What is GATE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance Examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee). It is conducted every year in the month of February.The GATE Score/Rank is mandatory for admission into and/or financial assistance to Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture in IISc, IITs and other prestigious Institutes / Universities in India. The GATE Score is also used by many PSUs for the recruitment of candidates into prestigious jobs with attractive salary packages. Some of the PSUs which use GATE score for providing jobs include BARC, BHEL, IOCL, HPCL, NTPC, Power Grid, NHPC etc.

GATE is an exam that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score reflects the relative performance level of the candidate in a particular subject. GATE score is valid for THREE years.

Exam Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE
Agricultural Engineering AG
Architecture and Planning AR
Biotechnology BT
Civil Engineering CE
Chemical Engineering CH
Computer Science & Information Technology CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
Electrical Engineering EE
Engineering Sciences XE
Petroleum Engineering PE
Geology and Geophysics GG
Instrumentation Engineering IN
Life Sciences XL
Mathematics MA
Mechanical Engineering ME
Mining Engineering MN
Metallurgical Engineering MT
Physics PH
Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Textile Engineering & Fiber Science TF
Ecology and Evolution EY


  • You can get admission in M. Tech/MS in IISc / IITs / NITs and other Universities depending upon your score
  • If you were unlucky in IIT JEE, you can get one more chance to realize your cherished goal of studying in IISc / IITs by taking GATE
  • Based on GATE Score, you can apply for some of the top PSUs which offer lucrative jobs.
  • You can get a financial aid of RS 12400/- per month in the form of MHRD scholarship
  • With a good GATE score you can land in IISc / IITs / NITs where you can have abundant campus placements with attractive salary packages ranging from Rs 6 Lakh to 30 Lakh per annum.
  • You can shift to management side by doing PG Diploma of 2 year in Industrial engineering in NITIE Mumbai,where admissions are based on GATE score and interview.
  • If you don’t have first class in Engineering and if it is a hurdle to apply for some of the jobs like teaching, it can be overcome by doing M.Tech/ MS.
  • You can try for MS admissions based on GATE score in some of the foreign Universities like in Singapore and Malaysia.

Eligibility for GATE 2019

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination Description of
Eligible Candidates
Year of
not later than
B.E./ B.Tech./
B. Pharm.
Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/
Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years
after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology)
Currently in the Final Year
or already completed
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture
(5 years course)
Currently in the Final Year
or already completed
(Research)/ B.S
Bachelor’s degree in Science
(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
Currently in the 4th year
or already completed
M. Sc./ M.A./MCA
or equivalent
Master’s degree in any branch of Science
/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications
or equivalent
Currently in the final Year
or already completed
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
Post-B.s.c Integrated Master’s Degree Programs
in Engineering Technology (4 years program)
Currently in the 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th
Year or already completed
Int. M.E./ M.Tech.
or Dual Degree
(after Diploma or 10+2)
Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual
Degree program in Engineering/Technology
(5 years program)
Currently in the 4th / 5th year
or already completed
Int. M.Sc./
Int. B.S.-M.S.
Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years integrated
B.S.-M.S. program
Currently in the final Yyear
or already completed
Professional Society
(equivalent to
B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch.)
B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations
of Professional Societies, recognized by
MHRD/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

* Some of these Professional Societies / Institutions, which conduct examination in various fields

    1. of engineering, are as follows:
    2. The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
    3. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
    4. GATE 2019 Information Brochure 6
    5. The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
    6. The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
    7. The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
    8. The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
    9. The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/AICTE as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.

Pattern of Questions:

GATE 2020 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers:(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select (mark) the correct answer.Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For 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. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). No choices will be shown for these type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 (three decimals). These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, for some NAT type problems an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions

GATE Postal Coaching:

ACE Engineering Academy, the leading institute for GATE, ESE and PSUs offers postal coaching (Distance learning programme) for engineering students.

