Call: +91-744-2750322 (10:00 AM to 08:00 PM)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q.1-What is GATE?

Ans- Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the examination across several years. The score is used for admissions to post-graduate programs (e.g.,M.E./M.Tech/ Direct Ph.D.) in centrally funded Indian Institutes of higher education (i.e., Institutes which are provided with financial assistance by MHRD and other Government agencies). The score is also used by some Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment processes in India.

Q.2-Why should one go/opt for GATE?

Ans- There are various reasons for one to go for GATE:

  • It opens avenue for an individual to pursue M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Sc. Engg. Program in premier institutes of the country.
  • Master's degree is required for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes and most of the R&D centers.
  • Scholarship of Rs 12400/- is paid during masters course, allowing one to live an independent life.
  • GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects.
  • Some government organizations (PSUs) prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement.
  • Based on the GATE score, some of the foreign university (Like NTU, Singapore) offers Post graduation programme without any GRE score.

Q.3-What is the Eligibility Criteria for appearing in GATE?

  • Candidate must have either completed Bachelors in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or those who are in the final year of such programmes can apply.
  • Master's 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's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examination conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/MHRD as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

Q.4-How many times one can appear in GATE and what are the no. of attempts for GATE?

Ans- Number of attempts is not restricted. The best of the valid GATE score is accepted which we provide in application form. The GATE score is valid for 3 years.

Q.5-What is the age limit for GATE?

Ans- There is no age limit for GATE.

Q.6-For how many streams can one apply in GATE?

Ans- A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 23 papers for which GATE examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully.

Q.7-Is there any maximum limit for attempting GATE?

Ans-No, there is no limit for attempting GATE.

Q.8-If a student has completed his degree course for B.Tech but there are backlogs in subjects. Is she/he eligible to appear for the exam?

Ans-Yes, a student can appear for the exams even if she/he is having backlogs. However, in such case, the following documents should be provided to GATE.

  • Either a copy of any one of the final year mark sheet
  • Or a letter from the principal, stating details about the backlog and it being the reason for not being able to produce a pass certificate currently.

Q.9-Is the Admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to the examination hall?

Ans- No. Bring the admit card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. ONLY one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if original and valid photo identification is not presented.

Q.10-Can you provide us some information regarding Self financing and sponsorship of GATE offered by various Institutes?


  • Some institutions indicate GATE qualification mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes.
  • GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for "Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship" awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribes GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.

Q.11-Is there any provision of White Paper/Note pad for rough work and calculations during the test?

Ans-Yes, A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination gets over.

Q.12-Can I use calculator during Exam?

Ans- Students are not allowed to carry calculator with themselves physically in the examination hall. But Students will be provided with an online scientific calculator embedded in the Test Frame.

Q.13-What does GATE score card Contains?


The GATE scorecard contains:
  • 1. Percentile
  • 2. All India Rank (Branch specific)
  • 3. GATE score (with respect to all the participants in GATE exam, across all branches)
  • 4. Absolute marks scored

Q.14-What is the difference b/w Percentage & Percentile?


The percentage of marks and percentile are totally different entities hence the candidates should not confuse with both the above terms.
  • 1. Percentage is a number out of 100.
  • 2. Percentile Score of a candidate in GATE Examination reflects how many Candidates have Scored below that candidate in his/her Stream.

"A Percentile score is the value below which a certain percent of observations fall. For example, the 30th Percentile is the value or score below which 30 Percent of the observations may be found."

Q.15-What is the validity Period of GATE Score?

Ans- The validity of GATE score has been revised and it is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of results.

Q.16-What is the application fee for GATE?

Ans-Application Fee has been revised as shown below:

Women Candidates Rs. 750
SC / ST / PwD Category Candidates Rs. 750
All Other Candidates Rs. 1500
GATE International candidates US Dollars 50

Q.17-What is the Application/Registration Process for GATE 2019?


