GATE 2018 - The examination cities selected by the candidates during GATE 2018 registration can now be changed from November 13 to 17, 2017. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level PG entrance examination conducted by seven IITs and IISc Bangalore for admission to M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D. at the IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India. IIT Guwahati will conduct GATE 2018 exam for 23 papers on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018 in forenoon and afternoon sessions. GATE 2018 will be held in computer based (online) mode at various cities across India and 6 cities abroad. GATE 2018 score card will be valid for a period of three years for M.Tech admissions only from the date of announcement of the result. GATE score will also be used for PSUs recruitments. The online application form of GATE 2018 was available from August 31 to October 9 and the last date to edit the submitted application form was October 28, 2017. The admit card of GATE 2018 will be available from January 5, 2018. Candidates can check below the detailed information about GATE 2018 exam such as important dates, eligibility, registration, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, admit card, result, cutoff.
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Name of the Examination
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)
National level Post Graduate (PG) exam
Purpose of the Examination
Qualifying test for admission to M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D and PSU recruitment
Jointly by the IISc Bangalore and seven IITs
Score / Grade Validity
Conducting Institute (GATE 2018)
Frequency of Test
Once in a year (Annual)
Correction in GATE 2018 Application Form
Candidates can now change their examination city selected in the application form of GATE 2018 online from November 13 to November 17, 2017. The selected exam centres in the application form of GATE 2018 can be changed by the candidates by logging into GOAPS account using their enrollment ID and password and paying a fee of Rs. 400.
Registered candidates were able to change their gender, category and PwD status in their GATE 2018 application form till October 28, 2017. To make the changes, the candidates have to log into their GOAPS account and select "Change Personal Data". The candidates must be very careful while making the changes and verify them before submission. Additional fees were to be paid by the candidates for making the changes.
- For Gender change from Female to Male/Transgender - Rs. 750 (Not applicable for SC/ST and PwD candidates)
- For Category change from SC/ST to Gen/OBC - Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)
- Change in PwD status from PwD to Non-PwD - Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)
The process of application form correction has commenced. If the candidates need to correct any mistakes or wrong information entered, then he/she will have to send an email (from their registered email id) with an Enrollment ID along with the document proof to their respective Zonal GATE office. All of the submitted information will not be open for correction. The candidates will be able to make minor changes in the following categories:
Date of Birth
Name of Parent/Guardian
Have you graduated in the above degree (changes in Yes/No)
Qualifying Degree and Year of Qualifying Degree
Year Wise GATE Statistics
IIT Guwahati has announced the important dates of GATE 2018. Candidates can check the GATE 2018 important dates from the table given below.
Important Dates of GATE 2018
GATE 2018 Notification (Released)
July 5, 2017
Start of Registrations through GOAPS
August 31, 2017
Last Date to Fill Application Form
October 9, 2017
Final Date to Change Gender, Category and PwD Status in Application Form
October 28, 2017
Change the exam City via GOAPS
November 13 - November 17, 2017
Admit Card Download
January 5, 2018
GATE 2018 Exam
February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018
Forenoon: 9 AM to 12 Noon
Afternoon: 2 PM to 5 PM
Release of Answer Key
Third week of February 2018
March 17, 2018
Score Card Download
March 20 to May 31, 2018
GATE is being held for 23 subjects (papers). The syllabus of GATE 2018 for each branch is different. Candidates who are preparing for GATE 2018 must check the detailed syllabus for the paper which they wish to appear for. It is a known fact that the syllabus is broadly based on the topics covered in graduation. GATE 2018 syllabus for General Aptitude paper is common for all papers. The syllabus of General Aptitude is based on verbal & numerical ability.
Candidates who are preparing for GATE exam can check the exam pattern of their respective GATE papers to know the subjects, topics covered , marks distribution, duration of test, etc. from the table given below:
GATE Exam Pattern
Mode of Examination
Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration of Exam
Number of Papers
There are 23 Papers
Number of Questions
The exam consists of 65 questions including 10 questions from General Aptitude.
Types of Questions
The exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
Design of Questions
Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis and Synthesis
Yes, there is negative marking. 1/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying 1 mark. 2/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying a weightage of 2 marks. There is no negative marking for NAT questions
Distribution of Questions in All Papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL
Engineering Mathematics - 15% (15 Marks), Technical Questions - 70% (70 Marks), General Aptitude - 15% (15 Marks)
Distribution of Questions in Paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL
Questions from Subject Concerned - 85% (85 Marks), General Aptitude - 15% (15 Marks)
The questions will have weightage of 1 and 2 marks
General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all subjects (papers)
In XE paper, new section (H) - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017 onwards
The examination of GATE is one of the toughest entrance examinations to crack. So “How should one go about preparing for the test?” is the most fundamental question GATE aspirants have. What you need is a lot of hardwork accompanied with smart planning. In order to ensure a higher rate of success in the test, Careers360 brings you some tips and tricks for GATE 2018 preparation:
Candidates must carefully go through the syllabus of the respective GATE paper they are appearing in.
