GATE 2017: Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Notification

GATE 2017: This page is dedicated for GATE 2017 Exam Information such as Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Notification and other related stuffs. GATE Stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It is an all-India based entrance examination for admitting students to M.Tech (Master of Technology), ME (Master of Engineering), M.S (Master of Science) and Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) courses in higher educational institutions in India. GATE basically tests the knowledge of the student in core subjects of his or her undergraduate program.

GATE is a mandatory examination one should clear for getting admission to postgraduate programs in India. GATE score is the primary criterion for admitting students to post graduate courses in various premier engineering institutions in India including IITs, NITs, and IIITs. A good GATE score is helpful in getting financial assistance from MHRD and other central or state level government agencies. GATE score is also used by many PSUs (Public Sector Units) in India for recruiting engineering graduates to entry level positions.


Engineering is the second most popular career option after medical science, with millions of aspirants appearing every year. Its importance is not purely academic but is considered to be the most favorable and supported career option by the Indian society. The picture surrounding Engineering is lucrative, provided that the aspirant has managed either admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs or worked hard enough to scale heights of success. Once you are well settled and have done well in the engineering sector, there are many avenues available. As an engineer, you can smartly exploit the opportunities the ever developing and improving technology provides. In India, engineering is the favorite course. Every year incredible number of students sits for undergraduate exams that may secure seats in prestigious IITs or other contemporary prestigious engineering institutions.

However, unlike undergraduate entrance examinations, post-graduate examinations are relatively less popular among students. However, post graduation from a well-established university can offer financial advantages that everyone looks out for. The relatively less popularity does not mean that the entrance examination is easier. GATE Exam is known for its pattern that is designed to specifically target certain skills required from an engineering student, wishing to pursue higher education. Lately, there has been marked increase in a number of GATE applicants, which has resulted in rampant mushrooming of coaching institutes, claiming to offer the best standards of lessons.

How difficult is GATE?

GATE is one of the toughest examinations in India. It tests the engineering aptitude of the student in a smart way. GATE syllabus covers about 25 subjects one studies in the undergraduate program. To master these many subjects for a 3-hour test is certainly a tough task. You can gauge the difficulty level by the fact that only 15% of the students qualify and get the scorecard each year. You should score a minimum of 99 percentile to get admission in any of the IITs or in the prestigious IISc. High GATE score is equally important to be screened in for PSU jobs.

GATE Exam requires from applicants comprehensive understanding of undergraduate courses in engineering. It is imperative that applicants have mastered the basic understanding of undergraduate courses and interestingly, that is what makes GATE paper difficult for most students. Students have always focused on complexities, without paying much attention to basics and lack of understanding of the latter causes many bright students to fall back.

GATE 2017: Participating Institutions

There is a big reason why GATE paper is difficult to crack and that is it is conducted jointly by the prestigious and most chased after institutes of the world. Yes! GATE is jointly conducted by the IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and seven IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) on behalf of National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education which belongs to Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Each year any one of the above institutes will organize GATE. Whichever the institute conducts GATE in a particular year is called as Organizing Institute. For the purpose of organizng GATE, an organizing committee will be instituted by the respective institute conducting the paper. The tenure of the organizing committee is one year. For that period, the entire task of monitoring and management of the examination is upon the committee. The constitution of the organizing committee is often taken into consideration by the coaching institutes while speculating the category of questions that may be asked in the exam.

The first GATE paper was organized by the Indian Institute of Science in the year 1984 followed by Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The GATE paper in the year 2015 was organized by the Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur. Indian Institute of Science was responsible for conducting 2016 GATE paper. The organizing committee has to be handled with responsibility because any glitches in the conduct of the paper will be imputed to the committee.

