An all-India examination, GATE tests candidates for their complete understanding of various subjects in Engineering and Technology. It is held on behalf of the National Coordination Board GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), and Government of India by the Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore, and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). These eight institutes have the sole authority to conduct the GATE exam.
The main motive of GATE is to test the quality of students and to evaluate if they are eligible for higher studies in premium institutes of India. Successful candidates can use the GATE score to get jobs in public sector units and also to apply for government-aided fellowship programs.