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What is GATE?


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an All-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising of Faculty members from IISc, Bangalore and other seven IIT’s on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development. The GATE score/rank is used for admissions to Post Graduate Programmes (ME, M.Tech, MS, Direct Ph.D.) in institutes like IITs and IISc etc with financial assistance offered by MHRD. PSUs too use the GATE scores for recruiting candidates for various prestigious jobs with attractive remuneration.

In GATE examination, candidates can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in the table given below. Candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree. However, candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which they wish to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, candidates are advised to refer to the websites of that particular institute.






Aerospace Engineering


Geology and Geophysics


Agricultural Engineering


Instrumentation Engineering


Architecture and Planning


Life Sciences






Civil Engineering


Mechanical Engineering


Chemical Engineering


Mining Engineering


Computer Science &

Information Technology


Metallurgical Engineering






Electronics and Communication



Production and Industrial Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Textile Engineering & Fibre Science


Engineering Sciences


Ecology and Evolution


Petrolium Engineering



Why GATE 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.


GATE exam is important because of below mentioned factors:

  • M.Tech – Campus placements in National and International private or public companies
  • Several reputed PSUs and research organizations recruits on basis of GATE Score. i.e. IOCL, NTPC, BHEL, PGCIL, BARC etc.
  • Teaching: Professor, Asst. Professor at IITs, NITs, reputed educational institutes etc.
  • Junior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
  • Senior Research Fellow: ISRO, DRDO, BARC, CSIR, IITs etc.
  • Junior Research Associates/ Senior Project Associates
  • Scientists “C” grade jobs
  • Career in Research & Development
  • Technical value addition
  • Expertise in subject/domain specialization

GATE 2019 Eligibility


The following candidates are eligible to appear in GATE 2018:

  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/ Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders in Architecture (Five years course) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree holders of Four-year program in Science (B.S.) and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Master’s degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Holders of Four-year Integrated Master’s degree (Post B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the second or higher year of such programs.
  • Holders of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engineering/Technology and those who are in the fourth or higher year of such programs.
  • Holders of Five-year integrated M.Sc. or Five-year integrated B.Sc./M.Sc. degree and those who are in the final year of such programs.
  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognized by UPSC/AICTE/ MHRD as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A of AMIE or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern




No. of


Marks Per




General Aptitude

1 to 5




 6 to 10    5    2    10





1 to 25




26 to 55




Total Questions : 65

Total Marks : 100

Total Duration : 3 hours

Technical Section :

 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics :

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.

Numerical Answer Questions

There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer for these questions is a real number to be entered by using mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.


Negative Marking

Questions Type


Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

1 mark


2 marks


Numerical Answer Questions

1 mark


2 marks


GATE 2018 Exam Schedule

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS)
Website Opens for Enrolment, Application
Filling, Application Submission
September 01, 2017 (Friday)
Last Date for Submission of Online
Application through Website
October 05, 2017 (Thursday)
Last Date for Request for Change in the
Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login
November 17, 2017 (Friday)
Availability of Admit Card on the Online
Application Interface for printing
January 05, 2018 (Friday)
GATE 2018 Online Examination Dates February 03- 04 & February 10- 11, 2018
(Saturdays & Sundays)
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website March 17, 2018 (Saturday)

Subject Specialization Priority


Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering

  • VLSI Design Tool Technology
  • Integrated Electronics & Circuits
  • Micro Electronics
  • Microwave Engineering
  • Communication Engg
  • Telecommunication Technology & Management
  • Optoelectronics & Optical Communication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Control & Automation

Electrical Engineering

  • Power Electronics
  • Machines & Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Control & Automation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation Technology

Mechanical Engineering

  • Design of Mechanical Equipment or Machine Design
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Manufacturing Science & Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Science & management

Civil Engineering

  • Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering &Management
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Rock Engineering & Underground Structure

Computer Science and Engineering & Information Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Information Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Distributed Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Computer Systems and Hardware
  • Database and Information Systems
  • Programming languages
  • Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Computing

Types of Questions


GATE 2018 Exam consists of Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Type Questions in all papers & sections. Multiple Choice Questions will contain 4 options, of which only one is correct. For Numerical Type Questions a numerical value as the answer should be entered using mouse and virtual keyboard on the monitor. The following are type of Questions:

a. Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory directly or at most from a one-line computation.

b. Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

c. Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

d. Analysis and Synthesis: These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

e. Common Data Questions: Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.

f. Linked Answer Questions: These questions are of problem solving type. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the second answer. Each question in such linked answer questions will carry two marks.

How to prepare for GATE 2019?


  • 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 Topper’s Speak


Amit Kumar



I am Amit Kumar, GATE 2018 AIR 1, took the MADE EASY Online GATE Test Series 2018. I did B.Tech from DCRUST, Murthal and then did Masters from IISC Bangalore. I worked for 2 years at GE and then left my job and started preparing for GATE. MADE EASY online test series has really helped to strong my concepts work through my mistakes. The performance analysis is a great tool to compare yourself against your competitors. I have not taken any program from any other institute. Further, I did the classroom program back in 2011 which helped to score AIR-7 in GATE-2013.