Must Read – GATE 2017 Organizing Institute

GATE 2017 Exam Date (Announced)

ActivityGATE 2017 Exam Date
GATE 2017 Application Submission Through GOAPS1st September 2016
Last date for submitting online application4th October 2016
Last date for requesting change of city for online exam16th November 2016
Admit Card availability for download5th January 2017
GATE 2017 On-line Examination Dates4th, 5th, February 2017 & 11th, 12th February 2017
Announcement of GATE 2017 Result27th March 2017

GATE 2017: Eligibility Criteria

There are specific eligibility criteria, which must be met in order to sit for GATE examination. The eligibility criteria for GATE 2016 is given below. The eligibility criteria for GATE 2017  exam will most probably be the same. The following lists down the qualifications required from student applicants:

  • The applicant must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E), or Technology (B.Tech), Architecture (B.Arch). Students who are in their final years of any other aforementioned courses are eligible to apply for GATE.
  • Students who have completed bachelor’s degree in Science (B.Sc), Students who have completed B.Sc (By Research) or B.S (By Research) are also eligible to apply for GATE Exam.
  • Master’s degree holders are also eligible provided they have obtained the degree in the field of Mathematics, Science, Statistics, or Computer Applications. People who hold any other equivalent of Master’s are also eligible. Students in the final year in their Master’s programs can also apply.
  • Applicants who are in the second or higher year of Four Years Integrated Programs in Engineering or Technology can also apply.
  • Students who have completed master’s degree in Computer Applications (MCA).
  • Those in their fourth or fifth year of Five Year Integrated Program/Dual Degree Programs can also apply.
  • Those who have attained qualifications through exams conducted by societies recognized by UPSC or AICTE are eligible to apply. Students who have completed Section A Examination conducted by various professional societies in India.

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GATE 2017: Disciplines of GATE Exam

GATE caters various disciplines in the field of engineering and science. Currently, GATE is conducted in 23 disciplines as follows. Students can select any one of the 23 papers as given below. If there is no addition of any new papers GATE 2017 exam will also be conducted in the same 23 number of papers.

CodeGATE Paper
AEAerospace Engineering
ARArchitecture and Planning
AGAgricultural Engineering
CSComputer Science and Information Technology
CHChemical Engineering
CECivil Engineering
EYEcology and Evolution
EEElectrical Engineering
ECElectronics and Communication Engineering
GGGeology and Geophysics
INInstrumentation Engineering
MTMetallurgical Engineering
MNMining Engineering
MEMechanical Engineering
PIProduction and Industrial Engineering
PEPetroleum Engineering
TFTextile Engineering and Fiber Science
XEEngineering Sciences
XLLife Sciences

A student should select a paper appropriate to the discipline of his or her undergraduate course. However, a student is free to select any paper as per his or her wish, keeping in mind the eligibility requirements of the institution in which he or she wants to take admission for his or her post-graduate program.

GATE paper in various disciplines attempts to test abilities of applicants in the respective discipline and provides indicators based on scores obtained in various sections. These papers are meticulously designed to cater needs of students, aspiring to go for higher education

GATE 2017: Exam Pattern

GATE is a 3 hours examination which comprises of 65 questions and the maximum mark is 100. Since 2014 GATE has become a Computer Based Test. The questions are displayed on a computer screen in a random sequence. GATE consists of both numerical answer type questions and multiple choice questions. GATE 2017 will also be conducted online across all the major cities in India.

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How to answer GATE multiple choice questions?

There will be four answers for each question and you have to choose the right answer among the four options.

How to answer GATE numerical questions?

The answer for the numerical question can be directly entered into the computer through the keyboard. There will be no options displayed for these kinds of questions. The calculations have to be done on a piece of paper and the correct answer has to be directly entered through the keyboard. You will be given a blank piece of paper for doing rough work and the same has to be returned after the exam gets over.

Once the exam duration of three hours elapses, the computer closes the screen automatically and you cannot perform any other action.

General Aptitude Questions:

There will be 10 general aptitude questions which carry a maximum of 15 marks. The general aptitude questions are included in the GATE paper to test the analytical and language skills of students. GATE 2017 Syllabus will most probably follow the same trend of having 15 marks allocated for general Aptitude questions.

Financial Assistance after clearing GATE Exam:

GATE scores can be considered for extending financial assistance to students. Various institutes, which accept GATE scores, offer financial assistance on GATE scores. The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and other government agencies support financial assistance program in different engineering and science institutes for GATE qualifiers, provided they score within a prescribed range. The procedure for application for financial assistance may vary from one institute to the other but generally, the weight is given to the GATE scores of the applicant.

In a recent announcement by the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development, the scholarship amount for GATE post-graduate students was increased by 55 percent, from Rs. 8000 per month to Rs. 12, 400 per month.

This shows how much important GATE scores are for not just admission purposes but also financial assistance. A good GATE score can immensely help students from relatively poor financial backgrounds in realizing their dreams of becoming excellent engineers in future.

