GATE Psychology Examination 2024


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an annual entrance exam that assesses a candidate’s knowledge of undergraduate-level subjects in Engineering, Technology, Science, Architecture, and Humanities.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru will be organizing GATE 2024.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru, along with seven other Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee — will be conducting the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2024 on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

Learn the benefits of GATE Psychology in this video.

Use of GATE Score for Psychology Student

Students who are looking to pursue their Master’s (PG) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees from IITs, need to appear for the GATE examination. IITs offer an M.Sc in Cognitive Science and a Ph.D. in Psychology with multiple research areas. A GATE score is required to get admission to M.Sc Cognitive Science courses IITs. However, the COGJET score is also valid for M.Sc Cognitive Science admissions.

What are the Eligibility Criteria for GATE Psychology

Applicants who are currently enrolled in their third year or higher of any undergraduate degree program in Engineering, Technology, Science, Architecture, or Humanities, or who have already completed a government-approved degree in one of these fields, are eligible to take the GATE 2024 exam.

For more information on Eligibility Criteria, please refer here.

GATE 2024 Scorecard will be valid for three years from the date of release of Scorecards.

Documents Required for GATE Application Forms

Candidates must keep the scanned copy of the following documents handy while filing the GATE application form –

  • Candidate Photograph and Signatures
  • Aadhar Card / PAN Card / Passport / Voter ID / Driving Licence
  • Category (SC/ST) Certificate (if applicable)
  • PwD Certificate (if applicable)

Application Fee

  • Female Candidates SC/ST/PwD (per paper) – ₹900
  • All Other Candidates (per paper) – ₹1800

Note: The application fees mentioned above are applicable to a single test paper. For candidates choosing to take two papers, the fees would be double the amount mentioned above.

For more details on the Application Fee, please head over here

Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme for GATE Psychology

The General Aptitude portion of the test includes 10 Questions, worth a total of 15 marks.

  • 5 Questions worth 1 mark each
  • 5 Questions worth 2 marks each.

The Reasoning and Comprehension part of the test includes 15 Questions, worth a total of 25 marks.

  • 5 Questions worth 1 mark each
  • 10 Questions worth 2 marks each.

The Psychology paper in GATE includes 40 questions. This section is worth a total of 60 marks.

  • 20 Questions worth 1 mark each
  • 20 Questions worth 2 marks each.

In total, the test is worth 100 marks.

Examination Mode: Computer-Based Test (CBT)

Duration: 3 hours

Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.

Negative Markings

There is a negative marking for wrong answers in MCQs. For a 1-mark MCQ, a 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. For a 2-mark MCQ, a 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

  • No negative marking for MSQ or NAT
  • No partial marking in MSQ.

Exam Cities

Please click here for tentative exam cities.

Financial Assistance(Stipend) after GATE 2024

The candidates seeking admission to Ph.D. Psychology programs after completing their Master’s degree will be provided with a good stipend, provided with a valid GATE score. For the initial two years, the monthly amount is Rs. 37,000, and it increases to Rs. 42,000 per month from the third to the fifth year.

