GATE 2019 is an exam conducted by IITs and IISc. GATE is short for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It is mandatory to qualify GATE in order to get admission / financial assistance in master’s and doctoral programs in engineering, technology, architecture and doctoral programs in relevant branches of science. Here financial assistance refers to MHRD scholarship and assistantship. Score of GATE 2019 will also be used for admission to many such colleges which do not have MHRD scholarships. In addition, it is also used for PSU recruitment. Get here complete details of GATE 2019 exam date, syllabus, application form, preparation.
GATE 2019 will be a computer based test. There will be different papers, 23 in all, one for each subject. A candidate needs to select which paper he/she wishes to appear in depending upon qualifying exam and future interests.
GATE 2019 Exam Date
IIT will announce GATE 2019 exam date in July. Organizing institute will first either launch official website with dates or release an advertisement. Either ways, conducting body will intimate dates to the general public through a public announcement.
In the month of July 2018, we say that because last year dates were announced on July 4, IIT will announce exam dates as well as all important dates of GATE 2019. Expected dates are given below. These are on basis of usual GATE schedule.
|IIT to release notification for exam date||Jul 2018|
|Commencement of application form submission likely to start in||Sep 2018|
|Last date for application form submission could be||Nov 2018|
|Candidates can download admit card probably from||Jan 2019|
|GATE 2019 is expected to be conducted in||Feb 2019|
|Declaration of results could then be||Mar 2019|
In the year 2018, GATE was conducted on February 3 – 4, and 10 – 11 (Saturday and Sunday). Previously in 2017 the exam was held on February 4 – 5, 11 – 12 (Saturday and Sunday). In the year before that in 2016, GATE was held on January 30 – 31, February 6 – 7 (Saturday and Sunday).
Going by this trend, it is highly likely that GATE 2019 exam dates be February 2 – 3, and 9 – 10 (Saturday and Sunday).
With this expected schedule in mind, candidates should gear up their preparations.
Actual dates will be confirmed and updated in July 2018 or as soon as IITs announce exam dates.
GATE 2019 Organizing Institute
Every year one of the seven IITs or IISc conducts GATE exam. Name of IIT or IISc which will organize GATE 2019 is expected to be announced in the month of July. However, intelligent deductions can be made from past year patterns.
|GATE exam year||Conducted by / Organizing institute|
|1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2016||Indian Institute of Science|
|1985, 1991, 1997, 2003, 2011||Indian Institute of Technology, Madras|
|1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2012||Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi|
|1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2013||Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay|
|1988, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2014||Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur|
|1989, 1995, 2001, 2007, 2015||Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur|
|2009, 2017||Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee|
|2010, 2018||Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati|
As can be seen, each institute gets its turn to hold the exam every 8 years. By this logic, IIT Madras should be conducting GATE 2019.
GATE 2019 Syllabus
IIT which conducts GATE exam in that year releases exam syllabus. This notification comes in the month of July. But preparation begins much earlier. So should a candidate wait for GATE 2019 syllabus to start preparing? Our advice would be no. It is better to start preparations very early. You will be competing with students who have started their preparations from second year of graduation.
Syllabus of GATE usually does not change year on year. Therefore, you can refer to available syllabus. Later if there is any change in syllabus, it will be informed.
GATE 2019 syllabus is made available for each of the 23 papers. It covers all the topics from which questions will be asked in exam. To grab more marks in exam, it is a good idea to cover all topics. As exam day gets closer, one should revise all topics from their notes.
Along with studying theory of a topic, it is important to practice questions also.
You can appear in only one paper of GATE 2019
Since you can select only one paper, so make that decision wisely. Here are some guiding points on which paper to select.
- There is no restriction on which paper to select to appear in GATE.
- However, at the time of admission, each institute has specific criteria of eligibility for each subject. For example if you have B.Tech Computer Science then you should see which paper you can appear for to get admission in certain M.Tech/ME courses in college of your choice.
- If you are planning to go for PSU recruitment after GATE 2019 then check PSU eligibility criteria. Each PSU advertises posts for certain papers only.
Thus, paper selection should be keeping in mind your past academics and future plans.
List of GATE papers and their syllabi
|GATE Paper||Code||GATE Paper||Code|
|Aerospace Engineering||AE||Geology and Geophysics||GG|
|Agricultural Engineering||AG||Instrumentation Engineering||IN|
|Architecture and Planning||AR||Mathematics||MA|
|Civil Engineering||CE||Mining Engineering||MN|
|Chemical Engineering||CH||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||EC||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Electrical Engineering||EE||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|
|Ecology and Evolution||EY||Engineering Sciences||XE|
Appearing and qualifying in GATE 2019 is important whether you want to go for PG admission in IITs, IISc, NITs or any other college, or PSU recruitment. It is one of the handful of gateways for admission to ME / M.Tech / PhD / and related programs.
GATE 2019 Official Website
Official website of GATE 2019 will be launched in July. It will have all pre-exam, exam, and post-exam details. It is expected that IIT Madras will conduct GATE 2019. Hence official website of GATE 2019 will be hosted by IIT Madras at iitm.ac.in (if they organize exam).
Usually when IIT Madras conducts an exam, its official website is formatted as exam[dot]iitm.ac.in. Therefore official website of GATE 2019 could be gate.iitm.ac.in.
