Do Foreign Universities Accept GATE Scores?

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Mar 31, 2022 12:24 AM

Wondering if GATE scores apply to foreign universities? Many top universities admit international students based on GATE scores. Scroll through to find out why you should appear for GATE, the universities that accept GATE scores, eligibility criteria and more.

One of the biggest questions an Indian engineering student can ask would be if the GATE Exam can lead to higher education abroad. Apart from career advancement in India, GATE-qualified students hold a plethora of opportunities to study M.E, M.Tech, M.S or PhD in leading study destinations like Singapore and Germany.   

Conducted jointly by the Indian Institute for Science, Bangalore (IISc, Bangalore) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), GATE is one of the most prestigious exams not only in India but across the globe. 

A total of 684,903 candidates appeared for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2020 although more than 15 lakh students take up Engineering every year. The national examination, although prestigious, has somewhat lost its charm over the years owing to a variety of reasons such as lack of awareness and giving in to the myths around it. This article tries to highlight all the factors that make the GATE exam a perfect choice for those who wish to study engineering abroad. 

Why Attempt GATE to Study Abroad?

GATE has long been considered insignificant for students who wish to study post graduation in engineering abroad. They are often pushed to take the GRE instead of the GATE. Let us find out how writing the GATE exam can open doors up not only in India but also abroad.

Higher Studies Abroad: Contrary to what people might assume, GATE scores are, in fact, accepted by a number of top-ranked universities in Singapore and Germany. You do not necessarily have to attempt the GRE exam to get into a foreign university. These universities offer a wide range of M.S. and Phd programs in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Surveying, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Applied Geophysics, Automotive Engineering, and many more. 

Job Assurance: Besides higher education in India or abroad, GATE scores will also let you apply for opportunities at public sector undertakings (PSUs) including the Hindustan Petroleum Limited, NTPC, NHPC, Bharat Petroleum, GAIL Limited, etc. In addition, Indian government bodies including the DRDO, BARC, ISRO, the IAF, Indian Navy and the Indian Army also provide sponsorships to qualified applicants. Further, working at a PSU offers benefits such as high pay packages (above Rs 50,000 per month), extra benefits like oil or electricity at a subsidised rate,  work-life balance, and even support for higher education such as MBA.  

Fellowship Programmes: GATE candidates may also apply for fellowship programmes offered by institutions supported by government agencies. The fellowships may vary based on the degree. 

Research: GATE-qualified candidates are also eligible for Junior and Senior Research fellowships in laboratories including Scientific and Industrial Research Council, Bhabha Atomic Research Center, and more. While research is a new field, the government has increased its expenditure on research and development and better stipends and technology. 

Scholarship Examinations via GATE: The Indian Ministry of Human Resources and Development offers specific scholarships to students who qualify GATE. In addition, foreign universities may also base their international scholarships on GATE scores. 

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Foreign Universities Accepting GATE Scores 2021

Given below are the foreign universities that accept GATE scores along with GRE scores. However, for Indian applicants, most of these universities prefer GATE to GRE. 

Name of the University


GATE Cutoff

GRE Cutoff (If Applicable)

National University of Singapore (NUS)


90th percentile

Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning: 320

Analytical Writing: 3.5

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore


90th percentile

90th percentile

Technical University of Munich


90th percentile

Quantitative Reasoning: 157

Analytical Writing: 3.5

RWTH Aachen University


90th percentile

Verbal Reasoning: 145 

Quantitative Reasoning: 160 Analytical Writing: 3

General Requirements for Admission to Foreign Universities through GATE Scores

The foreign universities mentioned above admit you only if you meet the following criteria: 

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree (preferably B.Tech/B.E) in the relevant discipline with the minimum CGPA/percentage, as mentioned by the university.

  • Must have cleared GATE and scored at least the GATE cutoff, as mentioned by the university.

  • Must have appeared for IELTS or TOEFL.

Note: The requirements specified here are only for reference. It is recommended to check the eligibility criteria of the particular program offered by the concerned university. 


Not many consider having a look at the significant differences between the GATE and GRE. International students hoping to study engineering abroad are more likely to incline towards GRE because of its global reputation. Having said that, the choice should be made based on personal choices. For you, taking the GATE may turn out to be more of value.




Full Name of the Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Graduate Record Examination

Administered By

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)

Educational Testing Services (ETS)

Accepted by

India and Abroad

India and Abroad



2 Types: General and Subject Tests


3 Hours

3 Hours and 45 Minutes

Total Questions



Mode of Exam


Computer-based and paper-based

Purpose of Exam

  • Admission to courses in the fields of Engineering and Science

  • PSU recruitment in India

  • Graduate studies abroad

Graduate studies abroad


General Aptitude and Subject

Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning

Difficulty Level


Moderate to Tough

Minimum Eligibility

Must hold a Bachelor’s degree such as B.Tech or Master’s degree such as M.Sc.

No specific eligibility criteria

Total Marks


Verbal Reasoning: 130-170, in one-point increments.

Quantitative Reasoning: 130-170, in one-point increments

Analytical Writing: 0-6, in half-point increments

Validity of Score

Three years from the date of exam

Five years from the date of exam

Why is the GATE Exam Ignored?

Not many know that the GATE can serve as a gateway for students who wish to work with companies such as Amazon, Netflix, Google or Facebook. They are often surrounded by the bubble of myths about GATE, which further leads them to believe that the exam might not lead you to anywhere. Here are the reasons why the GATE is ignored today: 

Difficulty: Indian institutes often fail to provide the right curriculum for students to score well in exams. The exam focuses on testing your knowledge in a specific subject and since many believe that the GATE is way too tough, you get caught up in the same and give up on studying further. 

Socio-cultural Pressure: The field of engineering has been under a lot of societal pressure and movie-like expectations. You are forced to expect yourself to find your inner passion before moving ahead and going deeper into the field. While that might be true to some extent, students who are actually interested in studying engineering further or at least attempting the exam are left in a quandary. 

Limited Curriculum: Engineering curriculum in India, to be honest, is more focused on getting you placed in a top company. While doing so, they often lose their focus on a curriculum that helps you be smart and proactive to prepare for higher education or attempt GATE.

Simultaneous Preparations: Almost every other student at an engineering institute is preparing for multiple exams such as GATE, GRE, CAT, GMAT, etc. at the same time. They eventually end up losing focus.

Myths about GATE: Most of the time, engineering students are surrounded by myths around the GATE exam. One of the many may be about the one type of life after GATE. They are often not aware how the exam can offer a spectrum of opportunities not just in India but abroad as well. 

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