GATE 2018 Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

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What is GATE ?

GATE: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India Examination for admission to various post graduate engineering courses. GATE is conducted every year by seven IITs and IISc Bangalore on behalf of National Coordination Board, Department of Higher Education and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resources Development) India.


GATE: Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an all India Examination for admission to various post graduate engineering courses. GATE is conducted every year by seven IITs and IISc Bangalore on behalf of National Coordination Board, Department of Higher Education and MHRD (Ministry of Human Resources Development) India.

Every year close to 1 million students register for GATE Exam and out of the total number 85% students appears for the written test and approx 16% students clear the exam.

The validity of the GATE Score Card is three years. GATE Scorecard is also accepted by several PSUs for recruiting candidates for various job vacancies.

GATE eligibility for this year is degree ( 4 years after 10+2 and 3 years after diploma courses) from any recognized university, final year students can also apply for this exam. It is to be noted that there is no age limit for applying for GATE Exam. Similarly, for B.arch, bachelor's degree in Architecture or candidates in final year can also apply.

Application fee of GATE Exam is non-refundable and non-transferable, for female candidates the application fee is Rs.750, for SC/ST/PWD candidates the application fee is Rs.750 and for other candidates, the fees are Rs.1500.

There are 23 different types of question papers and candidates appear as per opted disciple in GATE Exam pattern.In the papers, the common aspect is that there will be 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 question will be General Aptitude(GA) question necessary for all candidates irrespective of the subject they have opted for. The GA questions carry 15 marks. For the rest 55 questions, there will be two different types of questions are MCQ and Numerical Answer Questions.

As it is clearly indicated that you can only use a Virtual calculator in the exam hence you can check the virtual calculator and its salient features here:

Salient Features of GATE 2018 Virtual Calculator

  1. There are numeric keys for input the digits and operators for carrying out operations on the right side of the calculator.
  2. The left-hand side of the virtual calculator has scientific functions and operations are available. With the help of a mouse, the candidates can easily perform any calculation.
  3. The hyperbolic functions and trigonometric functions like sin, cos, tan are grouped together and their inverse is provided just below them.
  4. There are two boxes in at the top o the virtual calculator. In the topmost box of the calculator, all the operations are performed while the second box of the calculator shows the result.
  5. It is not used for solving cubic, simultaneous and quadratic equations.
  6. Authority will not allow the use of a physical calculator in the examination hall.
  7. All the calculations with a virtual calculator will be done through mouse; no use of the keyboard is required.


GATE Exam application procedure is available only in online mode via GATE Online Application Processing System.(GOAPS).

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GATE 2018: Score Card Released

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GATE 2018 Results: Score Card to be released Tomorrow

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GATE 2018: Final Answer Key Released, Result to be out on 17th March.

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What's New ?

Catch an update on what is new this GATE 2018:

  • Burdwan, Dibrugarh, Gorakhpur have been added as new centres by the exam conducting authority.
  • The XE paper now has a new section on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, increasing the number of sections to 8.
  • GATE 2018 shall be held for overseas students in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the UAE.

GATE 2018 Notification

The GATE Official Notification for the commencement of GATE Exam will be released on August 28, 2017, and the application procedure to fill the GATE Application Form will begin from September 1st, 2017. GATE 2018 will be conducted by IIT Guwahati. The GATE Important dates have already been released by IIT G

GATE 2018 Important Dates

Admit Card Date 05-Jan-2018
Exam Starts on 03-Feb-2018
Exam Ends on 11-Feb-2018
Result Date 17-Mar-2018


GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

There will be 23 different types of question papers and candidates appear as per opted disciple. In all the papers, the common aspect is that there will be 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 question will be General Aptitude(GA) question necessary for all candidates irrespective of the subject they have opted for. The GA questions carry 15 marks. For the rest 55 questions, there will be two different types of questions:

  • MCQ 
  • Numerical Answer Questions


GATE 2018 Eligibility

Candidates can check GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria as below:

