GATE 2024: Exam Date, Application, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

GATE Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
GATE Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE 2024: IISc Bangalore has released the GATE 2024 notification at Candidates can access the GATE 2024 registration form from 30 August 2023. GATE 2024 exam will be held on 3, 4, 10, & 11 February, 2024.

Check complete details on GATE 2024 like important dates, application form, fee, eligibility, exam pattern, and admit card below here.

Latest GATE Exam Updates-

  • Closing Date of EXTENDED online registration/ application process (Without Late Fee) is 12th October 2023
  • (31 August 2023) GATE 2024 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) open
  • The exam papers are increased from 29 to 30. Data Science and AI paper has been added this year.
  • GATE exam fee 2024 is increased to Rs 1800/- which was Rs 1700/- earlier.
  • There will be no exam centre outside India.
  • GATE 2024 exam date is February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2024. IISc Bangalore has launched GATE 2024 portal. 
  • IISc Bangalore has revised the GATE 2024 two-paper combination. 
  • (8 August 2023) GATE 2024 Website is live now

What is GATE Exam?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a prestigious national-level exam that assesses candidates for comprehensive understanding in various undergraduate-level subjects in Engineering, Technology, Science, Architecture, and Humanities.

GATE exam is being conducted by IISc Bengaluru and seven IITs comprising IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras, and IIT Roorkee, on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

IISc Bengaluru is the Organising Institute for GATE 2024.

Candidates who qualify in GATE can seek admission with possible financial assistance to Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science, and Humanities; and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Engineering, Science, and Humanities, in institutions supported by Ministry of Education (MoE) and other Government agencies. GATE score is also used by some colleges and institutions for admission to postgraduate programs without MoE scholarship. Several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have also been using GATE score for recruitment.

GATE 2024 Exam Highlights

Examination NameGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
Commonly Known AsGATE
Purpose of ExaminationQualifying Examination for M.E./ M.Tech/ PhD admissions and PSU Recruitment
GATE 2024 Organising InstituteIISc Bangalore
GATE 2024 Official
GATE 2024 exam dates3,4,10, & 11 February, 2024
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExaminationComputer-Based Mode
Examination Duration180 Minutes (3 Hours)
Frequency of ExaminationAnnual (Generally conducted in February month)
Number of GATE Papers30
Validity of GATE Score/Grade3 Years

GATE 2024 Papers

GATE 2024 will be conducted for 30 test papers.

A candidate is allowed to appear either in ONE or UP TO TWO test papers.

The following table shows the list of papers with codes.

GATE Test PaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAE
Agricultural EngineeringAG
Architecture and PlanningAR
Biomedical EngineeringBM
Civil EngineeringCE
Chemical EngineeringCH
Computer Science & Information TechnologyCS
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (NEW)DA
Electronics & Communication EngineeringEC
Electrical EngineeringEE
Environmental Science & EngineeringES
Ecology and EvolutionEY
Geomatics EngineeringGE
Geology & GeophysicsGG
Instrumentation EngineeringIN
Mechanical EngineeringME
Mining EngineeringMN
Metallurgical EngineeringMT
Naval Architecture & Marine EngineeringNM
Petroleum EngineeringPE
Production & Industrial EngineeringPI
Textile Engineering & Fibre ScienceTF
Engineering SciencesXE
Humanities & Social SciencesXH
Life SciencesXL

GATE 2024 Two-Paper Combinations

The following table gives the codes of test papers allowed as the second paper for the candidate’s choice of the first paper. The combinations are subject to availability of infrastructure and scheduling constraints.

Code of the First PaperCodes of the Second Paper
AECE ,  ME ,  XE
CEAE ,  AG ,  AR ,  ES ,  GE ,  NM ,  XE
CHES ,  PE ,  XE
CSDA ,  EC ,  GE ,  MA ,  PH ,  ST
DACS ,  EC ,  EE ,  MA ,  ME ,  PH ,  ST ,  XE
ECCS ,  DA ,  EE ,  IN ,  PH
EEDA ,  EC ,  IN ,  PH
ESCE ,  CH ,  GE
GEAR ,  CE ,  CS ,  ES ,  GG
INBM ,  EC ,  EE ,  ME
MACS ,  DA ,  PH ,  ST
MEAE ,  DA ,  IN ,  NM ,  PI ,  XE
PHCS ,  DA ,  EC ,  EE ,  MA ,  XE
STCS ,  DA ,  MA ,  XH
XEAE ,  CE ,  CH ,  CY ,  DA ,  ME ,  MT ,  PH ,  PI
XLBT ,  CY ,  EY


