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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2015
Organizing Institute
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the exam across several years. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g., M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes of higher education with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other Government agencies. The score may also be used by Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment screening purposes.

The information in this brochure is mainly categorized into Pre-Examination (Eligibility, Application submission, Examination Centers, etc.), Examination (Syllabus, Pattern, Marks/Score, Model Question Papers, etc.) & Post-Examination (Answers, Results, Scorecard, etc.) sections.

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. The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2015 is IIT Kanpur.

  Important Dates Related to GATE 2015  
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens Monday 1st September 2014 (00:00 Hrs)
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website Wednesday 1st October, 2014
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of City Friday 21st November, 2014
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing Wednesday 17th December, 2014
GATE 2015 Online Examination
Forenoon : 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon
Afternoon : 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
31st January,
1st, 7th, 8th and 14th February, 2015
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website Thursday 12th March, 2015

  • Examinations for all the 22 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.
  • Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.
  • GATE 2015 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 31st January 2015 and 14th February 2015. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2015 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.
  • For GATE 2015 the entire process of filling up of application form, uploading of certificates/documents, etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc., to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office.
  • The payment of application fees would be online through different modes like net banking, debit/credit card, e-challan, etc.
  • The admit cards for GATE 2015 would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE 2015 website. No hard copy of admit cards will be posted to the candidates.
For GATE 2015 all information related 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 certificates, such as, degree certificate/certificate from the Principal and the category certificate, if any are also to be uploaded. Please note that application forms are not available for sale anywhere else.
Admit cards will NOT be sent by e-mail/post, they can ONLY be downloaded from the zonal GATE websites tentatively from 17th December 2014. The candidate has to bring the printed admit card to the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. It may be noted that one of the following photo identifications is ONLY permitted: 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. The details of this ID proof have to be given while filling the online application.
The question paper for GATE 2015 will consist of questions of both multiple-choice type and numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, candidates have to choose the answer from the given choices. For numerical answer type questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter a number as the answer using a virtual keypad.
Before starting the application process, the candidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2015 given below. So please study the following table carefully and make sure that your year of qualification is not later than what is specified.
Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive) Description of Eligible Candidates Year of qualification cannot be later than Copies of Certificates to be submitted
Passed in the year 2014 or earlier Expected to complete 2015 or later
B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Pharmacy (Post-Diploma / Post B.Sc. / 4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4thyear or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
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 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
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 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate (pertaining to Master’s degree) Certificate from Principal
Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program) Currently in the 2nd / 3rd / 4th year or already completed 2017 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
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 (Five year program) Currently in the 4th / 5th year or already completed 2016 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
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) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA Professional Certificate / Course Certificate / Provisional Completion / Membership Certificate issued by the Society or Institute Copy of Marksheet for Section "A"

Certificate from Principal
Candidates who have to submit a certificate from their college Principal, as determined from Table 4.1, have to obtain one from his/her institution beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form.

Candidates with Backlogs
Candidates, who have appeared in the final semester/year exam in 2014, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in any of the papers in their qualifying degree should

  • upload a copy of any one of the mark sheets of the final year,
  • OR

  • have to obtain a declaration from their Principal along with the signature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submission of the application form.
GATE 2015 will be conducted in the subjects (also referred to as "papers") shown in Table below. 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 22 papers for which GATE 2015 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully. Table 4.2 gives the list of GATE papers and paper codes for GATE 2015.

GATE Papers and the Paper Codes for GATE 2015

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Mathematics MA
Biotechnology BT Mechanical Engineering ME
Civil Engineering CE Mining Engineering MN
Chemical Engineering CH Metallurgical Engineering MT
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Physics PH
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering 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
Engineering 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    

Zone-wise List of Cities in which GATE 2015 will be Held

Choice of Examination City: There are two primary choices and one secondary choice. If you choose a particular city as your first choice, then the corresponding zone to which this city belongs will appear, and you will be able to choose another city as your second choice only from this zone. These choices will be your primary choices in a specific zone. However, a third choice has also been introduced in GATE 2015, which is your secondary choice. The list of 3rd choice cities will be as specified by each zone and this will be used only when your cities of primary choice are not available. However, because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

Table below gives the tentative list of the cities (zone-wise) in which GATE 2015 will be held. Also shown in the table is the Zonal Offices (one of the IITs or IISc). The Zonal Office dealing with your application will be your point of contact for any enquiries regarding your examination center and other matters. * Please consult GATE 2015 website for complete list of cities.
All candidates have to apply only ONLINE. Details of the application fee are shown in Table below. The application fee is non-refundable.

Details of application fee for GATE 2015

* PwD : Person with a Physical Disability

For GATE 2015 payments would have to be made through online by selecting either using any bank Debit Card/Credit Card, Net Banking or e-challan facilities ONLY. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. Table below gives the charges as applicable for State Bank of India (SBI) and Axis Bank where the GATE 2015 account is opened and where the money is to be transferred.

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)
An online interface is provided for your interaction with the GATE Office. With this interface you can The login to this interface is through your GOAPS Enrolment ID and a GOAPS password. Keep this information safe and do not disclose it to anyone.

Filling in Application Online
An online interface is provided for your interaction with the GATE Office. With this interface you can Supporting Documents

Eligibility Documents
Eligibility criteria and necessary supporting documents can be found from the eligibility table for GATE.

SC/ST/PwD Certificate
Candidates who are in any of the above categories have to upload a valid documentary evidence.

Certificate from Principal
Candidates who mention that they are yet to complete their course, will receive a "Certificate from Principal" section printed on the bottom part of the PDF file. Before you upload this certificate, it is MANDATORY to obtain the signature and seal of the college Principal on this.

Application Fee Payment Options
The application fee and various payment options are shown below. The application fee is non-refundable. All charges given below are in Indian Rupees. * Bank charges will be applicable as per the norm.

Online Net-banking Payment Details

Online Net Banking Payment Procedure Note : Before submitting the GATE 2015 Application please ensure that all the details and all the necessary supporting documents are filled/uploaded and there is NO ERROR. Application once submitted CANNOT be changed/rectified. The current status of your application will be updated after the receipt and scrutiny of your application by the respective zonal GATE Office. This status can be checked anytime by logging into GOAPS.

Photograph and Signature Requirements
The GATE 2015 Online Application Processing System requires that your photograph and signature be uploaded electronically at the time of submitting your application. Uploading photograph or signature that does not meet the specifications can result in the disqualification of the application without any refund of the application fee.

Photograph Requirements
Please pay attention to upload good quality photograph. Poor quality of the photograph submitted will lead to rejection of your GATE application, without any refund of the application fee. The GATE score card will be printed with the photograph you submit.

Signature Specifications

  Addresses for Correspondence  
Zone Address Phone Fax
IISc Bangalore

Chairperson, GATE Indian Institute of Science Bangalore,Bengaluru 560 012 080-2293 2392 080-2360 1227
IIT Bombay Chairperson, GATE,Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400 076 09769957068, 022-2572 3706
IIT Delhi Chairperson, GATE, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, Delhi 110016 011-2659 1749 011-2658 1579
IIT Guwahati Chairperson, GATE, IIT Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 0361-258 2751 (0361-258 2755
IIT Kanpur Chairperson, GATE, IIT Kanpur, Kanpur 208 016 0512-259 7412 0512-259 0932
IIT Kharagpur Chairperson, GATE, IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721 302 03222-282091 03222-278243
IIT Madras Chairperson, GATE, IIT Madras, Chennai 600 036 044-2257 8200 044-2257 8204
IIT Roorkee Chairperson, GATE, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee 247667 01332-284531 01332-285707

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