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GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all-India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.
GATE tests comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and technology. GATE score reflects your relative performance amoung other candidates. It is used for admissions to post-graduate engineering programmes (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies.
Over 500 institutes including the IISc, IITs and NITs require GATE score for admission to their ME, M.Tech and MS Programs. GATE qualified students are eligible for stipend.
The score is also used by many public sector units (PSUs) for employment screening purposes. PSUs do not conduct any written exam by themselves, but shortlists candidates for interview based on GATE score.
GATE Exam Pattern
There are total 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying total of 15 marks are from General Aptitude (GA). The duration of GATE is 3 hours. The question paper consists of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.