GATE Exam Eligibility 2023- Check Age Limit, Qualification

By Mona Kumari|Updated : September 1st, 2022

GATE Exam Eligibility 2023 carries various factors such as educational qualification, nationality, and age limit, which are essential for every candidate to follow. The GATE exam eligibility 2023 is provided in the official notification brochure released by IIT Kanpur.

IIT Kanpur will conduct the GATE exam in February 2023, and the GATE exam eligibility criteria for the same can be found on the official website of IIT Kanpur. Candidates are advised to check the GATE eligibility criteria before submitting the online application form. Further information on GATE exam eligibility 2023 is given in the sections below.

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What is the GATE Exam Eligibility Criteria 2023?

GATE eligibility criteria are the officially set rules and conditions for which candidates applying for the exam must fulfill. The GATE exam application process will soon start, and before initiating the application procedure, the candidate must confirm whether he or she fits the GATE exam eligibility 2023. They must fit in all the below-mentioned GATE exam eligibility criteria to sit for the exam:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Nationality
  • Age limit

Along with these mentioned criteria, candidates must present the required documents while filling out the application form, as, without them, the candidature will be considered rejected. Let us now see all essential eligibility criteria of the GATE exam one by one in the coming sections.

Paper-Wise GATE Exam Eligibility 2023 

To appear for the examination, candidates must check the GATE exam eligibility criteria from the table below.

Degree/Program

Description of Eligible Candidates

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

3rd year or completed

B. Arch.

In 3rd Year or completed

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

In the 3rd year or completed

Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

Currently in the 3rd to 6th year or completed

M.B.B.S./B.D.S.

5th or above or completed

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

In the first year or already Completed

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

In any year

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

In 3rd or higher year or already completed

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

3rd year or completed

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

In 3rd year or completed

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

Completed Section A

GATE Exam Eligibility 2023- Educational Qualification

The most important GATE exam eligibility criterion is the educational qualification. Candidates who are currently enrolled in the third or higher year of an undergraduate degree program or who have finished any government-approved degree program in any of the following fields are eligible to take the GATE exam:

  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Commerce
  • Arts
  • Architecture

We have provided the lists of the GATE exam eligibility conditions in detail. However, any candidate who meets the following conditions is eligible for the GATE exam.

Note: Candidates who are studying or have already acquired a degree higher than that shown below will be allowed to sit for the GATE 2023 exam.

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

  • Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in engineering or technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology).
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

B.Arch.

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in Architecture (5-year program), Naval Architecture (4-year program), or Planning (4- year course)
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2025 (for the 5-year program), 2024 (for the 4-year program)

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

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final/3rd year of such programs.
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

Pharm. D. (after 10+2)

  • A six-year degree program that includes internship or residency training beginning in the third year.
  • Currently in the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth year, or has previously completed.
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2025

M.B.B.S.

  • M.B.B.S. degree holders and those in the 5th/6th/7th semester or higher semester of such a program.
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

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

  • Candidates must have completed or be in the last year of a Master's degree program in any discipline of science, mathematics, statistics, or computer applications.
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

M.Tech./Int. M.E.

  • Integrated Master's degree programs in Engineering/ Technology for post-B.Sc students (4-year program)
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree

  • Engineering/Technology Dual Degree Program or Integrated Master's Degree Program (5-year program)
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

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

  • Those in their last year of a five-year Integrated M.Sc. or five-year Integrated B.Sc./ M.Sc. degree.
  • Expected Year of Completion: 2024

Professional Courses equivalent to B.E / B.Tech

  • Professional Societies' B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations accepted by the MoE/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by the Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India, and so on)

GATE Exam Eligibility- Nationality

Nationality is one of the essential factors of the GATE exam eligibility. Various foreign nationals are permitted to appear in the GATE exam. The entire list of the nationality-based GATE eligibility criteria is mentioned below:

  • Indian national candidates will be eligible for the exam.
  • Nepal,
  • Bangladesh,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Singapore,
  • Ethiopia and
  • United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

GATE Exam Eligibility for Foreign Nationals

The GATE Eligibility for Foreign Nationals is that the candidates shall be at least in the 3rd year or have completed the Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Science / Arts / Technology / Commerce. The Bachelor’s degree must have at least 3 years.

GATE Exam Eligibility- Age Limit

As per the official notification of GATE so far, there is no minimum or maximum age limit specified to appear for the examination under GATE exam eligibility. Therefore, candidates of any age group can appear in the exam. Any candidate following the GATE exam eligibility criteria can give the exam at any age. 

Documents Required to Support GATE Eligibility Criteria 2023

The GATE exam eligibility 2023 also lists the documents candidates must present while filling out the GATE application form for the exam. Candidates failing to submit those documents will face the rejection of their application form. The candidates must submit the following documents to fall under the GATE exam eligibility.

  • The degree certificate, course completion certificate, or provisional degree certificate is issued by the society or institute if the candidate has completed any of the abovementioned degrees.
  • Candidates must upload their Provisional Certificate Letter (as issued by the Head of the Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) or copy the marks card for Section A of AMIE, etc. If the candidate is expected to complete one of the qualifying criteria in 2023 or later
  • No document has to be shipped by post. All the documents have to be uploaded while filling out the online application.
  • Upload a copy of any of the mark sheets of the final year issued from the institute where they were studying in case the candidates with backlogs (failed subjects) in any of the subjects in their qualifying examination.
  • Certificate of Dyslexia must be presented as a scanned copy(if applicable).
  • PwD certificate must be presented as a scanned copy(if applicable).
  • Category certificate for SC/ST candidates must be presented as a scanned copy(if applicable).

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FAQs on GATE Exam Eligibility

  • Candidates currently enrolled in the third or higher year of an undergraduate degree program OR who have finished any government-approved degree program in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science, Commerce, or Arts are eligible to take the GATE exam.

  • Yes, a B.Sc student can give the GATE exam. As per the GATE exam eligibility, any undergraduate (UG) student in the third or higher year of any government-approved degree in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Arts, Commerce, or Science can give a GATE.

  • As per the official notification of GATE, no minimum or maximum age limit is specified to appear for the examination. Therefore, candidates of any age group can appear in the exam. Any candidate following the eligibility of GATE can give the exam at any age.

  • As per the official notification, the number of attempts is not a criterion for candidates to sit in the exam. Candidates can sit for the exam as often as they want, given that they follow other exam eligibility criteria.

  • Each year exam conducting authority releases the GATE exam eligibility and the official notification. This year as IIT Kanpur is conducting the exam. Therefore, they have released the eligibility criteria.

  • Any candidates studying in the third year or higher of a 4-year graduation course in any of the centrally recognized universities are eligible to sit in the exam as per the GATE exam eligibility. Candidates studying in the 3-year graduation course must have completed the degree.

  • Yes, according to the recent changes in the GATE exam eligibility, third-year students of undergraduate study are allowed to take the exams. They must fulfill all the essential requirements under the eligibility criteria to sit for the exam.

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