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GATE score improves your biodata & opens a gateway for higher education and jobs in PSUs

What is GATE?  The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

I have passed my AMIE - both Section A and B. Can I appear in GATE exam?

Yes, you can.

Where a GATE score can be used?

M Tech admission.  The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies.

Use of GATE score for Employment .  In the past, several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have used GATE scores to shortlist the  candidates for employment. A few such organizations are: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL),  Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Nuclear Power  Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Power Grid  Corporation of India (PGCI). 

Direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central government, i.e., Senior Field Officer (Tele), Senior Research Officer (Crypto) and Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is now being carried out on the basis of GATE score. The details of the  scheme of recruitment are normally published in National Newspapers/Employment News/Rozgar  Samachar by the concerned authority.  Some other Government of India Organizations have also expressed their interest to utilize GATE score for their recruitment purpose.

Use of GATE score in teaching. A GATE score helps in getting a teaching post in engineering colleges and deemed universities.

Use of GATE score in research institutes. A GATE score helps in getting research fellowship/project assistant in prominent research labs like CSIR and the likes.

When GATE notification is declared?

In the month of August/September in leading newspapers.


Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the educational  eligibility criteria of GATE 2020.An AMIE pass student is also eligible.

Some of the Professional Societies/Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering, are as follows.

- The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)

- The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

- The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)

- The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)

- The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)

- The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)

- The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Planning, etc.

The students enrolled with the professional bodies and institutions as per MHRD OM (No.11-15/2011-AR (TS.II)) with permanent recognition upto 31st May 2013, stand recognized. Kindly see circular “No. 13/56/PC/ODL-Mode/AICTE/2020, Dated 23rd November 2020 (” and “” for more clarifications.


GATE is NOT an admission-ensuring examination. Qualifying in GATE examination does NOT guarantee admission/scholarship. Admission to any institute is fully dependent on the admitting institute's criteria for educational qualification. Similarly, GATE qualification does not assure a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) job, as it depends on the recruitment procedure of the concerned PSU. GATE committee is NOT liable for any legal obligations related to admission / job.

How long GATE score will be valid?

Note that the GATE score  is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

When GATE result will be declared?

In March.GATE score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the  results.

Can I use a physical calculator during the examination? 

NO. During the online GATE 2020 examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual  scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions. Mobile phones, physical  calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination  hall.

Please enlighten me on GATE score.

After the evaluation of the answers, the actual (raw) marks obtained by a candidate will be considered  for computing the GATE Score. For multi-session papers (subjects), raw marks obtained by the  candidates in different sessions will be converted to Normalized marks for that particular subject. Thus, raw marks (for single session papers) or normalized marks (for multi-session papers) will be  used for computing the GATE Score, based on the qualifying marks.

Is there any negative marking?


Questions carry 1 mark and 2 marks.

For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.

For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

NO negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

Various Certificates From IEI For GATE Exams After Passing AMIE Exams

An AMIE pass student must apply for No Objection Certificate to Director (Exams), The Institution of Engineers (India) with a DD of Rs. 500/- (check latest fee by sending email to This will be needed while applying for M Tech after passing GATE.

Inquiry for no objection certificate can be made at

Ph: +91-33-40106274 and +91-33-40106231


Enquiry for Issuance of conversion certificate, equivalence certificate and appearance certificate for GATE Examination

Ph: +91-33-40106228