GATE 2018 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern

GATE 2018 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

GATE 2018GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is one of the popular examinations of the country which is regulated jointly by 7 IITs (Guwahati, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Mumbai, Kanpur, Delhi and Chennai) and IISC rotationally. GATE is a gateway for eligible applicants to get admission in various PG engineering courses such as M.Tech, M.E offered by IITs, NITs, other GFTI and many other private institutions. The direct admission in Ph.D. course has also been done through GATE.  GATE 2018 will be organized by IIT Guwahati. Let’s have a look at the details of Notification GATE 2018- eligibility criteria, application form, exam date, admit card, syllabus etc.

GATE 2018 Application Last date extended to 9th October 2017

GATE 2018 Overview

  • Name of the Exam- GATE 2018 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
  • GATE 2018 Organizing Institute- IIT Guwahati  
  • Exam Level- All India Level Examination
  • Exam Type- Postgraduate Examination
  • Exam Date- February 03- 04 & February 10- 11, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)

GATE 2018 Notifications

  • GATE 2018 Official notification has released. And GATE 2018 Registration process will be started from 1st September 2017. 
  • GATE 2018 Application form: How to register for GATE- Check Here
  • Some Good Books to Prepare for GATE 2018- Check Here
  • How to Get Prepared for GATE 2018- Check Here

GATE 2018 Exam Schedule

GATE 2018 Examination
  • Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
  • Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
03rd February 2018 Saturday
04th February 2018 Sunday
10th February 2018 Saturday
11th February 2018 Sunday

GATE 2018: Important Dates

Gate 2018 Application Form Start September 01, 2017 (Friday)
Last date to apply October 09, 2017 (Thursday)
Last date of Request for Change in City November 17, 2017 (Friday)
Application Form Correction Second week of November 2017
GATE 2018 Admit Card Availability January 05, 2018 (Friday)
GATE 2018 Online Exam Date (CBT) February 03- 04 & February 10- 11, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)
Result declaration March 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Availability of Score Card Last week of May 2018

GATE 2018 Registration

  • GATE Registration 2017 will available via online mode only from 01, September 2017.
  • Candidates could complete their registration process through GOAPS.
  • The candidate had to fill his/her personal details online.
  • The candidate had to upload the certificate, scanned signature and photograph.
  • Application fee payment could be processed through online or offline by net banking or debit card or e-challan.

GATE for International Candidates

The examination shall be held for international candidates in Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E).

Eligibility Criteria

Qualifying degree Qualifying degree/examination Description of eligible applicants Year of qualifying cannot be later than
M.Sc/ M.A/ MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any of the system Sc./ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in 4th year or already completed 2018
B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Pharm Bachelor’s degree in eng./ tech. (4 year after 12th or 3 years of diploma in eng./tech.) & appearing applicants in final year of such program Currently in final year or already completed 2018
Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post B.Sc) Post-B.Sc integrated master’s degree course in eng./ technology (4th year program) Currently in 2nd/ 3rd/ 4th year or already completed 2020
B.Arch Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (5 years course) Currently in final year or already completed 2018
Int. M.E/ M.Tech or dual degree (after diploma or 12th) Integrated master’s degree program or dual degree program in eng./ tehc. (5 years program) Currently in 4th/ 5thyear or already completed 2019
B.Sc (Research)/ B.S Bachelor’s degree in Sc. (Post-diploma/4 years after 12th) Currently in 4th year or already completed 2018
Int. M.Sc/ Int. B.E-M.S Integrated M.Sc or 5 year integrated B.S-M.S program Currently in 4th year or already completed 2018
Professional society examinations (equivalent to B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Arch) B.E/ B.Tech/ B.Tech equivalent examinations of professional societies, recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e.g, AIME by Institution of eng.- India, AMICE by Institute of Civil engineers India) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

The applicants who have already completed their qualifying examination in 2018 or before have to submit the degree certificate/ provisional certificate. The appearing applicants are required to submit a certificate from the principal.

