GATE Exam Pattern 2025, Syllabus, Eligibility, Application Process and More

Explore the GATE Exam Pattern 2025 here and understand the structure, question types, and marking scheme to prepare effectively for the GATE Exam.

by P Nandhini

Updated May 08, 2024

GATE Exam Pattern 2025, Syllabus, Eligibility, Application Process and More

GATE Exam 2025

The GATE Exam 2025 is a national-level test held to check how well people understand subjects they've studied in college. It's called the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, or GATE for short. This exam is essential for those who want to pursue higher education in fields like Engineering, Technology, Science, Architecture, and Humanities.

It's also helpful for getting jobs in government organizations and public sector companies.  The exam has three parts: General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and a specific subject chosen by the candidate. It's a computer-based test where candidates have to answer multiple-choice questions, multiple-select questions, and numerical answer-type questions.

It will be organized by IIT Roorkee, and candidates can start applying online once the application forms are available.

GATE Exam Pattern 2025

Specifications Details
Examination Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers) 30
Sections General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate's Selected Subjects
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Questions for testing abilities Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis & Synthesis
Distribution of Marks in most Papers - General Aptitude: 15 marks - Engineering Mathematics**: 13 marks - Subject Questions: 72 marks Total: 100 marks
Distribution of Marks in specific Papers - General Aptitude: 15 marks - Subject Questions: 85 marks Total: 100 marks
Marking Scheme Questions carry 1 mark or 2 marks
Negative Marking - For a wrong answer in MCQs: 1/3 mark deduction for 1-mark MCQs, and 2/3 mark deduction for 2-mark MCQs
  - No negative marking for MSQ or NAT questions

Syllabus 2025 

Sections Topics
General Aptitude - Verbal aptitude: Basic English grammar, vocabulary, reading comprehension - Quantitative aptitude: Data interpretation, numerical computation, statistics, probability
Engineering Mathematics - Linear Algebra: Vector spaces, matrix algebra - Calculus and differential equations: Functions, limits, derivatives, integrals, differential equations
- Complex analysis and Numerical methods: Analytic functions, integrals, solutions of nonlinear equations, convergence criteria
- Probability and Statistics: Mean, median, mode, random variables, distributions, correlation, regression
- Discrete Mathematics: Sets, relations, functions, permutations, combinations, counting, graphs, Boolean algebra
Specific subjects Varies according to the chosen discipline

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Candidates in their third year or higher of any undergraduate degree program or those who have completed a government-approved degree program in Engineering, Technology, Science, Architecture, or Humanities are eligible to appear.
  • B.Sc./B.A./B.Com. degree holders (three-year programs) seeking admission to Master's programs in IITs and IISc should refer to IIT JAM for eligibility details.

Application Process

  1. Registration: Candidates need to register on the GOAPS 2025 portal for GATE 2025. Basic details like name, mobile number, and email ID are required for registration.

  2. Verification: Details provided during registration will be verified with an OTP sent to the registered mobile number and email ID.

  3. Filling Application Form: Once registered, candidates can fill out the application form with the necessary details.

  4. Document Upload: Candidates need to upload the required documents, including a passport-size photograph and signature. Specifications for the photograph and signature should be followed strictly.

  5. Payment: Application fee payment should be completed online through the provided modes. 

  6. Submission: After completing the form and payment, candidates must accept the declaration and submit the application.

  7. Correction: A window for application correction is usually provided for candidates to rectify any mistakes made during the application process.

  8. Download Admit Card: Once the application process is completed, candidates can download their admit cards from the official website within the specified dates.

Admit Card

  • Download from the GOAPS 2025 portal.
  • Verify details like name, enrollment number, exam center, and date.
  • Ensure the photo matches the appearance.
  • Carry two passport-size photos and government ID during the exam.
  • Admit cards are typically available in February 2025.
  • Steps to download:
    1. Log in to the official website.
    2. Use Enrollment ID and Password.
    3. Click on the download admit card link.
    4. Save and print the PDF file.

Question Papers

GATE question papers feature a mix of theoretical and numerical questions across various subjects. Reviewing previous years' GATE exam papers can significantly aid in exam preparation by providing insight into the syllabus and question patterns. Click here for old question papers.

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