GATE ECE Entrance Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering ECE Entrance Exam

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Each and every student has to pass the stage of examination. As soon as a student gets out of a school life, he starts looking up for opportunities and collects its entrance forms. There are variety of subjects and variety of fields that give rise to variety of options to choose for getting your graduate or post graduate degree. It totally depends upon your choice and the field of interest that provokes you to get the admission into a particular field. And, to get the admission, you have to clear the entrance exam at the first stage.

About The Examination :

The most important thing is you can take the help of last year questions papers or say sample papers. You can solve them as much as you can and practice them on a regular basis at the time of your vacations. This makes you faster, quick, and capable of solving the paper easily. GATE is not as easy and not as tough. It just requires practice and the presence of mind with full concentration. The topics included in the question paper include verbal ability, numerical ability, engineering mathematics, electronics and communication engineering which involve a huge number of topics. All the best for your preparation and go ahead!

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Qualifying DegreeQualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)Description of Eligible candidatesYear of Qualification cannot be later than
B.E./B.Tech. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology with elecctronics and communiccation (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
B.Sc. (ECE)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in ECE(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2018


Notification for GATE 2018 July 05, 2017
Start Date for GATE 2018 Application Form Through GOAPS August 31, 2017
Last Date for GATE 2018 Application Form October 09, 2017
Minor modifications in GATE 2018 Application Form Third week of October
Change in category, gender and PwD status  October 28, 2017
Change in exam city in Application Form of GATE 2018 November 13 to 17, 2017
GATE Mock Test 2018 November 23, 2017
GATE 2018 Exam schedule announced December 8, 2017
GATE 2018 Admit Card Availability January 04, 2018 (Friday)
GATE 2018 Exam February 03-04, 2018 and February 10-11, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays) Forenoon - 9 AM to 12 PM Afternoon - 2 PM to 5 PM
GATE 2018 Response Sheet Availability Second week of February
Answer Key availability of GATE 2018 Third week of February
GATE 2018 Answer Key challenge date First week of March
GATE 2018 Result March 17, 2018 (Saturday)
Availability of GATE 2018 Score Card March 20 to May 31, 2018 (Saturday)


GATE is considered to be the standard examination conducted not only for post graduation admissions but also to open the gates for lucrative opportunities in several public sector enterprises and research organizations. Based on the score achieved in GATE, admissions are offered in IITs, IISc, and NITs, and abundant opportunities for campus placements with salary packages ranging from Rs. 6 lakh to 30 lakh. Candidates on qualifying GATE, get a financial aid of 8000/- pm in the form of UGC scholarship.

Students interested in management can swing in the management line by pursuing a PG Diploma of 2 years in Industrial Engineering. Some institutes in India also offer admissions in the post Graduate programmes on the basis of GATE score.

Exam Duration - 3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Questions Asked - 65

Total Marks - 100

Question Types

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions


Marking Scheme

  • For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt.
  • In case of 2-mark MCQs, the candidate will be penalised 2/3 mark for wrong attempt
  • For questions that aren’t attempted, zero marks will be awarded.
  • There is no negative marking for numerical answer type (NAT) questions.



  • General Aptitude*
  • Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)*
  • Subject-specific section


General Aptitude (GA) : Common in all papers
AE: Aerospace Engineering PH: Physics
AG: Agricultural Engineering PI: Production and Industrial Engineering
AR: Architecture and Planning TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
BT: Biotechnology XE -A: Engineering Mathematics
CE: Civil Engineering XE-B: Fluid Mechanics
CH: Chemical Engineering XE-C: Materials Science
CS: Computer Sc. and Information Technology XE-D: Solid Mechanics
CY: Chemistry XE-E: Thermodynamics
EC: Electronics and Communication Engineering XE-F: Polymer Science and Engineering
EE: Electrical Engineering XE – G: Food Technology
EY: Ecology and Evolution XE – H: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
GG: Geology and Geophysics XL – P: Chemistry
IN: Instrumentation Engineering XL-Q: Biochemistry
MA: Mathematics XL-R: Botany
ME: Mechanical Engineering XL – S: Microbiology
MN: Mining Engineering XL – T: Zoology
MT: Metallurgical Engineering XL – U: Food Technology
PE: Petroleum Engineering  


  • GATE ECE examination consists only of multiple and numerical answer type questions, hence only correct answer fetches marks.
  • Practice previous year question papers and analyze the weak topics and concentrate more on those topics. Candidates must try to solve the papers in a given time limit to obtain an idea as to how many questions are solved within the allotted time.
  • Impart equal emphasis on both theory and numerical problems. 
  • Browse through the GATE ECE syllabus for topics allotted more weightage and prepare them.
  • Group Study is an effective way to brush up knowledge about technical topics with fellow partners and also helps to explore new techniques and methods to better understand the topics.
  • Do not make wild guess as there is negative marking associated with the questions. 
  • Prepare the list of important definitions, equations, derivations, theorems, laws in every subject.
  • Pay more attention while attempting linked and common data questions.


Students who are attempt the Gate ECE Entrance exam for taking admission in IITs and want to do post graduation from well reputated college, can check here their answer key only clicking on a single link which is given below -

Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) - Question PaperAnswer Key


GATE qualifying cutoff for ECE

2017 25.00 22.50 16.60
2016 25 22.5 16.6
2015 25 22.5 16.67
2014 25.56 23.01 17.04
2013 25 22.25 16.67

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