GATE Exam 2022 Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern and Dates

The Gratitude Aptitude Test in Engineering is also known as GATE. This exam is conducted every year. The organizing institute of the GATE Examination this year is the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP). This year two new papers were also introduced – Geomatics Engineering (GM) & Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NM). Gate Examination will be Computer Based Test (Online). Those candidates who are studying in the 3rd year or higher year of any undergraduate degree or already completed course program in Technology/ Architecture/ Engineering/ Science/ Commerce & Arts are eligible for the GATE 2022 Examination.

GATE 2022 Exam will be conducted on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th Feb 2022. Any candidates who want to give an examination then visit https://gate.iitkgp.ac.in.

The question type in GATE 2022 Examination is Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT) or Multiple Select Question (MSQ). GATE Examination will be conducted online and over 8 to 9 lakhs students apply for this entrance exam every year.

GATE Exam Overview

Name of the ExaminationGratitude Aptitude Test in Engineering (known as GATE)
Conducting ByIndian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)
Question Type1. Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) 2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) OR Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Mode of ExaminationComputer Based Test (Online)
No of subjects for GATE Exam29 subjects
Duration of Examination3 hours
Total Questions in GATE Exam65 questions
Total Marks of GATE Exam Paper100
Validity of GATE Score3 years
Age LimitNo age Limit for Examination
Marking scheme• If 1 mark MCQ get wrong – 1/3 mark get deducted • If 2 mark MCQ get wrong – 2/3 mark get deducted
Every Year GATE Examination was given byApprox 8 to 9 lakhs students
Official Websitehttps://gate.iitkgp.ac.in




GATE 2022 Exam Dates

Gate Exam online application opens30th August 2021
Registration Closed Date24th September 2021
Extend Registration Online Process (with late fee)1st October 2021
Last Date for Category, Paper & Examination City (with Extra fee will be applicable)12th November 2021
Admit Card Download Date3rd January 2022
GATE Exam Date Forenoon: 9 AM to 12 noon (Tentative time) Afternoon: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (Tentative time)5th, 6th, 12th, 13th Feb 2022
Announcement Result Date17th March 2022

Note: Health & safety are the utmost priority of the candidates. So in the future, if the Covid-19 Pandemic situation is not in control then Dates may be changed by the GATE Committee. All updates will be available on the website if dates get changed.

Highlights and Criteria for GATE Examination 2022:

    1. Age Limit – No age limit for any candidates can apply for GATE Examination 2022.
    2. Eligible Criteria – Any candidate who is studying in his 3rd year or final year of degree Or has completed a Government degree program in Technology/ Engineering/ Architecture/ Science/ Commerce/ Arts are eligible for the GATE 2022 Examination.
    3. Those candidates will qualify for Gate Examination their Scorecard is valid for three years after the result of the announcement.
    4. This year two new subjects also included:
      • Geomatics Engineering (GE)
      • Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture (NM)
    5. Questions are of one or two marks question in the GATE examination paper.

GATE 2022 Patterns

Gate Examination contains three different types in all the papers.

    1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
      • Each question carries 1 or 2 marks each.
      • Questions type is objective & four options are given in which one option is correct.
      • Negative Marking in MCQ – If 1 marker MCQ get wrong – 1/3 mark get deducted & for 2 marker MCQ wrong – 2/3 mark get deducted.
    2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) –
      • Each question carries 1 or 2 marks each.
      • Questions type is objective & four options are given in which more than one option is correct.
      • No Negative marks in Multiple selected type questions.
    3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) –
      • Each question carries 1 or 2 marks each.
      • In NAT type of questions, the answer is in Decimal or real number form.
      • It is better to provide NAT type of answers up to three decimals places.




Marks Distribution for GATE Examination:
In all GATE Examination papers, there will be a total of 65 questions with a total of 100 marks paper.

Marking scheme and Distribution of marks

Marking scheme and Distribution of marks and questions:

