How to register for GATE 2017

Do you aspire to appear in GATE 2017 and wish to know what is new in GATE 2017? What is the eligibility criteria, subjects of GATE and the examination format? Read this article to know answers of these and such other related questions.


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is used for admissions in higher education e.g. M.Tech./Ph.D. degree programs in IITs, IISc and various other universities and engineering institutes in India. It is conducted in 23 disciplines of engineering and science subjects. The GATE score is also being used as one of the criteria for recruitment in Government Organizations such as Cabinet Secretariat, and National/State Public Sector Undertakings in India. Because of its growing importance, more than 9,50,000 candidates had applied for the GATE examination in the previous year 2016. GATE examinations are conducted by the IITs and IISc as a computer-based test having multiple choice questions and numerical answer type questions. Many GATE qualified candidates are paid scholarships/assistantship under various schemes funded by the Government of India and by other Ministries. The Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee is the Organizing Institute for GATE 2017. The website of the GATE 2017 - has already been launched by the Organizing Institute.

Important dates

  • Online registration starts - 01.09.2016.
  • Online registration ends - 04.10.2016.
  • Last date for making request for change in examination city - 16.11.2016.
  • Admit card download starts on - 05.01.2017.
  • GATE 2017 examination date -
    • 04.02.2017
    • 05.02.2017
    • 11.02.2017
    • 12.02.2017
    • Forenoon: 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
    • Afternoon: 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM
  • Announcement of results - 27.03.2017

New in GATE 2017

  • The GATE 2017 examination will be conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) for the international candidates.
  • Gorakhpur has been added as a new center.
  • A new section on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Section H, has been added in the XE paper.

Age limit

There is no age limit for appearing in GATE 2017

Eligibility criteria

The candidates with any of the following qualification can appear in the GATE 2017 examination -
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology of 4 years duration after 10+2 or of 3 years duration after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology.
  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture of five years duration.
  • Bachelor's degree of four years duration in Science (B.S.).
  • Master's degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent.
  • Four years integrated master's degree program (after B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology
  • Five years integrated Master's degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology
  • Five years integrated M.Sc. or five years integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree
  • Candidates having qualifications conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/MHRD (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers, India) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.
  • The candidates who are currently in the final year of their degree progranm can also apply.
  • The candidate in the final degree program and expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2017 then they have to submit a Provisional Certificate Letter in the prescribed format issued by the Head of the institution/department/Dean/Registrar etc.
  • The year of qualification of degree should not be later than the year 2017.

GATE papers and paper codes

  1. AE - Aerospace Engineering
  2. AG - Agricultural Engineering
  3. AR - Architecture and Planning
  4. BT - Biotechnology
  5. CE - Civil Engineering ( CE01, CE02)
  6. CH - Chemical Engineering
  7. CS - Computer Science and Information Technology ( CS01, CS02 )
  8. CY - Chemistry
  9. EC - Electronics and Communication Engg. ( EC01, EC02, EC03)
  10. EE - Electrical Engineering ( EE01, EE02)
  11. EY - Ecology and Evolution
  12. GG - Geology and Geophysics
  13. IN - Instrumentation Engineering
  14. MA - Mathematics
  15. ME - Mechanical Engineering ( ME01, ME02, ME03 )
  16. MN - Mining Engineering
  17. MT - Metallurgical Engineering
  18. PE - Petroleum Engineering
  19. PH - Physics
  20. PI - Production and Industrial Engineering
  21. TF - Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
  22. XE - Engineering Sciences (XE-A, XE-B, XE-C, XE-D, XE-E, XE-F, XE-G, XE-H)
  23. XL - Life Sciences (XL-P, XL-Q, XL-R, XL-S, XL-T, XL-U)

Application fee

  • Women candidates - Rs. 750.
  • SC/ST/PwD candidates - Rs. 750.
  • All other candidates - Rs. 1500.
  • International candidates - $50.
  • GATE application fee will have to be paid online using internet banking, debit/credit cards or e-challan facilities. The additional transaction charges are specified on the payment portals.