The application process is explained below :
  • - GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS):
    An online interface is provided for most of applicant.s interaction with the GATE office. With this interface an applicant can
    • 1. Do Enrolment using .New User Register here.
    • 2. Fill the online application form
    • 3. Upload photograph and signature and other documents like graduation certificate/certificate from principal, caste certificate (if applicable) etc.
    • 4. Pay the application fee through net-banking
    • 5. Check the Status of your application form: Received, Under Scrutiny, Accepted, Defect Status, Status after Rectification, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Admit Card Ready for Download, etc.
    • 6. Contact the Zonal GATE office in case of any queries/problems.
    • 7. Download Admit Card.
    • 8. View your answers, marks and GATE score.
    The login to this interface is through your GOAPS Enrolment ID and a GOAPS password. the Keep this information safe and do not disclose it to anyone.
  • - Browser Settings
    Please set the following browser settings to ensure that the application process is error free
    • Enable Cookies
      • 1. In Google Chrome: Settings > Advanced Settings > Privacy: Content Settings > Cookies > Allow local data to be set.
      • 2. In Firefox: Tools (or Edit) > Options (or Preferences)> Privacy > Firefox will > Use custom settings for history > Accept Cookies from sites
      • 3. In IE: Tools > Internet Options > Privacy > Advanced button > Check Override Automatic Cookie Handling > Click on Accept radio buttons > Always allow session cookies.
    • Enable JavaScript
      • 1. In Google Chrome: Settings > Advanced Settings > Privacy: Content Settings > JavaScript > Allow all sites to run JavaScript
      • 2. In Firefox: Tools (or Edit) > Options (or Preferences)> Content > Enable JavaScript.
      • 3. In IE: Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level... > Scroll down to get Scripting > Enable Active Scripting.
  • - Filling in Application Online
    • 1. GOAPS: GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS website) can be accessed from the website of the respective Zonal GATE Offices or from the website of the GATE 2019 Organizing Institute.
    • 2. Registration: You must first register yourself, by providing a valid email address, mobile number and a GOAPS password. Choose the email id that you check frequently, as all communications to you from the GATE Offices will be sent to this address (DO NOT USE ANYBODY ELSE.S e-mail ADDRESS). Give your personal mobile number because most of the communications may also be sent via SMS.
    • 3. GOAPS Password: This will be the password that you will be providing to the GOAPS during the Enrolment. You must remember this along with the GOAPS Enrolment ID to login to GOAPS. Choose a password that cannot be guessed easily (it should NOT be your name, date of birth, or some string of numbers or letters like 12345, abcd, etc.), so as to ensure that the data you provide is not accessible to any person other than yourself. Length of the password should be 8 -15 characters.
    • 4. GOAPS Enrolment ID: Upon registration, an email and SMS containing your GOAPS Enrolment ID will be sent to you. You need to remember this along with the GOAPS password for all GATE 2019 related communications/website operations.
    • 5. Data Requirement for Application Filling: Before you login to GOAPS using Enrolment ID and Password, keep the following information ready:
      • a. Personal information (name, date of birth, your personal mobile number, parent.s name, parent.s mobile number etc.)
      • b. Address for Communication (including PIN code)
      • c. Eligibility degree details (College address, PIN code of college)
      • d. GATE paper, choice of GATE Examination Cities
      • e. High quality image of your photograph conforming to the requirements specified in Photograph Requirements.
      • f. Good quality image of your signature conforming to the requirements specified in Signature Specifications.
      • g. Scanned copy of Degree Certificate or Certificate from Principal/HODs in pdf format only
      • h. Scanned copy of Category/PWD Certificate in pdf format only (if applicable)
      • i. Details of a valid ID Proof that you will carry to the examination hall.
