GATE 2018 Examination schedule released Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus, Applications, Admit Cards

GATE 2018 Exam Dates have been released by the exam conducting authority. GATE 2018 exam will be managed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. It is a national level examination. This examination is organized for providing admission to the PG degree courses. Through this exam, students will get admission to various IITs, IISc, NITs and many others Institutions all over the country. Candidates can check this article to get detailed information about GATE Exam Dates 2018.

GATE 2018 Exam Schedule Released: Examination schedule released for GATE 2018, Check the examination schedule on the official website of GOAPS. The results will be announced on March 17, 2018. GATE 2018 Schedule, GATE 2018 Exam Date, GATE 2018, GATE Dates, GATE Time Table: GATE 2018 exam will be conducted from February 3 to February 11 next year. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 exams will be held in two sessions on February 3, 4, 10 and 11. According to the schedule released recently, Mechanical Engineering (ME), Engineering Sciences (XE), Life Sciences (XL), Ecology and Evolution (EY) and Petroleum Engineering (PE) GATE 2018 exams will be held on February 3 on the forenoon session. ME GATE 2018 exam also will be held scheduled for the afternoon session on the same day. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati is the official organisor of GATE 2018.

GATE 2018 examinations for 23 papers will be conducted across eight (8) sessions as per the following schedule:(Order: Date, Time, Session and Papers):

  1. 03 February 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 - 12:00 hrs (Forenoon Session): ME, EY, PE, XE, XL
  2. 03 February 2018 (Saturday) 14:00 - 17:00 hrs (Afternoon Session): ME, AE, MA, PI
  3. 04 February 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 - 12:00 hrs (Forenoon Session): CS, MN
  4. 04 February 2018 (Sunday) 14:00 - 17:00 hrs (Afternoon Session): AG, AR, BT, CH, CY, GG, IN, MT, PH, TF
  5. 10 February 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 - 12:00 hrs (Forenoon Session): EC
  6. 10 February 2018 (Saturday) 14:00 - 17:00 hrs (Afternoon Session): EE
  7. 11 February 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 - 12:00 hrs (Forenoon Session): CE
  8. 11 February 2018 (Sunday) 14:00 - 17:00 hrs (Afternoon Session): CE

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission or financial assistance to master's programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering or Technology or Architecture and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies.  Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship /assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory.

GATE exam is held by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Roorkee on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Apart from its academic use, the GATE 2018 scores are also mandatory for job applications in several Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

Note: Admit Card will be available in the online application portal of GOAPS (for printing). The results will be announced on March 17, 2018. After the announcement of the result, candidates have to appear for the counseling process. The counseling process will be started in the month of April 2018.

The mock examination links for GATE 2018 are given below (These links are best viewed in Internet Explorer).:

GATE 2018 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an national level entrance exam for admission to PG courses in the field of engineering and technology. Candidates can get admissions into M.Tech./Ph.D. programmes in IITs , IISc, IISERs and other reputed institutions through GATE score. Every year, GATE is organized by the seven zonal IITs and an IISc on rotational basis. This year, GATE exam is conducted by IIT, Guwahati. Apart from granting admission, the score of gate exam is also considered as one of the criteria for recruitment to government and private organizations working in technical fields. Aspirants can check here complete details about GATE 2018 Entrance Examination.

Mock links are live now. See this link for details.

GATE 2018 Admit Card
Admit card can be downloadable from the GOAPS website. It will not be sent via email/post. The successfully registered candidates will be able to download the GATE 2018 admit card on 5th January 2018. With the printed copy of admit card, students also need to bring one identification proof to the examination hall.

