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    What is GATE Exam?

    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.

    List of GATE Papers and List of Codes

    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.

    Subject NameSubject Code
    Aerospace Engineering (AE)
    Agricultural Engineering (AG)
    Architecture and Planning (AR)
    Biotechnology (BT)
    Civil Engineering (CE)
    Chemical Engineering (CH)
    Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
    Chemistry (CY)
    Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
    Electrical Engineering (EE)
    Ecology and Evolution (EY)
    Geology and Geophysics (GG)
    Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
    Mechanical Engineering (ME)
    Mining Engineering (MN)
    Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
    Petroleum Engineering (PE)
    Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
    Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
    Engineering Sciences (XE)Subject Code
    Engineering Mathematics (XE-A)
    Fluid Mechanics (XE-B)
    Materials Science (XE-C)
    Solid Mechanics (XE-D)
    Polymer Science and Engineering (XE-F)
    Food Technology)(XE-G)
    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences(XE-H)
    Life Sciences (XL)Subject Code
    Biochemistry (XL-Q)
    Botany (XL-R)
    Microbiology (XL-S)
    Food Technology (XL-U)

    Why Attempt GATE?

    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.

    • Admission to top universities – GATE score is taken into account by many top universities of the county as well as some abroad for admission into their PG courses of science and applied science, including all the IITs, NITs, and IISc.
    • Recruitment into PSUs –  Many PSUs like IOCL, BHEL, PGCIL, NTPC, and BARC also hire recruits on the basis of their GATE score.
    • Scholarships – Upon securing the qualifying marks for the UGC grant, the candidates are rewarded with a financial scholarship of INR 8000 per month to carry on their higher education.
    • Career in Technical institutions – GATE score is important for jobs like an assistant professor at the IITs, NITs or other reputed technical institutions.
    • Benefit in campus placements – The companies that come for campus interview to the top universities also ask for the GATE score of the candidates. They have a better chance of landing a job with a bigger pay package with a higher GATE score.
    • Opportunities for research – To join the research teams or project groups in organizations like ISRO, DRDO, CSIR etc., GATE qualification is needed.
    • Option for a career in management – Candidates interested in pursuing management after cracking GATE can easily do so with an additional PG diploma in business studies.

    Highlights of GATE 2018

    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.

    Subject Priority for 5 Most Popular Branches

    The 5 most popular papers of GATE, where every year the maximum number of candidates take admission to, are

    • Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Science Engineering
    • Information Technology

    To help the candidates understand the priority specializations of these 5 branches, given below is a comprehensive list.

    Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
    VLSI Design Tool Technology
    Integrated Electronics & Circuits
    Micro Electronics
    Microwave Engineering
    Communication Engineering
    Telecommunication Technology & Management
    Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
    Digital Signal Processing
    Control & Automation
    Electrical Engineering
    Power Electronics
    Machines & Drives
    Power Systems
    Control & Automation
    Digital Signal Processing
    Instrumentation Technology
    Mechanical Engineering
    Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
    Thermal Engineering
    Manufacturing Science & Engineering
    Production Engineering
    Industrial Engineering
    Material Science & management
    Civil Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Geotechnical Engineering
    Construction Engineering & Management
    Transportation Engineering
    Environmental Engineering
    Earthquake Engineering
    Water Resources Engineering
    Rock Engineering & Underground Structure
    Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology
    Computer Science
    Information Technology
    Information Security
    Software Engineering
    Distributed Computing
    Image Processing
    Computer Systems and Hardware
    Database and Information Systems
    Programming languages
    Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
    Artificial Intelligence
    Advanced Computing

    Tips to Prepare for GATE

    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:

    1. Analysing the syllabus on the GATE website properly and understanding of the topics with more weightage. They have a greater chance of being asked in the finals.
    2. Downloading and solving the question papers of previous years and matching them with the corresponding answer keys.
    3. Candidates must keep in mind the 3 hours’ allotted time limit and try to practice solving the questions within that when preparing for the exam at home.
    4. Equal importance must be given to both theoretical and numerical questions.
    5. Answering only when the candidate is absolutely sure is the best option because there is negative marking for every wrong answer. For every 1 mark question, 1/3 is deducted and for every 2 marks question, the fraction becomes 2/3.
    6. Though there is no negative marking for numerical questions and only for theoretical MCQs, giving them ample time is suggested.
    7. Consultation with fellow candidates in the group coaching centres will help the candidates to exchange notes and get a collective idea of new methods and strategies to approach the exam.
    8. While studying, following a systematic manner by creating bullet points, flow charts, graphs and figures is important for a clearer
    9. Certain questions are asked which are interlinked or share one or more pieces of information required to solve the problems. Paying more attention to the common links will make it easier.
    10. When a candidate feels like he or she is prepared to take the exam, there are mock tests available on the official GATE website, which they should try to solve over and above their usual practice.

