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GATE Exam Eligibility 2024 – Age Limit, Qualification, Number of Attempts

The GATE 2024 eligibility criteria has been published online on the official website by IISc Bangalore.

Students can apply for the exam via the official website. IIT Kharagpur has released the GATE eligibility criteria. Candidates need to meet the eligibility criteria to appear for the exam. The eligibility criteria are mentioned below: 

  1. Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply for GATE.
  2. Nationality: Candidates of all nationalities can apply for the exam
  3. Academic Qualification: 
  1. Candidates who are studying in the 3rd year or higher years of any graduation can apply.
  2. Candidates who have completed any government-approved degree in Engineering/Architecture/Technology/Science/Commerce/Arts are eligible to apply. However, candidates who have certificates from any professional society need to ensure that the examinations are conducted by AICTE/MoE/UGC/UPSC approved societies.
  3. Candidates who are pursuing/have obtained the qualifying degree from countries other than India need to be in their 3rd or higher years or should have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Commerce/Technology/Arts/Science.

GATE Paperwise Eligibility Criteria

There is also paper-wise eligibility criteria that students need to meet to appear for the exam. The details are given below:

Degree/ProgramQualifying ExamEligible CandidatesExpected Year of Completion
B.E./B.Tech/B.PharmBachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology)Candidates who are currently in 3rd year or higher or have completed their graduation2023
B.ArchBachelor’s in Architecture (5- year course) / Naval Architecture (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course)Pursuing 3rd year or higher or already completed graduation2024 (for 5-year program), 2023 (for 4-year program)
B.Sc (Research)/B.S.Bachelor’s in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2)Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed2023
Pharm.D (after+2)Pursuing or completed 6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwardsCurrently in the 3rd/4th/5th/6th year or already completed2025
M.B.B.S./B.D.S.M.B.B.S./B.D.S. degree holders and those who are in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such programmeCurrently in 5th, 6th, 7th or higher semester or already completed2023
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in either Arts/Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the first year or higher or already completed2023
Int. M.E./ M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.)Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (4-year program)Currently in any yearAny year
Int. M.E./ M.Tech./M.Pharm or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5-year program)Currently in the 3rd /4th/5th year or already completed2024
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.Bachelor degree in Science / Arts / Commerce (3 year program)Currently in the 3rd year or already completed2022
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E. / B.Tech. / B.Arch.)B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India and so on)Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional coursesNA
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programCurrently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed the course2024

GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria – Document Requirements

To fulfill the GATE 2024 eligibility criteria, candidates must upload specific documents when applying. Here are key points regarding these documents:

  1. For those completing qualifying exams in 2024 or earlier, submit the degree certificate or relevant certificates issued by designated authorities.

  2. If expected to meet eligibility criteria in 2024 or later, upload a Provisional Certificate Letter or marks card for Section A of AMIE, etc.

  3. PwD candidates must provide a PwD certificate from a recognized authority. Only those with at least 40% impairment receive a fee concession.

  4. Candidates with backlogs should upload a final year mark sheet from their institute, not an internet-downloaded one.

  5. SC/ST candidates must submit valid proof for a fee concession, which is recognized certificates only.

  6. Dyslexic candidates need a certificate for scribe assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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How many GATE papers can an applicant apply for?

Applicants are allowed to apply for a single GATE paper aligned with their respective undergraduate engineering discipline.

Is there an age limit for GATE 2024 applications?

No, there is no age restriction for participating in the GATE 2024 examination.

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Does GATE consider 12th-grade scores?

No, GATE does not factor in 12th-grade marks.

Can B.Tech students apply for GATE?

Absolutely, B.Tech students meet the eligibility requirements for the GATE exam.

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