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  • GATE 2018 Answer Key

    The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, or GATE, as it is more popularly known, is among the top five toughest examinations in India. The importance of the test reflects in the top-class institutes that are in charge of conducting it – the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs located at Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

    One of these eight highly reputed institutes organizes the GATE examination every year on behalf of MHRD (Ministry of Human Resources Development) department of the Government of India. The GATE exam facilitates the sieving process which makes sure that only the most deserving candidates get admission in the top education institutes of India in the fields of applied science as well as four foreign universities.

    Following universities accept GATE candidates with 90 or above percentile

    • The National University of Singapore
    • The Nanyang Technological University of Singapore
    • RWTH Achen University of Germany
    • The Technical University of Germany

    Important Dates Related to the Release of GATE Answer Key

    GATE 2018 Exam conductedFebruary 3, 4, 10 and 11
    Response sheets of the candidates releasedFebruary 14
    GATE Answer Key releasedFebruary 19
    Time to challenge any discrepancy February 21 to 23
    GATE 2018 Results declaredMarch 17

    Download Question Paper and Answer Key

    The official GATE answer keys for its 2018 prelims had been released on February 19. The appearing candidates can now simply download both the question papers and the answer keys to match with their own responses. This gives them an approximate idea of their probable GATE score.

    The links to all the question papers and answer keys to all the subjects are given below in a tabular format.

    Aerospace Engineering (AE)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Agricultural Engineering (AG)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Architecture and Planning (AR) Question PaperAnswer Key
    Biotechnology (BT)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Civil Engineering (CE)Question Paper (CE01)
    Question Paper (CE02)
    Answer Key (CE01)
    Answer Key (CE02)
    Chemical Engineering (CH)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Chemistry (CY)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Electrical Engineering (EE)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Ecology and Evolution (EY)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Geology and Geophysics (GG)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Mathematics (MA)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Mechanical Engineering (ME)Question Paper (ME01)
    Question Paper (ME02)
    Answer Key (ME01)
    Answer Key (ME02)
    Mining Engineering (MN)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Metallurgical Engineering (MT)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Physics (PH)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)Question PaperAnswer Key
    Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)Question PaperAnswer Key

    Engineering Sciences

    Engineering Mathematics (XE-A)Question Paper (Includes GA)
    Fluid Mechanics (XE-B)Question PaperAnswer Key (All Sections)
    Materials Science (XE-C)Question Paper
    Solid Mechanics (XE-D)Question Paper
    Thermodynamics (XE-E)Question Paper
    Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)Question Paper
    Food Technology (XE-G)Question Paper
    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H)Question Paper

    Life Sciences

    Chemistry (XL-P)Question Paper (Includes GA)
    Biochemistry (XL-Q)Question PaperAnswer Key (All Sections)
    Botany (XL-R)Question Paper
    Microbiology (XL-S)Question Paper
    Zoology (XL-T)Question Paper
    Food Technology (XL-U)Question Paper

    How to Download the PDF of Questions and Answer Keys

    Candidates can download the answer keys following the below mentioned procedure:

    1. Find the subject or the subject code you have appeared for and click on the respective link as given beside it in the above table.
    2. The candidate will be redirected to the official PDF link uploaded on the GATE website.
    3. Click on the ‘Download’ icon on the top right corner, represented by a downward arrow sign or you can also save it to your Google drive if you have one. The icon is right next to it.
    4. The question paper and the answer key will be downloaded in PDF format.
    5. Once you have the files downloaded, you will need PDF reader software to go through it.
    6. The section, right answer, and the allotted marks are all given in the chart.
    7. For Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Sciences (XL) candidates, the answers to all the sub-departments are given in the same PDF sheet alphabetically.

    How to Download the PDF of the Response Sheets

    GATE answer key will be quite pointless if the candidates do not have their own response sheets to match it against. Here is the procedure to check the response sheet 2018.

    • To see one’s answer sheet, the candidate has to access it via the GOAPS portal. This link redirects the candidate to the login page of the portal.
    • To view the answer sheet, candidates have to provide their enrolment ID or registered email ID and the GOAPS password.
    • The candidates must remember to solve and enter the right Captcha.
    • On clicking the ‘submit’ and ‘view response,’ the PDF of the response sheet of the candidate’s 2018 GATE paper will appear in a separate window.
    • Once the discipline, code, and enrolment ID on the sheet are checked, it can be downloaded by clicking on the downward arrow icon in the top left corner.

    How to Calculate GATE Score Using the Answer Key

    GATE is conducted online, and MCQ and numerical are the only types of questions asked. To know the probable GATE score, the candidates first have to download both their answer sheets and the question papers along with the GATE 2018 answer keys.

    Total MCQ Marks = ‘n’ x number of correct answers – ‘n’/3 x number of wrong answers (‘n’ = marks for that question i.e. 1 or 2)

    Total Numerical Marks =  ‘m’ x number of correct answers (‘m’ = marks for that question i.e. 1 or 2)

    Total GATE score = Total MCQ Marks + Total Numerical Marks

    Links to the Unofficial GATE 2018 Answer Keys

    Before GATE released the official answer keys for 2018, a number of private institutions also released their own answer keys for some of the subjects, if not all. Given below are the links to the unofficial GATE 2018 answer keys.

    InstitutionMorning SessionAfternoon Session
    GATE ForumME | CS
    Engineers AcademyME | CSME | EE |
    GATE AcademyME | CS | CE | EC |ME | IN | CE | EE |

    The candidates have to refer to the codes to see if their subject is there among the released answer keys and click on the code if it is to see the answer key as per their session.

    How to Challenge the Provisional GATE 2018 Answer Key

    The authorities have given the time frame of 21-23 February to submit any challenge a candidate might have regarding the first draft of the GATE 2018 answer keys. To challenge the answer key, a candidate has to follow the below mentioned steps.

    • Candidates have to log in to the GOAPS portal between the given date, February 21 and 23 using their enrolment ID and GOAPS password.
    • Candidates have to check on the agreement of the declaration that they clearly understand the rules and regulations for contesting the provisional GATE answer keys.
    • A payment of INR 500 has to be made for every question that the candidate wishes to challenge. For international candidates, the amount is USD 10.
    • To do that, the candidate has to click on the ‘contest answer key’ button to make the online payment and mail the objection.
    • The correct paper code and question number along with section must be mentioned in the objection.
    • Justification of the contest must be given – that is, the candidate must explain why the answer key is not acceptable to him or her and what should be the right solution.
    • The objected GATE answer key can be previewed by clicking on ‘view submitted contest’ to see if there is any mistake.
    • The authorities will check every objection submitted before releasing the final answer key on March 14. If a particular contest is found to be true, then along with changing the answer key in the final draft, the submitted 500 rupees will also be refunded to the objecting candidate.

    GATE 2018 Result

    The home page of GATE’s official website will display the link to the final answer keys once it is released on March 14. Upon announcement of result on March 17 and the release of printable scorecards on March 20, those will be available on the same GOAPS portal. Candidates have to log in using their enrolment ID and password to check their results and scorecards. The scorecards will be available until May 31.

    GATE 2018 Cut-off

    The GATE cut-off for 2018 will be declared once the results are out on March 17. It will be decided by a committee constituting IIT council members.

    The decision regarding cut-off marks will depend on a number of interconnected factors like

    • the number of appeared candidates
    • the difficulty level of the papers
    • the number of available seats
    • the overall result of the year’s examination

    After the cut-off percentiles are declared, the first merit list to begin the counselling programme for the candidates will also be released. At the end of the whole procedure, the details of possible institutes where each candidate can take admission will also be conveyed to them.

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