GATE 2016
Prabha Dhavala, 23 Mar 2016, #GATE

GATE 2016 - GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India entrance examination conducted for admissions to M.Tech, M.E courses at IITs, NITs, other GFTIs and many private universities and institutes across the country. IISc Bangalore had conducted GATE 2016 on January 30 & 31, 2016 as well as February 6 & 7, 2016. Candidates in their final year were also eligible to apply and appear for GATE 2016.

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GATE 2016 was held for 23 papers inclusive of a new one - Petroleum Engineering. There were reports of the provision for a buffer session on February 20, 2016 to be used to hold the exam in case of any unforeseen circumstances but the need did not arise. GATE 2016 was organized by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) and administered in association with the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) listed below on this page for the National Coordination Board - GATE, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Higher Education and the Government of India.


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Useful Information:

What are the GATE Scores for PSU Recruitment?

List of PSUs Recruiting through GATE 2016


Candidates may check the complete details of GATE 2016 on this page in a concise manner. They can also know the Application Procedure, Important Dates and more on this page at a glance.


Examination Name: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


Commonly called as GATE


Level: National


Stream: Engineering, Technology and Architecture


Organizing Institute: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc)


Exam Mode: Online


GATE 2016 Zonal Centres: The IITs and IISc have been segregated as zonal centres for the ease of students. The list and websites of the zonal centres are as follows:

Salient Features of GATE 2016


GATE 2016 Scores will be valid for three years from the date of announcement of GATE Results on March 19, 2016.  All the supporting documents have to be sent online along with the Application form which is online and no hard copies will be accepted. The Application Fee has to be paid online via debit/ATM cards, credit cards or internet banking or through E-challan. Random Biometric verification will be done for candidates before the examination.The exam was held in 8 sessions on different dates as given with provision for a buffer session to be held in case of unforeseen circumstances.


What's New in GATE 2016?

  • Online Calculator - Candidates will have to use the online virtual calculator that will be provided during the exam. Physical calculators will not be allowed.

  • Revised Syllabus - The GATE Syllabi has been revised. Candidates must check the revised GATE 2016 Syllabus for their preparation

  • New Paper - A new Paper, Petroleum Engineering has been introduced in GATE 2016 

  • Provision of GATE Answer Key - GATE 2016 Answer Key will be provided after the exam is over for candidates to check. They can challenge the GATE 2016 Answer Key on payment of a nominal fee for a specified period of time.

GATE 2016 Vs GATE 2015 Statistics:


Total applicants

Total Appeared

Male Candidates

Female Candidates

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GATE 2016 Main Website:


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 GATE 2016 Important Dates

  • Online Enrolment: from September 1, 2015

  • Last Date for Online Application Submission: October 1, 2015 extended till October 8, 2015

  • Request for Change in the Choice of City : By November 20, 2015

  • Download of Admit Card: December 28, 2015 onwards

  • GATE 2015 Examination: January 30 & 31, 2016 and  February  6, 7, 2016

    Timings: Forenoon: 9.00 am to 12.00 Noon, Afternoon: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm       

  • Result Announcement: March 19, 2016 at 5 pm

GATE 2016 Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Qualifying Degree

Eligibility of the Candidates as per the academic year of passing

Year of Qualification cannot be later than


B.E./B.Tech/ B.Arch/ B.Pharm. ( 4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed



B.S (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed



M.Sc./M.A./ MCA or equivalent

Currently in the final year or already completed



Int. M.E/ M.Tech
(Post BSc) (Four year programme)

Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed



Integrated M.E./M.Tech or 5 year Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) -

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed



Integrated M. Sc/ 
Integrated 5 year B.S.-M.S.

Currently in the final year or already completed



Society Examinations
(equivalent to

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses



Note: Candidates must submit the Certificate from Principal duly signed and stamped as per specifications.

GATE 2016 Exam Pattern


The GATE Paper comprises of two types of questions - Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Questions. Multiple Choice Questions will have a correct answer from four options given while Numerical Questions have to be calculated and answered with the help of of a keypad. GATE 2016 Question Paper will be designed to test students on their comprehension and application skills, recall as well as analytical abilities.


It may be noted that General Aptitude Questions are compulsory for all papers and will carry  questions for 15 marks.


GATE 2016 Exam Pattern as per the Paper code is as follows:

  • Papers with codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE: Engineering Mathematics (15% of total marks), General Aptitude section (15% of total marks) and Main subject of the paper (70% percentage of the total marks).

  • Papers with codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL: General Aptitude section (15% of total marks) and  Main subject of the paper (85% percentage of the total marks).


GATE 2016  XE Paper will have a compulsory section in Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude along with any two of XE sections B to G.

GATE 2016 XL Paper Pattern will have a compulsory section inSection H in Chemistry and General Aptitude along with any two of XL sections I to M


Negative Marking: There will be Negative marking in GATE 2016 for the Multiple Choice Questions only. 1/3 Marks will be deducted for every wrong answer to a 1-mark multiple-choice question and 2/3 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer to the 2 mark questions. There will be no negative marking for numerical questions.


GATE 2016 Exam Centres: Click here for the list of exam centres


GATE 2016 Application Procedure: Through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)


Candidates have to register first by providing a valid Email ID and a mobile number along with a password. Candidates will have to log in after registering. They must enter their personal details, qualification details and upload their photograph, signature and other specified documents. Candidates must then pay the Application Fees and print the Application after submitting the Application Form.


GATE 2016 Application Fee:

  • General/OBC-NCL Male Candidates/Other Candidates: Rs 1500

  • SC / ST / PwD/ Women Candidates: Rs 750

Note: Additional bank charges applicable as per norms


GATE 2016 Application Fee Payment: Online or e-challan     


GATE 2016 Result: The result of GATE 2016 has been declared. Candidates must log in through GOAPS to check their GATE 2016 Result. They can know their scores and the qualifying marks for the respective papers. The GATE 2016 Score Card will be available for download from March 30, 2016 onwards till May 29, 2016.


GATE 2016 Cutoff: Candidates can check the Previous year cutoff marks to know the scores required to qualify in GATE 2016 and for admisisons to the M.Tech courses

GATE  Cutoff for 2015


GATE Cutoff for IIT Bombay

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GATE Cutoff for IIT Delhi

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GATE Cutoff for IIT Madras

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GATE Cutoff for IIT Kanpur

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GATE Cutoff for IIT Kharagpur

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GATE  Cutoff for IIT BHU

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GATE  Cutoff for IIT Jodhpur

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GATE  Cutoff for IIT Mandi

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GATE Cutoff for IIT Roorkee

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GATE Cutoff for Hyderabad

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GATE Cutoff for NITs

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GATE Citoffs for PSU Recruitment

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GATE 2016 Counseling Process and Website:


Candidates will have to apply to the individual institutes/universities as per the admission notification of each institute/university. There is no common counselling for IITs while admissions to NITs are through CCMT process.


Some Important M.Tech Admissions through GATE 2016:

Admission Details

Link for information

IIT M.Tech Admission 2016

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CCMT 2016

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Important: Virtual Calculator available for practice. Click here


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