The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science

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Exam Pattern
MCQ (Multiple Choice Type) and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)
Medium to Hard
Question Type
MCQ and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)
Civil engineering
IITs, NITs and 100 Colleges
Candidates must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master’s degree in any relevant science subject.



GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), is a national level entrance test held by the GATE Committee in eight zones across India. GATE Civil engineering is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate Civil engineering subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras) and Mumbai (Bombay) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India. GATE is also recognized by various institutes outside India, such as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.




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Male (General, OBC and Others)

Rs. 1,500

Rs. 2,000


Rs. 750

Rs. 1,250

Women (All Category)

Rs. 750

Rs. 1,250

International Students – Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

US$ 120

International Students – Addis Ababa Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

US$ 70


Exam Duration 3 hours (180 minutes)
Total Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Question Type
  • a. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • b. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
  • a. General Aptitude
  • b. Engineering Mathematics
  • c. Subject – Specific section
Marking Scheme
  • 1-mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • 2-mark MCQs – 2/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong response.
  • No marks will be deducted for unattempted questions


Analyze GATE syllabus: Start with analyzing the GATE syllabus. Start divide and Conquer, try to break the syllabus into sub-categories and do the same with each subject further. It will help you to prioritize subjects and important topics in each subject. After doing this, you will get a clear insight into where you stand and how far is left to cover. Analyzing syllabus will also help you to understand the important subjects and patterns of the GATE exam.

After completing one subject, the immediately next task should be solving previously asked GATE questions of that subject. It will help you to uncover weak topics; try to recover those weak topics and resolve those questions.

Follow a disciplined schedule : Make a schedule and follow it at any cost, literally. Decide a fixed number of hours for your GATE preparation and complete it daily; remember, consistency is a compulsion here. Maybe print a calendar from the starting day to intended course completion day and stick it in front of your study table. Every day you complete those hours, mark the date with a green pen and do the same with a red pen if you miss it.

Take running notes while studying: Note down the important points in the notebook while covering the topics. It will definitely help you in revisions. Decide one day in a week to revise one of your previously completed subjects and use your GATE notes here.

Subjects easy to score: There are few subjects which are easier to score, like Digital Logic, Mathematics and Aptitude. These three subjects cover 25-28% of complete GATE paper. Try not to leave these subjects uncovered as they are high scoring and will help to boost your GATE AIR.

Track your preparation periodically: Solve previous GATE questions for each subject. It will help you to recall and revise the subjects. We highly recommend giving the Sudo GATE subject-wise Test series since these tests are built on learning while solving approaches.

Revise and practice are keys to GATE: After completing each subject, start revising each subject thoroughly. Revise the subject then solve previous year GATE questions and take subject-wise tests. Remember, the only keys to score good AIR is to revise and practice more.

Take Mock Tests: At this final stage of preparation, practicing quality questions before attempting actual GATE will boost your confidence and improve your problem-solving speed. NthExam has specially designed Sudo GATE Mock tests, which will help in boosting your GATE score. Questions in these Mock Test resemble GATE actual questions and will give the GATE aspirants a trailer before the Film.

Frequently Asked Questions

I m studying civil 2nd year.. Is it better to take gate coaching?

yes, contact they provide free counseling for gate exam preparation.

Will I be allowed to carry a physical calculator to the GATE examination hall?

No. You won't be allowed to carry it. You will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions.

How many times can we write the GATE exam?

There is no attempt and age eligibility criteria is mentioned in the official websites of GATE, So you can attempt for GATE Examination many times, but the examination is conducted only 1 times in a year