Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

It primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in Engineering and Technology. Management institutes like NITIE, Mumbai offer admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering on the basis of GATE score.

The following table shows the organizing institutes in various years:

Year Organizing Institute
2020 IIT Delhi
2019 IIT Madras
2018 IIT Guwahati
2017 IIT Roorkee
2016 IISc Bangalore
2015 IIT Kanpur
2014 IIT Kharagpur
2013 IIT Bombay
2012 IIT Delhi
2011 IIT Madras
2010 IIT Guwahati
2009 IIT Roorkee
2008 IISc Bangalore
2007 IIT Kanpur
2006 IIT Kharagpur
2005 IIT Bombay
2004 IIT Delhi
2003 IIT Madras
2002 IISc Banglore
2001 IIT Kanpur
2000 IIT Kharagpur
1999 IIT Bombay
1998 IIT Delhi
1997 IIT Madras
1996 IISc Banglore
1995 IIT Kanpur

Admission to postgraduate 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"s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy or Master"s 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.

With a successful attempt in GATE an aspirant can choose the most suitable option from wide range of roads to travel to his final career destination :

  • Students can pursue M.Tech/M.S/ M.E/Ph.D from IISc Bangalore, IITs, NITs, IIITs and other reputed institutes.
  • Students can pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering (PGDIE), Post Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management(PGDMM), Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management(PGDPM) from NITIE Mumbai.
  • Several reputed Maharatna and Navratna PSUs and research organizations recruit on basis of GATE Score. i.e. IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, PGCIL, BARC, CSIR etc.
  • Teaching: Professor, Asst. Professor at IITs, NITs and other reputed educational institutes.
  • Junior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
  • Senior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
  • Junior/Senior Research Associates.
  • Scientists “C” grade jobs.
  • Lucrative opportunities in research & development after post-graduation.
  • Multinational firms shortlist candidates on the basis of GATE score.
  • Some international universities offers M.S or Ph.D programs on the basis of GATE Score.
  • The following categories of candidates ONLY are eligible to appear for GATE:

    a) Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.

    b) Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programmes.

    c) Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programmes.

    d) Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.

    e) Candidates in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

    f) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institute of Engineers (India); AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers (India)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

    Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree / Examination (Descriptive) Description of Eligible candidates
    B.E./B.Tech/ B.Arch/ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (Post-Diploma/ Post B.Sc./4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed
    B.S. / B.Sc. (Research) 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 BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (Four year programme) 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 programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (Five year programme) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed
    Int. M. Sc / Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year 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 MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses

    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 will be on General Aptitude (GA), which is intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.

    In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TFand 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, ST 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.

    Paper Pattern Marking Scheme
    MCQ 1 Mark(0.33 negative marking ) & 2 Marks (0.66 negative marking)
    Numerical 1 & 2 Mark (No Negative marking)

    1) In-Depth Coverage

  • Comprehensive coverage of syllabus with the major focus on primary concepts.
  • Gradual evolution from fundamental to advance level making it simple for fresher.
  • 2) Excellent Team of Faculties

  • Hub of country's most intellectual engineer faculties, a combination of both experienced seniors and vibrant young top rankers of GATE and Public Sector.
  • 3) Professionally Managed and Structured Organization

  • Pre-planned class schedule, with an accurate implementation of time-table.
  • Well-skilled management staff and faculties, serving with full dedication and commitment.
  • 4) Timely Completion of Syllabus

  • Well framed modules under the tutelage of Mr. R.S Vats, MD for early syllabus completion, giving ample time for revision;
  • we believe in "Revision is necessary for Retention".
  • 5) Focused and Comprehensive Study Books

  • Detailed but relevant to the exam, so that need for the second book doesn't arise.
  • Thoroughly revised and updated study material, by qualified R & D team of Pinnacle.
  • 6) Regular Assessment of Performance

  • GATE online test series.
  • Subject-wise classroom tests with a discussion.
  • Test environment similar to GATE
  • 7) Interactive Classrooms and Infrastructure

    • We believe in "Learn and Progress" – we have best quality teaching tools with AC classrooms.

    8) Regular update on Vacancies/Notifications

  • Vacancies of govt. departments and exam notifications of GATE,PSUs and State Services exam are displayed on notice board and announced in class without fail.
  • 9) Complete Guidance for Written and Personality Test

  • An industrious team of Pinnacle GATESOLUTION, provides year-round mentoring for
  •    Interpersonal Skills
  •    Communication Skills
  •    GD and Psychometric Skills
  •    Mock Interviews
  • 10) Motivational and Counselling Seminars

  • Career counseling by all expert teachers.
  • Sessions on techniques for efficient learning.
  • Motivational sessions by experts and ESE/GATE toppers.
  • 11) Post Exam Support

  • Guidance for M.Tech Admission.
  • Interview guidance for PSUs.
  • Classroom Study Course :

    These batches are designed for college going students and working professionals.

