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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Application form, Dates, Syllabus and Pattern for GATE 2018

  • 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.

 Important information 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 Official Notice



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

  • 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.

GATE Collaboration Zones:

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


The year wise statistics of the GATE candidates:


The above representation shows the number of candidates who have registered, appeared and who qualified for the GATE examination through the years.


 Percentage of people who Applied and Qualified for the GATE exam through the years:


The above representation shows the percentage of the of the people who have Appeared and who have qualified for the GATE examination through the years.

 Category - wise registered candidates:

 The above registration shows the category of the candidates who have applied for the GATE examination accordingly.

 Gender Wise Statistics for Candidates:-

 All 3

 The screenshots of the URL for the GATE :

 The screenshot of the homepage of GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) :

Important Notes

  • GATE requires preparation at a level where students can understand the basics and excel at the entrance test. That is where Reference Books come into the picture. 
  • The next section students can look into is sample papers and previous years question papers, which is always helpful. 
  • There are certain colleges that accept GATE score. There are various subjects that students can choose from.

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 recognized 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.
  • The Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks.
  • The General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks.
  • There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
  • GATE contains two different types of questions, being Multiple choice Questions where there will be four choices to choose from (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Question which will be without any choices.
  • Candidates will be provided with a virtual calculator for the exam.
  • Each candidate will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work. The scribble pad has to be returned after the examination.

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]

Kaveri , batch of 2016
14 Sep 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

Admission procedure is GATE exam marks and should have completed Bachelor's degree.  I don't know about the cutoff.

Chintamani , batch of 2016
14 Sep 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibility criteria for taking admissions to an M.Tech program is you have to complete graduation in the specific field. And the entrance exam for taking admission for M.Tech is GATE exam. You will have to qualify the GATE exam. Typical cutoff for civil engineering is a rank under 29.

Simha , batch of 2017
05 Sep 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

For admission in the M.Tech program, GATE score should be above 350 and rank should be below 50.

Raja , batch of 2019
05 Sep 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The candidate must qualify the entrance examinations such as GATE or TANCET. I took both the examination but failed in GATE. I took a seat in this college via TANCET

Lokesh , batch of 2019
26 Aug 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

I wrote ECET entrance exam for joining BTech in 2nd year. I waited to write GATE exam.

Rinku , batch of 2019
17 Aug 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibility criteria for doing M.Tech Automotive Engineering in NIT Agartala should be a BE/B.Tech pass out in either Mechanical or Automobile Engineering. GATE is the required exam to get admission in M.Tech. The typical GATE cutoff ranges from 500 and above for Gen category and 350and above for other categories.


Saurabh , batch of 2012
08 Aug 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:
  • A B. Tech  degree is the minimum requirement for the course
  • There was no interview, only the counsling  session that was held
  • The admission is through GATE, For the regular candidates, and also for sponsored candidates
  • The intake this year (2017) was 47 for ECE.
  • Thecutoff was 693 for EC.
Vaibhav B.Tech (Electrical/Electronics), batch of 2019
01 Aug 2017
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process:

The eligibility criteria for Btech is that you should have completed diploma or 12th class examination. After completing GATE entrance exam is carried out for Electrical Engineering the cutoff is about 75% to 80%.

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. 

Discussion Forum View all 97 Questions

Hi, this is Sanjeev, When I log into GOAPS, I see the status message "Your application is under scrutiny". Do I need to worry?

Asked By: Sanjeev Rana,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Sanjeev, 

Not to worry at it a process only. Candidates have to wait. Your GATE application form will go through a process named scrutiny. During this process, the GATE 2018 office would check your application form. If there will be no mistake then the status message will soon be changed to be accepted.

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Hi, this is Ashwin and I wanna know that I am in final year of B.Sc Physics Hons. So can I apply for GATE 2018?

Asked By: Ashwin Chandra,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Ashwin,

No Ashwin you are not eligible to apply GATE 2018. Candidates who are currently in final year of B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) course first needs to complete M.Sc (Master of Science) course just after completing B.Sc. Then they are eligible for the GATE entrance examination.

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Hi, this is Vishal, I wanted to know that as I am pursuing M.Tech in some college but I want to apply for the GATE 2018. Can I apply?

Asked By: Vishal Yadav,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Vishal,

Don't worry, Yes you can apply for the GATE 2018 examination. But if you want to use GATE 2018 score to get admission in any college again then you would get to the first-year admission in M.Tech course. So in this way, you would lose your current years which you are studying in M.Tech.

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Hi, actually I have made a payment. Money has been deducted from my account, but still GOAPS as me to make payment. What should I do?

Asked By: Sachin Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Sachin, 

As I went through to your problem, don't worry. If you have paid the GATE exams fee, GOAPS will reflect your payment details in three working days. If GATE office will not get your payment, they will contact you.