    Types of Questions Asked 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.

    1. Based on memory: These questions test the candidate’s retention power. They include definitions, facts, theorems, laws, formulae, principles etcetera.
    2. Based on comprehension: These questions check how well does the candidate understand his or her subject by asking them to give answers of rudimentary
    3. Based on analytical powers: These questions, by the very nature of them, test the analytical prowess of the candidates. They are asked to make the candidates draw conclusions and answer from their observations of the study.
    4. Based on the application: This is a direct examination of how well the candidates can apply their acquired knowledge in practical ideas.
    5. Common data-based questions: The common data questions mean multiple questions have been formed out of a single problem, all of which are independent of each other. They are related to same facts and figures, but one can be solved without the help of the other.
    6. Linked questions: The linked questions are interconnected in the sense that the previous question needs to be solved and solved correctly to move on to the next one and get the right answer to it. One could say that these questions are step-like in manner. If any one of them goes wrong, the remaining questions answered after that will all become wrong.

    GATE Eligibility

    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.

    Qualification RequiredDescription about the Qualifying DegreeStatus of the DegreeYear of Passing

    (not later than)
    B.E./B.Tech/B.Pharm4-years B.Tech (after 10+2) in any stream or 3-years B.Tech lateral entry (after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology). Final year candidates may also apply.Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
    B.Arch5-years bachelor’s degree in ArchitecturePursuing final year examination or completed2018
    B.Sc. Research/B.S.4-years Bachelor’s degree in Science (post-diploma or after 10+2)Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
    M. Sc./M.A./MCA or
    Master’s degree in Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalentCurrently in the final year or completed2018
    Int. M.E/M.Tech
    4-years Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / TechnologyPresently in 2nd/3rd/4th year or completed2010
    Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)5-years Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering/TechnologyCurrently in 4th/5th year or completed2019
    Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated
    B. S./M. S. program
    Pursuing final year examination or completed2018
    Professional Society Examination equivalent to B.Tech/B.E./B.ArchB.E/B.Tech/B.Arch equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India)Completed section A or equivalent of such professional

    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:

    1. Their bachelor’s degree must be in engineering or technology and must be of 4 years at least.
    2. They must have completed or must be in the final year of the degree.
    3. In case they are postgraduate students, the duration must be of 2 years in any stream of science, and the point (b) applies as well.

    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.

    About GATE Online Application and Registration System

    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.

    CategoryApplication Fee
    Women CandidatesRs. 750/-
    SC/ST/PwD CandidatesRs. 750/-
    All Other CandidatesRs. 1500/-
    GATE International CandidatesUS Dollars 50

    After the registration is complete, it is preferable if the students take out a printout of the form for future reference.

    List of Exam Centres For GATE

    Zone No.Zonal GATE OfficeTentative List of Examination Cities/Towns*
    1IISc Bangalore
    Bengaluru – 560 012
    Ananthapuramu, Angamaly, Bagalkot, Ballari (Bellary), Belagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, Bidar, Davanagere, Hassan, Hubballi (Hubli), Hyderabad, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Kannur, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangaluru, Manipal, Mysuru (Mysore), Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Shivamogga (Shimoga), Thrissur, Tumakuru, Vatakara
    2IIT Bombay
    Powai, Mumbai – 400 076
    Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Baramati, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Jalgaon, Kankavli, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Surat, Thane, Vadodara
    3IIT Delhi
    Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110 016
    Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh-Rohtak, Bikaner, Faridabad, Greater NOIDA, Gurugram, Hisar, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, New Delhi, Palwal, Samba, Sikar, Udaipur, Ujjain
    4IIT Guwahati
    Guwahati – 781 039
    Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Burdwan, Dhanbad, Dibrugarh, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Itanagar, Jorhat, Kalyani, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Shillong, Silchar, Siliguri, Tezpur
    5IIT Kanpur
    Kanpur – 208 016
    Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi
    6IIT Kharagpur
    Kharagpur – 721 302
    Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada (Surampalem), Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajamahendravaram (Rajahmundry), Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
    7IIT Madras
    Chennai – 600 036
    Alappuzha, Aluva, Attingal, Bapatla, Chengannur, Chennai, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode-Thiruchengode, Gudur, Guntur, Idukki, Kadapa, Kanjirapally, Kanyakumari-Nagercoil, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Madurai, Muvattupuzha, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nedumangad, Nellore, Ongole, Pala, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Punalur, Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvannamalai, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar, Warangal
    8IIT Roorkee
    Roorkee – 247 667
    Ambala, Amritsar, Baddi (HP), Bathinda, Bhimtal, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani, Hamirpur (HP), Jalandhar, Khanna, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mohali, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, NOIDA, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala, Roorkee, Sangrur, Shimla-Solan, Sonepat, Una, Yamunanagar
    9International GATE,
    IIT Guwahati
    Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal), Singapore

    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.

