On 9th February 2010, for the very first time, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee and the Indian Institute of Science (IIS) Bangalore, successfully conducted online Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2010 for two out of twenty-one papers. Examinations in two subjects, namely Textile Engineering and Fiber Science (TF), and Mining Engineering (MN) were conducted using computers by these institutes. About 1700 candidates were registered for these examinations, which were conducted simultaneously in eight cities over two shifts.
February 14, 2010, is to see ehe offline version of the exam in other 19 papers shall be conducted all over the country. GATE is an all India examination administered and conducted jointly by IIS and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, MHRD. Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other government scholarship/ assistant ship in engineering colleges/ institutes is open to those who qualify through GATE.