GATE Exam 2024 – Eligibility, Registration, Important Dates, Syllabus, Paper Pattern, and Benefits

21 January, 2024
parthiva mewawala

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2024) is a nationwide test conducted to check the technical reasoning of an Engineering graduate.

The exam is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

GATE 2024

GATE 2024 is slated to be conducted by the esteemed IISc Bangalore. The official exam notification is expected to be released by the college during the last week of July or early August. Post that, aspiring candidates can complete their registration process and begin their prep. 

For more details regarding the registration, eligibility, important dates, syllabus fees etc., continue reading below.

GATE Exam Eligibility

A candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, or architecture or a Master’s degree in science, mathematics, statistics, or computer applications to be eligible to take the GATE 2024 exam.

Apart from the regular college, students who appeared in the examination conducted by Professional Societies/Institutions are also eligible to write GATE. Candidates who possess such certification should ensure that the exam conducted by these societies are approved by MoE / AICTE / UGC / UPSC as equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Planning

These Professional societies are listed 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 the Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  6. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  7. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

Here is the list of degrees courses and GATE exam eligibility:

<tr”> <td”>Int. M.E. / M.Tech.(Post-B.Sc.)<td”>Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)<td”>Currently in the 1st / 2nd/3rd/4thyear or already completed

Degree/ProgramQualifying Degree/ExaminationDescription of Eligible Candidates
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 completed
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 completed
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 completed
Pharm. D. (after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, from third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed
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 Completed
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/5thyear or already completedB.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3-year program)Currently in the 3rd year or already completedInt. 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 completedProfessional 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 AB.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)4-years programCurrently in the 3rd/4th year or already completed


GATE Exam Paper Combination

GATE 2024 examination will be conducted across 29 streams. The list of GATE papers are as follows



A candidate can appear in the utmost 2 papers. The combination of these papers can be selected as mentioned in the table below.

Codes of Papers Allowed as the Second PaperCodes of Papers Allowed as the Second Paper

How to Apply Online for GATE 2024

The online application process for GATE 2024 will start after the official exam notification is released by IISc Bangalore. You’ll need to punch in your details, upload the necessary documents, and pay the registration fees to confirm your application. 

Steps to Apply for GATE 2024

  1. Visit the official website as mentioned on the circular. 
  2. Begin your online application after registering yourself and logging in to the website with the enrollment ID sent to you. 
  3. Fill out the application form, upload the necessary documents, and pay the application fee. 
  4. Submit the application and don’t forget to get a print out of the confirmation page for future reference. 

Fees for Applying Online for GATE 2024

The online application fees for GATE 2024 are as follows:

  • SC/ST/PwD/Female candidates – Rs. 850
  • All other candidates – Rs. 1700

GATE 2024 Syllabus 

The GATE 2024 exam has 29 different papers ranging across a wide field of subjects in engineering, technology, and science. Each paper has a different syllabus to cover. 

We’ve linked the syllabus for each paper below. You can check them out there. 

  1. General Aptitude 
  2. Aerospace Engineering
  3. Architecture and Planning 
  4. Computer Science Engineering 
  5. Biotechnology 
  6. Civil Engineering 
  7. Chemical Engineering
  8. Chemistry
  9. Electronics and Communication Engineering 
  10. Production and Industrial Engineering 
  11. Electrical Engineering 
  12. Geology and Geophysics 
  13. Instrumentation Engineering 
  14. Metallurgical Engineering 
  15. Mathematics 
  16. Mechanical Engineering 
  17. Life Sciences 
  18. Humanities and Social Sciences 
  19. Agricultural Engineering 
  20. Ecology and Evolution 
  21. Mining Engineering 
  22. Petroleum Engineering 
  23. Textile Engineering and Fiber Science 


GATE 2024 Preparation 

Your GATE preparation needs to begin several months in advance. It’s an intensive exam that requires granular understanding of all concepts, high-level aptitude, critical reasoning, and analytical skills. The knowledge and the skills required to crack GATE 2024 need to be built up over time. Many aspirants choose to undertake coaching from reputed centers while others pursue the self-study route. If you want to prepare for GATE 2024, then these tips will come in handy. 


  • Create a study plan

Find out how much syllabus you have to cover across the board. Divide it all into quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily targets. This will be the study plan you’ll follow until the end. 

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses 

You might be great at some subjects but not so much in others. Identify the topics that you’re doing poorly in and allocate the bull of your time to them. 

  • Gather the right study materia

Your study material will decide how well your prep goes. You need to focus on the right material – be it from your coaching center, online videos, or textbooks. 

  • Practise previous years’ papers

You can easily find past years’ GATE question papers online. Pick up questions from those papers and perform time bound practice to get a better idea of how well you’re positioned. 

  • Take mock tests

Mock tests are crucial to improving your overall score. Giving as many mocks as possible helps you get acquainted with the paper, its pattern, types of questions, difficulty level, and more. 

You can read more about the challenges you might face during your GMAT 2024 preparation and how to face them here

GMAT 2024 Preparation Books

Apart from the material provided by your coaching center, it is also advised to pick up some of the most well-known textbooks to practise by yourself. These reputed textbooks will introduce you to a wider range of questions, solutions, tricks, and tips. 