Prepare a day-to-day timetable for yourself.
Have specific dedicated study hours.
Practise Previous Years Question Paper s and Sample Papers
Practise of sample papers/model papers help to know your strengths and weakness. After knowing the weak areas, you can plan how to work and improve in those areas.
Take more and more Mock Tests which will give you the real taste and feel of the actual exam.
Refer to the important GATE Books that covers the entire syllabus.
Apart from every strategy and planning, the most important aspect of GATE 2018 preparation includes taking good care of your health.
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The admit card of GATE 2018 will be available for download from January 5 to February 11, 2018. The admit card is an important identity document. Candidates are advised to download the GATE 2018 admit card and save it after printing a copy to carry to the exam hall. The details of the candidate along with the photograph, signature, date as well as the timing of the exam and the exam centre address will be mentioned in the GATE 2018 admit card.
Candidates are required to bring a printed copy of the GATE admit card 2018 to the test centre along with the original photo identification card whose number was mentioned by them in the GATE 2018 application form.
Permitted Identity Cards:
For Indian students are: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License
For International students: Valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID
Important: The GATE 2018 admit card is sometimes required for M.Tech admissions or PSU recruitment. Therefore candidates are advised to keep a copy safe.
IIT Guwahati will announce the GATE mock test 2018 for all papers shortly before the exam. The mock test is a simulation of the entrance exam and will have the format in an exact manner as the entrance test. Candidates are advised to practice on the GATE 2018 mock test to get an idea about the exam pattern and understand the GATE virtual calculator etc.
GATE Virtual Calculator 2018
It may be noted that candidates will not be allowed to carry calculators to the exam hall. Since 2016, the GATE online test system has an inbuilt virtual calculator which is meant for use by the candidates for all their calculation purposes. GATE virtual calculator is available for candidates to get used to its working and accustom themselves with its working. Since the concept of the virtual calculator is new, candidates must ensure they adapt to using it during the exam as some calculations are cumbersome to do by hand. To get an idea of the workings of the GATE virtual calculator - Click here.
Q: I don’t have my Degree Certificate. What should I upload?
A: You should upload any one of the following documents
Course completion certificate
Membership certificate issued by the society or institute
Final year students, however, must download the Provisional Certificate Letter as per format and get it attested by the Head of Institute/ Dean/ Registrar/ Head of Department. Click here for the certificate.
Q: Can I appear in any GATE paper or only the one in which I have done my under graduation?
A: You can apply for any GATE paper. However, that is not an advisable move as you may face problems during admissions or PSU recruitment. What you should do is to check the PSU recruitment details or the M.Tech eligibility of the institute you wish to apply to and then fill the application form accordingly.
Q: Is there any minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) or age limit for GATE 2018?
A: No, there is no minimum pass percentage asked for the under graduation/ qualifying exam not is there any age limit.
Q: How many applications can I fill for GATE 2018?
A: You can fill the application for only one GATE paper.
Q: How will I know if my GATE 2018 application is accepted?
A: You have to login through GOAPS and check the status of the application. The status will mention whether it’s under scrutiny, accepted or has defects etc.
Q: I have made some mistakes in the details in my GATE application form 2018. How can I correct the details now?
A: The authorities will open a correction window after the application process is over. Candidates can make corrections to mistakes made in the details. However, they cannot change the mobile number, email ID, GATE 2018 exam paper and caste certificate. To do the corrections, you have to write to IIT Guwahati and your GATE zonal centre quoting your Enrolment ID along with proof showing the correct information. Candidates will receive an SMS and an Email once this option is enabled by IIT Guwahati
Q: I have paid but the system does not reflect it. What should I do?
A: Make the payment again. Any excess money will be refunded back. However, keep the details of all transactions with you so that you have the record of the payments.
Q: My admit card is unclear. The photograph is blurred. Is it ok to carry it?
A: No. Please write to your zonal centre and send them a copy. They will rectify the problem. You may face problems at the exam centre if you carry an admit card with blurred photograph or unclear print. You may not be allowed into the exam hall.
Q: Can I carry a copy of my Aadhaar Card along with the GATE admit card?
