GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 – Age Limit, Qualification, Marks, Documents Required

21 January, 2024
Artika Shan

GATE aspirants must meet GATE 2024 eligibility requirements to take the exam. The GATE eligibility criteria 2024 include specific academic qualifications such as a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology and a Master’s degree in a relevant science.  GATE is a national-level engineering postgraduate entrance exam for engineering postgraduate programs.  It is jointly conducted by seven Indian Institutes of Technology at Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Guwahati, Chennai, Kharagpur, Roorkee, and the Indian Institute of Science at Bengaluru on behalf of the National Institute Coordination Board-GATE, the Department of Higher Education, the Ministry of Education (MoE), and the Government of India.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024

IISC Bangalore has released the GATE 2024 eligibility criteria on the official website Additionally, the GATE Eligibility 2024 contains information regarding the GATE examination age limit, qualifications, nationality, and relaxations. However, the GATE 2024 eligibility criteria must be met by candidates in order to qualify for the examination. 

Below is the detailed GATE Exam Eligibility Criteria:
The table below shows the GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria (General): 

       Criteria         Eligibility  
  Nationality 1. Candidates of Indian nationality will be eligible

2. Other candidates besides Indians are also
    eligible to apply. 

Academic Qualification 1. The candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or technology or a master’s degree in any relevant science field. 

2. There is also an option for candidates who are in the final or pre-final year of their qualifying degree to appear for GATE 2024.

3. There is also an option for candidates who are in the final or pre-final year of their qualifying degree to appear for GATE 2024.

 GATE Age Limit GATE 2024 does not have an age limit 
 GATE Attempt Limit  There is no restriction on the number of attempts. 

GATE Eligibility Criteria Paper-wise 

Before completing the form, candidates should familiarize themselves with the eligibility criteria for the GATE 2024 exam.

Below are the paper-wise eligibility criteria for GATE from the table given below: 

GATE 2024 Paper Eligibility Criteria
Degree/ProgramQualifying Degree/ExaminationEligible CandidatesExpected Year of Completion
B.E. / B.Tech. / B. Pharm.Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2024
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (5-year course) / Naval Architecture (4-year course) / Planning (4-year course)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2025 (For a 5-year program), 2024 (for a 4-year program)
B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2024
Pharm. D. (after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, from the third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed2026
M.B.B.S./B.D.S.Degree holders of M.B.B.S./B.D.S. and those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such program.5th, 6th, 7th or higher semester or already completed2024
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Arts/Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the first year or higher or already Completed2024
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)Currently in any yearAny year
Int. M.E./ M.Tech./M.Pharm or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program)Currently in the 3rd /4th/5th year or already completed2025
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3-year program)Currently in the 3rd year or already completed2024
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2025
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.)B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by the Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India,, and so on)Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional coursesEnrolled Upto 31st May 2013*
B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)4-years programCurrently in the 3rd/4th year or already completed2024

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 for non-Indian university candidates 

Candidates who obtained or are pursuing their qualifying degree from a country other than India must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the GATE exam:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology: The candidate should have completed or be in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology. Also, the course is for a duration of at least four years. 
  2. Postgraduate Degree in Relevant Science Subjects: Candidates must have completed or be in the final year of a postgraduate degree in any relevant science subject. There is at least a two-year duration to the course.

GATE Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024 for international candidates: 

Candidates from nationalities other than India can also apply for the GATE 2024 exam. Furthermore, students from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, UAW, and Ethiopia are eligible to apply. In order to qualify for the GATE exam, candidates must possess a graduate degree in engineering or technology or be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree program. Moreover, the candidates who have completed or are in their final year of post-graduation in any science field are also eligible for this program. 

GATE Exam Eligibility 2024- Documents required 

  1. All candidates must submit their degree certificate/provisional certificate as issued by a recognized institution.
  2. Candidates should be in their final year and upload their provisional certificate issued by the Head of the Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department. Additionally, they may submit a copy of the mark sheet for Section A of AMIE, etc.
  3. The Persons with Disabilities (PwD) section candidates have to upload a PwD certificate issued by a recognized authority. 

