Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the examination across several years. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g., M. E., M. Tech, direct Ph.D.) in centrally funded Indian institutes of higher education (i.e., institutes which are provided with financial assistance by MHRD and other Government agencies). The score is also used by some Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment processes. Direct recruitment to Group A level posts i.e., Senior Field Office (SFO Tele), Senior Research Officer (SRO) (Crypto) and SRO(S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat is now being done on the basis of GATE scores.

Application Process

All information related to the candidates will be available in a single GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode ONLY. The photograph and signature of the applicant must be uploaded during the online application. Please note that all necessary certificates, such as, degree certificate/certificate from the Principal and the category certificate, if any are also to be uploaded. Please note that no application form is available for sale anywhere.

Downloadable Admit Card: Admit cards will ONLY be downloadable from the GOAPS website. The candidate has to bring a printed copy of the admit card to the test centre along with at least one original and valid photo identification. The only permitted photo identifications are: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized affidavit which contains the candidate’s Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. The details of this ID proof have to be given while filling the online application.

Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System

(GOAPS) Website Opens


1st September 2015

(00:00 Hrs)

Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website


1st October 2015 (23:59 Hrs)

Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of City


20th November 2015

Availability of Admit Card on the Online

Application Interface for printing


17th December 2015

GATE 2016 Online Examination Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM

Saturday and Sunday

30th and 31st

January, and 6th and

7th February, 2016

Announcement of Results on the Online

Application Website


19th March 2016

(17:00 Hrs)

List of exam cities

Choice of Examination City: There are two primary choices and one secondary choice. If you choose a particular city as your first choice, then the corresponding zone to which this city belongs will appear, and you will be able to choose another city as your second choice only from this zone. These choices will be your primary choices in a specific zone. However, a third choice will be there, which is the secondary choice. The list of third choice cities will be as specified by each zone and this will be used only when the cities of primary choice of a candidate are not available. However, because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

Below table gives the tentative list of the cities (zone-wise) in which GATE will be held. Also shown in the table is the Zonal Offices (one of the IITs or IISc).



Zonal GATE Office

Tentative List of Examination Cities*


IISc Bangalore

Benguluru - 560 012


Alappuzha, Aluva, Ananthapur, Attingal, Bagalkot, Bangalore, Bellary,

Belgaum, Bidar, Chengannur, Davengere, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Idukki, Kannur, Kanjirapally, Kasargod, Kolar, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangalore, Manipal, Muvattupuzha, Mysore, Nedumangad, Pala, Palakkad, Payyannur, Port Blair, Punalur, Shimoga, Thrissur, Tumkur and Vadakara


IIT Bombay, Powai,

Mumbai - 400 076


Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj,

Gandhinagar, Goa, Hyderabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Secunderabad, Solapur, Surat, Thane and Vadodara


IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas,

New Delhi 110016


Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Bikaner, New Delhi, Delhi-NCR, Faridabad,

Gurgaon, Hisar-Rohtak, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh and Ujjain


IIT Guwahati

Guwahati 781039


Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Dhanbad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Silchar, Siliguri, Shillong and Tezpur


IIT Kanpur

Kanpur 208016


Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi


IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur 721302


Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur

(CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram


IIT Madras

Chennai 600036


Angamaly , Bapatla, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chittoor, Coimbatore,

Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode, Gudur, Guntur, Kadapa, Kanyakumari, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Madurai, Nagercoil, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchengode, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar and Warangal


IIT Roorkee

Roorkee 247667


Ambala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Chandigarh-Mohali-Fatehgarh Sahib,

Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani-Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP)-Una, Jalandhar- Phagwara, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana-Moga, Meerut, Moradabad, Noida, Panchkula, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala-Sangrur, Roorkee-Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Sirmaur, Solan-Shimla, Sonepat and Yamunanagar


Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2016 given in below Table

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2016

In case a candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned above in 2015 or earlier, the candidate has to submit the degree certificate / provisional certificate / course completion certificate / professional ceritificate / membership certificate issued by the society or institute. In case, the candidate is expected to complete to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2016 or later as mentioned above, he/she has to submit a certificate from Principal or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE.



Qualifying Degree/Examination


Description of Eligible


Year of

qualification cannot be later than


/ B.Pharm.

Bachelors degree holders in Engineering/

Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology)

and those who are in the final year of such


Currently in the final

year or already completed


B. Arch.

Bachelors degree holders of Architecture

(Five years course)

Currently in the final

year or already completed



(Research)/ B.S.

Bachelors degree in Science


4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year

or already completed


M. Sc./


or equivalent

Masters degree in any branch of

Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer

Applications or equivalent

Currently in the final

year or already completed


Int. M.E/



Post-BSc Integrated Masters degree

programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program)

Currently in the

2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed


Int. M.E./

M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or


Integrated Masters degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year program)

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Int. M.Sc/

Int. B.S.- M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-

M.S. program

Currently in the final

year or already completed



Society Examination s (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech.


B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent

examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers- India)

Completed section A or

equivalent of such professional courses


Certificate from Principal

Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their college Principal have to obtain one from his/her institution beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form.

Candidates with Backlogs

Candidates, who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2015, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should upload a copy of any one of the mark sheets of the final year,


Obtain a declaration from their Principal along with the signature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form.

Structure of exam

Duration and Examination Type

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). Each candidate will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work. The scribble pad has to be returned after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

Pattern of Question Papers

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).

Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2016 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

Design of Questions

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

(i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.


Q. During machining, maximum heat is produced

(A) in flank face (B) in rake face (C) in shear zone

(D) due to friction between chip and tool

(ii) Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.


Q. A DC motor requires a starter in order to

(A) develop a starting torque

(B) compensate for auxiliary field ampere turns

(C) limit armature current at starting

(D) provide regenerative braking

(iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.


Q. The sequent depth ratio of a hydraulic jump in a rectangular channel is 16.48. The

Froude number at the beginning of the jump is:

(A) 5.0 (B) 8.0 (C) 10.0 (D) 12.0

Examples of each of this design are given in the types of questions above.

The questions based on the above logics may be a mix of single standalone statement/phrase/data type questions, combination of option codes type questions or match items type questions.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis: In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis question might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognizing unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information.

Marking Scheme

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2- marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

ME Questions

This section would contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g., 25.06, -

25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors.

Negative Marking for Wrong Answers

For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions (MCQs), there would be negative marking. For 1-mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, there is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Calculation of Score

After the evaluation of the answers, the raw marks obtained by a candidate will be converted to a normalized GATE Score. The GATE score will be computed using the formula given below. Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers (multi-session papers) In GATE, examination for some papers may be conducted in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

GATE results and Scorecard

GATE 2016 Results

GATE 2016 results will be announced on March 19, 2016 at 17:00 hours and will be available on the GATE Online Application Website. GATE 2016 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results. GATE 2016 results may be made available on payment basis to Government organizations (educational institutions, R & D laboratories, industries, etc.) in India and abroad based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Indian institute of Science and the organization intending to use the GATE score. Details in this regard can be obtained from The Organizing Chairman, GATE 2016, Indian Institute of Science.

GATE 2016 Score Card

After the declaration of results, qualified candidates can download their GATE 2016 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The GATE 2016 score cards can be downloaded between March 27, 2016 to May 29, 2016 and for that the candidate should access the GOAPS portal. In case any candidate requires the soft copy of his/her GATE Score Card after May 29, 2016 till December 31, 2016, they can do so by paying a fee of 500 (five hundred only) on the GOAPS portal.