GATE 2018


GATE 2018GATE 2018 – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 2018, commonly known as GATE, will be conducted by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. GATE 2018 is scheduled to be held on February 3, 4, 10 and 11 at designated test centres across India and Abroad. The online application form will be made available from September 01, 2017. The candidates have to submit the application form of GATE 2018 before October 05, 2017. However, candidates can change the examination centre allotted to them before November 17, 2017. GATE 2018 is an online entrance exam that will be conducted for screening candidates for providing admissions to M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D in IITs/NITs/CFITs and other universities in India, along with recruitment purpose in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like BHEL, GAIL, ONGC, IOCL, etc. The computer based test GATE 2018 will be jointly monitored and administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB) – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India.

Candidates who will appear in GATE 2018 can download the admit card from January 05, 2018. The result of GATE 2018 will be declared in online mode on March 17. GATE 2018 Score will be valid for a period of three years for post graduate engineering admissions across the participating institutes. Interested candidates can check the information related to GATE 2018 important dates, eligibility, application form, exam and result are given below.


GATE Important Dates 2018

IIT Guwahati has announced GATE 2018 important dates for the academic year 2018-19. Candidates can check GATE 2018 Important Dates from the table below.

GATE Important Dates 2018

S.No. GATE 2018 Exam Events Important Dates
1 GATE 2018 notification announced on July 04, 2017
2 GATE 2018 applications started through GOAPS September 1, 2017
3 Last date to fill GATE 2018 application form October 05, 2017
4. Last date to change GATE 2018 exam centre via GOAPS login November 17, 2017
5. Download of GATE 2018 Admit Card January 5, 2018
6 GATE 2018 Exam Dates February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2018
7 GATE 2018 Result March 17, 2018

GATE 2018 Zonal Centres

The computer based GATE exam is jointly monitored and administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology situated at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee. The operations related to GATE exam is managed by respective zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati is the Organizing Institute (OI) for GATE 2018. The institute is responsible for the process and coordination amongst the administering institutes. Candidates can check the details of GATE 2018 zonal offices from the table given below.

S. No. Name of Zonal Centre Zone
1 Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Zone 1
2 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Zone 2
3 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Zone 3
4 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati – Organising Committee Zone 4
5 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Zone 5
6 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Zone 6
7 Indian Institute of Technology Madras Zone 7
8 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Zone 8

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2018

The candidates who will be appearing for GATE 2018 must make sure that they fulfil the eligibility requirement as specified by the organising committee, IIT Guwahati. The given eligibility criteria of GATE 2018 must be met by the applicants:

  • The candidates should be an Indian National or belong to Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates can apply.
  • There is no age limit for appearing in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018.
  • The candidates must have completed or the final year of their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Postgraduate (M.Sc.) degree in any relevant science subject can apply
  • There is also no specified minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) to apply for GATE 2018

All the below qualifying degree candidates can fill the online application form of GATE 2018:

  • B.E./B.Tech
  • B.Arch
  • B.Sc (Research)/B.S.
  • M.Sc./M.A./MCA or Equivalent
  • Int. M.E./M.Tech
  • Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
  • Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S. – M.S.
  • Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech)

GATE Application Form 2018

The application form of GATE 2018 will be made available in online mode from September 1 to October 05, 2017. However, candidates can change the examination centre for appearing GATE 2018 before November 17, 2017. Candidates are advised to read the prospectus carefully as and when it is released by the concerned authority, to know their eligibility and application procedure before beginning the online registration of GATE 2018. Basically, the registration process of GATE 2018 will be a five-stage procedure. The first stage is registration for the exam where candidates have to fill in the on-line application and obtain the registration number. At stage 2, candidates will be asked to fill personal and academic details. In the next stage, candidates have to upload their photographs, signature and documents as required. Stage 4 included making payment for the exam through Debit/Credit Card/Net Banking or Bank Challan. During the last stage, candidates have to take printout of confirmation page of filled -in GATE application form 2018 and preserve it for future purposes.

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) 2018:

Below are the stepwise procedure on ‘How to Fill GATE application form 2018’:

Step 1 Registration: Candidates need to register first by providing a valid email ID and mobile number along with a password.

Step 2 Logging and Filling the GATE 2018 Application Form: Candidates have to enter all the details such as personal, academic and address, etc. They must upload all required documents and submit before the last date.

Step 3 Uploading Photograph, Signature, Thumb Impression and other Documents: Candidates uploaded their photograph, signature, thumb impression and degree certificate, category certificate if applicable and medical certificate in case of PwD candidates. Final year students must upload a scanned image of third year (fifth/sixth semester) mark sheet instead of the degree certificate.

Step 4 Payment of Application Fees: The fee to be paid was Rs.1,500 (Rs.750 for SC/ST/Pwd/Female candidates). Payment had to be made through net banking or e-challan. Additional bank charges were applicable as per norms. International students who belong to Dubai and Singapore have to pay US$100 and candidates belonging to Addis Ababa, Dhaka, Colombo and Kathmandu have to pay US$ 50.