ACE Academy established in 1995, is the only institute which has secured All India 1st Ranks 48 Times in GATE, 11 All India First Ranks in ESE. The Institute is consistently bagging all India 1st Ranks every Year and Proved to be No.1. The Students of ACE are consistently securing ranks top ranks like 1st,2nd,3rd, etc…in ESE. with limited number of students belonging to class room coaching. The institute has developed study material with the help of subject experts in various branches of engineering, humanities and basic sciences. The team of experts has vast experience in guiding the student community for various competitive exams. The study material given to the students is thoroughly revised and updated to suit all competitive exams.

  • ESE-2019 Prelims, General Studies & Engineering Aptitude

    • Current issues of national and international importance relating to social, economic and industrial development.
    • General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety.
    • Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services.
    • Basics of Energy and Environment : Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, Climate Change, Environmental impact assessment.
    • Basics of Project Management.
    • Basics of Material Science and Engineering.
    • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) based tools and their applications in Engineering such as networking, e-governance and technology based education.
    • Ethics and values in the Engineering profession.
    • Logical Reasoning.
    • Engineering Mathematics Volume-I & Volume-II

For Postal Coaching Students Registration Charges for Online Test Series is Rs 400/-

Online Test Series is free for Postal Coaching and Classroom Coaching students but registration charges of Rs. 400/- will be applicable.

Deliver in 7 Days
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Course Fee Shipping Charges Total Course Fee Shipping Charges Total
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ESE (UPSE Engg. Services) + PSUs Rs 11,500/- Rs 1,100/- Rs 12,600/- Rs 11,500/- No Shipping Rs 11,500/-
ESE + GATE+PSUs Rs 12,500/- Rs 1,100/- Rs 13,600/- Rs 12,500/- No Shipping Rs 12,500/-
ESE Mains (Stage – II)
Rs 2,600/- No Shipping Rs 2,600/-
ESE-2019 Prelims
General studies & Engineering Aptitude
Rs 2,000/- Rs 200/- Rs 2,200/-
Rs 4,000/- No Shipping Rs 4,000/-

Contact Details for Postal Coaching Queries

ACE Engineering Academy 

Sree Sindhi Guru Sangat Sabha Association,
# 4-1-1236/1/A,King Koti, ABIDS,
HYDERABAD- 500001.
Telangana State, India
Ph: 040-23234437, 040-23234420
E-mail: acepostalcoaching@gmail.com

GATE 2019: Exam Paper and Category wise Qualifying Marks

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
Electronics Engineering 26.7 24 17.8 89
Electrical Engineering 39.6 35.6 26.4
Mechanical Engineering 34.1 30.7 22.7
Civil Engineering 28.2 25.4 18.8 87.72
Computer Science & IT 29.5 26.6 19.7 88.67
Instrumentation Engineering 31.9 28.7 21.3 83
Production Engineering 32.2 29 21.5 78

Electronics & Communication Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD AIR
1st Rank
2019 26.7 24 17.8 89
2018 25 22.5 16.6 73.67
2017 25 22.5 16.6 83.83
2016 25 22.5 16.6
2015 25 22.5 16.6

Electrical Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 39.6 35.6 26.4
2018 29.1 26.1 19.4 90.33
2017 25.2 22.6 16.7 81.25
2016 25.1 22.5 16.7
2015 25 22.5 16.6

Mechanical Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 34.1 30.7 22.7 —-
2018 34.7 31.2 23.1 96.83
2017 32.7 29.4 21.8 94.85
2016 29.6 26.6 19.7
2015 32.73 29.46 21.82

Civil Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 28.2 25.4 18.8 87.72
2018 26.9 24.2 17.9 91.29
2017 28.7 25.8 19.1 92.94
2016 25 22.5 16.6 —-
2015 25 22.5 16.67 —-

Computer Science & IT

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 29.5 26.6 19.7 88.67
2018 25 22.5 16.6 83.33
2017 25 22.5 16.6 86.38
2016 25 22.5 16.6
2015 25 22.5 16.6

