GATE ExamGraduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

Introduction - GATE

As percieved by many, GATE is not only meant for ME/MTech which leads to the teaching career only, there are many other advantages of taking GATE such as employment in PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings), direct recruitment to Group A level posts in Central Government and some other Government of India Organizations. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level exam for admission to M.Tech/ Ph.D. and other Government Assistantships in the field of engineering and technology.

GATE 2018 Exam Highlights

Conducting Authority IIT Guwahati
Mode of Exam Online – Computer Based Test
Number of Questions 65
No. of Papers 23
Total Marks 100
Duration of GATE 2018 3 hours
Use of GATE Score Card for Employment PSUs, Central Government and Government of India Organization
Official Website

Quick Recap - GATE

  • The exam is conducted annually by IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on a rotational basis
  • GATE qualifiers can use their GATE Scorecard for admission to Master’s Program and direct Doctoral Programs in Engg./Tech./Architecture
  • The GATE Scorecard is also used to avail financial assistance (scholarship) for the post-graduate program
  • GATE is an online test with multiple choice and numerical type questions conducted for 23 disciplines (papers) of engineering. Mostly questions are fundamental, concept based and thought-provoking
  • GATE Exam consists of 65 questions which are divided into 3 sections:
    1. General Aptitude
    2. Engineering Mathematics
    3. From Respective Subjects

Key points - GATE 2018

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions
  • As per GATE Eligibility, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree to apply for the exam
  • The questions asked in the exam are based on topics of graduate level
  • Two types of questions are asked in GATE – Objective Type and Numerical Type. Virtual calculators will be provided to solve numerical type questions


The academic qualification to apply for GATE 2018 are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (4 years after 10+2, or 3 years after Diploma) in the related engineering and science stream
  • Master’s Degree in any branch of Mathematics/Science/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent degree
  • International applicants possessing a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in the related engineering or science stream
  • Students in final year of Bachelor’s/Master’s degree
  • There is no age limit criteria defined for GATE applicants

GATE 2018 Syllabus

GATE Syllabus is released on the official website by IIT Guwahati for all the 23 disciplines. Candidates can check out the detailed syllabus for the related discipline on the important topics to be asked in the exam.

Exam Pattern

Every candidate can apply for one stream among all the 23 papers for which GATE 2018 is conducted. The total weightage of the GATE Exam is 100 marks.

  • There will be two types of questions Objective type and Numerical Type (NAT). In NAT question, there will be no choices
  • XE paper will have a new section on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. With this, there will be eight sections (A-H) in XE paper

Marking Scheme

  • Candidates are marked separately for MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)
  • For every correct answer in MCQ, candidates are awarded 1 mark or 2 marks depending on the weightage of the question
  • For every incorrect MCQ, candidate loses 1/3 or 2/3 marks for 1 mark or 2 markers respectively
  • For Numerical Answer Type, every correct answer is awarded 1 mark or 2 marks as per the marks allotted to the question. There is no negative marking for such questions

GATE 2018 Results

GATE Result will be declared on March 17, 2018. Candidates can check the result by using their GATE 2018 login credentials.

GATE CutOffs

GATE cut off is the minimum score which must be scored by candidate in order to reserve a seat. The cut off varies for different institutes, streams and the category of candidate. The expected GATE cut offs (stream-wise) for the year 2018 is provided below (on the basis of previous year cut offs)

Streams General Category OBC Category SC/ST Category
Biotechnology (BT) 27.0 24.4 18.0
Chemical Engineering (CH) 33.1 29.7 22.0
Civil Engineering (CE) 22.5 22.5 16.6
Computer Science & Information Technology (CS) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Electronics & Communications Engg. (EC) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Electrical Engineering (EE) 25.1 22.5 16.7
Instrumentation Engineering (IE) 31.6 28.4 21.0
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 26.6 29.6 19.7

GATE 2018 Counselling

GATE Exam Counselling is done separately by various IITs, NITs and other institutes. Candidates after having qualified in GATE have to appear for GD/ PI for admission. For admissions, candidates have to check notification by GATE participating institutes.

For admission in NITs, IITs and in some government funded colleges, a centralized counselling – CCMT (Centralized Counselling for M.Tech/M.Plan) will be conducted. IITs and IISc will conduct their separate counselling process. Most of the other participating universities and state wise institutions will conduct their own counselling process.

All the IITs conduct their own counselling process for the admission in M.Tech programs.



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