    The duration of this course is approximately 11 months.

    The classes are conducted 10 hrs per week on weekends and public holidays.

    Since the total teaching hours required for completion of a course (350 hrs for GATE ) is not available on weekends (Saturday & Sunday) and public holidays hence efforts are made to complete GATE syllabus on weekends and public holidays whereas, for Tutorials of GATE, students will be required to attend the classes on weekdays.

    Note: Students may be required to attend some classes on weekdays also if syllabus completion needs extra teaching hours as felt necessary by Pinnacle GATESolution management.

    Study Material:

    In order to reduce the burden of students, we have compiled and framed our study material from best possible resources giving encyclopedic coverage of every topic. This study material will be comprised of –

  • Theory Books (Technical Subjects)
  • Workbooks (Technical Subjects)
  • Engineering Mathematics books (Theory + Previous years' solved questions)
  • Reasoning and Aptitude books (Theory + Previous years' solved questions)
  • Subject-wise previous years' solved papers of GATE.
  • Apart from all these, regular class tests are conducted followed by a discussion of question paper by expert faculties.
  • Personal attention and doubt clearing time were given to each and every student.
  • Regular motivational sessions to rejuvenate the lost enthusiasm.
  • Q.1. How many times can one appear for GATE ?

    A. There is no bar on the number of attempts for GATE. A candidate can take GATE as many number of times and at any age one desires.

    Q.2. If the Exam (GATE) is given more than once which score will be considered?

    A. If the Exam is given more than Once then the student has the liberty to present the best of the scores but it has to be a valid score.

    Q.3. What is the basic difference between M.Tech.& M.E. ?

    A. In the courses of M.Tech. the emphasis is given on the practical implementation of the concepts, the lab sessions in the curriculum are more than the theory sessions. The student does get actual hands on experience and hence can Understand the concepts well in depth. M.E. is more Or less an extension of B.E.There is no significant difference in the teaching methodology between B.E. and M.E.

    Q.4. Is job experience required prior to M. Tech. admission?

    A. No. It is better that the courses like M.E., M.Tech. and M.S. are undertaken when the student is in continuation with the studies.

    Q.5. What percentiles are required to get in the institutes like IITs and IISc?

    A. Normally 97 plus percentile or Rank up to 500 in GATE are required for students to get into top institutes. However, IITs are flexible and besides the scores even the technical interviews can make a difference to the selection of a candidate into the IITs or ISC.

    Q.6. What is the admission procedure after the results?

    A. The institutes like IITs and IISc. do not follow a centralized procedure for admissions. A candidate has to take the application form from the individual institutes and submit them. The selected candidates will be called for an interview of the respective institutes and then the meritorious candidates will be allotted the seat.

    Q.7. What is the difference between the jobs offered to an M.E./M.Tech. than B.E.?

    A. At B.E. level the job offered is of a trainee engineer but after completing the courses like M.Tech. the candidate will be appointed at a much higher position like e.g. Planning, Research or Development Socially considered to be a very high profile job giving higher economic returns.

    Q.8. What are the financial support Opportunities either while doing M. E. Or M.Tech.?

    A. Having secured admission into government approved institutes the candidate is now eligible for the Teaching or Research.Assistantship which is approximately about Rs.12,400 per month respectively.

    Q.9. How should one study to crack GATE?

    A.GATE needs clear Understanding of the fundamentals. So a student should study from the view of Understanding the concepts. The student should read reference books and try to study in a group. However besides Understanding the concepts, speed and accuracy is required to take GATE. As for a given question there are only about 3 minutes allotted and this can be achieved by taking many tests.

    Q.10. When should one start preparing for GATE?

    A.It is preferred that during the final year, a candidate focuses on the Project Work either in College or Industry which helps One to develop certain other skills which are required in the Industry. By the 6″semester, approximately 85% of GATE syllabus is covered through the University syllabus. Hence One should start the preparation for GATE in Pre final year. It also benefits the “Technical Interviews” during the recruitment.

    Q.11. What is the key to success?

    A.Smart sincere strategic hardwork is absolutely essential.

    Q.12. Why PSU’s also should be considered as a Career option?

    A.There are many benefits of working in a Public Sector Undertaking. Some of them are listed below:-

  • Better & Clear Career Path
  • Intrinsic Reward Programme
  • Job Rotation & Enrichment
  • Training & Development
  • Opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives