Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering [GATE]

GATE 2018

Exam Date : 3rd February 2018 To 11th February 2018
Result Date : 17th March 2018

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What is GATE?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance Examination is conducted by the collaboration seven IIT's( (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and IISc, every year and has emerged as one of the principle tests for engineering and science aptitude. The GATE score/Rank is used for admissions to Post Graduate Programmes (ME, M.Tech, MS, direct Ph.D.) in IISc, IITs and other prestigious Universities. During the last few years, GATE score is also being used as one of the criteria for recruitment in Government Organizations such as Cabinet Secretariat, and National/State Public Sector Undertakings in India. A few such organizations that use GATE scores are Indian Oil Corporation Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and Power Grid Corporation etc.

Application form, Dates, Syllabus and Pattern for GATE 2018

  • GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is one of the most preferred examinations for engineering students for higher studies as well as for some Govt jobs.
  • Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) of the candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.
  • The Application forms for GATE 2018 Exam commence on 1st September 2017 till 5th October 2017.
  • The GATE exam will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination.
  • The questions are fundamental, concept based and thought provoking.
  • GATE exam shall also hold examinations for candidates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • GATE is conducted on a yearly basis for those willing to enroll into the post-grad engineering institutes across India.
  • The GATE examination is usually conducted by either the IISc or IIT institutes.
  • For GATE 2018, it is IIT Roorkee that is set to conduct the GATE examination in February 2018.
  • The GATE score is evaluated by a number of public sector institutions for picking candidates for their varied job opportunities as well.
  • The application for the GATE examination will open on 1st September 2017.
  • There are overall 65 Questions of Objective Type.
  • These are for 100 Marks.
  • The admit card for GATE 2018 will be available from 5th January 2018.
  • The Exam date for GATE 2018 is announced on 3rd February 2018.


The GATE exam is conducted through the collaboration of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:





Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Science


Important regarding GATE 2018:


Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering


National Level Screening Test

GATE  Started Year



Engineering, Technology, and Architecture



GATE 2018 Organizing Institute

IIT Roorkee

Top Colleges Participating


Total Number of candidates qualified last year 


Qualifying Exam

Bachelor’s degree holders 4 years after( 10+2/ Post-B.Sc./ Post-Diploma) or final year candidates

Scores validation  period

3 Years

Application Fees

Male Candidates (General/OBC) -1500 INR

Women Candidates of any category-750 INR

SC / ST / PwD  Category Candidates-750 INR

Official Address

Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology

GATE 2018 Important Dates

  • The last date for change of examination city for GATE 2018 will be the 16th of November.
  • The GATE 2018 Admit Card will be available from the 5th January 2018.
  • The GATE 2018 exam will be held on 3rd February 2018, 5th, 11th till 11th February 2018 in two sessions, morning and afternoon and the Results will be available on the 17th March 2018.

GATE 2018 Eligibility

  • Candidates who have a Bachelors Degree in B.Tech/B.E/B.Pharm/B.Arch/B.Sc from a recognised university is eligible for GATE 2018. However, there is no upper limit on age.
  • Candidates having a Masters Degree in Mathematics/Science/Computer/Statistics are also eligible for GATE 2018.
  • Final year students of qualifying exam are eligible for GATE 2018 provided they get a certificate from their college principal. On passing the qualifying exam, students must submit their Degree certificate or Provisional certificate else they will not be eligible.
  • Diploma Holders are not eligible for GATE exam.

GATE 2018 Application Process

  • The application process for GATE 2018 is online. The form can be filled via GATE Online Application Processing System.
  • The required details in the form must be filled up after the candidate registers themselves.
  • After the required details are filled, the candidate must check the details before submission of form as forms which are submitted cannot be changed.
  • Once the form is submitted, students must pay the application fee through net banking, e-challan or debit card.
  • Students are required to check the application status on a regular basis for 1 of 6 categories like accepted, received, rejected etc.

