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GATE Exam 2018-19 | Exam Pattern | Eligibility | Syllabus | Preparation | Imp. Dates

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology(IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. A zonal GATE Office manages the operations related to GATE in each of the 8 zones at the IITs or IISc.

The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is the Organizing Institute for GATE 2018.

GATE is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, HRD ministry.

It tests the comprehensive understanding of engineering and science students of various undergraduate subjects. The test scores are used for admission to the master of engineering, master of technology and PhD programs in higher educational institutes in India.

The examination is conducted for the candidates across India who wish to pursue their Masters or Doctorate levels in the field. The exam tests the candidates’ aptitude for science, identifies the candidate’s understanding of a subject and eligibility for higher learning.

In the past few years, Government Organizations and National/State Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) are also using the GATE score card for recruitment purposes, according to the GATE Organizing chairman, Govind Chakrapani.

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What’s new in GATE Exam 2018?

  • This year, the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee is conducting the GATE 2018. The exam will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) on February 4, 2018, February 5, 2018, February 11, 2018, and February 12, 2018
  • The examination for all the 23 papers (disciplines) will be held conducted by an online computer-based test. A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination. Some of the papers in GATE 2018 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete IIT Delhi11 examination schedule will be notified at a later date, on the GATE 2018 website
  • The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of multiple choice question type. The candidates will be provided with a virtual on-screen calculator
  • Physical calculator, mobile phone, and wrist watches with calculation facility are strictly prohibited and candidates possessing these in the examination hall (even if not using) shall be disqualified
  • Biometric information (photograph and fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination
  • The admit cards for GATE 2018 would be available through the online process only. The candidates can download they are admitting card from the official website and take a printout for future reference.

All you need to know about GATE 2018

GATE 2018 score validity is of three years from the date of publishing of result within which they can be used for both postgraduate admission and PSU recruitment.

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is becoming the sole deciding factor for recruitment of Engineering graduates into the coveted Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and admission for post graduate degrees at all IITs, NITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc).

GATE is a competitive examination conducted jointly by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) and the Indian Institute of Science on behalf of the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), once a year.

This entrance exam is focused on testing the technical competence of a candidate. Every year, around 10 lakh candidates appear for the exam, making it the second most competitive exam in the country in terms of number of candidates taking the examination, with the first being the IIT-JEE entrance test

Eligibility Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year.
  • Bachelor’s degree of the Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those in the second or higher year of such programs.
  • Five-year integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those in the fourth or higher year of such programs
  • Five-year Integrated M.Sc. or Five years integrated B.Sc. /M.Sc. degree and those in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE as
  • Equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

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

Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Admit Card 2018

  • The candidate has to bring a printed copy of the admit card to the test centre along with the original identification card whose number has been given in the application (Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Adhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License).
  • For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID shall be accepted as the recognised identification. The only permitted photo identifications are; Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License.

How to Download GATE Admit Card 2018

1. Log on to the official website of GATE (appsgate.iitr.ac.in)

2. Click on the link that says “Download GATE 2018 admit card

3. Now go through the GOAPS login window

  • Login with your account.
  • Fill the required details such as Enrollment ID/ Email Address or Password and click on “Submit” button

4. Enter the required details in the fields provided and click on submit button

5. Download the hall ticket and take a print out for further reference

NO candidate shall be allowed to enter the examination hall (however, the Center gate shall be closed 25 minutes after the start of the examination) after 30 minutes of the start of the examination.

Fees Structure

  • Women candidates will have to pay Rs. 750
  • SC/ST/PWD category candidates will have to pay off 750
  • All other candidates will pay Rs. 1500

Help Line for GATE Exam

For any GATE queries, contact telephone number 01332-284531 (9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Saturday) or email gate@iitr.ernet.in.


GATE 2018 Exam Dates

Here, we have listed GATE 2018 exam dates which are scheduled by IIT Roorkee. Given dates are announced earlier in the month of July 2017. The dates are given below:

Events Dates (official)
Application Form Start Date 1st September 2017
Application Form Last Date 10th October 2017 (extended)
Request for Change in City Last Date 16th November 2017
Correction in Application Form 15th to 26th November 2017
Admit Card Issue Date 6th January 2018
GATE 2018 Online Exam Date (CBT) 4, 5 & 11, 12 February 2018
Result Announcement Date 27th March 2018
Availability of Score Card 27th March to 26th May 2018

GATE Score used in Public sector Units for Job (Government Sectors)

The test is not a relatively new one. The GATE has been used as a tool for admitting candidates to post graduate courses in engineering from 1984. From 2012, the examination has also been used by the PSUs in their recruitment process.

The number of PSUs using the GATE score has steadily increased over the years and last year GATE score was used by around 37 PSU in the recruitment process. GATE 2017 score was also used for recruitment of positions in the Cabinet Secretariat in the Government of India.

