Q. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the Gate 2017 test?

Answer: No. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. For Offline exam, candidates are allowed to leave the hall only after the Optical Response Sheet (ORS) from all the candidates in the examination hall have been collected and accounted for. For Online examination, candidates are allowed to leave the lab only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.

Q. What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue of Gate 2017?

Answer: Electronic diary, mobile phone, and any such electronic gadgets, blank papers, clip boards and log-tables will not be allowed in the examination venue.

Q. Can I use a calculator during the Gate 2017 exam?

Answer: No.  An online virtual calculator will be available to examinees at the time of examination.

Q. Will there be any arrangement at the Gate 2017 test center for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?

Answer: No such arrangements will be possible at the test center.

Q. Is the use of pencils to darken the bubbles in the Gate 2017 answer sheet permitted?

Answer: No. The use of pencils to darken the bubbles in the answer sheet has been discontinued. Candidates should use only black ink ball point pen for darkening of the bubbles in the answer sheet. Since bubbles darkened by the black ink ball point pen cannot be erased, candidates should darken the bubbles in the answer sheet very carefully.