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GATE Previous Year Question Paper

GATE Previous Years’ Question Paper is the one asset that can add value to your exam preparation plan and completely transform your revision process. Practising the previous years’ question papers will not only help you analyse the examination pattern, question types and marking scheme but also enhance your time management skills. It is also an important component from the exam point of view. This article will help you find the vital details about the GATE question papers.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) authorities usually release the updated previous years’ papers on the GATE official website for the upcoming exams of GATE. Therefore, we have also compiled this year-wise and branch-wise PDFs of the GATE previous years’ question papers to access easily and prepare well for GATE 2024.

Access the GATE Previous Years’ Question Paper PDFs

GATE Exam Previous Years’ Papers are made available in this article for the candidates to prepare most proficiently for the GATE 2014 exam. In addition, candidates can access the year-wise GATE Exam Question Papers for branches such as Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, and Computer Science Engineering. All the GATE Previous Years’ papers are compiled in one place on this page.

GATE Exam Question Papers

Candidates planning to attempt the GATE 2024 exam can click on the respective PDF links provided below to access the GATE Previous Years’ Question Papers for the required branch. Besides, we have also provided GATE Marking Schemes 2024 in this article. Therefore, by referring to the question papers and the GATE exam pattern, candidates can better understand how precisely to write the answers for the questions that will appear in the GATE 2024 exams.

GATE exam papers are the best resource for candidates to practise and get an idea about the question types repeatedly asked in the GATE exams. By solving these question papers, candidates can quickly gauge their performance and get an idea about their preparation level for the GATE exam. We have already mentioned that the GATE Previous Years’ Papers are very crucial as it helps the candidate to get an idea about the marks distribution and the question paper pattern.

Browse through the GATE Exam Papers

Get ready for the GATE 2024 by solving the GATE question papers after preparing for the exams and following a thorough revision of the respective branch or subject. Candidates can access the latest question papers by browsing the links provided below.

If any candidate is looking to solve a wide variety of questions of different difficulty levels, they should access these GATE exam papers. Designed as per the latest GATE syllabus and exam pattern, these question papers come in handy. However, to crack these questions and ace the GATE exam, candidates need to have a proper grasp of the subjects required for the particular branch of Engineering. The GATE Previous Years’ Papers for the subjects, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture and Planning, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Science Engineering can be found year-wise in the list provided below.

GATE Exam Papers Year-wise

For the convenience of the candidates, we have compiled here the GATE Exam Question Papers for the past few years. Candidates can click on the links to access the question papers for the GATE Exams from the year 2011 to 2022.

GATE Previous Years’ Question Papers 2011 to 2022

SN Year-wise GATE Papers
1. GATE 2022 Question Paper
1. GATE 2021 Question Paper
2. GATE 2020 Question Paper
3. GATE 2019 Question Paper
4. GATE 2018 Question Paper
5. GATE 2017 Question Paper
6. GATE 2016 Question Paper
7. GATE 2015 Question Paper
8. GATE 2014 Question Paper
9. GATE 2013 Question Paper
10. GATE 2012 Question Paper
11. GATE 2011 Question Paper

Subject-wise GATE Previous Year Papers

We have also provided here the subject wise links for the candidates to access and solve for practice. Find here the GATE Exam Papers for subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Architecture and planning, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering and Computer Science.

GATE Exam Mechanical Engineering Previous Year Question Paper

  Year    Download Here
2022 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2021 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2020 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2019 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2018 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2017 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
2016 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
Mechanical Engineering Session-3
2015 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
Mechanical Engineering Session-3
2014 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
Mechanical Engineering Session-3
Mechanical Engineering Set-4
2013 Mechanical Engineering Session-1
Mechanical Engineering Session-2
Mechanical Engineering Session-3
Mechanical Engineering Session-4
2012 Mechanical Engineering 
2011 Mechanical Engineering

GATE Exam Civil Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2021 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2020 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2019 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2018 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2017 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2016 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2015 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2014 Civil Engineering Slot 1
Civil Engineering Slot 2
2013 Civil Engineering
2012 Civil Engineering
2011 Civil Engineering

