Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2018) is a national level examination that tests the comprehensive understanding of the candidates. Aspirants of M.Tech / M.Plan appear in GATE 2018 Exam so as to get admission in top engineering colleges in India that accept GATE scores. Also, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering opens up doors to get recruitment in Public Sector Units or PSUs with vacancies in technical positions.

GATE 2018 notification releases in the month of June. GATE 2018 is conducted by IISc & IITs together. GATE 2018 Organizing Institute is announced at the time of release of the notification. Stay up to date with day to day news on GATE 2018 exam here including notification, application form, admit card, answer key, result, counselling.

GATE 2018 Date of Exam February 2018
GATE 2018 Organising Institute IIT Guwahati (expected)
GATE 2018 Official Website (expected)

GATE 2018


The GATE exam has been used as the admission criteria for admitting candidates to post graduate courses in engineering since 1984. The exam’s toughness and well managerial sets of standards have led other public sector units to accept GATE score for recruitment purposes. The score that you receive in the GATE exam is valid for the duration of three consecutive years.

These statistics will give you an idea about how many candidates apply each year and how many crack the exam.

Year Gate takers  Qualified candidates Percentage
2016 818850 135392 16.53
2015 804463 121060 1.05
2014 889157 149694 16.84
2013 984855 1369699 13.88
2012 686614 108526 15.81

Once the result is published students will be required to attend the student counselling. The candidates will be required to apply separately to IITs, IISc and NITs into various pg courses and doctoral programmes.

GATE 2018 Eligibility: To appear for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering candidate 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.

The candidates need to apply separately to each of the IITs, IISc, NITs and other institutes / universities to seek admission to various post-graduate and doctoral programmes. The candidates have to visit the websites of the respective institutes / universities for details regarding the admission.

GATE 2018 Syllabus

The complete syllabus of GATE 2018 is given on the official website. Brief GATE 2018 Syllabus is also given here for your reference. All the papers have General Aptitude questions, of the following type.

  • 5 Questions of 1 mark each.
  • 5 Questions of 2 marks each.
  • Total marks for GA is 15.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam comprises of two sections with 65 questions out of 100 marks. The time allowed to complete the task is 3 hours. In general, the questions for the exam consist of topics from three different subjects (i) general aptitude which covers 15 marks out of 100 (ii) engineering mathematics where you get questions of around 10-13 marks (iii) and the rest of the marks in the test will be from engineering area selected by the candidate.

The questions are multiple choice and fill in the blanks type in nature. The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) have negative marking for every wrong answer marked while fill in the blanks do not have negative marking scheme.

Negative Marking : For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions (MCQs), there would be negative marking. However, there is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

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

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.

Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.

GATE 2018 Important Dates

GATE 2018 Important Event GATE 2018 Date
Notification June 2017
Commencement of form submission August 2017
Last date of Online Application October 2017
Availability of GATE 2018 admit card January 2018
GATE Exam Date February 2018
GATE Result declaration date March 2018

GATE 2018 Application Form

Interested candidates can go through the eligibility criteria of GATE and then fill the online application form. A period of around one month is given to complete the process. The application procedure remains same for International candidates.

GATE 2018 Admit Card

The admit card of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is made available for download as per the schedule. It is released online only. candidates must carry the GATE 2018 admit card along with one original identification card to exam center.

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.

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