GATE 2018: Exam Dates, Registration, Exam Pattern and other Notifications

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level exam for admission in Post Graduate programs in the field of science and technology. GATE is also tests your understanding of the basics of Engineering. GATE is jointly conducted by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIT   Madras, IIT Kharagpur , IIT Kanpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT Delhi and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore .
Important things to know about GATE 2018:
  • GATE 2018 is conducted by IIT Guwahati
  • It is an Online Computer Based Test, and is conducted for 23 different subjects
  • A candidate can appear in any one of the 23 papers
  • The examination will be held during the morning and afternoon sessions.
  • A candidate has to register online at GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)
Important Dates for GATE 2018:
GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens 01st September 2017 Friday
Last Date for Submission of (Online) Application (through Website) 05th October 2017 Thursday
Last Date for Requesting Change of Examination
City (an additional fee will be applicable)
17th November 2017 Friday
Admit Card will be available in the Online Application Portal(for printing) 05th January  2018 Friday
GATE 2018 Examination
Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
03rd   February 2018
04th  February 2018
10th February 2018
11th  February 2018
Announcement of the Results in the Online
Application Portal
17th  March 2018 Saturday
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Candidates can appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. A candidate must know about the paper code of their choice and is permitted to appear in ONLY ONE of the 23 papers of GATE 2018 as listed below:
List of GATE 2018 Papers:
Aerospace Engineering Instrumentation Engineering
Agricultural Engineering Mathematics
Architecture and Planning Mechanical Engineering
Biotechnology Mining Engineering
Civil Engineering Metallurgical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Petroleum Engineering
Computer Science and Information Technology Physics
Chemistry Production and Industrial Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
Electrical Engineering Engineering Sciences *
Ecology and Evolution Life Sciences*
Geology and Geophysics  
Engineering Science Life Science
Engineering Mathematics(compulsory) Chemistry(compulsory)
Any two optional sections
Fluid Mechanics Biochemistry
Materials Science Botany
Solid Mechanics Microbiology
Thermodynamics Zoology
Polymer Science and Engineering Food Technology
Food Technology  
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science  
GATE 2018 Exam Pattern:
GATE is an online Computer Based Test (CBT) and the type of questions is divided into two parts:
  1. Multiple Choice Type Questions (MCQ)
  2. Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)
There are total 65 questions of maximum 100 marks. The division of these questions is as follows:
Sections No. of Questions
General Aptitude 10
Technical 55
Total 65
  • General Aptitude (common section for all tests) contains questions from areas of verbal ability and numerical ability.
  • Technical section consists of questions related to specific domains of engineering.
  • The total time allotted for the exam is 3 hours (180 minutes).
  • GATE consists of maximum 100 marks, with 85 marks featuring from the Technical section and 15 marks from the General Aptitude section.
  • There is negative marking in the exam. In multiple choice type questions, for every wrong answer, 1/3 marks are deducted for 1 mark question and 2/3 marks for 2 mark question. Unlike MCQs, numerical answer-type questions do not have negative marking.
  • Calculators, charts, graphs, and mathematical tables are not allowed in the examination, but an online virtual calculator is available in the exam.
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