One of the pre-requisite test to pursue higher study in engineering, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or popularly known as GATE is scheduled to be held between February 3 to February 11, 2017. The GATE 2018 admit card has already been released and it is available at the official website of the GATE for the candidates to download it. The exam conducting authority have released notification stating about do’s and don’t for GATE 2018. The candidates have been asked not to bring items like mobile phones, personal calculators, watches of any kind, any electronic or communicating like bluetooth devices etc. in examination hall. Candidates are also refrained from bringing in scientific calculators as the virtual ones shall be made available to them on their computer screens while they are attempting the GATE 2018 exam for carrying out calculations.
The candidate should report at least an hour (60 minutes) prior to the scheduled time of the exam so as to give sufficient time for the frisking staff to carry out security checks. Candidates shall have to report in time and would not be allowed to leave the GATE 2018 exam hall unless the exam time is over. Also, they shall not be permitted to enter the premises or the venue for the GATE 2018, 30 minutes after the commencement of the exam, said notification.
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission or financial assistance to master’s programs and direct doctoral programs in engineering, technology, architecture and doctoral programs in relevant branches of science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other government agencies.
Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship or assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.
Important information about GATE 2018
For GATE 2018, IIT Guwahati is the organising institute. GATE 2018 will be conducted on 23 subjects. Examination for all the 23 subjects will be conducted as online computer based test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions will be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type. The Candidates will use only an on-screen virtual calculator provided for the examination. As per GATE rules, a candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination. GATE 2018 examinations will be held during the forenoon and afternoon sessions on 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of February 2018. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2018 may be held in multiple sessions, said board.
The entire process of filling up of the application form and uploading of certificates, documents, etc. is in online mode only. According to GATE 2018 advisory, the candidates should not send any hard copy of application form to IIT Guwahati or any of the zonal GATE offices.