      • j. Your Netbanking login and password to make the application fee payment via online net banking mode. In case you are making the payment through debit card/credit card have the following information like debit card/credit card number, password, CVV number ready with you.
    • 6. Application Filling: Fill in the necessary data in the online application form by carefully following instructions given there. You may edit the data at this stage if you require. Upload the required soft copy of photo and signature and Certificate from Principal (duly signed and stamped by the Principal) . Check the correctness of the photo and signature that are uploaded. If you are not satisfied, you may upload them again.
    • 7. You will have to select the payment options (details given below) while filling the online form.
    • 8. The GOAPS allows you to enter data, .Save. partially filled form, .Logout., and resume filling in by logging in again. You may address the error messages that may appear on saving the filled in data.
    • 9. Before you make the payment, you will be shown a .Preview. of your application, where you have to carefully check for any errors.
    • 10. Once you press "Confirm and Final Submit" button, no further changes to the application can be made by you.
    • 11. Problems in Login into GOAPS: This step may be used, if the candidate forgets the password or the Enrolment ID or did not receive the Enrolment ID. Visit the "Problems in Login into GOAPS" link on the GOAPS website.
      • a. In case of forgotten Enrolment ID or non-receipt of Enrolment ID via email, candidate must provide Mobile Number and the GOAPS Password. The Enrolment ID will be sent to the candidate via SMS.
      • b. In case of forgotten password, candidate must provide Mobile Number and Enrolment ID, which will be verified and a new GOAPS password will be sent to the candidate via SMS/email.
      • c. In case of forgotten both Enrolment ID and as well as password or payment has not been made, the candidate must re-enroll. If the payment has been made, then the candidate must contact the Zonal GATE Office.
  • - Photograph Requirements
    Please pay attention to upload good quality photograph. Poor quality of photographs submitted will lead to rejection of your GATE application, without any refund of the application fees. The GATE Score card will be printed with the photograph you submit.
    • 1. The photograph must be in color and must be taken in a professional studio. Photograph taken using a Mobile phone and other self-composed portraits are NOT acceptable.
    • 2. Photograph must be taken in a White or a very light background.
    • 3. The photograph must have been taken after 1st July 2018.
    • 4. In the photograph, the height of the face (between chin and the top of the forehead) should occupy about 50% of the height of the photograph.
    • 5. The main features of the face must not be covered by hair of the head, any cloth or any shadow. The photograph must show full frontal view with both ears being visible and eyes open.
    • 6. If you normally wear spectacles, glare on glasses is not acceptable in your photo. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses for the photo shoot.
    • 7. You must not wear spectacles with dark or tinted glasses, only clear glasses are permitted.
    • 8. Ask your photo studio to provide the image in a JPEG format and also on a standard 3.5 cm × 4.5 cm print (Width X Height).
    • 9. Maximum pixel resolution for JPEG: 480 x 640 (.03 Mega Pixel) (Ask your studio to reduce it to this resolution if it is higher).
    • 10. File size should be between 5KB and 100KB.
    • 11. Minimum pixel resolution for JPEG: 240 x 320.
    For your own benefit it may be prudent not to intentionally change your facial features or hair style as in the photograph until the day of the exam.
  • - Signature Specifications
    • 1. Please draw a rectangular box of size 2 x 7 cm (Height x Width) on an A4 white paper. Put your signature with black or dark blue ink pen within this box.
    • 2. Get the signature digitally image scanned by a professional using a scanner, and get the image cropped to the box by the professional.
    • 3. Maintain 120 pixels in width and 420 pixels in height.
    • 4. Only JPEG image formats will be accepted.
    • 5. The maximum pixel resolution for the image is 160 x 560.
    • 6. The minimum pixel resolution for the image is 80 x 280.
    Photographs of the signatures taken using mobile phone or digital cameras are not acceptable, and can result in disqualification of the application without any refund of the fee.

