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GATE is the gate for entering Masters and Doctoral programmers.

The Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology jointly conduct Graduate Aptitude Test (GATE) for Engineering students. On behalf of National Coordination Board – GATE, the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, the test is organised at national level. For regulating the examination and declaring the results, GATE committee is the only responsible authority, which involves representatives from administering institutes.

Admission into postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government assistantships/ scholarships in engineering institutes/ colleges can be acquired by GATE qualifying candidates. Eligibility for admission into Doctoral/ Master programmes in Architecture/ Technology/ Engineering as well as Doctoral programmes in other related Science branches with MHRD or other government assistantships / scholarships is Bachelor’s degree in Technology/ Engineering/ Architecture or Master’s degree in any area of Mathematics/ Science/ Computer Applications/ Statistics. The students, who secure a place into a postgraduate programme, according to the existing procedure of the relevant institution, are eligible for scholarship as well. However, Candidates with Masters in Technology/ Engineering/ Architecture may get admission into PhD programmes with assistantship/ scholarship without going through GATE exams.

GATE qualification is compulsory in few of the institutions, and it's equally applicable on self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE Qualifying candidates are eligible for Junior Research Fellowship award in CSIR Laboratories or sponsored projects by CSIR. Students coming to the top in some of the GATE papers can apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship”, which is given by CSIR. Prerequisite for an Engineer or Scientist at government organisation is sometimes GATE.
A huge number of aspirants go for the test, but for sure the qualifying number is very less in comparison. Hence, GATE papers of previous years can save you from failing the test. You need to work hard on the papers of back years. Generally, they are objective type multiple choice questions. The paper structure is given below for your reference-

Multiple choice questions in all papers and sections will contain four answers, of which only one is correct. The types of questions in a paper may be based on following logic:

(i) Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.


Q. During machining maximum heat is produced

(A) in flank face  (B) in rake face  (C) in shear zone  (D) due to friction between chip and tool

(ii) Comprehension:

These questions will test the candidate's understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.


Q. A DC motor requires a starter in order

(A) to develop a starting torque

(B) to compensate for auxiliary field ampere turns

(C) to limit armature current at starting

(D) to provide regenerative braking

(iii) Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.


Q. The sequent depth ratio of a hydraulic jump in a rectangular channel is 16.48. The Froude number at the beginning of the jump is:

(A) 10.0  (B) 5.0  (C) 12.0  (D) 8.0

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis:

These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

Common data questions

Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.


Common Data, for instance, Questions 48 and 49 in main paper:

Let X and Y be jointly distributed random variables such that the conditional distribution of Y, given X=x, is uniform on the interval (x-1,x+1). Suppose E(X)=1 and Var(X)= 5/3

First question using common data:

Q.48 The mean of the random variable Y is

(A) 1/2 (B) 1 (C) 3/2 (D) 2

Second question using common data:

Q.49 The variance of the random variable Y is

(A) 1/2 (B) 2/3 (C) 1 (D) 2

Linked answer questions:

These questions are of problem solving type. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the second answer. Each question in such linked answer questions will carry two marks.


Statement for Linked Answer Questions, for instance, for Questions 52 and 53 in Main Paper:

The open loop transfer function of a unity feedback control system is given by
First question of the pair:

Q.52 The value of K which will cause sustained oscillations in the closed loop system is
Second question of the pair:

Q.53 The frequency of sustained oscillations is
The questions based on the above four logics may be a mix of single stand alone statement / phrase / data type questions, combination of option codes type questions or match items types questions.

What is New in GATE 2011?

ONLINE examination in two additional papers:

In GATE 2010, the papers with codes MN and TF had ONLINE examination. In GATE 2011, two additional papers AE and GG will also have ONLINE examination. The ONLINE examination will be conducted in two sessions on Sunday, January 30, 2011. The ONLINE examination in GG and TF will be held in the forenoon session from 09.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs. The ONLINE examination in AE and MN will be held in the afternoon session from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.

Numerical answer type questions in AE and TF papers:

In AE and TF papers, the question paper will consist of 60 questions of multiple choice type and 5 questions of numerical answer type. For multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for the answer. For numerical answer type questions, each question will have a number as the answer.

OFFLINE examination in two sessions:

In GATE 2011, the OFFLINE examination will be conducted in two sessions on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The OFFLINE examination in AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, ME, PH and PI papers will be held in the forenoon session from 09.00 hrs to 12.00 hrs. The OFFLINE examination in AG, CY, EC, EE, IN, MA, MT, XE and XL will be held in the afternoon session from 14.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs.

Food Technology section in both XE and XL papers:

In GATE 2011, Food Technology will be introduced as an optional section in XL paper also. The structure for Food Technology section in XL paper will be the same as the structure of the other optional sections in XL paper. The structure for Food Technology section in XE paper will the same as the structure of the other optional sections in XE paper. The syllabus for the Food Technology section in XE and XL papers is the same.

Hence, let's prepare in advance for the exams and try to solve more and more GATE Sample papers from various websites, such as This site, not only gives you maximum of everything at one place, but also saves your valuable time on searching or browsing things, here and there online. Forums, free file Sharing and message boards are the biggest facilities available to all the students. Best of luck for future and hope that you rock in the test after all the odds!

GATE - Chemistry(CY) Previous Year Question papers Downlode:

2010 GATE Chemistry Question Paper

2010 GATE Chemistry Answers

2009 GATE Chemistry Question Paper

2008 GATE Chemistry Question Paper

2007 GATE Chemistry Question Paper

2011 GATE Syllabous for Chemistry (CY)

2011 GATE - General Aptitude (GA) Model Paper

Important Dates

Commencement of sale of Application Form and Information Brochure - Tuesday September 21, 2010

Commencement of Online Application Form submission -Tuesday September 21, 2010 (09:00 Hrs onwards)

Last date for issue of Information Brochure and Application Form at Bank Counters - Wednesday October 27, 2010

Last date for issue of Information Brochure and Application Form at zonal GATE office counters - Friday October 29, 2010

Last date for Submission of Online Application Form (website closure) - Wednesday October 27, 2010 (18:00 Hrs)

Last date for the Receipt of completed Offline/Online Application Form at the respective zonal GATE Office - Tuesday November 02, 2010

Website display of final list of registered candidates, choices of test paper and examination city - Friday December 10, 2010

Date for reporting any discrepancy in the choice of examination cities or in the choice of GATE paper - Friday December 31, 2010

Date for reporting the non-receipt of admit cards for ONLINE examination papers - Thursday January 20, 2011

Last date for reporting the non-receipt of admit cards for OFFLINE examination papers - Monday January 31, 2011

GATE 2011 Online Examination Papers: GG and TF Sunday January 30, 2011 (09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs)

GATE 2011 Online Examination Papers: AE and MN Sunday January 30, 2011 (14:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hrs)

GATE 2011 Offline Examination Papers: AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, ME, PH and PI Sunday February 13, 2011 (09:00 Hrs to 12:00 Hrs)

GATE 2011 Offline Examination Papers: AG, CY, EC, EE, IN, MA, MT, XE and XL Sunday February 13, 2011 (14:00 Hrs to 17:00 Hrs)

Announcement of results - Tuesday March 15, 2011 (10:00 Hrs)

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