All About GATE Exam 2013: Eligibility, Pattern, Structure, Exam Date, Application Procedure, Study Material

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate programm (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also be used by Public sector units for employment screening purposes.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining a financial assistance during Masters programs and in some cases during direct Doctoral program in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture  and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in an Institution supported by the MHRD or other Government organizations. To avail the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first secure admission to a program in these Institutes, by a procedure that could be different for each institute. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Study Material for GATE 2013 Exam is also available for all major subjects through post all over India. For further details contact student counselor at Quest Education.
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However, candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

ADMINISTRATION

GATE is administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB) – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE Committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for conducting the examination and declaring the results.

Eligibility for GATE

Only the following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE 2013.  Necessary supporting documents must be submitted ONLINE or by post during the submission of the application form for the exam.  Please read this carefully and make sure that your year of qualification is not later that what is specified below.

Qualifying Degree (Short) Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive) Description of Eligible Candidates Year of qualification cannot be later than Copies of Certificates to be submitted
Passed in the year 2012 or earlier Expected to complete in 2013 or later
B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-Diploma) Final year or Completed 2013 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal (See below)
MSc./M.A./MCA equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent Final year or Completed 2013 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate (pertaining to Masters degree) Certificate from Principal (See below)
Int. M.E./M.Tech or DD (after 10+2 or Diploma) Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Five year programme) 4th/5th Year or Completed 2014 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal (See below)
Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year programme) 2nd/3rd/4th year or Completed 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal (See below)
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch) B.E/B.Tech 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 NA Professional Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/ Course Completion/ Membership Certificate issued by the Society or Institute Copy of Marksheet for Section “A”

 

Structure of GATE 2013

A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 21 papers listed in Table given below. The syllabus for each of the papers is given separately. Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.

The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. 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.

Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes

Sl.No Paper Code Sl.No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE 12 Instrumentation Engineering IN
2 Agricultural Engineering AG 13 Mathematics MA
3 Architecture and Planning AR 14 Mechanical Engineering ME
4 Biotechnology BT 15 Mining Engineering MN
5 Civil Engineering CE 16 Metallurgical Engineering MT
6 Chemical Engineering CH 17 Physics PH
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS 18 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
8 Chemistry CY 19 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 20 Engineering Sciences XE*
10 Electrical Engineering EE 21 Life Sciences XL*
11 Geology and Geophysics GG
XE Paper Sections Code XL Paper Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) H
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry I
Materials Science C Botany J
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology K
Thermodynamics E Zoology L
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology M
Food Technology G

* XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of the sections listed in the above table.  See further explanation below:

Duration and Exam Type

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only objective questions. The pattern of question papers is discussed separately in detail.

The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CY, GG, PH, MA, MN, MT, TF, XE, and XL will be carried out as ONLINE computer based test where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to enter the answer for each question using a mouse (keyboards will be disabled). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work. At the end of the three hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

For all other papers (CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, and PI), the candidates will be given the questions printed on a paper, and they have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question using a black ink ball point pen.

General Aptitude Questions

All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

XE Paper
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following:

  • Section A
  • GA
  • Any Two XE

The choice of two out of the sections B to G can be made at the time of appearing for the exam after viewing the questions.  Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change from one optional section to another optional section during the exam must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to G).

XL Paper

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following

  1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XL sections I to M

The choice of two out of the sections I to M can be made at the time of appearing for the exam after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change from one optional section to another optional section during the exam must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

GATE Score

After the evaluation of the answers, the raw marks obtained by a candidate will be converted to a normalized GATE Score. From 2013 onwards, a new formula will be used to calculate the GATE Score.

GATE 2013 Results

GATE 2013 results will be announced on March 15, 2013 at 10:00 hrs and will be available on the GATE Online Applicant Website.

GATE 2013 score is valid for TWO YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

GATE 2013 results may be made available on payment basis to interested organizations (educational institutions, R & D laboratories, industries, etc.) in India and abroad based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IIT Bombay and the requesting organization. Details in this regard can be obtained from the Chairman, GATE, IIT Bombay.

GATE Score Card

Scorecard will be issued (mailed to the correspondence address given in the application) to all the candidates for a paper whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PD candidates in that paper. There is no provision for issue of additional GATE scorecards.

The GATE 2013 Committee with the NCB’s approval has the authority to decide the qualifying score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2013, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Mumbai and Mumbai alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

How to Apply?

Before Applying, candidates are advised to go through the preliminary requirements given in this website and FAQ or download the GATE 2013 Brochure and read it carefully.

All candidates have to apply ONLINE. Details of the application fee and the steps in the application process are given below. The application fee is non-refundable.

