GATE 2012 Entrance Exam | GATE 2012 - Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


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 Coordinating Board - GATE, Department of 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.

Streams Covered


Paper 1
Duration:3 Hours
No of Questions:60
Question Type:The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. Only one choice will be correct.There will be negative marking for wrong answers, as given in question paper pattern.

Eligibility Criteria

Min Qualification:Bachelors
Qualifying Subject(s):Bachelor degree holder in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture/Pharmacy;Master's degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent
Min Marks:Passed in the qualifying examinations.
Min Age:Corresponding to Minimum Qualification.
Reservation Crieteria:Reservation for SC/ST/OBC and Physically Handicapped candidates will be applicable as per Govt. of India/State concerned existing rules.  

GATE 2012 - Important Dates

GATE 2012 application forms will be available from Monday 12 September 2011

Commencement of Online Application- Monday, September 2011
Last date for

Submission of Online Application (website closure)- Monday, 17 October 2011
Receipt of printed version of Online Application at respective zonal GATE office- Monday, 24 October 2011
Date of GATE 2012 Online Examination: 29-01-2012 (Sunday)         
Date of GATE 2012 Offline Examination: 12-02-2012 (Sunday)


Admit card can only be downloaded from the zonal GATE websites from 2nd January 2012. Sending Admit cards by post has been discontinued. Bring the admit card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. ONLY one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original identification document are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if original and valid photo identification is not presented.


Candidates can submit Application Form in two different modes : Online and Offline. The preferred mode of application process is Online
Application Category Application Fee
Online General/OBC Rs.1000/-
SC/ST/PD Rs.500/-



GATE 2012 Application Process

Step 1:Decide Payment Option 

  • Gateway Payment:
    Payment can be made using netbanking. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.30/-)
  • Challan Payment:
    Payment by cash at ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India branches. Bank service charge is extra (maximum of Rs.25/-)
Step 2: Obtain SC / ST / PD Certificate (if applicable)
Authorities empowered to issue Certificates
Step 3: Apply Online 

Candidates must follow the instructions provided while applying online.

At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:
  • Page-1: Instructions
  • Page-2: GATE 2012 Application - GATE Copy
  • Page-3: GATE 2012 Application - Candidate's Copy
  • Page-4: Address Slip of respective zonal GATE office
  • Page-5: Bank Challan (for Challan Payment option only)
Take a print out of the entire file on A4 size white sheets using a laser/inkjet printer.
Step 4: Cash Payment: (only for Challan Payment option)

The bank challan (Page-5) will be printed in triplicate. Take it to any one of the branches of ICICI, Indian Bank or State Bank of India (as opted by the candidate) and pay the fees. Bank will retain a copy and will return two copies to you. In those two copies, retain the Candidate's copy with you and attach the GATE Copy with the application.
Step 5:
  • Paste your recent photograph (3.5 cm X 3.5 cm) in the designated place of Page-2. Before pasting, please write your name and application number on the backside of the photo with black ball point pen.
  • Sign at the designated place of Page-2.
  • Paste Page-4 on top of a 10 inch x 12 inch size laminated envelope.
Step 6: Post/Submission

Before posting your application form, make sure that, in addition to the other relevant attachments, you have attached either a copy of the degree certificate or a certificate from your college principal as indicated below:
    • Candidates should submit a copy of the degree certificate or provisional certificate if they have passed their qualifying degree in 2011 or before.
    • Candidates with the following eligibility conditions should submit a certificate signed by the Principal of the college, where the candidate is studying, clearly indicating the year of passing of the candidate in the qualifying degree.
      • Students in the final year of Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2).
      • Students in the final year of Bachelor's degree programme in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (Post-B.Sc./Post-Diploma).
      • Students in the final year of Master's degree programmes in any branch of Science/Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent.
      • Students in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master's degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology.
      • Students in the fourth or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master's degree programme or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
To download the format of the certificate to be sent by the candidates, click here.
Candidates With Backlog: Candidates with a backlog of papers should submit a copy of the marks sheet of final semester / final year or copy of the course completion certificate or a letter from the principal indicating that the student has a backlog and will be completing the degree in 2012.
Duly filled-in Application with appropriate enclosures must be sent by Speed Post (preferably) or by Registered Post to The Chairman, GATE of the Zone corresponding to the 1st Choice of Examination City, so as to reach on or beforeMonday, 24th October, 2011


It can be handed over personally to the respective Zonal GATE Office on or before Monday, 24th October, 2011.


GATE 2012 results will be announced on March 15, 2012 at 10:00 hrs and will be available on the GATE websites of IITs and IISc.
GATE 2012 score is valid for TWO YEARS from the date of announcement of the GATE 2012 results.
GATE 2012 results may be made available on payment basis to interested organizations (educational institutions, R & D laboratories, industries, etc.) in India and abroad based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IIT Delhi and the requesting organization. Details in this regard can be obtained from the Chairman, GATE, IIT Delhi.

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