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GATE – 2017

About GATE:
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is jointly regulated by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and IISC on rotation basis. GATE 2017 examination is conducting by the IIT Roorkee. The examination commences for providing admission to M.Tech/M.E programme offered by the IITs, NITs, GFTI and various private institutions. 
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). Candidate may get the direct admission to Ph.D programme through GATE Score. The score is also used by some Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment. GATE 2017 examination was also held for international candidates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). 
Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2017:

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs

• Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year. Bachelor’s degree of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.

• Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.

• Four-year integrated Master’s degree (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those in the second or higher year of such programs.

• Five-year integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those in the fourth or higher year of such programs o Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree and those in the final year of such programs.

• Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

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Exam pattern:
• The examination will consist of a single paper and the duration of the same will be of three hours
• The 100-mark paper will carry 65 questions overall
• The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.
Mode: Online Computer Based Test (CBT).
Answering: There is no choice provided for NAT questions as the answers of such questions will be entered manually using the virtual keyboard provided on the computer screen at the time of examination.
New Paper: The XE paper now has a new section on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (section H). With this the number of sections in the XE paper has increased to eight (A-H).
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GATE 2017 Marking Scheme:
  • All papers will have 65 questions for 100 marks in total
  • All papers will have a compulsory section on General Aptitude with 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks.
  • Paper bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, will have a compulsory Engineering Mathematics section that will carry around 15% of the total marks. The remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • Papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL will have 85% of the total marks devoted to the subject of the paper
  • Negative marking will be only for the multiple choice questions (MCQs). 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.
  • There will be no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL: These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (subtotal 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks).

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper: In addition to the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B.
  • Part A is common for all candidates.
  • Part B comprises two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics).
  • Candidates are required to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B. Part A comprises 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
  • Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) comprises 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
Important Dates:
Application Form Start Date: 1st September, 2016
Application Form Last Date: 10th October, 2016 (extended)
Request for Change in City Last Date: 16th November, 2016
Correction in Application Form: 15th to 26th November, 2016
Admit Card Issue Date: 5th January 2017
GATE 2017 Online Exam Date (CBT): 4, 5 & 11, 12 February 2017
Official Answer Key release: 27th February 2017
Challange Answer Key: 3rd – 6th March 2017
Result Announcement: Date 27th March, 2017
Availability of Score Card: 27th March to 26th May 2017

GATE Exam Section

Number of Topics

Number of Questions

Section Score


Computer Science Engineering




Engineering Mathematics




General Aptitude




Mechanical Engineering




Electronics and Communication Engineering




Electrical Engineering




Civil Engineering




Chemical Engineering