The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 will be conducted on February 03- 04, and February 10- 11, 2018, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati notified here on Tuesday evening. It became official only earlier this week that IIT Guwahati will be conducting the GATE 2018.
The registrations will open from September 01, 2017. The process of registrations will be done online and the examinations too, will be online.
The Indian Institute of Technology, made the announcement on the official website and is expected to release the detailed notification soon. Even before the official notification was out, in the tender document for the examination 2016-18, it was mentioned that IIT-G will be conducting examination for session 2018-19.
GATE is an entrance examination, through which the candidates are selected for admission in M.Tech/M.E course. However, even the PSUs have started recruiting candidates on the basis of the examination. The exam is held in the month of January/February 2018, over the course of multiple days and session. The registration for it can only be done through GOAPS, which opens in the month of September/October.
The aspiring candidates should start preparing for GATE well in advance. It is an online examination, under which 23 disciplines are covered. The candidates are required to attempt the examination in 3 hours. In all, there will be 65 questions in the exam and will be a mixture of multiple choice type and numerical answer type questions. Candidates can only attempt GATE in computer based mode, with the assistance of the virtual calculator. Apart from the subject paper, the candidates will have to solve question on General Aptitude as well.
As far as the level of difficulty is concerned, GATE is a vast examination because of the number of paper it covers. From last year onwards, the total number of disciplines under it has increased to 23. Hence, the level of difficulty in each one of it varies. Yet, the trends state that despite the low pass percentage, the number of the questions is between moderate to difficult.
One reason for increase in the number of candidates is that even the Public Sectors recruit candidates through GATE. The recruitment is generally done on the basis of the normalised score in the exam. However, few PSUs also consider total score for the same purpose. Last year, BSNL announced 2510 recruitment through GATE, making itself one of the major recruiter through GATE. Candidates also seek jobs in ONGC, NCL, GAIL, NTPC etc.
Just like the conducting body, the recruiting body will also determine a cutoff. On the basis of that cutoff, the applicants will be shortlisted for group discussion and personal interview round. Only those candidates will be recruited, who will perform well in the exam, as well as the interview round.
The aspirants who are planning to take GATE this year must remember that admission and recruitment will only be done if the candidates will fulfil all the eligibility criteria of the examination.