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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2009

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2009 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, designated as the Organising Institute for GATE 2009.

GATE Qualification

Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/assistantship at engineering colleges/institutes in the country are open to those who qualify through GATE. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy or Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for Master/Doctoral programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science. To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. GATE qualification, however, is not required for candidates with Master’s degree in Engineering /Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy, who may be seeking scholarship / assistantship for relevant doctoral programmes.

Some institutions specify GATE as the mandatory qualification even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist / Engineer.

GATE Eligibility

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:

a) Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

b) Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

c) Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

d) Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE(I), AME by ICE(I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

Important Dates

Commencement of:
a) Sale of Information Brochure and Offline Application Form Monday 22nd September 2008
b) Online Application Form submission Monday 22nd September 2008
Last date for issue of Information Brochure and Application Form:
a) by post from GATE Offices Friday 17th October 2008
b) at bank counters Friday 24th October 2008
c) at GATE office counters Wednesday 29th October 2008
Last date for:
a) Submission of Online Application Form (website closure) Friday 24th October 2008
b) Receipt of completed Online/Offline Application Form at respective zonal GATE Office: Wednesday 29th October 2008
Date of Examination Sunday 08th February 2009
Announcement of results Sunday 15th March 2009

Examination Papers

Aerospace Engineering AE
Agricultural Engineering AG
Architecture & Planning AR
Civil Engineering CE
Chemical Engineering CH
Computer Science & Information Technology CS
Chemistry CY
Electronics & Communication Engineering EC
Electrical Engineering EE
Geology & Geophysics GG#
Instrumentation Engineering IN
Mathematics MA
Mechanical Engineering ME
Mining Engineering MN
Metallurgical Engineering MT
Physics PH
Production & Industrial Engineering PI
Pharmaceutical Sciences PY
Textile Engg. & Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE*
Life Sciences XL*

#GG (Geology & Geophysics) paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A will be common to both Geology and Geophysics candidates. Part B will contain two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Geology candidates will attempt questions in Section 1 only. Geophysics candidates will attempt questions in Section 2 only.

*XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise the following sections:

XE Paper Sections Code

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A
Fluid Mechanics B
Materials Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G

XL Paper Sections Code

Chemistry (Compulsory) H
Biochemistry I
Biotechnology J
Botany K
Microbiology LZoology M

A candidate appearing in XE or XL paper will be required to answer three sections. Section A and Section H are compulsory in XE and XL papers, respectively. The candidate can choose any two out of the remaining sections listed against the respective papers.

The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below:

Candidate is expected to appear in a paper (one of the listed above) appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree.

Candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

Paper merged from GATE 2009 onwards

With effect from GATE 2009, Information Technology (IT) paper has been merged into Computer Science (CS) paper. Thus, there is no separate GATE Paper with the name IT. The name and code of the merged paper will be Computer Science and Information Technology (CS).

Paper discontinued from GATE 2009 onwards

Computational Science and Electrical Sciences sections have beeen discontinued in XE paper with effect from GATE 2009.

Paper to be discontinued from GATE 2010 onwards

It has been decided to discontinue the offering of Pharmaceutical Sciences (PY) paper with effect from GATE 2010.

Contact Information

Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee 247 667
Telephone: +91-1332-284531
Fax: +91-1332-285707
Email: [email protected]

Examination Timetables and Schedules are subjected to change and are to be taken for indicative purpose only. Students are advised to contact with the University for the exact and latest examination information.

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