About GATE 2019

GATE 2019 will be organized by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in online mode on February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019. A new paper "Statistics" has been added this year, taking the total number of papers for which GATE 2019 will be conducted to 24; in the last edition of the exam there were 23 papers. The candidate though will be able to appear for one paper only, preferably in a paper related to the candidate's qualifying degree; that being said, the candidate is free to choose any of the 24 papers. The GATE 2019 application form has opened on September 1, 2018, and has to be filled through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System). Last date to submit completed application without late fee was September 23, 2018. With late fee, the application form can be filled till October 1, 2018. It must be noted that to be eligible for admission to M.Tech courses offered by various institutes based on GATE scores, candidates needs to qualify in the exam. The qualifying score will be different for each paper, and will be known at the time of declaration of GATE 2019 result. Also, unless the candidate qualifies in the exam, GATE 2019 score card will not be available for download. 

The validity of GATE 2019 score card will be three years from the date on which results have been declared.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level post-graduate entrance exam that is jointly conducted by the seven IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for admission to M.Tech programmes offered by government as well as many private institutes.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Duration 3 Hours

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GATE 2019 Important Dates

24 Sep, 2018 - 01 Oct, 2018 Late Fee Application | Mode: Online
02 Oct, 2018 - 16 Nov, 2018 Choice of Exam City - Date to change exam city | Mode: Online
04 Jan, 2019 Admit Card - Available | Mode: Online
02 Feb, 2019 Exam | Mode: Online
03 Feb, 2019 Exam | Mode: Online
09 Feb, 2019 Exam | Mode: Online
10 Feb, 2019 Exam | Mode: Online
16 Mar, 2019 Result | Mode: Online
20 Mar, 2019 - 31 May, 2019 Score Card | Mode: Online
01 Jun, 2019 - 31 Dec, 2019 Others - Score Card with Fee | Mode: Online
01 Sep, 2018 - 23 Sep, 2018 Application | Mode: Online

Candidates are urged to ensure they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria of GATE 2019, as otherwise they will not be considered for admission. Some of the important eligibility parameters that candidates are most concerned about are related to academic qualification, age limit, and nationality. Find the answers to these doubts below.

Academic Qualification:

While there is no minimum pass percentage that has been recommended for appearing in GATE 2019 exam, candidates must, however, meet eligibility criteria related to the qualifying exam which has been explained in the table below.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Qualifying Exam                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Qualifying      Degree       Qualifying  Degree / ExaminationDescription         Year of

Qualification not later than 

B.E./         B.Tech./ B.Pharm.        

Candidate must be a Bachelor in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering / Technology)        Qualified or is in final year        2019        
B.Arch.        Candidate must have completed Bachelor of Architecture (5 years course) Qualified or is in final year        2019        

(Research)/       B.S.

Candidate need to have completed Bachelor of Science degree (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2)        Qualified or is in final year        2019        
Pharm.D.           (after 10+2)        Candidate must have completed 6 years programme having internship or             residency training during sixth year as part of it        Qualified or is in 4th            /5th or 6th year        2021        
M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or           


Candidates need to have Masters in Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications, or   equivalent        Qualified or is in final year        2019        
Int. M.E./           M.Tech.           


Candidates should have done Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years programme)        Qualified or is currently in 2nd/3rd /4th  year        2021        
Int. M.E./           

M.Tech.             or Dual Degree (after Diploma    or 10+2)        

Candidates should have completed Integrated Master’s degree programme or Dual Degree in Engineering or Technology (5 years             programme)        Qualified or is currently in    4th / 5th year        2020        
Int. M.Sc./         Int. B.S.-M.S.        Candidates applying must have completed Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years             integrated B.S.-M.S. program        Qualified or is in final year        2019        
Professional     Society Examinations* (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)        Candidates need to have completed B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch. Equivalent             examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by             MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of professional courses  Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)        Completed Section A        or equivalent professional course        NA        

*Candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations conducted by the societies are approved by MHRD/ AICTE as equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch.


  • Indian nationals are eligible to apply for the exam  
  • Additionally, candidates from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) can also apply.

Age limit: There is no age limit for appearing in the exam.