As one of the country’s most popular and most competitive exams, GATE enables qualifying candidates to get access to get employed inPublic Sector Units (PSU) such as NTPC, BHEL, RITES, BSNL, HAL, ONGC, IOL, among others.

GATE Exam Held in other Countries for Indian Candidates

The stark difference between the previous GATE examinations and GATE 2018 is they are no longer confined to India but will also be conducted in six other countries namely Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

Similar to GATE 2017, the candidates this year will also be not allowed to use calculators for the exam. However, a virtual calculator will be available for the candidates’ use of the test interface

International Universities are Taking GATE Score for Admissions

Over the past few years, foreign universities have also started accepting GATE score as a standardized entry test for the Candidates.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technical University (NTU) are few of the foreign universities accepting GATE examination score for postgraduate admissions. Certain Universities in Germany like RWTH Aachen and TU Munich have made GATE score mandatory for Indian nationals to be considered for admission to post graduate courses

Pay package in Industries 

Some of the public sector companies have offered CTC as high as around 15 lakh for those candidates who score around 85 per cent in the recruitment/selection process.

The recruitment process will begin in early January where the candidate needs to apply to the various public sector companies individually and provide their registration number allotted in his/her hall ticket.

Most PSUs close their application window before the GATE examination is held. After the results are published by the organising institute tentatively on March 27, the PSUs will individually release a list of shortlisted candidates for the advertised positions for further recruitment stages.

Apart from GATE, certain PSUs at their discretion may also conduct a proficiency written test for the candidate in the domain of the PSU. However such test will not have high weight age in the recruitment process.

The unsteady job nature of the IT and service industry and the desire of the graduates to work in the core area of their engineering discipline has led to the increase in a number of candidates attempting GATE in the recent years.

Good understanding of the subject combined with practice will undoubtedly help the candidates in successfully clearing the test.

Revised Exam Pattern of GATE Exam

The exam consists of two sections with a total of 65 questions for 100 marks for three hours. In general, the questions for the exam are from three different areas namely general aptitude covering 15 marks in the test, engineering mathematics generally for around 10-13 marks of the test and the rest of the marks in the test will be from the core engineering area of the candidate.

The questions will be of both multiple choice type and fill in the blanks type. Whilst the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) have negative markings for wrong answers, the numerical fill in the blanks type questions do not have any negative marking scheme

GATE 2018 Reading Material

GATE 2018 Reference Books

Aerospace Books Architecture Books Biotechnology Books
MadeEasy Books Civil Engineering Books ECE Books
EEE Books CSE  Books Instrumentation Books
Life Science Books Mechanical Books XE books

GATE 2018 Model Papers

Aerospace Model Paper Architecture Model Paper Biotechnology Model Paper
Civil Model Paper Chemical Engineering Chemistry Model Paper
CSE Model Paper ECE Model Paper Ecology Model Paper
Geology Model paper Instrumentation Paper XL Model Paper
MEC Model Paper MT Model Paper MN Model Paper
PI Model Paper TF Model Paper XE Model Papers
MadeEasy Model Paper Civil Engineering Model EEE Model Paper
Mathematics Model Paper PY Model Paper Model Papers

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern/ Syllabus

 Aerospace Exam Pattern Architecture Exam Pattern Biotechnology Exam Pattern
Civil Exam Pattern CSE Exam Pattern EE Exam Pattern
ECE Exam Pattern Instrumentation Exam Pattern Life Science Exam Pattern
MEC Exam Pattern XE Exam Pattern AG Exam Pattern
CH Exam Pattern CY Exam Pattern GG Exam Pattern
MA Exam Pattern MN Exam Pattern MT Exam Pattern
PH Exam Pattern PI Exam Pattern PI Exam Pattern
TF Exam Pattern XL Exam Pattern Aerospace Syllabus

 GATE previous year question paper (1991-2017)

AE Question Papers Architecture Question Paper BT Question Papers
CE Question Papers CSE Question Paper EEE Question Paper
ECE Question Paper IN Question Papers XL Question Papers
MEC Question Paper XE Question Paper AG Question Papers
CH Question Papers CY Question Papers GG Question Papers
MA Question Papers MN Question Papers MT Question Papers
PH Question Papers PI Question Papers PI Question Paper
TF Question Paper XL Question Papers Aerospace syllabus

Pattern of Question Papers

  • In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which ten questions giving a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA).
  • In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • The papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2018 would contain questions of two different types of various papers

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
  • Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions
Section Question No. No of Question Marks per Question Total Marks
Gen. Apptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
Technical 1 to 25 25 1 25
Engg Maths 26 to 55 30 2 60

25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.

Numerical Answer Questions

There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer to these questions is a real number to be entered by using the mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.


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