GATE

About Gate


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an All-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising of Faculty members from IISc, Bangalore and other seven IIT’s on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development. The GATE score/rank is used for admissions to Post Graduate Programmes (ME, M.Tech, MS, direct PhD) in institutes like IIT and IIScetc with financial assistance offered by MHRD. PSUs too use the GATE scores for recruiting candidates for various prestigious jobs with attractive remuneration.

In GATE examination, candidates can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in the table given below. Candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. However, candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which they wish to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, candidates are advised to refer to the websites of that particular institute.

PAPER

CODE

PAPER

CODE

Aerospace Engineering

AE

Geology and Geophysics

GG

Agricultural Engineering

AG

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

Architecture and Planning

AR

Life Sciences

XL

Biotechnology

BT

Mathematics

MA

Civil Engineering

CE

Mechanical Engineering

ME

Chemical Engineering

CH

Mining Engineering

MN

Computer Science &

Information Technology

CS

Metallurgical Engineering

MT

Chemistry

CY

Physics

PH

Electronics and Communication

Engineering

EC

Production and Industrial Engineering

PI

Electrical Engineering

EE

Textile Engineering &Fibre Science

TF

Engineering Sciences

XE

Ecology and Evolution

EY

Petrolium Engineering

PE

 

 

GATE Eligibility


The eligibility to appear for GATE exam is as follows:

  •  Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  •  Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  •  Master's degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programmes.
  •  Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.
  •  Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
  •  Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institute of Engineers (India); AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers (India) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE Exam Pattern


Section

Question

No

No. of

Questions

Marks Per

Question

Total

Marks

General Aptitude

1 to 5

5

1

5

Technical 1 to 25 25 1

25

Engineering 26 to 55 30 2

60

Total Question: 65 Total Marks: 100 Total Duration: 3hrs
Technical Section:70 Marks General Aptitude:15 Marks Engineering Mathematics:15 Marks
25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions

 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

These questions are objective in nature, and each question will have choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.

Numerical Answer Question

There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer for these questions is a real number, to be entered by using mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. NO negative marking for these questions.

 

Negative Marking

Question Type

Marks

Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

1 mark

0.33

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

2 marks

0.66

Numerical Answer Question

1 mark

Nil

Numerical Answer Question

2 marks

Nil

Subject Specialization Priority


Civil Engineering

  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering &Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Rock Engineering & Underground Structure

 Mechanical Engineering

  • Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Manufacturing Science & Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Science & management

Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • VLSI Design Tool Technology
  • Integrated Electronics & Circuits
  • Micro Electronics
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Communication Engg.
  • Telecommunication Technology & Management
  • Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control & Automation

Electrical  Engineering

  • Power Electronics
  • Machines & Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Control & Automation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation Technology

Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Distributed Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Computer Systems and Hardware
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Programming languages
  • Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Computing

Cut Off Marks


GATE 2015

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

1,72,714

25.00

22.5

16.67

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

1,15,425

25.00

22.50

16.67

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

1,85,758

25.00

22.50

16.67

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

1,25,851

25.00

22.50

16.67

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

22,367

32.73

29.46

21.82

6

Civil Engineering

CE

1,01,429

25.45

22.90

16.96

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

15,849

27.52

24.77

18.34

8

Biotechnology

BT

10,719

26.08

23.47

17.39

GATE 2014

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

2,16,367

25.56

23.01

17.04

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

1,55,190

25.00

22.50

16.67

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

1,85,578

28.86

25.97

19.24

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

1,41,799

25.00

22.50

16.67

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

22,367

25.00

22.50

16.67

6

Civil Engineering

CE

90,872

26.57

23.91

17.71

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

15,844

35.14

31.62

23.43

8

Biotechnology

BT

10,719

25.84

23.26

17.23

GATE 2013

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

2,56,135

25.00

22.50

16.17

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

2,24,160

25.00

22.50

16.17

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

1,65,814

25.00

22.50

16.17

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

1,52,381

25.74

23.17

17.16

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

28,249

25.00

22.50

16.17

6

Civil Engineering

CE

67,472

27.13

24.42

18.09

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

14,835

32.35

29.12

21.57

8

Biotechnology

BT

16,159

38.77

37.89

25.85

GATE 2012

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

1,76,944

25.00

22.50

16.67

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

1,56,780

31.54

28.39

21.03

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

1,12,320

27.14

24.47

18.09

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

1,10,125

25.00

22.50

16.67

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

21,509

25.00

22.50

16.67

6

Civil Engineering

CE

36,156

33.03

29.73

22.02

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

11,407

29.38

26.44

19.59

GATE 2011

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

 

26.11

23.50

17.41

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

 

25

22.50

16.67

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

 

30.81

27.73

20.54

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

 

26.11

23.50

17.39

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

6

Civil Engineering

CE

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

 

26.90

24.21

17.93

8

Biotechnology

BT

 

