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GATE 2018 exam dates are 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th February 2018. The admit card for GATE 2018 has been released online. Candidates who successfully register for the exam can download their admit card by entering details such as Enrollment ID / Email Address and Password. The GATE 2018 admit card will consist of the basic information about the exam such as date, timings and its venue. There are 23 subject papers of GATE exam. The application process for GATE 2018 ended on October 09, 2018. Refer to GATE 2018 syllabus of that paper which you are appearing in. Also, it is important to know exam schedule, which is given date wise and branch wise, to know on which date and session you will appear for the exam. Get here complete details of GATE 2018 such as dates, syllabus, registration, GOAPS, login, admit card, result, cut off, recruitment.

Latest: GATE 2018 Admit card has been issued online on January 04, 2018. Get it from the “Admit card” link below.

GATE 2018

GATE 2018 is a national level entrance exam. It tests your understanding of undergraduate subjects in engineering/technology/architecture. Scores and rank of GATE 2018 will be used for admission to ME / M.Tech / M.Arch / direct PhD. In addition, it is also a gateway for PSU Recruitment 2018. All events of GATE 2018 are taking place as per following schedule.

Event Date
GATE 2018 Registration started on 01 Sep 2017
Last date to submit online application form 09 Oct 2017
Application form correction request sending through email started on 25 Sep 2017
Application form correction through GOAPS started on 24 Oct 2017
Last date to correct mistakes in form through GOAPS 28 Oct 2017
Last date to request exam city change 17 Nov 2017
GATE 2018 Admit Card download starts 04 Jan 2018
GATE 2018 exam 03, 04, 10, 11 Feb 2018
Issuance of answer keys, unofficial (expected) One or two days after exam
Issuance of answer keys, official (expected) 1st week of Mar 2018
GATE 2018 Result declaration 17 Mar 2018

Please note that you must have admit card and photo identity to appear for exam.

GATE 2018 Exam Schedule

Date Time Paper(s)
03 February 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 – 12:00 hrs (IST) (Forenoon Session) ME, EY, PE, XE, XL
03 February 2018 (Saturday) 14:00 – 17:00 hrs (IST) (Afternoon Session) ME, AE, MA, PI
04 February 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 – 12:00 hrs (IST) (Forenoon Session) CS, MN
04 February 2018 (Sunday) 14:00 – 17:00 hrs (IST) (Afternoon Session) AG, AR, BT, CH, CY, GG, IN, MT, PH, TF
10 February 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 – 12:00 hrs (IST) (Forenoon Session) EC
10 February 2018 (Saturday) 14:00 – 17:00 hrs (IST) (Afternoon Session) EE
11 February 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 – 12:00 hrs (IST) (Forenoon Session) CE
11 February 2018 (Sunday) 14:00 – 17:00 hrs (IST) (Afternoon Session) CE

GATE 2018 Mock Test

Mock test for GATE 2018 is available now. Candidates can prepare for the exam by taking the mock test. Candidates can give the mock test through the link which has been provided below.

GATE 2018 Syllabus

Syllabus of GATE 2018 is officially available. Since each subject paper has a different syllabus, therefore you should download and refer only that subject syllabus of GATE 2018 for which you have applied.

Official GATE Syllabus for AE (Aerospace Engineering), AG (Agricultural Engineering), AR (Architecture and Planning), BT (Biotechnology), CE (Civil Engineering), CH (Chemical Engineering), CS (Computer Sc. and Information Technology), CY (Chemistry), EC (Electronics and Communication Engg.), EE (Electrical Engineering), EY (Ecology and Evolution), GG (Geology and Geophysics), IN (Instrumentation Engineering), MA (Mathematics), ME (Mechanical Engineering), MN (Mining Engineering), MT (Metallurgical Engineering), PE (Petroleum Engineering), PH (Physics), PI (Production and Industrial Engineering), TF (Textile Engineering and Fibre Science), XE (Engineering Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics, Materials Science, Solid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Polymer Science and Engineering, Food Technology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), XL (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology) is available at gate.iitg.ac.in as well as here.

GATE 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for GATE 2018 has been released on January 04, 2018, The applicants will be able to download the admit card by online mode only. No candidate will receive their Admit Card by post. The candidates will be able to download the GATE 2018 Admit Card by entering their Enrollment Number/ Email ID and Password. It is important that the candidate should carry the printed copy of the GATE Admit Card to the exam center. The admit card must be printed on an A4 size paper using a laser printer preferably color. Apart from the GATE Admit Card 2018, the candidate should also carry an original valid photo ID proof among Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar-UID, College ID, Employee ID and Driving License on the day of the exam to test center.

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GATE Exam Pattern

It is important to know GATE exam pattern to be familiar with examination. Preparation must be done with exam pattern of GATE in mind.

