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General FAQs regarding GATE | GATE Computer Science Engineering(CSE) 2025 Mock Test Series - Computer Science Engineering (CSE)Question: What is GATE? 

Answer: 

  • GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an All-India Examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Every year one IIT or IISc is selected as the Organizing Institute. 
  • GATE is a passport for admission into M.E. / M.Tech. and M.Sc. Engg. courses in almost all the colleges/institutes/universities of the country. M.E. / M. Tech. is a four-semester program and admission to these programs largely depends upon the GATE percentile score.
  • GATE identifies meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Postgraduate Programs in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science and Pharmacy at the National level. The examination is a compulsory requirement for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) scholarship/assistantship for M.E. and M. Tech. programs.
Question: Why should one take the GATE exam?
Answer: There are numerous reasons to take up the GATE exam. Some of them are listed below:
  • To pursue M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Sc. Engg. program in one of the leading institutes of the country.
  • A Master’s degree leads to specialization and cultivates and brings out the best of your interest in a certain area which may lead to research/ Ph.D.
  • Many PSUs like IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, MECON, PGCIL, etc. have a lot of weightage for GATE score in their recruitment process.
  • More domain-specific companies are coming for on-campus recruitment in leading Institutes.
  • A higher salary is offered to a student holding a Master's degree as compared to one holding a B.E.
  • A Master’s degree is a must-have for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes and most of the R&D centres.
  • Scholarship of Rs 12,4000/- is paid during masters course, allowing one to live an independent life.
  • The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research provides the award of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) to engineers who have qualified the GATE exam. These fellowships also provide a stipend of Rs 31, 000 to Rs 35, 000 per month.
  • Some government organizations (e.g. BARC) prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement.
  • The GATE score is used as a criterion for judgement by foreign universities like Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), National University of Singapore (Singapore), RWTH Aachen (Germany), TU Munich (Germany), etc. to grant admission into Masters and Ph.D. programs without the requirement of a GRE score.  
  • It is mandatory to have a ME/M. Tech degree to apply for teaching jobs in Indian universities. To ensure that a teaching job is obtained in good universities, it is necessary to have graduated from well-reputed universities and this can only be obtained by getting a high score in GATE exam.  
  • Most importantly, to be a part of a Premier Institutes and enjoy learning and research in a conducive ambiance.
  • Last but not least, the Master course changes the individual’s thought process; teaches them the approach to solve a problem in a totally new & challenging environment.
Question: What are the eligibility criteria for appearing in GATE?
Answer: The eligibility criteria of GATE Examination is as follows:
  • A candidate who is currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR has already completed any government approved degree program in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Commerce / Arts is eligible for appearing in the GATE 2023 exam.
  • Candidates who have obtained / are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India must be currently in the 3 rd or higher years or completed their Bachelor’s degree (duration: at least 3 years) in Engineering / Technology / Architecture / Science / Arts / Commerce.
  •  If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or has already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the table below, the candidate will be allowed to appear for GATE 2023 examination
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:
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Question: What is the structure of the Examination?General FAQs regarding GATE | GATE Computer Science Engineering(CSE) 2025 Mock Test Series - Computer Science Engineering (CSE)

Answer:

  • The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. 
  • The pattern of questions will include some Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), while the remaining questions may include Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • General Aptitude is a common section in all GATE papers. The section comprises 15% of the weightage of the total marks. The questions in GA are based on verbal, numerical and quantitative ability. There are a total of 10 questions with 5 questions carrying 1 mark each and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each.
  • As for the papers with codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, 15% marks weightage will be given to General Aptitude, 13% to Engineering Mathematics and remaining 72% to subject paper.
  • Papers with codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks are for the subject paper.

Question: When is GATE conducted?

Answer: GATE is usually held on weekends starting from the last week of January or 1st week of February. Examinations are held in two slots - forenoon session conducted between 9 am to 12 Noon and afternoon Session conducted between 2 pm to 5 pm. Dates of examination for all the 29 subjects for 2023 are: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th , Saturday11 th and Sunday12 th February, 2023.


Question: What strategy should be followed to qualify in the GATE exam? Do we need to cover each and every topic from GATE Syllabus?

Answer: Instead of covering the entire syllabus, it is more important to focus on the right subjects and topics within the syllabus for a particular stream.  

As far as the strategy is concerned, one can refer to the previous year's papers of their stream and identify the important subjects and topics to focus upon.

Question: Are Physical Calculators allowed in the GATE Exam/Online Test?
Answer: No physical calculators will not be allowed in either actual GATE Examination. However, a virtual calculator will be provided.

Question: How many times can I attempt the GATE?
Answer: The number of attempts is not restricted. The best of the valid GATE score is accepted which we provide in the application form. The GATE score is valid for 3 years.

Question: Is there an age limit for taking the GATE examination?
Answer: There is no age limit.

Question: Eligibility in terms of percentage marks to take up the GATE examination?
Answer: The candidate should have a PASS certificate from any recognized university.

Question: If a candidate appears for GATE twice which score will be considered?
Answer: The higher score you have secured of the two will be considered automatically once you fill-up the form.

Question: Can you tell us something about self-financing & sponsorship in GATE?
Answer: 
  • Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory 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. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organizations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.

Question: If a student has completed his degree course for B.Tech but there are backlogs in subjects. Is she/he eligible to appear for the exam?
Answer: Yes, a student can appear for the exams even if she/he has backlogs.
  • However, in such case, the following documents should be provided to GATE:
  • Either a copy of any one of the final year mark sheets.
  • Or a letter from the principal, stating details about the backlog and it being the reason for not being able to produce a pass certificate currently.

Question: What is the validity period of the GATE Score?
Answer: The validity of the GATE score has been revised and it is valid for three years from the date of announcement of results.
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1. What is GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) exam?
Ans. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level entrance exam conducted for admission to postgraduate programs like M.Tech, M.E, and Ph.D. in various technical institutes across India. The Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) paper is one of the 27 papers in GATE that focuses on subjects like Analog and Digital Electronics, Networks, Signals and Systems, Control Systems, Communications, and Electromagnetics.
2. What is the eligibility criteria for appearing in GATE ECE exam?
Ans. The eligibility criteria for appearing in the GATE ECE exam include a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or Master's degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks (50% in case of SC/ST/PwD candidates). Final year students can also apply provided they submit the proof of eligibility by a specified date.
3. How many times can I appear for the GATE ECE exam?
Ans. There is no limit on the number of attempts for the GATE ECE exam. A candidate can appear for the exam as many times as they wish, provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria for each attempt.
4. What is the exam pattern and duration of the GATE ECE exam?
Ans. The GATE ECE exam is a computer-based test consisting of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The question paper consists of both multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions. The MCQs carry 1 or 2 marks each, and the NAT questions carry 1 or 2 marks each with no negative marking.
5. What is the cutoff score for the GATE ECE exam?
Ans. The cutoff score for the GATE ECE exam varies every year depending on various factors like the difficulty level of the exam, the number of candidates appearing for the exam, and the number of seats available in various institutes. Generally, a score above 25-30 out of 100 is considered a good score in the GATE ECE exam. However, it is advisable to check the cutoff scores of various institutes to get an idea about the minimum score required for admission.
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