Check GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria Complete Details- Click Here

Application fee

For Examination Centres in India
All other candidates Rs. 1500
Female candidates Rs. 750
SC/ST/PwD* category candidates Rs. 750
For Examination Centres in Foreign Countries
Dubai and Singapore US$ 100
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu US$ 50

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

  • The examination will be conducted as Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • There will be total 23 papers in GATE.
  • There will be total 65 questions.
  • The examination will be of total 100 marks.
  • 55 questions will be based on the core subjects and engineering mathematics.
  • These 55 questions will be of total 85 marks and rest 10 questions will be of total 15 marks.
  •  The examination will be divided into two parts:
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)- These type of questions will be of total 1 or 2 marks. Each question will have four options and out of them, you have to choose the correct.
  • Numerical Answer Questions- These types of questions will be of 1 or 2 marks. Candidates need to answer by using the virtual keypad. There will be no options provided for this section.
  • Check GATE Exam Pattern 2018 for all Papers- Click Here
Section Question


No. of


Marks Per




General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5




1 to 25 25 1 25
26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions: 65 Total Marks: 100 Total Duration: 3 hours
Technical Section:

70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks Engineering Mathematics:

15 marks

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

GATE 2018 Syllabus

GATE syllabus comprises of 23 papers. GATE syllabus for all Paper- Check Here

Papers to Apply for GATE

Sno. Paper Code
1. Aerospace Engineering AE
2. Agricultural Engineering AG
3. Architecture and Planning AR
4. Biotechnology BT
5. Civil Engineering CE
6. Chemical Engineering CH
7. Computer Science & Information Technology CS
8. Chemistry CY
9. Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
10. Electrical Engineering EE
11. Engineering Sciences XE
12. Petrolium Engineering PE
13. Geology and Geophysics GG
14. Instrumentation Engineering IN
15. Life Sciences XL
16. Mathematics MA
17. Mechanical Engineering ME
18. Mining Engineering MN
19. Metallurgical Engineering MT
20. Physics PH
21. Production and Industrial Engineering PI
22. Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
23. Ecology and Evolution EY

GATE 2018 Applications Correction

  • The correction in application forms can be done from 2nd week of November 2017.
  • The changes will be done in category, gender & examination city.
  • All the corrections will done only through online mode.
  • There will be no challan payment accepted for correction.
  • Any kind of changes are not allowed in GATE paper.

Use of GATE 2018 Score

To shortlist the candidates for employment, several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) use GATE scores such as:

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
  • Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
  • Power Grid Corporation of India.
  • Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL)
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)

Direct recruitment to Group ‘A’ level posts in Central government such as:

  • Senior Research Officer (Crypto)
  • Senior Field Officer (Tele)
  • Senior Research Officer (S&T) in Cabinet Secretariat

GATE 2018 Admit Card

The GATE 2018 Admit Card will be available on the official site from 5th of January 2018. The candidates have to log in to the GOAPS by using their enrollment ID and email address. This is one of the most important documents to give this examination so make sure you keep it safe till the examination gets finished. Download GATE Admit Card 2018- Click Here

GATE 2018 Answer Key

The authority will release GATE Answer Key 2018 on to the official portal after the commencement of the examination by IIT. The answer key is the key which contains all the correct answer and with the help of it, candidates can estimate their result. Answer key will be available in PDF format. Download Answer Key- Click Here

Virtual Calculator

  • The virtual calculator will be provided during online examination.
  • It is the online calculator which contains all the operations and functions for carrying out calculations.
  • No physical calculator will be allowed in the examination hall.
  • For solving Numerical Answer Type Questions, students have to use the virtual calculator.

GATE 2018 Score Card

  • Score card reflects the candidate’s performance in entrance test.
  • The qualified candidates are provided with a GATE score card.
  • The Score Card will be having the validity of three years from the date of announcement of result.
  • From the 17th of March 2018, the facility to download the score card will be available.