GATE Psychology Syllabus

Research Methods and Statistics:
Approaches to research: Philosophical worldviews & criteria involved in approach.
Research design: quantitative & qualitative, mixed methods.
Designing research: Research problems, purpose statement, Variables and
Operational Definitions, Hypothesis, Sampling.
Nature of quantitative & qualitative research: Structured, semi-structured interviewing,
self-completion questionnaires (Survey), observation, Experimental, Quasi-experimental,
Field studies, Focus groups discussions, Narratives, Case studies, Ethnography.
Ethics in conducting and reporting research
Statistics in Psychology: Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion. Normal
Probability Curve. Parametric and Non-parametric tests Effect size and Power analysis.
Correlational Analysis: Correlation [Product Moment, Rank Order], Partial correlation,
multiple correlation. Special Correlation Methods: Biserial, Point biserial, tetrachoric, phi
coefficient. Regression: Simple linear regression, Multiple regression. Factor analysis:
Assumptions, Methods, Rotation, and Interpretation.
Experimental Designs: ANOVA [One-way, Factorial], Randomized Block Designs,
Repeated Measures Design, Latin Square, Cohort studies, Time series, MANOVA, ANCOVA.
Single-subject designs.
Foundations of Psychological measurement; Basic components: scales
and items’ Construction and analysis of items: Intelligence test items, performance tests,
Ability & Aptitude test, Personality questionnaires. Method of test construction,
Standardization of measures: Reliability, Validity, Norms, Application of assessment and
measurements in Tests— Applications of psychological testing in various settings educations, counselling and guidance, clinical, organizational, and developmental.
Biological and evolutionary basis of behaviour:
Heredity and behaviour Evolution and natural selection, Nervous system, structures of the brain and their functions, Neurons: Structure, functions, types, neural impulse, synaptic transmission. Neurotransmitters.
Hemispheric lateralization, The endocrine system types and functions, Biological basis of
Motivation: Hunger, Thirst, Sleep, and Sex. Biological basis of emotion: The Limbic system,
Hormonal regulation of behavior. Methods of Physiological Psychology: Invasive methods –
Anatomical methods, degeneration techniques, lesion techniques, chemical methods,
microelectrode studies, Non-invasive methods – EEG, Scanning methods, Muscular and
Glandular system: Genetics and behaviour: Chromosomal anomalies; Nature-Nurture
controversy [Twin studies and adoption studies]
Perception, Learning, Memory, and Forgetting:
What is sensation, sensory thresholds and sensory adaptations, Vision, hearing, touch and pain, smell and taste, kinesthesis and vestibular sense, Perception: role of attention; organizing principles of perception, gestalt perception, depth perception and illusions, Theories of learning: classical conditioning,
operant conditioning, social learning theory, cognitive learning, Memory: encoding, storage,
retrieval, Information processing theories of memory, Retrieval in Long term memory,
reconstructive nature of long-term memory, Forgetting: encoding failure, interference theory,
memory trace decay theory, the physical aspects of memory.
Cognition: Thinking, Intelligence, and Language:
Basic elements of thought: Concepts, Propositions, Imagery. Current paradigms of cognitive psychology – Information processing approach, ecological approach, Problem-solving: Methods of problem-solving, Strategies and obstacles, Role of Metacognitive processing, decision-making: choosing among alternatives, Intelligence: Theories of intelligence (Spearman; Thurstone; Jensen; Cattell; Gardner;
Stenberg) and Emotional Intelligence; Measuring intelligence, Individual differences in
Intelligence; Role of heredity and environment, Difference between Intelligence, Aptitude and
Theories of personality: Psychoanalytic, behaviourist, social cognitive view, humanism and trait and type theories, Biology of personality and Assessment of personality.

Motivation, Emotion and Stress and Coping:
Approaches to understanding motivation:
instinct, drive-reduction, arousal, incentive, humanistic, Achievement motivation, Intrinsic
motivation, aggression, curiosity and exploration, Emotions: nature of emotions; biological
basis of emotions, Theories of emotions: James-Lange, Canon-Bard, Schachter and Singer,
Lazarus, Definition of stress; what are stressors; cognitive factors in stress, Factors in stress
reaction: General adaptation syndrome; effect of stress, Coping with stress: problem-focused
coping; emotion-focused coping, REBT and meditation
Social psychology:
Social perception: Attribution; impression formation; social
categorization, implicit personality theory, Social influence: conformity, compliance and
obedience, Attitudes, beliefs and values: Evaluating the social world, attitude formation,
attitude change and persuasion, cognitive dissonance, Prejudice, discrimination, Aggression,
power and prosocial behaviour, Belief systems and value patterns. Group dynamics,
leadership style and effectiveness, Theories of intergroup relations and conflicts.
Development across the life span:
Nature versus nurture in human development,
Prenatal development: Chromosomes, Genes and DNA. Physical, cognitive and psychosocial
development in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, Theories of aging, Moral
Applications of Psychology: Psychological disorders:
Conceptions of mental disorders;
Assessment and diagnosis, DSM and Other tools, PTSD and Trauma; Psychotherapies:
Psychodynamic, Phenomenological/Experiential therapy; Behaviour therapy; cognitive
therapy; biological therapy, Applications of theories of motivation and learning in School:
Factors in educational achievement; counselling & guidance in schools, Application of theories
of motivation, learning, emotions, perceptions, group dynamics & leadership to organizational
set up, Issues of Personal space, crowding, and territoriality.

Tentative Schedule

Application Start Date: August 24, 2023

Last Date to Apply (Without Late Fee): September 29, 2023

Last Date to Apply (With Late Fee): October 13, 2023

Modifications in GATE 2024 Application: November 7 – November 11, 2023

Admit Cards: January 03, 2024

Exam Dates: February 03 – February 04, 2024, & February 10 – February 11, 2024

Answer Key: February 21, 2023

Announcement of Results: March 23, 2024

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