  • The test papers will be in English. Candidates opting to appear in TWO test papers must have a primary choice of test paper. The second test paper must be chosen from the allowed combinations given in the table above. Combinations other than the listed ones are NOT allowed in the initial (Regular and Extended) windows of registration. We may open up additional two-paper combinations at a later date, which will be notified on the GATE  2024 website. This is subject to the availability of infrastructure and scheduling feasibility.
  • The examination centre of a candidate for the second test paper may be different (but in the same city) from that for the first paper due to infrastructure and scheduling constraints. GATE 2024 shall NOT be liable for any legal obligations arising out of this issue.
  • Under unforeseen circumstances, certain combinations may be removed from the list in the above table at a later date. In such cases, the fee paid towards the second test paper will be refunded to the candidates.

GATE 2024 Schedule

Online Application Process Opens on30th August 2023
Closing Date of REGULAR online registration/ application process (Without Late Fee)12th October 2023
Closing Date of EXTENDED online registration/ application process (With Late Fee)20th October 2023
Modifications in GATE 2024 Application07th to 11th November 2023
Availability of GATE Admit cards for download3rd January 2024
GATE 2024 Examinations03, 04 and 10, 11 February 2024
Candidate’s response available in Application portal16th February 2024
Answer keys available on Application portal21st February 2024
Submission of challenges by candidates on Answer Keys22nd to 25th February 2024
Announcement of Results for GATE 202416th March 2024
Availability of Score Card for download by candidates23rd March 2024

GATE 2024 Exam Schedule

Day; DateTime (IST)Test Papers
Saturday; 3rd February, 20249:30 am to 12:30 pm
(Forenoon Session – FN)

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Afternoon Session – AN)

Sunday; 4th February, 20249:30 am to 12:30 pm
(Forenoon Session – FN)

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Afternoon Session – AN)

Saturday; 10th February, 20249:30 am to 12:30 pm
(Forenoon Session – FN)

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Afternoon Session – AN)

Sunday; 11th February, 20249:30 am to 12:30 pm
(Forenoon Session – FN)

2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
(Afternoon Session – AN)


TBA: To be announced.

GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Before filing an application, candidates are advised to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for GATE 2024.

There are no minimum pass percentage requirements to take the exam.

Age Requirements: The GATE test does not have a specific age requirement

Candidates who are currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program or who have completed any government approved degree program in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities are eligible to appear for GATE 2024.

Some Professional Societies/Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields of engineering, are given below.

  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

Candidates who possess certification from any such professional societies must ensure that those examinations are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/ UPSC as being equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.Planning, etc.

Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: Candidates must be currently in the 3rd or higher years or must have completed their Bachelor’s degree (of at least three years duration) in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities.

Any candidate fulfilling the above-mentioned criteria is eligible to appear for GATE 2024.


  • Candidates pursuing any higher degree or in possession of a degree higher than that mentioned in the table below, will be allowed to appear for GATE 2024.
  • Candidates with B.Sc./B.A./B.Com. degrees (3-year program) desirous of seeking admission to Masters programs in IITs and IISc may refer to JAM 2024.

More details of eligibility criteria are given below

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 of 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, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th/ 6th year or already completed
M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc.Degree holders of M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc and those who are in the 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester of such programme.5th/ 6th/ 7th or higher semester 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.
Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (4-year program)Currently in the 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year 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/ 5th year or already completed
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3 year program)Currently in the 3rd year or already completed
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 completed
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 Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses
B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)4-years programCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th year or already completed

*Students enrolled with the professional bodies and institutions as per MHRD OM (No. 11-15/2011-AR (TS.II)) with permanent recognition upto 31st May 2013, stand recognized. See circular No. 13/56/PC/ODL-Mode/AICTE/2020, Dated 23rd November 2020 for more details.

