GATE Entrance Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 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 :

GATE examination includes many branches such as electronics, IT, computer science, civil, electrical, mechanics and the list is never ending. You have to prepare well so as to perform the best in the entrances. The exams held by several universities and institutes are tough as compared to the general admissions. The principles, laws, facts and formulas are to be kept into mind while you appear for this exam. So, be prepared, take a good nap and you are then all set to go. All the best!

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Qualifying DegreeQualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)Description of Eligible candidatesYear of Qualification cannot be later than
B.E./B.Tech./B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology  (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B. Arch. Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S. Bachelor’s degree in Science(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2019
M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2019
Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program) Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4thyear or already completed 2021
Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree program Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2020
Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2019


Start Date for GATE Application Form Through GOAPS 1st September 2018
Last Date for GATE Application Form 23rd September 2018
Application correction 27th September 2018 - 26th November 2018 
Corrections of Gender / Category / PwD Status / Dyslexia and other similar learning disabilities 31st October – 7th November 2018
Requesting Change of Examination City (an additional fee will be applicable) 13th November 2018 - 16th November 2018
Paper Change Request (closed) 17th October 2018 to 24th October 2018
Mock Test Release Available
GATE Admit Card Availability 4th January 2019  
GATE Aptitude Test 2nd & 3rd February (9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon) and 9th & 10th February 2019 (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)
Announcement of Results 16th March 2019
Score Card Release 20th March to 31st May 2019
Counselling Starts 1st week of April 2019


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 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 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.


GATE 2018 Question Papers and Answer Keys
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Question Paper Answer Key
Agricultural Engineering (AG)
Question Paper Answer Key
Architecture and Planning (AR) 
Question Paper Answer Key
Biotechnology (BT)
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Civil Engineering (CE)
Question Paper (CE01)


Question Paper (CE02)

Answer Key (CE01)


Answer Key (CE02)

Chemical Engineering (CH)
Question Paper Answer Key
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
Question Paper Answer Key
Chemistry (CY)
Question Paper Answer Key
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
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Electrical Engineering (EE)
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Ecology and Evolution (EY)
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Geology and Geophysics (GG)
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Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
Question Paper Answer Key
Mathematics (MA)
Question Paper Answer Key
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Question Paper (ME01)


Question Paper (ME02)

Answer Key (ME01)


Answer Key (ME02)

Mining Engineering (MN)
Question Paper Answer Key
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
Question Paper Answer Key
Petroleum Engineering (PE)
Question Paper Answer Key
Physics (PH)
Question Paper Answer Key
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
Question Paper Answer Key
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
Question Paper Answer Key

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