Calculation of GATE Score:

Calculation of GATE scores is not a simple method. The method of calculating GATE score has changed since 2014, which is now calculated with the help of the following formula (for all subjects, single or multiple):

Gate Score Formula

For the calculation of percentile (calculated to find the percentage of candidates that have scored lower than a specific candidate) , the following formula is used:

Percentile = ( 1 – All India rank/No. of candidates in that subject ) x 100%

Every year, the qualification marks are changed. These marks, which are calculated out of 100, vary with disciplines chosen by the candidate. However, there exist a general criteria for determining qualifying marks for each caste category: General Category (GN), Other Backward Classes (OBCs), and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC & ST).

For the general category, the qualifying marks are 25 or μ + σ, whichever is more. μ refers to the average marks obtained by all candidates in a particular subject and σ refers to the standard deviation of all marks obtained in a particular subject. As far as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes category are concerned, the qualifying marks are two-thirds of the general category’s qualifying mark.

Before 2008, the OBC candidates were included in the general category. It was only afterward that they were made a different category for the purposes of the GATE examination.

Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories for GATE aspirants:

One of the great advantages of GATE score is that candidates become eligible for a Junior Research Fellowship in the CSIR Laboratories, which is considered one of the most coveted Fellowships in the country.

CSIR, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, is India’s biggest Research and Development (R&D) organization, with sprawling 37 laboratories and 39 extension centers under its supervision. The research and development activities undertaken by the organization include areas in chemicals, food, mining, environment, aerospace engineering, etc. More than 1300 technologies during the 20th century have been credited to CSIR.

In the year 2002, CSIR launched the Junior Research Fellowship-Gate Scheme, with the purpose of motivating GATE-qualified candidates to pursue research programs in CSIR. The fellowship amount is Rs. 25k per month along with House rent Allowance. A contingency grant is also given per year to students in this program. After two years of the JRF-GATE program, the fellowship may be upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). The total time for the fellowship lasts is five years.

Therefore, GATE does not restrict options to technology and science fields but extend to research activities as well. A good GATE score can land you in one of the most scientifically intellectual crowd of the country.

Recruitment through GATE 2017 Exam Score:

GATE scores can land you a handsome job in some of the most prestigious companies in the country and abroad. GATE scores have a high value in the professional field and many big corporates are willing to recruit engineering students with glittering GATE scores.

Thirty-six companies have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the GATE 2016 organizing committee, agreeing to use GATE scores for recruitment process at the entry level. Of all the posts offered, half of them are reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other backward Classes. Seats are also reserved for persons with disability.

Some of the companies that use GATE score as one of the screening methods in their recruitment process are Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd., Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd., National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd., Ircon International Ltd., Airport Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, etc.

The first corporation to use GATE score as a screening test was Indian Oil Corporation followed by National Thermal Power Corporation, Bharat Electronics, Power Grid Corporation of India and Bharat Heavy Electricals.

It must be however noted that GATE scores are only as a screening tool at the preliminary level of selection. There will be further tests, which may have nothing to with GATE scores. This, nevertheless, cannot be denied that GATE scores give an edge over non-GATE candidates in the recruitment process.

GATE 2017: Results

GATE results will normally be declared one month after the exam gets over. We will keep you updated about the GATE 2017 exam dates and results.

GATE Score Card:

GATE score card will be issued only to those students who qualify in the test. It will indicate the GATE score, total marks scored by a student and his or her all-India rank. In addition to this, it will show the cut-off/qualifying mark for categories like General, OBC (Non-Creamy), SC, ST, and PD as well. GATE score has got a validity of three years. GATE 2017 scorecard can be downloaded after the GATE 2017 results are published.

Changes in the GATE Exam guidelines in recent years:

Changes have been made in GATE guidelines and rules to improve the quality of this all-India entrance examination. Some of the changes are as follows:·

  • In the 2016 GATE paper, a new subject Petroleum Engineering has been included. The code for the same is PE.
  • The validity of the GATE scores has been increased from two years to three years.
  • The introduction of an online virtual calculation during 2016 GATE exam. Students have been barred from bringing their own calculators.
  • In the year 2014, a new subject Ecology and Evolution has been introduced with the code EY.
  • The practice of sending admit cards by post was discontinued from the year 2012 and the admit cards were made available for download in the website.
  • A similar effort was made in respect of scorecards in the year 2015. No hard copy of scorecard was sent by post to the candidates. The scorecard was made available online.
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39 thoughts on “GATE 2017: Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Notification

  1. Thanks for guiding

  2. You are Welcome.

  3. Hi, thanks for the information, I’m 2011 B.E Passed out and planning to write GATE 2017. I’ve to start everything from scratch now, please guide me how can I plan the preparation . I’m married and working woman.