Here is a list of books for different subjects:

General Aptitude A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsRS Aggarwal
Civil Engineering Structure AnalysisRC Hibbeler
Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering BC Punmia
Engineering Mathematics Higher Engineering Mathematics BS Grewal
Computer Science and Information TechnologyElectronic Devices and Circuit Theory Robert L. Boylestad
Digital Signal ProcessingJohn G. Proakis
Mechanical EngineeringEngineering Mechanics S. Timoshenko
Theory of Machines and MechanismsGordon R. Pennock
Electrical EngineeringElectrical MachineryPS Bimbhra
Circuit Theory: Analysis and SynthesisAbhijit Chakrabarti
Electronics and Communication EngineeringElectronic Devices and Circuit TheoryRobert L. Boylestad
Digital Signal ProcessingJohn G. Proakis


For the complete list of books to study for each subject, you can go through this blog here.

GATE Exam Paper Pattern

Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration3 hours
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject and mathematics
Types of Questions
  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Questions for testing these abilities
  1. Recall
  2. Comprehension
  3. Application
  4. Analysis and Synthesis
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (Subject + mathematics) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks
Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks
Subject Questions: 72 Marks
Total: 100 Marks
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks
Subject Questions: 85 Marks
Total: 100 Marks
Marking SchemeQuestions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
Negative Marking1/3 negative marking is there for ONLY MCQ-type questions. There is no negative marking for wrong answer(s) to MSQ and NAT questions.

The GATE 2024 score is valid for 3 years for taking admission in postgraduate programme and also for PSU’s selection as per the recruitment notification.

GATE Exam Benefits

Admission to postgraduate programmes:

All the IITs, NITs, and other universities in India accept the GATE score for admission to postgraduate programmes in engineering, science, and technology. The GATE score is an important requirement for enrolment in esteemed postgraduate programmes including the M.Tech, MS, and PhD programmes with a monthly stipend of Rs. 12000.

For the fellowship program in management offered by IIMs and other reputable management schools like XLRI and MDI Gurgaon, the GATE 2024 score is also accepted.

Recruitment in PSUs:

GATE scores are used by all public sector organisations (PSUs), including BHEL, IOCL, HPCL, NTPC, and others, to hire engineers. Many applicants choose to take the exam in an effort to land a job in these organisations because the GATE score is a crucial factor in hiring decisions.


The Ministry of Education, the Government of India, and several other organisations use the GATE score to give scholarships. For individuals who have passed the GATE exam and want to pursue research programmes, several universities and research organisations also offer scholarships.

Higher education abroad:

For admission in postgraduate and PhD programmes at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), and Technical University of Munich, Germany, the GATE score is accepted. The GATE score is widely accepted by foreign colleges as a standard for determining how well students grasp the engineering and science topics. These universities give their students enrolled in post-graduate and PhD programmes with full financial aid for their course work as well as stipends.

Research opportunities:

Candidates who have passed the GATE exam might look into reputable organisations for research positions in a variety of engineering, science, and technology sectors. Numerous research institutions, including the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the CSIR labs, and others, hire GATE-qualified applicants for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) positions.

GATE Exam Important Dates

Online Application Process OpensLast week of August
Closing Date of REGULAR Online RegistrationLast week of September
End of Extended period for online Registration (with late fee)First week of October
Last Date for change of Category, Paper and Examination City and adding a new paper (an additional fee will be applicable per change)Second week of November
Admit Card will be available for downloadFirst week of January
GATE 2024 ExaminationFirst and Second weeks of February
Announcement of the Results in the Online Application PortalThird week of March

List of documents required for fillings the Application form:

  • Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  • Eligibility degree details
  • College name and address with PIN code
  • Choice of GATE paper(s)(subject)
  • Choice(s) of GATE examination cities
  • High-quality image of the candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified
  • Good quality image of the candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified
  • Scanned copy of valid photo Identity Document (ID) (The same ID, in original, MUST be carried to the examination hall)
  • Scanned copy of Category (SC / ST) certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  • Scanned copy of Dyslexic Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format

The GATE 2024 exam will demand preparation, including a well-planned study routine. Candidates should begin their study sessions at least a year before the exam and concentrate on learning the core concepts of the subject they have chosen and their application part to solve the questions asked in examination. For a high exam score, solving the previous year’s questions and taking practice tests are essential. Candidates can also enrol in coaching programmes and attend classroom coaching to deepen their knowledge of the subject and receive direction from knowledgeable and GATE-qualified faculties.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What is the GATE 2024 syllabus? 


The GATE 2024 syllabus has been released. Most of the topics are similar to last year’s syllabus. The individual syllabus for each topic can be downloaded from the links in the above blog. 


2. Which institution is conducting GATE 2024?


The GATE exam 2024 is being conducted by IISc Bangalore. 


3. What is the exam date for GATE 2024?


The official notification is yet to be released. Thus, speculated exam dates for GATE 2024 are 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th of February, 2024.


4. What is the age limit for GATE 2024?


There is no age limit to apply for GATE 2024.


5. What is the GATE 2024 exam pattern? 


GATE 2024 will be conducted online and will have MCQs, MSQs, and NAT questions. The exam will last for 3 hours and have a total remuneration of 100 marks. The MCQs will have negative marking. 


How 6. many GATE attempts are allowed? 


There is no official limit to the number of times you can give the GATE exam.