A: No. The original must be carried with your to be verified. Also you must carry the document that you mentioned in your GATE application. If you have mentioned the Aadhaar Card then carry it. If you have mentioned the PAN card and carry the Aadhaar Card, you will not be allowed into the exam hall.
A total of 199 exam centres will be available across the country. Selection of three exam centres has to be done by the candidates while filling the online application form. The first and second choice should be from the same GATE zone while the third choice can be from any GATE zone. International candidates will be able to attempt the examination at 6 international cities.
GATE Zonal Centres and exam Centres
GATE Zonal Office
Belagavi (Belgaum), Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Bidar, Davanagere, Kalaburag (Gulbarga), Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga)
Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Vadodara, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane
Ajmer, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Hisar, Indore, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Palwal, Samba, Ujjain, Sikar, Udaipur
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Agartala, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kalyani, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong
Agra, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow
Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada
Alappuzha, Aluva, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, Chittoor, Ernakulam, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Ongole, Pala, Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Thiruvannamalai, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati,
Ambala, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP), Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Noida, Panipat, Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Sonepat, Yamunanagar, Una
International GATE, IIT Guwahati
Colombo (Sri Lanka), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kathmandu (Nepal), Dubai (UAE), Singapore
The answer key of GATE will be announced by leading coaching centres like GateForum, The GATE Academy, ACE Academy and Made Easy after the conclusion of the test. However, IIT Guwahati will announce the official GATE answer key 2018 for all papers tentatively within a week of the completion of the exam. Candidates can use the given answer key of GATE to crosscheck their answers and calculate their probable scores.
The result of GATE 2018 will be announced on March 17. Candidates will have to log in to GOAPS and access their GATE result 2018. The qualifying marks will be displayed in the result along with the score and All India Ranks obtained by the candidate.
How to check your GATE 2018 Result?
Candidates must click on the official link to login
They must enter their Registration Number, Roll Number and Date of Birth
They can access their GATE result after verification of their credentials
The GATE 2018 result will be displayed with the qualifying status
Candidates can download their score cards from March 20 to May 31, 2018. However, after May 31, they can avail the soft copy from IIT Guwahati on payment of an online fee of Rs 500 till December 31, 2018. The marks of the candidates will be normalized as per the papers they are appearing for. The GATE marks will be out of 100 while the GATE score is the normalized one out of 1000.
GATE 2018 score will be valid for M.Tech admissions for a period of three years. The score will also be used for PSU recruitment through GATE.
Note: Candidates who have not qualified in the entrance exam will not be able to download their score card.
Candidates can get an idea regarding the kind of cutoff they need to meet to qualify in GATE 2018 from the tables given below. However, the GATE cutoff scores for PSU recruitment or M.Tech admissions will be dependent on the PSU or the institute to which the candidate is applying to.
GATE Qualifying Cutoff 2017
CS & IT
GATE Qualifying Cutoff 2016
CS & IT
Geology and Geophysics
Architecture and Planning
Computer Science &
Electronics and Communication
Production and Industrial Engineering
Textile Engineering & Fibre Science
Ecology and Evolution
Note: CS, EC, CE, ME and EE papers will be held in multiple sessions. However, a candidate is allowed to appear in only one session.
GATE Paper Sections for XE and XL
Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper Section
Life Sciences (XL) Paper Section
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)
Any Two Optional Sections
Polymer Science and Engineering
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Note: XE and XL papers are of general nature and will be comprised of sections listed in the table above.
Candidates, who want to apply for GATE 2018, must make sure that they meet all of the following required criteria given below.
Indian nationals along with international students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be eligible to appear for GATE 2018.
The candidates should have completed their Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Master's degree in Science in a relevant subject.
Final year students can also apply for GATE 2018.
There is no age limit for the entrance test.
There is also no specified minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) to apply for GATE exam
Educational Qualification for GATE 2018: To be eligible for GATE 2018, the candidates should have qualified any one of the following examinations:
B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.
M. Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent
Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Arch)
Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S.-M.S.
Integrated M.E./ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.)
Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
The application form of GATE 2018 was available in online mode from August 31, 2017. The last date to fill the application form was October 9, 2017 only through GATE 2018 Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The overall registration was a five-step procedure which has been provided below for the reference of the candidates:
Step 1- Register for GATE 2018 through GOAPS
Step 2- Filling of Online GATE 2018 Application Form
Step 3- Uploading of Required Documents
Step 4- Application Fee Payment
Step 5- Print out of filled GATE Application Form
Application Fee for GATE 2018
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu (International)
Dubai and Singapore (International)
GATE 2018 Brochure
Contact Address -
Organizing Chairman, GATE 2018
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Official Website: www.gate.iitg.ac.in