GATE 2018: Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Notification

GATE 2018GATE 2018 Exam Dates have been released now. GATE (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. 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.

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GATE 2018 Notification – Exam Dates Released

newiconGATE 2018 Exam Dates have been released now. The application form will be available from 1st September 2017. Check Below for dates.

GATE 2018 Exam Date

GATE 2018 exam dates have been declared now. Candidates may check official dates below.

EventsDates (Announced)
Commencement of Online Application Form1st September 2017
Last Date of Application Form Submission5th October 2017
Last Date to request for change in examination city17th November 2017
Admit Card Availability5th January 2018
GATE 2018 Exam Date3rd, 4th February & 10th, 11th January 2018
Answer Key Released OnWithin a few days after examination
Result Declaration17th March 2018
Downloading of Score Card BeginsLast week of March 2018 to Last week of May 2018
Counselling CommenceSecond week of April 2018

GATE Registration 2018

The brief details of GATE Registration is given below:

  • All the candidates have to apply online only.
  • GATE registration 2018 will be started from the 1st September 2017.
  • The registration will be end till the 5th October 2017.
  • The authority will provide a period of approx one month for the application process.
  • Aspirants have to fill GATE 2018 application form through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).
  • Candidates have to register as a “New User”.
  • After successful registration, they will get the access to GOAPS.
  • Thereafter, they are required to login using GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password.
  • While filling the application form, students need to upload scanned photograph, signature, thumb impression, degree certificate or category certificate.
  • International candidates are also eligible to apply.
  • GATE 2018 will be conducted in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.
  • Application procedure for international candidates is same as Indians.
  • International candidates must possess a valid passport to apply.

Registration Fee

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

CategoryApplication Fee
Women CandidatesRs. 750/-
SC/ST/PwD CandidatesRs. 750/-
All Other CandidatesRs. 1500/-
GATE International CandidatesUS 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 RequiredDescription about the Qualifying DegreeStatus of the DegreeYear of Passing
B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm4-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 completed2018
B.Arch5-years bachelor’s degree in ArchitecturePursuing final year examination or completed2018
B.Sc. Research/B.S.4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2)Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or


Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in final year or completed2018
Int. M.E/M.Tech


4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / TechnologyPresently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed2010
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/TechnologyCurrently in 4th/5th year or completed2019
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 completed2018
Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./B.ArchB.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



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.

GATE 2018 Application Form Correction

Minor modifications will be permitted in the GATE 2018 application form. The correction will be allowed only after the submission of application form. In case, if any mistake has committed by the candidate in application then, he/she has to sent an email subjecting “Correction in data (Enrollment Number)” along with the document proof.

GATE Corrections/Modifications will be granted in the following fields:

  • Name of Candidate
  • DOB
  • Name of Parent/Guardian
  • Status from Gen to OBC and OBC to General
  • Have you graduated in the above degree?
  • Year of Qualifying Degree

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.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) is an online interface that will allow you to fill the GATE 2018 application form. Candidates are simply required to visit the GOAPS website or from the website of the GATE 2018 Organizing Institute for filling the GATE application form.

Answer: You are required to upload a declaration from your college Principal (Head of Institute/Dean/Registrar/Head of Department) along with the signature and seal.

Answer: Yes, 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.

Answer: Firstly, you have to take the printout of challan then, go to any branch of the State Bank of India and pay the fee.

Answer: You can check the status of your application by logging into GOAPS website.

Answer: There is no limitations in the number of attempts for appearing the GATE and also no age limit.

Answer: 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.

Answer: As, GATE is held for 23 papers. Each paper has its unique paper code. For example – Paper code for Electronics and Communication Engineering is EC, for Chemical Engineering it is CH, etc.

Answer: No. GATE is only conducted in online mode.

Answer: It is the online calculator which will provided at the time of examination. It contains all the functions and operators that allows you to do calculations. The virtual calculator will be shown on the computer screen while appearing the exam.

Still any question, leave your comment.

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.

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:

  • Go through the syllabus of the paper for which you are preparing the exam.
  • Plan your daily and weekly time table.
  • Decide your study hours.
  • Know your weakness and strength.
  • Practice Previous Years Question Paper
  • Practice online Mock Tests.
  • Refer GATE Books that covers the entire syllabus.
  • 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.

Check Previous Years Answer Keys

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.

If candidates have any query regarding GATE 2018, they can leave their comments below.

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  1. rupz says:

    sir, i have completed my final year be.but,have 1 backlog of of 3rd year
    can i be applicable to fill form of gate 2018

  2. Parth vyas says:

    Hello sir i am in B.Tech 3 rd year. So i hvae eligible for this year gate examination?
    Please tell me?

  3. Parth vyas says:

    Hello sir i am in B.Tevh 3 rd year. So i hvae eligible for this year gate examination?
    Please tell me?

  4. shuaib says:

    I need details of core book of gate preparation

  5. Sandeep says:

    I am in MCA Final year. I am eligible for the GATE examination in 2018?

  6. Sandeep says:

    How to prepare for GATE?

  7. Ashika Chawhan says:

    I am in 4th year(ETC)can I appear for GATE exam 2018??