Actual link will be available when organizing body is announced and that IIT or IISc launches website.
Among pre-exam details there will be exam schedule, GOAPS, eligibility criteria, documents for application, syllabi, exam cities, past question papers, past answer keys, certificate from HOD/Institute, mock exam.
GATE Eligibility Criteria 2019
A candidate should fulfill eligibility criteria of GATE 2019 if he / she wishes to appear in exam. It is their responsibility to ensure eligibility. Exam conducting body does not verify eligibility at time of appearing in exam. If an ineligible candidate sits for exam despite being ineligible then at time of admission or PSU recruitment he/she will not get admission or job.
Qualifying degrees appropriate for GATE 2019
Qualifying degree and description usually remain same every year. Year of qualifying not later than is expected data as per last year’s eligibility.
|Qualifying degree||Currently in year / completed||Year of qualifying not later than|
|BE / BTech / BPharm||Final or completed||2019|
|BArch||Final or completed||2019|
|BSc (Research) / BS||4th or completed||2019|
|MSc / MA / MCA||Final or completed||2019|
|Int ME / MTech (post BSc)||2nd / 3rd / 4th or completed||2021|
|Int ME / MTech or Dual degree (after diploma or 10+2)||4th / 5th or completed||2020|
|Int MSc / Int BS-MS||Final or completed||2019|
|Professional society exam equivalent to BE / BTech / BArch||Completed section A or equivalent of such a course||NA|
If you are pursuing or have qualifying degree from outside India, then:
- Either you should have completed or are in final year of Bachelors degree of at least 4 years in engineering / technology.
- Or you should have completed or in final year of post graduate degree of at least 2 years in any relevant science subject.
There is no age limit or any other such limitation. In a nutshell, graduates from engineering and science backgrounds can appear in GATE as long as they are qualifying by said year.
Depending upon your year of qualifying you will upload eligibility documents.
Eligibility certificate for GATE 2019 – Also referred to as eligibility documents, it is that document you need to upload at time of applying online in proof of eligibility.
- Those who have passed in 2018 or earlier have to submit degree certificate / provisional certificate/course completion certificate / professional certificate/membership certificate issued by the institute or society.
- Otherwise, those who will complete degree or course will upload Certificate from the Head of the
Department / Institute in the format specified in information brochure.
GATE 2019 Registration / Application Form
Candidates can register for GATE 2019 at GOAPS. GOAPS or the GATE Online Application Processing System will be launched as per the final decision of dates by organizing institute. GOAPS will be the single login and registration portal for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. The form will only be available online.
Candidates will be able to apply by filling details in the online form and paying the fee.
- For detailed steps on filling the GATE 2019 Application Form – Click Here
Documents to be uploaded
- Certificate of qualifying degree
- Category certificate
GATE 2019 application fee
Application fee for GATE 2019 will be known when details of the exam are notified. Until then you can see what the fee was last year, given below, to get an idea.
|For exam cities in India|
|Female candidates||Rs 750|
|SC / ST / PwD||Rs 750|
|For exam cities in foreign countries|
|In Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu||USD 50|
|In Dubai, Singapore||USD 100|
Last year GATE was conducted at 200 cities in India and 6 cities abroad. When it comes to GATE exam, exam centre is not a major point of concern for candidates since there is some centre in most major cities, or at least very nearby.
This is a list of all the cities where the exam was held last year.
GATE 2019 Exam Pattern
GATE is a computer based test. Some questions are MCQs (multiple choice questions) and some questions are NAT (numerical answer type).
The exam pattern of GATE 2019 is expected to remain same as last year’s. It is important to get acquainted with paper pattern so as to do well in exam.
|Type of question||Number of questions||Marks per question||Total marks|
|General Aptitude (GA) Questions – this section is common in all 23 papers|
|All papers except from GG, XE, XL – questions apart from GA|
|GG – questions apart from GA|
|Part A (compulsory)||25||1||25|
|Part B (Section 1 – Geology, Section 2 – Geophysics: attempt any one)||30||2||60|
|XE – questions apart from GA|
|Section A (Engineering Mathematics – compulsory)||7||1||7|
|Sections B to H (attempt any two); contents of each section are||9||1||9|
|XL – questions apart from GA|
|Section P (Chemistry – compulsory)||5||1||5|
|Sections Q to U (attempt any two); contents of each section are||10||1||10|
A good study plan for GATE Preparation
Planning, preparation and persistence are the key to success in GATE.
What is your definition of doing good in GATE exam? Are you planning to score average to get admission in some college for PG? Or do you want to get admission in one of the top colleges such as IITs, IISc or NITs? Or is it that you want to clear cut off for PSU recruitment?
For M.Tech / PhD admission in a good college as well as PSU recruitment, GATE cut offs are very high. So you need to aim to be in the top 100 from day 1.
How to score so high to be in top 100 in GATE 2019?
Here are some tips that will help you do well in the exam.
- Study 3-4 chapters on weekdays. Then revise them on weekends.
- After studying theory, practice multiple choice questions and numerical questions.
- Also, after studying theory, solve questions asked on that topic in previous year GATE exams.
- Make a study plan which is easy in first two months, then keep increasing its difficulty level.
- Whenever you lack motivation, remind yourself your goals.
Write your ultimate goal on a chart paper and stick it in your room.