    Important Dates for GATE 2019

    In the table below, all the important dates related to GATE 2019 are mentioned.

    EventsDates (Announced)
    Commencement of Online Application Form1st September 2018
    Last Date of Application Form Submission1st October 2018 (Extended)
    Last Date for correction in Gender, Category & PwD status16th November 2018
    Correction in examination city16th November 2018
    Admit Card Availability4th January 2019
    GATE 2018 Exam Date2nd, 3rd February & 9th, 10th February 2018
    (Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon)
    (Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
    The detailed subject-wise exam schedule is given in the GATE website.
    Answer Key Released February / March 2019 (Tentative)
    Challenges/Contests by Candidates March 2019 (Tentative)
    Final answer key releaseMarch 2019
    Result Declaration16th March 2019
    Downloading of Score Card BeginsMarch to May 2019
    Counselling CommenceApril 2019

    GATE 2018 Question Papers

    IIT Guwahati released the question papers of this year on February 19. Here are the links to the five most popular branches.

    GATE Exam Pattern

    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 –

    • 70% for theoretical questions
    • 15% for general aptitude
    • 15% for numerical problems

    PSUs Accepting GATE Score

    Name of PSUDisciplineNotification Date
    DRDOElectronics Engg & Comm. Engg, CS & Engg, Mechanical Engg, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Aerospace Engg, Mathematics, Chemical EnggJanuary 2019
    THDCMechanical & Automation Engineering/ Electrical (Power)/ Electrical & Electronics/ Power Systems & High Voltage/Power Civil EngineeringJanuary 2019
    BPCLMechanical EngineeringFeb -2019
    Power GridElectrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & CommunicationJanuary 2019
    NLC India LtdMechanical, Electrical & Electronics & Communication, Civil & Structural, Electronics, Instrumentation & Control, CS, IT, MiningJanuary 2019
    NTPCMechanical, Industrial, Production, Thermal, Mechanical & Automation, Power, Electrical, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control, Power System & High Voltage, Power Electronics, Mining, Electronics, Electronics and Telecommunication, Electronics and Power and InstrumentationJanuary 2019
    Vizag SteelMechanical, Electrical & Metallurgy EngineeringJanuary 2019
    CELElectronics & Communication, Electrical, Material Science, MechanicalJanuary 2018
    MDLMechanical & Industrial & Production, Production & Management & Industrial, Electrical, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & InstrumentationFebruary 2019
    IOCLChemical, Petrochemical, Civil, CS & IT, Electrical, Electronics & Mechanical Communication, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunications, Instrumentation, Electronics & InstrumentationFebruary 2019
    SAILMechanical, Metallurgy, Electrical, Chemical, Instrumentation & Mining Engg.To be notified
    BHELIndustrial & Production, Manufacturing (NIFFT Ranchi), Mechanical Production & Tool, Production Technology, Mechatronics, Manufacturing Process and Automation, Power Plant Production, Production and Industrial, Thermal, Manufacturing Technology, Power, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical, Instrumentation & Control, High Voltage Power Systems & High Voltage, Electrical Machine & Power, Power Plant, Energy, PowerFebruary 2019
    GAILChemical, Petrochemical, Technology, Mechanical, Production & Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical & Automobile, Electrical & Electronics, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Electrical & Electronics, CS, IT, Electronics & Communication & Telecommunication, Electrical & TelecommunicationJanuary 2019
    HPCLMechanical, Mechanical & Production, Civil Electrical & Electronics , Electronics, Electronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Applied Electronics, Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Control, Electronics & Instrumentation, Instrumentation & Process Control, Chemical, Petrochemical, Petroleum Refining & Petroleum RefiningFebruary 2019
    HALMechanical & Industrial, Mechanical & Production, Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Electrical & Instrumentation, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Control, Instrumentation & Electronics, Applied Electronics & Instrumentation, Electronics & Instrumentation and TelecommunicationJanuary 2019
    BEMLMechanical, Electrical & Electronics, MetallurgyJanuary 2019
    OIL IndiaMechanical, Geophysics, GeologyJanuary 2019
    BBNLElectrical and Electronics, Electrical, Information Technology, Computer Science, Electronics and CommunicationJanuary 2019
    BAARC: OCES, DGFSMechanical Engineering. Civil Engineering, Electrical Engg. Electronics & Communication Engg, CS, Metallurgical Engg, Chemical Engg, Instrumentation EnggFebruary 2018
    WBSEDCLElectrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics (Combined), Power Engg, Civil Engg, Construction Engg, IT, CS, Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electronics & CommunicationLast week of February 2018
    Tata PowerElectrical, Mechanical, Electronics, Controls and Instrumentation, Power EngineeringMarch 2019
    BSNLTelecom, Electronics, Radio, Computer, Electrical, Information Technology, Instrumentation, M.Sc (Electronics) Or (Computer Science)March 2019
    DRDOTo be notifiedDec 2018
    RCFLMechanical, Chemical or Electrical & Instrumentation EngineeringMarch 2019