  8. Payal soni says:

    I have completed mca in 2017.can I appear this exam

  9. vidhi says:

    I am in Third year in Computer Science. M I eligible for the GATE examination in 2018?

  10. Sha says:

    I am a 2016 B.E(ise) graduate…am i eligible for gate 2018??

  11. Siva says:

    I am completed B.Tech(mechanical) in 2017.
    I have written in gate 2017 but I am not qualified.Any chance to apply gate sir

  12. nesapriyan says:

    After studying in NIT could I get job minimum 25000₹ salary

  13. anisha says:

    I m in5th semester ..but want to sit in gate 2018..can i sit in gate 2018??

  14. Diksha says:

    I have done B.Tech in ECE. Can I apply for gate in aerospace engineering

  15. Diksha says:

    I have done B.Tech in ECE. Can I apply for M.Tech in aerospace engineering?

  16. Abey says:

    I completed my B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.. My course duration is 2010-2014. But I cleared my back papers on 2016 November.. Let me know am Eligible to write the GATE exam 2018 for geting the PG addmition in IIT’s ..?

  17. neha says:

    I am pursuing my engineering final year in Industrial production and engineering. Can i apply for Mechanical paper in gate?

  18. mathi rohitha says:

    i am pursuing my 3rd yr in BE.,can i attend the GATE exam for the year 2018?

  19. Anonymous says:

    i m a production engineer.I ll give gate on ME paper.Can I ll eligible for PSU. Reply

  20. deepika says:

    sir could u please inform me date when will be cse gate exam conducted ?

  21. hemakumar says:

    hi sir i have completed my but ihave two supplies, can i apply for gate2018

  22. payal gandhi says:

    hey, i am studying architecture, can i apply for GATE in duration of my 5th yr.

  23. Madhav says:

    Sir May I know the exact date of evam for eee please

  24. Sarathprasadk says:

    I am residing in Abudhabii currently ,I have an Indian passport ,so can I write exam in UAE

  25. can i apply or not says:

    Hii..i have completed my in 2017 but have two supplies whose exams i m giving in december or result will be declare in feb ..can i eligible for gate 2018…plzz tell me…

  26. Sunandita pratihar says:

    Sir, I am physics final year student .can i attend Gate examination?

  27. Prabitha says:

    Only students who completed b-tech can appear in gate?

  28. Vijaykannan says:

    Eligible for gate exam

  29. param sandhu says:

    Hii..i have completed my in 2017 but have two supplies whose exams i m giving in december or result will be declare in feb ..can i eligible for gate 2018…plzz tell me…

  30. Thriveni.N says:

    Am a student of BCA, now in final year, then after completion, I wants to join MCA, is this exam help to join MCA?? Is this gate exam available for BCA students???

  31. Nayan Jyoti Das says:

    If a student have backlog in final year, can he/she apply for GATE?

  32. shaheda says:

    I am a muslim.Is it necessary to submit obc certificate while filling the application form.
    I am ece where do i get the exact syllabus and weightage of each subject

  33. param sandhu says:

    Hiii sir..i have completed my btech in 2017 bt i have two supplies bt i m giving exams in this coming december nd i will defintely clear before gate result …can i apply for gate 2018 or not…

  34. Nina says:

    What is the age criteria for GATE?

  35. Nikita says:

    i am currently doing three year bsc in physics honours. now i am in sem 5 (final year). the eligibility criteria mentions about 4 years bsc research and 4 years btech courses. i am confused. i am in final year of my bsc course but it is a three year course. am i eligible ? please do reply. thank you.

  36. Darshan says:

    I have complete my BE in IT then what is syllabus for me…?

  37. prajwal k says:

    Sir I have permitted too apply for online counselling of AIQ now my question can I also apply for state quota counselling

  38. Lakshmi says:

    I am the student of polymer science engineering,can you send me 2018 syllabus.
    Thank you.

  39. Jitendra Prasad says:

    when I completed diploma computer science with 69.9% and now I’m doing from computer science and going to be 5th semester its start after 4th semester exam So Can I apply for Gate exam

  40. [email protected] says:

    sir Muslim students apply gate exam under which category gen/obc plz tell me sir who have bc-e certificate people

  41. Anitha says:

    Is 3rd B.Tech students are eligible for GATE??

  42. SHAFQAT ALI says:

    Dear Sir
    how minimum percentage is required to appear in GATE 2018 for M. Sc (maths) students?

  43. lohit says:

    Respected sir,
    I completed my from e.e.e in 2013.MY aggregate percentage was 64.22%.Will i be eligible for gate exam .please reply…..

  44. Keyur Kumar says:

    Give some information about virtual calculator.

  45. vikram bhatia says:

    hyy sir,
    is there any type of documents are required for final year student ?if yes , then which

  46. Miadad Hossain says:

    Dear sir, with due to respect,I am student of final year from the dept. of instrumentation Engineering(IN). Sir can you send me 2018 (IN) syllabus. please sir kindly help me..Thank you.

  47. Ishani says:

    I wiil Start my B.pharma course this can i Start my preparation for GATE from now onwards?

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