GATE Exam Computer Science Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

Year    Download Here
2022 Computer Science Engineering
2021 Computer Science Engineering Set-1
Computer Science Engineering Set-2
2020 Computer Science Engineering
2019 Computer Science Engineering
2018 Computer Science Engineering
2017 Computer Science Engineering
2016 Computer Science Engineering Set-1
Computer Science Engineering Set-2
2015 Computer Science Engineering Set-1
Computer Science Engineering Set-2
Computer Science Engineering Set-3
2014 Computer Science Engineering Set-1
Computer Science Engineering Set-2
Computer Science Engineering Set-3
2013 Computer Science Engineering Set-1
Computer Science Engineering Set-2
Computer Science Engineering Set-3
2012 Computer Science Engineering
2011 Computer Science Engineering

GATE Exam Electrical Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2021 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2020 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2019 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2018 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2017 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2016 Electrical Engineering (EE) Paper 1
Electrical Engineering (EE) Paper 2
2015 Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 1
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 2
2014 Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 1
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 2
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 3
2013 Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 1
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 2
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 3
Electrical Engineering (EE)  Paper 4
2012 Electrical Engineering (EE)
2011 Electrical Engineering (EE)

GATE Exam Electronics Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2021 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2020 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2019 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2018 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2017 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2016 Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 1
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 2
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 3
2015 Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 1
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 2
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 3
2014 Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 1
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 2
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 3
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 4
2013 Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 1
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 2
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 3
Electronics and Communication Engineering Slot 4
2012 Electronics and Communication Engineering
2011 Electronics and Communication Engineering

GATE Exam Instrumentation Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Instrumentation Engineering
2021 Instrumentation Engineering
2020 Instrumentation Engineering
2019 Instrumentation Engineering
2018 Instrumentation Engineering
2017 Instrumentation Engineering
2016 Instrumentation Engineering
2015 Instrumentation Engineering
2014 Instrumentation Engineering
2013 Instrumentation Engineering Session 1
2013 Instrumentation Engineering Session 2
2013 Instrumentation Engineering Session 3
2013 Instrumentation Engineering Session 4
2012 Instrumentation Engineering 
2011 Instrumentation Engineering

GATE Exam Architecture and Planning Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Architecture and Planning
2021 Architecture and Planning
2020 Architecture and Planning
2019 Architecture and Planning
2018 Architecture and Planning
2017 Architecture and Planning
2016 Architecture and Planning
2015 Architecture and Planning
2014 Architecture and Planning
2013 Architecture and Planning
2012 Architecture and Planning
2011 Architecture and Planning

GATE Exam Mathematics Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Mathematics
2021 Mathematics
2020 Mathematics
2019 Mathematics
2018 Mathematics
2017 Mathematics
2016 Mathematics
2015 Mathematics
2014 Mathematics
2013 Mathematics
2012 Mathematics
2011 Mathematics

GATE Exam Physics Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Physics
2021 Physics
2020 Physics
2019 Physics
2018 Physics
2017 Physics
2016 Physics
2015 Physics
2014 Physics
2013 Physics
2012 Physics
2011 Physics

GATE Exam Chemistry Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Chemistry
2021 Chemistry
2020 Chemistry
2019 Chemistry
2018 Chemistry
2017 Chemistry
2016 Chemistry
2015 Chemistry
2014 Chemistry
2013 Chemistry
2012 Chemistry
2011 Chemistry

GATE Exam Aerospace Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2021 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2020 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2019 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2018 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2017 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2016 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2015 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2014 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2013 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2012 Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2011 Aerospace Engineering (AE)

GATE Exam Agriculture Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2021 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2020 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2019 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2018 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2017 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2016 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2015 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2014 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2013 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2012 Agriculture Engineering (AG)
2011 Agriculture Engineering (AG)

GATE Exam Biotechnology Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Biotechnology (BT)
2021 Biotechnology (BT)
2020 Biotechnology (BT)
2019 Biotechnology (BT)
2018 Biotechnology (BT)
2017 Biotechnology (BT)
2016 Biotechnology (BT)
2015 Biotechnology (BT)
2014 Biotechnology (BT)
2013 Biotechnology (BT)
2012 Biotechnology (BT)
2011 Biotechnology (BT)

