GATE 2015

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GATE 2015

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidate in various undergraduate subjects in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and post-graduate level subjects in Science. GATE is jointly conducted and administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee). The operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. The Organizing Institute for GATE 2015 is IIT Kanpur.
A valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture, and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the MHRD or other Government agencies. As per the directives of the MHRD, the following procedure is to be adopted for admission to the post-graduate programs (Master’s and Doctoral) with MHRD scholarship/assistant-ship. Depending upon the norms adopted by a specific institute or department of the Institute, a candidate may be admitted directly into a course based on his/her performance in GATE only or based on his/her performance in GATE and an admission test/interview conducted by the department to which he/she has applied and/or the candidate’s academic record. If the candidate is to be selected through test/interview for post-graduate programs, a minimum of 70% weight-age will be given to the performance in GATE and the remaining 30% weight-age will be given to the candidate’s performance in test/interview and/or academic record, as per MHRD guidelines. The admitting institutes could however prescribe a minimum passing percentage of marks in the test/interview. Some colleges/institutes specify GATE qualification as the mandatory requirement even for admission without MHRD scholarship/assistant-ship.

Basic Features of GATE 2015

1. Examinations for all the 22 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.

2. Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.

3. GATE 2015 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on alternate weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 31st January 2015 and 14th February 2015. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2015 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.

4. For GATE 2015 the entire process of filling up of application form, uploading of certificates/documents, etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents, etc., to any of the IIT/IISc zonal GATE office.

5. The payment of application fees would be online through different modes like net banking, debit/credit card, e-challan, etc.

6. The admit cards for GATE 2015 would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE 2015 website. No hard copy of admit cards will be posted to the candidates.

GATE Papers

GATE 2015 will be conducted in the subjects (also referred to as “papers”) shown the table. Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice, as this knowledge will be required at the time of application form submission and appearing for the examination. A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper. Since a candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 22 papers for which GATE 2015 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully.

GATE Papers and the Paper Codes for GATE 2015:

Aerospace Engineering-AE                                                                                          Geology and Geophysics-GG
Agricultural Engineering-AG

Instrumentation Engineering-IN
Architecture Engineering-AR


Mechanical Engineering-ME
Civil Engineering-CE

Mining Engineering-MN
Chemical Engineering-CH

Metallurgical Engineering-MT
Computer Science and Information Technology-CS


Production and Industrial Engineering-PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering-EC

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science -TF
Electrical Engineering- EE

Engineering Sciences-XE*
Ecology and Evolution-EY

Life Sciences XL**

* XE Paper Sections 

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A
Fluid Mechanics B
Materials Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G

** XL Paper Section Code

Chemistry (Compulsory) H

Biochemistry I

Botany J

Microbiology K

Zoology L

Food Technology M

Syllabus for GATE – 2015

General Aptitude (GA) – (Common to All Papers)

Verbal Ability:

English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability:

Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

Engineering Mathematics:

Linear Algebra; Calculus; Differential Equations; Numerical methods

Flight Mechanics:

Atmosphere; Airplane performance; Static stability; Dynamic stability.
Space Dynamics


Basic Fluid Mechanics; Airfoils and wings; Viscous Flows; Compressible Flows; Wind Tunnel Testing.


Stress and Strain; Flight Vehicle Structures; Structural Dynamics.


Thermodynamics of Aircraft Gas Turbine engines; Turbomachinery; Aerothermodynamics of non-rotating propulsion components.
Detailed Aerospace Engineering (AE) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Agricultural Engineering (AG)

Engineering Mathematics:

Linear Algebra; Calculus; Vector Calculus; Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics; Numerical Methods.
Farm Machinery and Power
Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Agricultural Processing and Food Engineering
Detailed Agricultural Engineering (AG) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Architecture and Planning (AR)

City planning; Housing; Landscape Design; Computer Aided Design; Environmental Studies in Building Science; Visual and Urban Design; History of Architecture; Development of Contemporary Architecture; Building Services; Building Construction and Management; Materials and Structural Systems; Planning Theory; Techniques of Planning; Traffic and Transportation Planning: Principles; Infrastructure, Services and Amenities; Development Administration and Management.
Detailed Architecture and Planning (AR) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Biotechnology (BT)

Engineering Mathematics:

Linear Algebra; Calculus; Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics; Numerical Methods.