Category

Application Fee

General/OBC-NC (Male Applicants) ₹ 1200/-
SC / ST / PD* (Male Applicants) ₹ 600/-
Female Applicants ₹ 0 (Exempted)

* PD: Person with a Physical Disability

 Filling in Application Online

  1. GATE Online Applicant Interface (website) can be accessed using this link.
  2. You must first register yourself, by providing a valid email address.  Choose this carefully to be the one you check frequently, as all communications to you from the GATE offices will be sent to this address (Do not use anybody else’s email address; Only one person can register with one email address).
  3. Upon registration, an email will be sent with a link. You will be required to choose a password when you click on the link.  Choose a password that is not easily guessable (should not be, for example: your name, DOB, 12345, asdf, etc.), so as to ensure that the data you provide is not accessible to any person other than yourself.
  4. Next you will see an application form to be filled in.  Keep the following information ready:
    1. Personal information
    2. Communication Address (Important: PIN Code)
    3. Eligibility Degree Details (College address, PIN Code of College)
    4. GATE paper, Choice of GATE examination cities
    5. High quality image of  your photograph conforming to these requirements
    6. Good quality image of your signature (in .jpeg format) conforming to requirements similar to photograph
    7. Optional: PDF/JPEG files of supporting documents (Eligibility & Category Certificates) (max file size: per file 0.5 MB; see more details below in section ‘supporting documents’)
    8. Optional: Your Netbanking login and password to make the application fee payment (only for Male applicants).
  5. Fill in the necessary data in the online application form following instructions given there. Upload the required soft copies of photo and signature.
  6. Optional: You may upload PDF files of supporting documents conforming to the eligibility (except principal’s certificate) and category requirements given below in section Supporting Documents
  7. You will have to select one of the two payment option (details given below) while filling the online form.
  8. The GATE Online Applicant Interface allows you to enter data, “Save” partially filled form, “Logout”, and resume filling in by logging in again.
  9. Once you finally submit the application, no further changes to the application can be made by the applicant.
  10. Applicants who have selected online payment option will follow the instructions given below for online net banking in payment section and complete payment process. Those who have selected challan payment option will directly proceed to the next step.
  11. You will then see a link to “Download filled Application”.  You have to download a PDF file from this link and print it. It will contain two pages as mentioned below
    1. Page 1: Instructions and Address slip where you need to send hard copy
    2. Page 2: Copy of application form with bottom part showing certificate to be signed by principal (if need be)
  12.  Those applicants who select “bank challan” mode of payment, have to click on “Download Challan for payment” and take a print of this page, that contain 3 copies of challan to be processed with bank

Supporting Documents

Please read the following section carefully to find the supporting documents required. Supporting documents need not be attested, photocopies are sufficient.  This year applicants have an option to upload supporting documents online. Please make sure that the max file size permitted per file is 0.5 MB. For scanning the documents please use the following setting

  1. Resolution: 200 dpi
  2. Color mode: 256 colors (all scanners support this, and gives the minimum size at a given resolution)
  3. File format: PDF or JPEG

Eligibility Documents

Eligibility criteria and necessary supporting documents can be found here.

SC/ST/PD Certificate

  1. Only male applicants who claim to be in any of the category SC/ST/PD have to produce valid documentary evidence, to qualify for the reduced fee.
  2. Male applicants who require a scribe to assist writing the exam, also need to provide a valid PD certificate.
  3. Female applicants need not provide any SC/ST certificate, as the fee is exempted.
  4. However, if any female applicant requests a scribe to assist writing the exam, a PD certificate has to be provided.

Application Fee Payment Options

Non-refundable application fee is charged only for male applicants. Female applicants are exempted from the payment of application fee.  All charges given below are in Indian Rupees.

Category Mode Application Fee (₹) Bank Charges (₹) Total to be Paid (₹)
Male General/OBC-NC Online Netbanking 1200 10* 1210*
Canara Bank Challan 1200 20 1220
SBI Challan 1200 25 1225
Male SC/ST/PD Online Netbanking 600 10* 610*
Canara Bank Challan 600 20 620
SBI Challan 600 25 625
Female No  Application Fee

*Standard Government charges and service tax are extra, and the netbanking interface will show these additional charges.

Online Netbanking Payment Details

  1. From the GATE Online Application Interface, you will be redirected to a bank you choose.
  2. You will have to login with your bank’s Net banking (or Internet Banking) user ID and password.
  3. The fee amount and bank charges will be shown to you, and you have to confirm that the payment is for GATE 2013.
  4. Once you confirm, you will be redirected back to the GATE Online Application Interface.
  5. If you have some difficulty (due to internet connection or power failure), and you are not sure if you have made the payment,  please login back to GATE Online Application Interface and check the status of the payment.  You can also check the status in your bank.
  6. In case the fee amount has been debited from your bank account but not reached GATE, then the money will be credited back to your account within three working days.
  7. In such a case, you may initiate a fresh payment from the GATE Online Interface, even without waiting for the money to be credited back to your account, so that your application is submitted to GATE office on time.  You may also switch to offline Challan payments if need be.

