Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Vs GATE

By Vineet Vijay|Updated : August 14th, 2016


  • ESE is objective and conventional type exam, and GATE is objective type exam.
  • ESE has both written test and interview, but GATE exam in only written test.
  • ESE exam has different stages to filter the candidates, and GATE exam has only one written exam to secure the score/rank.
  • ESE has total of 3 stages. Stage 1 includes two objective papers, Stage 2 includes two conventional papers, and Stage 3 is interview.
  • Number of subjects in GATE and ESE are almost same.
  • The GATE Exam Paper is a single paper with 65 questions of a total of 100 marks, and the allowed time duration of 3 hours.
  • ESE exam includes the following stages for a total of 1300 marks.
    • ESE exam stage 1 has two objective papers (General studies & Engineering Aptitude Paper, and Technical Objective Paper)
    • Only qualified candidates in ESE stage 1 are eligible for stage 2.
    • ESE exam stage 2 has two conventional papers (Technical paper-1 and Technical paper-2)
    • Qualified candidates of Stage 2 are eligible for Final stage (stage 3)
    • Final merit is decided based on the total marks obtained in stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3.
  • Calculator is allowed for only conventional papers of ESE, but virtual Calculator is provided for GATE Exam.
  • Objective papers of ESE are easy compared to the GATE Exam.
  • ESE exam is conducted by UPSC for recruiting the candidates in various engineering departments.
  • GATE exam is conducted by IITs/IISc to provide M.Tech / Ph.D programmes. GATE Score is also eligible to apply for some PSU's.
  • Particularly preparation of ESE could take more than 6 months, whereas GATE preparation takes minimum 3 months.
  • GATE exam is conducted in the month of Febraury, ESE exam stage 1 papers conducted in the month of January, and Stage 2 papes conducted in the month of May.

Read the following articles to know more about the ESE exam.

Read the following articles to know more about the GATE exam.


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