How to submit application

  1. Visit the link - to access the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  2. The candidates have to first register using a valid email address, mobile number and a GOAPS password.
  3. On successful resitration, an email containing GOAPS Enrollment ID will be received by the candidates.
  4. The following documents/data is required for submitting online application -
    • Personal information like name, date of birth, mobile number, parent's name, parent's mobile number etc.
    • Address for communication including the PIN code.
    • Particulars of the eligibility degree.
    • Colleges address including PIN code.
    • Choice of GATE paper.
    • Choice of GATE examination cities.
    • Scanned image of candidate's photograph.
    • Scanned image of candidate's specimen signature
    • Scanned image of candidate's thumb impression.
    • Scanned copyof degree certificate or mark sheet (in pdf format).
    • Scanned copy of provisional certificate letter in prescribed format from the Institute in case of the students studying in the final year.
    • Scanned copy of category/PwD certificate, if applicable (in pdf format).
    • ID Proof (only Passport/PAN Card/Voter ID/Aadhaar UID/College ID/Employee ID card are accepted).
    • Bank details for application fees.
  5. The GOAPS is user freindly and allows the candidates to navigate on the system easily. Online help about using GOAPS is also available.
  6. Before making payment, the 'Preview' of application is shown. The candidates should review the filled in data thoroughly to check its accuracy before making payment of fees.
  7. No further change can be made in the application after clicking the 'Confirm and Final Submit' button.

Examination format

  • The GATE 2017 examination will of 3 hours duration with a maximum of 100 marks.
  • In all the paper there will be total 65 questions carrying 100 marks.
  • Out of above 65 questions, 10 questions carrying 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).
  • The GA section will include 5 questions of 1 mark each and 5 questions of 2 mark each.
  • The question papers other than with GG, XE and XL codes will have 25 questions carrying 1 mark each and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each (total 85 marks).
  • The GG question paper will have two parts - A and B. Part A will be common for all candidates and the part B will consist of two sections - section 1 (Geology) and section 2 (Geophysics). The candidates will have to attempt section A and either section 1 or section 2 of part B. The part A consist of 25 questions of 1 mark each and each section of part B will consist of 30 questions of 2 marks each (Total 25+60 = 85 marks).
  • The XE paper consists of 8 sections - A to H. Section A i.e. Engineering Mathematics is compulsory for all candidates which consist of 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 mark each (15 marks). Each of the other sections - B to H consist of 9 questions carrying 1 mark each and 13 questions carrying 2 marks each (total 35 marks). The candidates have to appear in section A and any of the other two sections from sections B to H. (Total 15+2X35 = 85 marks)
  • The XL paper consist of 6 sections - P to U. The section A (Chemistry) is compulsory for all candidates and consist of 5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each (25 marks). The remaining sections (Q to U) consists of 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each (30 marks). The candidates have to appear in section P and any of the other two sections from sections Q to U. (Total 25+2X30= 85 marks)
  • The questions paper will consist of both multiple choice type questions and numerical answer type questions.
  • For numerical answer type questions, the candidates will have to enter a number as an answer using the virtual keypad.
  • For multiple choice questions (MCQ), the candidates will have to choose the answers from the given options.
  • The GATE 2017 examination will be conducted in 23 papers (disciplines) by an Online Computer Based Test (CBT). The candidates can appear in only one of the papers.
  • There will be negative marking. For each MCQ question carrying 1 mark, 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. Similarly, for each MCQ question carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. However, there will be no negative marking in case of a wrong answer in numerical answer type of questions.

Important points

  1. The syllabi of GATE 2017 are made available on the website of GATE 2017.
  2. The GATE 2016 question papers are made available on the website of GATE 2017.
  3. Separate advertisements for admission in M.Tech./Ph.D. programs at IITs/IISc or other institutes will be issued by the respective institutions.
  4. The Cabinet Secretariate will use GATE 2017 score for recruitment of some posts regarding which a separate advertisement will be issued by the concerned authority.
  5. Some of the Government of India organizations have also expressed interest in using GATE score in their recruitment process. However, such organizations will issue separate advertisements for the purpose.

Contact details

Phone: 01332-284531/5707, Email:
The candidates may contact respective Zonal GATE Offices. Their contact details viz. phone numbers and Email IDs are listed in the Information Brochure made available on the website of the GATE 2017.


The candidates should visit the website of GATE 2017 and thoroughly study the Information Brochure made available on the same. The other important sections of the website e.g. Eligibility Criteria, Documents for application, Syllabi, New in GATE 2017 and FAQ should also be studied in detail before proceeding ahead. The candidates should register only after satisfying themselves fully that they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria.

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