GATE 2024 Application Process

Candidates who meet the eligibility conditions have to apply online on

GATE 2024 Application Steps

  • Register for GATE 2024 – Candidates must first visit the official website for GATE 2024 and register as a “New User”. After successful registration, an application number/ enrollment ID will be sent on the registered email.
  • Fill GATE 2024 Application Form – Login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and Password sent to the registered ID. Fill in the details such as educational qualification, personal details, etc. asked in the application form.
  • Upload Required Documents – Upload scanned documents including Passport-size Photograph, Signature, Eligibility Certificate, SC/ST Certificate and PwD Certificate as per the given guidelines above.
  • Pay Application Fees – Based on the category, candidates must pay the application fee through credit card, debit card, or net banking.
  • Final Submission – Before submitting the application form, a candidate must read and accept the declaration statement. Once the declaration has been accepted, candidates can submit the application form.

Data Required for Filling the Online Application Form in GATE 2024

  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.).
    • The name of the candidate in the application form must be exactly the same as that in the valid photo ID, which the candidate MUST produce in original while appearing for GATE-2024 examination at the centre.
    • GATE 2024 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form.
    • Prefixes/titles such as Mr / Shri / Dr / Mrs / Smt / Prof / Capt / Maj / Lt / Col / Er / Ar, etc. MUST NOT be used.
  2. Address for communication (including PIN code).
  3. Eligibility degree details.
  4. GATE paper(s) and their codes in which the candidate wishes to appear.
  5. THREE choices of GATE examination cities (from the same zone).
  6. Net-banking /debit card / credit card / UPI / wallet details for fee payment.

Documents Required For Filling the Online Application Form in Gate 2024

  1. High quality image of candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified in the Information Brochure.
  2. High quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified in the Information Brochure.
  3. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate in pdf format (if applicable).
  4. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate in pdf format (if applicable).
  5. Scanned copy of Certificate of Dyslexia in pdf format (if applicable).
  6. Scanned copy of valid photo Identity document: Aadhar-UID (preferable)/ Passport/ PAN Card/ Voter ID/ Driving License.
  7.  The photo ID must have Name, Date of birth of the candidate and unique photo ID number. This photo ID must be carried in original to the examination hall for verification.

GATE 2024 Registration Fee

CategoryRegular Period
(30th Aug to 29th Sept 2023)
During the Extended Period
(30th Sept to 13th Oct 2023)
Female candidates/SC/ST/PwD
(per test paper)
₹ 900₹ 1400
All other candidates including foreign nationals
(per test paper)
₹ 1800₹ 2300

GATE Exam Cities

This is a tentative list of examination cities. Any changes will be updated on the GATE website.

  • Andhra Pradesh: Ananthapuramu, Kurnool
  • Kerala: Angamaly, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Payyanur, Thrissur, Vatakara, Wayanad
  • Karnataka: Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bidar, Chikkballapur, Chikkamagaluru, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli)/Dharwad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kolar, Mandya , Mangaluru, Manipal-Udupi, Mysuru (Mysore), Shivamogga (Shimoga), Tumakuru
  • Telangana: Hyderabad, Medak, Nalgonda
  • Andaman and Nicobar: Port Blair
  • Gujarat: Ahmedabad, Anand, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Vapi
  • Maharashtra: Ahmednagar, Akola, Amravati, Aurangabad, Baramati, Chandrapur, Dhule, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Latur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi-Mumbai-Thane, Panvel-Raigad, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sangamner-Loni-Shirdi, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Vasai-Palghar, Wardha, Yavatmal
  • Goa: Goa
  • Haryana: Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar
  • Jammu and Kashmir: Jammu-Samba, Srinagar
  • Ladakh: Leh
  • Madhya Pradesh: Indore, Ujjain
  • New Delhi: New Delhi
  • Rajasthan: Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
  • Uttar Pradesh: Greater NOIDA, Mathura
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Itanagar
  • Assam: Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
  • Bihar: Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
  • Jharkhand: Bokaro Steel City, Dhanbad
  • Manipur: Imphal
  • Meghalaya: Shillong
  • Mizoram: Aizawl
  • Nagaland: Dimapur, Kohima
  • Sikkim: Gangtok
  • Tripura: Agartala
  • West Bengal: Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan, Kalyani, Siliguri
  • Madhya Pradesh: Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna
  • Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi , Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
  • Andhra Pradesh: Eluru, Kakinada-Surampalem, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Srikakulam, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
  • Chhattisgarh: Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur
  • Jharkhand: Hazaribag, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
  • Odisha: Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Kakatpur (Puri), Rourkela, Sambalpur
  • West Bengal: Bankura, Berhampur-Murshidabad, Hooghly, Howrah, Kharagpur-Midnapur, Kolaghat, Kolkata, Suri (Birbhum)
  • Andhra Pradesh: Chirala, Chittoor, Guntur, Kadapa, Nellore, Ongole, Tirupati
  • Kerala: Alappuzha, Aluva-Ernakulam, Attingal, Chengannur, Kanjirapally, Kollam, Kothamangalam , Kottayam, Muvattupuzha, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Pondicherry: Puducherry
  • Tamilnadu: Chennai South, Chennai West, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Madurai, Namakkal, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Thanjavur, Theni, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Virudhunagar
  • Telangana: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kodad, Kothagudem, Nizamabad, Suryapet, Warangal
  • Haryana: Ambala, Kurukshetra
  • Himachal Pradesh: Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla-Solan
  • Punjab: Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali-Chandigarh, Patiala, Pathankot
  • Uttar Pradesh: Ghaziabad, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Saharanpur
  • Uttarakhand: Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee

