An Information Guide For Gate 2018

You can consider this blog to be an entrance exam alert for the GATE exam 2018. That’s because, we will be furnishing all the information related to this top entrance exam.


So, without wasting any time, let’s get in to the details…

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level entrance test for admission to PG courses in engineering and technology. Aspirants get admission to the M.Tech./Ph.D. programmes in reputed institutes like IITs , IISc, IISERs through the GATE score.


This year, the GATE exam will be held by IIT, Guwahati.


The GATE entrance exam syllabus comprises of:

It is a known fact that GATE is conducted for 23 papers. Syllabus for every discipline varies. For a successful preparation, it is critical to know every single topic from which the questions will be posted. It is difficult to enlist the total syllabus of GATE in few lines. In any case, the students can download the official PDF of GATE 2018 syllabus for AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, XE, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF and XL.

Exam schedule:

The important dates for GATE 2018 are as follows:

– Online application form start date: 1st September 2017

– End date for for application form submission: 5th October 2017

– Last date to apply for change in exam city: 17th November 2017

– Admit Card availability date: 5th January 2018

– Exam date: 3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th February, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)

– Answer key release post a few days after the exam

– Result announcement on the Application Website: 17th March 2018

– Date for downloading the score card: From last week of March 2018 to last week of May 2018

– Counseling commencement date: April 2018 second week

Registration process:

– Every one of the applicants need to apply online only.

– GATE registration 2018 has begun from 1st September 2017.

– The last date for registration was 5th October 2017.

– Hopefuls need to fill GATE 2018 application form through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS).

– Students need to register as a “New User”.

– Post successful enrollment, they will have the access to GOAPS.

– From there on, they are required to login utilizing GOAPS Enrollment ID and GOAPS Password.

– During filling of the application form, students are required to upload a scanned photo, signature, degree certificate or category certificate.

– Foreign hopefuls are additionally qualified to apply.

– GATE 2018 will be held in countries like Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.

– Application process for universal applicants is same as Indians.

– Foreign candidates must have a valid passport in order to apply.

Registration Fee:

Applicants can pay the application charges by means of Net banking, debit card or e-challan. GATE 2018 registration fee details are as beneath:

SC/ST/PwD Candidates Rs. 750/-

Women Candidates Rs.750/-

All Other Candidates Rs. 1500/-

Exam pattern:

Exam mode:

This one is an online competitive exam (CBT).


The duration of the exam is of 3 hours.

No. of questions:

GATE 2018 will comprise of a total of 65 questions of max 100 marks.

Entrance exam questions:

MCQs and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT) will show up in GATE examination. For MCQ, 4 options will be given while there will be no answer options for NAT. Students need to enter the actual number in Numerical Answer Type Questions with the assistance of virtual keypad.


The General Aptitude (GA) section is common to all papers. It will consists of 150 questions of max 15 marks (5 questions – 1 mark and 5 questions – 2 marks).

New Section: In the XE paper, new section (H) to be specific Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been incorporated from last year.

Marking Pattern:

MCQ and NAT questions will have 1 or 2 marks in case of all papers.

Negative Marking: There will be negative checking of 1/3rd marks for the 1 mark questions. Moreover, for the 2 mark questions, 2/3rd marks will be deducted. No negative marking for the Numerical Answer Type questions.

Exam Pattern:

25 questions – 1 marks

30 questions – 2 marks

10 questions – GA section

This is the pattern for all papers except XE, GG and XL

– Pattern for the XE paper:

10 GA questions

Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) – Total 11 questions. 7 questions having 1 mark each and 4 questions having 2 marks each. Common for all applicants.

Any two amongst XE sections from B to H – 22 questions. 9 questions having 1 mark and 13 questions with 2 marks.

– Pattern for the GG paper:

10 GA questions

Section A – 25 questions having 1 mark each. This part is common for all aspirants.

Section B – 30 questions having 2 marks each. This part has two sub-sections, section 1 comprises of Geology and section 2 comprises of Geophysics.

– Pattern for XL paper:

10 GA questions

Section P – Chemistry (obligatory section) – It consists of total 15 questions (5 questions having 1 mark and 10 questions having 2 marks).

Any two amongst XL sections Q to U – Total of 20 questions (10 questions having 1 mark each and 10 questions having 2 marks).

GATE 2018 Entrance Exam Preparation:

Preparation for GATE 2018 requires diligent efforts and commitment. Candidates are told to study sincerely without getting unduly worried. Here are a few hints for preparing for the GATE 2018:

  • Practice past year question papers

  • Take care of your health

  • Plan your study hours

  • Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses

  • Prepare a daily and weekly schedule

  • Go through the syllabus of the particular paper for which you are preparing.

  • Refer GATE books having the entire syllabus

  • Appear for online mock tests

    Virtual Calculator for the GATE Exam:

GATE virtual calculator happens to be the online calculator which consits of every one of the operations and functions for doing computations. The virtual calculator will be given amid online examination. No physical calculator will be permitted in the exam hall. Students need to utilize the virtual calculator for tackling Numerical Answer Type Questions.

That was about the GATE 2018 exam.

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