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GATE primarily tests a comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology.


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 (eg. M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian higher education institutes with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also be used by Public sector units for employment screening purposes.

Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships / assistantships in engineering colleges / institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination.

GATE score is valid for TWO YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.


A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Masters programmes and direct Doctoral programmes in Engineering / Technology / Architecture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in an Institution supported by the MHRD or other Government assistantships.

Candidates with Bachelor's degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture or Master's degree in any branch of Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications, who qualify in GATE examination are eligible for admission to Master's degree programmes in Engineering / Technology / Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other Government scholarships / assistantships.

However, candidates with Master's degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship / assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.


As per the directives of the MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the postgraduate programmes (Master and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship / assistantship.

The performance of the candidate in GATE will be considered for admission. If the candidate is to be selected through interview for postgraduate programmes, minimum 70% weightage is to be given to the performance in GATE. The remaining weightage (30% maximum) can be given to the candidate's academic record or performance in interview. The admitting institution could however prescribe minimum passing percentage of marks in the interview. Some colleges / institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship / assistantship.

To avail financial assistance / scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

Candidates are advised to seek details of admission procedures and availability of MHRD scholarship / assistantship from the concerned admitting institution. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship / assistantship are different for different admitting institutions. The management of the postgraduate scholarship / assistantship is also the responsibility of the admitting institution. Similarly, reservation of seats under different categories is as per the policies and norms prevailing at the admitting institution and Government of India rules.

GATE offices will not entertain any enquiry about admission, reservation of seats or award of scholarship / assistantship.

A candidate declared "Qualified in GATE at the time of admission" is entitled for MHRD fellowship for 24 months unless he / she loses it due to poor performance in the registered programme.

The students of Integrated Master Degree and Dual Degree programmes in Engineering / Technology are eligible to appear in GATE in order to qualify for the postgraduate scholarships in their own institutions only. They are not eligible for admission to a fresh M.E. / M.Tech. programme.



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