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GATE Scholarship: Eligibility, Steps to Apply and Document Required

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Sonal Vaid

Content Curator | Updated On - Apr 25, 2021

GATE Scholarship is a merit scholarship offered to first-year candidates who have qualified GATE exam. Students seeking admission in the academic year 2021-22 can expect the scholarship registration to start in the second week of December 2021. An amount of INR 12,400 is offered to qualified candidates for a duration of 24 months or for the overall duration of the course, whichever is of a lesser duration. Eligible courses include M.E/M.Tech./M.Pharm./M.Arch.

Latest Updates:

  • March 27 2021: GATE 2021 Scorecards available at GOAPS portal for all qualified candidates. Download GATE 2021 Scorecard
  • March 20, 2021: GATE 2021 Cutoff released for all 27 papers. Check GATE 2021 Cut off
  • March 20, 2021: GATE Scholarship application closed by AICTE for the academic year 2020-21. Application for 2021-22 session to start soon.
  • March 19, 2021: GATE results released three days before the scheduled date. 30 candidates have secured AIR 1 in GATE 2021. Check GATE 2021 Result

GATE Scolarship Dates

GATE Scholarship: Important Dates

Event Important Dates
GATE Scholarship Registration Starts Second week of December 2021
GATE Scholarship Registration Ends Second or third week of March 2022
Direct Link to Apply for AICTE GATE Scholarship Program (to be updated)

GATE Scolarship Highlights

GATE Scholarship: Highlights

Scholarship Amount INR 12,400
Scholarship Duration 2 Years
Eligibility Valid GATE Score
Scholarship Registration Process Online
  • The scholarship would be only for the AICTE approved colleges. 
  • Candidates need to login on to the scholarship page using their unique ID, as provided by the institute during the time of registration. Then they will then have to upload the required documents and submit their application. 
  • Candidates are advised to download the GATE scorecard as it is one of the major documents required to avail of the scholarship. Download GATE Scorecard

Also Check: GATE Financial Assistance


GATE Scolarship Eligibility

GATE Scholarship: Eligibility Criteria

The first and major requirement for the candidates to be entitled to GATE scholarship is to have a valid GATE score at the time of admission into their desired course. Students who do not have a valid score card when they get admitted in the course or those students who qualify the examination after the day of admission has passed will not be eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

Here are the detailed eligibility criteria for the GATE scholarship by AICTE to help the candidates:

Eligible: 

  • At the time of admission to the course, the candidates must produce their valid GATE scorecard released after score normalization. Also Check GATE Score Calculation
  • To receive the amount of the scholarship, a general saving bank account in the name of the candidate should exist.
  • All the candidates falling under the SC/ST/OBC (Non-creamy layer)/ Physically Handicapped/ Differently Abled are eligible to apply for the scholarship only if they have an authentic caste/required certificate. 

Not Eligible:

  • In case the students have taken admission before or after the validity of GATE score, their candidature for the scholarship will not be accepted. What is the Validity of GATE Score?
  • The scholarship will not be granted to those who have already completed their post-graduation.
  • Candidates who have taken admission into the postgraduate programs through management quota, sponsored candidates, and foreign candidates are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Any kind of joint accounts or accounts under the guardian’s names are not allowed for the GATE scholarship.
  • Students who have taken admission into part-time postgraduate courses are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • In the absence of a valid certificate, the students will not be considered eligible.
  • Applicants from the OBC category, who belong to the creamy layer under the OBC category, are not eligible for applying to the scholarship for GATE.
  • If a candidate has already availed the scholarship from IIT, NIT then he/she will not be considered eligible for AICTE scholarship.

Once the candidates fulfill all the eligibility criteria and qualify for the scholarship, the amount will be deposited to their bank accounts every month for a period of 2 years or till the date of completion of courses they are pursuing, whichever is earlier.