  • Candidates should hold a B.Tech./B.E. degree ( 4 years after 10+2 and 3 years after diploma courses).
  • Candidates who are in the final year of such programs are also eligible to apply.
  • There is no age limit to apply for GATE Exam.
  • For B. Arch. Candidates: Bachelor's degree in Architecture (5 years) or appearing in the final year of their degree.
  • For B.Sc. / B.Sc. (Research): Students should be in the 4th year or already completed the degree.
  • For Int. M.E/M.Tech (Post –B.Sc.): Students should be currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed.
  • For Int. M.E/M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2): Students should be in the 4th/5th year of their dual degree course.
  • For M.Sc. / Int. B.S. – M.S.: Student should be in the final year or should have already completed.
  • For Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.): Students should have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses.


GATE 2018 Application Procedure

IIT Guwahati is the conducting body of GATE 2018 Exam. IIT G has released the Important dates for the examination. The official notification for GATE 2018 has not yet been released but the GATE Application process will start from 1st September 2018 and the last date for submission of GATE Online Application form through the website is 5th October 2018.

The candidates should keep a scanned copy of their documents ready for uploading. A photograph, signature and left thumbprint impression are also required for the application form.

View GOAPS Portal login page

Candidates can view the step wise application procedure in here



Below is the trend comparing number of applicants vs registered  (in lakhs represented on y axis) year-wise (represented on y axis)

Application Fees

The details of GATE Application Fee is given below. The applications fee is non- refundable and is nontransferable:

Note: The below-mentioned Fee is for the Centers in India:

Female Candidates 750 INR
SC/ST/PwD category candidates 750 INR
All Other Candidates 1500 INR

Fee for All Candidates For Exam Centres outside India:

For candidates of Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu 50 USD
For Candidates of Dubai & Singapore 100 USD

For GATE 2018, 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.

1500 INR

GATE 2018 Study Material

Since GATE is a subject-specific exam, the best way to know about the study material would be to take advice from your faculty. You will get the most experienced answers from them. Some helpful books for the exams would be as follows:

  • Engineering Thermodynamics - P.K. Nag Edition 5
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Machines - S K Som, Gautam Biswas, S Chakraborty Edition 3
  • Theory of Machines - S S Ratan Edition 4
  • Strength of Materials - Dr. B.C. Punmia, Ashok Kumar Jain, Arun Kumar Jain, Edition 10
  • Production Technology - Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation - RK Jain Edition 17
  • Fundamentals of Engineering, Heat and Mass Transfer - RC Sachdeva Edition 4


Top Colleges accepting GATE 2018

Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 2,30,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 1,35,800 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 57,600 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 58,150 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 1,25,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 1,55,200 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 2,10,000 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 41,600 /-
Duration : 2 years
Course: M.Tech
Fees: Rs. 79,550 /-
Duration : 2 years

GATE 2018 Selection Procedure

Candidates need to secure the minimum cut-off marks for the admissions to postgraduate programs (Masters' and Doctoral). Candidates will be awarded a GATE Score if they candidate qualify the cutoff. GATE Cut Off will be released by Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati along with the announcement of GATE 2018 Result. Admission will be made on the basis of the Normalized GATE Score and the marks secured in the Interview.

GATE 2018 Admit Card

  1. The GATE 2018 Admit Card has to be downloaded through the GOAPS using the Enrolment ID and password.
  2. Candidates may note that their particulars, photograph, exam centre and exam schedule will be mentioned on the GATE 2018 Admit Card.
  3. Any discrepancy must be brought to the notice of the authorities.
  4. Candidates must bring a valid photo ID in ORIGINAL along with the GATE 2018 Admit Card to the exam centre while appearing for the exam.
  5. Candidates must ensure that the Photo ID has not expired.
  6. Candidates will have to carry the same Photo ID they have mentioned while filling in the GATE 2018 Application Form.
  7. The admit card for GATE 2018 will be released on 5th January and will be available for download till 2nd February.
  8. Foreign candidates have to carry their passports along with the admit card.