41.78

37.60

27.85

GATE 2010

S. NO.

GATE Paper

GATE Paper code

No. of candidates appeared

Qualifying Marks(UR)

Qualifying Marks(OBC-NCI)

Qualifying Marks(SC/ST/PWD)

1

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

2

Communication Science & Information Technology

CS

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

3

Mechanical Engineering

ME

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

4

Electrical Engineering

EE

 

25.20

22.68

16.80

5

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

 

25.00

22.50

16.67

6

Civil Engineering

CE

 

25.01

22.50

16.67

7

Chemical Engineering

CH

 

25.41

22.87

16.94

8

Biotechnology

BT

 

35.52

31.96

23.68

GATE Chapter Wise Mark Weightage


Electrical Engineering

Subjects

2015 Paper 1

2015 Paper 2

2014 Paper 1

2014 Paper 2

2014 Paper 3

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Electric Circuits & Fields

13

13

11

9

12

11

19

15

13

12

Language Skills

7

5

7

7

7

6

6

6

6

-

Analytical Skills

8

10

8

8

8

9

9

9

9

-

Signals & Systems

6

7

8

4

9

8

10

6

10

7

Electrical Machines

9

16

11

12

14

7

7

9

10

8

Power Systems

9

6

11

10

9

7

7

9

10

21

Control Systems

10

8

6

10

8

10

9

9

8

12

Electrical & Electronic Measurement

7

6

6

6

6

4

5

5

4

6

Analog & Digital Electronics

12

11

11

15

11

13

10

11

11

12

Power Electronics & Drives

10

6

8

8

6

12

8

8

2

9

Engineering Mathematics9

10

13

11

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type of Questions


GATE 2016 Exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Type Questions in all papers & sections. Multiple Choice Questions will contain 4 options, of which only one is correct. For Numerical Type Questions a numerical value as the answer should be entered using mouse and virtual keyboard on the monitor The following are type of Questions:-

A. Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory directly or at most from a one-line computation.

B. Comprehension:

These questions will test the candidate's understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

C. Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

D. Analysis and Synthesis:

These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

E. Common Data Questions:

Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.

F. Linked answer questions:

These questions are of problem solving type. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the second answer. Each question in such linked answer questions will carry two marks.

Preparation strategy for GATE


How to prepare for GATE 2016?

The GATE exam is not very easy to crack and requires a smart study plan, focus and grit to score well. Practical and in-depth knowledge of concepts and theories is very essential to fetch high marks. The GATE examination has multiple choice and numerical type of questions, hence it requires lot of practice to score high marks.
Previous year question papers can help a lot. A thorough Practice can help to analyze weak areas and you can concentrate on revising them. Also, time your speed of solving the papers to get accustomed to attempting within the allotted time.

Concentrate on both theory as well as numerical problems.
 
The topics that carry more weightage must be prepared thoroughly to get you a high score.

Keep a list of important definitions, derivations, equations, theorems of every subject as a ready recknor.


 You can also study in groups, especially technical topics since that will help you learn faster. It will also help you find new skills and techniques of learning and understanding.

Since, the exam has negative marking, avoid risks with wild guesses.

Attempt linked and common data questions with great caution and alertness.

Reference Books


S.No Subject / Book Name Author Name
1 Strength of Materials /Mechanics of
Structure
Gere & Goodno, L. Singer
2 Theory of Structures/ Analysis of Structure

L.S. Negi & Jangit, Gupta & Pandit,
C.S. Reddy

3 Construction Planning &Management
(i) PERT -CPM
(ii)Engineering Economy & unsolved
Problems on PERT-CPM
(iii) Equipment

B.C. Punamia

U.K. Shrivastav

Robert Peurifoy

4 Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering. R.F.Craig , Muni Budhu
5 Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines

Modi & Seth, R. K. Bansal, Cengel and
Cimbala, K.Subramanyam, Jagdish Lal.

6 Environmental Engineering

G.O.I Manual , S.K. Garg (Part-I & II),
Peavy and R owe, Metcalf & Eddy

7 Highway Engineering Khanna & Justo, Kadiyali
8 Railway Engineering

Saxena & Arora

9 Airport Engineering

Saxena & Arora

10 Docks & Harbors

Rangwala

11 Building Materials Rangwala, M.L. Gambhir
12 R.C.C. Design

Pillai and Menon, A.K. jain, H.J.Shah

I.S. Code-456---2000

13 Steel Design

Arya & Ajmani, L.S. Negi,

I.S. Code-800

14 Plastic Analysis

Manicka Selvam

S.No Subject / Book Name Author Name
1 Engg. Thermodynamics P.K Nag , Cengel & Boles
2 Strength of Materials