GATE Scolarship Registration

GATE Scholarship: Application Process

To apply for and avail the scholarship for the GATE examination, the students need to follow the below-given steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of AICTE i.e. aicte-india.org.
  • Step 2: There will be a clickable link for the AICTE GATE scholarship. Click on that link to move to the application page.
  • Step 3: Fill out the information asked on the page and upload the required documents.
    • All the information and documents have to be completed on or before the deadline for applying for the scholarship. 
    • The last date to finish uploading the documents and submitting the application for the year will be tentatively in the last week of August.
  • Step 4: Once the application has been submitted after uploading the documents, the concerned institute will verify the information entered by the candidate. As soon as all the data has been verified, they will give their approval and the scholarship will be granted to the student.

GATE Scholarship: Documents Required

Here is a list of documents required while registering for GATE Scholarship:

Candidate’s Aadhar Card (Exemption for students from Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, and Meghalaya) GATE scorecard
Caste certificate's PDF copy
BC Candidates - Non-Creamy Layer Certificate in pdf format, not older than 1 year
Passbook of Candidate (in pdf format)

GATE Scolarship Process for Institutes

GATE Scholarship: Procedure for Institutes

Procedure to be followed by Institutes and students

  • Institutes have to upload the eligible PG Student’s details on the AICTE portal on or before the prescribed dates which will be tentatively in October 2021. 
  • After that provide the student’s Unique ID generated by the system to all the PG students admitted in AICTE approved programs/ Institutions during 2021-22
  • Then students undergoing PG courses and having valid GATE score plus admitted in AICTE approved programs/Institutions shall collect the Unique ID from the institute and the login at the official website. 
  • There you have to Upload the scanned copies of all original documents in JPEG/PDF format only.
  • Scanned copy of GATE score card.
  • Scanned copy of first page of Bank Passbook.
  • Only Aadhar active savings bank accounts will be considered. No-Frill Account, Jan Dhan account, Bank Account having limits on transactions/credits & Joint Account are not permitted.
  • Scanned copy of the valid Category Certificate for SC/ST, OBC & Non-Creamy Layer (NCL) latest issued by the Competent Authority for OBC candidates only. 
  • After all this process, the Institute shall verify the student data and approve their candidature on the portal and ensure that students' personal details, bank details and date of admission/date of commencement are correctly filled correctly.

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GATE Scolarship Instructions

GATE Scholarship: Important Instructions

Before applying for the scholarship, the students must know all the details with respect to the scholarship and should be aware of all the necessary information. Here are a few key points for the candidates to refer to:

  • This scholarship is not for students who have finished their postgraduate studies. It is only for those candidates who are taking admission for the first time into AICTE approved engineering post-graduation courses.
  • Any candidate who takes admission into their desired course or institute for the second time after re-qualifying GATE exam will not be eligible for applying for the GATE scholarship if they have already availed this scholarship from AICTE during their first attempt at admission. These students will also not be qualified for the scholarship if they have availed another from a centrally funded institution, for example, IITs, IIITs, and NITs, among others.
  • As mentioned above, the scholarship will be available for a duration of 24 months or for the tenure of the course they are undertaking. The end date of the scholarship will be either on the day of the completion of the candidate's course or after 2 years, whichever comes earlier. Any extension, under any circumstances, will not be granted to the students.
  • The amount of the scholarship will not be completely transferred to the students' accounts immediately. It will keep getting added on a monthly basis. This is because the scholarship is subject to the satisfactory academic performance of the candidate. It is also to ensure that the student adheres to the rules and regulations and norms set by their Institute or the University, else the scholarship stands canceled.
  • Any kind of misconduct observed on the student's part will lead to the discontinuation of their GATE scholarship, at any time. The students need to follow the code of conduct wherein they should not get involved in the act of ragging and/or misbehavior in the campus or areas that fall under the Institute or University's supervision.
  • All the information regarding the procedure and mode of payment of the scholarship to be granted to the candidates will be notified from time to time in the form of advertisements in some of the leading Hindi and English newspapers. A copy of these ads will also be available on the web portal. AICTE will be governing the policy decision on the mode of payment and the procedure. The authorities can also share this information exclusively on the website so the candidates should keep checking it regularly.
  • It is required that the candidates will undertake eight to ten hours, per week, of teaching-related work or research activities. This will be assigned to them by the Institute they are completing the course with. This teaching work or research activities could include laboratory classes, tutorials, assistance in the library, maintenance and development of laboratories, operation of computers, maintenance of computers and other central facilities as well as their operation, assisting the faculty members with the research and development activities they have undertaken, and many more similar activities.
  • The amount of this scholarship given to Postgraduate students is subject to change on the basis of the decision taken by the Department of Higher Resource Development (MHRD), New Delhi after taking approval from the Executive Committee of the AICTE council. The MHRD will keep issuing notifications from time to time regarding any modifications or developments in the scholarship rates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

GATE Scholarship FAQs

Ques: What are the eligibility criteria for getting the GATE scholarship grant after qualifying the examination?

