GATE Entrance Exam 2018: Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility and Fee, Exam Pattern, Results, Score Card

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a mandatory examination for admission in post graduate courses offered by MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) supported institutes and other government colleges. It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and seven IITs jointly on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE which comes under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

Apart from this, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like GAIL, BHEL, IOCL, ONGC, and NTPC etc. use GATE exam score for their recruitment process. Recently, even the Cabinet Secretariat has started utilizing the GATE score for the recruitment of candidates under Group ‘A’ category, for the post of SRO (Senior Research Officer) and SFO (Senior Field Officer).

Here are the complete details for GATE entrance exam 2018

GATE Exam Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Begins

01 September 2017

Last Date for Online Application submission

09 October 2017 (8 P.M.)

Admit Card Availability

05 January 2018

GATE Exam 2018

Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th February 2018

Announcement of the Result

17th March 2018

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Other Important Details

  • IIT Guwahati is the organizing institute for the GATE entrance exam 2018.
  • The examination will be conducted both in India and abroad. Following are the examination centres outside the country:
    • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
    • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    • Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    • Dubai (UAE)
    • Kathmandu (Nepal) and
    • Singapore

GATE Exam Pattern & Syllabus


Details about the GATE Exam

Mode of Examination

CBT or Computer Based Test.

Number of question paper.


Number of questions.


Nature of questions.

Objective Type and Numerical Answer type.

Total Marks


Marking Scheme

Objective Type Paper - 1 or 2 marks.

Numerical Answer Type - 1 or 2 marks.

Negative Marking Scheme.

Only for Objective Type Paper. For 1 mark question 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answer and for 2 marks questions 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.


No negative marking for Numerical

Answer Type questions.

Duration of the exam

3 hours.

List of Subjects for GATE 2018 Exam

Paper Code

Name of Paper /Subject


Aerospace Engineering


Geology and Geophysics


Agricultural  Engineering


Instrumentation  Engineering


Architecture and Planning






Mechanical Engineering


Civil Engineering


Mining Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Metallurgical Engineering


Computer Science and Information Technology


Petroleum Engineering






Production and Industrial Engineering


Electronics and Communication Engineering


Textile Engineering and Fibre Science


Electrical Engineering


Ecology and Evolution


Engineering Sciences


Life Sciences

Note – The two papers XE and XL comprise of further following sections. 


XE Section


Engineering Mathematics.


Fluid Mechanics


Materials Science


Solid Mechanics D


Thermodynamics E


Polymer Science and Engineering


F Food Technology


Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences


XL Section


Chemistry (Compulsory)










Food Technology

Eligibility for GATE Exam

Age Limit

There is no age limit for the GATE Examination.


The candidate should have an Indian nationality. In addition, the candidate from the countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri-Lanka, Ethiopia, U.A.E and Singapore are also eligible to appear for the exam.

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B. Tech/ B.E /B.Arch) in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. or diploma).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (5 years).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science (4 years).
  • Candidates with Masters Degree in any branch of Mathematics, Science, Statistics or Computer Application are also eligible to appear for the exam. Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology (4 years or 5 years).
  • Candidates, who have obtained their qualifications (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech) from institutions recognised by the UPSC/AICTE/MHRD, are also eligible to appear for the GATE Exams.

Note: Candidates appearing for final year examinations of the above courses are also eligible for GATE exam.

GATE Exam Application Process

Candidates can apply for GATE exam 2018 through GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System) website (

The application process starts with GOAPS registration. The candidates are required to register with a valid e-mail address and mobile number and create a strong password. The email address or mobile number is used for all future communications. On successful registration, candidates receive an enrollment id.

Candidates can utilize the GOAPS interface to interact with the GATE administration and do the following:

  • Apply for the GATE Exams
  • Upload required documents such as Signature, Photographs, certificates etc.
  • Application fee payment
  • Track the status of their application form online: Received, Accepted, Under Scrutiny, Rejected, Reasons of Rejection, Defect status, Status after Rectification etc.
  • Download admit card.
  • View Result and Download GATE score card.

Application Fee for GATE 2018 Exam

All candidates are required to pay an application fee along with their application form. The application fee is Non-refundable and Non-transferable.

For Indian Examination Centres


Fee Amount


â‚?1; 750

Female Applicants

â‚?1; 750

All other applicants

â‚?1; 1500

For Foreign Countries Examination Centres


Fee Amount

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka and Kathmandu

US$ 50

Dubai and Singapore

US$ 100

Application fee for GATE exam can be paid online through Net-Banking or e-challan. The international candidates can pay their application fee through the Net Banking or by using their Credit Card.

Other Details

Admit Card

Candidates can download their Admit Card from the online portal from January 5th, 2018 (tentative) onwards. No hard copies of the Admit Card will be sent to candidates on their mailing address. Don’t forget to carry your admit card to the examination centre along with you Identity proof (PAN card, Aadhaar card, passport, voter ID, driving license etc.). GATE Admit card and original ID proof are mandatory to enter into the examination hall.

GATE Exam 2018 Results

GATE 2018 results are scheduled to be announced on 17 March, 2018 at GOAPS website. The score will be valid for three years from the date of result announcement.

GATE Exam Score Card

After the result announcement, qualified candidates can download their GATE score cards. GATE score card can be downloaded from 20 March 2018 to 31 May 2018. After 31 May 2018, GATE score card (soft copy) will be available for a payment of â‚?1; 500 (five hundred) till 31 December 2018.


Q. 1. What is the date of GATE 2018 Exam?

The GATE 2018 Exam will be held on Feb 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th February 2018. Each day it will be conducted in two sessions: Morning Sessions from 9 AM – 12 PM and in Afternoon Session from 2 AM – 5 PM.

Q.2. What is the eligibility for the GATE Exam?

The candidate should have done his Bachelors in Science or Engineering. Students in the final year of their graduation can also appear for the GATE Exam. 

Q.3. If there is any age limit for the GATE Exam?

No. There is no age limit for the GATE Exam.

Q. 4. If the hard copy of Application form is to be sent?

No. There is no need to send the hard copy of the Application form. It should be submitted online only.

Q.5. How to track the status of one’s application form online?

Candidate can track the status of their online application form with the help of their login credentials for GOAPS (GATE Online Application Processing System).

Q.6. Is it necessary to upload one’s photograph and signature as per the specified dimensions?

Yes. It is important to submit one’s photograph and signature as per the required dimensions in the application form. Otherwise it will be rejected.

Q.7. Can any changes be made after filling the online application form and submitting it?

No. It would not be possible for the candidate to make any further changes in the application form once it is being submitted.

Q.8. If a candidate is in the final year of his degree but has not been given mark sheet, will he be allowed to take up the exam?

Yes he is eligible to take the GATE Exam, if he provides the provisional certificate or mark sheet of his earlier semesters.

Q.9. What identification proof are accepted along with the Application form?

Following identification proofs are accepted – Passport, Voter id, PAN Card, Aadhaar, College id, Employee id and driving license.

Q. 10. How to make payment of application fee through the e-challan mode?

The candidate should get the print of the generated e-challan receipt and go to any branch of SBI and pay the required money. Bank may charge processing fees and other charges.