GATE 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

GATE 2017 Frequently Asked Questions


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017 will be conducted by IIT Roorkee on February 4, 5, 11 and 12 for PG admissions to Engineering/Technology/Architecture and Science programmes offered at IITs, NITs and other leading centrally funded institutes in addition to many state universities as well as private universities. The application procedure concluded on October 10 and the admit card will be available on January 5, 2017. If you are appearing for the national level entrance exam, then it becomes imperative for you to be aware of all the important aspects involved. Careers360 brings you frequently asked questions pertaining to GATE 2017.

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Question: Can I use one e-mail address to fill multiple GATE 2017 Application Forms?

Answer: No, one e-mail address can be used to submit only one application form.

Question: Why should I choose three examination cities?

Answer: A candidate will most likely be allotted a centre in the examination city of his/her first choice. Only in cases where there are too many candidates opting for a certain city as their first choice, the other two choices shall be relevant. A candidate is required to fill his/her choices of cities to appear for the examination, but should remember that because of operational constraints, the GATE 2017 committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate. For candidates from the six other countries (Abu Dhabi, Dubai (UAE), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore), the candidates can have only one choice for the exam centre (by default).


Question: Only SC/ST/PwD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificates. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too?

Answer: No. Category certificate is required only to decide the rate for the application fee. As far as the GATE 2017 examination is concerned, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates qualify for a reduced fee. This relaxation in fee does not apply to candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and UAE.

Question: How do I make the fee payment for GATE 2017 examination?

Answer: While filling the application form for GATE 2017, you will find a link there, which you need to click on. After clicking on the link, it will take you to the payment gateway. 

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Question: If I want the online payment (net banking) option, how should I complete the application process?

Answer: After filling all fields in the online application form, choose the online payment option and proceed for payment by following the instructions.

a. Your browser screen will redirect you to the bank you choose. Login with your internet banking credentials and confirm the payment.

b. After confirming the payment, you will be redirected back to the GATE 2017 application page where you would be required to fill in all the details.

c. At the end of this process, a PDF file will be generated with the following pages:

  • Page 1: Application form with the necessary details of the candidates, like full name, date of birth (DoB), scanned photograph, scanned thumb impression, sex, category (GE/OBC/SC/ST), PwD (Y/N), full contact address, mobile number, email id, etc.

  • Page 2: Bachelor degree certificate or previous semester/year grade sheet or mark sheet if you are in final year (depending on your eligibility status)

  • Page 3: The uploaded caste certificate

  • Page 4: The uploaded PwD certificate

  • Page 5: Online payment details like your bank account number, bank name, transaction id, date and time of transaction, amount paid, etc.

d. Save it or take a printout of the entire PDF file for your future reference/use.


Question: My power/internet connection failed during online payment. What do I do?

Answer: When you can get back online, first check the status of your payment on the GATE application website.

  1. If the payment was received by GATE, you can continue the process of printing the application form.

  2. If the payment was not received by GATE, you have to start with the payment step again, to complete the payment.

Question:  How do I get my money refunded in case my net banking account has been debited (money taken out) more than once?

Answer:This can happen if your bank account was used more than once or you pressed refresh or back/forward button of your internet browser. Please check your bank account after 48 hours. Any unaccounted or excess money that was received on behalf of GATE 2017 from this account will automatically be returned (credited) to the same bank account.

Question: My bank account has been debited (money taken out), but GATE application website says that the payment has not been received. What do I do?

Answer: This happens because of some failure in internet transactions (including failure of internet connection at your end). As soon as possible, you must initiate a fresh payment process on the GATE application website, and make the payment again. The money that was debited (taken out) from your account in the first attempt will be credited (put back) to your bank account within seven working days. You will be charged only once. Any excess/unaccounted debits will be returned to you.

Question: If I want the e-challan option, how should I complete the application process?

Answer: If you select the e-challan option, then you will have to print the generated challan and will have to go to a branch of State Bank of India and pay.


Question: Do I have to send the print-out of the application form?

Answer: You can check the status of your application by logging into GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) website.

Question: After completing the online application process and generating a PDF file, will I be able to change my application data?

Answer: No. After completing all the steps up to PDF application form generation in the online application process, you can only download the application form and cannot modify the data. Hence, you need to be very careful while entering the data. You may also save a partially filled application and login in again at a later point in time to complete and submit the application; however it must be within the specified deadline.

