Discover key facts of GATE 2018 and its historical statistics trends

Mumbai: No doubt, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is one of the toughest tests in India. More than nine lakh eligible candidates apply for the test. The candidates are giving final touch to their preparation  for GATE 2018. GATE 2018 Online Examination will be held on February 03- 04 & February 10- 11, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays). The candidates who register for the exam will be able to download Admit Card from 05 January 2018.

There are some key statistics on number of candidates register for the test and number of candidates qualify, which reflect some interesting trend.  After analyzing historical trend of GATE, SkillOutlook presents some trends which may help aspirants to strategize their preparation for the test.


Only Mechanical & Civil have multiple sessions for GATE 2018: In a major development, there are no multiple sessions for CS, EC, EE subjects this year. Only CE and ME have two sessions for GATE 2018. In previous GATE exam (GATE 2017), five subjects had multiple sessions: CS, EC, EE, ME and CE. In multiple sessions, the system normalization of score is applicable.

More than nine lakh candidates apply for GATE: The eligible aspirants apply in a large number for GATE.  For GATE 2017, more than 9.22 lakh candidates registered to appear the test. Meanwhile, for GATE 2016, more than 9.7 lakh candidates applied for the test. Five year before in 2012, more than 7.7 lakh candidates registered for GATE exam. More than 12 lakh candidates applied for GATE 2013, which was the highest in recent years.

Historical GATE qualified rate 15-17%: Only 15 to 17% candidates are able to qualify the test. In GATE 2017, the pass rate was 16% while for GATE 2016, the pass rate was 16.5%. In GATE 2015, 15% of candidates appeared were able to clear the test. For getting seat in any IITs for MTech, the candidates should remain on the Top Bracket of qualified candidates.

Mechanical, Civil, Electrical and Computer Science see highest registration among subjects: GATE 2017 test was held in 23 papers (subjects).   Out of these 23 subjects, Mechanical Engineering (ME) had the highest of registered candidates with 217,835 applicants. Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC) saw the second highest candidates with 171,160 applicants. Civil Engineering (CE, 147,012 applicants), Electrical Engineering (EE, 135426), Computer Science & Information Technology (CS, 116,754) had a large number of candidates.

More than 16 PSUs recruiting Graduating Engineers through GATE 2018:  Nearly more than 40 PSUs (both Nation & State) used GATE results of 2017 for hiring graduate engineers. For GATE 2018, as of now more than 16 PSUs or government organizations have already released short notification for their hiring plan through 2018. Once, GATE releases admit card post 05 January 2018, many more PSUs will start relating their notification for recruiting Graduate Engineers.

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