Offline Challan Payment Details

  1. If you had chosen offline payment option while filling in the form, you will be provided with a copy of the challan in triplicate (PDF file) with your details filled in. You have to print it out on an A4 paper, and have to fill in a few more details such as date and signature.
  2. You have to wait for at least 48 hours after generation of application PDF online and then take filled challan to the bank for payment of fees. 
  3. You may take the challan to any branch of the bank you opted: Canara Bank or SBI  and make application fees payment. You do not need to have an account in that branch.
  4. The bank teller will verify the details printed on the challan with the data available at the bank and then accept the payment. Note that your payment will NOT be accepted if you go to bank earlier than 48 hrs as mentioned above. This is because it will take some time after application PDF has been generation online to reflect the data in respective bank’s system.
  5. The bank will retain one copy and give you back the remaining copies: one of which you have to send along with the printed application form and the other is for your reference.

Mailing Documents to GATE Office

The printed application form along with the documents must be mailed by speed post to the Zonal office, as mentioned in the printed address slip that comes along with the PDF file of the application form. Before mailing, the following procedures need to be completed

Before Mailing

  1. Out of the printed pages, keep one copy of application form (page 2) for your reference and process the other copy as follows
    1. Paste a color photograph of yourself, and read the declaration and put your full signature in black ink, in appropriate boxes provided. This photograph and signature should EXACTLY match the one in the photograph file uploaded electronically to the GATE Online Interface; your application is liable to be rejected otherwise.
    2. Do not pin, sign, or attest the photograph.
    3. You must sign in the box provided.
    4. In case principal’s certificate happens to be proof of your eligibility, Submit the whole page (without cutting it) to your College principal’s office. Bottom portion of the form contains the part that your college principal has to certify. Once you obtain principal’s signature and stamp this is ready to go in application packet to be sent.
  2. If you had paid the application fee by challan, bank would have returned you stamped GATE copy of challan. Keep it ready to go in application packet to be sent.
  3. You will also find half page of instruction and half page address slip.  Cut this address slip, which contains the address of the Zonal office (along with application bar code), where the application form needs to be posted to.
  4. Make sure you are ready with the following CHECK LIST:
    1. The signed application form (with photograph affixed) with, the Principal’s certificate if that is proof of your eligibility to appear in GATE 2013.
    2. Other eligibility documents to appear for GATE 2013 (degree certificate) only in case PDF files of these are NOT uploaded to online interface.
    3. Category certificate for claiming discounted application fee in case PDF files of these are NOT uploaded to online interface.
    4. PD certificate if you request for a scribe assistance.
    5. GATE copy of Challan duly stamped by the bank after payment of fees (you need not submit challan in case of payment by net banking, as these details will be filled in).

Mailing

  1. Use A4 sized envelope and put application form along with other documents mentioned in the CHECK LIST above.
  2. Do NOT FOLD the application form and Do NOT STAPLE or pin the documents.
  3. Do not fill address by hand, as the address slip provided contains a special codes necessary for processing your application. Note that the codes on these address slips are different for each applicant. DO NOT use someone else’s address slip for your application.
  4. Secure the address slip firmly to the envelope using good glue or with additional transparent sticky tape (cello-tape).
  5. Send the packet by Speed Post (preferably) or by Registered Post to the address mentioned. The application packet should REACH the respective GATE offices on or before Monday, 8 October 2012. Alternatively it can also be handed over personally to the respective Zonal GATE Office on or before Monday, 8th October, 2012. (Note: Applications reaching respective offices later than 8th October 2012 may not be considered even if they are post marked 8th  October, 2012 or earlier)
  6. If you had uploaded the supporting documents online, you should post only the application form page (with principal’s certification if applicable).  There is no need to post the paper copies of other documents.

Current status of your application will be updated after receipt and scrutinizing of your application by respective GATE offices. This status can be checked anytime by logging onto your GATE Online Applicant Interface.

About GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate engineering programmes (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also used by Public sector units for employment screening purposes.

Financial Assistance

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining a financial assistance during Masters programmes and in some cases during direct Doctoral programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architechture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in an Institution supported by the MHRD or other Government organizations. To avail the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first secure admission to a programme in these Institutes, by a procedure that could be different for each institute. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

However, candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programs with scholarship / assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

Administration

GATE is administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB) – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE Committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for conducting the examination and declaring the results.

GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:

Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2013 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and is designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2013.

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