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 for M.Tech courses
GATE-qualified candidates will be offered admission to M.Tech programs at several NITs, IIITs, and CFTs. However, there will be no separate counseling process for GATE, and candidates will need to apply separately for each counseling process. Besides, the candidates seeking admission to M.Tech programs at IITs are required to register separately for GATE 2024 through COAP. Meanwhile, the candidates seeking admission to IIITs, NITs, and some CFTIs must apply through centralized counseling for M.Tech 2024 (CCMT). 

GATE Age Limit 2024
The GATE Exam 2024 does not have a specific age limit for candidates. However, the test is designed for candidates interested in applying to expert courses in the field of specialization. Therefore, there is no upper age limit.

The number of attempts for GATE 2024
GATE 2024 has no limit on the number of attempts. Also, the candidate who meets the academic eligibility requirements can take the GATE exam. Hence, before registering for the GATE exam, be sure to read the eligibility requirements.

Educational Qualification
The primary eligibility criteria for the GATE exam is the educational qualification. So,  the candidates must be currently in their third year or higher of an undergraduate degree or program. Besides, they should have completed a government-approved degree program in fields like science, engineering, technology, arts, commerce, and architecture and be eligible to take the exam. 

FAQs for GATE Exam Eligibility

What is the GATE exam eligibility in terms of educational qualification?
The candidates should be in their final year (or graduated) with a bachelor’s in engineering, technology, architecture, science, commerce, and arts.
2. Does the candidate’s nationality play any role in eligibility?
Candidates from India as well as other countries are eligible to apply for GATE 2024.

3. Is there a limit to how many times I can take the GATE 2024 exam?
There is no limit to the number of attempts.

4. Which documents are needed to register for the GATE 2024 exam?
The documents you need to upload include a degree certificate, a provisional degree certificate, a caste certificate, etc

5. How long should I prepare for the GATE Exam?
Preparation time for GATE is subjective and depends on factors such as an individual’s aptitude, attitude, fundamentals, concentration level, etc. Besides, for admission to IISc or IITs, a rigorous preparation period of about four to six months is recommended.

6. What are the future prospects after clearing the GATE exam? 

Upon passing the GATE exam, the future prospects lie in PSUs or state government employment. Moreover, if you pass the GATE exam among the top 1000 students, you will receive a call from any of the government jobs, such as IOCL, etc. Furthermore, GATE scores can also be used to apply for M.Tech programs at reputed institutions such as IITs and NITs.

7. Who is conducting the GATE 2024 exam?
The GATE 2024 exam is going to be conducted by IISc Bangalore. 

8. What is the validity period of the GATE score?
Many candidates believe that the GATE scores are only valid for one year. This is not the case, however. As the exam does not have an age limit, aspirants can appear as many times as they wish. After issuing the GATE Scorecard, it is valid for three years.

9. How many attempts of the GATE 2024 exam can I take?
You may attempt as many times as you wish.

10. How much percentage is needed for GATE Exam Eligibility?
As far as registration is concerned, there are no percentage criteria for B. Tech. However, if it is about IITs or NIT, they ask for 60% in B.E or B. Tech or other equivalent exams.

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an All-India examination administered in eight regions throughout the country. The purpose of the GATE examination is to assess the student’s knowledge in subjects such as science and engineering.  Additionally, the GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 includes factors such as educational qualifications, nationality, and age limit. Besides, these criteria must be met by all candidates in order to be eligible to take the exam. For a good GATE score and great career opportunities in private and PSUs, you should register for programs offered by us like  GATE Live Online 2024 (Electronics & Communication), GATE Hybrid 2024 (Electronics & Communication), and GATE Classroom 2024 (Electronics & Communication), etc.