IIT Guwahati is announcing GATE 2018 Result today. Candidates who have appeared in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering for any of the 23 papers can, in time, check GATE result at gate.iitg.ac.in. The result is to be put up through GOAPS that stands for GATE Online Application Processing System. GOAPS is the candidate login at official website of GATE 2018 where candidates can login.

It must be noted that today, result will only show score and GATE 2018 cut off. It will indicate whether one has qualified the exam or not. Cut off will vary for each paper and each category. A candidate is said to qualify GATE only if he/she has marks equal to or more than cut off score.

Last year, the cut off for CE was 28.7, 25.8, 19.1 for general, OBC, SC/ST/PH respectively. For ME, cut off scores were 32.87, 29, 21. CS cut offs were 25, 22.5, 16.6. EC cut offs were 25, 22.5, 16.6. likewise, EE cut off scores were 25.2, 25.2, 16.7. IN cut off was 34.6, 31.1, 23.

This year, there were hardly any surprises in the exam. Candidates who had practiced from past year papers of GATE found papers to be similar and were quite glad for it. This has led education experts to project that cut offs will remain similar to that of last year.

So today you will be able to check result of GATE 2018. Then a few days after, from March 20, you can download score card. Now here it must be noted that only qualified candidates will get score card. Then in score card they will get score, All India Rank. Whereas All India Rank is an important parameter because it shows exactly where you stand among other qualifiers, for the purpose of admission and PSU Recruitment through GATE 2018, score is widely used.

As per statistical data available, every year only 15 to 20 percent candidates qualify. The test is difficult mainly in terms of incorporating a complete undergraduate syllabus in a 3 hour test.

This year only CE and ME papers were held in multiple shifts. So normalization will only be used for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering GATE scores. The normalization formula used by IITs for GATE 2018 is widely used for several other exams where exams are held in multiple days or shifts.

The result so announced for GATE 2018 will be valid for a period of three years. This means that colleges offering M.Tech admission through GATE 2018, or PSUs offering jobs on its basis, accept GATE scores of three years ago also. Like this year, GATE 2016, 2017, 2018 scores are being used.

An important announcement for candidates is that IITs will use a single channel for offering admissions. The name of this channel is the COAP or Common Offer Acceptance Portal. To explain what COAP for GATE 2018 is, it is “To access and make a decision on the most preferred choice of IIT with specialization, each M.Tech aspirant need to register at the COAP official website. The IITs have started the GATE Common Offer Acceptance Portal from last year to facilitate students who apply for the postgraduate degree M.Tech. admissions at the IITs.”

But keep in mind that COAP is only a channel for admission offers. Registration has to be done individually for all IITs.

Whereas preparing for GATE and appearing in it is a herculean task, what happens next is equally eventful. One has to apply to different colleges and counsellings. It is very important at this time to wisely select colleges. What you select now will decide your career path.

On one hand M.Tech admissions are sought after, on the other hand PSU recruitments are equally lucrative. In fact ever since Public Sector Undertakings started offering jobs on basis of GATE scores, the number of GATE applicants increased drastically.

As per the last GATE candidate count that was released by IISC in 2016, 971831 applied for GATE and 818850 appeared. As per reports, the number has varied little in past two years.

Thus, GATE has a competition close to one million.

Those who, unfortunately, do not qualify GATE 2018, must not give up and start preparing for GATE 2019 straight away. Details of GATE 2019 will be announced this year in July or August. After that its registrations will commence in September 2018. Exam will be held in February 2019. So there is just enough time to pull up your socks and make sure you crack GATE next time; and we know you can.

GATE is a national level entrance exam. It is conducted by IITs on a rotational basis. It is expected that IIT Madras will hold GATE 2019.

The exam is designed to test a candidate for his or her understanding of undergraduate subjects of science and technology. Score obtained in exam is used for admission to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes.

Financial assistance is also provided by MHRD for various programme students. This ensures that candidates do not find money as an obstacle to pursue scientific avenues and do research.

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