GATE Exam Eligibility Criteria

GATE Eligibility: Candidates who are appearing for GATE must carefully check the Eligibility Criteria and ensure that before applying for GATE they should keep the required documents ready. Candidates who have a higher qualifying degree than the one prescribed can also apply and need to mention the minimum suitable GATE Eligibility Criteria from the list given below.

  • Candidates who are Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs from a recognized and affiliated university are eligible to appear in GATE.
  • Candidates who are Bachelor’s degree holders in Pharma and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates who are Bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • The candidates who have done Bachelor’s degree program in science or B.Sc research/B.S post diploma or 4 years after 12th are eligible to appear in GATE exam.
  • The candidates who have successfully qualified master’s degree in any relevant branch of Mathematics/Science/ Computer or equivalent/ Statistics are eligible for GATE.
  • Candidates who have done Integrated M.Tech/ M.E. (after B.Sc) or 4-year Post-B.Sc Int Master’s degree program in Engineering/ Technology is eligible to apply for GATE.
  • Candidates who have completed Integrated M.Tech/ M.E. or Dual Degree (after passing 12th or Diploma) or Integrated Master’s degree programs or dual degree programs in Engineering/Technology (with five-year degree course) are also eligible for appearing in the GATE  exam.
  • The candidate who qualified for Professional Society Examinations equivalent to B.Tech/ B.E. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies and is acknowledged by UPSC/MHRD/ AICTE (AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India, AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India) are eligible to appear in the GATE exam.
  • Candidates who have a degree in M.Sc/ MCA/ M.A: Master’s degree in any relevant branch of Science/ Computer Applications/ Mathematics / Statistics/ or equivalent are eligible to apply for the GATE exam.
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NOTE: If the candidate is pursuing any higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, then the candidate can select the relevant minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.

Qualifying Degree/Exam Qualifying Degree/Exam (Descriptive) Description of
Eligible Candidates
Year of Qualification (Not later than)
BE/ B.Tech/ B.Pharm Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) and those students are in the final year of such programs Currently in the 3rd
a year or higher or
already completed
2023
B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years)/ Planning (4 years)/ Naval Architecture (4 year) Currently in the 3rd
year or higher or
already completed
2024 (for 5 year) & 2023 (for 4 year)
MBBS/ BDS MBBS/ BDS degree holder & those who are in 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester 2023
B.Sc. (Research)/ BS Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 3rd
year or higher or
2023
Pharma D (after 12th) 6 yrs degree program with residency training or internship from 3rd yr onwards Currently in 3rd/ 4th /5th /6th year or already completed 2025
M. Sc/ MCA/ MA or equivalent Master’s degree in any stream of Science/ Mathematics / Computer Applications/ Statistics/ Arts or equivalent Currently in the first
a year or higher or
already
Completed
2023
Int. ME/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) Post-B.Sc Integrated Master degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four years) Pursuing in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year or already completed 2025
Int. ME/ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year) Pursuing in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th year or already completed 2024
B.A/ B.Sc/ B.Com bachelors degree in any branch of Science/ Commerce/ Arts (3 year program) currently in 3rd year or already completed 2022
Int. M.Sc/ Int. BS-MS Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated BS/MS program Pursuing in the third year or already completed 2024
Professional Society Examination (equivalent to BE/B.Tech/B.Arch) BE/B.Tech/B.Arch equivalent exams of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE. Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA
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In case a candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned above in 2016 or earlier, he/she has to submit the degree certificate, professional certificate/course completion certificate / provisional certificate, membership certificate issued by the society or institute. In case, the candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria or later as mentioned above, he/she has to submit a certificate from the Principal or a copy of the marks card for section A of AMIE.

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