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GATE

About GATE

GATE "Graduate Test in Engineering is an all India Exam Administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institute of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. GATE is generally conducted on the first or second Sunday of February each year and the result is announced in the month of March. Candidate needs to apply online for the GATE exam. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings (i.e., government-owned companies) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India.

Graduate Programs

A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) or other Government agencies. To avail the financial assistance (scholarship), the candidate must first secure admission to a program in these Institutes, by a procedure that could vary from institute to institute. Qualification in GATE is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations. The criteria for postgraduate admission with scholarship/assistant-ship could be different for different institutions.
In December 2014, the University Grants Commission and Ministry of Human Resources Development announced that the scholarship for GATE-qualified postgraduate students is increased to Rs. 12,400 per month.

 

Motivating yourself for the upcoming Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering exam 2023 is a constructive thing to do. That’s why it is essential to walk through the GATE exam pattern 2023 to uncover some facts about the exam paper, marking scheme, exam mode, etc.

The Indian Institutes of Technology will publish the GATE exam pattern 2023 simultaneously with the official brochure. GATE exam pattern comprises the marking scheme, the mode of examination, question paper, subjects code and more. With the help of the GATE exam pattern, the applicants will be able to unfold many vital details related to the exam that can help them in preparation.

FeatureDescription
Examination ModeOnline (Computer Based Test)
Duration of Exam3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time DurationNone
Total Marks100
Total Number of questions65
Number of Subjects (Papers)29
Number of SectionsIt depends on the subjects.

 

2-3 (GA and Core Discipline or GA, Engineering Mathematics and Core Subject)

Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

 

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme1 or 2 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking SchemeFor 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.
For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
NO negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

GATE Exam Pattern – Overview:

Paper CodeExam Pattern
For, subject codes, CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST, and PIGA (General Aptitude) – 15

 

Engineering Mathematics – 13 questions

Subject of the Paper – 72 questions

CY, GG, EY, XL, PH, and MAGA (General Aptitude) – 15

 

Subject of the Paper – 85

Detailed GATE Exam Pattern 2023 – Subject Code Wise

Candidates need to understand that the GATE exam pattern is not the same for all disciplines. GATE Exam Pattern 2022 changes for each paper depending on the segments and the marks division. However, General Aptitude (GA) is one section that is common in all GATE papers. The GA section comprises 15% of the weightage.

Subject

Number of questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

General Aptitude

5

1

5

5

2

10

Total

10

15

The subject with codes, AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, ME, MN, MT, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, PE, PI, TF, and XE contains 15% of GA, 13% Engineering Mathematics, and 72% of the core subject.

Sections

Marks Weightage

(GA) General Aptitude

15%

(EM) Engineering Mathematics

13%

Core Discipline

72%

The GA section includes 10 questions. Apart from 10 questions, there will be 55 questions that comprise engineering mathematics and core discipline. 25 questions will carry one mark each, while 30 questions will carry two marks each.

Subject Code

Number of questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks

AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, ME, MN, MT, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, PE, PI, TF, and XE

25

1

25

30

2

60

Total

55

85

Negative Marking in GATE 2023

Candidates need to pay full attention while appearing in the exam as negative marking can affect their results. Before preparing for the exam, applicants should have an idea about the GATE negative marking scheme.

  • There is no negative marking in questions under MSQ and NAT
  • There is a negative marking for MCQ questions. Any incorrect answer to MCQ will result in a deduction in marks.

Type of Question

Negative Marking/ Question

MCQ – 1 mark question

1/3

MCQ – 2 marks question

2/3

GATE Exam Pattern 2023: Types of Questions

Knowing the types of questions and format can help the candidates to understand the exam mode and pattern with ease. Well, the questions in GATE exam 2022 are mainly divided into three segments.

1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Every student is familiar with this category. In multiple-choice questions, applicants are provided with four options out of which they have to choose the right one. There is a negative marking in MCQs.

2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)

These are also objective-type questions. Every question contains four options, out of which, one or more than one option(s) is correct. There is no negative marking.

3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Numerical questions need you to enter a number for the answer. It also requires you to enter digits or to specify the correct number of important values. The kind of answer that is expected should be clear from the question. There is no negative marking.

GATE results are usually declared about one month after the examinations are over. The results show the total marks scored by a candidate, the GATE score, the all-India rank and the cut off marks for various categories in the candidate's paper. The score is valid for 3 years from the date of announcement of the results. The score cards are issued only to qualified candidates.

General GATE Eligibility Criteria 2022

GATE eligibility criteria factors 2022 will be published by the IIT Kharagpur. The eligibility criteria of GATE 2023 include a list of parameters such as academic qualification, nationality, and more. Scroll down to uncover those parameters in detail.

