GATE 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Preparation, Test Series

A brief on GATE 2020:

GATE 2020 (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is a national level common entrance exam conducted annually for admissions into PG courses in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines. Check GATE 2020 Application Form

GATE Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates, who want to apply for GATE 2018, must make sure that they meet all of the following required criteria given below.

  1. Indian nationals along with international students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be eligible to appear for the exam.
  2. The candidates should have completed their Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science in a relevant subject
  3. Final year students can also apply for GATE.
  4. There is no age limit for the entrance test.
  5. There is also no specified minimum pass percentage (qualifying exam) to apply for GATE.

Educational Qualification:To be eligible for GATE 2018, the candidates should have qualified any one of the following examinations:

  1. E./ B.Tech/ B.Pharm
  2. Sc. (Research)/ B.S.
  3. Arch
  4. Sc./ M.A./ MCA or equivalent
  5. Professional Society Examination (equivalent to B.E./ B.Tech/ B.Arch)
  6. Integrated M.Sc./ Integrated B.S.-M.S.
  7. Integrated M.E./ M.Tech (Post-B.Sc.)
  8. Integrated M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2)
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The result of GATE 2018 will be announced on March 17. Candidates will have to log in to GOAPS by entering their Enrolment ID, Registration Number and Date of Birth to access their GATE 2018 result. The qualifying marks will be displayed in the result along with the score and All India Ranks obtained by the candidate. After the declaration of GATE result 2018, the score card will be available for the candidates who secure marks equal or more than the cutoff marks.

What are the details displayed on GATE 2018 Result?

  1. Name of the candidate
  2. GATE Registration Number
  3. Gender
  4. Examination Paper
  5. Marks out of hundred
  6. All India Rank in this paper
  7. Qualifying marks
  8. GATE Score
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GATE Application Form 2018

The application form for GATE 2018 was available online from August 31 to October 9, 2017 only through GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS). The overall registration was a five-step procedure which has been provided below for the reference of the candidates:

  1. Register for GATE 2018 through GOAPS
  2. Filling of Online GATE 2018 Application Form
  3. Uploading of Required Documents
  4. Application Fee Payment
  5. Print out of filled GATE Application Form
Categories Fees
General Rs.1500
SC/ST/PwD/Female Rs. 750
Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu (International) US$ 50
Dubai and Singapore (International) US$ 100

Corrections in GATE 2018 Application Form – Candidates were able to change their examination city selected in the application form of GATE 2018 online from November 13 to November 17, 2017. The selected exam centres in the application form of GATE 2018 could be changed by the candidates by logging into GOAPS account using their enrollment ID and password and paying a fee of Rs. 400.

Registered candidates were able to change their gender, category and PwD status in their GATE 2018 application form till October 28, 2017. To make the changes, the candidates have to log into their GOAPS account and select “Change Personal Data”. The candidates must be very careful while making the changes and verify them before submission. Additional fees were to be paid by the candidates for making the changes.

  1. For Gender change from Female to Male/Transgender – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for SC/ST and PwD candidates)
  2. For Category change from SC/ST to Gen/OBC – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)
  3. Change in PwD status from PwD to Non-PwD – Rs. 750 (Not applicable for Female and PwD candidates)

The process of application form correction had commenced. If the candidates need to correct any mistakes or wrong information entered, then he/she has to send an email (from their registered email id) with an Enrollment ID along with the document proof to their respective Zonal GATE office. All of the submitted information is not open for correction. The candidates can make minor changes in the following categories:

  1. Candidate’s Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Name of Parent/Guardian
  4. Have you graduated in the above degree (changes in Yes/No)
  5. Qualifying Degree and Year of Qualifying Degree
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The admit card of GATE 2018 is available for candidates for download from January 4, 2018. GATE 2018 admit card is available only online and candidates have to log in through GOAPS using their enrollment number or Email ID and the password. Candidates are advised to download GATE admit card and save it after printing a copy to carry to the exam hall.

The details of the candidate along with the photograph, signature, date as well as the timing of the exam and the exam centre address will be mentioned on the GATE admit card 2018. Candidates are required to bring a printed copy of the admit card of GATE 2018 to the test centre along with the original photo identification card which was mentioned by them in the application form.

