GATE English Literature – Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & More

GATE English Literature – Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & More

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GATE English 2022 is one of the entrance exams of GATE to get admission to IITs in India for humanities and social sciences graduates. 

Last year, a new framework of GATE entrance exam was introduced under which humanities and social sciences (HSS) graduates were allowed to apply for humanities and social sciences PG courses at IITs. 

Under the HSS GATE paper, English literature has also been introduced. That allows English literature graduates to appear for GATE and secure a seat for MA English Literature and related courses at IITs. 

However, since last year humanities and social sciences students are facing a lot of problems in understanding what exactly GATE is, whether they should appear for it or not, in which courses at IITs I can get admission, and what benefits do I get from GATE? 

In this article, we tried to answer all your queries in detail in easy to understand language. At any point, if you want to ask questions, feel free to use the comment section below. We would love to resolve your queries in detail. 


What is GATE 2022? 

GATE is Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, it is an entrance test that is primarily conducted for PG engineering, science and management courses at IITs in India. 

Apart from IITs, some Public Sector Companies have GATE as one of the eligibility criteria for their engineering job openings. 

This year GATE 2022 organizing institute is IIT Kharagpur in collaboration with National Coordination Board, and Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE) Government of India. 


Participating Institutes in GATE 2022

Right now there are total eight institutes participating for GATE 2022 that given as following

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur
IIT Mumbai
IIT Delhi
IIT Guwahati
IIT Kanpur
IIT Chennai
IIT Roorkee
Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru


What is GATE 2022 HSS?

In the year 2020, GATE changed its exam framework to accommodate Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) exams as well to allow students to seek admission in courses at IITs. 

Basically, IIT Madras and a few others have introduced courses such as MA English, MA Public Policy etc. In order to offer admission into these, GATE had to introduce HSS exams.


What is GATE English Literature 2022? 

If you’re an English Literature graduate then probably you would want to give GATE for multiple reasons. Let me list out all of those reasons for you: 

1. If you’re able to secure a good rank, then you could easily secure a seat at IIT Madras for the MA English course. 
2. Admission on the basis of GATE ranking, will also make you eligible for Rs. 12,500/- monthly stipend. 
3. You can use GATE score for jobs in Public Sector Undertakings such as Indian Oil etc. 
4. GATE score can be used as proof of your excellence in English literature, which you can use for private sector jobs.
5. GATE scores are valid for 3 years, which means if in future new courses are launched at IIT and also more foreign universities start accepting HSS GATE scores, you can apply. 


Why should students from Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) appear for GATE exam? 

There are a few reasons that can help you to make a solid decision, that are as following:

1. IIT Madras is offering admission to MA English course with 47 seats, you could get a chance to secure a seat there. 
2. After admission, you will be eligible for 12,500/- monthly stipend.
3. If any PSU (public sector undertakings) offer jobs under the HSS category, then you will be eligible to apply. 
4. You can use your GATE score to get admission in other HSS courses at IIT apart from MA English at IIT Madras. 
5. There’s a high possibility that IITs may launch new courses under the HSS category in 2-3 years. As your GATE score is valid for 3 years, therefore, you can use your GATE score to get admission. 


GATE English Literature 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Qualification: Anyone in 3rd year of undergraduate degree or any undergraduate from Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Science, Commerce and Arts background are eligible to appear for GATE 2022 examination for respective subjects. 
Age Limit: There’s a no age upper or lower age limit to appear for GATE 2022. 


Humanities and Social Sciences GATE Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Humanities and Social Sciences Section Papers (Paper Code: XH)

Section Subject Marks
Section 1 (General Paper) Reasoning and Comprehension (Paper Code: B1)  25
Section 2 (One Subject Paper Optional) Economics (C1)

English (C2)

Linguistics (C3)

Philosophy (C4)

Psychology (C5)

Sociology (C6)


GATE Humanities and Social Sciences Exam Pattern

Paper Code XH**
Exam Mode CBT (Computer Based Test)
Duration 3 Hours
Sections General Aptitude  + General Paper + Selected Subject
Types of Questions  MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
Questions Breakup  10 Questions General Aptitude

15 Questions General Paper

40 Questions Selected Subject


Total Questions = 65

Total Marks 100 
Marking 1 or 2 marks for questions
Negative Marking 1/3 for each 1 mark question, and 2/3 for each 2 marks question

GATE English Paper 2022 Exam Syllabus (Paper Code: XH – C2) 

Units Syllabus
C2.1 Multi-genre literature in English
C2.2 Comparative, English translation, Indian and Indian subcontinent literature
C2.3 Literary criticism and theory
C2.4 History of English literature and literary studies
C2.5 Research aptitude and literary forms, devices, concepts and genres

For the rest of the syllabus refer to the PDF document here. 


GATE 2021 English Question Paper

Download PDF GATE HSS 2021 Question Papers


GATE Contact Information 

Official Website
Organizing Institute Address Gate 2022, GATE-JAM Office, IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal, India-721302
Phone Numbers (03222) 282091 and (03222) 282095
Contact Hours Monday to Friday (10 am to 1 pm, and 2 pm to 5:30 pm)


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