  • The minimum qualification expected for applicants is 10+2+3 i.e. students who are in the third year, higher or already completed their undergraduate course can also register for the GATE entrance test.
  • Earlier, applicants were permitted to apply for only one subject or discipline. But, from last year onwards, students can go for two papers from the guided form of combinations.
  • There is one good news for all the GATE aspirants that there is no minimum or maximum age limit for enrolling in the GATE Exam.
  • Graduated students in Engineering/ Technology/ Arts/ Commerce or PG in relevant disciplines are also counted as eligible applicants.
  • Any candidate who has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2022 exam.
  • There is no attempt limit, candidates have to meet eligibility criteria, and that’s it.
  • However, the candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Planning, etc.
  • Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: Must be currently in the 3rd or higher years or completed their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 3 years) in Engineering / Technology / Science / Arts / Commerce.

Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2022:

CriteriaEligibility
1. Nationality
  • Indian nationality students will be eligible
  • International candidates belonging to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be also eligible
2. Education Qualification
  • A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government-approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts.
3. Age Limit
  • There is no age limit

GATE Eligibility Criteria By Qualifying Degree:

Degree/ProgramQualifying Degree/ExaminationDescription of Eligible CandidatesExpected Year of Completion
B.E. / B.Tech. / B. Pharm.Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)Currently, in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2023
B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree of Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course)Currently, in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2024 (for 5-year program), 2023 (for 4-year program)
B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)Currently, in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2023
Pharm. D. (after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed2025
M.B.B.S./B.D.S.Degree holders of M.B.B.S./B.D.S. and those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such programme.5th, 6th, 7th or higher semester or already completed2023
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Arts/Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently, in the first year or higher or already Completed2023
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)Currently, in any yearany year
Int. M.E./ M.Tech./M.Pharm or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program)Currently, in the 3rd /4th/5th year or already completed2024
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3 year program)Currently, in the 3rd year or already completed2022
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently, in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2023
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.)B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/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 coursesNA

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2022 For International Students

  • Candidates belonging to international countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) can also appear for GATE 2022.
  • Candidates must be a graduate or in the final year or the third year of their bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology.
  • Students must have completed or in the final year or the pre-final year of their PG degree in any relevant science subjects.
  • Note: If an applicant is proceeding with any higher degree course or already has one, then they have to select the minimum required qualifying option to fill the registration form of GATE 2022.

ESE (Engineering Services Exam)

About ESE

Indian Engineering Services abbreviated as IES are the civil services that meet the technical and managerial functions of the Government of India. ESE is considered as the toughest exam in India and amongst the toughest in the world due to less number of posts and its technical nature. Because of this difficult selection procedure, IES officers carry high respect and status in society and are able to manage activities in diverse areas. Government spending comprises more than 15 percent of India's GDP and given the extent of tasks and functions managed by the public sector, this extends to a fairly broad segment of the economy covering the railways, roads, defense, manufacturing, inspection, supply, construction, public works, power, telecommunications, etc. All appointments to the Group A services are made by the President of India.

Upon clearing ESE exam, candidates can get posted in the following departments:

Civil Engineering

  • Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads Organisation)
  • Central Engineering Service Central Public Works Department)
  • Central Engineering Service Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Survey of India
  • Indian Inspection Services
  • P&T Building Works Service (DOT, Ministry of Communication & Information Technology)
  • Military Engineering Services (QS & C)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Border Roads Engineering Service (Border Roads (Organisation)
  • Central Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Service
  • Central Public Works Department) 
  • Central Engineering Service Ministry of Road Transport & Highways)
  • Central Power Engineering Service Central Electricity Authority)
  • Central Water Engineering Service (Central Water Commission)
  • Indian Army Corps of EME (Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)
  • Indian Defence Service of Engineers (Military Engineer Services)
  • Indian Inspection Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
  • Indian Naval Armament Service (Directorate of Naval Armament)
  • Indian Naval Stores Service (Indian Navy)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers
  • Indian Railway Stores Service
  • Indian Supply Service (Directorate General of Supply and Disposals)
Based on the recommendations of Expert Committees formed by the Union Public Service Commission, the Government ( Ministry of Railways) has conveyed its approval to the following Structural changes in the scheme and syllabi of the Engineering Services Examination to be implemented from the year 2017 onwards.
STAGE-I : ENGINEERINGENGINEERING SERVICES (PRELIMINARY/STAGE-I)
EXAMINATION (OBJECTIVE TYPE PAPERS)
Paper-I :General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper2 hours

200 Marks
Paper-II :Engineering Discipline-specific Paper3 hours

300 Marks
Stage-I :Sub-Total500 Marks
Minimum Qualifying Marks for each Paper
should be at the discretion of the Commission.
Only those candidates
qualifying at this Stage will be
permitted to appear for Stage-II examination
Stage-II :Engineering Services (Mains/Stage-II))

Examination (Conventional Type Papers)
Paper-I :Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-I3 hours