Permitted Identity Cards:

  1. For Indian students are: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, Valid College ID, Employee identification card or Driving License
  2. For International students are a valid Passport/ Government issued ID/College ID/ Employee ID

There is no counselling for GATE 2018. Candidates will have to separately apply for the M.Tech admissions. Candidates will have to apply to the IITs, register separately through COAP and check their admission letter. NIT admissions are through CCMT while other institutes and state universities have their own admission process.


Only candidates who qualify in the exam can download their GATE score card from March 20 to May 31, 2018. However, after May 31, they can avail the soft copy from IIT Guwahati on payment of an online fee of Rs 500 till December 31, 2018. The marks of the candidates will be normalized as per the papers they are appearing for. The GATE marks will be out of 100 while the score is the normalized one based on the guidelines given.


Candidates who have appeared for the GATE exam can now login through GOAPS and check their recorded responses. IIT Guwahati has announced the same on February 14. The answer key of GATE 2018 have been announced by leading coaching centres like GateForum, The GATE Academy, ACE Academy and Made Easy after the conclusion of the test on each of the four dates. However, IIT Guwahati will announce the GATE 2018 official answer key for all papers soon. Candidates can use the given GATE answer key 2018 to crosscheck their answers and calculate their probable scores.


The paper analysis of GATE 2018 will allow candidates to get an idea of the difficulty levels of the test papers, weightage of the questions topic wise, a general idea of the expected cutoffs. After each test paper of GATE 2018 is over, most of the leading coaching centres like GateForum, The GATE Academy, Made Easy etc has released the paper analysis giving details of the weightage of topics, difficulty levels and more. The GATE exam analysis can be used by candidates to gauge their performance in the test and check if they will be able to qualify.


Starting 2017, IITs have designed a common offer acceptance portal (COAP) to enable candidates to check heir admission letters at one place. All GATE 2018 qualified must apply to the IITs of their choice, register through COAP and check the admission offer letters at GATE COAP. They must accept the offer that suits them best and complete the admission formalities at the respective IIT.


IIT Guwahati has released the mock test for GATE 2018 for all papers on November 23, 2017. The mock test is a simulation of the entrance exam and has the format in an exact manner as the entrance test. Candidates are advised to practice on GATE 2018 mock test to get an idea about the exam pattern and understand the GATE virtual calculator etc.

How to Prepare for GATE 2018?
Specification Overview
Examination Name GATE
Examination Category National level Post Graduate exam
Purpose of the Examination Qualifying test for admission to M.E./ M.Tech/ Ph.D and PSU recruitment
Examination Mode Online
Administered by Jointly by the IISc Bangalore and seven IITs
Score / Grade Validity 3 years
Conducting Institute (GATE 2018) IIT Guwahati
Frequency of Test Once in a year (Annual)
Number of Papers 23
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Test Duration 180 minutes
Number of Test Takers Around 9 lakhs
GATE 2018 Helpline Number 0361-258-6500
Events Dates
Admit Card Download from January 4, 2018
GATE 2018 Examination to be held February 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2018
GATE Response Sheet February 14, 2018
Challenge of answer key February 21 to 23, 2018
Result Announcement of GATE 2018 March 17, 2018
GATE 2018 Score Card Download from March 20 to May 31, 2018
GATE 2018 Examination Schedule Announced December 8, 2018
Mock Test Released November 23, 2017
Change the exam City via GOAPS November 13 to 17, 2017
Dates to Change Gender, Category and PwD Status in Application Form October 28, 2017
Last Date for Online Application Submission October 5, 2017 extended till October 9, 2017
GATE 2018 Online Enrolment August 31, 2017
Session Exam Date Time (IST) Paper
1 February 3, 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon) ME, EY, PE, XE, XL
2 February 3, 2018 (Saturday) 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon) ME, AE, MA, PI
3 February 4, 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon) CS, MN
4 February 4, 2018 (Sunday) 2:00 am-5:00 pm (Afternoon) AG, AR, BT, CH, CY, GG, IN, MT, PH, TF
5 February 10, 2018 (Saturday) 09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon) EC
6 February 10, 2018 (Saturday) 2:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon) EE
7 February 11, 2018 (Sunday) 09:00 am-12.00 pm (Forenoon) CE
8 February 11, 2018 (Sunday) 2:00 am-5:00 pm (Afternoon) CE