ID proof may be any of these:
Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License. From international students, only valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID will be accepted as ID proof.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern
The detailed GATE 2018 exam pattern is given below:
Course: GATE is conducted for M.Tech./Ph.D. programme in IITs , IISc and various other institutions.
Number of Papers: GATE 2018 is held for total 23 papers. Candidates are allowed to appear in only one of the 23 papers.
Mode of Examination: The examination mode will be online only (CBT).
Exam Duration: The examination duration will be 3 hours.
Number of Questions: Total 65 questions of maximum 100 marks will be asked in GATE 2018.
Type of Questions: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) & Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT) will appear in GATE examination. For MCQ, 4 choices will be provided while there will be no options provided for NAT. Students are required to enter the real number in Numerical Answer Type Questions with the help of virtual keypad.
Section Common in All GATE Papers: General Aptitude (GA) section is common in all papers. It will contain total 150 questions of maximum 15 marks (5 questions of 1 mark and 5 questions of 2 marks).
New Section: In the paper of XE, new section (H) namely Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017.
Marking Scheme: MCQ and NAT questions will carry 1 or 2 marks in all papers.
Negative Marking: There will be a negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark. Likewise, for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted. No negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions.

Exam Pattern For All Papers Except GG, XE, XL:

25 questions of 1 mark each.
30 questions of 2 marks each.
10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper GG:
Part A – 25 questions of 1 mark each. This part is common for all candidates.
Part B – 30 questions of 2 marks each. This part has two sections, section-1 is of Geology and section-2 is of Geophysics.
10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XE:
Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory Section) – Total 11 questions will be asked. 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each. It is common to all candidates.
Any two of XE sections from B to H – 22 questions. 9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks.
10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XL:
Section P – Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains total 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks).
Any two of XL sections Q to U – Total 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks).
10 questions from GA.

GATE Virtual Calculator:
GATE virtual calculator is the online calculator which contains all the operations and functions for carrying out calculations. The virtual calculator will be provided during online examination. No physical calculator will be allowed in the examination hall. Students have to use the virtual calculator for solving Numerical Answer Type Questions.

It is known that GATE is held for 23 papers. Syllabus for each discipline is different. For an effective preparation, it is important to know each and every topic from where the questions will be asked. It is hard to describe the complete syllabus of GATE in few lines. However, the students can download the official PDF of GATE 2018 syllabus for AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, XE, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF and XL.

How to Prepare For GATE 2018
Preparation for GATE 2018 needs lot of hard work and dedication. Candidates are advised to study sincerely without getting unduly stressed out. Here are the few tips for preparing the GATE 2018:

  1. Go through the syllabus of the paper for which you are preparing the exam.
  2. Plan your daily and weekly time table.
  3. Decide your study hours.
  4. Know your weakness and strength.
  5. Practice Previous Years Question Paper
  6. Practice online Mock Tests.
  7. Refer GATE Books that covers the entire syllabus.
  8. Most importantly, take care of your health.

GATE 2018 Answer Key
GATE 2018 answer key will be released by the authority after the completion of exam. It is expected that the exam will end in the second week of February 2018. The authority will provide the answer key separately for each discipline. Answer key challenge facility will also open on payment of a nominal fee.

GATE 2018 Result: 
GATE 2018 result will be published on the GOAPS portal of GATE website. Result is likely to be announced on 17th March 2018. After the declaration of result, GATE Score cards will be available for the candidates who secure marks equal or more than the cut-off marks.

GATE 2018 Score Card
The qualified candidates are provided with a GATE score card which has the validity of three years from the date of announcement of result. GATE 2018 score card reflects the candidate’s performance in entrance test. The facility to download the score card will be available from the last week of March 2018.

GATE 2018 Cut Off:
GATE Cut off marks will decide the candidate’s eligibility for admission to IITs and IISc. It is the factor which decides whether candidates is qualified in exam or not. GATE 2018 cut off marks varies stream-wise and category-wise. The cut-off marks for reserved category candidates are primarily low than the unreserved category candidates.

GATE 2018 Counselling:
No common counselling will be conducted by IITS for providing admission to PG courses. Students have to apply individually to the IITs when the admission notification will be released. NITs organizes the Centralized Counselling for M.Tech. / M.Arch./ M.Plan. Admissions (CCMT). It is the common counselling conducted by NITs every year. Counselling is purely based on GATE 2018 scores.

