GATE 2013 Exam Notification Dates | Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2013

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 (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 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.


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

    • B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-Diploma)

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

      Int M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after 10+2 or Diploma): Integrated Master’s degree programs or dual degree programs in Engineering/Technology (five year programme)

      Int M.E./M.Tech (Post B.Sc): Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (four year programme)

      Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch): B.E./B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)

      Application Fee: The application fee is non-refundable

      General/OBC-NC (male candidates) Rs 1200/-; SC/ST/PD (male candidates) Rs 600/-

      Female candidates are exempted for application fee

GATE 2013 Important Dates

GATE online applicant interface (website) opens:01st September, 2012, Saturday

Last date for submission of online application(website closure): 30th September, 2012, Sunday, 23.00 hours

Last date for the receipt of printed version of online application at the respective zonal GATE office: 08th October, 2012, Monday

Last date for request of change of city: 20th November, 2012, Tuesday

Availability of admit card on online applicationinterface: 05th December, 2012, Wednesday

GATE-2013 online examination for papers (AR, CE, GG, MA, MT, PH and TF): 20th January, 2013, Sunday, 09.00 hours to 12.00 hours

GATE-2013 online examination papers (AE, AG, BT, CH, CY, MN, XE and XL): 20th January, 2013, Sunday, 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours

GATE-2013 offline examination papers (CS, ME and PI): 10th February, 2013, Sunday, 09.00 hours to 12.00 hours

GATE-2013 offline examination papers (EC, EE and IN): 10th February, 2013, Sunday, 14.00 hours to 17.00 hours

Announcement of GATE 2013 results on online applicant interface: 15th March, 2013, Friday, 10.00 hours


Admit Card: Admit cards are not sent by mail anymore

Admit cards can only be downloaded from the zonal GATE websites from 05th December, 2012 onwards

Bring the admit card to the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification


The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF will be carried out ONLINE using computers where the candidates will be required to enter the answer for each question using mouse. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question.

In the ONLINE papers, the question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice type and numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for the answer. For numerical answer type questions, each question will have a number as the answer and choices will not be given.

GATE 2013 would contain questions of four different types in various papers:

Multiple choice questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each.
Common data questions, where two successive questions use the same set of input data.
Linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor.
Numerical answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate.
Examples of such questions can be found in Question Types.

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

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, GG, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry 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.

In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15 % of the total marks and the remaining 85 % of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.



All candidates have to apply online

An online interface is provided for most of your interaction with the GATE office

This interface can be accessed using website this interface you can apply for the examination online; upload photograph, signature, and supporting documents; make application fee payment through net banking; check the status of your application form (Received, Under Scrutiny, Rejected after Scrutiny failed, Accepted after Successful Scrutiny, Admit Card Ready for download, etc); Contact the GATE office in case of any queries/problems (Grievance Redressal); download admit card; view your answers, marks and GATE score

The login to this interface is through your chosen email address and a password

Keep this information safe and do not disclose the email id and password to anyone

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

You must first register yourself, by providing a valid email address

Choose this carefully to be the one you check frequently, as all communications to you from the GATE offices will be sent to this address (do not use anybody else’s email address, only one person can register with one email address)

Upon registration, an email will be sent with a link and one time password (OTP)

You must click on the link and enter the password

You will be required to change the password after the first login

Choose a password that is not easily guessable (should not be like your name, DOB, 12345, asdf, etc), so as to ensure that the data you provide is not accessible to any person other than yourself

Next you will see an application form to be filled in

Keep the following information ready; personal information; Communication Address (PIN Code); Eligibility degree details (College address, PIN Code of College); GATE paper, choice of GATE examination cities; High quality image of your photograph conforming to the requirements); good quality image of your signature (in .jpeg format) conforming to requirements similar to photograph; optional (PDF files of supporting documents) (eligibility and category certificates) (max file size per file 0.5 MB); Optional (your net banking details to make the application fee payment) (only for male candidates); fill in the necessary data in the online application form following instructions given there; upload the soft copies of photo and signature (mandatory); Optional (you may upload pdf files of supporting documents conforming to the eligibility) (except principal’s certificate) and category requirements; you will have to select one of the payment options while filling the online form

The GATE online applicant interface allows you to enter data, save partially filled form, logout, and resume filling in by logging in again

Before you make the payment, you will be shown a preview of your application, where you have to carefully check for any errors

Once you submit the application with payment, no further changes to the application can be made by the candidate

Candidates who have selected online payment option will follow the instructions for online net banking in payment section and complete payment process

Those who have selected challan payment option will directly proceed to the next step

You will then see a link to print application form



GATE 2013 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


The application process is complete only when a print out of the filled online application with the candidate’s signature and a good quality photo affixed in the appropriate place is received by the respective GATE office along with necessary documents, if any, on or before 08th October, 2012


Please note that application forms are not available for sale anywhere




GATE 2013 resultswill be announced onMarch 15, 2013 at 10:00 hrs and will be available on the GATE websites of IITs and IISc.


GATE 2013 Scores


From 2013, the GATE score will be computed by a new formula.


GATE Score


GATE Scorecardwill be issued (mailed to the correspondence address given in the application) to all the candidates for a paper whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PD candidates in that paper. There is no provision for issue of additional GATE scorecards.

The GATE 2013Committee with the NCB’s approval has the authority to decide the qualifying score for each GATE paper. In case any claim or dispute arises in respect ofGATE 2013, it is hereby made absolutely clear that the Courts and Tribunals in Mumbai and Mumbai alone shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and settle any such dispute or claim.

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?

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 2013?

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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