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About GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination. This exam is primarily conduct to examine the understanding level of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering / Technology / Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science.

GATE Score

This GATE  score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g.,  M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes like IISC, IITs, NITs and various other colleges of higher education with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies.

This GATE score  may be utilized by Public and Private Sector units for employment screening purposes. Nowadays several public sector undertaking are using GATE scores for screening for providing a salaried employment. Such few organizations are: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited etc.


The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) collectively supervise the conduct of GATE. The operation associated to GATE in each of the eight zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office on the IITs or IISc. 

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GATE is run and performed collectively by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on favor of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. 

The GATE committee includes representatives from these administering institutes, is the only authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results. GATE is carried out by means of the collaboration 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

GATE Papers and the Paper Codes

GATE examination conducted in 23 subjects (also referred to as “papers”) by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). A candidate can choose any one of the following listed subjects.

GATE PaperPaper CodeGATE PaperPaper Code
Aerospace Engineering AEArchitecture and Planning AR
Agricultural EngineeringAGBiotechnologyBT
Civil EngineeringCEComputer Science and Information TechnologyCS
Chemical Engineering CHChemistry CY
Electronics and Communication Engineering ECEcology and Evolution EY
Electrical EngineeringEEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Instrumentation Engineering INMechanical EngineeringME
Mathematics MAMining EngineeringMN
Metallurgical EngineeringMTProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
PhysicsPHTextile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE *Life SciencesXL**
Petroleum EngineeringPE

XE and XL papers collectively represent the several papers of engineering and science. you have to choose any one of these below listed subjects as one of your GATE paper.

*XE Paper Sections Paper Code**XL Paper Sections Paper Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry Q
Materials Science C Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Zoology T
Polymer Science and EngineeringF Food Technology U
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH

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