300 Marks
Paper-II :Engineering Discipline-specific Paper-II3 hours

300 Marks
Stage-II :Sub-Total600 Marks (max.)
Stage-I + Stage-IISub-Total1100 Marks (max.)
Only those Candidates qualifying at this
Stage (i.e. Stage-I + Stage-II)
will be permitted to appear for
Stage-III examination
Stage-III :Personality Test200 Marks (max.)
Stage (I+II+III)GrandTotal 1300 Marks

Only those Candidates qualifying at this Stage (i.e. Stage I + Stage II + Stage III) to be included in the Final Merit
List of Engg. Services Exam. Thus the marks secured by the candidates in the Stage-I (Objective type papers)
of the Engineering Services Examination should be added to the marks secured in the Stage-II
(Conventional type papers) of the Examination and Stage-III (Personality Test)
and accordingly, such marks secured by the candidates in Stage-I should also be counted for merit.

Eligibility for IES

Nationality

The candidate must be one of the following:

• A citizen of India

• A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan

• a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
 

Educational qualifications

• At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering (B.E. / B. Tech) from a recognized university or equivalent. M.Sc degree or its equivalent with Wireless communications, Electronics, Radio Physics or Radio Engineering as special subjects also acceptable for certain services / posts only.

Age limits

• 21–30 years on 1 January of the year of Engineering Services Examination.

     Upper age limit relaxation is provided OBC candidates [Non Creamy Layer only], Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe, domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989 or Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country.

SSC JE

About SSC JE

Staff Selection Commission of India is conducting SSC JE Exam almost every year to recruit eligible candidates for the post of Junior Engineers Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Quantity Surveying and contract Posts Staff Selection Commission (SSC) conducts SSC JE examination giving candidates a golden opportunity to fulfill their dream of joining the prestigious Government Sector. Candidates are required to visit the page regularly to remain updated about any upcoming detail for SSC JE 2022 Exam.

SSC JE 2019 Exam will be conducted in two phases. Paper 1 will be of 200 marks and paper 2 will be of 300 marks. Both paper 1 and paper 2 are Multiple Choice Questions. 0.25 marks will be deducted for every question attempted wrong by a candidate in both the papers.According to the recent Exam Pattern, candidates appearing for the post of JE (civil), JE (quantity surveying & contract) should attempt Part A (civil & structural) of paper I & II.
On the other hand,candidates appearing for JE (electrical) need to attempt Part B (electrical) & the candidates appearing for JE (mechanical) need to attempt Part C (mechanical) of Paper I & II.

 

PAPERSECTIONS ASKEDMAXIMUM MARKSDURATION
Paper - IGeneral Awareness502 Hours
 General Intelligence and Reasoning50 
 Part A- General Engineering (civil & structural)100 
 Part B- General Engineering (electrical)  
 Part C- General Engineering (mechanical)  
Paper-II :Part A- General Eng. (civil & structural)300 Marks2 Hours
 Part B- General Eng. (electrical)  
 Part C- General Eng. (mechanical)

To be eligible for SSC JE 2022 Exam, a candidate needs to fulfill basic three requisites, which are discussed below:

• Age Limit

POSTAGE LIMIT
Junior Engineer (Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical),
Central Water Commission and CPWD
32 year
Junior Engineer (Civil, Electrical & Mechanical),
MES
30 years
Junior Engineer(Civil and Electrical),
Department of Post and Junior Engineer (Surveying and contract), MES
18-27 years

 

• Educational Qualification

POSTEDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
Junior Engineer (Civil)CPWD – B.E. / B.Tech. / Diploma in Civil Engineering from a
recognized University/Institute.Central Water Commission –
B.E. / B.Tech. / Diploma in Civil/Mechanical Engineering
from a recognized University/Institute.
Junior Engineer (Civil & Mechanical)Central Water Commission – B.E. / B.Tech. / Diploma in Civil
/Mechanical Engineering from a recognized University/Institute..
Junior Engineer (Electrical)CPWD – B.E. / B.Tech. / Diploma in Electrical Engineering
from a recognized University/Institute.
Junior Engineer (Civil)Department of Posts – B.E. / B.Tech. / 3 years Diploma in
Civil engineering from a recognized University/Institute.
Junior Engineer (Electrical)Department of Posts- B.E. / B.Tech. / 3 years
Diploma in Electrical engineering from a recognized University/Institute.
Junior Engineer (Electrical & Mechanical)MES – B.E. / B.Tech. in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering OR 3 years
Diploma in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering from a recognized
University/Institute and with 2 years work experience in
electrical/mechanical engineering works.
Junior Engineer (Civil)MES – B.E. / B.Tech. in Civil Engineering OR 3 years Diploma
in Civil Engineering from a recognized University/Institute and with
2 years work experience in civil engineering works.
Junior Engineer (QS&C)MES – B.E. / B.Tech. / 3 years Diploma in Civil engineering
from a recognized University/Institute OR Passed Intermediate
examination in Building and Quantity Surveying (Sub Divisional-II)
from the Institute of Surveyors (India).

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