GATE 2018 Application Form Details

  • The application fee is Rs.1500 and Rs.750 based on the candidate's category.
  • There are 23 papers for GATE 2018. Candidates can appear for only one paper depending on the discipline of their qualifying degree.
  • Hence, students must be careful while choosing the paper.

GATE 2018 Admit Card

  • The GATE admit card is an important document which must be carried to the exam centre, failing which, the candidate will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. It contains details like candidate's name, application number, date of examination, exam centre etc.
  • The GATE admits card can be downloaded from the official website by filling in the ID and password. The admit card is downloadable in PDF format and it must be preserved till the admission process.
  • Candidates must carry a valid ID along with the admit card to the exam centre.
  • Candidates are advised to check the details in the admit card and discrepancies if any must be brought to the notice of the concerned authority.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

  • There are 65 objective type questions and it carries 100 marks. Question 1 to 25 carries 1 mark each, Question 26 to 55 carries 2 marks each and Question 56 to 65 carries 15 marks.
  • Every correct answer will fetch the candidate 1 or 2 marks depending on the section. There is negative marking for incorrect answers. However, there is no negative marking for unattended questions as well as numerical questions.
  • Candidates will be provided with a virtual calculator for the exam.

GATE 2018 Syllabus

  • Syllabus for CSE: Engineering Mathematics, Digital Logic, Programming and Data Structures, Theory of computation and Databases.
  • Syllabus for Civil: Engineering Mathematics, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Geomatics Engineering.
  • Engineering Mathematics syllabus: This section comprises of arithmetical questions and Engineering mathematics. The main aim is to test the applicant’s ability to understand complex concepts of mathematics involved in Engineering with ease and their application to problems.
  • Applied Mechanics and Design syllabus

GATE 2018 Results

  • The GATE 2018 results will be out on 17th March 2018 at 5 Pm and can be checked on the official website by filling in the required details.
  • The GATE scores are valid for 3 years.
  • The GATE score card will be available after the results are out. It can be downloaded by candidates (all categories) who secured marks more than the qualifying marks.

GATE 2018 Counselling

  • There is no common process for counselling. It depends on individual institute and usually varies from one institute to another.
  • However, candidates are requested to carry their GATE 2018 scorecard, ID card, application receipt for fee, engineering academic records, mark sheets of board exams, SC/ST certificate and PWD category certificate.

Colleges which accept [GATE]

Divya M.Tech (Electrical/Electronics), batch of 2018
15 Jun 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • My college name is GH Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur(Autonomous).
  • I m pursuing Master of technology in communication engineering.
  • The procedure to take admission in this college is to crack the current year GATE exam for all the engineering students.
  • Eligibility criteria for GATE exam are different for Every year.
  • If you are thinking about doing MTech, you are at a very right place.
  • The college is having the digital library as well and according to me, it is the best college for doing Masters.
Javed M.Tech (Mechanical), batch of 2016
24 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  •  Minimum 60% mark is required in to take admission in at Al Falah University.
  • Students may take admission in by qualify in GATE Exam.
  • In the GATE, cut off mark varies every year.
  • It may be 25 to 30 out of 100 Marks. 
Shewangi M.E, batch of 2018
22 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibilty criteria for getting into M.E at UIET is GATE.
  • cut off depends completely on GATE score.
  • 300 is the minimum GATE score for getting admission in cse and 250 is the minimum score for IT.
  • After 1st councelling if there is any vacant seats then students can get admission through CET.
Pavani M.Tech (Computer), batch of 2017
22 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • GATE or PGSET are the entrance exam conducted to join in VRSEC
  • 2000 is the basic cutoff as per the year 2016 and it varies according to the people wrote the exam and the highest score in the appropriate entrance test
Pradeep M.Tech (Computer)/ME, batch of 2018
19 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Admissions at University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering are based on the marks obtained in PGCET or GATE exam.
Mamidi B.Tech (Mechanical), batch of 2016
12 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria for getting admitted in Kamala Institute of Technology & Science is to clear EAMCET exam.
  • I took GATE exam for postgraduation in NIT or IIT.
  • The cut off will be 32 marks for mechanical.


