The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.
The objective of GATE is to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission in Postgraduate Programmes in Engineering at the national level. Some Engineering Colleges / Institutes specify GATE as a mandatory qualification for admission for Postgraduate Programmes. For doing M.Tech. and Ph.D programme from IIT, IISc. and other reputed institutes one should have valid GATE score.
Qualified candidates in GATE will be given All India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99 means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared. Candidates who get less than 70 percentile get no score card. During the perusal of M.Tech. / Ph.D students are paid a scholarship specified by the Government of India.