Most of you may not be interested in this, but many other who don’t have Engineering degree are posting lots of questions related to eligibility of GATE exam. And most of these questions are from students, who are from science background. But this will also help friends from engineering background to help others if they doubts about GATE eligibility.

The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE :

  • Qualifying Degree : BE / B.Tech/ B.Pharm
    Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc/ Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
    Currently in the final year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: B.Arch
    Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course)
    Currently in the final year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.
    Bachelor’s degree in Science(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)
    Currently in the 4th year or already completed.
  • Qualifying Degree: M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent
    Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent.
    Currently in the final year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: Integrated M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.)
    Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program).
    Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2)
    Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year program).
    Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: Integrated M.Sc/Integrated B.S. M.S.
    Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program.
    Currently in the final year or already completed
  • Qualifying Degree: Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.)
    B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India).
    Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses

Those criteria are given by GATE official website. Let me elaborate it for students’ by name of degrees.

Second and third year MCA students are eligible for GATE.
First and Second year MSc students are eligible for GATE based on qualifying degree.
BSc. BCA and BCS (a three years degree) students are not eligible for GATE Exam.
BSc. (Tech), a four years degree, final year students are eligible for GATE exam.
B.Tech or BE integrated students are eligible from their third year of integrated degree.

If you have any other degrees or have questions related to GATE eligibility, please feel free to drop a comment. This is a part GATE Exam info and preparation guide, which more GATE related posts to help students.

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