GATE Syllabus 2024, IISC Bangalore GATE Subject Wise Syllabus

21 January, 2024
parthiva mewawala

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is one of India’s leading engineering entrance tests, conducted every year for students seeking admissions to M.Tech/M.E. and PhD programs at the top IITs, NITs, and CFTIs. GATE scores are also useful for securing high-profile jobs in leading PSUs. It is a computer-based test conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee. This exam is conducted on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)- GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), and Government of India. With around 8 lakh candidates sitting for the exam every year and a low 15% acceptance rate for the top programs, GATE is extremely competitive. Students usually begin preparing for it during their undergraduate degree itself, and take up to two years to complete the preparation. But even during preparation, it is crucial to remain updated with the changes in the GATE syllabus and alter the prep strategy accordingly.

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In this blog, we’ve covered the details of the most popular GATE streams, along with links to the individual syllabus of each subject.

GATE Syllabus 

GATE Syllabus 2024 is essential as it aids students in getting an idea of the subjects and topics covered for the GATE exam. There will be a decision on their admission and financial assistance to postgraduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and other assistantships, and government scholarships, subject to the admission criteria of the admitting institution. Some universities in India and abroad base their admission on students’ performance in these exams. The GATE score is also considered for recruitment by many public sector undertakings. Therefore, knowing the GATE exam syllabus will assist students in planning their studies accordingly.

GATE Syllabus 2024 

There are 29 disciplines or subjects under the GATE Exam 2024. The candidates should start their preparation by first going through the GATE syllabus.


GATE General Aptitude (GA) Syllabus 2024

IIT Kharagpur is responsible for releasing the applicable GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024. According to the GATE exam pattern, the GATE General Aptitude section is common to all GATE papers in 2024. The GATE GA Syllabus has four key sections: spatial aptitude, verbal aptitude, analytical aptitude, and quantitative aptitude. Sample questions and topics under each section will give an idea of the exam’s format. 


GATE Syllabus for General Aptitude 2024 


Verbal Aptitude Basic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech. 

Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing the data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables. 

Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents, logarithms, permutations, and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry, elementary statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude Logic: Deduction and induction, numerical relations and reasoning, and analogy 
Spatial Aptitude Transformation of shapes: Rotation, Translation, Mirroring, Scaling, Grouping, Cutting, Paper Folding, and patterns in 2 and 3-dimensions 


GATE 2024 Syllabus Subject-Wise


GATE Test PaperCodeGATE Test PaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology & GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
Biomedical EngineeringBMMechanical EngineeringME
BiotechnologyBTMining EngineeringMN
Civil EngineeringCEMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Chemical EngineeringCHNaval Architecture & Marine EngineeringNM
Computer Science & Information TechnologyCSPetroleum EngineeringPE
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (NEW)DAProduction & Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics & Communication EngineeringECStatisticsST
Electrical EngineeringEETextile Engineering & Fibre ScienceTF
Environmental Science & EngineeringESEngineering SciencesXE
Ecology and EvolutionEYHumanities & Social SciencesXH
Geomatics EngineeringGELife SciencesXL

The two new subjects were introduced in 2022: 

  1. ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) 
  2. XH (Humanities and Social Sciences) in Economics/English/ Linguistics/ Philosophy/Psychology/ Sociology. 

Besides, two subjects were also introduced to the 2024 syllabus. They are: 

  1. NM (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) 
  2. GE (Geomatic Engineering). 

GATE Exam Pattern Highlights 


Examination ModeComputer Based Test (Online)
Duration3 Hours
Number of Papers in GATE 202430 Papers
  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Candidate Selected Subject
Type of Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Design of QuestionsThe questions are designed to test the listed abilities

  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Recall
  • Synthesis
Number of Questions65 Questions (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)
Distribution of Questions in all Papers except AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL
  • Engineering Mathematics – 13 Marks
  • Subject Questions – 72 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL
  • Questions from Subject Concerned – 85 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Total Marks100 Marks
Marking SchemeAll of the questions will be worth 1 or 2 marks
GATE Negative MarkingTwo types of MCQs:

  • MCQs – 1 mark for each correct answer; 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • MCQs – 2 marks for each correct answer; 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response. There are no negative marks for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • No negative marks for MSQ & NAT.

Read more: GATE Exam Pattern 2024 – Subject-Wise Question Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme


Students must begin their prep well in advance and in the right direction to score high on the GATE exam. Understanding the GATE syllabus 2024 is the first step toward building the right study strategy. Even those already studying should look at the updated exam pattern. For more details on preparing for the GATE exam and overcoming the common challenges, click here.  Click here to learn more about GATE 2024 – Eligibility, Registration, Important Dates, Syllabus, Paper Pattern, and Benefits.

GATE Syllabus frequently asked questions: 

  1. What are the compulsory sections included in the GATE Syllabus 2024? 

The GATE 2024 Syllabus comprises two compulsory sections: General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics. The candidates can find the GATE Syllabus 2024 for every subject on the official website, including CSE, ECE, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, and Civil Engineering. 


  1. Will there be any change in the GATE 2024 syllabus? 

The authorities will release the revised syllabus for GATE 2024, if needed, on the official website. 


  1. Where is the GATE Syllabus? 

The GATE 2024 syllabus is available at


  1. How many papers can I take in GATE 2024?

The candidates will be allowed to apply for only one paper of GATE 2024 based on their educational qualifications. 


  1. How relevant is the syllabus for the GATE 2024 exam? 

Aspirants must remember that the GATE exam questions are based on the GATE 2024 syllabus. To avoid confusion or discrepancy, students should thoroughly review the detailed syllabus.