GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level examination that tests the comprehensive understanding on undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by IISc Bangalore and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board under government of India. The exam is purely a computer based test (CBT).
GATE is a must for post graduate engineering admissions. GATE score is considered for most PhD programmes for short listing in engineering and certain management programmes. GATE is also recognized by a few foreign institutes. Many public sector undertakings have been using GATE score in their recruitment process. The validity of the score is 3 years and the test is given once a year. GATE tests the candidates’ bachelor's degree level knowledge of the chosen engineering discipline or master's degree level knowledge of the chosen science discipline.
Graduates / final year students in engineering/architecture, or candidates having Master’s degree (or equivalent) in science, computer applications, etc. are eligible to apply for the test. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UGC/AICTE as equivalent to B.E. /B. Tech are also eligible.