Candidates who are preparing for the exam can check the paper pattern of GATE 2018 to know the subjects, topics covered, marks distribution, duration of test from the table given below:

  1. Mode of Examination:The exam is computer based Test (CBT)
  2. Duration of Examination:The exam is of 3 hours duration
  3. Number of Papers:There are 23 Papers. The candidates have to appear for the examination as per their selected discipline.
  4. Common section: General Aptitude (GA) is a common section in all subjects (papers).
  5. New Section: In XE paper, new section (H) – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has been included from the year 2017 onwards.
  6. Number of Questions: The exam consists of 65 questions including 10 questions from General Aptitude.
  7. Total Marks: The test will be held for total of 100 Marks.
  8. Types of Questions: The exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
  9. Design of Questions: The questions are designed to test the following abilities: Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis and Synthesis
  10. Marks Carrying: The questions will have weightage of 1 and 2 marks
  11. Negative Marking – Yes, there is negative marking. 1/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying 1 mark. 2/3 marks to be deducted for incorrect responses in the questions carrying a weightage of 2 marks. Therer is no negative marking for NAT questions.
  12. Distribution of Questions in All Papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL:Engineering Mathematics – 15% (15 Marks), Technical Questions – 70% (70 Marks), General Aptitude – 15% (15 Marks)
  13. Distribution of Questions in Paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL:Questions from Subject Concerned – 85% (85 Marks), General Aptitude – 15% (15 Marks)

General Aptitude (GA) Questions: GA section carries a weightage of total 15 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 5 questions carry 2 marks each.

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL:These papers contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each. 30 questions carry 2 marks each.

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper: The GG paper consists of 2 parts – Part A and Part B.

  1. Part A is compulsory for all candidates. Part B consists of 2 sections: Geology (Section 1) and Geophysics (Section 2). Candidates will have to attempt questions from Part A and questions in either Section 1 or Section 2 of Part B.
  2. Part A consists of 25 questions and each question carries 1 mark. Both sections (Section 1 and Section 2 ) of Part B consists of 30 questions each carrying 2 marks each.

XE Paper (Engineering Sciences):

  1. Engineering Mathematics (Section A) is compulsory for all candidates and contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks. 7 questions carry 1 mark each and 4 questions carry 2 marks each.
  2. Any 2 of XE sections from B to H – The section contains 22 questions. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.

XL Paper (Life Sciences):

  1. Chemistry (Section P) is Compulsory for all candidates and contains 15 questions, carrying a total of 25 marks. 5 questions carry 1 mark each and 10 questions carry 2 marks each.
  2. Any two of XL Sections Q to U: The section consists of 22 questions for a total of 35 marks. 9 questions carry 1 mark each and 13 questions carry 2 marks each.

A total of 199 exam centres were available across the country. Selection of three exam centres have to be done by the candidates while filling the GATE 2018 online application form. The first and second choice should be from the same GATE zone while the third choice can be from any GATE zone. International candidates are able to attempt the examination at 6 international cities. Check out the complete list of GATE 2018 Exam Centres

GATE 2018 Zonal Centres

The IITs and IISc have been segregated as zonal centres for the ease of students. The list and websites of the zonal centres are as follows:

  1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore- Zone 1
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay- Zone 2
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi- Zone 3
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati- Zone 4
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur- Zone 5
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur- Zone 6
  7. Indian Institute of Technology Madras- Zone 7
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee- Zone 8

Candidates can get an idea of the marks they need to obtain in the exam to qualify in GATE 2018 from the tables given below. However, the GATE cutoff scores for PSU recruitment or M.Tech admissions will be dependent on the PSU or the institute to which the candidate is applying to.

Previous Year’s GATE Qualifying Cutoff

Branch 2017 2016
General OBC SC/ST/PH General OBC SC/ST/PH
EC 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6
CE 28.7 25.8 19.1 25 22.5 16.6
EE 25.2 25.2 16.7 25.1 22.5 16.7
ME 32.87 29 21 29.6 26.6 19.7
CS & IT 25 22.5 16.6 25 22.5 16.6
IN 34.6 31.1 23 31.6 28.4 21
CH 44.3 39.8 29.5 NA NA NA
BT 38.9 35 25.9 NA NA NA
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