    1. General Aptitude Questions:
      • In all papers of GA question carry a total of 15 marks.
      • The GA sections include 5 questions each carrying 1 mark.
      • The GA sections include 5 questions each carrying 2 marks.
    2. Questions paper other than GE, AR, XE, GG, XL & XH
      • The paper contains 25 questions each carrying 1 mark. & 30 questions carrying 2 marks each consisting some of MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    3. Geomatics Engineering (GE) paper
      • Apart from the General Aptitude paper consists of two parts.
      • Part-A 55 Marks, Part-B 30 marks
      • Part A is compulsory for all the candidates & Part B consists of two sections. Section I or Section II. Candidates have the choice of any one section from these two sections during examination time.
      • Part-A total questions is 36 with a total of 55 marks in that 17 questions carrying one mark each & 19 questions carrying 2 marks each.
      • In Part-B including (Section I or Section II), there is a total of 19 questions with a total of 30 marks. 8 questions carrying one marker & 11 questions carrying two markers with a sub-total of 22 marks. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    4. AR (Architecture & Planning) Paper
      • Apart from the General Aptitude paper consists of two parts.
      • Part-A 60 Marks, Part-B 25 marks
      • Part-A is compulsory for all the candidates.
      • Part-B consists of two parts Part(B1) – Architecture & Part(B2) – Planning.
      • Part A is compulsory for all the candidates & Part B consists of two sections Part(B1) or Part(B2). Candidates have the choice of any one section from these two sections during examination time.
      • Part-A consists of 39 questions with a total of 60 marks. 18 questions carrying one marker & 21 questions carrying 2 markers. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    5. Geology & Geophysics (GG) Paper
      • Apart from the General Aptitude paper consists of two parts.
      • Part-A 25 Marks, Part-B 60 marks
      • Part-A is compulsory for all the candidates.
      • Part-B consists of two sections. Section I – Geology & Section – 2 Geophysics
      • Part A is compulsory for all the candidates & Part B consists of two sections. Section I – Geology & Section – 2 Geophysics
      • Candidates have the choice of any one section from these two sections during examination time.
      • Part-A – 16 questions a total of 25 marks. & Part-B – 39 questions with a total of 60 marks. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    6. XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)
      • Candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer these sections:
      • The General Aptitude contains a total of 15 marks.
      • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory): This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks of which 7 questions carrying one mark each & 4 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
      • Any two sections B to H of XE: The choice of two sections from B to H can be made during the time of Examination.
      • Each optional section of XE paper from sections B to H contains 22 questions with a total of 35 marks.
      • 9 questions carrying 1 mark each & 13 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    7. XH Paper (Humanities & Social Sciences)
      • Candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer these sections:
      • The General Aptitude contains a total of 15 marks.
      • Section B1 – Reasoning & Comprehension (Compulsory): This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks of which 7 questions carrying one mark each & 9 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
      • Any one section C1 to C6 of XH: The choice of one section from C1 to C6 be made at the time of filling an online application form. Candidates cannot change the section at the Examination Hall.
      • Each optional section of XH paper from sections C1 to C6 contain 39 questions with a total of 60 marks.
      • 18 questions carrying 1 mark each & 21 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
    8. XL Paper (Life Sciences)
      • Candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer these sections:
      • The General Aptitude contains a total of 15 marks.
      • Section P – Chemistry (Compulsory): This section contains 17 questions carrying a total of 25 marks of which 9 questions carrying one mark each & 8 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.
      • Any two sections Q to U of XL: The choice of two sections from Q to U can be made during the time of Examination.
      • Each optional section of XL paper from sections Q to U contains 19 questions with a total of 30 marks.
      • 8 questions carrying 1 mark each & 11 questions carrying 2 marks each. Some are MCQ & the remaining will be MSQ & NAT type of questions.

GATE 2022 Papers

Gate ExaminationPaper Code
Agricultural EngineeringAG
BiotechnologyBT
Bio-medical EngineeringBM
Civil EngineeringCE
Chemical EngineeringCH
Electronics & Communication EngineeringEC
Environmental Sciences & EngineeringES
Geomatics EngineeringGE
Mining EngineeringMN
Metallurgical EngineeringMT
PhysicsPH
Naval Architecture & Marine EngineeringNM
StatisticsST
Engineering SciencesXE*
Humanities & Social SciencesXH**
Aerospace EngineeringAE
Architecture & PlanningAR
ChemistryCY
Computer Science & Information TechnologyCS
Electrical EngineeringEE
Ecology & EvolutionEY
Geology & GeophysicsGG
MathematicsMA
Mechanical EngineeringME
Instrumentation EngineeringIN
Petroleum EngineeringPE
Production & Industrial EngineeringPI
Textile Engineering & Fibre ScienceTF
Life SciencesXL***




GATE 2022 Paper Wise Subjects Marks Criteria

Total Marks = 100
Total Time = 180 minutes (3 hours)

