Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


GATE Examination

by Gaurav Mittal, Blog content Writer, Edumarz

GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It was estabilished in 1983. This test is known for testing the knowledge of various subjects encountered in undergraduate courses. GATE is required for admission into masters program or public sector jobs.

GATE score of a candidate is used by many public sectors which are government owned like hindustan petroleum or Indian Oil etc.)

Exam name

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering



Established in


Conducting body

GATE committee conducts it all across eight specific zones in India

Institution type 




Included exam 

GA(General Aptitude) and Candidate selected subject

Exam mode


Exam frequency

Once a year (usually in February)

Exam duration

3 Hours

Exam level


Official website


What are the requirements for GATE?

GATE’s eligibility is different for different qualifying degree. Mostly the candidate which have completed 4 years of their course or fully completed their course are eligible for the GATE exam.

For more information please read the table given below:

Qualifying Degree

Which candidates are eligible

B.E/ B.Tech./ B.Pharm.

Must be in final year or already completed


Must be in final year or already completed

B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S.

Must be in 4th year or already completed

Pharm. D. (after 10 + 2)

Must be in 4th / 5th / 6th year or already completed

M.B.B.S. (four year program)

In 7th / 8th / 9th semester or already completed

M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA

Must be in final year or already completed


What are the jobs after passing GATE?

After successfully passing GATE, The candidates are considerable by more than 200 Public Sector Undertakings including BHEL, Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil, NTPC, SAIL etc.

What are the two parts of GATE exam?

GATE exam consists of two sections covering GATE syllabus. First section and second section makes 60:25 respectively. Section A is compulsory  for every candidate, Section B contains two optional sections which are allowed to opt during the exam.

What is GATE cut off?

Well GATE’s cut off is different every year but for upcoming year 2022 its expected to be (in Marks) :

For general cateogory-

  1. Physics : 30 – 32
  2. Chemistry: 32 – 35
  3. Life sciences: 30 – 35
  4. Chemical Engineering : 30 – 34
  5. Computer science : 23 – 26
  6. Mechanical engineering : 30 – 32

For SC / ST / PWD –

  1. Physics : 18 – 20
  2. Chemistry: 22 – 24
  3. Life sciences: 20 – 25 
  4. Chemical Engineering : 22 – 26

For OBC –

  1. Physics : 26 – 29
  2. Chemistry: 28 – 30
  3. Life sciences: 25 – 35
  4. Chemical Engineering : 28 – 32


What is the registration time for GATE Exam?


When to register for GATE?


What is the fees for GATE registration?

With reference to the 2022 registration data GATE notification release around August, Registrations start from September and provides around 4 weeks for the registration like registrations started for 2nd september and ended on 30th september in 2021. If any candidate register for GATE but gets late in application submission then he or she can submit the application within one week of the last date but he or she have to pay additional late fee of 500 rupees.


So at last we can say that GATE exam is a well known examination which gets considered by the PSU’s held by government for employment of applicating individuals. Like many other exams GATE’s cut off goes different for different cateogories. Registrations for GATE starts from around september and provides four weeks time to candidates for registration and another week’s time for registered candidates who did not submit their application but that too with a late application fee of 500.

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