All About GATE

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE Exam. The operations related to GATE in 8 zones all over India are managed by a Zonal GATE Office at IISc. or IITs. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2016 was IISc Bangalore, for GATE 2018 was IIT Guwahati & for GATE 2019 is IIT Madras.

Highlights of GATE 2019 are:

  1. Examinations for all papers would be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online exam will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Questions where answers are to be keyed in by the candidates using virtual keypad
  2. GATE 2019 examinations are to be held on February 2-3, 2019 & February 9-10, 2019 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  3. For GATE 2019 the entire process of filling up application form, uploading of certificates/documents etc. is online and the candidates need not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc. to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office
  4. The payment of application fees is online through different modes like net banking or e-challan
  5. Candidates have to download their admit cards from GATE 2019 website
  6. GATE 2019 score is valid for 3 yrs from the date of Result Announcement
  7. A new paper Statistics (ST) is added in GATE 2019
  8. Concession on application fees if the candidates apply On or Before 21st Sept. 2018

Important Dates for GATE 2019

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Saturday 1st September 2018
Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application Friday 21st September 2018
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application Monday 1st October 2018
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) Friday 16th November 2018
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal (for printing) Friday 4th January 2019
GATE 2019 Examination Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Tentative)Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Tentative) Saturday SundaySaturday Sunday 2nd February 2019 3rd February 2019 9th February 2019 10th February 2019
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal Saturday 16th March 2019

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2019 (No Age Limit)

Candidates with any of the following qualification are eligible to appear in GATE Exam.

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Year of Qualification not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (5 years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2019
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4 years program) Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/4th year or already completed 2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years program) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2020
Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
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 and so on) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

* Some of these Professional Societies / Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering, are as follows.

  1. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  2. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  3. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  4. The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  5. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  6. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  7. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

How to Apply for GATE 2019

All candidates have to apply ONLINE through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Details of the non-refundable application fee are shown in table below -

For Examination Centres in India On or Before21st Sept. 2018 During theExtended Period
Women candidates / SC / ST / PwD category candidates INR 750/- INR 1250/-
All other candidates INR 1500/- INR 2000/-
GATE International Candidates - Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka & Kathmandu US Dollars 50 US Dollars 70
Dubai & Singapore US Dollars 100 US Dollars 120

Source: GATE 2019 Notification

For GATE 2019, payments would have to be made through online by using net banking 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.

GATE Score Card

After the declaration of the results, candidates can download their GATE 2019 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The score cards will be issued for only those candidates whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PwD candidates in that paper. The GATE 2019 score cards can be downloaded after 16th March 2019 and for that the candidate should access the zonal websites from where he/she has taken the GATE 2019 examination.

The GATE 2019 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying mark/score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect of GATE 2019, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Allahabad and Allahabad alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

Calculation of GATE 2019 Score

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

In 2018, examination for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2019 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers.

Normalized Mark of jth candidate in ith session M^ij is given by:


  • Mij is the actual marks obtained by the candidate in the session
  • Mgt is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates considering all sessions
  • Mgq is the sum of mean and standard deviation marks of the candidates in the paper considering all sessions
  • Mti is the average marks of the top 0.1% of the candidates in theithsession
  • Miq is the sum of the mean marks and standard deviation of theithsession

After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers and the GATE 2019 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2019 Score.

Calculation of GATE Score for all papers

GATE 2019 score will be calculated using the formula;

After the declaration of the results, GATE Score Cards will be downloadable to (a) All SC/ST/PwD candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of SC/ST/PwD candidates in their respective papers, and (b) All other candidates whose marks are greater than or equal to the qualifying mark of OBC (NCL) candidates in their respective papers. There is no provision for the issue of additional GATE Score Cards.

Source: GATE 2019 Notification

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