GATE 2019 Exam Date: 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th of February 2019

Exam Status: Registrations Concluded

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GATE 2019 Exam Information

What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is conducted annually by IIT/IISc for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Scholarship/Assistantship programmes in engineering and technology subjects. Even in some colleges without MHRD assistance, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Apart from admission, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) also use the GATE score in their recruitment process.

This year GATE 2019 is being conducted by

How many papers are there in GATE 2019?

GATE 2019 will be conducted for 25 papers (Each covers a specific subject/discipline) and the exams would be spread over 2nd, 3rd and 9th & 10th of February 2019.

GATE offers Papers in a total of 25 categories. These are as defined below:

It must be noted that a candidate can only appear for ONE paper. 

GATE Papers with respective Paper Code 

  1. Aerospace Engineering (AE)
  2. Agricultural Engineering (AG)
  3. Architecture and Planning (AR)
  4. Biotechnology (BT)
  5. Civil Engineering (CE)
  6. Chemical Engineering (CH)
  7. Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
  8. Chemistry (CY)
  9. Electronics and Communication
  10. Engineering (EC)
  11. Electrical Engineering (EE)
  12. Ecology and Evolution (EY)
  13. Geology and Geophysics (GG)
  14. Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
  15. Mathematics (MA)
  16. Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  17. Mining Engineering (MN)
  18. Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
  19. Petroleum Engineering (PE)
  20. Physics (PH)
  21. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
  22. Statistics (ST)
  23. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
  24. Life Sciences (XL)*
  25. Engineering Sciences (XE)*

*Note on Life Sciences (XL) and Engineering Sciences (XE) papers:

For these papers, there will be one compulsory section each. For XE the compulsory section is Engineering Maths and for XL the compulsory section is Chemistry. Beyond this candidates must select two optional subjects as shown below:

Is GATE a written-exam?

The examination would be purely a Computer Based Test (CBT). Questions are of two types – objective (MCQs) or numerical (candidate must enter the calculated number upto 2-3 decimal places).

GATE 2019 Exam Date

IIT Madras will be conducting GATE 2019 exam on the 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th of February 2019. The registrations for GATE 2019 were closed in October 2019 after an extension till 3rd October. The conducting authority had made available the facility to change certain application form details like Gender, Category, PWD Status etc. The option to change exam paper being appeared for has also been closed. The facility for changing GATE 2019 Exam City will soon be activated by IIT Madras.

The next stage in the GATE 2019 process will be the release of GATE 2019 Admit Card which is scheduled to be released on the 4th of January, 2019. The results have been set to be announced on the 16th of March 2019, after which the Counselling rounds will begin.

To keep track of important dates and stay up to date with status of GATE Exam 2019, below is the complete schedule. All delays or changes will be updated here.

Activity  Date
Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens 1st September 2018
Closing Date for Submission of Application (online) Extended to
23rd September 2018, 18:00 hrs
Enrolling process closes on 1st October 2018
Extended Closing Date for Submission of (Online) Application 3rd October 2018
Last Date for Requesting Examination City Change (an additional fee will be applicable) 16th November 2018
GATE Admit Card Available 4th January 2019
GATE 2019 Examination

(Dates are fixed however schedule of exams may be subject to modification)

Session 1

9:30 AM to 12:30 Noon

Session 2

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

2nd February 2019

3rd February 2019

9th February 2019 

10th February 2019

Announcement of the Results in the Online Application Portal 16th March 2019

GATE 2019 Eligibility Criteria

To apply for GATE 2019, candidates must meet certain academic qualifications. It is required that candidates hold certain degree/or are enrolled in a certain degree course having completed certain number of years. (For most courses this is either bachelors degree completion or final year).

The following degree holders are eligible for appearing for GATE exam, subject to conditions enumerated in the following image.

  • B.E./B.Tech./B.Pharm.
  • B. Arch.
  • B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.
  • Pharm. D. (after 10+2)
  • M. Sc./ M.A./MCA
  • Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)
  • Int. M.E./M.Tech. or Dual Degree (after 10+2 or Diploma)
  • Int. M.Sc./ Int. B.S.-M.S.
  • Professional Society Examinations – Exams conducted by The Institution of Engineers (India), The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, The Aeronautical Society of India, The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group, The Indian Institute of Metals, The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (only if these exams are equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch.)


GATE 2019 Registration

GATE 2019 Registrations were open from the 1st of September to 3rd October (extended). Registrations for 2019 are now concluded. Candidates can now make corrections in their application form on the GOAP System.

