GATE 2018: Application, Admit Card, Exam Dates, Result & Score Card

GATE 2018 is around the corner! The online registration process (through GOAPS) has already started. This article will be of help to GATE aspirants from India and abroad. Here, you will be reading about details such as – date of registration, admit card release date, dates of examination, answer key release date, result declaration date, score card issuing date and counseling date.

GATE 2018

If you are a GATE aspirant, you must be well aware about the chain of events associated with this examination. This article will help you understand the exam-schedule inside out!


Here, I’ve provided the entire timeline of GATE 2018. You will find all the events – right from registration to counseling – and dates associated with each event.


Each event associated with GATE 2018 has been clearly mentioned here. Against each event, the scheduled dates have also been mentioned. Here are some competitive exams for 10th pass students – FYJC 2019 and TSRJC CET 2019.


Before checking out the GATE 2018 timeline, let us check out some basic details about GATE 2018. Here are the details –


GATE 2018: Details

Serious and dedicated candidates know almost all basic facts related to GATE. Still, I’m providing the basic details for my readers.


GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. It is an engineering entrance examination.


GATE is conducted each year. A valid score in GATE is necessary to secure admission in Master’s (M.E./M.Tech.), Postgraduate and PhD programs from reputed institutes such as IITs, IISc and NITs.


GATE consists of total 23 papers. A candidate is supposed to appear for only one paper in one attempt. The exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT). You may use the chart provided below to check out GATE papers –


GATE 2018 papers


Valid score in GATE will also help candidates avail scholarships from MHRD and Central Government Institutes. In short, if you are planning for higher studies in fields such as – engineering, technology, science and architecture – this exam will be of help to you.


Apart from that, GATE can also help you build your dream career. A job in the core sector in a Government enterprise is a dream that many engineering graduates nourish.


Many well known PSUs (Public Sector Undertaking) recruit engineering graduates through GATE. PSUs use GATE recruitment to fill posts such as – Graduate Engineering Trainee, Grade A Officer, Management Trainee etc (depends upon the recruiting PSU).


Some of the well known PSUs that recruit through GATE are – ONGC, SAIL, BPCL, HPCL, BHEL, Power Grid, HAL, IOCL etc. So, if you are an engineering graduate looking for employment, GATE could be of help to you!


GATE 2018 is conducted by IIT Guwahati. You may refer the institute’s official website to obtain notifications and updates. GATE brochure, details, links to useful sites etc are provided on the institute’s portal.


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Let us check out GATE eligibility criteria now. Here are details such as – age limit, educational qualifications required and other requirements –


GATE 2018 Eligibility

Qualifying Degree Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Year of qualification no later than
B.E./B.Tech.B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology) Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
B.Arch. Bachelor’s Degree holders of Architecture (5 years long course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
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 2018
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 2018
Integrated M.E./M.Tech. (Post-B.Sc.) Post-B.Sc. Integrated Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years long course) Currently in the final year or already completed 2020
Integrated M.E./M.Tech./Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s Degree or Dual Degree program in Engineering/Technology (5 years long course) Currently in the 4th or 5th year or already completed 2019
Integrated M.Sc./Integrated B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5 years long Integrated B.S.-M.S. course Currently in the final year or already completed 2018
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.) B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations of professional societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA


Let us check out GATE 2018 schedule and timeline now. Here are details such as – timeline of events, date of registration, date of issuing admit card, date of online examination, date of issuing answer key, result declaration date, date of issuing score card, counseling date –


GATE 2018 Timeline & Schedule

Sr No Event Date Day
1 GATE 2018 online application starts 1st September, 2017 Friday
2 Last date for applying online 5th October, 2017 Thursday
3 Last date for requesting change of examination city 17th November, 2017 Friday
4 Admit card made available for printing 05th January, 2018 Friday
5 GATE 2018 online examination dates 03rd, 04th, 10th and 11th February, 2018 (Forenoon: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Afternoon: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) Saturday, Sunday, Saturday and Sunday respectively
6 Result declaration 17th March, 2018 Saturday
7 Issuing score card for download 20th March, 2017 Tuesday
8 GATE 2018 Counseling 1st or 2nd week of April, 2018


Let us have a closer look at the important dates. Here are dates associated with important events such as – registration, result declaration and counseling –


GATE 2018 Online Registration

Online registration starts from 1st September, 2017. The last date for registering online is 5th October, 2017. Candidates may register online using the GOAPS website.


GATE 2018 Admit Card release date

To enter the exam center, a candidate must possess a valid admit card. After registering for GATE 2018, candidates may download the admit card from GOAPS website on 5th January, 2018.


GATE 2018 Online Examination date

As mentioned before, it is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination will be conducted across the exam centers on – 03rd, 04th, 10th and 11th February, 2018. Forenoon session timing – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Afternoon session timing – 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


GATE 2018 Answer key

The answer key will be released a few weeks after the examination. Candidates may download and use it to calculate their probable GATE score.


GATE 2018 result declaration

GATE results will be declared online. It will be declared on 17th March, 2018.


GATE 2018 Score card

Score card will be made available for download a week after result declaration. This event could happen anywhere between 20th – 25th March, 2018.


GATE 2018 Counseling

Admission counseling sessions are expected to start on 1st or 2nd week of April, 2018 (tentative dates).

Dharmesh Shrivastav
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