GATE 2018: Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Schedule

What is GATE?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an All-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising of Faculty members from IISc, Bangalore and other seven IIT’s on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development. The GATE score/rank is used for admissions to Post Graduate Programmes (ME, M.Tech, MS, Direct Ph.D.) in institutes like IITs and IISc etc with financial assistance offered by MHRD. PSUs too use the GATE scores for recruiting candidates for various prestigious jobs with attractive remuneration.

In GATE examination, candidates can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in the table given below.

PAPER CODE PAPER CODE
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Life Sciences XL
Biotechnology BT Mathematics MA
Civil Engineering CE Mechanical Engineering ME
Chemical Engineering CH Mining Engineering MN
Computer Science &

Information Technology

CS Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemistry CY Physics PH
Electronics and Communication

Engineering

EC Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE Ecology and Evolution EY
Petrolium Engineering PE

GATE 2018 Eligibility

The following candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2018:

  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Holders of Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the second or higher year of such programs.
  • Holders of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the fourth or higher year of such programs.
  • Holders of Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/ MHRD as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

Section Question No No. of Questions Marks Per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 1 to 5 5 1 5
Technical + Engineering Mathematics 1 to 25 25 1 25
26 to 55 30 2 60
Total Questions : 65 Total Marks : 100 Total Duration : 3 hours
Technical Section : 70 Marks General Aptitude: 15 marks Engineering Mathematics : 15 Marks
25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.

Numerical Answer Questions

There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer for these questions is a real number to be entered by using mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.

 

Negative Marking
Questions Type Marks Negative Marking
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 1 mark 0.33
2 marks 0.66
Numerical Answer Questions 1 mark Nil
2 marks Nil

GATE 2018 Schedule

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)
Website Opens for Enrolment, Application
Filling, Application Submission
September 01, 2017 (Friday)
Last Date for Submission of Online
Application through Website
October 05, 2017 (Thursday)
Last Date for Request for Change in the
Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login
November 17, 2017 (Friday)
Availability of Admit Card on the Online
Application Interface for printing
January 05, 2018 (Friday)
GATE 2018 Online Examination Dates February 03- 04 & February 10- 11, 2018
(Saturdays & Sundays)
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website March 17, 2018 (Saturday)

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