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“What is the Eligibility Criteria  for GATE 2018 ?
I still have backlog(s). Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
You all must have this kind of questions in your mind. Below article will solve this puzzle of yours. Just take a look.”

There are various questions about GATE 2018 eligibility criteria which candidates are asking from us daily and are really confused in such cases. So here we have decided to write an article to help such candidates so that they can get the required information without wasting their precise time of GATE 2018 preparation. Few of such queries are :

(1) I am currently in 3rd year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
(2) I am currently in final year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
(3) I am currently in final year of engineering but still have backlog(s) to clear. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
(4) I first did diploma in engineering then degree in engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
(5) I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s). What I need to upload in GATE 2018 online application form ?
(6) I have completed degree in engineering but haven’t receive degree document from college/university. What I need to upload in GATE 2018 online application form ?
(7) I have qualified GATE 2017 examination. Can I apply again for GATE 2018 examination ?
(8) Currently, I am doing M Tech. Can I apply for GATE 2018 exam ?
(9) Currently, I am in final year of B.Sc. (Bachelor of science). Can I apply for GATE 2018 exam ?

Here in this post we will help you out in such issues which some of you GATE 2018 aspirants are facing while filling GATE 2018 online application form. Before starting the application process, candidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2018 as given in the following table :

GATE 2018 Minimum Eligibility Criteria

S. No.Qualifying DegreeQualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)Description of Eligible candidatesYear of Qualification cannot be later than
1.B.E./B.Tech./B.Pharm.Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc/ Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.Currently in the final year or already completed.2018
2.B. Arch.Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course).Currently in the final year or already completed2018
3.B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.Bachelor’s degree in Science(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10+2).Currently in the 4th year or already completed.2018
4.M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalentMaster’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent.Currently in the final year or already completed2018
5.Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.)Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program).Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed.2020
6.Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10+2)Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year program).Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed.2019
7.Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S.Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program.Currently in the final year or already completed.2018
8.Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.)B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India).Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses.N/A

For GATE International Candidates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and UAE, the eligibility criteria to write GATE 2018 is : Candidates who have completed Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Master’s degree in Science in a relevant subject or are in the final year of the program.

(1) I am currently in 3rd year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
(2) I am currently in final year of engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
As per GATE 2018 information brochure :

A candidate must have completed his/her B.E./B. Tech. or currently in final year are eligible for GATE 2018 .

Must check : GATE 2018 Age, Attempt & Percentage Limit

(3) I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s) to clear. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
As per GATE 2017 information brochure :
A candidate must have completed his/her B.E./B. Tech. or currently in final year are eligible for GATE 2018 .
Let’s us analyse this issue practically. A candidate who is currently in final year must have entered in his/her final year course in the month of July of the year 2017 and will attend his final exams / 8th semester exam in the month of May of the year 2018 and his/her final result / 8th semester result will be out within a month after final exam means in the month of June of the year 2018 . Here we can easily understand that candidates who are currently in final year of the B.E./B. Tech. course have time period till the month May of the year 2018 for completing his/her B.E./B. Tech. course. So in this time period a candidate can clear his/her final year / final semester as well as backlog(s) of any year / any semester if he/she have. 

Must check : GATE 2018 Information Brochure

# We considered these months for analysis after analyzing important dates of final year of various colleges. 

(4) I first did diploma in engineering / B.Sc. in engineering then degree in engineering. Am I eligible for GATE 2018 ?
There are 3 ways to enter in Bachelor Engineering/ Technology degree courses :
[1] After 10+2 (Senior secondary)
[2] After B.Sc. (Bachelor of science)
[3] After Diploma in Engineering/Technology
Candidates get admission into Bachelor Engineering/ Technology degree courses after 10+2 (Senior secondary) would enroll in the first year of B.E./B. Tech. course and candidates who first did B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering/Technology course then Bachelor Engineering/ Technology degree would enroll in the second year of B.E./B. Tech. course. So here candidates having B.Sc. degree or Engineering/Technology Diploma need not to worry about their educational qualification and its eligibility for GATE 2018 examination. Its their educational ability that making them special. So You are completely eligible for GATE 2018 .

