GATE is an All-India aptitude test conducted by a committee comprising of faculty members of seven IITs and IISc under the administration of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). The GATE score of the candidates ensures their admission into the top institutes of the country for postgraduate programmes like M.E., M. Tech., M.Sc., Ph.D., and many other courses and their sub-courses. Certain government departments and PSUs also consider the GATE scorecard for hiring their entry-level technical recruits like engineers and architects.
Any registered candidate can appear for any of the 23 papers which include mainstream applied science, subsections of engineering and certain branches of physical and life science. The paper chosen will depend on the course, and the qualifying marks will depend on the rules of the university the candidates prefer.
Cracking the GATE examination opens up some of the most lucrative options in academics and in the professional career. For the same reason, it is one of the toughest examinations of the country at par with IAS and CAT. Qualifying GATE has a good many beneficial consequences.
The number of candidates for GATE increases every year. In 2018 over 9 lakh applications were submitted combining all the papers. Each of the 23 papers had 65 questions each, which the candidates had to solve and answer within 3 hours’ time. The question papers were a combination of multiple-choice questions and numerical type problems.
The GATE test follows a computer-based submission and thus was conducted online on February 3, 4, 10 and 11. The full marks for each paper were 100, and the maximum score upon which the candidates’ total performance will be measured is 1000.
In 2018, the responsibility of conducting the examination was with IIT Guwahati. Every detail and important notice regarding GATE 2018 is being uploaded by the authorities on the official GATE website.
The 5 most popular papers of GATE, where every year the maximum number of candidates take admission to, are
To help the candidates understand the priority specializations of these 5 branches, given below is a comprehensive list.
Preparing for an examination this tough is not really a piece of cake. There are a number of private institutions who offer continuous classes for pre-test preparations and mock tests. Other than that the candidates can keep in mind the following tips to secure good marks in GATE:
GATE examination is based on theoretical multiple-choice questions which have four options each and numerical type questions which need to be solved, and the value of the answer has to be put in place provided for answer sheet. The 65 questions asked are usually made up of the following few genres.
There is no age limit for appearing in the GATE examination. However, there most certainly are some academic criteria that need to be fulfilled if a candidate wishes to take the exam. It must be noted that one individual can only apply for one paper among the 23.
In the table below, the required academic qualifications along with the latest allowed qualifying year is given in detail.
As a footnote for the international applicants, if their qualifying degrees are from colleges or universities from countries other than India, then they must comply with the following rules:
Even if any candidate has a higher degree than those mentioned in the eligibility criteria table, he or she should only mention the minimum required degree in the application form and not the higher one.
The application for GATE can only be done online via the GOAPS portal provided in their official website. Once the candidate has filled out the form, he or she needs to complete the verification process via email or mobile, and then they will be provided with an enrolment ID and password which they will require while accessing the GOAPS portal in future. The candidates must provide a scanned photograph, signature, identity proof and degree certificate along with the application form. The official website has the complete list of necessary documents.
The last step is to make payment for the application via debit card, credit card or net banking.
After the registration is complete, it is preferable if the students take out a printout of the form for future reference.
Candidates can choose from any three of the above-mentioned cities as their preferred centres, but the first two must be from the same zone. The third can be from any other zone.
In the table below, all the important dates related to GATE 2018 are mentioned.
IIT Guwahati released the question papers of this year on February 19. Here are the links to the five most popular branches.
The GATE examination is a computer-based online examination of the duration of 3 hours. The question paper consists of 65 questions of two types- Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). The candidate is guided to enter the answers to Numerical Answer Type questions by using the mouse on a virtual keyboard while the Multiple Choice Questions require only one correct answer from a set of solutions.
GATE exam paper is divided approximately in the following manner –
The syllabus given on the GATE website is comprehensive and explains every nodule that needs to be studied for each subject along with the weight that should be given to the topics. A thorough analysis of the syllabus will give the candidates an idea of how to go about the preparations for GATE.
Candidates can download admit cards from the GOAPS portal from January 4 and make a coloured print out of it. It must be accompanied with an official ID in the examination hall. Passport, Aadhaar card, Voter ID – all these are acceptable ID proofs.
The GATE 2018 answer keys were released on February 19 and the final one, after candidate contests, was released on March 14.
Here are the links to the final answer keys of the top 5 subjects.
Once the results are out, the top institutes and PSUs will start their counselling procedure based on the merit list. The merit list will be made in accordance with this year’s performance and the number of students who have appeared for the examination. However, certain top universities like IITs and the government departments will have their own qualifying cut-off range, which will determine whether a candidate can get through or not.
The common offer acceptance portal is mainly for the M.Tech applicants. They can register here, and they will be notified on the COAP account when the counselling or admission procedures start. Some universities will have freedom in conducting the interview or GD to further determine which candidates they will take.
The candidates who have previously topped the exam suggest the future candidates to attempt as many mock tests as they can. Other than that, here are a few pointers that the students should keep in mind:
Yes, candidates can apply for any of the 23 papers. However, it will be better for them to choose the paper which the institution or line of work they want to pursue requires.
No, they cannot. Once the PDF application form is generated after the payment, the candidates can only download the form and not change any data. So they have to be careful while filling it.
No. Candidates must bring the original identity proof whose scanned copy they provided for the application along with a coloured print out of the downloaded admit card. No soft copy of either document will be accepted.
Only admit card, ID proof and pen are allowed inside the hall. If the candidate is found in possession of any electronic devices like mobile phone, calculator or wristwatch, the candidate will be disqualified.
The facility of the scribe is provided for certain PwD candidates who have physical limitations to write, including that of speed.
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