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
OBC PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
SC PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
ST PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
General Online Male, Transgender ₹ 1500
OBC Online Male, Transgender ₹ 1500
SC Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
ST Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 750
General Online Female ₹ 750
OBC Online Female ₹ 750

The application form of GATE 2019 is available in online mode from September 1, 2018, and has to be filled through the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS); last date to submit completed applications without late fee was September 23, 2018. However, candidates will be able to submit applications even after the last date – till October 1, 2018, but for that they have to pay a late fee of Rs. 500.

The application filling process of GATE 2019 includes steps like registration, filling of essential information like contact, academic and personal details, uploading of photograph, and payment of application fee. When filling the GATE 2019 application form, only genuine and verifiable information should be used. 

Steps to fill GATE 2019 application form

  • Registration: To start the application process, the candidate has to first get registered on the GOAPS portal using details like name, valid email id and mobile number. The candidate also has to choose a password for future log-in. Upon successful registration, an enrolment number will be generated.
  • Filling the form: The application form will have sections like – personal, academic and contact details, each of which has to be filled. The candidate has to enter the GATE paper they are appearing in and select two GATE exam centres from their zone and one from another zone.
  • Uploading of photograph: Scanned images of photograph, signature and category certificate (if admission is sought under a particular category) should be uploaded in the prescribed format.
  • Application fee payment: The application fee varies depending on the gender and category of the candidate. For example, the application fee for general male candidates is Rs. 1500, while female candidates need to pay only Rs. 750. The application fee can be paid in online mode only via net banking, credit or debit cards.

GATE 2019 Preparation Tips

Being a national-level exam that is attempted by more than 9 lakh candidates, the level of competition associated with GATE is very high. Also, the exam in itself possesses many tricky questions meaning success hinges on not only how hard the candidate prepares, but also the how of preparation. Here are some preparation tips the candidate can refer to to give edge to their success efforts.

  • Make sure you are familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus. Or else you will get too many surprises on exam day which may be not to your liking  
  • Get surrounded by reliable study material
  • Don’t put yourself under the pump by thinking too far ahead. Stay in the present and focus only on your preparation
  • Make a preparation plan and stick to it
  • Take notes during study. It will not only keep you focused, but with a little effort you will be able to build a solid and customized reference material. It will also come in very handy in the final days leading to the exam, as you won’t have to go through huge blocks of text.

GATE exam pattern 2019 will tell the candidate whether the test will be conducted in online or offline mode, type of questions asked, distribution of questions, number of questions asked, etc. which are essential details for thorough preparation for the test. As per the GATE 2019 exam pattern, all 24 papers for the exam will include a compulsory General Aptitude section carrying 15 marks. The full details of the exam pattern are described in the tables below. 

GATE Exam Pattern

Particulars        Details        
Mode of Exam        Online (Computer Based Test)        
Duration of Exam        3 hours (180 minutes)
GATE Papers        24 Papers        
  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Subject selected by the candidate
Question Types        
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Total Number of Questions        65 Questions (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)        
Question Design        Questions will test the following abilities:          
  • Recall
  • Comprehension
  • Application
  • Analysis  
  • Synthesis   
Distribution of Questions - AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE        
  • Engineering Mathematics – 15 Marks
  • Subject of the paper – 70 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks        
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL        
  • Subject  of the paper – 85 Marks           
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Total Marks        100 Marks        
Marking Scheme           


  • Questions may carry 1 or 2 marks 
  • For incorrect attempt, 1/ 3 mark will be deducted for 1 mark questions
  • For each incorrect attempt, 2/ 3 mark will be deducted for 2 marks questions
  • Zero marks will be awarded for unattempted questions
  • Negative marking: Only MCQ questions will have negative marking. There will be no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions            

GATE 2019 Paper Codes

Papers        CodesPapers        Codes       
Architecture and Planning        AR        Mathematics        MA        
Biotechnology        BT        Physics        PE        
Aerospace Engineering        AE        Metallurgical Engineering        MT        
Agricultural Engineering        AG        Engineering Sciences        XE        
Chemical  Engineering        CH        Life Sciences        XL        
Civil Engineering        CE        Instrumentation Engineering        IN        
Computer Science and Information Technology        CS        Mining Engineering        MN        
Electronics and Communication Engineering        EC        Mechanical Engineering        ME        
Electrical Engineering        EE        Textile Engineering and Fibre Science        TF        
Chemistry        CY        Production and Industrial Engineering        PI        
Ecology and Evolution        EY        Petroleum Engineering        PE        
Geology and Geophysics        GG        Statistics        ST       