Instrumentation Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 31.9 28.7 21.3 83
2018 37.1 33.3 24.7 92.67
2017 34.6 31.1 23 89.68
2016 31.6 28.4 21
2015 25.45 22.9 16.96 —-

Production Engineering

Exam Paper General OBC (NCL) SC/ST/PwD All India
1st Rank
2019 32.2 29 21.5 78
2018 32 28.8 21.3 88.00
2017 33.1 29.7 22.0 89.68
2016 26.4 23.7 17.5
2015 26.82 24.14 17.88 —-

GATE Syllabus

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics

Linear Algebra: Matrix algebra; Systems of linear equations; Eigen values and Eigen vectors.Calculus: Functions of single variable; Limit, continuity and differentiability; Mean value theorems, local maxima and minima, Taylor and Maclaurin series; Evaluation of definite and indefinite integrals, application of definite integral to obtain area and volume; Partial derivatives; Total derivative; Gradient, Divergence and Curl, Vector identities, Directional derivatives, Line, Surface and Volume integrals, Stokes, Gauss and Green’s theorems.

Ordinary Differential Equation (ODE): First order (linear and non-linear) equations; higher order linear equations with constant coefficients; Euler-Cauchy equations; Laplace transform and its application in solving linear ODEs; initial and boundary value problems.

Partial Differential Equation (PDE): Fourier series; separation of variables; solutions of one- dimensional diffusion equation; first and second order one-dimensional wave equation and two-dimensional Laplace equation.

Probability and Statistics: Definitions of probability and sampling theorems; Conditional probability; Discrete Random variables: Poisson and Binomial distributions; Continuous random variables: normal and exponential distributions; Descriptive statistics – Mean, median, mode and standard deviation; Hypothesis testing.

Numerical Methods: Accuracy and precision; error analysis. Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations; Least square approximation, Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials, numerical differentiation, Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule, single and multi-step methods for first order differential equations.

Section 2: Structural Engineering

Engineering Mechanics: System of forces, free-body diagrams, equilibrium equations; Internal forces in structures; Friction and its applications; Kinematics of point mass and rigid body; Centre of mass; Euler’s equations of motion; Impulse-momentum; Energy methods; Principles of virtual work.

Solid Mechanics: Bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams; Simple stress and strain relationships; Theories of failures; Simple bending theory, flexural and shear stresses, shear centre; Uniform torsion, buckling of column, combined and direct bending stresses.

Structural Analysis: Statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force/ energy methods; Method of superposition; Analysis of trusses, arches, beams, cables and frames; Displacement methods: Slope deflection and moment distribution methods; Influence lines; Stiffness and flexibility methods of structural analysis. Construction Materials and Management: Construction Materials: Structural steel – composition, material properties and behaviour; Concrete – constituents, mix design, short-term and long-term properties; Bricks and mortar; Timber; Bitumen. Construction

Management: Types of construction projects; Tendering and construction contracts; Rate analysis and standard specifications; Cost estimation; Project planning and network analysis – PERT and CPM.

Concrete Structures: Working stress, Limit state and Ultimate load design concepts; Design of beams, slabs, columns; Bond and development length; Prestressed concrete; Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads. Steel Structures: Working stress and Limit state design concepts; Design of tension and compression members, beams and beam- columns, column bases; Connections – simple and eccentric, beam-column connections, plate girders and trusses; Plastic analysis of beams and frames.

Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering

Soil Mechanics: Origin of soils, soil structure and fabric; Three-phase system and phase relationships, index properties; Unified and Indian standard soil classification system; Permeability – one dimensional flow, Darcy’s law; Seepage through soils – two-dimensional flow, flow nets, uplift pressure, piping; Principle of effective stress, capillarity, seepage force and quicksand condition; Compaction in laboratory and field conditions; One- dimensional consolidation, time rate of consolidation; Mohr’s circle, stress paths, effective and total shear strength parameters, characteristics of clays and sand. Foundation Engineering: Sub-surface investigations – scope, drilling bore holes, sampling, plate load test, standard penetration and cone penetration tests; Earth pressure theories – Rankine and Coulomb; Stability of slopes – finite and infinite slopes, method of slices and Bishop’s method; Stress distribution in soils – Boussinesq’s and Westergaard’s theories, pressure bulbs; Shallow foundations – Terzaghi’s and Meyerhoff’s bearing capacity theories, effect of water table; Combined footing and raft foundation; Contact pressure; Settlement analysis in sands and clays; Deep foundations – types of piles, dynamic and static formulae, load capacity of piles in sands and clays, pile load test, negative skin friction.

