GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024: Check Qualification, Age, Documents Required

Updated By Falak Khan on 16 Feb, 2024 17:08

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GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 was released in online mode by IISc Bangalore, the conducting body for the exam, on its official website. The GATE 2024 eligibility criteria include the requirements related to academic qualifications, pass percentage, age limit, etc. which applicants must meet in order to be eligible for the GATE 2024 exam. Candidates must possess a Graduation/Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology or a master's degree in Science to fulfill the GATE eligibility criteria 2024. There is no age limit to apply for the GATE 2024 exam. If an applicant fails to meet any of the given GATE eligibility criteria 2024 then he/she is not eligible to appear for the exam or admission process. All the applicants are therefore requested to check the GATE 2024 eligibility criteria before submitting the GATE 2024 application form.

GATE is a national-level postgraduate engineering entrance examination conducted for admission to Master of Engineering (M.E) or M.Tech in various NITs, IITs, and other technical institutes. Every year, this entrance examination is organized jointly by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs in support of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE. GATE 2024 was held for 30 papers. Out of these, a candidate could appear only in any one GATE paper. Through this post, aspirants can check the detailed info on GATE Eligibility criteria 2022 like who is eligible for the exam, academic qualification, age criteria, and other details. The detailed eligibility criteria for the GATE 2024 examination are elaborated below.

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  • Jan 31, 2024 10:29 AM: GATE 2024 exam is scheduled to be conducted from February 3, 2024. Check here GATE previous year question paper to enhance your preparation for the exam.

GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria in Detail

The aspirants can check the GATE 2024 eligibility criteria featuring the age limit, nationality, and academic qualifications required from the applicants: -

Nationality
  • Indian national candidates will be eligible for the exam

  • Candidates belonging to Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) will also be eligible to appear

Age Limit
  • There is no minimum or maximum age limit prescribed to appear for the examination
Academic Details
  • Only those candidates who have completed/will complete their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Master’s degree (M.Sc) in any relevant science subject from a recognised University or institution will be eligible for GATE 2024

  • Candidates who are pursuing their-year B.Tech or UG course are also eligible to appear for GATE 2024

  • There is no minimum percentage required at the undergraduate level for appearing in GATE 2024

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts either. Hence, candidates who have appeared for GATE once earlier can appear again

Validity of GATE Score
  • GATE score is valid for three years. Candidates applying for admission in IITs or jobs in PSUs must have a valid GATE 2024/ 2023/ 2022 scorecard
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GATE 2024 Degree-wise Eligibility

The qualifying degree eligibility criteria for GATE 2024 entrance examination is given in the table below:

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/ Examination (Descriptive)

Eligible candidates description

Qualifying Year cannot be later than

B.Arch

  • 5 years Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

2024

B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology( 4 years after 10+2)  or
  • 3 years after B.Sc./ Diploma in Engineering/ Technology and those who are in the final year of these programmes 

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

2024

Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch.)

  • B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)

Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses

NA

Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc.)

  • Post- B.Sc.Integrated Master’s degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Four year programme)

 Pursuing the 2nd/3rd/ 4th year or already passed

2024

B.Sc.(Research)/ B.S

  • 4 years after 10+2 Bachelor's degree in Science or Post Diploma in Science

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

2024

M.Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent

  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

2024

Int. M. Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S.

  • Integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.S.-M.S. programme

Students in the final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree or already passed

2024

Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)

  • Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programme in Engineering/ Technology (Five-year programme)

 Pursuing the 4th/ 5th year or already passed

2024

Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

  • 6 years program, consisting of internship or residency training (during the sixth year)

Pursuing the 4th/ 5th/6th year or already passed

2024

Documents Required to Support GATE 2024 Eligibility

The applicants must submit the following documents to support their GATE 2024 eligibility claims:

  • If a candidate has completed one of the qualifying examinations as mentioned in the table above or earlier, then he/she has to submit the degree certificate/provisional degree certificate/course completion certificate/membership certificate as issued by the society or institute.

  • If the candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying norms in 2024 or later as mentioned in the table above, then he/she had to upload their Provisional Certificate Letter (as issued by the Head of the Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) or a copy of marks card for Section A of AMIE, etc.

  • All the documents have to be uploaded only while filling out the online application. It does not have to be sent by post.

