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 :

  • Bachelor degree holders in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/ Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE(I), AMICE(I) by the Institute of Civil Engineers (India)-ICE(I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

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.
BSc. BCA and BCS (a three years degree) students are not eligible for GATE Exam.
BSc. (Tech), a four years degree, third and 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 2011 preparation guide, which more GATE related posts to help students.

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