How Many Times is a GATE Exam Conducted in a Year?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

How Many Times is a GATE Exam Conducted in a Year: GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and is conducted for admission in the post-graduate education programs or PSUs’ recruitment in various branches of engineering. The GATE exam is conducted every year in February. The GATE exam is conducted in the first and second week of February for 29 different disciplines/subjects. Candidates who attempt the GATE exam always have a query ‘How many times is a GATE exam conducted in a year?’.

The answer to the question ‘How many times is a GATE exam conducted in a year?’ is that the GATE exam is conducted once every year and has no age restriction for eligible candidates. Students can opt for one or two different subjects for the GATE exam. GATE 2023 will be conducted for 29 disciplines on the 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th of February 2023.

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How Many Times is a GATE Exam Conducted in a Year?

GATE is a Computer Based Test and contains 65 questions. The GATE exam is conducted only one time per year. Students are given a choice to either opt for one subject or even two subjects based on the guidelines given by the GATE officials. Thus we have solved your query ‘How many times is a GATE exam conducted in a year?.’

Even though GATE is conducted once every year, the GATE score is valid for three years for admission to the Post Graduate education programs and two years in the recruitment process of some PSUs. 

In Which Month is the GATE Exam Conducted?

In February each year GATE exam is conducted, and admit cards are made available for students to download in January so candidates who have a query ‘How many times is a GATE exam conducted in a year?’ can attempt the GATE exam every year in February and an infinite number of times. The registration process for the GATE exam generally starts in September and stays online for one month or so. 

The GATE admit card is released in January. The purpose of releasing admit cards earlier than the GATE exam is to resolve any discrepancies in the admit card with the information related to the candidates.

What is the GATE Exam Pattern?

After answering the query ‘How many times is a GATE exam conducted in a year?’ now let us move towards the GATE exam pattern. The exam will carry 65 questions, out of which General Aptitude will be over 15 marks with 10 questions, and the rest will be subject-based and will carry 85 marks. Subjects in which Engineering Mathematics is compulsory will carry 12-15 marks of the same.

There will be only three types of questions in the paper, i.e., MSQ or NAT and MCQ. Students will have to solve all the questions within 3 hours. MSQ(Multiple Select Questions) or NAT(Numeric Answer Type) questions will not carry negative marks when answered wrong. In contrast, MCQ-based questions will be penalized with negative marks when answered wrong.

The GATE 2023 exam pattern is tabulated below:



Exam Duration

3 hours (180 minutes)


General Aptitude (GA)

Computer Science Engineering

Number of Questions

65 questions

General Aptitude: 10 Questions

Core Subjects: 55 Questions

Questions Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme

For MCQs carrying 1 mark: 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

For MCQs carrying 2 marks: 2/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response.

There is no negative marking for Multiple Select questions (MSQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.

Precise calculation is required to form the candidates. GATE virtual calculator will be provided on the individual computer screen for calculation purposes on the day of the examination. Students will not be allowed to use the keyboard(hardware) but will use the on-screen keyboard to type numeric terms.

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