Q.18-What are the supporting documents required to be submitted during Registration/Application process?


Supporting Documents required at different stages are enlisted below:
  • - Eligibility Documents
    • Eligibility criteria and necessary supporting documents can be found from the Eligibility for GATE.
  • - SC/ST/PWD Certificate
    • 1. Applicants who claim to be in any of the category SC/ST/PWD have to submit valid document issued by competent authority, to qualify for the reduced fee.
    • 2. Applicants, who require a scribe to assist writing the exam, also need to provide a valid PWD certificate.
  • Authorities Empowered to Issue Certificates (SC/ST)
    • 1. District Magistrate/ Additional District Magistrate/ Collector/ Deputy Collector/ Deputy Commissioner/ Additional Deputy Commissioner/ 1st Class Stipendiary Magistrate/ City Magistrate/ Sub-Divisional Magistrate/ Taluk Magistrate/ Executive Magistrate/ Extra Assistant Commissioner.
    • 2. Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate/ Presidency Magistrate
    • 3. Revenue Officer not below the rank of Tahsildar
    • 4. Sub-Divisional Officer of the area where the Candidate and/or her/his family normally resides
    • 5. Administrator/ Secretary to Administrator/ Development Officer (Lakshadweep Islands)
    Certificate issued by any other official will not be accepted.
  • - PWD Category
    In order to avail concession under the PWD category, the candidates should attach a recently obtained proper PWD certificate, which is to be submitted to the admitting institution at the time of admission. The onus of verifying PWD certificate lies with the admitting institute. The GATE committee will not be responsible for any incorrect declaration of the PWD status of candidates.
  • - Certificate from Principal
    Candidates who mention that they are yet to complete their course, will receive a "Certificate from Principal". Please download the form . obtain the signature and seal of the Principle/HOD on this and then upload it.

Q.19-Which are the participating IITs and IISc ?


Q.20-What are the qualifying degrees for appearing in GATE?


Degrees for being eligible for GATE 2019 are :
Discipline: Engineering/Technology Discipline: Science
Aeronautical Engg/Aerospace Engg Agricultural Science
Agricultural Engg Applied Electronics
Applied Mechanics Applied Physics
Architecture Biochemistry
Automobile Engg Bio-Sciences
Biochemical Engg Chemistry
Biomedical Engg Computer Applications
Biotechnology Earth Sciences
Ceramic &s; Glass Technology Electronics
Chemical Engg. Engineering Physics
Chemical Technology Geology/ Geophysics
Civil/Civil &s; Environmental/Structural Engg./Construction Engg. Industrial Chemistry
Computer Engg./Computer Science &s; Engg./Technology Life Science/Veterinary/Animal Science
Control and Instrumentation Life Sciences
Electrical Engg. / Electrical and Electronics Engg. / Power Engineering Life Sciences (Botany)
Electro-Chemical Engg. Life Sciences (Zoology)
Electronics &s; Comm./Electronics Engg./Comm. Engg. /Telecommunication Engg. Materials Science
Energy Engg. Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
Environmental Engg. Microbiology
Food Technology / Processing Engg. Nano Science &s; Technology
Industrial Engg. Nuclear Physics
Industrial Management Operations Research
Information Science/Information Technology/Information and Communication Technology Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmacy
Instrumentation / Electronics / Control Physics
Instrumentation &s; Process Control Radio Physics
Manufacturing Engg. Radio Physics &s; Electronics
Material Science and Engineering Statistics
Mechanical Engg. Textile Chemistry
Mechatronics All other disciplines in Sciences
Medical Instrumentation
Metallurgical Engg / Industrial Metallurgy  
Mineral Engg. / Mineral Dressing  
Mining Engg./Technology, Mining &s; Machinery  
Naval Architecture / Marine Engg.  
Oil Technology  
Paint Technology  
Petro-Chemical Engg  
Petroleum Engg./Technology  
Plastic Technology  
Polymer Technology/Science  
Production &s; Industrial Engg.  
Renewable Energy  
Rubber Technology  
Textile Engineering &s; Fiber Science  
All other disciplines in Engg./Technology  

Q.21-What is the process of calculation of GATE score?


In GATE, examination of some papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that "in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions". This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, multi-session papers.

After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate and the GATE 2019 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2019 Score.

GATE Score Calculation

After the evaluation of the answers, normalized marks based on the above formula will be calculated corresponding to the raw marks obtained by a candidate for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers and the GATE 2019 Score will be calculated based on the normalized marks. For all other papers, actual marks obtained will be used for calculating the GATE 2019 Score.

GATE 2019 Score will be calculated using the formula :

In the GATE 2019 score formula, Mq is usually 25 marks (out of 100) or μ + σ , whichever is larger. Here μ is the mean and σ is the standard deviation of marks of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

Q.22-What is the latest GATE question paper pattern?

