About GATE

GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is a post-graduate level entrance examination organized by seven IITs and IISc Bangalore. The purpose of the GATE Exam is to offer admission to ME/M.Tech and Ph.D. programs in top-notch Colleges/Institutions of the country and jobs in Public Sector Undertakings. The GATE Exam is the best option for Engineering degree holders to get a reputed job

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply for GATE.
  • Nationality: Candidates of all nationalities can apply for the exam
  • Academic Qualification
    • Candidates who are currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program or who have completed any government approved degree program in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities are eligible to appear for GATE EXAM.
    • Candidates who have completed any governmentApproved degree in Engineering/Architecture/ Technology/Science/Commerce/Arts are eligible to apply. However, candidates who have certificates from any professional society need to ensure that the examinations are conducted by AICTE/MoE/UGC/UPSC approved societies.
    • Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India: Candidates must be currently in the 3rd or higher years or must have completed their Bachelor’s degree (of at least three years duration) in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities.
Degree / ProgramQualifying Degree / ExaminationDescription of Eligible Candidates
B.E. / B.Tech. /B. Pharm.Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)Currently in 3rd year / ALready Completed
B.ArchBachelor’s degree of Architecture (5-year course) / Naval Architecture (4-year course) / Planning (4-year course)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed
B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma / 4 years after 10+2)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed
Pharm. D.(after 10+2)6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th/ 6th year or already completed
M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc.Degree holders of M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc and those who are in the 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester of such programme.5th/ 6th/ 7th or higher semester or already completed
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Arts / Science / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the first year or higher or already Completed
Int. M.E. / M.Tech.(Post-B.Sc.)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (4-year program)Currently in the 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year or already completed
B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)4-years programCurrently in the 3rd/ 4th year or already completed

Exam Pattern

Examination ModeComputer Based Test (Online)
Duration3 Hours
  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Candidate Selected Subject
Type of Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Design of Questions
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Recall
  • Synthesis
Number of Questions65 Questions (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)
Distribution of Questions in all Papers except AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL
  • Engineering Mathematics – 13 Marks
  • Subject Questions – 72 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, DA, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL
  • Questions from Subject Concerned – 85 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Total Marks100 Marks
Marking SchemeAll of the questions will be worth 1 or 2 marks
GATE Negative MarkingTwo types of MCQs:
  • MCQs – 1 mark for each correct answer; 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • MCQs – 2 marks for each correct answer; 2/3 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response. There are no negative marks for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
  • NO negative marks for MSQ & NAT.

Section-wise Marks Distribution

SectionTotal QuestionsMarking Per QuestionsTotal Marks
General Aptitude10 (NAT/MSQ/MCQ) 1 0r 215
Computer Science and Engineering25 (NAT/MCQ) and 30 (NAT/MSQ) 1 and 285(25 + 60)
Total65 100


General Aptitude Syllabus
Verbal AptitudeBasic English grammar: tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech Basic vocabulary: words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing
Quantitative AptitudeData interpretation: data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables Numerical computation and estimation: ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability.
Analytical AptitudeLogic: deduction and induction, Analogy, Numerical relations and reasoning
Spatial AptitudeTransformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions
GATE CSE Syllabus 2025 For Engineering Mathematics
Linear Algebra
  • Matrices
  • Determinants
  • System of linear equations
  • Eigenvalues and eigenvectors,
  • LU decomposition
  • Limits
  • Continuity and differentiability
  • Maxima and minima
  • Mean value theorem.
  • Integration.
Discrete Mathematics
  • Propositional and first order logic
  • Sets
  • Relations
  • Functions
  • Partial orders and lattices
  • Monoids
  • Groups
  • Graphs: connectivity, matching, coloring
  • Combinatorics: counting,
  • recurrence relations, generating functions
Probability and Statistics
  • Random variables
  • Uniform Distributions
  • Normal Distributions
  • Exponential Distributions
  • Poisson Distributions
  • Binomial Distributions
  • Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
  • Conditional probability
  • Bayes theorem

GATE CSE Syllabus 2025 For Core Subjects

It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for the GATE Syllabus 2025 because it is vast. Therefore, we have provided a list of subjects that are covered in GATE Exams so as to make it easy and simple for the students.

The most recent syllabus is provided here, and it provides complete access to all of the basic and specific topics that are covered in each subject. Here is the list of subject for CSE core subject –

GATE CSE Syllabus 2025 For Core Subjects

Digital Logic
  • Boolean algebra
  • Combinational and sequential circuits
  • Minimization
  • Number representations and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating-point)
Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Machine instructions and addressing modes
  • ALU, data‐path and control unit
  • Instruction pipelining, pipeline hazards
  • Memory hierarchy: cache, main memory and secondary storage
  • I/O interface (interrupt and DMA mode)
Programming and Data Structures
  • Programming in C
  • Recursion
  • Arrays
  • Stacks
  • Queues
  • Linked lists
  • Trees
  • Binary search trees
  • Binary heaps
  • Graphs
  • Searching
  • Sorting
  • Hashing
  • Asymptotic worst-case time and space complexity
  • Algorithm design techniques: greedy, dynamic programming and divide‐and‐conquer
  • Graph traversals
  • Minimum spanning trees
  • Shortest paths
Theory of Computation
  • Regular expressions and finite automata
  • Context-free grammars and push-down automata
  • Regular and context-free languages
  • Pumping lemma
  • Turing machines and undecidability.
Compiler Design
  • Lexical analysis
  • Parsing
  • Syntax-directed translation
  • Runtime environments
  • Intermediate code generation
  • Local optimizatio
  • Data flow analyses: constant propagation, liveness analysis, common subexpression elimination
Operating System
  • System calls, processes, threads
  • Inter‐process communication
  • Concurrency and synchronization
  • Deadlock
  • CPU and I/O scheduling
  • Memory management and virtual memory
  • File systems
  • ER‐model
  • Relational model: relational algebra, tuple calculus, SQL.
  • Integrity constraints, normal forms.
  • File organization, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees).
  • Transactions and concurrency control
Computer Networks
  • Concept of layering: OSI and TCP/IP Protocol Stacks
  • Basics of packet, circuit and virtual circuit-switching
  • Data link layer: framing, error detection, Medium Access Control, Ethernet bridging
  • Routing protocols: shortest path, flooding, distance vector and link-state routing
  • Fragmentation and IP addressing
  • IPv4, CIDR notation,
  • Basics of IP support protocols (ARP, DHCP, ICMP), Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Transport layer: flow control and congestion control, UDP, TCP, sockets
  • Application layer protocols: DNS, SMTP, HTTP, FTP, Email

Important Dates

ParticularsTentative Dates
Commencement of the GATE online registration processAugust 2024
Deadline of registration process along with late feesOctober 2024
Closing date of extended online registration process along with Late FeeOctober 2024
Modification in the GATE Application formNovember 2024
Release of Admit cardJanuary 2025
Gate 2025 Exam DateFebruary 2025