(5) I am currently in final year of engineering but still I have backlog(s). What I need to upload in GATE 2018 online application form ?
A candidate will upload a certificate from Principal if 

[1] If candidate is in final year /
[2] If candidate appeared in the final semester/year exam but has a backlog to be cleared from an earlier semester/year.

Download me : Certificate from Principal – GATE 2018

So you need to upload certificate from Principal along with photograph and signature while filling GATE 2018 online application form. Candidates who are facing any kind of difficulty while filling GATE 2017 online application form may follow below link for knowing complete GATE 2018 online application form filling procedure. 

Must check : How to Fill GATE 2018 Online Application Form

(6) I have completed degree in engineering but haven’t receive degree document from college/university. What I need to upload in GATE 2018 online application form ?

A candidate who have completing his/her B.E./B. Tech. course would upload course completion certificate during  GATE 2018 online application form filling i.e., degree certificate / provisional certificate. So candidates who don’t have degree certificate will upload provisional certificate in upload document section of GATE 2018 online application form. 

Final result of the candidates who have completed degree in engineering must have out in the month of June of the year 2017. So such candidates must have received their degree certificate / provisional certificate. If not received any of these documents from college / university then you must contact your college / university administration for providing atleast provisional certificate. 

# We considered these months for analysis after analyzing important dates of final year of various colleges. 

Candidates need to scan such certificates in PDF file format then they would be able to upload such documents while filling GATE 2018 online application form.

(7) I have qualified GATE 2017 examination. Can I apply again for GATE 2018 examination ?
Yes you can apply for GATE 2018 examination.
There is no attempt limit in GATE exam. There is no age limit in GATE exam. So you are free to apply for GATE exam as many times you wish.

(8) Currently, I am doing M Tech. Can I apply for GATE 2018 exam ?
Yes, You can apply for GATE 2018 examination. But if you want to use this GATE 2018 score to get admission in any college again then you would get admission into first year of Master of Engineering/Technology course. So in this way you would loose your current years which you are studying in Master of Engineering/Technology course.

Candidates who are pursuing any higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, then the candidate need to select the relevant minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.

(9) Currently, I am in final year of B.Sc. (Bachelor of science). Can I apply for GATE 2018 exam ?
No, You can’t. Candidates who are currently in final year of B.Sc. (Bachelor of science) course first need to complete M.Sc. (Master of science) course just after completing (Bachelor of science) course.

Candidates who are facing any kind of problem related to GATE 2018 application form filling may post their queries here on this blog without any hesitation but first check this post so that you can get answer of your queries without waiting for our response. If you have problem which is not listed here you please post that here using below comment box.

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91 comments

  1. hello sir ,
    I have done diploma and now in final year B.Tech. so in the eligibility certificate from HOD dept for GATE 2018 , it requires “Duration of Program”. I’m not sure whether it should be 3 or 4 years.
    please reply asap…

    • Hello Arvind,

      3 years.
      For candidates who have done B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering /Technology first and then took admission into bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology course.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  2. can i apply with my previous year provisional certificate.As i can’t go and get it again from my college.

    • Hello Arti,

      You need to upload certificate from principle.
      If you can not obtain this certificate, you may upload final year mark sheet.

      GATE 2018 official statement about this issue :
      In case, the degree certificate/provisional certificate has not been issued at the time of application, final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  3. Hi
    I have completed my masters in chemistry in 2017. The result has been declared but the final semester mark sheet has not been issued. I uploaded the provisional mark sheet available on the university site of the 4th semester result. But it has been declared as a defect and Gate has asked me to rectify it. What should I do?
    Should I upload my B.Sc degree along with my 3rd semester mark sheet. Please reply.

  4. While filling application form I have entered Qualifying year as 2017, since I have passed my MSc degree in 2017.
    But in final preview which we get after successful payment shows 2017 as my Year of Graduation.(In actual my passing year of Graduation i.e. BSc degree is 2015).

    Yesterday, I got a mail from GATE IITG mentioning that my application has been accepted.

    I am confused whether I should try to correct the year as 2015 or leave it ?

    • Hello Suraj,

      Is this mistake from your side or from GATE 2018 office side ?
      If it is from your side you should correct it and if this is from GATE 2018 office side then you can leave it.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

    • Hello Suraj ,

      Is this mistake from your side or from GATE 2018 office side ?
      If it is from your side you should correct it and if this is from GATE 2018 office side then you can leave it.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  5. hi sir i completed my M.tech 2017 passed out but i dont have my fourth sem mrak list and PC ,which certificates i have to upload now?