GATE 2018 Preparation Tips

  1. Conduct self tests based on various chapters. Continue the self tests and try to achieve a very good score.
  2. Practice more and more problems and follow the same procedure for the rest of the chapters and subjects.
  3. Finally, go for self tests based on whole syllabus and if necessary take help of others in conducting self-tests.
  4. To do all these things one has to spend lots of time on studies and should be very sincere throughout the preparation.
  5. One month before the examination you should start revising the course as many times as possible so that on the day before the exam you will be prepared enough to crack the exam.
  6. In the revision stage, concentrate more on the selected topics.
  7. Always reach the examination centre 30 min before the start of the exam. It helps you to stay cool and calm during the exam.
  8. Keep all your necessary stationeries and admit card with you before going to the examination centre.
  9. During exam try to attempt section A which is compulsory and that to Q1 carrying one mark each and those in Q2 carrying two marks each10.It's very important to manage the time well during the exam. So manage the time well during the exam.
  10. In the examination hall, one should not get panickly upon receiving the question paper rather candidates should stay cool before the test so that they do not get confused while attempting the paper.
  11. Time management is important but not at the cost of answering the paper accurately.
  12. Start preparing from the initial topics i.e. the basic ones and note down the basic concepts (definitions, unit, dimension etc.) as well as necessary theories, formulae etc.
  13. Try to solve as many problems as possible from the different book as well as try to find more and more tricks.
  14. Try to apply your own logics and tricks in solving problems and note it down because it will save your time in the examination hall.

Test Centres

IISc Bangalore - Alappuzha, Aluva, Ananthapur, Attingal, Bagalkot, Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Bidar, Chengannur, Davengere, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Idukki, Kannur, Kanjirapally, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangalore, Manipal, Muvattupuzha, Mysore, Nedumangad, Pala, Palakkad, Payyannur, Port Blair, Punalur, Shimoga, Thrissur, Tumkur and Vadakara

IIT Bombay, Powai - Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Hyderabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Lonawala, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Secunderabad, Solapur, Surat, Thane and Vadodara

IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas - Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Bikaner, New Delhi, Delhi-NCR, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar-Rohtak, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, Palwal, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh and Ujjain

IIT Guwahati - Agartala, Asansol,Dhanbad, Durgapur, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Silchar, Siliguri, Shillong and Tezpur

IIT Kanpur - Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi

IIT Kharagpur - Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur(CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam

IIT Madras - Angamaly , Bapatla, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode, Gudur, Guntur, Kadapa, Kanyakumari, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Madurai, Nagercoil, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchengode, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar and Warangal

IIT Roorkee - Ambala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Chandigarh-Mohali-Fatehgarh Sahib, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani-Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP)-Una, Jalandhar-Phagwara, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana-Moga, Meerut, Moradabad, Noida, Panchkula, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala-Sangrur, Roorkee-Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Sirmaur, Solan-Shimla, Sonepat and Yamunanagar

GATE Previous Years Question Papers


Exam Toppers

AIR -1 -Harsh Gupta , a 22-year-old Jaipur boy topped the exam.

  • He is currently a final year chemical engineering student at Jaipur's Malviya National Institute of Technology(MNIT).
  • He is elated at his success and plans to work at a PSU before going abroad for masters.
  • He believes hard work and clear concepts in each and every semester is the key to scoring well in this exam.

Another student under top-100 - Haseena kadavath echoes the same sentiments.

  • She religiously solved last five-year question papers and left no stone unturned to ace this exam.
  • She advises candidates to not ignore the general aptitude section and suggests Barrons GRE guide for the same.
  • Acing the subject-specific exam, practice is the only answer.
  • She was a student of chemistry and aced her subject as well.


Q) How many GATE papers can I apply to?

You can opt for only one of the 23 papers in the list.

