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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2016 Exam Dates, GATE-2016 Examination Notification, GATE 2016 eligibility, GATE Exam new Pattern, GATE exam syllabus and GATE Solved Question Papers, GATE Exam Rules and Regulations

The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 is IIT Kanpur.

What is GATE ?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination

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

The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular paper in the exam across several years

The score is used for admissions to post-graduate engineering programmes (i.e. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Govt agencies

Admission to post graduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor degree in Engineering / Technology/ Architecture / Pharmacy or Master degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications are eligible for Master / Doctoral programmes in Engineering/ Technology / Architecture / Pharmacy as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science. To avail the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must additionally secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. GATE qualification, however, is not required for candidates with Master degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Pharmacy who may be seeking scholarship/assistantship for relevant doctoral programmes.


  • There are 23 papers in total in GATE 2016 with the introduction of new paper Petroleum Engineering (PE). Candidates are required to choose any 1 paper out of 23. Changes in the same are not accepted once the application is submitted.
  • After completion of GATE 2016 examination, all answer keys will be made available for dispute within a short time. Every answer key can be challenged. A nominal fee will be levied to prevent frivolous challenges.
  • An online virtual calculator will be available to candidates at the time of examination instead of the physical calculator. Candidates can practice with the online virtual calculator on GATE 2016 website.
  • There are few changes in Syllabus of papers

New GATE 2016 Exam Pattern | GATE Exam Question Paper Pattern 2016


The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:

B.E./B.Tech//B.Pharma: Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs [Description of Eligible Candidates: Currently in the final year or already completed]

B.Arch: Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course) [Description of Eligible Candidates: Currently in the final year or already completed]

B.Sc (Research)/ B.S: Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2)

M.Sc/ M.A/MCA or equivalent: Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent

Integrated M.E/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc): Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program)

Integrated M.E/ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2): Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year program)

Integrated M.Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S: Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S program

Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch): B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) [Description of Eligible Candidates: Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses]

In case a candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned above in 2015 or earlier, the candidate has to submit the degree certificate/provisional certificate/course completion certificate/professional ceritificate/membership certificate issued by the society or institute

In case, the candidate is expected to complete to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2016 or later as mentioned above, he/she has to submit a certificate from Principal or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE

GATE 2016 Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens: September 01, 2015 (Tuesday)

Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website: October 01, 2015

Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of City: November 20, 2015 (Friday)

Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing: December 29, 2015 (Thursday)

GATE 2016 Online Examination Forenoon: 09.00 AM to 12.00 Noon, Afternoon: 02.00 PM to 05.00 PM: 30th and 31st January and 06th and 07th February 2016)

Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website: March 19, 2016 (17.00 Hrs)

Application Fees: The application fee is Rs.1500/- for General/OBC male candidates Rs.750/- for female candidates and Rs.750/- for the SC/ST/PwD category candidates


The Admit Card can only be downloaded from the GATE portal tentatively from 29th December 2015 Click here to download

Admit Cards will not be sent by post/email

The candidates are advised to bring a Print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Test Center along with the original and valid photo identification(NO photocopy / scanned copy/NOT expired). Please note that you have to give details of this ID proof while filling the online application

Candidates will not be permitted to take the test, if this original and valid photo identification is not presented. It may be noted that you would have specified one of the following IDs during the online application process: Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, College ID, Employee Identification Card, or a Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address


GATE 2016 Admit Card


Pattern of Question Papers: In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA)

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
GATE 2015 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s)

ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions

Design of Questions

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from one‐line computation

ii) 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

Marking Scheme

For 1 mark multiplechoice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2mark multiple‐choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1mark each (sub‐total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2marks each (sub‐total 10 marks)

To know more about GATE 2016, GATE 2016 Syllabus visit at

New GATE 2016 Exam Pattern | GATE Exam Question Paper Pattern 2016


All candidates have to apply online .. Check out How to Apply for GATE 2016 Examination

All candidates have to apply only Online

GATE 2016 Application Process: For GATE 2016 all information releated 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

The photograph and signature of the applicant must be uploaded during the online application. Please note that all necessary certificate, such as, degree certificate/certificate from the Principal and the category certificate, if any are also to be uploaded. Please note that no application form is available for sale anywhere

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS):

An online interface is provided for your interaction with the GATE Office. With this interface you can:
1. Apply for the examination online
2. Upload photograph, signature and other documents like graduation certificate/ certificate from Principal, caste certificate (if applicable) etc.
3. Pay the application fee through net-banking or debit card or e-challan
4. Check the Status of your application form: Received, Under Scrutiny, Accepted, Defect Status, Status after Rectification, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Admit Card Ready for Download, etc.
5. Contact the zonal GATE Office in case of any queries/problems
6. Download Admit Card
7. View your answers, marks and GATE score

