GATE 2018

GATEGATE 2018 - IIT Guwahati will conduct Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018 for 23 papers in a computer based mode at 199 cities across India and 6 cities abroad. GATE 2018 is a national level Post Graduate entrance examination for admission to M.E./ M.Tech and Ph.D. programmes at IITs, IISc, NITs, GFTIs and other Universities in India. GATE is an examination conducted jointly by the IISc, Bangalore and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE. A candidate can appear only in any one GATE paper.

The GATE 2018 result will be announced on March 17. GATE score card will be available from March 20 to May 31, 2018. The score card will be valid for a period of 3 years for M.Tech admissions only from the date of announcement of the GATE result. GATE score will also be used for PSU recruitment. The admit card of GATE 2018 has been released on January 4, 2018. The application form of GATE 2018 was available from August 31 to October 9, 2017. Read below the complete details of GATE 2018 such as important dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus, registration, admit card, result and cutoffs, etc.

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GATE 2018 Overview



Examination Name


Examination Category

National level Post Graduate exam

Purpose of the Examination

Qualifying test for admission to M.E./ M.Tech/ Ph.D and PSU recruitment

Examination Mode


Administered by

Jointly by the IISc Bangalore and seven IITs

Score / Grade Validity

3 years

Conducting Institute (GATE 2018)

IIT Guwahati

Frequency of Test

Once in a year (Annual)

Number of Papers


Number of Questions


Total Marks


Test Duration

180 minutes

Number of Test Takers

Around 9 lakhs

GATE 2018 Helpline Number


GATE 2018 Examination Schedule


Exam Date

Time (IST)



February 3, 2018 (Saturday)

09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon)



February 3, 2018 (Saturday)

2:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon)



February 4, 2018 (Sunday)

09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon)



February 4, 2018 (Sunday)

2:00 am-5:00 pm (Afternoon)



February 10, 2018 (Saturday)

09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon)



February 10, 2018 (Saturday)

2:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon)



February 11, 2018 (Sunday)

09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon)



February 11, 2018 (Sunday)

2:00 am-5:00 pm (Afternoon) 


GATE 2018 Important Dates


IIT Guwahati has announced the important dates of GATE 2018


GATE Important Dates 2018



Admit Card Download from

January 4, 2018

GATE 2018 Examination to be held

February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018

Result Announcement of GATE 2018

March 17, 2018

GATE 2018 Score Card Download from

March 20 to May 31, 2018

GATE 2018 Examination Schedule Announced

December 8, 2018

Mock Test Released

November 23, 2017

Change the exam City via GOAPS

November 13 to 17, 2017

Dates to Change Gender, Category and PwD Status in Application Form

October 28, 2017

Last Date for Online Application Submission

October 5, 2017 extended till October 9, 2017

GATE 2018 Online Enrolment

August 31, 2017

GATE 2018 Notification Released


How to Prepare for GATE 2018


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 and 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. 

GATE Exam Pattern 2018


Candidates who are preparing for the exam can check the papar pattern of GATE 2018 to know the subjects, topics covered, marks distribution, duration of test from the table given below: 

  • Mode of Examination: The exam is computer based Test (CBT)

  • Duration of Examination: The exam will be of 3 hours duration

  • Number of Papers: There are 23 Papers. The candidates have to appear for the examination as per their selected discipline.

  • Common section: General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all subjects (papers).

  • New Section: In XE paper, new section (H) - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017 onwards.

  • Number of Questions: The exam consists of 65 questions including 10 questions from General Aptitude.

  • Total Marks: The test will be held for total of 100 Marks.

  • Types of Questions: The exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

  • Design of Questions: The questions are designed to test the following abilities: Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis and Synthesis

  • Marks Carrying: The questions will have weightage of 1 and 2 marks

  • Negative Marking - 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. Therer 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)

GATE 2018 Marking Scheme


General Aptitude (GA) Questions: GA section carries a weightage of total 15 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 5 questions carry 2 marks each.


Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL: These papers contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each. 30 questions carry 2 marks each.


GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper: The GG paper consists of 2 parts - Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is compulsory for all candidates. Part B consists of 2 sections: Geology (Section 1) and Geophysics (Section 2). Candidates will have to attempt questions from Part A and questions in either Section 1 or Section 2 of Part B.

  • Part A consists of 25 questions and each question carries 1 mark. Both sections (Section 1 and Section 2 ) of Part B consists of 30 questions each carrying 2 marks each.

XE Paper (Engineering Sciences):

  • Engineering Mathematics (Section A) is compulsory for all candidates and contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks. 7 questions carry 1 mark each and 4 questions carry 2 marks each.

  • Any 2 of XE sections from B to H – The section contains 22 questions. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.

XL Paper (Life Sciences):

  • Chemistry (Section P) is Compulsory for all candidates and contains 15 questions, carrying a total of 25 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 10 questions carry 2 marks each.