Step 5 Candidates are required to download and print the GATE 2018 Application Form for future reference.

Previous Years’ Statistics of GATE Candidates:

Data in Table

Year Registered Appeared Appeared (%) Qualified Qualified (%)
2006 184308 170252 92.37 33813 19.86
2007 168917 153822 91.06 44387 28.86
2008 184672 166027 89.9 31694 19.09
2009 230341 212130 92.09 35273 16.63
2010 460541 420596 91.33 59853 14.23
2011 612568 558480 91.17 96239 17.23
2012 777134 686614 88.35 108526 15.81
2013 1200728 984855 82.02 136699 13.88
2014 1033625 889157 86.02 149694 16.84
2015 927580 804463 86.73 121060 15.05
2016 971831 818850 84.26 135392 16.53

Data in Graph

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GATE Admit Card 2018

The admit card of GATE 2018 will be released by IIT Guwahati on January 5, 2018. Candidates can download GATE admit card 2018 from the GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) window within the given time period (to be notified by IIT-G). To download the admit card, candidates have to enter their enrolment ID or registered email ID, password and captcha. It must be noted that the candidates must take a colour printout of admit card and carry it to the exam centres along with any one of the original identification proofs including Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card and Driving License, but it necessary to carry that ID proof as it will be required for the entrance test. The candidates who belong to the International countries must produce only a valid Passport/Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID which is to be accepted as the recognized identification.

GATE Exam Centres 2018

GATE 2018 is scheduled to be held on February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018 in a computer based mode. The organising committee has not yet declared the list GATE 2018 exam centres. Last year, GATE was conducted at more than 680 test centres located in 194 cities across India and abroad.

GATE Exam Pattern 2018

GATE Exam Mode: GATE 2018 will be conducted in online mode.
GATE Exam Duration: The duration of GATE exam will be 3 hours.
Number of Papers: GATE will be conducted in 23 papers, and candidates have to appear as per the opted discipline.
Number of Questions in GATE: The online question booklet will have a total of 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.
Types of Questions: The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
  In all the papers, there will be 10 questions on General Aptitude (GA) carrying 15 marks.

Distribution of questions in GATE

In paper AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, distribution of questions is shown below:

Engineering Mathematics Technical Questions (from subject) General Aptitude Total Marks
15% (15 marks) 70% (70 marks) 15% (15 marks) 100% (100 marks)

In paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, distribution of questions is shown below:

Questions from subject concerned General Aptitude Total Marks
85% (85 marks) 15% (15 marks) 100% (100 marks)

GATE 2018 questions booklet will have two different types of questions in various papers.

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) – These types of questions will be objective in nature having four options, out of which candidates have to choose one correct option. These types of questions will either carry 1 or 2 marks.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) – These types of questions will be based on mathematical calculation. There will be no answer options for numerical type questions, and candidates have to enter the obtained answer using virtual keypad. The answer for these types of questions will be a real number, and candidates are advised to give the answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

Design of GATE Questions: The questions paper of GATE 2018 is designed to test candidates’ conceptual clarity and understanding of basics of the subject. The computation based questions will test their understating about concept implementation and its result on various parameters.

The paper-wise distribution of questions and its marking scheme is given below.

GATE 2018 Marking Scheme

Paper Code

General Aptitude (GA) Marks

Subject Marks

Total Marks

Total Time





3 Hours

XE (Section A + any two sections)


15 + 2 x 35


3 Hours

XL (Section P + any two sections)


25 + 2 x 30


3 Hours

Negative Marking in GATE 2018: The negative marking will be applied for the wrong answer marked by candidates in GATE 2018. The negative marking scheme is mentioned below:

Negative Marking Pattern in GATE 2018

Question Type

Negative Marking Scheme

Marks to be deducted

For 1 mark multiple choice questions

1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer


For 2 mark multiple choice questions

2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer


Numerical answer type questions

No negative marking

GATE Syllabus 2018

The examination authority, IIT Guwahati has released discipline wise syllabus of GATE 2018. Each discipline of GATE 2018 has a different syllabus. Candidates are advised to download the syllabus as per their discipline and prepare themselves accordingly for the exam. The GATE syllabus 2018 for General Aptitude paper will be common for all candidates.

GATE Paper Codes 2018

GATE 2018 will be conducted for 23 disciplines, and candidates have to appear as per the opted subject. The list of GATE papers and its related codes is given below.

Paper Code Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Life Sciences XL
Biotechnology BT Mathematics MA
Civil Engineering CE Mechanical Engineering ME
Chemical Engineering CH Mining Engineering MN
Computer Science &Information Technology CS Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemistry CY Physics PH

Electronics and Communication


Production and Industrial Engineering


Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE Ecology and Evolution EY
Petroleum Engineering PE    

GATE Answer Key 2018

Official GATE Answer Key 2018 will be provided by IIT Guwahati, the organising comittee for GATE 2018. The institute will provide separate answer keys for all 23 papers. Candidates, who have appeared in the Graduate Aptitude Test of Engineering (GATE), can check and download the answer key as per their discipline from the link to be made available as and when it is released.