Namita Kalra



I, Namita Kalra, have secured All India Rank-1 in GATE 2018 in Computer Science Engineering. I would like to thank God, my parents, my friends who supported me. Also I would like to thank the faculties of MADE EASY who helped me to achieve this success. I had joined Regular Classroom Course at MADE EASY. I did not join any course in any other institute. The books and classroom notes were very effective. Regularly I used to appear for GATE OTS, this helped to evaluate my performance. To GATE aspirants, I would like to suggest that, attend the classes regularly, prepare proper notes and revise them at regular intervals. Practice as many previous question papers as you can. Be found, prepare a study plan and have trust on yourself.

Rahul Agarwal



I, Rahul Agarwal have secured AIR-2 in Electrical Engineering in GATE-2018. I thank God, my parents, my friends who supported me. Also I would thank faculties of MADE EASY. All of them were masters of their subjects. Which eliminates any need of extra reference material. I have joined regular classroom course at MADE EASY. I did not join any course in any other institute. Material provided by MADE EASY is sufficient if done effectively & multiple times. Online Test Series provided by MADE EASY is sufficient for GATE & I relied on notes, previous year papers and MADE EASY Test Series religiously. To all the GATE Aspirants. I would suggest that there is no definite strategy of preparation. Everyone has their own unique way of preparation & believe in your way of preparation. Attend classes regularly. Make notes of concepts, not formulas only & work as hard as your mind and body allows.

Anuj Kumar Prajapati



My name is Anuj Kumar Prajapati and I have secured AIR 2 in GATE 2018, ME. I completed my BE from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology affiliated to Mumbai university in the year 2016. A major portion of the success belongs to my parents who made this day possible. I would also like to thank my friends and family who supported me during this journey. But all this wouldn’t have been possible without this journey. But all this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the faculty members of MADE EASY.

I didn’t join any other coaching institute apart from MADE EASY Super Talent Batch for my GATE 2018 preparation. The faculty here was quite experienced for my GATE 2018 preparation. The faculty here was quite experienced and knowledge who took my knowledge level from zero to a competent standard. Besides the subject content, they also taught me how to approach a problem and more importantly, how not to approach them.

Now coming to online test series from MADE EASY. The entire package was designed to increase the speed and accuracy of the candidate. I gave these tests seriously, analyzed my weak areas, negative marking, questions I could not attempt and planned accordingly.

Reema Agarwal



I Reema Agarwal has secured All India Rank-2 in GATE 2018 in Civil Engineering. I would like to thank God, my parents, my friend Priyanshi who supported me during studies. Also I would like to thank Faculty of MADE EASY for motivating me & made me to study harder, also explaining the concepts in very easy manner.

I had joined classroom course at MADE EASY. The books and class notes were very effective for the preparation of Exam, also I use to appear for GATE Online Test Series, which is also very helpful & give a check to the preparation level. So practice as much previous questions paper as much as you can stay focused & believe in yourself.

Souvik Saha



I Souvik Saha have secured All India Rank 3rd in GATE 2018 in Civil Engineering. I have joined GATE-A batch of 2016, Non-technical course of ESE prelims and ESE Mains batch A in 2018.

I would like to thank my parents for their extraordinary support, then I would like thank all my teachers of MADE EASY. Without my teachers effort, constant motivation, their extra ordinary of the subject knowledge, maybe I would not be able to secure the rank. I will be grateful for ever to MADE EASY for their contribution. Besides this if would like say that I have not joined any other course in any other institution.




I was enrolled in MADE EASY weekend classroom Program (2015-2016) & this bond was extended with test series (2016-2017) & interview guidance program (GATE 2017 & ESE 2017). I am grateful to the entire faculty and team of Made Easy for their immense support during my entire preparation. I have secured AIR 3 in GATE 2018 from PI department.

Vijayank Garg



I am Vijayank Garg. I secured AIR-5 in GATE-2018 in CE. I pursued my B.Tech form IIT Roorkee. I joined MADE EASY Saket Centre for Regular Classroom program after completing my B.Tech. I also enrolled for Online Test Series of MADE EASY. Joining MASE EASY was very helpful for me. Faculty here is very hard working and they explain every minor detail of the subject which helped me to build my concepts from basic level To all the GATE aspirants I would suggest to attend classes regularly and prepare your notes properly to revise everything properly.

Mridul Mishra



I joined online test series and postal study course of MADE EASY. The online test very closely resembles the actual GATE examination. I hope MADE EASY will continue its excellent services for the better performance of students in future.

Hasan Asif



Very good test series. Quality was very supreme with detailed explanation & video solutions. Mini GATE was very helpful for me.


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