GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, for admission to Post Graduation/PhD courses in Engineering and Architecture. The exam is carried out in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee. This committee comprises of representatives from the administering institutes.
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE:
1. Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
2. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
3. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
4. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE (I), AMICE (I) by the Institute of Civil Engineer (India)-ICE (I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.
GATE scores are valid for 2 years. If the score is not satisfactory, one can reappear in the GATE exams and the new score (if better than the old one) will be used for admission purposes.
GATE is not a difficult exam to crack if you start your preparation early. It is conducted for at least 21 odd streams. The syllabus for each stream differs from the other. Some of the popular books for Electronics and Communication Engineering stream of this exam include Higher Engineering Mathematics written by Dr. B.S. Grewal, Network Analysis written by VanValkenburg, Integrated electronics by Milman Halkias, Electronic devices and circuits by Millman and Halkias, Digital Electronics by Morris Mano, Signal and Systems Simon Haykin, Modern Control system by Ogata, Communication System by Simon Haykin and Engg Electromagnetics by William Hayt.
Get a copy of the previous years’ question papers preferably with solutions. Take as many online test papers as possible. Analyse your score in these test papers and compare your performance periodically to see how you improve. Keep a timeframe in mind. Try and complete the syllabus at least two months before the exam; last two months should be for assessments and revision.
Do not prepare randomly. Make a list of subjects prioritising them based on the marks or preference given to them in the previous years’ papers. Allocate time for each topic accordingly.
If anytime during the preparation, you feel that you do not have enough study material or lack guidance, join a coaching institute. You can also clarify your doubts by asking experts online or use forums to discuss with other people who are preparing too. To brush up the concepts, revise.
All the IITs and IISc accept GATE scores. Apart from these, a brief but non-exhaustive list of colleges that accept GATE scores is as follows:
There are many other institutions which take admission through GATE apart from the aforementioned colleges
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens: Enrolment, Application Filling, Application Submission
2nd September 2013
Last Date for Enrolment (after this only enrolled candidates can fill the application)
1st October 2013
Last date for Submission of Online Application through Website
3rd October 2013
Last Date for the receipt of Print-out of the ONLINE Application along with all the supporting documents at the respective Zonal GATE Offices
10th October 2013
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of City
20th November 2013
Availability of Admit Card on the GOAPS website for printing
18th December, 2013
GATE 2014 Online Examination
Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays
Between 1st February and 2nd March 2014
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website
28th March 2014 (10:00 Hrs)