Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2015) – An Overview

August 25, 2014

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2015) – An Overview


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2015):


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/ Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the exam across several years. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g., M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes of higher education with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also be used by Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment screening purposes.


Financial Assistance:

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the MHRD or other Government agencies.



Several public sector undertaking has, in the past, used GATE scores for screening for providing a salaried employment. A select few such organizations are: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Power Grid India, etc.



GATE is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones. The overall co-ordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2015 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, which is designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2015. 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


Basic Features of GATE 2015:

Examinations for all the 22 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.


GATE 2015 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 31st January 2015 and 14th February 2015. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2015 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.


Application Process:

For GATE 2015 all information related to the candidates will be available in a single GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Candidates have to register and fill the application via ONLINE mode ONLY by accessing the zonal GATE websites of IISc and any of the seven IITs.


Downloadable Admit Card:

GATE Admit Cards will NOT be sent by e-mail/post, they can ONLY be downloaded from the zonal GATE websites tentatively from 17thDecember 2014.


Numerical Answer Type Questions:

The question paper for GATE 2015 will consist of questions of both multiple-choice type and numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, candidates have to choose the answer from the given choices. For numerical answer type questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter a number as the answer using a virtual keypad.


This article is the glimpse of GATE 2015. Detailed information can be found HERE: GATE 2015 – Detailed Information.