    • Hello chaitanya,

      You need to upload your B Tech completion certification because minimum education qualification for GATE 2018 exam is B Tech.
      If you are doing dual degree then you have to upload final year mark sheet or course completion certificate or certification from principle.
      For more detail please follow below link.
      GATE 2018 Eligibility Criteria : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-eligibility-criteria/

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  6. dear sir i did b.tech in july 2015 but i have no certificate but i have 8th semester marksheet can i apply for gate 2018 by uploading it

  7. Can 2016 BE passout students apply for GATE 2016.

  8. Can i upload pdf of eligibilty certificate in black and white format ?Because size of coloured pdf is large and after reducing the size letters are getting blurred

  9. I have completed B.Tech in 2014 but still have few backlogs which I will complete in December 2017. Can I apply for GATE 2018?

  10. in the eligibility form i forgot to mention final year …out of option final/prefinal ..what to do ???.

    • Hello vikash,

      If you have not submitted your application form finally, you can edit your details.
      If you do not do this and if GATE office find this issue as a major issue they will contact you during application form checking process called scrutiny.
      For more detail please follow below link.
      GATE 2018 GOAPS and Scrutiny Related Issues : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-goaps-and-scrutiny-related-issues/

      You always have a choice to fill a fresh GATE 2018 application form.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  11. Hello Sir, I’m 2017 passed out student. Our college didnt provide any provisional certificate and final year marks memo due to the fee due. So can I upload my 3rd year (6th semester) marks memo for applying gate ? Please Reply ?

    • Hello akhil,

      You need to either upload final year mark sheet (of any one semester) or provisional certificate as eligibility document.
      Please try to get any one out of these from the college.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

      final year mark sheet (of any one semester) must be uploaded as eligibility document

  12. Hello
    I am 2014 pass out student and i have all documents like results, leaving cert., convocation cert. and provisional cert which we get with marksheet of 8th sem.
    So now it is asking eligibility certificate. SO what can i do? please help me…

  13. hi,
    I am a backlog student(btech), was to be completed in 2014 and i still have 2 backlogs to clear in december 2016 and expecting result in may 2017, am i eligible for 2017 gate?

  14. Hhow can fill up form 5 year part time BE

  15. Hi..Is a 2007 passout B Tech graduate eligible for Gate Exam – 2016 or 2017??

  16. I am completed diploma
    can i elgibuil for gate.

  17. Hello please help me
    My 4 years btech is completed in 2015 and I have backlogs
    What is the year of my degree? ???

  18. HEY…i completed my masters in biotechnology in 2015 my result is declared but i have an semester system and my fourth sem.result marksheet is not issued only online copy result .so what should i submit my provisinol letter or a degree of u.g. or a marksheets of all three semesters and fourth online marksheet .plzzzzz reply

  19. sir
    my problem is i enable to upload the certificate
    what should size of pdf file
    please help me sir
    becouse very few day left sir
    thanks in advance sir

    • Hello ,

      Less than 300 kB.
      Reduce size of file little more and then upload if not work then again reduce and upload. This will work.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  20. I compleated MCA. can i upload MCA provisional for eligibility certificate?

  21. I have completed Master’s Degree in Sociology.So can i apply for GATE?

    • Hello Pramila,

      There is no such paper which suits Sociology post graduates. GATE exam is mainly for technical candidates.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  22. i have completed btech in 2015 but i have back in 1 subject in 2nd year can i apply for gate 2016

  23. I have already submited the form ( I have done B.tech and doing M.tech right now) in which i uploaded my B.tech provinsional as eligibility certificate but they rejected my provisional certificate. What to do admin ?? Please tell me…… thank you.

  24. Im a B.tech 2012 pass out and currently working in a software company. Can I apply for GATE 2016?

  25. can i apply for gate 2016 while having backlog in first sem i have recently applied for reevelation and have passed my 2,3,5,6,8 semesters 4 & 7th sem results is expecting soon to come in November this year i have completed my course in 2014.