Ans. To be eligible for the GATE scholarship issued by the AICTE for GATE qualified candidates, the students must be pursuing a full-time PG program. This program should be one of these AICTE approved postgraduate courses: Master of Technology, Master of Engineering, Master of Pharmacy, and Master of Architecture. The students must be admitted into institutes approved by the AICTE or in the University departments approved by the AICTE. Additionally, the candidate must have a valid GATE scorecard at the time of admission into the program.

Ques: Can the student change the branch of the Savings Bank account be used or for the GATE scholarship or open a new account in the bank for the scholarship amount?

Ans. No, the bank account should not ideally be changed during the period of the course in order to ensure a smooth transfer of the scholarship amount to the bank account. Changing the branch of the account or opening a fresh account will raise difficulties in the disbursal of the GATE scholarship which will then affect the candidate's course.

Ques: If a student has already been granted a scholarship through their State Government or through the Central Government, are they still eligible for GATE scholarship?

Ans. No. If the candidate has already availed a scholarship funded by the Central Government or by their State Government, then they are no longer eligible for receiving the GATE Scholarship by AICTE. Students who are on any kind of salary or stipend are also not qualified for availing this scholarship.

Ques: What is the procedure for the online application for the GATE scholarship?

Ans. To apply online for the grant of the GATE scholarship, the students need to head over to the official website of AICTE, aicte-india.org. Here, they will find direct links that will take them to the page where they will need to enter the required details like institute ID, student ID, and other important details. They will then need to upload scanned copies of the documents, as asked. After this, the details will be verified by the Institute and it will then be granted to the students.

Ques: What documents are required to be uploaded by the students while applying for the GATE scholarship?

Ans. The scanned copies of all the below documents needs to be uploaded by the candidates on the web portal to apply for GATE Scholarship:

  • Aadhar Card
  • GATE scorecard
  • Passbook
  • Caste certificate
  • Certificate for the Differently Abled/Physically handicapped
  • Non-Creamy Layer certificate for the eligible OBC candidates

Ques: Where can the information regarding the proposal of the rates of the GATE Scholarship grant be found for the reference of the candidates as well as the institutes?

Ans. The proposal for the rates of the GATE scholarship grant is provided for public reference in the form of advertisements in leading English and Hindi newspapers. All the details regarding the procedure along with the guidelines are mentioned in the advertisement and the students plus the institutes are advised to follow the same. In case someone misses to check the newspaper ads, a copy of these will be available on the bulletin of the web portal of AICTE.

Ques: Whom should the candidates contact in case they are facing any difficulties during the online submission of their application for the GATE Scholarship?

Ans. Candidates can contact the Helpdesk service provided by AICTE via email or calls or fax in case they have doubts about GATE Scholarship. The email ID for the help desk is pgscholarship@aicte-india.org, the contact number for calls is 011-24369620, and the fax number is 011- 24369627. This service will be available on all working days between 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Ques: Can I use a joint account with a family member for receiving the GATE scholarship amount after approval?

Ans. No, the students must provide a personal Savings Bank account number in order to receive the GATE scholarship. Joint accounts of any kind will not be considered for the application.

Ques: In case some data is wrongly entered by the candidate or the institute during the whole process, how can they update or delete this data while applying for a GATE scholarship?

Ans. If such a case occurs where the student or the institute has entered some wrong data on the web portal during the application submission and verification process, they can send an email to the Helpdesk service for lodging their grievance. This email should have attached files of the scanned copies of the documents which will help AICTE with resolving this issue.

Ques: Can the category be changed after applying for a GATE Scholarship?

