The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.
GATE 2018 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
Multiple Choice Questions: (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).
Numerical Answer Questions: Numerical 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.
General Aptitude Questions: All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones.
The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:
The overall co-ordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2018 lies with Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati which is designated as the Organizing Institute for GATE 2018.
The GATE percentile is calculated as follows:
P = ( (N- your rank)/ N) x 100
Where P is percentile and N is total number of candidates appeared for GATE exam in your stream.
(N- Your rank) indicates the number of candidates who have scored more marks than you
|Subject||Number appeared||Number qualified||Percentage of appeared that qualified|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)||256135||36394||14.21%|
|Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)||224160||17440||7.78%|
|Mechanical Engineering (ME)||165814||24573||14.82%|
|Electrical Engineering (EE)||152381||25342||16.63%|
|Civil Engineering (CE)||67472||11920||17.67%|
Valid GATE score is essential for obtaining financial assistance during Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science in Institutes supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) or other Government agencies.
Students who qualify in GATE are entitled to a stipend of Rs 8,000 per month during their M.Tech course. After joining M.Tech. at IITs and IISc, one can look at a salary package ranging from Rs 7 lakh to 30 lakh per annum, depending upon specialisation and performance.
The following line chart shows the variation of the number of candidates appeared
in the top 5 subjects, since GATE 2010:
|Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)|
|Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)|
|Mechanical Engineering (ME)|
|Electrical Engineering (EE)|
|Civil Engineering (CE)|
Chemical Engineering (CH)
All other subject
|GATE Paper Code||GATE Paper||No of Candidates Appeared||Qualifying Marks (General)||Qualifying Marks (OBCNCL)||Qualifying Marks (SC/ST/PwD)|
|CS||Computer Science and IT||1,5,5190||25||22.5||16.67|
|EC||Electronics and Communications Engineering||2,16,367||25.56||23.01||17.04|