Question: I have missed to take a print-out of my online application at the end of my application process. How will I get access to it?

Answer: You can login using GOAPS enrolment ID and password, and take a printout if you want it for your own reference. The print out must not be sent to GATE organizing institute.

Question: Which identification card numbers shall be accepted in application form?

Answer: Only numbers of these identification cards shall be accepted - Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, college ID, Employee Identification Card for Indian candidates and for international candidates, only a valid passport/ government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID shall be accepted as the recognized identification.

Question: If I am in the final year of my degree programme, but do not yet have my marksheet (transcript) of my previous year/semester, what certificate do I upload?

Answer: If a candidate is in the final year of his/her degree programme, but does not have official marksheet of previous semester/year issued at the time of application, he/she may upload a provisional certificate issued by the Institute mentioning that the candidate is studying in the final year of the programme. In case, no provisional certificate is issued by the institute, a letter with signature and seal issued by the Head of Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department, where the candidate is studying, must be uploaded. The content of the letter should be as shown below.



Question: If I have completed the degree in 2016, but my institute has still not provided me with the degree certificate/provisional certificate, and also official mark sheet of 7th/8th semester is not available yet, which certificate should I upload as eligibility certificate?

Answer: You should either upload the filled and signed provisional certificate letter or upload the original 6th semester marksheet issued by the institute.

Question: Are candidates pursuing B.Sc eligible for GATE 2017?

Answer: Candidates, who are pursuing four year course (research based), are eligible to appear for the entrance test. Although, those with three year B.Sc degree are not eligible for GATE.


Question: How many times a candidate can appear for GATE?

Answer: There is no restriction on the number of attempts for GATE.


Question: Has IIT Roorkee announced any age limit required for appearing in GATE 2017?

Answer: No, the conducting IIT has not specified any age limit.


Question: Can a candidate appear for GATE 2017 in ECE/EE/ME/CS if he/she has done B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering and wants to apply for a PSU?

Answer: No. The PSU mentions the eligibility criteria along with the required GATE papers. In most of the cases, the qualifying degree has to match with the GATE paper and also with the post for which this is asked. Candidates must check the PSU recruitment notices before applying.


Question: Can a candidate change his/her GATE 2017 exam city?

Answer: Yes, it can be done. The last date for request for change in the choice of examination city via GOAPS login is November 16. However, a fee of Rs.400 has to be paid online. 



Question: When will I receive my admit card?

Answer: Admit Card can only be downloaded from January 5, 2017 onwards. It will not be sent by post or as email attachment.


Question: Is the admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to the exam?

Answer: No. The admit card has to be brought to the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification, whose details have been entered while filling the application. Only one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, valid College ID, Employee Identification Card or driving License. Candidates in international centers need to bring any valid identification as was mentioned in their application. Those applicants will not be permitted to take the exam if the original and valid photo identification is not presented.


Question: Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the test?

Answer: A scribble pad will be provided to the candidates that can be used to do the rough work. They have to return the scribble pad after the examination.


Question: Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?

Answer: No. Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. They are allowed to leave the computer laboratory where the exam will be conducted only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.


Question: What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

Answer: Only admit card, identification card and a pen shall be permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Candidates whose enrollment IDs have been displayed as provisional, need to bring the required documents and submit it in the examination hall to the authorities. A simple wrist watch without any calculation device is permissible. Water and toilet facilities are available in the examination center.


Question: Can I use a physical calculator during the examination?

Answer: No. During the online GATE 2017 examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions. No physical calculator will be allowed inside the examination hall. The same applies to mobile phones and wrist watches with calculation facility. GATE 2017 will not provide any storage space at examination locations for such objects. If a candidate brings personal belongings including mobile phones, those will have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s risk. If the candidate is found to be in possession (even if not using) of any calculator/mobile phone/wrist watch with calculation facility, he/she shall be disqualified and the result shall not be declared for the candidate.


Question: What is a NAT question?

Answer: For Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections, the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or 10.001 (three decimals). In each NAT question, the decimal places up to which the answer should be given shall be mentioned. Wherever not mentioned in the question paper for the required decimal places to be entered, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places only.


Also Read:

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First Published On : 19 Aug 2016 06:00 PM IST
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