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New Changes Introduced in GATE 2018 by IIT Guwahati

Last Updated - July 21, 2017

IIT Guwahati has released an official notification for GATE 2018. It is declared that GATE 2018 application forms will be available online on the official website ( from September 01, 2017. Deadline for submission of the online application is October 05, 2017. GATE application fee for male candidates belonging to unreserved category is INR 1500. All female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD must pay INR 750. For foreign candidates, application fee is $100 (US Dollars).

Candidates have the choice to change their preferred examination cities until November 17, 2017. Examination is scheduled to be conducted on the first two Saturdays and Sundays of February 2018. Answer Keys will be released two weeks after the completion of exam.  Results will be declared on March 17, 2018. Counselling sessions will commence from second week of April.

Why is GATE conducted?

Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) in rotation. This test is taken by aspirants who wish to pursue Post Graduation courses offered by the conducting institutes in streams related to their Undergraduate stream of Engineering or other degree.

A vast majority of colleges, institutes and universities offering Post Graduation courses accept score obtained by candidates as criteria for admissions into their programs.

GATE scores are also used by companies under Public Sector Undertaking (PSUs) as a vital criterion for recruitment. 

The examination is designed to test the aspirant’s comprehensive understanding of undergraduate subjects like engineering/architecture/technology.

GATE 2018 Subjects

Based on the choice of Undergraduate degree stream and the Post Graduate stream, candidates must select one of the 23 papers available in GATE. Applicants must make this choice at the time of GATE Application form filling itself.

Only one subject or section, General Aptitude, will remain common to all of the 23 GATE paper as far as syllabus is concerned.

The 23 tests based on which courses are offered are shown in the table below along with the paper code:

Paper CodeSubjectPaper CodeSubject
Aerospace EnggAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EnggAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture & PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Computer Science and Information TechCSPhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics & Communication EnggECTextile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEE------

Changes Introduced in GATE

In the official notification released by the conducting authority, this time only application fee for Foreign Candidates is increased by $50(US Dollars). It is now $100 whereas last year it was $50. In GATE 2018 notification there is no other such changes mention in examination pattern. Hence, the changes that were implemented for GATE 2017 shall continue to remain for GATE 2018.

Changes made for GATE exam the previous year (2017) are stated below:

  • GATE for International Candidates: GATE examination will be conducted for international candidates in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka   and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E). This has been done with the intention of broadening the scope of education and information due to the involvement and support of other applicants from other countries.

As the official website explains, along with the rich diversity and versatility, a foreign candidate brings with him the wisdom from a different place. The transition period for foreign candidates is made as smooth as possible with various scholarships, assistantships, incentives provided to these candidates. The support and finances are backed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and other such important ministries which form an integral part of educational systems implemented by Government of India.

  • Addition of New Section in Engineering Sciences (XE):  From the year 2017, GATE for Engineering Sciences subject bearing paper code XE paper, will come with the inclusion of a new section. The questions in this section are based on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. This section on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences will be under Section H. With this new addition, the number of sections in Engineering Sciences (XE) paper has increased to eight. The sections are
  1. Section A- Engineering Mathematics
  2. Section B- Fluid Mechanics
  3. Section C- Material Science
  4. Section D- Solid Mechanics
  5. Section E- Thermodynamics
  6. Section F- Polymer Science and Engineering
  7. Section G- Food Technology
  8. Section H- Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Addition of New Test Centers: Due to increase in number of candidates from a few cities, it was decided to add three new test centers from the year 2017 to reduce the congestion in the existing centers surrounding these areas. These centers are:
  1. Burdwan (IIT Guwahati Zone),
  2. Dibrugarh (IIT Guwahati Zone) and
  3. Gorakhpur (IIT Kanpur Zone).
  • Application process:
  1. Candidates are now welcome to add their second choice of examination center in the same zone as their first choice of examination center. Candidates now have the freedom to choose their second examination center without having to bother about their first examination center.
  2. Candidates must make sure to upload a high quality image of their thumb impression in the specified format at the time of application procedure itself.
  3. Applicants who have finished their undergraduate qualifying degree must upload a high quality scanned copy of Degree Certificate. Alternatively, candidates can upload a copy of their final Semester Mark Sheet. 
  4. Applicants who are currently in their final year of their undergraduate course can upload a high quality scanned image of their previous year pre final year/Semester (5th or 6th semester’s Mark Sheet). Applicants in their final year can also choose to upload a provisional certificate letter from his/her Institute as proof of eligibility criterion. The same condition applies to candidates from AMIE, AMICE or other such similar programs. 



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