The login to this interface uses your GOAPS password. Keep your password information safe and do not disclose it to anyone

GATE 2016 Application Fee and Payment Options:

i. Women Candidates - Rs.750/-
ii. SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates - Rs.750/-
iii. All other candidates Rs.1500/-

For GATE 2016 payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or e-challan facilities. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal


GOAPS: GATE online application interface (GOAPS Website) can be accessed from the GATE website

It can also be accessed from the website of the respective Zonal GATE Offices or from the website of the GATE 2016 Organizing Institute

Registration: A candidate must first register by providing a valid email address, mobile number and a GOAPS password. All communications from the GATE Offices will be sent to this email address (ONLY ONE PERSON CAN REGISTER WITH ONE E-mail ADDRESS). Give your personal mobile number because most of the communications may also be sent via SMS

GOAPS Password: The candidate chooses a password during Enrollment at GOAPS. This password must be remembered along with the GOAPS Enrolment ID to login to GOAPS. It is strongly encouraged to choose a password that cannot be guessed easily (it should not be the candidate’s name, date of birth, or some easily guessable string of numbers or letters like 12345 or abcd)

GOAPS Enrollment ID: Upon registration, an email containing the GOAPS Enrolment ID will be sent to the candidate

Data Requirement for Application Filling: The following data will be required while filling the form at GOAPS

GATE 2016 Application Process

Click here to know about the Application Process

Application Process: Candidates need to register and fill the application online only by accessing the zonal GATE websites of IISc and seven IITs


Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice, as this knowledge will be required at the time of application form submission and appearing for the examination

A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper

Since a candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 23 papers for which GATE 2016 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully


Aerospace Engg (AE)                            Geology and Geophysics (GG)
Agricultural Engg (AG)                           Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
Architecture & Planning (AR)                  Mathematics (MA)
Biotechnology (BT)                                Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Civil Engineering (CE)                            Mining Engineering (MN)
Chemical Engineering (CH)                     Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Com. Sci & Information Tech (CS)          Physics (PH)
Chemistry (CY)                                      Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
Electronics & Communication Engg (EC)  Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
Electrical Engineering (EE)                     Engineering Sciences (XE)*
Ecology and Evolution (EY)                     Life Sciences (XL)

*XE Paper Sections                           Code     **XL Paper Sections                 Code

Engg Mathematics (Compulsory)         A          Chemistry (Compulsory)            H
Fluid Mechanics                                   B          Biochemistry                               I
Materials Science                                C          Botany                                          J
Solid Mechanics                                   D          Microbiology                             K
Thermodynamics                                  E          Zoology                                    L
Polymer Science and Engineering        F          Food Technology                        M
Food Technology                                  G

Question Answers on GATE EXAM

Question: What are the benefits for gate exam passed students?

Answer: The benefits of writing GATE Exam are -

  1. Primarily helpful of entrance to the higher studies like, ME etc
  2. Some PSU's also take GATE score and on its basis select candidates for the interview for various good grade jobs. Companies like NTPC, BHEL and IOCL have said so for the year 2012
  3. Adds on to your resume about the exams taken up in the past
  4. For researchers opens up the avenues like JRF's and SRF's in various prestigious organizations like DRDO, ISRO etc


Question: What is the eligibility and age limit to appear for GATE exam?

Answer: GATE is conducted jointly by the IIT and IIS, one must hold a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology or in Architecture. As far age limit is concerned, there is no age limit to apply for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

Question: How can I get the study material for GATE instrumentation Engg exam?

Answer: The GATE Instrumentation Exam Study Material is available on this link – GATE Instrumentation Engg. Solved Papers & Practice Papers

Question: When is the best time to start the preparation of gate exam? Please provide some tips to prepare.

Answer: You can start your preparation from 2nd year of B.E /B. tech. A few tips are:

  1. Prepare notes after finishing every chapter. This will help you during your last days of revision.
  2. Maintain formulas, short-cuts and tips/tricks in notes.
  3. Solve previous years' GATE papers: Solving previous years' papers gives you a fair idea of about the actual paper.
  4. Solve as many test papers as possible.


Question: How many times GATE exam will be held in a year?

Answer: GATE exam is conducted once in a year.

Question: What is the process for applying GATE 2016?

Answer: Candidates need to register and fill the application online only by accessing the zonal GATE websites of IISc and seven IITs. The application process is complete only when a print out of the filled online application with the candidate’s signature. More details here

Question: What is the information available on GATE Score Card?

Answer: The Score card the informations such as GATE Score, Percentile Score and Rank

Though GATE exam is out of 100 marks, GATE score is calculated out of 1000, by extrapolating the GATE exam score using factors like mean, standard deviation of all applicant scores.

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