GATE 2018 Cut Off

The cut off marks will be declared differently by each participating institute and it will also be distinct for different courses. Various public and private sector undertakings that consider GATE scores for employment purposes will also declare their own cut off marks. The cut off marks will be published in the official website. GATE Cut off Marks, Previous Years Cutoff and Expected cutoff Marks- Check Here

GATE 2018 Counseling Procedure

Indian institution of Technologies (IITs) will not engage in the activity of organizing a common GATE Counselling for granting admission to various PG courses. After the declaration of official GATE 2018 result, candidates have to register separately to various IITs. All the NITs will organize the Centralized Counselling for PG engineering programmes such as M.Arch. / M.Tech. /M.Plan. Procedure for GATE 2018 Counselling- Check Here

  • The procedure of counseling will be scheduled by CCMT (Centralized Counseling for M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan).
  • The counseling will start once the results for GATE 2017 will be declared.
  • The allotment of seats will be done on the basis of applicants’ performance in the written examination.

GATE 2018 Exam Syllabus

  • There will be total 23 papers in GATE 2018 and the applicants will have to choose only one paper as per their choice.
  • There will be a separate syllabus for each paper.
  • The applicants can check the detailed syllabus for each paper from the official website of GATE 2018.

Zone and Administrative Institutes for GATE 2018

Zone Administering Institute Zonal Websites
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
Zone-9 International GATE, IIT Guwahati

GATE 2018: Important Points

  • GATE 2018 will be conducted by IIT Guwahati.
  • GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) is an online interface that will allow you to fill the GATE 2018 application form.
  • Visit the GOAPS website or the website of the GATE 2018 Organizing Institute for filling the GATE application form.
  • It is mandatory for the SC/ST/PWD candidates to submit the category certificate if they want concession in their application.
  • Other category candidates are not required to upload the category certificate.
  • For fee submission you have to take the printout of challan then, go to any branch of the State Bank of India and pay the fee.
  • There is no need to send the print-out of the application form?
  • You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.
  • There is no limitations in the number of attempts for appearing the GATE and also no age limit.
  • There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark.
  • No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.
  • Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted.
  • GATE is held for 23 papers. Each paper has its unique paper code.
  • GATE is only conducted in online mode.
  • A virtual calculator is an online calculator which will be provided at the time of examination as detailed above.


  1. Is the BSc Agriculture graduates are eligible for GATE exam ? to take admission for MTech in food technology

  2. I have done mtech in nanotechnology ant want to do phd in nanotechnology subject coming under electronics and telecommunication??what should i do for phd entrance exam??

  3. I am doing btech in chemical engineering from iit delhi.this is my final year .I am eligible for GATE ?

  4. I studied diploma in mechanical and Amie in production sir could you help me which branch I am eligible for??

  5. I am 2016 pass out can I upload provisional certificate which i upload last year instead of degree certificate

  6. Sir I completed B.E in may 2017. But I have two backlogs.. I’ll clear that backlogs in Jan 2018. Am I eligible for gate 2018.

  7. Sir I have passed out in 2017 bt still my degree does not completed.there are 1 backlog which exam will be conduct by college in Dec 2017.can u tell me which document can be uploade at the place of provisional??

  8. Sir, I passed my examination in biophysics. Am I eligible for both the gate life science and gate biotechnoly? May I fill up the two forms in two subjects ?

  9. I am completing my M.Tech in Computer Science this week.And my M.Tech course is only for 2 years.I want to apply for PhD in Computer Science.So in Gate is the paper ànd syllabus different for the students completing B.Tech and for M.Tech students..?

  10. i m in my 2nd year now i want to do phd so how can i apply please let me know ?
    can i give gate xam for pursuing phd ??

  11. Hello Sir I have passed out BE in 2016 bt still my degree does not completed.there are 1 backlog which exam will be conduct by college in Dec 2017.can u tell me which document can be uploade at the place of provisional??