  4. in which discipline an automobile engineer should apply?

  5. ankit kumar says:

    sir please tell is calculator allowed in gate 2017.

  6. sir please tell me is calculator allowed in gate 2017.

  7. swapnil s abhyankar says:

    hi i m studying in third year engineering electronics and telecommunication engineering i want to apply for gate 2017 so from where i can get study material since i want to prepare for gate on my own so please guide me

  8. Sir, Please show the gate syllabus of agricultural engineering. Nowiam studying B.Tech 3 year so if i prepare now ican get sir so please correctly display the syllabus

  9. ChennaKrishna Reddy says:

    Thank you very much sir

  10. mhrd will not provide scholarship to state government colleges from 2016

  11. ssgar kamdi says:

    Thanx for guadline

  12. is gate beneficial for students having bachelor’s aggregate below 60%?

  13. I am also prepare for GATE 2017 Exam.
    Best of luck for youngest ENGINEERS.
    my oppenion dont stop your carreer with B.TECH.

  14. sir,,i don’t know which subject one is very important in the mech syllabus. plz tell me the important part in the syllabus and how can i prepared easily &effective .

  15. can i apply for GATE Biotechnology 2017 as i have completed my PhD in Biotechnology and what is the age limit for GATE Exam

  16. Gopal Meharwade says:

    Awesome Explaination… All info in one Page… This is very helpful to all the students who is going to clear GATE Examination… Superb…

  17. thanks for guidance about GATE preparation…

  18. Is the Gate Scholarship open for Masters in landscape Architecture students?

  19. shailesh kumar asthana says:

    sir /madam
    plz do tell me what is the difficulty level of gate 2017 in ee branch ?

  20. I won’t to qualify the gat exam

  21. Sani Prajapati says:

    I had given gate exam in year 2016 . But did not qualify . I want to give this exam for second time . Please keep informing us for the further details . Thank u so much to you for this .

  22. hi sir, if unfortunately failed in final year final semester in the year 2016. And the same guy write the supplymentary exam in november but if the result was not declared… then is he eligible for the 2017 gate exam..please isuggest me sir,,,


    Hello my name is ABHAY PRAJAPATI . My branch name is electrial and electronics eng. what should i use the subject code for this branch. reply fastttt….

  24. can any one guide me for civil gate 2017 preparation .which book should i prefer?

  25. Naveen Castro S.N says:

    I am doing my 3rd year Electrical Engineering. I wish to attent GATE 2018. Where i can get the books for preparation. If availabale in website, Please give the web ID. Kindly guide me.

  26. I am Sagar.I had completed my b tech in 2016 on ECE branch.please tell me which book is to read to prepare the gate .can u please guide me . Thank u sir

  27. Parapati Eswararao says:

    Hi sir my transaction is not complete but my cutt in the bank please reply to me

  28. Collage name was written wrong by me after complete application and payment. Now what I do?

  29. First of all thank you for guiding us…sir I’m a student doing in chemistry.
    There is a lots of article for engineering branch students on preparation strategy,tips etc. etc. but for us i found no articles or even in YouTube too there’s not any such guidance. we request you to guide us too.
    How to prepare for the paper( CY ), what to follow….hope you will respond to me.
    we will be grateful to you…

  30. what is the significance of GATE score in selection for PhD in IITs

  31. satyendra soren says:

    Sir I wnat to know that Whether CIL is recruiting through gate 2017 or not

  32. sir, please tell me that is there any limited attempts for gate???
    as we r in confusion state that there r only two attempts and we r not supposed to write gate further if we not get qualified in these two attempts…….
    plz reply me sir…..

  33. Mukesh sonwani says:

    Sir gate ka form bhr lia or fees kat gya h lekin payment ki hua please help

  34. Mukesh sonwani says:

    Sir gate ka form bhr lia or fees kat gya h lekin payment nhi hua please help

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