Gere & Timoshenko

Sadhu Singh

E.J Hern

3 Industrial Engg.

O P Khanna , Ravi Shankar

Buffa & Sarin

4 Production Engg.

Kalpkjian Schmid

Amitabh Ghosh

AK Malik

5 Material Science

WD Callister

IP Singh ,V Raghvan

6 Machine Design

Shigley

V.B Bhandari

7 Mechanical Vibration Grover
8 Theory of Machines

RS Khurmi , S.S Rattan

Malik & Ghosh

9 Fluid Machinery

Jagdish Lal

R.K.Bansal

10 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

CP Arora

Domukundwar

11 Heat Mass And Transfer D.S.Kumar
12 Compressible Flow S.M.Yahya
13 Fluid Mechanics

Modi & Seth

R.K.Bansal

14 Gas Turbine & Propulsive Systems

V Ganeshan

P.K Nag

15 I.C.Engine

Sharma Mathur,

V. Ganeshan

16 Operations Research

Taha , S.D Sharma

Kanti Swarup

S.No. Subject/Book Name Author Name
1 Electrical Materials

A.J. Dekker

S.P. Seth

2 Electrical Circuits

Van Valkenberg

D. Roy choudhary

A.K. Chakraborty

Schaum series

3 Electro Magnetic field

W.H Hayt

Mathewd N.O. Sadikku

K.D. Prasad

Schaum Series

4

Electrical and Electronic Measurements

A.K. Sawhney

Helfric & Cooper

J.B. Gupta

David A. Bell

H.S. Kalsi
  Computer Fundamentals

Abraham silberschatz, Galvin

William stallings
5

Computer Networking

Tanenbaum

Forouzon

William stallings
6

Digital logic

M. Morris Mano

7

Computer Organization and architecture

Carl hamacher

William stallings

Morris Mano
8

Programming & data structures

Yashavant Kenetkar (Understanding pointers in C)

Schaum’s

D. Ritchie

9 Basic Electronic Engineering

S.M. sze.

Streetman & Banerjee

Millman & Halkias

S.No. Subject/Book Name Author Name
1 Analog Electronics Milman & Halkias
Bolysted & Nashelsky
Sedra & smith
2 Digital Electronics Milman & Halkias
Bolysted & Nashelsky
Sedra & smith
3 Electrical Materials Morris Mano
R.P. Jain
Tocci
4 Microprocessor R.S. Gaonkar
B. Ram
D.V. Hall
5 Systems & signal processing Oppenheim wilsky
Simon Haykin
P. Ramakrishna Rao
6 Control Systems Nagrath & Gopal
B.C. Kuo
K. Ogata
B.S. Manke
Schaum series
7 Electical Machines I.J. Nagrath & D.P. Kothari
P.S . Bimbra
Fitzrald & kingsley
8 Power Systems I.J . Nagrath & D.P. Kothari
C.L. Wadhowa
Badri Ram-Power system Protection & switchgear
Williom D Stevenson Jr.
9 Power Electronics & Drives P.S. Bhimbra
M.H. Rashid
S.No. Subject/Book Name Author Name
1 Basic Electronics Engineering Millman & Halkias
Boylested & Nashelsky
Sedra & Smith
Streetman & Banerjee
S.M. Sze
2 Basic Electrical Engineering • B.L. Thareja
3 Material Science A.J. Dekker
S.P. Seth
4 Electronic Measurements & Instrumentation A.K. Sawhney
Helfric & Cooper
J.B. Gupta
David A.Bell
H.S. Kalsi
5 Network Theory Van Valkonberg
D.Roy Choudhary
A.K. Chakraborty
Schaum Series
6 (a) Analog Electronics Milman & Halkias Bolysted & Nashelsky
Sedra & Smith
Behzad Razavi –Introduct to Micro-electronics
7 (b) Digital Electronics Morris Mano R.P. Jain
Tocci
8 (c) Microproccesors R.S. Gaonkar B. Ram
D.V. Hall
S.No. Subject/Book Name Author Name
1 Analog & Digital communication Simon Haykin B.P. Lathi
Taub & Schilling
Singh & Sapre
P. Ramakrishna Rao-Analog communication
P.Ramakrishna Rao-Digital communication
H.P. Hsu-Schaum Series
Kennedy
2 Control Systems Nagrath & Gopal
B.C. Kuo
K. Ogata
B.S. Manke
Schaum series
3 Computer Organization & Architect To be taken from computer facul
4 Electro-Magnetics W.H. Hayt
Mathew N.O. Sadiku
K.D. Prasad
Schaum Series
Samuel Liao-for waveguide
Pozar-for waveguides
Harish Sachdananda-For antenna wave propogat
Kennedy-For Antenna
5 Advanced Electronics Topic D.V. Hall
SM Sze-VLSI Technology
Plummer-Silicon VLSI Technology
Muhmmad N. Mazidi-Microcontrollers.
Proakis & Manolokis-DSP
Ramesh Babu C Durai-DSP
6 Advanced Communication Topics Forouzan-Communication Network
Carl Hamacher
John M Senior-Optical Fiber Communication
Pratt & Boastian-Satellite Communication

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