Ans. No, only the category candidate has entered at the time of application will be considered for GATE Scholarship Eligibility. 

Ques: Is there a cut-off for GATE Scholarship?

Ans. While there is a cut off for GATE Counseling, there is no cut off marks for GATE Scholarship. 

Ques: Is uploading the Aadhar Card necessary for availing GATE Scholarship?

Ans. Yes, uploading the Aadhar Card is necessary for availing GATE Scholarship. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

GATE 2021 : 44 answered questions

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Ques. Can I get a seat in PEC Chandigarh (MTech CSE) with a GATE score of 400 Gen in the CAT?

● Top Answer By Arunima Sethi on 05 May 21

Ans. No, it is not possible to get a seat in PEC Chandigarh for M.Tech CSE at the GATE score of 400, being in General Category.  For Round 1, GATE 2020 opening score for CSE was 402 and the closing score was 523.  While, during Round 2, the score was between 379-395 for the General category.  The total seats for CSE at PEC Chandigarh is also limited. There are only 30 seats available for the program, out of which only 19 are for General candidates. Seeing my friend’s experience there, I would strongly recommend you to re-attempt the exam and score well. Try to get an opportunity in top engineering institutes like IITs/NITs.  It is not that PEC is a worse institute, but if you prepare well and give GATE again, you might land into your dream college. Also, a Master's is usually the last stage of academic learning for all. So, it is better to invest your Master's degree time in an excellent institute.Read more
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Ques. Is a stipend available in PEC Chandigarh University through a valid GATE score card?

● Top Answer By Rohini Mishra on 02 May 21

Ans. To put it short, yes, you do get a stipend at the PEC Chandigarh University, but it depends on certain terms and conditions.  Getting an SGPA of at least 6.5 in the semesters is the most important condition. If it is less than required in any semester, your next stipend will not come for the next adjacent half. If you fail to do so in the 1st semester, the stipend for the second semester would be lost.  If you score SGPA more than 6.5 in the second sem, the stipend of third and fourth in the second semester combined will re-continue.  And if you fail to reach 6.5 in the second sem, the stipend of the third and fourth sem will discontinue. As there are no separate examinations for the 3rd and 4th sem to judge the eligibility of stipend.  The stipend for the first semester is received by the students without any conditions, so you need not worry about this, as this depends on your GATE score. Read more
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Ques. What do you prefer, the GATE or the IES?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 25 Feb 21

Ans. I would prefer GATE or IES because in GATE the ratio is 10:1 whereas in IES the ratio is 300:1. This makes IES a very tough competitive exam but in GATE it is easier to get good marks and rank higher as the paper is easy and less competitive compared to IES.  The IES exam is tougher than GATE because here a candidate has to excel both in academics and personality. In GATE the questions are concept based and it is easier to solve if all the concepts are clear. Also in the GATE exam, there are 65 questions and the time limit is 3 hours but in the IES exam there are 120 questions and the time limit is 2 hours. So you get less time to solve all the questions.  After qualifying for your GATE exam with good marks, you can apply to any of the big companies with higher packages and it also opens your gate to apply for PSU.   After qualifying for your IES exam, you will get a job as an assistant executive engineer and after 3-4 years of experience, you will get promoted to executive engineer post. Then after many years of experience of like 20+ years, you will get Chief Engineer posts.Read more
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Ques. What is the pattern for the written test for M.Tech at IIT Gandhinagar?

● Top Answer By Kumar Shiwam on 24 Feb 21

Ans. The admission for M. Tech at IIT Gandhinagar is done on the basis of academic records, written test, personal interview, and valid GATE scores. Those students who have a good academic record along with good GATE scores are not supposed to appear in the written test and personal interview.  The pattern of the written test is as follows: 10 questions of General aptitude questions consisting of logical analytical and reasoning ability and engineering mathematics are asked. 15-20 questions are asked related to basic courses in various disciplines up to the third year of an undergraduate program. The total duration of the written test is 1 hour for 80 marks. A total of 40 marks for general aptitude and 40 for basic knowledge. There is a negative marking and very basic questions are asked in the test. For branch subjects, all questions are asked related to SOM, fluid mechanics, etc.  The reservation category will get relaxation in the cut-off marks as per the norms. You will also be entitled to and fro sleeper class train tickets for the shortest route from your hometown to the institute. If you pass the test then you will attend the interview on the same day.Read more
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Ques. What are the best coaching centres for GATE and IES in Civil Engineering?

