GATE Exam Date 2025, Check Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, How to Apply and More

GATE Exam Date 2025: Explore the latest updates for the GATE exam date and prepare for your engineering career with confidence.

by P Nandhini

Updated Jun 22, 2024

GATE Exam Date 2025, Check Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, How to Apply and More

GATE Exam Date 2025

The GATE exam, short for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, is set to take place in 2025. The exam dates are expected to be scheduled for February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2025. This national-level entrance test is crucial for admissions to M.Tech programs at prestigious institutions like IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other recognized universities across India.

Additionally, GATE scores are used by various Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for hiring engineering trainees. The exam is conducted online and covers a wide range of subjects, providing an opportunity for engineering and science graduates to showcase their skills and knowledge.

Important Dates

Event Tentative Date
GATE 2025 Exam Dates February 1, 2, 8, and 9, 2025
Start of GATE 2025 Registrations August 31, 2024
Last Date for Registration (without late fee) October 13, 2024
Last Date for Registration (with additional fee) October 20, 2024
GATE 2025 Application Form Correction November 7-11, 2024
Release of GATE 2025 Admit Card January 4, 2025
Availability of GATE 2025 Response Sheet February 16, 2025
Release of Provisional Answer Key February 21, 2025
Objection Period against Answer Key February 22-25, 2025
Release of Final Answer Key March 15, 2025
Declaration of GATE 2025 Results March 16, 2025

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

Candidates applying for GATE 2025 must have completed a Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or a Master’s degree in a relevant science subject. Those currently in their final year of study are also eligible to apply.


GATE 2025 is open to candidates of Indian nationality as well as those from other countries. There are no restrictions based on nationality for appearing in the exam.

Age Limit

There is no upper age limit for candidates applying for GATE 2025. Individuals of any age can apply provided they meet the educational qualifications.

Attempt Limit

There are no restrictions on the number of attempts a candidate can make for the GATE exam. Candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they wish, provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria each time.

Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Mode of Examination Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 Hours
Number of Papers in GATE 2025 30 Papers
Sections General Aptitude (GA) and Candidate Selected Subject
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Design of Questions Tests Application, Analysis, Comprehension, Recall, and Synthesis abilities
Total Number of Questions 65 (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)
Marking Scheme Questions carry either 1 or 2 marks
Negative Marking

For MCQs: 1/3 mark deducted for wrong answers to questions with 1 mark

2/3 mark deducted for wrong answers to questions with 2 marks.
No negative markings for MSQs and NAT questions.

Cut Off Marks

The following table shows the qualifying cutoff marks for various GATE paper codes in 2025 for different categories:

CS: Computer Science & Information Technology 27.6 24.8 18.4
EC: Electronics & Communication Engineering 25.0 22.5 16.5
ME: Mechanical Engineering 28.6 25.7 19.0
EE: Electrical Engineering 26.0 23.5 17.6
CE: Civil Engineering 28.3 25.4 18.8
IN: Instrumentation Engineering Data not available for 2025    
CH: Chemical Engineering 25.2 22.6 16.7

Preparation Tips

  • Start your preparation early to allow for thorough understanding and revision.
  • Understand the exam syllabus and pattern to focus on relevant topics.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses to prioritize study areas.
  • Practice regularly with mock tests and previous year's question papers.
  • Create a study schedule that includes dedicated time for each subject.
  • Use multiple study resources such as textbooks, online courses, and study groups.
  • Focus on conceptual understanding rather than rote learning.
  • Revise consistently to reinforce learning and improve retention.
  • Stay updated with current affairs related to your field of study.
  • Take care of your health and well-being to maintain focus and concentration during study sessions.

How to Apply?

  • Registration: Begin by accessing the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).

  • Details Required: Enter personal information including name, email ID, and mobile number, and choose a password for login.

  • OTP Verification: Verify your registration using the One Time Password (OTP) sent to your registered email ID and mobile number.

  • Enrollment ID: Upon successful registration, a unique enrollment ID will be generated for future login.

  • Filling the Form: Log in to GOAPS and fill out the online application form with personal details, academic qualifications, and exam preferences.

  • Choice of Exam Cities: Select preferred exam cities (three choices) and upload scanned images of photographs, signatures, and required documents.

  • Review and Submission: Before final submission, review all entered details and make corrections if needed during the specified correction period.

  • Payment of Application Fee: Pay the application fee online through net banking, debit card, or credit card. Fees vary based on the candidate’s category.

  • Confirmation: After successful fee payment, download the filled application form and keep a printout for future reference.

This structured approach ensures a smooth application process for GATE 2025, covering registration, form filling, fee payment, and confirmation of application submission.

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