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Hi, this is Yuvraj, and I want to know that if I choose the e-challan for payment option what will be that next process? I don't have Debit or credit card for the online transaction.

Asked By: Yuvraj Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Yuvraj,

Not to worry if you don't have any online payment process. If you select the e-Challan option, then you will have to print the generated Challan and will have to go to a branch of the State Bank of India and pay the application fee.

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A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Yuvraj,

Not to worry if you don't have any online payment process. If you select the e-Challan option, then you will have to print the generated Challan and will have to go to a branch of the State Bank of India and pay the application fee.

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Hi, this is Ajinkya, I want to know only admit card alone sufficient to gain entry to examination center or do I need any other documents also?

Asked By: Ajinkya Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Ajinkya,

Candidates must bring a print-out of the downloaded Admit Card to the Examination for the verification along with the original and valid photo Identity Document.

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Hi, Actually I wanna know which is the official identity document required for the GATE application form?

Asked By: Rahul Rajpurohit,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Rajpurohit,

For Indian candidates, the following identification documents/cards will be accepted:

  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • Aadhaar-UID
  • College ID
  • Employee ID
  • Driving License.

For International candidates:

  • Valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/Employee ID will be accepted as the recognized identification
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Hi, this is Virat, I wanna know that after completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will I be able to change my application data?

Asked By: Virat Sharma,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Virat,

After completing all the steps up to PDF application form generation in the ONLINE application process, you can only download the application form and CANNOT modify the data. Hence, you need to be very careful while entering the data.

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Hi, this is Sumit, Can you share some tips to crack GATE exam? What are the basic steps for preparing for GATE examination?

Asked By: Sumit Sinha,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Sumit,

This up to you how much time you are giving to GATE preparation, but I want to tell you that there are various ways to prepare for the GATE exam. Different strategies work for different people. You can take help of former GATE toppers. One good idea would be to join a GATE coaching institute. Joining a course enables you to prepare in an organized way. You can get access to study materials and seek the guidance of experienced teachers. Some GATE coaching institutes offer distance learning courses as well.

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Hi, I want to which os the PSUs are hiring through GATE Examination? I also want the list of all the Government PSUs companies.

Asked By: Vikrant Nagta,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Vikrant thanks for showing interest in GATE 2018.

So, there are many PSUs will be hiring through GATE.

The name is as follows:

  • Power Grid, the central transmission utility (PGCIL)
  • Container Corporation of India Ltd. (CONCOR)
  • National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)
  • Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
  • Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL)
  • National Fertilizers Limited (NFL)
  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NICL)
  • Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd (HECL)
  • Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
  • Metallurgical & Engineering Consultants (MECON)
  • National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)
  • Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL)
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Hi, I want to know who is the governing body of GATE entrance examination? And how many IITs participating to organize the GATE exam?

Asked By: Nikita Shaw,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Nikita,

The GATE exam is organized jointly by 7 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IIs) Bangalore. However, every year, one of these institutes holds the sole authority to set regulations of the exam and to declare the results. The eight zones include:

  • Zone-1: IISc. Bangalore
  • Zone-2: IIT Bombay
  • Zone-3: IIT Delhi
  • Zone-4: IIT Guwahati
  • Zone-5: IIT Kanpur
  • Zone-6: IIT Kharagpur
  • Zone-7: IIT Madras
  • Zone-8: IIT Roorkee
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Hi, this is Ashutosh that only SC/ST/PWD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificates. What about the OBC (non-creamy layer)candidates? Do they have to upload the category certificate too?

Asked By: Ashutosh kumar,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Ashutosh,

Category certificate is required only to decide the rate of the application fee. As far as the GATE 2018 examination is concerned, only SC/ST/PwD candidates and all women candidates qualify for a reduced fee. That is the purpose of asking for the certificate.

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Hi, this is Ashish, I want to ask you that would any white paper for a rough work and calculations be provided during the GATE 2017 online test?

Asked By: Ashish Sinha,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Ashish,

Yes, A scribble pad will be provided to a candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the pad after the examination.

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Hi, this is Sourav, GATE 2018 is going to be pen and paper-based exam or online exam?

Asked By: Sourav upadhya,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Sourav,

GATE 2018 for all papers will be carried out in an Online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode. There will be no pen and paper based exam for GATE 2018.

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Hi, this is Yogesh, can I change the examination city centre after submitting the GATE application form?

Asked By: Yogesh Chand,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Hi, Yogesh,

Yes, Yogesh you can change the GATE examination city after submitting the application form. For this, you have to pay a Fee for INR 400/- to be paid online using GOAPS.

Request for changing GATE examination city will be accepted till 20th November, 2017.

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