Sibabrata PhD, batch of 2018
02 May 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • To apply for Ph.D at Indian Institute of Technology, [IIT] Guwahati, one should have either a master degree or have a GATE score.
  • Online application is offered to the students two times in a year during the month of March and August. 


Ravi B.A. (English), batch of 2017
29 Apr 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • The eligibility criteria for GITAM University, Vishakhapatnam are Candidates must be Indian Nationals. Candidates must have secured first class or equivalent grade in the qualifying examination from a recognised university with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks and score obtained in GAT (PGT) 2017.
  • GATE qualified candidates can also apply.
  • They are exempt from the entrance test.
Gagan M.Tech (Information Technology), batch of 2014
24 Apr 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Eligibility criteria is graduated in with minimum 55% for getting into Chandigarh engineering College.
  • GATE entrance exam is required.
Amit M Tech, batch of 2015
24 Apr 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • Eligibility - Should be BTech/ BE with 60% for getting into Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology.
  • GATE qualified with score 600+ Entrance exam - GATE.
  • Typical cutoff- GATE score should be around 650+ and Air less than 4000.

Discussion Forum View all 48 Questions

What all materials can I bring into the Exam Centre of GATE?

Asked By: Gaurav N,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Only the candidates Admit Card, an id card and a pen shall be permitted to be taken inside the GATE Examination Hall.

Candidates whose Enrollment ID's have been displayed on the Official Website as provisional, need to bring the required Documents and Submit it in the Examination Hall to the concerned authorities.

A simple Wrist Watch without any Calculation device is permissible inside the GATE.

Water and Toilet facilities are available at the GATE examination centre for candidates.

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QRough Work sheet for GATE

Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during GATE?

Asked By: Neil Narayan,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work during GATE.

The candidate has to return the scribble pad to the invigilators after the examination.

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QGATE scores for interviews

Is it possible for me to use my GATE scores for interview purposes?

Asked By: Abhinav Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A few public sector companies, namely the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, etc. have used the GATE scores for their screening purposes. 

But, that is highly unlikely at this time period. 

So, If you are interested in providing your GATE scores for interview and screening purposes, I suggest you get in touch with the conducting body first to make sure whether you will be allowed to provide the GATE scores.

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QGATE score validity

For how long have the scores for GATE been valid?

Asked By: Daniel Christian Douglas,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

GATE was first held by IISc Bangalore in 1984.

The scores have been accessed and validated by different B-Schools throughout India since then.

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How all are GATE scores utilised in a candidate's life?

Asked By: Nivedita Maurya,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • GATE is conducted on a yearly basis for those willing to enrol into the post-grad engineering institutes across India.
  • The GATE score is also evaluated by a number of public sector institutions for choosing candidates for their varied job opportunities as well.
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When will the applications for GATE open up?

Asked By: Deepak Jain,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The application form for GATE will start by the month of September.

All candidates are advised to keep themselves up to date with the notifications from the Board so they don't have to waste any time in their application process and finish up all the formalities as soon as possible.

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Who will be the conducting body for GATE 2017?

Asked By: Aishwarya Ravichandran,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The GATE examination is usually conducted by either the IIS or IIT institutes.

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Should the eligibility certificate for GATE 16 be in black and white? Can I take a xerox copy of my degree certificate and scan it (my degree certificate was in colour format) ?

Asked By: Mebin Dominic,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • All the documents in regards with GATE are to be submitted in pdf format.
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Can I change my mobile No. or Email ID after I have submitted my GATE 2016 Application Form?

Asked By: Megha Tyagi,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • No. The Mobile number, Email ID, Exam Paper and caste certificate cannot be changed after the submission of the GATE 2016 application form.

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QRefund procedure

I have paid twice. What should I do to get reimbursement for the extra payment?

Asked By: Upneet Mathur,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • You don’t have to do anything. Contact IISc Bangalore only if you do not get refund by October 31, 2016.

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