GOAPS Portal Opens for Exam Change Request: 17/10/2018

GOAPS Portal Opens for Corrections in Completed Application: 27/9/2018

GATE Step-by-Step Registration

Step 1: GATE Registration

Register as “New User”.  After successful registration, including validation of email/phone number, candidates will gain access to GOAPS.

Step 2: Fill GATE Application Form

Using GOAPS Enrollment ID and Password, login to access the application form and fill-in required details.

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GATE 2019 Exam Pattern

Paper Pattern

Common Pattern for All Papers

Total No. of Questions  65 questions
Total Marks  100 marks
Total Duration 3 hours
All the papers will contain 10 questions carrying a weightage of 15 marks will be based on General Aptitude (GA), intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.

For Paper Codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE

Section Distribution out of Total Marks 
General Aptitude 15%
Engineering Mathematics 15%
Subject-based knowledge 70%

For Paper Codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL

Section Distribution out of Total Marks 
General Aptitude 15%
Subject-based knowledge 85%

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GATE 2019 Syllabus

GATE– Graduate Aptitude Test in engineering it is a test which has access to booming public organizations and in the field of research. GATE is an All-India examination managed and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising of Faculty members from IISc, Bangalore and other seven IIT’s with the help of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development.

GATE Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA):

General Aptitude (GA) is a simple section in all GATE Papers. General Skill holds 15% weightage. The questions in General Aptitude are based on verbal skill and numerical ability. The 2 sub-sections in General Aptitude section are as follows:

1. Verbal Skill-

The following topics are tested in this section:

  • English Grammar.
  • Sentence Completion.
  • Verbal Analogies.
  • Word Groups.
  • Instructions.
  • Critical Reasoning.
  • Verbal Deduction.

2. Numerical Ability-

This section comprises of questions which test the basic mathematical skills of candidates.

The subtopics included in this section are as follows:

  • Numerical computation.
  • Numerical Estimation.
  • Numerical Reasoning.

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GATE Score

GATE Qualification 2019

In the GATE 2019 the qualifying marks for general category student in each subject will be 25/100 marks or “mean + standard deviation” whichever is larger.

Mean and standard deviation of marks here is of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

GATE Scorecards can be downloaded by the GATE qualified candidates ONLY.

GATE 2019 Admit Card

GATE Admit Cards will be available tentatively from 4th January onwards.

  • The Admit Card for GATE 2019 will ONLY be available on GOAPS website
  • Candidates will have to log-in to the GOAPS portal to access downloadable admit card.
  • Your admit card will contain details of exam centre, venue address and timing.
  • Print the same to carry along on examination day.


GATE 2019 Result

GATE 2019 results will be declared on the 16th of March 2019

Results will be made available on the GOAPS Website.

GATE 2019 score is valid for THREE YEARS from the date of announcement of the results.

Qualifying GATE

In the GATE 2019 the qualifying marks for general category student in each subject will be 25/100 marks or “mean + standard deviation” whichever is larger.

Mean and standard deviation of marks here is of all the candidates who appeared in the paper.

GATE Scorecards can be downloaded by the GATE qualified candidates ONLY.

GATE 2019 Scorecard

After GATE 2019 results have been declared, the qualified candidates can download their GATE 2019 Scorecard.

The GATE 2019 scorecards can be downloaded between 20 March 2019 to 31 May 2019 from the GOAPS portal.

Late Download of GATE 2019 Scorecard – 

In case a GATE  2019 qualified candidate requires the soft copy of their GATE Scorecard between 31st of May 2019 and 31st of December 2019, they should pay a fee of 500 (Rupees five hundred only) for obtaining the same.

GATE Cutoff

Notable Dates for GATE Cutoff

Event Important Dates
GATE 2019 Examination 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th Feb 2019
Release of GATE 2019 Qualifying Cutoff and Result 16th March, 2019
GATE Score Card 20th March to 31st May 2019
Late (Paid) Download of GATE Score Card 2019 31st of May 2019 to 31st of December 2019

Qualifying Cutoff

The qualifying cutoff for GATE 2019 is the minimum score that a candidate has to achieve to qualify the examination.

The GATE 2019 Qualifying Cutoff will be declared in a subject-specific list and is to be released along with the result on 16th March 2019.

The qualifying cutoff for GATE is not to be confused with admissions cutoff that will be declared by IITs/NITs for admissions. This would be determined on number of applicants and batch-size etc. Further, even PSUs may determine their own cutoff.

The GATE Cutoff is declared by exam authorities whereas admissions cutoff is announced by individual university/college.

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