The exam conducting authorities will release GATE 2019 mock tests tentatively in the fourth week of November 2018 to help candidates get familiar with the functionalities of the online exam. A simulation of the real exam, some of the key features of the GATE mock test include:

  • The mock test will be paper-specific. So candidates appearing in, say, Aerospace paper, need to take the mock test specific to it only. 
  • The test will include similar types of questions to the ones asked in the actual exam. So taking the mock test will help better understand the exam and get rid of exam fear.
  • The status of questions, for example – answered, unanswered, and marked for review, will be displayed in different colour palette. 
  • The mock test of GATE will have two sections – subject specific section and General Aptitude section
  • The candidate will be able to navigate between sections and from one question to another using specific symbols

IIT Madras will issue the admit card of GATE 2019 in online mode on January 4. To download admit cards, candidates need to log-in to the GOAPS portal using their enrolment or email id and password. Before downloading the admit card, check for any discrepancy, in which case the candidate needs to get in touch with exam authorities to get it rectified.

On exam day, candidates need to bring an original and valid photo Identity proof along with the admit card; or else they will not be allowed to take the exam.

How to download GATE 2019 Admit Card

  • Go to GOAPS portal 
  • Log-in using enrollment id/ email address and password
  • Upon successful log-in, the admit card will on the screen.
  • Download and take 2 printouts of the same. 

GATE 2019 Exam Centers

State City
Andhra Pradesh Anantapur
Kerala Angamaly
Karnataka Bagalkot
Telangana Hyderabad
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Maharashtra Ahmednagar
Navi Mumbai
Goa Goa
Rajasthan Ajmer
Haryana Bahadurgarh
Yamuna Nagar
Uttar Pradesh Greater Noida
Madhya Pradesh Indore
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Delhi New Delhi
Tripura Agartala
West Bengal Asansol
Jharkhand Dhanbad
Bokaro Steel City
Assam Dibrugarh
Sikkim Gangtok
Manipur Imphal
Bihar Muzaffarpur
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Tamil Nadu Tiruchirappalli
Punjab Amritsar
Himachal Pradesh Baddi
Uttarakhand Bhimtal
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar

Documents Required at Exam

  • Printout of GATE 2019 Admit Card
  • Original and Valid ID proof: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID or Driving License

The exam conducting authority will declare the result of GATE 2019 for all the 24 papers on March 16. The result will be available through GOAPS. Candidates will be able to download GATE 2019 result by submitting their enrollment id/ email id, registration number and date of birth. The result will include details like scores and All India Rank of the candidate. It may be noted that the scorecard will be available for download only if the candidate secures scores equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff. 

How to download GATE 2019 Result

  • Enter Enrollment id, registration number and date of birth 
  • Upon successful log-in, the result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Qualified candidates will be able to download the scorecard.

GATE Score Card 2019

Exam authorities will release the scorecard of GATE 2019 on March 20; the last date to download the scorecard is May 31. GATE 2019 scorecard will be issued for only those candidates who score equal to or more than the qualifying cutoff. Since the GATE score card will be available for only a limited period of time, candidates must ensure they download it before the last date; otherwise, they won’t be able to download it later on.

What details will be mentioned in GATE Score Card 2019?

  • Candidate’s name and his/ her photograph
  • Gender
  • GATE 2019 Registration Number
  • GATE paper
  • Score (calculated out of 1000)
  • Total Marks obtained out of 100 (Raw score)
  • Validity of GATE 2019 Score Card
  • All India Rank
  • Qualifying Marks (Category-wise)
  • Total number of candidates who took the paper

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The top coaching institutes will come up with paper-specific GATE paper analysis after conclusion of the the exam. The GATE 2019 paper analysis will include expert analysis of different parameters – like the overall and section-wise difficulty level of the paper, the expected qualifying cutoff for the paper, and whether there were any incorrect questions asked. The GATE paper analysis will therefore help the candidate make a fair assessment of his/her chances of admission.

The candidate may also go through exam analysis of previous years to get insights into the exam, which will be useful for exam preparation.

