GATE 2018 Overview

Accepted For : M.Tech

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

01 Sep, 2017


Exam Date

03 Feb, 2018

71 days to go

Highlights of GATE

Conducting Body IIT Guwahati
Frequency Yearly
Streams Engineering
Degrees Master in Technology-M.Tech
Level PG
Mode Online
Total Marks 100
Duration 3 hours

About GATE 2018

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a National-level examination, which is conducted for candidates seeking admissions in Post Graduate Programmes (M.E., M.Tech, MS, Direct Ph.D.) in institutes like IITs and IISc etc. with financial assistance from MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). The GATE scores are also used by PSUs for recruiting candidates for various prestigious jobs. A total of 23 papers are conducted as part of GATE examination. Candidates can apply for only one of the papers based on the discipline of their qualifying degree or their admission plan. While applying for the paper of their choice, candidates must also keep in mind the eligibility criteria set by the institutions where they wish to get admission.

Important Exam Dates

01 Sep, 2017 to 09 Oct, 2017
Exam Date
03 Feb, 2018 to 11 Feb, 2018
Declaration of Result
17 Mar, 2018

GATE 2018 Conducting Body

IIT Guwahati is the Organising Institute for GATE 2018. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) jointly administer the conduct of GATE. The operations related to GATE in each of the eight zones are managed by a zonal GATE Office at the IITs or IISc. The Organizing Institute (OI) is responsible for the end-to-end process and coordination amongst the administering Institutes. 

Contact Details

Organising Chairman, GATE 2018
GATE Office,
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Guwahati-781039, Assam


1. What is GATE?

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

2. For how many GATE papers can I apply?

A candidate can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in the GATE INFORMATION BROCHURE or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.
1. The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree.
2.The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she is seeking admission.

3. Will there be any provision for keeping my bag or things like mobile at the exam centre?

No, the GATE authorities will not be making any such arrangements. Candidates will be carrying these things at their own risk.

4. Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?

No. Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the computer laboratory where the exam will be conducted only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.

5. What items are not permitted inside the examination venue?

Only admit card, identification card and a pen shall be permitted to be taken by the candidate to be taken into the examination hall. A simple wrist watch without any calculation device is permissible.

6. Will there be any arrangement at the test centre for the safekeeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?

No, such arrangements will not be possible at the test centre.

7. For how many years GATE score card is valid?

GATE score card is valid for 3 years.

8. Can I use my GATE score card against PSUs recruitment? If yes, then until what year?

Yes, you can use your GATE score card against PSUs recruitment. Almost all PSUs accept GATE scorecard of the current year for current year recruitment. So, GATE score card would be valid only for PSUs recruiting through GATE.

9. Can you tell us something about self-financing & sponsorship in GATE?

Some institutions specify GATE qualification as mandatory even for admission of self-financing students to postgraduate programmes. GATE qualified candidates are also eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship in CSIR Laboratories and CSIR sponsored projects. Top rank holders in some GATE papers are entitled to apply for “Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship” awarded by CSIR. Some government organisations prescribe GATE qualification as a requirement for applying to the post of a Scientist/ Engineer.