GATE Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) Subject Marks
AE, AG, BT, BM, CY, CE, CS, CH, EY, EE, ES, IN, MT, MA, MN, ME, NM, PI, PH, PE, TF, ST1585
GE [Part A + Part B (Section I or Sections II)]1555+30
AR [Part A + Part B B1 OR B2 B1: Architecture or B2: Planning]1560+25
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1: Geology or Section 2: Geophysics )]1525+60
XH (Section B1 + Anyone sections)1525+60
XE (Section A + Any two sections)1515 + (2 x 35)
XL (Section P + Any two sections)1525 + (2 x 30)

Degree/ Courses of eligibility criteria for GATE Exam 2022

Courses (Expected Year of Completion)Qualifying Degree/ ExaminationEligibility of Candidates
B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Pharm (in 2023)B.Tech (4 years after 10+2) OR 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in EngineeringA Candidate who is in their 3rd year or higher or already completed.
B.Sc. Research/ B.S (in 2023)Bachelor’s Degree in Science/ (Post Diploma/ 4-years after 10+2)A Candidate who is in their 3rd year or higher or already completed
B.Arch. (In 2024 for the 5- year program and in 2023 for a 4- year program)Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture (5-Year Course)/ Planning (4-year course)/ Naval-Architecture (4-year course)A Candidate who is in their 3rd year or higher or already completed
B.Sc./ B.Com./ B.A. (in 2022)Bachelor’s degree in any stream Science/ Commerce/ Arts (3-year program)A Candidate who is in their 3rd year or already completed
M.B.B.S. (in 2023)Those candidates who are degree holders of M.B.B.S. & those who are in his 5th, 6th, 7th semester or higher semester of a program that candidate only eligibleThose candidates who is in their 5th, 6th, 7th semester or higher semester, or already completed that are only eligible.
Pharma.D (after 10+2) (in 2025)6 Years Degree/ Course program that consists of internship or residency training during the third year onwards.Those candidates who is in their 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed that are only eligible.
M.Sc./ MCA/ M.A. or equivalent degree (in 2023)Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Arts/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Application or Equivalent course.Those candidates who is in their first year or higher or already completed.
Int. M.E./ M.Tech (Post B.Sc.) (in 2025)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s Degree Program in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)Those candidates who is in their 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th- year or already completed that are only eligible.
Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) (in 2024)Integrated Master’s Degree Program OR Dual Degree program in Engineering/ Technology (5-year program)Those candidates who is in their 3rd/4th/5th year or already completed that are only eligible
Int. B.S./ Int. M.Sc./ M.S. (in 2023)Integrated M.Sc. OR 5- year integrated B.S. Or M.S. ProgramThose candidates who is in their 3rd year or already completed that are only eligible



Scholarship through GATE Examination

Scholarship GATE Examination:

    • To avail of a scholarship the candidate must secure a seat in Central Government Institute by a procedure it can differ from institute to institute.
    • If a candidate is selected in any program the institute takes a test/interview of that candidate & if clear the interview then-candidate is selected for the program whom they selected.
    • As per MoE guidelines 70% weightage is given to the performance of GATE Examination score & the remaining is for interview & academic marks taken by the institute.
    • Institute itself can decide a minimum of passing marks of test/interview.
    • Candidates are advised to take complete details from the chosen institutes for the scholarship.
    • If candidates qualify in GATE Examination then they are also eligible for state & central government institutions.
GATE 2022 Application FEES
Category Applicants Fee (30th August to 24th September 2021) Applicant Fee if Date get Extended (25th September to 1st October 2021)
Female Candidates (per paper)₹ 750₹ 1250
SC/ ST/ PwD candidates (per paper)₹ 750₹ 1250
All other Candidates (per paper)₹ 1500₹ 2000

How to Apply for GATE 2022 Examination?

GATE 2022 Examination starts from 30th August 2021. Those candidates who want to fill the application form then visit the official website of Gate https://gate.iitkgp.ac.in.

    1. Registration process: Candidates themselves have to register themselves through the GATE Application Processing system by entering their name, email id & mobile number. If candidates have registered for Gate Exam then they will get an enrollment id. Candidates should change the password while logging in to the website for future purposes.
    2. Filling of Application form: After registration of candidates, a application form will appear in that candidate should provide their Academic degree details, Address including pin code, College name & address with pin code, Gate paper selection & choice of GATE Examination cities.
    3. Uploading Images: After filling the an application form candidate has to provide a photograph, signature & category certificate if applicable.
      1. Photograph requirements: Good quality image not blurred one, File size must be a minimum of 20kb & maximum of 200 kb, Background of the image must be white in color.
      2. Signature requirements: File size must be a minimum of 20kb & maximum of 200 kb, Signature with dark blue color or black only.
    4. Fee payment: Pay the application fee through online mode.