The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a prestigious All India Level mandatory entrance examination for the admission into Post Graduation Courses (M.E./M. Tech) in the Engineering disciplines & Sciences and also for M.S./M.Des./M.Phil./ Ph.D./ PGDIIT, etc., in IISc, IIT s and Other premier Engineering colleges which are provided with financial assistance by MHRD and other Government agencies.
GATE is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and postgraduate level subjects in Science. The GATE score of a candidate reflects a relative performance level in a particular subject in the examination across several years.
The score is also used by some Public and Private Sector Undertakings for employment processes in India. Direct recruitment to Group ‘A’ level posts i.e., Senior Field Officer (SFO Tele), Senior Research Officer (SRO) (Crypto) and SRO (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat is now being done on the basis of GATE scores.
GATE is conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT's) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.