Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about GATE 2018 Examination

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01: For how many GATE papers can I apply?

A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 23 papers listed in the GATE INFORMATION BROCHURE or GATE website. The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below:

  • The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree.
  • The candidate is, however, free to choose any other paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.
02: After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination Paper?

NO. Requests for the change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form WILL NOT be permitted.

03: After submission of application, am I permitted to change my GATE Examination City?

YES. ONLY after the last date for application submission, a request for the change of examination city will be entertained against payment. A specific time period for the same will be notified in the GATE 2018 website.

04: Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the examination?

A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.

05: Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the examination?

NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the examination. Candidates are allowed to leave the examination hall only after the scheduled end of examination.

06: What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?

Only Admit Card, Identification Card and a pen is permitted to be taken inside the examination hall. Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall. If a candidate brings any of these items, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s own risk. If the candidate is found to be in possession of these items (even if not using them), he/she will be disqualified and the result will not be declared for the candidate.

07: Can I use a physical calculator during the examination?

NO. During the online GATE 2018 examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions. Mobile phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or any other electronic items are NOT permitted inside the examination hall.

08. Will there be any arrangement at the examination centre for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?

NO. Such arrangements will not be made at the examination centre. If a candidate brings personal belongings including mobile phones, they have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s own risk. The GATE officials are not responsible for safe keeping of your personal items.

09. What happens if a physical calculator (even on an electronic watch) or a mobile phone (even in switched off mode) is found in my possession in the examination hall?

Such cases will naturally constitute violation of GATE 2018 code of conduct (as given in Appendix D on the Information Brochure) and will lead to disqualification of the candidature.