Q) While filling the application form there was a technical problem, What should I do?

Your form is automatically saved.You can continue the form once your issue is over.

Q) Only the SC/ST/PWD candidates have been asked to upload the category certificated. What about OBC?

For the GATE exam, only the SC/ST/PWD candidates and women qualify for a reduced application fee

Q) My net banking account's money was debited more than once, How do I take it back?

This can happen if you press the refresh button during fee payment. In such cases, the money is usually returned within 48 hours.It will be credited to the same account.

Score Evaluation

Successful candidates can download their GATE scorecard which will be valid for 3 years after the result declaration. Score card was available for downloading till 5th May 2017. Candidates can get the soft copy of their GATE score card after paying the fee of Rs.500 during 26th May to 31st December 2017.

GATE score is used for taking admission into M.Tech/ME programme in various Institutions. Candidates can also use GATE score card for PSU through GATE exam recruitment.

The GATE score card contains the candidate's name, GATE score, total marks scored by the candidate out of 100, qualifying marks, all India rank, number of candidates appeared in the paper, etc.

Below is the procedure for downloading the Score Card

  1. Visit the official portal (link is given above).
  2. Click on the link “GATE 2017 Score Card”.
  3. Enter your Enrollment ID/Email Address, Password & Captcha.
  4. Click on submit button.
  5. Keep the print copy of the GATE score card.

Calculation of GATE Score

The following formula is used for calculating the gate core:

GATE Score=Sq + (St–Sq) (M–Mq) / (M¯t–Mq)

M=marks secured by the candidate (It is actual marks for single session papers and normalized marks for multi-session papers)

Mq=qualifying marks for general category candidate in the paper.

M¯t=Average marks of the top 0.1% or top 10 (whichever is larger) of the candidates who appeared in the paper (in case of multi-session papers including all sessions)

Sq=350, score assigned to Mq

St=900, score assigned to M¯t

Alternatively, check the score card through the official GOAPS portal by login and password.

GATE 2017 Question Paper Analysis

GATE Mechanical Paper Analysis

The Mechanical Paper was conducted in four sessions in February.

The questions were mostly conceptual in nature. The 1 mark questions were easier than the previous year, however, the 2 mark questions were very difficult.  Also, this year there were 10 sections and a part of the General Aptitude.


No. of Questions

Engineering Mechanics


Mechanics of Materials


Theory of Machine


Machine Design


Fluid Mechanics


Heat Transfer




Manufacturing Engineering


Industrial Engineering




  • 17% of the total number of questions basically tested the mathematical skill of the student.
  •  The questions of Thermodynamics and Manufacturing were tougher than the rest of the sections. 
  • There were a lot of tricky questions in the Fluid Mechanics Section.
  • The Mathematics section was easier than last year.
  • The General Aptitude section carried 15 marks. Five questions for each 1-mark and 2-mark sub-sections

GATE 2018 Civil Engineering Paper Analysis

GATE 2017 Civil Engineering paper was conducted on 6th and 7th February 2017. The exam is conducted for subjects like steel structure, soil mechanics, irrigation, hydrology, transpiration engineering, foundation engineering, and fluid engineering. There were 65 questions for 100 marks.

  •   The Numerical Ability questions were more in number.
  • Structural Engineering and Fluid Engineering questions were comparatively hard than the rest of the questions, which were of moderate level.


GATE 2018 Result

The GATE 2018 result will be declared on 17 March 2018.

After the declaration of the result, the GATE Score card can be downloaded.

The GATE Score Card will be valid for three years.

The result will be announced only for those candidates who will secure the necessary qualifying marks for the specific subject that they had chosen.

GATE Cut-Offs

Clearing the GATE cutoff will not ensure admission to any institute. It is just the minimum criteria.Each institute will have its own cutoff and only on clearing that will one get admission into the desired institute.

A total of 8.8 lakh candidates appeared for the exam out of which only 1.35 lakh cleared the cut-off.

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