  • Any two of XL Sections Q to U: The section consists of 22 questions for a total of 35 marks. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.

GATE 2018 Syllabus


GATE 2018 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 and based on verbal & numerical ability.


Paper-wise Syllabus for GATE

GATE 2018 Mock Test


IIT Guwahati has released the mock test for GATE 2018 for all papers on November 23, 2017. 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 GATE 2018 mock test to get an idea about the exam pattern and understand the GATE virtual calculator etc.


GATE Admit Card 2018


The admit card of GATE 2018 has been made available for candidates to download from January 4, 2018 onwards. GATE 2018 admit card is available only online and candidates have to log in through GOAPS using their enrollment number or Email ID and the password. Candidates are advised to download GATE 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 on the GATE admit card 2018. Candidates are required to bring a printed copy of the admit card of GATE 2018 to the test centre along with the original photo identification card which was mentioned by them in the 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 are a 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.


PSU Recruitment through GATE Opens


Now that the GATE admit card is available, the application for the PSUs recruiting through GATE are also being announced and some are available now. The PSUs that have opened their application process can be checked below


PSUs Recruitment 2018

Name of PSU

Application Dates

Application Link


January 5 to January 31, 2018

Click here to apply online

Power Grid

January 5 to 31, 2018

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NLC India Ltd

January 6 to 27, 2018

Click here to apply online 


GATE 2018 Exam Centres


A total of 199 exam centres will be available across the country. Selection of three exam centres have to be done by the candidates while filling the GATE 2018 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. Check out the complete list of GATE 2018 Exam Centres


GATE 2018 Zonal Centres


The IITs and IISc have been segregated as zonal centres for the ease of students. The list and websites of the zonal centres are as follows:

GATE Answer Key 2018


The answer key of GATE 2018 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 GATE 2018 official answer key for all papers tentatively within a week of the completion of the exam. Candidates can use the given GATE answer key 2018 to crosscheck their answers and calculate their probable scores.


GATE Cutoff 2018


Candidates can get an idea of the marks they need to obtain in the exam 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.


Previous Year’s GATE Qualifying Cutoff



































































GATE Result 2018


The result of GATE 2018 will be announced on March 17. Candidates will have to log in to GOAPS by entering their Enrolment ID, Registration Number and Date of Birth to access their GATE 2018 result. The qualifying marks will be displayed in the result along with the score and All India Ranks obtained by the candidate. After the declaration of GATE result 2018, the score card will be available for the candidates who secure marks equal or more than the cutoff marks.


What are the details displayed on GATE 2018 Result?

  • Name of the candidate

  • GATE Registration Number

  • Gender

  • Examination Paper

  • Marks out of hundred

  • All India Rank in this paper

  • Qualifying marks

  • GATE Score 

GATE 2018 Score Card


Only candidates who qualify in the exam can download their GATE score card 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 score is the normalized one based on the guidelines given.


Important: GATE 2018 score card will be valid for M.Tech admissions for a period of three years. The score will also be used for PSUs requirement.


GATE 2018 Counselling


There is no counselling for GATE 2018. Candidates will have to separately apply for the M.Tech admissions. Candidates will have to apply to the IITs, register separately through COAP and check their admission letter. NIT admissions are through CCMT while other institutes and state universities have their own admission process.




Starting 2017, IITs have designed a common offer acceptance portal (COAP) to enable candidates to check heir admission letters at one place. All GATE 2018 qualified must apply to the IITs of their choice, register through COAP and check the admission offer letters at GATE COAP. They must accept the offer that suits them best and complete the admission formalities at the respective IIT.


GATE Eligibility Criteria 2018


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 the exam.

  • 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.

  • There is no age limit for the entrance test.

  • There is also no specified minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) to apply for GATE.

Educational Qualification: 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.

  • B. Arch

  • 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)

GATE Application Form 2018


The application form for GATE 2018 was available online from August 31 to October 9, 2017 only through GATE 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




Rs. 1500


Rs. 750

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu (International)

US$ 50

Dubai and Singapore (International)

US$ 100

Corrections in GATE 2018 Application Form - Candidates were able to 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 could 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 had commenced. If the candidates need to correct any mistakes or wrong information entered, then he/she has 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 is not open for correction. The candidates can make minor changes in the following categories:

  • Candidate's Name

  • 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 


GATE 2018 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: I don’t have my Degree Certificate. What should I upload?

A: You should upload any one of the following documents

  • Degree certificate

  • Provisional certificate

  • Course completion certificate

  • Professional 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 2018 application form. 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.


GATE 2018 Brochure


Contact Address

Organizing Chairman, GATE 2018

GATE Office,

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Guwahati-781039, Assam

GATE Official Website -

Helpline number - 0361-258-6500

Email[email protected]


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