Gate examination is conducted in the month of February every year. The application for Gate 2013 examination is open and the forms are available online. The closing date for the application forms are scheduled for the end of the month of September. Additional documents are to be submitted by the 8th of October. The application can be filed via an online mode with a fee which amounts to 1200/- for male candidates and a complete fee waiver for female candidates. The rules are relaxed for female applicants as this relaxation in application fee is a small step towards encouraging the masses towards pursuing higher education from a technically adept institute.The Gate eligibility criteria is included in the website of the conducting institute IIT, Bombay. The application forms require a digital photograph and signature of a specific dimension. These essentials once done book a seat for the candidate for the given stream and mode. The confirmation of the booking can be obtained by admit cards which are available in downloadable form. The dates for availability of the downloadable cards are timed for the 5th of December onwards. A candidate writing the Gate examination is required to carry the admit card along with a proof of photo identity so as to confirm the admission of a candidate for Gate examination.The Gate examination conducted in offline mode needs to be answered by a student using only a black pen for circling the correct answer. The question paper pattern consists of multiple choice questions covering the verbal and the numerical aspect.The questions are in the form of multiple choice questions and are provided with four choices for both sets of questions. The numerical part consists of four options provided as answers. These account for the general aptitude part of the total set of questions which are mandatory each year and help students secure those fifteen marks with ease. The remaining part of the marks is covered by varied topics on the technical front. The individual topics account for a specific percentage of the overall mark. Hence knowledge of this segregation proves advantageous for students who aim for a very high Gate score thus obtaining admission into an IIT of their choice. There is age relaxation for Gate and the number of attempts is also not counted. Such a rule for Gate examination encourages students to study hard and secure the high Gate score they wish to obtain. Also, it provides a booster to a number of students who take up GATE examination more than once targeting a particular job position or IIT of interest. Since age is not a criterion for Gate, this feature encourages candidates of varied genre to write the examination and perhaps even drive their career to newer heights.