GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification and more

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2025 ( GATE )

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Candidates must check the eligibility criteria for GATE 2025 before filling out the application form. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the GATE 2025 Application form.

GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria

GATE 2025 Eligibility CriteriaGATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria: GATE exam is conducted yearly for postgraduation courses such as M.E, M. Tech, and Ph.D courses in India's top tech institutes; IITs, NITs, IIITs, and other GFTIs. 7 IITs and IISc Bengaluru organise the GATE exam one by one each year. IIT Roorkee will tentatively conduct GATE 2025 examination. IIT Roorkee will tentatively release the GATE 2025 notification in August 2024. Candidates desirous to take admission in postgraduate courses in these institutes must fill out the GATE 2025 application form. Candidates must ensure that they meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the GATE 2025 exam before filling out the GATE 2025 application form.

Candidates can check the detailed GATE 2025 eligibility criteria below: 

GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification 

Candidates must possess a degree equivalent to or higher to bachelor’s degree in engineering/ technology/ architecture/ science/ humanities. Candidates can check the list of acceptable degrees below: 

  • B.E/ B.Tech 
  • B. Arch 
  • B. Pharma 
  • B.Sc(Research)/ B.S 
  • B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry) 
  • MSc/MA/MCA or equivalent 
  • M.B.B.S./B.D.S./B.V.Sc. 
  • Integrated ME/MTech 
  • Integrated MSc/Integrated BS-MS 
  • Integrated ME/MTech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 
  • Pharm. D. 
  • Professional Society Examination (equivalent to BE/BTech/BArch) 

GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria: Authorised Professional Society

Candidates who possess certification from any of the professional societies must ensure that those examinations are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/UPSC as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch./B.Plan. Some of the professional Societies or Institutions conduct examinations in various fields of engineering are given below: 

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  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE) 
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) 
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) 
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChE) 
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) 
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE) 

GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualifying Degree

Candidates can check the detailed eligibility criteria for GATE 2025 in the table below: 

Degree/Program 

Qualifying Degree/ Examination 

Eligibility criteria 

B.E./B.Tech./B.Pharma. 

Bachelor's degree in engineering/technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/Technology) 

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 

B. Arch. 

Bachelor’s degree of architecture (5-year course) /Naval Architecture (4-year course)/ Planning (4-year course) 

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 

B.Sc. (Research)/B.S. 

Bachelor's degree in science (post-diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) 

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 

Pharm. D. (after 10+2) 

6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during the third year onwards 

Currently in the 3rd/4th/5th/ 6th year or already completed 

M.B.B.S./B.D.S./B.V.Sc. 

Degree holders of M.B.B.S./B.D.S./B.V.Sc. and those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such program. 

5th/6th/7th or higher semester or already completed 

M. Sc./M.A./M.C.A. or equivalent 

Master’s degree in any branch of Arts/Science/ Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent 

Currently in the first year or higher or already Completed 

Int.M.E./M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) 

Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/Technology (4-year program) 

Currently in the 1st/2nd/3rd/ 4th year or already completed 

Int. M.E./ M.Tech./M.Pharm. or  Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 

Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program) 

Currently in the 3rd /4th/ 5thyear or already completed 

Int. M.Sc./Int. B.S./M.S. 

Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. program 

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 

Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.) 

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognised by MoE/UPSC/ AICTE  (e.g. AMIE by the Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India, and so on) 

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses 

B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry) 

4-year program 

Currently in the 3rd/4th year or already completed 

NOTE:

  • Candidates must upload the required eligibility document while filling out the GATE application form.
  • Suppose a candidate is pursuing a higher degree or has already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the table above. In that case, the candidate will be allowed to appear in the GATE 2025 examination.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2025 for International Candidates

Candidates who have obtained or are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India have to meet the following eligibility criteria to appear for GATE 2025:

Q:   Who is eligible for GATE exam?

A:

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the entrance exam for admission to postgraduate courses at IITs, NITs, IIITs in Engineering, Science and other allied subjects. The detailed eligibility criteria of GATE are given below:

  • Candidates who are currently studying in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree programme or who have completed any government approved degree programme in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities are eligible to appear for GATE 2024.
  • Candidates who possess certification from any of the below list professional societies are also eligible to apply for GATE however, they must ensure that those examinations are approved by MoE/AICTE/UGC/ UPSC as being equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Arch./ B.Planning, etc. 
    • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
    • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
    • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
    • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
    • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChE)
    • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
    • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)
  • Candidates who have obtained/are pursuing their qualifying degree from countries other than India are also eligible. All such candidates must be currently in the 3rd or higher years or must have completed their Bachelor’s degree (of at least three years duration) in Engineering/ Technology/ Science/ Architecture/ Humanities. 
  • Candidates pursuing or in possession of any higher degree will be allowed to appear for GATE 2024.
  • Candidates must note that there is no age limit to apply for GATE.

Q:   Who can give GATE exam?

A:

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national-level examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for admission to Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (MTech), and direct PhD programs in engineering, architecture, and related branches of science.

The eligibility criteria for GATE include passing a bachelor's degree in engineering or technology or basic Science from a recognised university, and meeting the specific eligibility criteria for the discipline you wish to pursue. Candidates from India and other countries can apply for GATE, but they must meet the eligibility criteria. The exam is conducted online and is offered in 30 subjects. Candidates can check details about course-wise eligibility criteria for GATE exam at www.shiksha.com/gate-exam.

Q:   What are the eligibility criteria for COAP?

