Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering
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GATE 2024 Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit, Academic Qualification, Number of Attempts

The candidate must be graduate in engineering, technology, architecture, science, commerce, or the arts to meet the GATE eligibility criteria 2024. Candidates in the final year of the degree can also apply for the exam.
GATE Exam Eligibility 2023

GATE Exam Eligibility 2023

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024: IISc Bangalore has released the eligibility criteria for the GATE 2024 exam on its official website. Candidates wishing to appear for the examination this year must fulfil the eligibility requirements as set by IIT Kanpur. The GATE 2024 eligibility criteria are a list of conditions that candidates must meet, failing which they will be debarred from the examination process. The eligibility requirements consist of the qualifying examination and other academic qualifications. 

The basic eligibility criteria to apply for the GATE exam is that the candidate must have a graduation degree in  Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Science/ Commerce/ Arts. Students who have BDS & M.Pharma degree are also eligible to apply for GATE 2024. Aspirants currently in the 3rd year of their undergraduate degree can apply for the exam. Candidates from Commerce & Arts backgrounds can only apply for two subjects: Humanities & Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences & Engineering. Also Read: GATE 2024 Registration

The GATE 2024 is conducted by 7 IITs and IISc Bangalore on a rotational basis. The examination is conducted for admission to M.E/M.Tech and PhD programs at different engineering colleges of India. Additionally, GATE scores are also used for getting a job in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). 

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2023

Candidates make sure they fulfil each & every eligibility criteria before filling out the GATE application form. It is to be noted that candidates who will successfully register themselves will receive their GATE 2024 admit card

The highlights for the GATE eligibility criteria 2024 are tabulated below:




Candidates may register for GATE 2024 whether they live in India or abroad

Age Limit

There is no upper age limit for taking the exam.

Number of Attempts

The number of attempts are not defined.

Changes in GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024

IIT Kanpur has brought certain changes to the eligibility criteria which candidates must be aware of. Interested aspirants can check the changes listed below:

  • According to the latest eligibility criteria released by IIT Kanpur for the GATE 2024 exam, candidates having 3-year graduation instead of 4-year graduation are also eligible for the exam.
  • The two new subjects have been added by IIT Kanpur for which aspirants from Commerce & Arts backgrounds are also allowed to apply. These subjects are - Humanities & Social Sciences and Environmental Sciences & Engineering
  • From the given combination of papers, students can select two sets.

GATE Eligibility 2024 Verification Documents

While filling out the GATE application form, candidates must submit the following documents as proof. 

  • If a candidate has passed the qualifying examination and has received a degree, he/she has to upload the certificate issued by the university/institute.
  • If a candidate is in the final year of the degree and has not received a degree, he/she has to submit a provisional scorecard/marksheet or certificate issued by the head of the department.

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2024: Academic Qualification

Candidates who are interested in applying for the GATE examination can check the detailed eligibility criteria with respect to academic qualifications in the table below:


Qualifying Examination

Candidates Eligibility

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

Bachelor’s degree in Engr./ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engr. / Tech.)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already passed

B. Arch.

Bachelor’s degree of Arch. (5- year course) / Naval Arch. (4- year course) / Planning (4- year course)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already passed

B.Sc. (Research) / B.S.

B.Sc (Post-Diploma / 4 years after 10+2)

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already passed

Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

6 years degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during third year onwards

Currently in the 3rd/ 4th/ 5th/ 6th year or already passed.

M.B.B.S. / B.D.S. / B.V.Sc.

Degree holders of B.D.S. / B.V.Sc/ M.B.B.S. and those who are in the 5th/ 6th/ 7th semester or higher semester of such programme.

5th/ 6th/ 7th or higher semester or already passed.

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

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

Currently in the first year or higher or already passed

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

Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engr. / Tech. (4-year program)

Currently in the 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year or already passed

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 passed

B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com.

Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3 year program)

Currently in the 3rd year or already passed

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

Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already passed

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 courses

B.Sc. (Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry)

4-years program

Currently in the 3rd/ 4th year or already passed

Note: There are a total of seven Professional Societies/Institutions which conduct different examinations for admission to engineering programs at the postgraduate level. Candidates who will qualify such examinations are also eligible for admission to the M.Tech program through GATE. These seven institutes are:

  • The Institution of Engineers (India) (IE)
  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • The Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE)
  • The Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI)
  • The Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, including the Polymer and Environmental Group (IIChemE)
  • The Indian Institute of Metals (IIM)
  • The Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIIE)

However, candidates who have earned certification from a professional society must make sure that the exams they took were recognised as being equivalent to B.E., B.Tech., B.Arch., B.Planning, etc. by the MoE, AICTE, UGC, and UPSC.

GATE Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Nationals

The following are the eligibility criteria for foreign nationals who wish to apply for the GATE 2023 exam:


Students from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Sri Lanka are also eligible to take the GATE exam. An examination can be taken in the respective countries of students who are nationals of the foreign nations stated above.

Academic Qualification

  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or in the last year of a degree in engineering and technology.
  • It is also open to candidates who have completed a postgraduate degree or are in the last year of a science stream subject.

Age Criteria

There is no age criteria for foreign national candidates as well to apply for the GATE exam.

M.Tech Admission Through GATE

If a candidate is seeking admission to the M.Tech program in top engineering institutes of India, then he/she has to fulfil certain eligibility requirements:

  • Aspirants need to pass the GATE exam in order to take admission to the M.Tech program in one of the IITs, NITs, IIITs & CFTIs.
  • After clearing the examination, students are required to fill out the separate application form released by various top engineering institutes.
  • Selected candidates, then, will have to participate in the GATE COAP Counselling.
  • The final seat allotment will be done following the counselling round.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is eligible to take the GATE exam?

Candidates who wish to participate in GATE 2023 must have completed their graduation or be in their pre-final or final year of graduation.

Is there a maximum age for GATE?

There is no set minimum or maximum age for the GATE examination.

Can a student take two subjects and take the GATE exam?

Yes. According to the combination that will be made available, one may take two subjects in the GATE exam.

Can students with backlogs give the GATE 2023 exam?

Students with backlogs are still eligible to enrol for the GATE exam, but they must be in their final year to take the exam in 2023. Before being accepted into any college, they had to finish all of the backlogs.

How many GATE attempts can a candidate take?

The number of GATE attempts is unrestricted. As many times as desired, one may apply and take the exam.

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