  • Candidates with backlogs (failed subjects) in any of the subjects in their qualifying examination had to upload a copy of any of the mark sheets of the final year issued from the institute where he/she was studying.

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GATE 2024 Eligibility for International Students

GATE 2024 eligibility criteria for foreign students are different from the normal eligibility rules. Scroll down to check the eligibility criteria required to be fulfilled by foreign students to appear in GATE 2024 -

  • Candidates who are still pursuing or have obtained a degree from countries except India in technology or engineering (at least four years) can apply. Final-year candidates can also apply for GATE 2024

  • Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a postgraduate degree in any subject related to Science are also eligible to register for GATE 2024

Important Note: Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a higher degree other than the courses mentioned above must select the minimum qualifying degree while filling out the application form for GATE 2024.

Is there any change in the GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria?

The eligibility criteria for GATE 2024 remain the same for the upcoming academic year. As per the GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024 laid down by the conducting body, candidates currently pursuing the 3rd year of graduation degree or higher years, as well as those who have completed a degree in Science/Technology/Architecture/Engineering/Humanities from a government recognized university are qualified to sit for the GATE 2024 Examination.

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FAQs about GATE Eligibility

Can a student with a graduation degree from distance mode apply for GATE?

Students who have completed their graduation from distance mode can apply for GATE if the course on the basis of which they are applying is AICTE recognised.

Are NIT students eligible for GATE?

Yes, NIT students are eligible for GATE.

I am a third-year student. Can I apply for GATE?

Yes, as per the eligibility guidelines shared by IISc Bangalore, candidates currently in the 3rd or higher years of any undergraduate degree program can apply for GATE 2024. 

Are Class 12th marks considered for GATE exam?

No, 12th marks do not matter for GATE.

Can I appear for two subjects in GATE?

Yes, candidates can apply for a maximum of 2 subject papers in the GATE 2024 exam. 

Are the students from MCA eligible for GATE?

Yes, MCA students are eligible for GATE.However, he/she can only choose the GATE paper that is relavant to his/her qualification.

How many attempts can I give for GATE?

There is no limit on the number of attempts for the GATE exam.

How much minimum percentage in the qualifying exam is required to apply for GATE?

There is no minimum percentage required for GATE.

Can I apply for GATE if I don't have Indian citizenship?

You can apply for GATE if you are from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

What is the age limit to apply for GATE?

There is no age limit to apply for GATE.

What is the minimum eligibility required to apply for GATE?

The minimum eligibility to apply for GATE is to pass graduation in B.Tech/ M.Sc or an equivalent degree.

Is the downloaded mark sheet from internet acceptable as an eligibility certificate?

Yes, internet downloaded final year mark sheet of any one semester, which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by the competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) only, is acceptable.

Can a student with a B.Sc Three-Year degree apply for GATE?

No, only those who have completed their B.Sc Four-Year degree course can apply for GATE.

Can an M.Tech pursuing student apply for GATE?

Yes, students currently pursuing their M.Tech can also apply for GATE but the rule dictates the applicants to upload their degree certificate during filling up of the GATE application form.

For how many years GATE scorecard is valid?

GATE scorecard is valid for 3 years.

I have completed my Graduation through Distance Learning. Can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. There is no specification about the mode of learning (distance or open university) but the course must be recognised by AICTE for candidates to be eligible for admissions.

Is there any age limit criterion defined under GATE eligibility?

No, there is no defined criterion on age limit.

Is there a restriction on the number of attempts in GATE?

No, there is no restriction on the number of attempts.

Is the downloaded final year mark sheet from internet acceptable as an eligibility certificate when applying for GATE?

Yes, internet downloaded final year mark sheet of any one semester, which is digitally signed or duly signed with seal by the competent authority (Registrar, Controller of Examination etc.) only, is acceptable.

I have passed my B.Tech and I am pursuing M.Tech presently, can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. You will have to mention the B.Tech details on your GATE Application Form and support the same with the necessary documents and certificate.

What is the maximum age limit to apply for GATE?

There is no maximum age limit to apply for GATE.

I have chosen category as OBC, but there is no option to upload the certificate. What to do?

The OBC Certificate is not required to be uploaded. OBC certificate is required only while taking admission using the GATE score.

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