GATE 2016

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an entrance examination and scholarship test held by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) creates procedures for postgraduate admissions. GATE 2016 is being organized by the IISc.

The GATE 2016 examination will identify candidates for admission to postgraduate programs in engineering (Masters degree program, both Master of Technology (M.Tech) and Master of Engineering (M.E.), technology, architecture, science and related disciplines at the national level. On the basis of GATE scores, candidates may take admission into postgraduate engineering and sciences programs. The score may also be valid for admission to doctoral degree programs. Some public sector undertakings (PSUs) accept GATE scores for screening potential salaried employees for jobs. GATE does not provide information on employment, check other reliable sources for employment information.

Non-GATE qualified candidates may apply for doctoral degree programs with the necessary postgraduate qualifications in engineering sciences. The MHRD offers scholarships and assistantships to GATE-qualified candidates. Many institutes and universities request the GATE score for admission to fellowship and research programs.

The GATE score is valid for 3 years from the date the results are announced.

Exam papers

This year 23 papers will be conducted. All the 23 papers will be conducted through an online Computer Based Test (CBT).

  1. Aerospace Engineering: AE
  2. Agricultural Engineering: AG
  3. Architecture and Planning: AR
  4. Biotechnology: BT
  5. Civil Engineering: CE
  6. Chemical Engineering: CH
  7. Computer Science and Information Technology: CS
  8. Chemistry: CY
  9. Electronics and Communication Engineering: EC
  10. Electrical Engineering: EE
  11. Ecology and Evolution: EY
  12. Geology and Geophysics: GG
  13. Instrumentation Engineering: IN
  14. Mathematics: MA
  15. Mechanical Engineering: ME
  16. Mining Engineering: MN
  17. Metallurgical Engineering: MT
  18. Petroleum Engineering: PE
  19. Physics: PH
  20. Production and Industrial Engineering: PI
  21. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science: TF
  22. Engineering Sciences: XE
  23. Life Sciences: XL

Applicants may appear for no more than one GATE 2016 paper. Visit the GATE 2016 exam pattern page to get details about the GATE test format.

(Also read: How to perform your best in GATE 2016)

GATE 2016 Important dates

  • GATE online application: 1 September - 1 October, 2015
  • GATE 2016 examinations: Between 30 January 2016 and 7 February 2016
  • GATE 2016 results to be announced online: 12 March, 2016, 5 p.m.

Visit the GATE 2016 exam dates page for complete details as well as exam schedule.

GATE 2016 eligibility criteria

If you fulfill one of the following you may be eligible to appear for GATE 2016:

  • Bachelor's degree holder or fourth-year student in engineering, technology, pharmacy or architecture (four years after 10+2)
  • Master's degree holder or final-year student in any branch of science, statistics, mathematics, computer applications or equivalent
  • Candidate in the second or higher year of the four-year integrated master's degree programme (Post Bachelor of Science) in engineering/technology
  • Student in the fourth or fifth year of five-year integrated master's degree programme and dual degree programme in engineering/technology
  • Degree holder or final-year student in integrated Master of Science (M.Sc.) or five-year integrated B.S./M.S.
  • Holder of qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) or other relevant society as equivalent to the B.E. or B.Tech. Also eligible are those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses.

Candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying examination and those who have completed the qualifying degree can apply.

Admit card

Admit cards can only be downloaded from the GOAPS website and zonal GATE websites from 17 Dec, 2015 onward. Admit cards are no longer available by post. Bring your printed admit card with you to the test with valid photo identification.

One of the following is accepted as identification:

  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Employee identification card
  • Voter ID
  • College ID
  • Notarized affidavit with photo, signature, date of birth and residential address
  • Aadhaar UID

Your photo identification must be original, photocopies/ scanned copies/ expired copies are not accepted. You are not permitted to take the test without appropriate photo identification. When you fill out the online application, details of the ID you will bring must be included.

Online application process

The application for the test must be made through an online system, GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS), available through each zonal office. You will need to upload your signature and a good quality photograph to the system.

Uploading of certificates etc. will also be done online. Applicants need not send hard copies of any documents to the IITs zonal GATE office.

Get detailed instructions for applying on the GATE Application Process page.

GATE 2016 exam pattern

The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers need to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. The remaining questions will be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs).

Question types

  • Multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical answer questions

Visit the GATE 2016 exam pattern page to get details about the GATE test format.

Marking scheme

Click to know more about GATE 2016 marking scheme.

Exam centres

GATE 2016 will be administered in major Indian cities associated with IITs and IISc Zones. Find an exam centre near you.


The GATE syllabus in sciences and engineering is included below. For the detailed syllabus of a particular GATE subject, click on the subject name of your choice.

  1. GATE Syllabus General Aptitude
  2. GATE Syllabus Aerospace Engineering
  3. GATE Syllabus Agricultural Engineering
  4. GATE Syllabus Architecture & Planning
  5. GATE Syllabus Biotechnology
  6. GATE Syllabus Civil Engg
  7. GATE Syllabus Computer Sc. & IT
  8. GATE Syllabus Chemistry
  9. GATE Syllabus Elex & Comm Engineering
  10. GATE Syllabus Elec Engg
  11. GATE Syllabus Geology & Geophysics
  12. GATE Syllabus Instrumentation Engineering
  13. GATE Syllabus Mathematics
  14. GATE Syllabus Mechanical Engineering
  15. GATE Syllabus Mining Engineering
  16. GATE Syllabus Metallurgical Engineering
  17. GATE Syllabus Physics
  18. GATE Syllabus P & I
  19. GATE Syllabus Tex. Engineering & Fib. Sc.
  20. GATE Syllabus Engineering Mathematics*
  21. GATE Syllabus Fluid Mechanics*
  22. GATE Syllabus Materials Sc.*
  23. GATE Syllabus Solid Mechanics*
  24. GATE Syllabus Thermodynamics*
  25. GATE Syllabus Polymer Sc & Engineering*
  26. GATE Syllabus Food Tech*
  27. GATE Syllabus Biochemistry**
  28. GATE Syllabus Botany**
  29. GATE Syllabus Microbiology**
  30. GATE Syllabus Zoology**
  31. GATE Syllabus Food Technology**

* GATE 2014 Paper XE, ** GATE 2014 Paper XL

GATE 2016 score

GATE is held throughout the following eight zones constituting IITs and IISc Bangalore. The GATE score is valid for a duration of two years. Scores will be available on the GATE website.

  1. Indian Institute of Science-IISc Bangalore
  2. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Bombay
  3. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Delhi
  4. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Guwahati
  5. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Kanpur
  6. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Kharagpur
  7. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Madras
  8. Indian Institute of Technology-IIT, Roorkee

GATE 2016 results

GATE 2016 results are expected to be announced on 19 March, 2016.

GATE contact details

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012
Phone: 080-2293 2392
Fax: 080-2360 1227

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076
Phone: 022-2576 7068
Fax: 022-2572 3706

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
Phone: 011-2659 1749
Fax: 011-2658 1579

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Guwahati, Guwahati 781 039
Phone: 0361-258 2751
Fax: 0361-258 2755

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur, Kanpur 208 016
Phone: 0512-259 7412
Fax: 0512-259 0932

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302
Phone: 03222-282091
Fax: 03222-278243

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Madras, Chennai 600 036
Phone: 044-2257 8200
Fax: 044-2257 8204

  • Chairperson, GATE

Indian Institute of Technology
Roorkee, Roorkee 247 667
Phone: 01332-284531
Phone: 01332-285707


"GATE 2016," IIT Kharagpur,

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