GATE 2018 Eligibility & Registration

Accepted For : M.Tech

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

01 Sep, 2017


Exam Date

03 Feb, 2018

10 days to go

GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Students aspiring to apply for GATE 2018 examination can check the eligibility norms or criterion for GATE 2018 examination here. GATE is a national level postgraduate engineering entrance examination conducted for the admission to Master of Engineering (M.E) or M.Tech programmes in various NITs, IITs and other technical institutes. The detailed eligibility criterion for GATE 2018 examination is elaborated below.

General Eligibility Criteria for GATE 2018

  • According to the official website of GATE, there is no minimum or the maximum age limit to appear for GATE 2018 examination.

  • Only those candidates who have completed/ will complete their UG course from a recognized University or institution in 2018 are eligible for GATE 2018 examination.

  • There is no minimum percentage required in UG course for appearing in GATE 2018.

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts either. Hence, those candidates who have appeared for GATE once earlier can appear again.

Qualifying Degree Eligibility for GATE 2018

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Examination or Degree

Description of Eligible Candidates

Year of Qualification (not later than)

Professional Society Examinations that are equivalent to B.Arch, B.Tech and B.E

Only B.Arch, B.Tech and B.E. equivalent exams of Professional Societies recognized by AICTE or UPSC or MHRD

Qualified Section ‘A’ or any equivalent of such professional courses

Not Applicable (NA)

Integrated M.Sc or Integrated B.S – M.S

Integrated B.S – M.S programme or Integrated M.Sc

Already completed or yet to complete (pursuing final year)


Dual Degree after Diploma or Class 12 or Integrated M.E or M.Tech

Dual Degree programme in Technology/ Engineering (five years) or Integrated Master’s Degree programme

Already completed or pursuing 4thor 5th year


Post-B.Sc – Integrated M.E or M.Tech

Four-year Post B.Sc Integrated Master’s Degree programmes in Technology/ Engineering

Already completed or pursuing 2ndor 3rd or 4th year of the course


MCA/ MA/ M.Sc or Equivalent

Master’s Degree in any branch of Computer Applications/ Statistics/ Mathematics/ Science or equivalent

Already completed or pursuing final year


B.S / B.Sc (Research)

Post Diploma – Bachelor’s degree in Science or Bachelor’s Degree in Science 4 years after 10+2

Already completed or pursuing the 4th year



Five-year course in Bachelor’s degree in Architecture

Already completed or pursuing the final year


B.Pharmacy/ B.E/ B.Tech

Bachelor’s degree holders in Technology/ Engineering 4 after Class 12 or 3 years after B.Sc or Diploma in Technology or Engineering

Already completed or pursuing the final year


Eligibility Criteria for Foreign Candidates for GATE 2018

  • Candidates who are still pursuing or have obtained a degree from countries except India in technology or engineering (at least four years) can apply. Final year candidates can also apply for GATE 2018.

  • Candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a postgraduate degree in any subject related to Science are also eligible to register for GATE 2018.

Important Note: The candidates who are pursuing or have obtained a higher degree other than the courses mentioned above must select the minimum qualifying degree while filling the application form for GATE 2018.


1. I have passed my B-Tech successfully. I am pursuing M-Tech, can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. You will have to mention the B.Tech details on your GATE Application Form.

2. I have passed in 2017 but I have a backlog. Can I apply for GATE? 

Yes, you can. You will need to clear the backlog by August 2018 to be able to apply for admissions.

3. I have passed my degree in 2016. I don’t have my Degree certificate but I have Provisional Certificate. Will that be enough?

Yes, you can apply for GATE using any one of the following: Degree certificate / Provisional certificate/Course completion certificate / Professional certificate/Membership certificate issued by the society or institute.

4. How many times can I appear for GATE? What is the age limit?

There is no specification for the number of attempts and there is no age limit also.

5. I have completed my Graduation through Distance Learning. Can I apply for GATE?

Yes, you can. There is no specification about the mode of learning (distance or open university) but the course must be recognized by AICTE for candidates to be eligible for admissions.

6. I have chosen category as OBC, but there is no option to upload the certificate. What to do?

The OBC Certificate is not required to be uploaded. OBC certificate is required only while taking admission using the GATE score.

7. I have graduated in 2017 but I don’t have my degree certificate or provisional certificate. What document should I upload for eligibility criteria?

Please upload a copy of your final year marks sheet or upload a declaration from your college Principal (or other competent authority) along with the signature and seal.