GATE 2017: All You Need To Know

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 12 Jul 2017

GATE 2017 is going to be held on February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2017. Registration opened on September 1, 2016. All important information regarding GATE 2017 is available here.

GATE 2017: All You Need To Know

GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering is a national-level examination held by various centrally-funded Indian institutions for admissions to postgraduate programs in higher educational institutions in India. The examination tests complete understanding of various undergraduate subjects in science and engineering.

GATE is jointly conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Roorkee, Madras, Kharagpur, Guwahati, Kanpur, Delhi and Bombay) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.  The GATE score reflects a relative performance level of a candidate in a particular subject in the examination. The score is also considered by several Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment and job prospects in India.

IIT Roorkee is the conducting body for GATE 2017. It is responsible for the end-to-end process and operations of the examination. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on February 4-5, 2017, and February 11-12, 2017. It will be a computer-based examination and will be a three-hour long paper.  Candidates will be tested in the engineering subject knowledge as well as Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude skills.

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GATE 2017 Application Forms:

The GATE 2017 application forms will be available on the official website of GATE, starting September 1, 2016, which can be filled online only. The application form will be made available in a GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). Aspirants filling up the GATE 2017 application form would be required to upload documents like a photograph, signature, thumb impression, qualifying certificates etc. wherever necessary while filling the application form. All candidates must abide by the default size required to upload the photograph and signature. The last date to submit the duly filled application form is October 10, 2016.

The application form fee for General Category candidates is INR 1500. For SC/ST/OBC category candidates, the application fee is INR 750. The fee payment for GATE 2017 can be made via e-challan or net banking.

Know more about GATE 2017 Application Forms here.

GATE 2017 Eligibility Criteria:

Details regarding the eligibility of candidates in different qualifying degrees are mentioned below.

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/Examination


Degree Status

Year of qualification

Not later than-

B.E./ B.Tech/B.Pharm

Undergraduate degree in Technology/ Engineering and candidates who are in the final year of these programs

Currently in the final year or already completed


B. Arch

Undergraduate degree in Architecture (Five years)

Currently in the final year or already completed



Undergraduate degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed


M.Sc/ MCA/M.A. or equivalent

Postgraduate degree in any branch of Science/Computer Applications/ Statistics/Mathematics or equivalent

Currently in the final year or already completed


Integrated M.Tech

Post-BSc Integrated Masters degree in Engineering/Technology

Currently in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year or already completed


Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after 10+2/Diploma)

Integrated Masters degree or Dual Degree in Technology/Engineering

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Integrated M.Sc/ Integrated B.S/M.S

Integrated M.Sc or Five years integrated B.S/M.S program

Currently in the final year or already completed


Examination of Professional Society (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech/B.Arch)

Professional Society Examination which is equivalent to B.Tech/B.E. or B.Arch

Completed section ‘A’ or equivalent of these professional courses



Know more about the GATE Eligibility Criteria here.

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GATE 2017 Important Dates:

GATE 2017 is scheduled to be held on February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2017, at various centres across India. As per the official notification on the GATE website, the following are the important dates for GATE 2017. 

Registration begins

September 1, 2016

Last date for submission

of application form

October 10, 2016

(11 AM)

Late date to get choice

of city changed

November 16, 2016

Availability of admit card

January 4, 2017

Date of examination

February 4, 2017, and

February 5, 2017,

February 11, 2017, and

February 12, 2017

Result declaration for GATE 2017

March 27, 2017

(1800 hrs)


The GATE 2017 examination will be held in two sessions, i.e. morning and afternoon. The morning session will be conducted from 9:00 AM to 12 noon and the afternoon session will be conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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GATE 2017 Exam Pattern:

GATE 2017 will conduct examination for 23 papers of different fields of science and engineering, out of which a candidate has to opt for ONE paper he/she has undertaken at the graduation level. A candidate is allowed to write only one GATE paper. Therefore, they must choose the subject very carefully while filling up the application form.

All the 23 papers will consist of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. It will be a three-hour, computer-based examination consisting of objective-type and numerical-type questions.

Know more about GATE Exam Pattern here.

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GATE 2017 Syllabus:

The GATE 2017 paper will consist of various sections having objective and numerical type questions. 15% of the total marks are for General Aptitude questions, which will test the knowledge of the candidate in Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability.   

The Verbal Ability section will consist of topics like English Grammar, verbal analogies, word groups, Sentence Completion etc. The Numerical Ability section will consist of topics like Numerical Estimation, Data Interpretation, Numerical Computation etc.

Certain papers have the Engineering Mathematics section which will constitute 15% of the total marks. This section will cover topics like Algebra, Calculus, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations etc. The core subject questions will constitute for the rest of the percentage of marks.

Know more about GATE Syllabus here.

GATE 2017 Admit Card:

GATE 2017 admit card will be available for download tentatively from January 4, 2017. The admit card will not be sent by post or e-mail. Candidates can log on to GOAPS for downloading their admit cards. Moreover, all candidates need to carry their admit cards and a valid ID proof to the exam centre, without which they will not be allowed to enter the examination hall. The admit card will contain all the important details of the candidate. They must cross check all the details before downloading the card.

Know more about GATE Admit Card here.

GATE 2017 Result:

GATE 2017 will be held on February 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2017. The GATE result will be announced on the official website on March 27, 2017. The GATE score will be valid for three years from the day of announcement of results. Once the result is announced, the candidates can download the score card between March 27 and May 26, 2017, from GOAPS. A soft copy of the score card can also be obtained by paying an amount of INR 500 on the GOAPS portal.

Know more about GATE Result here.

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