GATE Exam Chemical Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2021 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2020 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2019 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2018 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2017 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2016 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2015 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2014 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2013 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2012 Chemical Engineering (CH)
2011 Chemical Engineering (CH)

GATE Exam Ecology and Evolution Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2021 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2020 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2019 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2018 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2017 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2016 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2015 Ecology and Evolution (EY)
2014 Ecology and Evolution (EY)

GATE Exam Geology and Geophysics Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2021 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2020 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2019 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2018 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2017 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2016 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2015 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2014 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2013 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2012 Geology and Geophysics (GG)
2011 Geology and Geophysics (GG)

GATE Exam Mining Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Mining Engineering (MN)
2021 Mining Engineering (MN)
2020 Mining Engineering (MN)
2019 Mining Engineering (MN)
2018 Mining Engineering (MN)
2017 Mining Engineering (MN)
2016 Mining Engineering (MN)
2015 Mining Engineering (MN)
2014 Mining Engineering (MN)
2013 Mining Engineering (MN)
2012 Mining Engineering (MN)
2011 Mining Engineering (MN)

GATE Exam Metallurgical Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2021 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2020 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2019 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2018 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2017 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2016 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2015 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2014 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2013 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2012 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
2011 Metallurgical Engineering (MT)

GATE Exam Petroleum Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2021 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2020 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2019 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2018 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2017 Petroleum Engineering (PE)
2016 Petroleum Engineering (PE)

GATE Exam Production and Industrial Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2021 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2020 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2019 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2018 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2017 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2016 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2015 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2014 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2013 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2012 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
2011 Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)

GATE Exam Textile Engineering and Fibre Science Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2021 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2020 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2019 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2018 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2017 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2016 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2015 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2014 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2013 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2012 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
2011 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)

GATE Exam Engineering Sciences Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2021 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2020 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2019 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2018 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2017 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2016 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2015 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2014 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2013 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2012 Engineering Sciences (XE)
2011 Engineering Sciences (XE)

GATE Exam Life Sciences Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Life Sciences (XL)
2021 Life Sciences (XL)
2020 Life Sciences (XL)
2019 Life Sciences (XL)
2018 Life Sciences (XL)
2017 Life Sciences (XL)
2016 Life Sciences (XL)
2015 Life Sciences (XL)
2014 Life Sciences (XL)
2013 Life Sciences (XL)
2012 Life Sciences (XL)
2011 Life Sciences (XL)

GATE Exam Statistics Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Statistics
2021 Statistics
2020  Statistics
2019 Statistics

GATE Exam Environmental Sciences and Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

Year Download Here
2022 Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)
2021 Environmental Science and Engineering (ES)

GATE Exam Humanities and Social Science Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Humanities and Social Science Economics
English
Linguistics
Philosophy
Psychology
Sociology
2021 Humanities and Social Science

GATE Exam Biomedical Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Biomedical Engineering (BM) 
2021 Biomedical Engineering (BM) 
2020 Biomedical Engineering (BM) 

GATE Exam Geomatic Engineering, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

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2022 Geomatics Engineering (GE)
2022 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM)

List of Subjects for GATE 2024 Exam

A candidate has the option to appear for either one or two subject papers. If any candidate opts for two papers, then the combination of papers must be from the approved list of combinations. These should also be subject to the availability of infrastructure and date.

First, find below the list of papers and their respective codes. We have also provided a list of secondary papers that can be combined with the primary paper.