Microbiology; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology and Genetics; Process Biotechnology; Bioprocess Engineering; Plant and Animal Biotechnology; Characteristics of animal cells; Immunology; Recombinant DNA Technology; Bioinformatics.
Detailed Biotechnology (BT) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Engineering Sciences (XE)

Section A: Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory): Linear Algebra; Calculus; Complex variable; Vector Calculus; Ordinary Differential Equations; Partial Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics; Numerical Methods

Section B: Fluid Mechanics: Fluid Properties; Hydrostatics; Potential flow; Dimensional analysis
Section C: Materials Science: Structure; Diffusion; Metals and Alloys; Ceramics; Polymers; Composites; Mechanical Properties; Thermal Properties; Electronic Properties; Optical Properties; Magnetic Properties; Environmental Degradation.
Section D: Solid Mechanics: Equivalent force systems; Stresses and strains; Axial, shear and bending moment diagrams; Free vibration of single degree of freedom systems.
Section E: Thermodynamics: Basic Concepts; First Law of Thermodynamics; Second Law of Thermodynamics; Properties of Pure Substances; Thermodynamic Relations; Thermodynamic cycles; Ideal Gas Mixtures.
Section F: Polymer Science and Engineering: Chemistry of high polymers; Polymer Characterization; Synthesis and properties; Polymer blends and composites; Polymer Technology; Polymer rheology; Polymer processing; Polymer testing.
Section G: Food Technology: Food Chemistry and Nutrition; Food Microbiology; Food Products Technology: Processing principles; Food Engineering
Detailed Engineering Sciences (XE) Syllabus for GATE 2015 (Link to the article “Gate 2015 – Syllabus for Engineering Sciences (XE)”)

Life Sciences (XL)

Chemistry: Atomic structure and periodicity; Structure and bonding; s.p. and d Block Elements; Chemical Equilibria; Electrochemistry; Reaction Kinetics; Thermodynamics; Basis of Organic Reactions Mechanism; Structure-Reactivity Correlations
Biochemistry: Organization of life; Importance of water; Metabolism and bioenergetics; Biological membranes; DNA; Immune system
Botany: Plant Systematics; Plant Anatomy; Morphogenesis & Development; Physiology and Biochemistry; Genetics; Plant Breeding and Genetic Modification; Economic Botany; Plant Pathology; Ecology and Environment
Microbiology: Historical Perspective; Methods in Microbiology; Microbial Taxonomy and Diversity; Eukaryotic microbes; Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells; Microbial Growth; Control of Micro-organisms; Microbial Metabolism; Microbial Diseases and Host Pathogen Interaction; Chemotherapy/Antibiotics; Microbial Genetics; Microbial Ecology
Zoology: Animal world; Evolution; Genetics; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Animal Anatomy and Physiology; Parasitology and Immunology; Development Biology; Ecology; Animal Behavior
Food Technology: Food Chemistry and Nutrition; Food Microbiology: Characteristics of microorganisms; Food Products Technology; Food Engineering
Detailed Life Sciences (XL) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Metallurgical Engineering (MT)

Engineering Mathematics: Linear Algebra; Calculus; Vector Calculus; Differential Equations; Probability and Statistics; Numerical Methods.
Metallurgical Engineering: Thermodynamics and Rate Processes; Extractive Metallurgy; Physical Metallurgy; Mechanical Metallurgy; Manufacturing Processes.
Detailed Metallurgical Engineering (MT) Syllabus for GATE 2015 (Link to the article “Gate 2015 – Syllabus for Metallurgical Engineering (MT)”)

Physics (PH)

Mathematical Physics; Classical Mechanics; Electromagnetic Theory; Quantum Mechanics; Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics; Atomic and Molecular Physics; Solid State Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics
Detailed Physics (PH) Syllabus for GATE 2015

Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)

Engineering Mathematics: Linear Algebra; Calculus; Differential equations; Complex variables; Numerical Methods
General Engineering: Engineering Materials; Applied Mechanics; Theory of Machines and Design; Thermal Engineering
Production Engineering: Metal Casting; Metal Forming; Metal Joining Processes; Machining and Machine Tool Operations; Tool Engineering; Metrology and Inspection; Powder Metallurgy; Polymers and Composites; Manufacturing Analysis
Industrial Engineering: Product Design and Development; Engineering Economy and Costing; Work System Design; Facility Design; Production Planning and Inventory Control; Operation Research; Quality Management; Reliability and Maintenance; Management Information System; Intellectual Property System
Detailed Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) Syllabus for GATE 2015

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