GATE Result 2018

The result of GATE 2018 will be declared on March 17, 2018. The GATE result 2018 will be announced for only those candidates, who will score equal to or more than the specified qualifying marks as per their category. Each subject of GATE 2018 will have different qualifying marks. Candidates can check their GATE 2018 result from the link to be provided on this page. The score will be valid for three years.

The procedure to check GATE 2018 result is given below:

  • Click on the direct link to be activated soon after declaration of the result
  • Click on ‘GATE Result’ tab.
  • Enter GATE 2018 Registration Number, Roll Number and Date of Birth in the fields provided.
  • Cross check all the details entered before submitting
  • After verification, click on ‘Submit’ button and the result will be displayed
  • Download the result and take print outs for further reference

GATE Score Card 2018

The score card of GATE 2018 will be released on March 17, 2018, along with declaration of result. Candidates can download their GATE scorecard 2018. The examination authority will not issue hard copies of the scorecards; therefore candidates have to download it within the prescribed dates.

The GATE Score Card 2018 will be released for all candidates, who have secured greater than or equal to the qualifying mark as per their category. The score of GATE 2018 will be calculated based on the actual marks obtained by the candidate for single session papers and normalized marks for multi-session papers.

The GATE 2018 scorecard will have following details

  • Name of candidate
  • Registration number of candidates
  • Gender
  • Name of Examination Paper
  • Marks secured by candidates out of 100
  • Qualifying marks
  • All India Rank in GATE 2018 (paper in which the candidate appeared)
  • GATE 2018 score

Based on the GATE 2018 score, candidates can either apply for M.E./M.Tech/ Ph.D. admissions in IITs/NITs/CFITs, and other universities in India or recruitment purpose in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like BHEL, GAIL, ONGC, IOCL, etc. Only those candidates who have obtained equal to or more than the specified cut off score (as announced by the PSU) can apply for the declared vacancies. While selecting candidates for academic programmes or recruitment, the concerned authority may take interview, written aptitude test or group discussion apart from GATE 2018 score.

GATE Cutoff 2018

GATE 2018 Cutoff score is meant to delimit the number of candidates for admission and to select those candidates who have scored more than or equal to the cutoff score.

Based on the GATE 2018 cutoff score, various PSUs, as well as IITs, NIITs & CFITs select candidates for jobs or academic programmes.

Last year, a total of 7, 87,148 candidates appeared in the test out of which 1, 29,149 candidates qualified the exam.

The table below shows previous year’s GATE Cutoff Score for all papers.

GATE 2017 Cutoff Category wise and Qualifying Marks

Branch General OBC SC/ST/PH
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CE 28.70 25.8 19.10
EE 25.20 25.20 16.70
ME 32.87 29 21
CS 25 22.50 16.60
IN 34.60 31.10 23.00
CH 44.30 39.80 29.50
BT 38.90 35.00 25.90

GATE Cutoff 2018 for Admission

GATE 2018 opening and closing ranks will also be announced by the institutes separately. The candidates who will fall in the rank range of the given scores will be given admission in the institutes. Candidates must check for the Institute cutoff/opening and closing rank as well as the branch wise cutoff and register themselves if they fulfil the requirements for admission.

GATE Counselling and Seat Allotment 2018

There is no single/common counselling held for GATE 2018 qualified candidates. The counselling of GATE 2018 qualified candidates will be conducted separately for NITs and IITs. Each of the participating institutes will conduct separate GATE 2018 counselling procedure for the qualified candidates. The candidates must visit the respective institutes they want to get admission and appear in the counselling process as per the schedule.

Highlights of GATE 2018

  • GATE 2018 will not have any common counselling for admission to IITs and NITs.
  • The IITs and IISc will conduct GATE counselling separately as per the respective institute for admission to M.Tech courses.
  • The NITs will conduct admission procedure through Centralized Counselling for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan. Admissions (CCMT) 2018.
  • PSUs accepting GATE score will release their recruitment notification separately.

PSU Recruitment through GATE 2018

PSUs like BPCL, HPCL, IOCL etc will declare their recruitment through GATE 2018. Candidates must apply for the specified jobs if they meet the eligibility criteria. However, they will be shortlisted only if they have valid GATE scores and meet the cutoff determined by the respective PSUs.

Previous Years GATE Statistics

Year Registered Appeared Qualified Qualified (%)
2016 971831 818850 135392 16.53
2015 927580 804463 121060 15.05
2014 1033625 889157 149694 16.84
2013 1200728 984855 136699 13.88
2012 777134 686614 108526 15.81
2011 612568 558480 96239 17.23
2010 460541 420596 59853 14.23

Contact Address:
Organizing Chairman, GATE 2018
GATE Office,
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Guwahati-781039, Assam
Phone Number – 0361-258-6500
Email Address –

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