SUBJECTS CODES
1. Aerospace Engineering AE
2. Agricultural Engineering AG
3. Architecture and Planning AR
4. Biomedical Engineering BM
5. Biotechnology BT
6. Civil Engineering CE
7. Chemical Engineering CH
8. Computer Science and Information Technology CS
9. Chemistry CY
10. Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
11. Electrical Engineering EE
12. Environmental Science and Engineering

13. Ecology and Evolution

ES

EY

14. Geology and Geophysics GG
15. Instrumentation Engineering IN
16. Mathematics MA
17. Mechanical Engineering ME
18. Mining Engineering MN
19. Metallurgical Engineering MT
20. Petroleum Engineering PE
21. Physics PH
22. Production and Industrial Engineering PI
23. Statistics ST
24. Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
25. Engineering Sciences XE*
26. Humanities and Social Science XH**
27. Life Sciences XL***
28. Geomatics Engineering GE
29. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering NM
*XE PAPER SECTIONS CODES
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory Subject) (15 Marks) A
Any Two Optional Sections ( 2 x 35 = 70 Marks)
Fluid Mechanics B
Material Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H
** XH PAPER SECTIONS CODES
Reasoning and Comprehension (Compulsory) (25 Marks) B1
Any one Optional Section (60 Marks)
Economics C1
English C2
Linguistics C3
Philosophy C4
Psychology C5
Sociology C6
*** XL PAPER SECTIONS CODES
Chemistry (Compulsory) (25 Marks) P
Any Two Optional Sections (2 x 30= 60 Marks)
Biochemistry Q
Botany R
Microbiology S
Zoology T
Food Technology U

The total marks of each paper are counted as 100, with the Common General Aptitude (GA) Section of each paper accounting for 15 marks, and 85 marks were assigned from the main subjects. Meanwhile, find also below the list of primary paper codes and its corresponding secondary paper codes to choose from:

Primary GATE Paper Codes Corresponding Secondary GATE Paper Codes
AE NM, XE
AG ES, GE, XE, XL
AR CE
BM BT, EC, IN, XL
BT BM, XL
CE AE, AR, ES, GE, NM
CH PE, XE
CS EC, GE, MA, ST
CY XL
EC IN, PH, EE, CS, GE
EE EC, IN
ES AG, CE, GE
EY XL
GE CE, GG, ES, MN
GG GE, MN, PE, PH
IN EC, EE, PH
MA CS, GE, PH, ST
ME AE, CH, NM, PI, XE
MN GE, GG, XE
MT PH, XE
NM AE, CE, XE
PE CH, GG, XE
PH EC, GE, GG, IN, MA, MT, ST, XE
PI ME, MT, XE
ST MA, PH
TF XE
XE AE, AG, CH, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, NM
XH ST
XL BM, BT, CY, EY

Meanwhile, find also the GATE Exam pattern below:

GATE Exam Pattern 2024

The duration of the GATE exam is 3 hours, and the number of papers for the GATE exams is 29. Sections of the GATE exam paper also include General Aptitude (GA) and the candidate’s selected subject. The Question paper also has Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and the rest as Multiple Select Questions and/or Numerical Answer Types (NAT) Questions.

Paper Code Exam Pattern
For, subject codes, CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST, and PI GA (General Aptitude) – 15

Engineering Mathematics – 13 questions

Subject of the Paper – 72 questions

CY, GG, EY, XL, PH, and MA GA (General Aptitude) – 15

Subject of the Paper – 85

In the meantime, for further details about GATE Exam Pattern and the other exam resources, stay tuned to BYJU’S.


Frequently Asked Questions on GATE Previous Year Question Paper

Q1

If a paper is being held in more than one session, Is it possible for me to appear in any of the sessions of that particular paper?

It is not allowed. Each candidate will be assigned to only one of the multiple sessions of a particular paper, which is being held in multiple sessions. Under any circumstances, a candidate will not be allowed to appear in a session in which his/her candidature is not assigned.

Q2

Am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper, after submission of the application?

Yes, it is possible to change the GATE examination paper after submitting the application. Only after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of GATE Examination Paper will be entertained against additional payment till a specified date. Any request after this particular date will not be considered.

Q3

Am I permitted to change my GATE Examination City, after submission of the application?

Yes, it is possible. Only after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against additional payment till a specified date. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.

Q4

In case of permitted delayed entry in the examination hall, will I get extra time corresponding to my delayed entry?

Yes, it is possible. Only after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against additional payment till a specified date. Any request after this date will NOT be considered.