GATE Registration 2018
The brief details of GATE Registration is given below:

  1. All the candidates have to apply online only.
  2. GATE registration 2018 was started from the 1st September 2017.
  3. Last date for registration was extended till 9th October 2017.
  4. The authority provides a period of approx one month for the application process.
  5. Aspirants have to fill GATE 2018 application form through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  6. Candidates have to register as a “New User”.
  7. After successful registration, they will get the access to GOAPS.
  8. Due to last minute rush, the mandatory verification of email and mobile number (before submitting the GATE application form) was relaxed.
  9. Candidates will be able to submit the application form now without verifying the email address and mobile number.
  10. Thereafter, they are required to login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password.
  11. While filling the application form, students need to upload scanned photograph, signature, degree certificate or category certificate.
  12. Pay the application fee through online mode before the due date.
  13. However, candidates will be required to verify the email and mobile number later by login to GOAPS.
  14. Take printout of the application for further use.

Registration Fee:
Candidates can pay the application fee via Net banking, debit card or e-challan. GATE 2018 registration fee details is given below:

Category Application Fee
Women Candidates Rs. 750/-
SC/ST/PwD Candidates Rs. 750/-
All Other Candidates Rs. 1500/-
GATE International Candidates US Dollars 50

GATE Eligibility Criteria
Candidates can check GATE eligibility criteria. In order to fill the GATE application form 2018, students should have any one of the qualification as mentioned below:

Qualification Required Description about the Qualifying Degree Status of the Degree Year of Passing
B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm 4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B.Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply. Pursuing final year examination or completed 2018
B.Arch 5-years bachelor’s degree in Architecture Pursuing final year examination or completed 2018
B.Sc. Research/B.S. 4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2) Pursuing final year examination or completed 2018
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in final year or completed 2018
Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.) 4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology Presently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed 2010
Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) 5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology Currently in 4th/5th year or completed 2019
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B. S./M. S. program Pursuing final year examination or completed 2018
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./B.Arch B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India) Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA

How to Fill GATE 2018 Application Form, Step by Step Form Filling Procedure:
Here, we have mentioned the steps involves in the application procedure of GATE 2018:
Step-1: Online Registration
Step-2: Fill the Application Form
Step-3: Upload Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb Impression & Other Documents
Step-4: Fee Payment
Before payment, candidates will be shown a ‘preview’ of application. Here, candidates can review and check the application for any errors.
After clicking on “Confirm  and  Final  Submit” button, no changes will be allowed at later stages.
There is no need to send the print-out of filled-in application form to the GATE office.

Documents/ Data Requirement for Filling the Application Form (Indian Candidates):
  1. Personal information (name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, etc.). Please note that the name of the candidate in the application form must exactly be the same as that in the qualifying degree certificate or the certificate issued by the Head of the Department/Institute in which the candidate is pursuing his/her study. GATE 2018 scorecard will be issued as per the name entered in the application form. Prefix/title such as Mr/Shri/Dr/Mrs/Smt, etc. should NOT be used before name.
  2. Address for Communication (including PIN code)
  3. Eligibility degree details
  4. College name and address with PIN code
  5. GATE paper (subject)
  6. Choice of GATE examination cities
  7. High quality image of candidate’s photograph conforming to the requirements specified
  8. Good quality image of candidate’s signature conforming to the requirements specified
  9. Scanned copy of the Eligibility Certificate in pdf format (Degree Certificate or Provisional Certificate or Certificate from the Head of the Department/ Institute  (format specified in Appendix A of the Information Brochure)
  10. Scanned copy of Category (SC/ST) certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  11. Scanned copy of PwD Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  12. Scanned copy of Dyslexic Certificate (if applicable) in pdf format
  13. Details of the valid Identity Document* (ID) (The same ID, in original, should be carried to the examination hall)
  14. Net-banking/debit card/credit card details for fee payment
  15. *Valid Identity Document: Passport/ PAN card/ Voter ID/ Aadhaar-UID/ College ID/ Employee ID/ Driving License
Note: International candidates should have completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or Post-graduate (M.Sc.) degree in any relevant science subject.At  the time of filling the application form, students have to upload their proof of qualification eligibility. Students who have passed the qualifying degree in 2017 or before are required to submit the degree certificate/provisional certificate while the other candidates have to upload certificate from Principal/head of the institution.

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