A:
It is advised that the candidates check the eligibility criteria before COAP 2023 registration. Applications from candidates who do not meet the eligibility conditions are liable to be rejected. Therefore, all candidates must fulfil all the eligibility conditions. Check below for the eligibility criteria: - The candidate must be an Indian national. - Candidates must have a valid GATE score, I. e. , be qualified in 2023/2022/2021. - In the case of more than one valid scorecard, candidates must provide the scorecard with a better score or rank. - Candidates must check the eligibility criteria of the respective institute before applying. Read more about COAP Counselling: https://www.shiksha.com/engineering/coap-counselling.
  • Must have completed or in the final year or in the pre-final year of their bachelor’s degree in engineering and technology or;
  • Must have completed or in the final year or in the pre-final year of their Post Graduate degree in any relevant science subjects

It may be noted that if any candidate has obtained a degree higher than the mentioned degree in the above eligibility table, he/she should select the minimum required degree while filling the GATE application form.

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GATE 2025 Supporting Documents

Candidates must submit the degree certificate/provisional certificate/ course completion certificate/ professional certificate/ membership certificate issued by the institute or society they are enrolled in for the degree programme.

In case a candidate is in the final year of the program, he/she has to upload a certificate from the head of the department/institute or a copy of the marks sheet for section A of AMIE. The HOD should sign this certificate with the current date.

Q:   Can I appear in more than one paper in GATE exam?

A:

Candidates are allowed to appear two papersout of the 30 papers for which GATE 2024 exam will be held, and they have to carefully make a choice of the paper they wish to write. A candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, he/she is free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the GATE eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. The list of paper combinations that students wish to select can be checked on the GATE 2024 official website.

Q:   For how many papers can one student apply in GATE 2024?

A:
Students applying for GATE 2024 can opt for two subject papers from the prescribed set of combinations. Earlier, the candidates could apply to appear in only one subject. As a candidate is allowed to appear in only two papers (only approved set) of the 29 papers for which the GATE 2024 will be conducted, they have to carefully make a choice of the papers they wish to write. A candidate is expected to appear in the papers appropriate to the discipline of his or her qualifying degree. However, he or she is free to choose any paper according to his or her admission plan, keeping in mind the GATE eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he or she wishes to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria at any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute. Those candidates opting for two paper combinations for GATE 2024 have a primary choice of paper as their default choice. The second choice of paper has to be chosen from the allowed combinations. Listed combinations are only allowed, and those that are not listed are not allowed. For more detail Read: https://www.shiksha.com/engineering/gate-exam-pattern.

Q:   After declining/rejecting the offer, can I be considered for subsequent offers for COAP rounds?

A:

After declining/rejecting the offer (s) in a particular round, you will not be considered for the same offer (s). In case, you have given higher preferences in M.Tech. Application, then you may be considered for the higher preferences in the subsequent round (s) of offers based on the availability of vacancies and merit list, within the rules of that institute. Also, after the last/final round at COAP no offers will be available at COAP. For any offer/admission related matter, candidates must visit the respective Academic Institutes Admission Portal.

Q:   What are passing marks in GATE exam?

A:

Passing marks in GATE exam is different for all 30 papers. Candidates appearing in any GATE paper have to obtain the minimum mark in order to be declared qualified for the exam. Only qualified candidates are considered for admission to MTech/MSc/PhD programs and the MHRD scholarship. Candidates can check previous year GATE cutoff for various papers on the Shiksha page or from the GATE official website.

Q:   Can I appear for GATE after doing Diploma in civil engineering?

A:
Hi Ramesh, GATE is used for applying to M.Tech or ME. After Diploma, you have to apply for engineering (BE). After successful completion of your degree, you can go for M.Tech. So, for applying M.Tech, you have to give entrance exam called GATE. You have to qualify for getting good college. Regards.
  • Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years or 3 years after 10+2/Post-BSc/Post-Diploma). Final-year candidates can also apply.
  • Master's degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent. Final and pre-final year candidates can also apply.

Also read:

GATE 2025 Eligibility Criteria FAQs

Q. What is GATE exam eligibility?

A. To appear for GATE 2025 candidates must have passed the graduation or in pre-final year/final year of their graduation course.

Q. Is MCA eligible for the GATE exam?

A. Second and third-year MCA students are eligible for GATE.

Q. Is there any age limit for GATE?

A. There is no minimum or maximum age limit is prescribed for this examination.

Q. Why is the GATE exam conducted?

A. The purpose of the GATE exam is to test students’ knowledge and understanding of their undergraduate level subjects in Engineering and Science for admission to Postgraduate programmes.

Q. Does 12th marks matter in GATE?

A. NO! It doesn't matter how much a candidate scored in class XII. PSU only considers students’ graduation marks and GATE scores. However, to get a good college, candidates must have scored a certain percentage which varies for different boards.

Q. Is the GATE exam useful for jobs?

A. The GATE score is useful to get a job in PSU or get admission into the top colleges to pursue PG programmes.

Q. Can a student appear in GATE with two subjects?

A. Yes. One can appear for two GATE papers as per the combination to be provided on the website soon.

Q. Can a candidate appear in GATE in the third year?

A. Yes. Pre-final year, final year and pass out students are eligible for GATE.

Q. Can backlog students attempt GATE?

A. Students with backlogs can also apply for the GATE exam, but the candidate should be in the final year to apply for the GATE 2023 exam. They must have cleared all the backlogs before getting admission to any college.

Q. How many attempts are there for GATE?

A. There is no restriction on the number of GATE attempts. One can enrol and appear for the exam as many times as one wants.

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