  • GATE is a computer based test.
  • There will be two types of questions namely MCQs and NATs in the exam.
    • MCQs are Multiple choice questions. The questions will be followed by options, out of which one will be most appropriate and has to be marked as answer.
    • NATs are Numerical answer type questions. The answer to these questions will either be integers or decimals. Also, an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors.
  • Some questions will be of 1 mark and some will be of 2 marks.
  • Only MCQs will have negative marking.
  • For a 1 mark question, there will be 1/3 negative marking. Whereas for a 2 marks question, there will be 2/3 negative marking.
  • There will be overall 65 questions of 100 marks.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern of AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE

  • Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks.
  • General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks.
  • Remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern of AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL

  • General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks.
  • Remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

How To Prepare For GATE?

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 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.

GATE 2018 Application Form Correction

You can make corrections in GATE application form as per instructions laid down by IIT Guwahati. Initially, when GATE 2018 information brochure was released, details of form correction were not available. However later details became available. Key details of form correction are as follows.

  • You can send email to zonal GATE office to request correction in name, DOB, name of parent, degree.
  • On the other hand, IITG has opened GOAPS for a limited time for change in category, gender, PWD status.
  • Additional fee amount is applicable for gender, category, PWD status change.

It is of utmost importance to ensure that final details in application form are correct.

Answer Key

IITG will release GATE 2018 answer key on the official website. There will be individual question papers and answer keys for every paper and session. Candidates will be allowed to submit discrepancies or challenges against official GATE 2018 answer key in a limited amount of time. Last year the answer key was issued by coaching centers a day after exam, and around two weeks later by IIT. Format of official answer keys is PDF file consisting of questions and answers.

Result and Scorecard

  • Declaration of GATE 2018 result will be online at GOAPS.
  • Those who will have appeared in exam can keep GOAPS Enrollment ID, and password ready to check result of GATE exam 2018.
  • GATE 2018 result date of declaration is March 17, 2018. However it has been observed that result usually comes one day prior to assigned date.
  • Qualifying cut off score is fixed by IITs on basis of exam difficulty level, average candidate performance, and minimum expectations of course.
  • Candidates can download scorecard and participate in IITs GATE counselling and CCMT counselling for admission.
  • GATE 2018 scorecard will be valid for a period of 3 years.


GATE Online Application Processing System is portal where aspirants apply, download admit card, check result. Here they can also check application status. Enrolment ID, registration ID and date of birth are login credentials for GOAPS. For GATE 2018, GOAPS is at IIT Guwahati website of GATE exam at gate.iitg.ac.in.

GATE Cut Off

The cut off for the past years has been mentioned here for your reference as to give you an idea about the expected GATE 2018 cut off. 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.

Year 2017
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
Year 2016
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 # of candidates Registered # of candidates Appeared # of candidates 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


A complete list of GATE 2018 papers and corresponding codes are given in the table below. Candidates must mention only one subject paper in the application form.

S.No. GATE 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 and Information Technology CS
8 Chemistry CY
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
10 Electrical Engineering EE
11 Ecology and Evolution EY
12 Geology and Geophysics GG
13 Instrumentation Engineering IN
14 Mathematics MA
15 Mechanical Engineering ME
16 Mining Engineering MN
17 Metallurgical Engineering MT
18 Petroleum Engineering PE
19 Physics PH
20 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
21 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
22 Engineering Sciences XE
23 Life Sciences XL

GATE Application Form 2018

GATE 2018 application form was released online. Eligible candidates were required to do GATE 2018 registration from the GOAPS. The registration for GATE 2018 generated a GOAPS Enrollment ID and Password, which the candidates can now use to Login. The steps to apply for GATE 2018 are mentioned below for the reference of the candidates.

  • Steps involved in filling up GATE 2018 registration are all online.
  • Enter name, date of birth, personal mobile number, parents’ name, parents’ mobile number, address, education, GATE paper in the application form.
  • Upload photograph and signature.
  • Pay application fee (Rs 750 for female or SC / ST / PwD candidates / Rs 1500 for other candidates) using net banking / credit card / debit card. In the event that examination center has been opted outside India, then application fee is US$ 50 for Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu, and US$ 100 for Dubai and Singapore.
  • Candidates need not send hard copy of filled in registration of GATE 2018 in offline mode to IIT Guwahati.
  • Application status is displayed after form is submitted.

GATE Eligibility 2018

Candidates must check GATE 2018 eligibility criteria before applying.

  • Those who have any of the following degrees can apply for GATE 2018.
    • BE / B.Tech / B.Pharma 4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc / Diploma in engineering
    • B.Arch
    • B.Sc (Research) / B.S.
    • M.Sc / MA / MCA or equivalent masters degree in any branch of science / mathematics / statistics / computer applications or equivalent
    • Integrated ME / M.Tech post B.Sc
    • Integrated M.Sc or Integrated BS-MS
    • Professional society exams that are equivalent to BE / B.Tech / B.Arch
  • It is equally important to note that for GATE 2018 there is no age limit.
  • Year of qualifying qualifying exam should be no later than 2018 for BE / B.Tech / B.Pharm / B.Arch / B.Sc Research / B.S. / M.Sc / MA / MCA / Integrated M.Sc / Integrated BS-MS.
  • Year of qualifying qualifying exam should be no later than 2019 for Integrated ME / M.Tech of Dual Degree after Diploma or 10+2, and 2020 for Integrated ME / M.Tech post B.Sc.

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