Section 4: Water Resources Engineering

Fluid Mechanics: Properties of fluids, fluid statics; Continuity, momentum, energy and corresponding equations; Potential flow, applications of momentum and energy equations; Laminar and turbulent flow; Flow in pipes, pipe networks; Concept of boundary layer and its growth.

Hydraulics: Forces on immersed bodies; Flow measurement in channels and pipes; Dimensional analysis and hydraulic similitude; Kinematics of flow, velocity triangles; Basics of hydraulic machines, specific speed of pumps and turbines; Channel Hydraulics – Energy-depth relationships, specific energy, critical flow, slope profile, hydraulic jump, uniform flow and gradually varied flow

Hydrology: Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, evapo-transpiration, watershed, infiltration, unit hydrographs, hydrograph analysis, flood estimation and routing, reservoir capacity, reservoir and channel routing, surface run-off models, ground water hydrology – steady state well hydraulics and aquifers; Application of Darcy’s law. Irrigation: Duty, delta, estimation of evapo-transpiration; Crop water requirements; Design of lined and unlined canals, head works, gravity dams and spillways; Design of weirs on permeable foundation; Types of irrigation systems, irrigation methods; Water logging and drainage; Canal regulatory works, cross-drainage structures, outlets and escapes.

Section 5: Environmental Engineering

Water and Waste Water: Quality standards, basic unit processes and operations for water treatment. Drinking water standards, water requirements, basic unit operations and unit processes for surface water treatment, distribution of water. Sewage and sewerage treatment, quantity and characteristics of wastewater. Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater, effluent discharge standards. Domestic wastewater treatment, quantity of characteristics of domestic wastewater, primary and secondary treatment. Unit operations and unit processes of domestic wastewater, sludge disposal.

Air Pollution: Types of pollutants, their sources and impacts, air pollution meteorology, air pollution control, air quality standards and limits. Municipal Solid Wastes: Characteristics, generation, collection and transportation of solid wastes, engineered systems for solid waste management (reuse/ recycle, energy recovery, treatment and disposal).

Noise Pollution: Impacts of noise, permissible limits of noise pollution, measurement of noise and control of noise pollution.

Section 6: Transportation Engineering

Transportation Infrastructure: Highway alignment and engineering surveys; Geometric design of highways – cross-sectional elements, sight distances, horizontal and vertical alignments; Geometric design of railway track; Airport runway length, taxiway and exit taxiway design.

Highway Pavements: Highway materials – desirable properties and quality control tests; Design of bituminous paving mixes; Design factors for flexible and rigid pavements; Design of flexible pavement using IRC: 37-2012; Design of rigid pavements using IRC: 58-2011; Distresses in concrete pavements.

Traffic Engineering: Traffic studies on flow, speed, travel time – delay and O-D study, PCU, peak hour factor, parking study, accident study and analysis, statistical analysis of traffic data; Microscopic and macroscopic parameters of traffic flow, fundamental relationships; Control devices, signal design by Webster’s method; Types of intersections and channelization; Highway capacity and level of service of rural highways and urban roads.

Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

Principles of surveying; Errors and their adjustment; Maps – scale, coordinate system; Distance and angle measurement – Levelling and trigonometric levelling; Traversing and triangulation survey; Total station; Horizontal and vertical curves. Photogrammetry – scale, flying height; Remote sensing – basics, platform and sensors, visual image interpretation; Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical Positioning system (GPS).