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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2014



General Information:

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordination Board -GATE,Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating the examination and declaring the results.


 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering(GATE) is a entrance test for to do higher education in India (M.E or M_TECH), This Graduate Aptitude Test in  Engineering is organized by 7 IITs and IISC. GATE  2014 organized by IIT KHAGPUR.THIS IS FIFTH TIME. GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones.

Zonal Administering Institutes: GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administering institutes are

Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore(IISc)

Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)

Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur(IITKP)

Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee(IITR)

The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2014 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, designated as the Organising Institute for GATE 2014.


2.  Eligibility of gate 2014

Qualifying Degree


Qualifying Degree/Examination


Description of  Eligible


Year of


cannot be later


Copies of Certificates to be






Passed in the year

2013 or earlier

Expected to

complete in

2014 or



Bachelor’s degree in

Engineering/Technology/Architecture(4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-


4th year or Completed





Degree certificate /

Provisional Certificate / Course Completion







Master’s degree in any branch of

Science / Mathematics / Statistics /

Computer Applications or equivalent

Final year or Completed





Degree Certificate /

Provisional ertificate

/ Course Completion

Certificate pertaining

to Masters degree)




Int. M.E./M.Tech or

DD (after 10+2 or


Integrated Master’s degree programs or

Dual Degree programs in Engineering /

Technology (Five year programme)

4th/5th Year or





Degree Certificate /

Provisional Certificate

/ Course Completion





Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post


Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree

programs in Engineering / Technology

(Four year programme)

2nd/3rd/4th year or





Degree Certificate /

Provisional Certificate

/ Course Completion





Professional Society


(equivalent to


B.E/B.Tech quivalent examinations, of

Professional Societies, recognized by


Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE

by the Institute of Civil Engineers-


Completed section A or

equivalent of such

professional courses








Certificate/ Provisional

Certificate/ Course



Certificate issued by

the Society or Institute

Copy of


for Section



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

a) Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture

 (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), AMICE(I) by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India)-ICE(I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent to such professional courses are also eligible

GATE Qualification

Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination. GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master’s degree programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other Government scholarships/assistantships.To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination. GATE qualification is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.




2.1. Examination Papers

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

The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The 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.

 * XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of the sections listed below. A candidate appearing in XE or XL paper will be required to answer three sections.

apart from the General Aptitude (GA) questions. Section A is compulsory in XE paper and Section H is compulsory in XL paper. The candidate can choose any two out of the remaining sections listed against the respective papers, at the time of examination.


GATE Syllabus





Verbal Ability:

English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups,

instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability:

Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data





Mathematical Logic:

Propositional Logic; First Order Logic.


Conditional Probability; Mean, Median, Mode and Standard Deviation; Random

Variables; Distributions; uniform, normal, exponential, Poisson, Binomial.

Set Theory & Algebra:

Sets; Relations; Functions; Groups; Partial Orders; Lattice; Boolean Algebra.


Permutations; Combinations; Counting;Summation;generating functions;

recurrencerelations; asymptotics.

Graph Theory:

Connectivity; spanning trees; Cut vertices & edges; covering; matching;

independentsets; Colouring; Planarity; Isomorphism.

Linear Algebra:

Algebra of matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigenvectors.

Numerical Methods:

LU decomposition for systems of linear equations; numerical solutions of nonlinearalgebraic equations by Secant, Bisection and Newton-Raphson Methods; Numericalintegration by trapezoidal and Simpson's rules.


Limit, Continuity & differentiability, Mean value Theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite & improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivatives, maxima & minima.





        Analysis, Asymptotic notation, Notions of space and time complexity, Worst and average case analysis; Design: Greedy approach, Dynamic programming, Divideandconquer; Tree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; Hashing, Sorting, Searching. Asymptotic analysis (best, worst, average cases) of time and space, upper and lower bounds, Basic concepts of complexity classes P, NP, NP-hard, NP-complete.

Computer Networks:

        ISO/OSI stack, LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), Flow and error control techniques, Routing algorithms, Congestion control, TCP/UDP and sockets, IP(v4), Application layer protocols (icmp, dns, smtp, pop, ftp, http); Basic concepts of hubs, switches, gateways, and routers. Network security basic concepts of public key and private key cryptography, digital signature, firewalls.

Computer Organization and Architecture:

        Machine instructions and addressing modes, ALU and data-path, CPU control design, Memory interface, I/O interface (Interrupt and DMA mode), Instruction pipelining, Cache and main memory, Secondary storage.

Theory of Computation:

        Regular languages and finite automata, Context free languages and Push-down automata, Recursively enumerable sets and Turing machines, Undecidability.

 Compiler Design:

        Lexical analysis, Parsing, Syntax directed translation, Runtime environments, Intermediate and target code generation, Basics of code optimization.

Operating System:

        Processes, Threads, Inter-process communication, Concurrency, Synchronization, Deadlock, CPU scheduling, Memory management and virtual memory, File systems, I/O systems, Protection and security

Information Systems and Software Engineering:

        Information gathering, requirement and feasibility analysis, data flow diagrams, process Specifications, input/output design, process life cycle, planning and managing the project, design, coding, testing, implementation, maintenance.

Web technologies:

HTML, XML, basic concepts of client-server computing

Digital Logic:

        Logic functions, Minimization, Design and synthesis of combinational and sequential circuits; Number representation and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating point).

Programming and Data Structures:

        Programming in C; Functions, Recursion, Parameter passing, Scope, Binding; Abstractdata types, Arrays, Stacks, Queues, Linked Lists, Trees, Binary search trees, Binaryheaps.


        ER-model, Relational model (relational algebra, tuple calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Query languages (SQL), File structures (sequential files, indexing, B and B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control.

3.   GATE 2014 Results

How to calculate percentile, importance of score out of 1000 rather than 100.


Gate Percentile

Percentile of candidate indicate the percentage of candidates who appeared in the same paper and scored less than him/her. Click here to know more


GATE Score

        The GATE score becomes valid only after the candidate completes all requirements of the qualifying degree. The GATE 2014 score will be valid for two years from the date of announcement of results.

Details about the content of the GATE Scorecard will be made available in the GATE websites at the appropriate time.

The GATE 2014 Committee has the authority to decide the qualifying marks for each paper.

There is no provision for additional GATE Score cards.

After the evaluation of the answers, the raw marks obtained by a candidate will be converted to a normalized GATE Score which is out of 1000.

The maximum score can be 1000.

GATE Score Range

Ability Level

800 to 1000


675 to 800


550 to 675

Very good

425 to 550


300 to 425

Above average

100 to 300


Below 100

Below average

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