Choice of Examination City: A candidate can choose THREE cities from the list given above. All the three choices must be from the same GATE 2024 zone. GATE 2024 reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be from any of the choices selected by the candidate.

Withdrawal of International Centres: GATE 2024 will be conducted only in centres within India. It will NOT be conducted in centres outside India. Foreign nationals and Indian citizens residing abroad may appear for GATE 2024, by paying the full application fee (Rs. 1800 per test paper), but they must choose examination cities within India. They must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation to appear for the exam at an assigned centre within India.

GATE 2024 Syllabus

GATE Test Paper Syllabus PDF
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural Engineering
Architecture and Planning
Biomedical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Science & Information Technology
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (NEW)
Electronics & Communication Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science & Engineering
Ecology and Evolution
Geomatics Engineering
Geology & Geophysics
Instrumentation Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Production & Industrial Engineering
Textile Engineering & Fibre Science
Engineering Sciences
Humanities & Social Sciences
Life Sciences

GATE 2024 Exam Pattern

The GATE Exam Pattern 2024 is given below. 

  • The GATE Exam comprises both Multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • There is a negative marking for the multiple-choice questions while no marks will be deducted for the numerical answer type questions.

Question Pattern

Examination ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Duration3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers)30
SectionsGeneral Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject(s)
Type of Questions(a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) (b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
(c) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Questions for testing these abilities(a) Recall
(b) Comprehension
(c) Application
(d) Analysis & Synthesis
Number of Questions10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 marks
Engineering Mathematics**: 13 marks
Subject Questions: 72 marks
Total: 100 marks

(**XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 Marks)
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, DA, 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 MarkingFor a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.
For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
NO negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

Marks Distribution

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, ST, TF1585100180
AR [Part A + Part B1 or B2 (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)]
B1 or B2 can be selected during Exam.
1560 + 25100180
GE [Part A + Part B1 or B2 (B1 – Surveying and Mapping or B2 -Image Processing and Analysis)] B1 or B2 can be selected during the Exam.1555 + 30100180
GG [Part A + Part B]
(Section 1: Geology or Section 2: Geophysics)
1525 + 60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)
Sections can be selected during Exam.
1515 + (2 x 35)100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 + 60100180
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)
Sections can be selected during Exam.
1525 + (2 x 30)100180

GATE 2024 Important Links

GATE 2024 PosterClick Here
GATE 2024 Information BrochureClick Here
GATE 2024 WebsiteClick Here

Previous Exams

GATE 2023

GATE 2022


Who will conduct Gate 2024?

GATE 2024 will be conducted by IISc Bengaluru.

How many attempts are there for GATE?

There is no limit of attempts defined by the officials.

What is the age limit for GATE exam?

There is no age limit set for the candidates.

How much CGPA is required for GATE 2024?

There is no minimum CGPA required to appear for GATE 2024.