● Top Answer By Sabeer Chalana on 23 Feb 21

Ans. There are many coaching centers throughout the country for IES and GATE coaching. However, these 2 institutes enjoy a huge reputation and recognition at the national level due to their experienced faculty and their study material quality. Made Easy: It is one of the best in the field when it comes to GATE and IES coaching. They have the best faculty teaching the subjects for the students.  Their specialty lies in their high quality and concise presentation. One of my friends enrolled in the Delhi center weekend coaching program, which he claimed to be good. Their online test series is one of the best you can opt for. They are prepared keeping the present pattern in mind. The number of students enrolled is hefty and gives you a clear picture of the competition. Some criticize that their teaching lacks depth compared to other institutes. Their courses and tests require analytical knowledge and are more than enough to crack GATE/IES exams. IES Masters: This institute is one of the best in this field and has earned respect for its excellence and quality coaching within a short span of its inception. All the major subjects for all batches are handled by Mr. Kanchan Thakur who is the director of the institute. He has a brilliant command over all the subjects in Civil engineering. The study material of this institute is best and is even recommended for those who choose civil engineering as an optional subject in UPSC exams. One small setback is that other faculties than the director are not on par when compared with the faculties of Made Easy. For the GATE Online test series, you can opt for Made easy test series, and for the IES test series you can opt for IES Masters. If you plan to join made easy to enroll in Super Talent Batch which has all top faculties teaching in this batch. For Classroom coaching for civil engineering in GATE/IES, Super talent batch can be preferred if not then IES Masters. For Postal study course, one can opt for IES masters.Read more
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kunal thakrar
Is there scholarship for University toppers?
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abdul nazir

Hi Kunal, There are many scholarships for PG students with valid GATE score. To avail the benefits, you need to upload all the relevant details on the official website of AICTE. The scholarship amount is INR 12400 per month and duration of scholarship is 2 years. The registration process is online. To get more details visit GATE 2021 scholarship.

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neha thasale
Will the scholarship be based only on GATE score or category wise as well?
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abdul nazir

Hi Neha, Yes scholarship is provided for those with valid GATE score only and it is not on need basis. It is applicable for all category of students and for only AICTE approved colleges. To find more details visit GATE 2021 scholarship.

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tanishka shah
Which documents must be submitted to get the scholarship?
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abdul nazir

Hi Tanishka, To be eligible for scholarship, you are required in online mode along with valid GATE score and caste certificate for reserved category students. Following documents are required for registration:

  • Aadhar Card
  • GATE 2021 scorecard
  • PDF copy of caste certificate
  • PDF copy of student’s passbook
  • OBC category students need to submit their NCL certificate in pdf format

Find other details at GATE 2021 scholarship.

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mizna harmain
What is the scholarship amount for ST/SC candidates?
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abdul nazir

Hi Mizna, The scholarship amount is INR 12400 per month which will be provided for duration of 2 years of as long as course is on whichever is less. For SC/St category students, a valid caste certificate is mandatory along with a valid GATE score. To get details visit GATE 2021 scholarship.

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saksham mahajan
What is the stipend to female candidates?
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ankit kumar
Is there any scholarship on the basis of graduation score?
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dfh
How many times can I give GATE if my age is 21?
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surendra

Hi Rashmi

There is not restriction on the number of GATE exam you can apply for the GATE exam as many times as you want. Theres is no age restriction at 21. For more information you can visit on our official website of GATE.

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jatin sharma
How i can apply for the schlorship
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, 

GATE Scholarship 2020: How to apply

  1. The candidates need to visit the official website of AICTE.
  2. Go to the link that reads AICTE Scholarship 2020 direct link.
  3. Enter the link to go through the student ID verification.
  4. Fill in the Bank account number, institute's permanent ID, student's ID and date of birth there.
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riya gupta
Is there any schlorship for SC category
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surendra

Hi Riya

You can check out all the details about GATE Schlorship on our official website. You can register for your schlorship thorugh the portal.