    RITESCivil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics & TelecommunicationsMarch 2019
    Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of IndiaComputer Science, Electronics and Communications, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Telecommunication, ElectronicsApril 2019
    ONGC Ltd.Mechanical, Petroleum, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Telecom, E&T, PG in Physics with Electronics, Instrumentation, Chemical, Applied Petroleum, PG in Geo-Physics, PG in Mathematics, PG in Petroleum Technology, PG in Chemistry, Auto, Computer, Information Technology, PG in Geology, PG in Petroleum, Geo-Science, PG in Geological Technology, MCA, “B’Level Diploma as per Dept of Electronics, GOApril 2019
    Haryana Power UtilitiesElectronics & Communication, Electronics & Telecommunication, Electronics & Electrical, Communication, Civil, Computer Science, Information Technology, Mechanical, Electrical & ElectronicsApril 2019
    PSPCLElectricalApril 2019
    MidhaniMechanical, Electrical, MetallurgyApril 2019
    NFLMechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Materials, CS, IT or Civil EngineeringTo be notified
    MECLGeophysics, GeologyJanuary 2019
    NHAICivil EngineeringJune 2019
    NPCIL through GATE 2019Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Chemical, Electronics & Communication, Civil EngineeringMarch 2018
    DMRCElectrical, ElectronicsTo be notified
    IRCONCivil, ElectricalTo be notified
    BSPCLElectrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Production, Industrial Engg, Production & Industrial Engg, Thermal, Mechanical & Automation, Power Engg, Civil Engg, Electronics & Instrumentation & Control Electronics, Electronics & Tele-communication, Electronics & Power, Power Electronics , Electronics & Communication, CSE, ITTo be notified
    IPRPhysics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engg, Electrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics Engg.To be notified
    PSTCLElectrical & Electronics, Mechanical, Electronics & Communication, Instrumentation & Control, Civil, Computer Science, ITTo be notified
    NBCC Ltd.Civil EngineeringTo be notified
    NHPCElectrical & Electronics,Power Systems & High Voltage, Power Engg, Civil Engg, Mechanical, Production, thermal, Mechanical & Automation Engg, Geology,Applied GeologyTo be notified
    KRIBHCOChemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Computer, Electronics & Communication and Instrumentation EngineeringTo be notified
    Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC Ltd)Civil EngineeringTo be notified
    GSECLElectrical, Mechanical, C & I, Metallurgy and Environment EngineeringTo be notified
    Coal India LtdMechanical, Electrical, Mining and GeologyTo be notified
    BNPMMechanical, Electrical, Electronics & Communication and Chemical EngineeringTo be notified
    National Textile CorporationTextile EngineeringTo be notified
    Rail Vikas Nigam LtdCivil, EE, ECETo be notified
    EdCIL IndiaCivil, Electronics & Communication EngineeringTo be notified
    KRCLCivil Engineering, Mechanical Engg, Electrical Engg, Electrical & Electronics Engg, Electronics Engg, Electronics & Telecommunication EnggTo be notified
    NALCOMechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Metallurgy, Mining, Chemical , Civil EnggTo be notified
    OPGC LtdMechanical, Electrical, Civil, C & ITo be notified

    Syllabus for the GATE Exam

    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.

    GATE Results and Scorecards Dates

    GATE final answer keysMarch 14
    GATE resultsMarch 17
    GATE scorecardsMarch 20

    GATE Admit Card

    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.

    GATE Answer Keys

    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.

    GATE Counselling

    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.

    Common Offer Acceptance Portal (COAP)

    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.

    Words of Wisdom from Toppers

    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:

    • It is important to clear the concepts of the course that you are applying to be tested on.
    • Mock tests help you prepare for all possible questions that may be asked in the examination. They also help you access your level of preparation and the competition that you might have to face. Previous year question papers also help because it may happen that the question asked before, appears again with minor changes.
    • It is important to follow a strict timetable, follow up on the schedule of the coaching classes and simultaneously revise the course.
    • While attempting the examination, attempt those questions first which you are familiar with. This will save time for you to attempt difficult questions later.


    1. Can the candidate appear in any paper he/she chooses?

    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.

    1. After completing the ONLINE application process and generating a PDF file, will the candidates be able to change the application data?

    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.

    1. Is admit card sufficient to sit for the exam?

    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.

    1. What items are not allowed inside the examination hall?

    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.

    1. Will scribe be provided for PwD candidates?

    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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