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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2008

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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are 

Zone 1 - Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 
Zone 2 - Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 
Zone 3 - Indian Institute of Technology Delhi 
Zone 4 - Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati 
Zone 5 - Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur  
Zone 6 - Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur  
Zone 7 - Indian Institute of Technology Madras  
Zone 8 - Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

The overall coordination and responsibility lies with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2008.

Admission to post graduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy or Master degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/ Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must additionally secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. GATE qualification, however, is not required for candidates with Master degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy who may be seeking scholarship/assistantship for relevant doctoral programmes.

Some institutions specify GATE as the mandatory qualification even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates in Engineering disciplines are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/Engineer.

About the Examination

Candidates will be required to appear in a single paper of three hours duration. The examination will be held from 0930 hours to 1230 hours on Sunday, February 10, 2008. The list of papers for GATE 2008 is given under structure of GATE. The question papers will be in english only.

Before applying for GATE 2008, candidates must assure themselves that they have chosen the right paper, which qualifies them to become eligible to seek admission to the specific programme they are interested in. The criteria for postgraduate admission with Scholarship/ Assistantship are different in various Institutes. GATE Offices will not provide any information in this regard. For more details, the candidates are required to contact the Institutes/Universities to which they are interested in seeking admission.

The choice of the paper is the responsibility of the candidate.

Information about the pattern of the questions is given under question paper pattern.

Structure of GATE Examination

The GATE 2008 examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration.

  • The question paper will consist of only objective type questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. Only one choice is correct. Wrong answers carry negative marks.           
  • Each paper is for a maximum of 150 marks.      

A candidate will have to choose any one of the papers listed below:





 Aerospace Engg.


 Information Technology


 Agricultural Engg.




 Architecture and Planning


 Mechanical Engg.


 Civil Engg.


 Mining Engg.


 Chemical Engg.


 Metallurgical Engg.


 Computer Science and Engg.






 Production and Industrial Engg.


 Electronics and  Communication Engg.


 Pharmaceutical Sciences


 Electrical Engineering


 Textile Engg. and Fibre Science


 Geology and Geophysics


 Engineering Sciences


 Instrumentation Engg.


 Life Sciences


*Papers XE and XL are of general nature and will comprise the following sections:

XE paper sections (Engineering Sciences)

XL paper sections (Life Sciences)





 Engg. Mathematics  (Compulsory)


Chemistry (Compulsory)


 Computational Science




 Electrical Sciences




 Fluid Mechanics




 Materials Science




 Solid Mechanics








 Polymer Science and  Engineering




 Food Technology




Candidates appearing in XE or XL papers are required to answer three sections. Sections (A) and (J) are compulsory in XE and XL papers respectively. Candidates can choose any two out of the remaining sections mentioned against the respective papers.

  • The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. However, some guidelines are suggested below:       
    (a) Candidates are expected to appear in a paper (one of the listed papers) appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree.         
    (b) However, the candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which they wish to seek admission.

  • The question paper of GATE 2008 will be fully of objective type.        
    (a) Candidates have to mark the correct choice by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question on an Objective Response Sheet (ORS).    
    (b)There will be negative marking for wrong answers. The deduction for each wrong answer will be 25% of the allotted marks.
How to Apply ?

There are two different ways by which candidates can apply for GATE 2008 examination. They are

1. Online Application  

2. Offline Application

Click the links above for detailed information about each of these application processes.

Important Dates


 Commencement of  :

1) sale of information brochure and offline application

2) online application form submission





 24 Sept 2007

 24 Sept 2007

 Last date of issue of information brochure and  application forms :

1) by post from GATE Offices

2) at bank counters

3) at GATE office counters






 19 Oct 2007

 26 Oct 2007

 30 Oct 2007

 Last date for :

1) Online application form submission (website

2) Receipt of completed offline application form at
     different GATE Offices

3) Receipt of completed online application form at
     IISc Bangalore






 26 Oct 2007

 30 Oct 2007

 30 Oct 2007

 Date of the examination


 10 Feb 2008

 Announcement of results


 15 Mar 2008



The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2008:

  • Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.
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