GENERAL




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.

The GATE score is also used by some PSUs for their recruitment. GATE 2018 score will be valid for three years from the date of announcement of results.


Important Dates for GATE 2018

Commencement of Online Application Form: 01st September 2017

Last Date of Application Form Submission: 05th October 2017

Last Date to request for change in examination city: 17th November 2017

GATE 2018 Admit Card Availability: 05th January 2018

GATE 2018 Exam Date: February 03, 04, 10 & 11, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)

Answer Key Released On: Within a few days after examination

Announcement of GATE 2018 Results on the Online Application Website: 17th March 2018

Downloading of Score Card Begins: Last week of March 2018 to Last week of May 2018

Counselling Commence: Second week of April 2018

GATE 2018 Registration – How to Apply ?

Interested candidates can go through the eligibility criteria of GATE and then fill the online application form. Scanned copy of photograph and signature has to be uploaded, and application fee can be paid online or by Challan (if applicable). A period of around one month is given to complete the process

GATE 2018 Registration Process involves the following steps:

i. Read the application form of GATE 2018 at the official website http://www.gate.iitg.ac.in/

ii. Enter details asked in the GATE 2018 registration form such as name, date of birth, email ID and Mobile Number

iii. Next step for filling the GATE 2018 application form is to upload photograph, signature and other documents

iv. Pay the Application Fee as suitable to the category to the category, which complete form submission.

Application Fee

The application fee has to be paid ONLINE. The fee details are as follows:

For Centres in India

i. Female Candidates – Rs.750/-

ii. SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates – Rs.750/-

iii. All other candidates Rs.1500/-

For Centres Abroad

i. Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu: US$ 50

ii. Dubai and Singapore: US$ 100

Payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or e-Challan facilities

Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal.

GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria

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 programmes

Candidates with qualifications obtained through exams conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/MHRD as equivalent to BE/B. Tech; those who have completed Section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible

GATE 2018 Pattern

It is obligatory to have a look on the exam pattern before the actual examination. The GATE 2018 Paper Pattern helps the applicant to know the duration of exam, mode and marking scheme for the same.

i. The exam will be held in the online mode.

ii. The questions in the examination will be MCQs and Numerical questions.

iii. No negative marking for numerical questions

iv. Examination for all the papers shall be conducted in online mode only (Computer Based Test)

For further details regarding exam pattern, please refer to the website www.gate.iitg.ac.in

Importance of GATE Syllabus & Strategy to complete?

One must start to learn basics fundaments of subjects mentioned into GATE Syllabus.

Selections of good study materials & book are very important at initial stage of GATE Preparations. First cover theories as per exam pattern of last 15years and must practice previous GATE papers & similar questions on regular basis. Most of the questions are conceptual & numerical, so improve your solving ability & time management to score good rank.

2018 Examination Dates :

Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Saturday –> 03rd February 2018

Sunday –>04th February 2018

Saturday –> 10th February 2018

Sunday–>11th February 2018

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

(i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

(ii) Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

(iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis: In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis question might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognising unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information.

GATE would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).

Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

General Aptitude Questions :

All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following

1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)

2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)

3. Any two of XE sections B to G

The choice of two sections from B to G can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to G).

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following

Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)

GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)

Any two of XL sections I to M

The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered by the candidate. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions. Click here for the pattern of question papers.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).

Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.


GATE Score Card

After the declaration of the results, candidates can download their GATE 2018 Score Card for the paper (for which he/she has taken the examination). The score cards will be issued for only those candidates whose marks are equal to or above the qualifying marks of SC/ST/PwD candidates in that paper.

The GATE 2018 score cards can be downloaded after the result is declared on March 17, 2018 and for that the candidate should access the zonal websites from where he/she has taken the GATE 2018 examination.

Calculation of Normalized Marks for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers

In 2018, examination for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers is being held in multi-sessions. Hence, for these papers, a suitable normalization is applied to take into account any variation in the difficulty levels of the question papers across different sessions. The normalization is done based on the fundamental assumption that “in all multi-session GATE papers, the distribution of abilities of candidates is the same across all the sessions”.

This assumption is justified since the number of candidates appearing in multi-session papers in GATE 2018 is large and the procedure of allocation of session to candidates is random. Further it is also ensured that for the same multi-session paper, the number of candidates allotted in each session is of the same order of magnitude.

Based on the above, and considering various normalization methods, the committee arrived at the following formula for calculating the normalized marks, for CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers.

Stream and category wise qualifying cut-off for GATE – 2017

Electronics and Communication

No of Candidates Appeared
141665

Qualifying Marks (General)
25

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
22.5

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
16.6

Computer Science and IT

No of Candidates Appeared
96878

Qualifying Marks (General)
25

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
22.5

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
16.6

Mechanical Engineering

No of Candidates Appeared
190648

Qualifying Marks (General)
32.7

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
29.4

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
21.8

Electrical Engineering

No of Candidates Appeared
117443

Qualifying Marks (General)
25.2

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
22.6

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
16.7

Instrumentation Engineering

No of Candidates Appeared
12858

Qualifying Marks (General)
34.6

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
31.1

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
23

Civil Engineering

Qualifying Marks (General)
28.7

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
25.8

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
19.1

Chemical Engineering

No of Candidates Appeared
14542

Qualifying Marks (General)
44.3

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
39.85

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
29.5

Biotechnology

Qualifying Marks (General)
38.9

Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)
35

Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)
25.9

XE Paper Sections

Paper-> Code

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)->A
Fluid Mechanics -> B
Materials Science-> C
Solid Mechanics -> D
Thermodynamics-> E
Polymer Science and Engineering -> F
Food Technology -> G

XL Paper Sections

Paper-> Code

Chemistry (Compulsory)-> H
Biochemistry->I
Botany -> J
Microbiology -> K
Zoology -> L
Food Technology -> M

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