Ans-Pattern of Question Papers
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA).
In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

Q.23-What are the types of questions asked in GATE?

Ans-GATE 2019 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all 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 mark the correct answer(s).
(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

Q.24-Elaborate the marking scheme in GATE 2019 ?

Ans-For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions, there would be negative marking. For 1 - mark multiple choice questions, 1/3mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 - mark multiple choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Q.25-Will the questions in GATE include General Aptitude?

Ans-Yes, In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Q.26-What was the Topic wise weightage of questions in previous year's GATE exam?

Ans-Topic wise weightage list of questions is as follows:


Q.1-What is

Ans-ALLEN Online Test Series for GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) which is specially designed for assisting the self administrative studies of students who are aspiring beyond Graduation in Engineering Education i.e. GATE. It is the most distinguished Online Test Series for preparation of GATE, which will provide aspirants the simulation of Online Exam in the form of GATE Mock Test, Supported by Online gate forum to make their preparation easy as GATE Exam is now online. This Online Test Series will provide you a strategic advantage to beat the competition and help you to perform better in GATE exam. Team of expert faculties has prepared these tests as per the latest pattern of GATE and your needs of preparing for same.

Q.2-For how many streams ALLEN is providing Online Test Series?

Ans-ALLEN has developed full-fledged Online Test Series for following streams:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Q.3-How is ALLEN's Online Test Series Unique from others?

Ans-Practice makes a one perfect!!!!! ALLEN's online test series provides a unique feature to customize your test series. This feature will enable a student to work on his/her to develop strength and gain confidence to score in GATE. The customization of test will give freedom to GATE aspirants to select four tests suiting his/her needs.
The most important breakthrough by the ALLEN's course developers are Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude. These two were the untouched sections which ensured maximum marks. To give students maximum scoring capability the specially designed test series will play a major role in getting high score in GATE.
GATE Online Test Series provides a golden opportunity for students to grab Scholarships based on fortnightly Quizzes. Other scholarships will be awarded on the basis of previous GATE percentile, Marks scored in Engineering and Ex-ALLEN students will be given a special consideration.

Q.4-What is Customize Your Test Series about?

Ans-Mastering your strength and working on weakness!!!!! Is the success mantra. Every student has his own requirement. The "Customize Your Test Series" will provide a powerful tool to capture ones progress and work accordingly based on the score / progress reports. This enables the students to customize online tests focusing on one specific chapter or a group as desired by the student.

Q.5-Which is the most scoring section in GATE? How do I make myself strong in that?

Ans-The most scoring section in GATE is Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude where students gets chance to score maximum. The vast nature of Engineering Mathematics could be mastered if the student has dedicated practice materials. Hence ALLEN has taken initiative to enable student to achieve their aim without missing a single marks. Similarly General Aptitude requires skills to solve problems, and guidance with proper practice material is the only key to SUCCESS.

Q.6-What is new in

Ans-GATE Online test series is a platform for students where they could check their preparation and will get opportunity to win scholarship based on scores of Fortnightly quizzes. The quiz will be Comprising of seven questions and students will be given chance to score and get the maximum for GATE.

Q.7-What type of Scholarships are offered by ALLEN?

Ans-Scholarship - "A reward for a student's academic hard work"
Any Scholarship gives a boost to student's confidence & takes him a step closer towards his aim.
ALLEN Career Institute realizing the importance of this has decided upon facilitating the students with the same. The various types of Scholarships being provided, Click here to know.

Q.8-How to avail the Scholarships provided by ALLEN Career Institute?


Scholarship can be availed by following the below mentioned steps :
  • 1. After successful account creation and activation, Visit Edu-Cart Page.
  • 2. Select the desired Course and add it to your Cart.
  • 3. While purchasing the course, you will find a 'REDEEM' below the 'How to pay' box, fill in the relevant scholarship code and click on 'REDEEM' button.
  • 4. Choose any of the payment methods i.e. Online Payment or Demand Draft, click on CHECKOUT button and complete your transaction.
  • 5. Send the Signed Declaration Form along with the Document Proof of availed scholarship within 15 days of purchase else your tests will be locked.