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nitika
Can I give GATE exam in even if i failed in one subject in class 10?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Backlog students also can apply for the GATE exam, but the candidate should be in the final year to apply for the GATE 2021 exam. They must have cleared all the backlogs before getting admission to any college. The following students are eligible to take GATE: Bachelor's degree holders in Engineering / Technology / Architecture (3 years after 10+2/ 10+2+3(ongoing)/ 10+2+4(ongoing)/ Post-B.Sc./ Post-Diploma) and those who are in the final year of such programs. For more information, please refer, GATE Exam Eligibility.

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prahasti
Is GATE preparation enough for ISRO?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Because of an almost the same syllabus, the preparation for ISRO paper is similar to GATE. Therefore, this blog post would be helpful to anyone preparing for GATE as well. Once you have gone through the books, you would have a strong foundation in the subjects.

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sheetal chib
Can i get schlorship if i stood first rank ?
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surendra

Hi Sheetal

Yes you need to be eligible to apply for the GATE schlorship and you need to pay some fee for your schlorship. You will get all the details on our official website related to GATE Schlorship.

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drona
Can i get schlorship if i become a rank scorer?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, GATE qualified candidates who secure admission in M.Tech under AICTE approved institutions are allotted a monthly stipend of INR 12,400/- for 2 years. There is only one aicte scholarship for GATE qualifier, Good rank is not required but candidate has to qualify the GATE. For more information, please refer, GATE Scholarships.

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pradeepraje
Is different cut off available in GATE exams?
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dummy

Dear Pradeepraj

Greetings from Collegedunia. IIT Bombay will release the GATE 2021 cut-off soon after the release of the result in the month of March 2021. For all 27 Papers, there will be separate cut-off will be released which will vary from subject to subject and for each category. For more details, kindly go through this link – GATE Cut-Off 2021

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ashish singh
Does GATE provides any relief in the registration fees for PwD students?
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abdul nazir

Hi Ashish, Yes there is concession for PwD/SC/ST and women category students which is applicable for late fee as well. For Pwd candidate, uploading of valid document is mandatory to avail concession. 

Normal application fee is INR 750 and late application fee is INR 1250 for reservation category students.

To know more visit GATE 2021 application process.

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nitika
Is scholarship facility available in colleges if i qualify GATE exam?
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abdul nazir

Hi Nitika, Yes, there are scholarships that are offered to meritorious students based on their GATE score. The scholarship will be provided by only AICTE approved colleges and the last date for application is December 31, 2020. The scholarship amount is INR 12400 per month. Details will be updated from time to time at AICTE official website. To know more details visit GATE Scholarships.

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preetam oinam
What are the marks needed to be obtained on the GATE to get a good placement college?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, For admission into top IITs, the student must score a GATE rank below 200. However, the students having a rank in the range of 600-800 can also get admission into IITs and IIITs. For admission into leading NITs, the students should score a GATE rank in 350-800 range.

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surabhi s
What are the marks needed to be obtained on the GATE to get a schlorship for an MTech?
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arvind kumar

Hi Surabhi, Greetings from Collegedunia. GATE is a national level entrance exam. You must score top marks and exceptionally well in order to get scholarship for M.Tech. For more details visit: GATE 2021

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shaik kabeer
What are the marks needed to be obtained on the GATE to get a stipend for an MTech?
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rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, AICTE has announced a Post Graduate Scholarship Scheme for MTech, ME, MArch and MPharm students for the year 2020-2021. Under this scheme, qualified students admitted to AICTE approved institutions will receive a scholarship of Rs 12,400 per month for 24 months. You just have to qualify GATE for that. Qualifying marks are around 25/100.

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shruti verma
Who can get schlorship
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dummy

Dear Shruti Verma

Greetings from Collegedunia. To get the scholarship for PG programs like M.E./M.Tech./M.Pharma./M.Arch., you have a valid GATE Score Card to apply for the scholarship. You need to apply with a unique ID allotted to you at the time of GATE Registration. For more details, kindly go through this link – GATE Scholarship Eligibility Criteria