GATE 2018 Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern and other Complete Details

GATE 2018 Exam Date, Eligibility, Pattern and other Complete Details

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GATE 2018

GATE 2018 Date of Exam February 2018
GATE 2018 Organising Institute IIT Guwahati (expected)
GATE 2018 Official Website (expected)
Notification of GATE 2018 is expected to be released in June 2017.

Dates of examination

GATE 2018 is expected to be held in January or February 2018. Date of examination will be notified through advertisement which is expecetd to be released in June.

It is conducted on behalf of NCB (National Coordinating Board) with the joint collaboration of 8 zones divided across the country:-

  • 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.

GATE 2018 Exam Conducting Body

Annually, the responsibility to conduct the GATE is handled rotationally by one of the above mentioned zones. Last year, IIT Roorkee organised GATE. The website also changes as per the organising institution changes.

GATE 2018 Papers

Annually, more than 9 lakh candidates apply to appear for the test in which they have to select one of the 23 papers. The subject as per the code is mentioned that the candidate also have to mention in the application form. The papers included are as follows:-

GATE Disciplines with code

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and Planning AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Biotechnology BT Mining Engineering MN
Civil Engineering CE Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemical Engineering CH Petroleum Engineering PE
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Physics PH
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Electrical Engineering EE Engineering Sciences XE
Ecology and Evolution EY Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geophysics GG

Highlights of GATE Exam

  1. In XE (Engineering Science) a new section was introduced in last paper, in XE called Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Therefore, the number of sections has increased to 8 (From A-H).
  2. The exams are held in 2 sessions instead of 1.
  3. GATE is also conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates. The International candidates should have completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science in relevant subject or are in the final year of the program.

Important dates for GATE 2018

Event Date
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through official Website 01st week of October 2017
Last Date for Request for modification in application 3rd week of November 2017
Availability of Admit Card 01st week of January 2018
GATE 2017 Online Examination 1st week of Feb to 2nd week of Feb 2018
Announcement of Results 04th week of March 2018

GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Anyone with B.E./ B.Tech./ B.Pharm./B. Arch./ B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S./ M. Sc./ M.A./MCA or equivalent/ Int. M.E/ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.)/ Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)/Int. M.Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S. can apply for GATE. All these candidate must have an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution.

Application form filling procedure for GATE 2018

To Apply for the GATE examination candidate will visit the official website of the organising institute. The link will be available on the site using which, the candidate will furnish their basic details and also Upload their recent taken photograph, signature, thumb impression along with other relevant documents.

The valid document accepted might be graduation certificate, category certificate. Once all these details are verified by the candidate, an integrated payment gateway shall open. You may be required to pay the fee through net-banking or debit card or e-challan. Pick any suitable mode. The institute also allows you to check the status of your application. The following may be displayed on the computer screen: Received, Under Scrutiny, Accepted, Defect Status, Status after Rectification, Rejected with Valid Reasons, Admit Card Ready for Download, etc.

Application fees

As there is no official notification available for 2018 GATE, we are mentioning here the fees charged on the candidates as per last year

  • All other candidates- Rs. 1500/-
  • SC/ST/PH and women candidate Rs. 750/-
  • GATE international candidates- US $ 50

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE is computer based (CBT). The questions asked are mostly fundamental, concept based and thought provoking.

Section Question Number Number of Questions Marks per question Total marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
Technical 1 to 25 25 1 25
Engineering Mathematics 26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions- 65 Total Marks- 100 Total duration- 3 Hrs.
Technical Section- 70 marks General Aptitude- 15 marks Engineering mathematics- 15 marks
25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions

GATE 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus provided here constitutes the components such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communications, Computer Science and Information Technology and  Instrumentation Engineering. Let us see the syllabus in detail. If you are looking forward to appear for the GATE 2018, then you must cover all the topics by heart. Choose The specialization from the below mentioned subjects and prepare ot it.

1 Civil Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geomatics Engineering

2 Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Applied Mechanics and Design
  • Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences
  • Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering

3 Electrical Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Signals and Systems
  • Electrical Machines
  • Power Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Measurements
  • Analog and Digital Electronics
  • Power Electronics

4 Electronics and Communications

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Networks, Signals and Systems
  • Electronic Devices
  • Analog Circuits
  • Digital Circuits
  • Control Systems
  • Communications
  • Electromagnetics

5 Computer Science and Information Technology

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Digital Logic
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Programming and Data Structures
  • Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Compiler Design
  • Operating System
  • Databases
  • Computer Networks

6 Instrumentation Engineering

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Measurements
  • Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
  • Communication and Optical Instrumentation

GATE 2018 Admit Card

Admit cards shall be issued through the medium of GOAPS tentatively by 01st week of January 2018. It is better to bring a printed copy of the admit card to the test centre along with the original identification card. You  may bring any one of the following:-

(i) Passport, Voter ID, PAN Card, Aadhaar UID, Employee identification card, Valid College ID or Driving License is valid.

(ii) For International candidates, ONLY a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID is valid.

Special Note- You are aslo advised to be present at the centre at least 1 hour before the exam commences.

Cut off of past years

The cut off for the past years has been mentioned here for your reference as to give you an idea about the expected cut off for 2018. We know that the exact cut off cannot be confirmed but we are sure that it shall at least prepare you for what might be coming next.

Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 28.70 25.8 19.10
ME 32.87 29 21
EE 25.20 25.20 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 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
Stream Gen OBC SC/ST/PH
CE 25.00 22.50 16.60
ME 29.60 26.60 19.70
EE 25.10 22.50 16.70
EC 25.00 22.50 16.60
CS 25.00 22.50 16.60
IN 31.60 28.40 21.00
PI 26.40 23.70 17.50


Year Registered Appeared Qualified % appeared % qualified
2016 971831 818850 135392 84.26 16.53
2015 927580 804463 121060 86.73 15.05
2014 1033625 889157 149694 86.02 16.84
2013 1200728 984855 136699 82.02 13.88
2012 777134 686614 108526 88.35 15.81
2011 612568 686614 96239 91.17 17.23
2010 460541 686614 59853 91.33 14.23
2009 230341 212130 35273 92.09 16.63
2008 184672 166027 31694 89.90 19.09
2007 168917 153822 44387 91.06 28.86

How to prepare for GATE 2018?

Once you have decided to appear for the GATE exam, preparation needs to begin. An effective strategy to prepare for GATE is when you are clear on the three points.

  1. Which paper you wish to appear for, and whether you are eligible for the same.
  2. Know the syllabus for GATE.
  3. Have a clear plan of action for GATE preparation.

Determine the eligibility and go through the GATE 2018 syllabus. A good plan for GATE exam preparation must have the following points.

  • Study hours – Study at least 5 hours every day. Divide your time between studying theory, practising questions, and solving mock tests.
  • Books – Refer to the important books for GATE preparation.
  • Question papers – For self analysis, and understanding the level of difficulty as well as the examination pattern, go through last year papers. GATE Papers of past years of all subjects are available online.
  • GATE online preparation – Refer to online preparation resources for GATE exam. Some very useful videos can be viewed for free at NPTEL.
  • Check out the GATE exam preparation strategy for an in depth guide on how to prepare for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.