Soon after conclusion of the exam, the answer key of GATE 2019 will be released by various coaching institutes like Made Easy, GATEForum, and Engineers Academy. The GATE 2019 answer keys will be released for all 24 GATE papers and include answers to questions asked for the specific paper. Candidates can compare their answers with those given in GATE 2019 answer keys to calculate the number of correct responses and thereby probable scores; the marking scheme of the exam has to be used for calculating probable scores. IIT Madras will release official GATE answer key 2019 tentatively in the 3rd week of February.

The qualifying GATE 2019 cutoff is the minimum marks that a candidate has to score to qualify in the examination. The qualifying cutoff will be subject-specific and will be released alongside the result on March 16. Please note the qualifying cutoff for GATE 2019 is not the same as the admission cutoff which will be determined by institutes for admission to various M.Tech courses offered by them. 

Previous year’s GATE Qualifying Cutoff

Branches GeneralOBC        SC/ ST/ PH 
Computer Science (CS)        25.00        22.50        16.60   
Civil Engineering (CE)        26.90        24.20        17.9        
Electrical Engineering (EE)        29.1        26.1        19.4        
Mechanical Engineering (ME)        34.7        31.2        23.1        
Electronics and Communication (EC)        25.0        22.5        16.6        
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)        32.0        28.8        21.3        
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)37.1


Aerospace Engineering (AE)        34.430.9        22.9        
Chemical Engineering (CH)        37.8        34        25.1        
Chemistry (CY)        25.4        22.8        16.9        
Physics (PH)        29.0        26.1        19.3        
Geology and Geophysics (GG)        32.4        29.1        21.5        
Biotechnology (BT)        27.9        25.1        18.5        
Life Sciences (XL)29.9        26.9     19.9       
Architecture and Planning (AR)        43.9        39.5        29.2        
Agricultural Engineering (AG)        25.0        22.5        16.6        
Maths (MA)        29.4        26.4        19.5        
Petroleum  Engineering (PE)        39.8        35.8        26.5        
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)32.228.921.4
Engineering Sciences (XE)31.528.321

Ecology and Evolution (EY)


Metallurgical Engineering (MT)


Mining Engineering (MN)


Interestingly, while IIT Madras is the exam conducting body, it will not conduct any common counselling for GATE 2019. The candidate instead will have to apply separately for admission to M.Tech courses offered by various institutes based on GATE scores and ranks. In case the candidate wants to take admission in an IIT, he/ she will have to register on COAP, and also apply separately to the specific IIT. All offers made by participating institutes will be uploaded in the COAP portal; registered candidates in turn can accept or reject offers on the portal.

For admission to NITs, counselling is commonly done through CCMT.

What is GATE COAP 2019?

The GATE Common Offer Acceptance (COAP) was started in 2017 by the IITs as a common admission platform for making admission offers to candidates. So, while the candidate still needs to apply to an IIT individually for admission, he will only know about any offers by registering on the COAP portal. Also, the acceptance or rejection of offers can be made only through COAP.

Admission to IITs is a two-step process:

  1.    Apply to an IIT (or IITs): The candidate has to apply to the IIT based on their GATE scores.  
  2.    Register on COAP to view, accept or reject admission offers. Based on the applications received by the IITs, they will make all the offers on COAP portal.

Note: COAP is not an application portal, but instead an admission portal.


Admissions to the postgraduate programmes will be through CCMT which is the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan admissions at the NITs, and other GFTIs.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • Printout of CCMT registration form and the locked choices
  • Provisional seat allotment letter as downloaded from CCMT website
  • Self attested copy of GATE score card (2017 or 2018 or 2019)
  • Photo ID proof as per Government of India norms
  • Original birth certificate issued by competent authority
  • Class X (High School) board certificate as date of birth proof
  • Class XII original mark sheet
  • Original grade or mark sheets of qualifying examination for all semesters
  • If degree is completed, original degree or provisional certificate
  • Original category certificate for candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OB categories, if applicable
  • Candidate's undertaking regarding OB status in the required format
  • Original certificate for Persons with Disabilities (PwD), if applicable
  • Payment proof of seat acceptance fee of Rs 20,000 for first three rounds
  • Original migration certificate of last Institute/ University attended
  • Three color passport size photographs
  • Original conduct certificate from the head of the institute last attended
  • Original transfer certificate from the head of the institute last attended
  • Original course completion certificate from the head of the university or institute, in case result is awaited
  • One set of self-attested photocopies of all original documents

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