  26. dear sir, i face many more problems with this forum submitting. …..

    I have mistake in qualifications year 2015 in place of 2016 …..i want to do 2016…due to this i got a mail to clear rectify principle certificate of 2015 ….but when I login, then shown this

    Note: The defect(s) shown below needs rectification before 15th October 2015 for accepting your application. Otherwise, your application will be rejected.

    but nothing any link show to upload my data ….what can I do sir….Please inform me sir……

    …my id B404V73

  27. Hello Sir/madam,

    I am unable to upload my Eligibility certificate,
    even though it’s in PDF format & within the size range of 10KB – 300KB

    • Hello Sibin,

      Reduce size of file little more and then upload if not work then again reduce and upload. This will work.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  28. sir i have done m.sc maths i want to give GATE exam but i have reappear in 4th semester so what certificate i have to upload?????????

  29. sir, it is given in gate 2016’broucher that we can upload a copy of marksheet for section A. so what is mean of that.? does it mean we can upload marksheet instead of certificate.?

  30. Sir, What is the required size (in Kbytes) of the document/degree certificate, Or, the quality of the document to upload? I am asking this because it is not mentioned anywhere in the information brochure. kindly clarify.

  31. i acquired bachelors degree in 2013 and since then have not joined any institute for higher studies. how will i get the certificate signed by principal after 2 years. is it compulsory to get this certificate?

  32. Hello i am sravanthi. I have completed M.Tech (CSE) in Dec 2014 from JNTU university. Am i eligible to apply to GATE 2016 ?
    If i have chance then which serial number should i use for qualifying degree i.e., either 5 or 6?

    • Hello Sravanthi,

      Yes you can.
      Minimum qualification for GATE is B Tech so you have fill your B Tech details in GATE application form. Even you have completed your higher education.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  33. sir , i have xerox copy of my provisional certificate , can i apply with that xerox copy, actually my provisioal is lost and i applied for that but it will come 20 days later. i have completed my btech in 2013.

  34. I have attended my final year exam in 2015 , but have backlogs in 8th semester, which certificate is needed to upload in the form? My certificate from principal is found invalid.

  35. I’am in NT caste. i must go in GC for this GATE exam? and then aftr GATE result, i’ll get job in PSU as GC student only or i can mention NT there?

  36. I submitted forum.
    But I have minor mistake in that year of qualifying degree 2015 in place of 2016
    I want to do 2016….how to modify. ..Please kindly confirm my request. ..

    • Hello gopal,

      GATE 2016 organizing Institute divide mistakes in two categories :
      (1) minor mistakes
      (2) major mistakes

      1# For minor mistake correction candidate need to send email to your Zonal GATE Office.
      2# For major mistake correction candidate need to file a new application with a new email address (mobile number can be same) and fill form correctly this time.

      Try first one and send mail to your Zonal GATE Office. if you think this is not working then you have to choose second option of filing new application form before closing date of GATE 2016 application form.

  37. i have completed my engineering this year. can i upload the computer generated marksheet of 8 th sem in gate 2016 exam??

  38. Hello Sir/Madam,

    First I’ve completed my Diploma in Mechatronics.
    Then I Finished my B.S in Engineering Technology.

    So am I eligible for GATE 2016?

    Br/Sujoy

  39. I have completed my m.sc in microbiology and I have final year mark sheet but let have no degree this time ..can look fill gate 2016

    • Hello miyan,

      As per GATE 2016 organizing Institute :
      Candidate who have passed qualifying examination required for GATE 2016 in 2015 or earlier, have to submit any course completion certificate like degree certificate / provisional certificate for completing your GATE 2016 online application form.
      Try to contact to your college/university administration regarding this. Providing provisional certificate is not so hard for them.
      For more details about Eligibility Criteria of GATE 2016 click here : http://www.gate2016.info/gate-2016-information/eligibility-criteria-of-gate-2016/

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  40. hi
    i was completed BE(Mechanical)
    can i apply GATE 2016 for MA(Mathematics)?

    also if yes then further if i got which degree for further study and i get stip-end from the goverment for this master& phd degree

    please give me answer

  41. Hello sir,
    I have completed be in 2015. While filling application form by mistake I habe uploaded 8 sem mark sheet.now what I do..will my participation cancelled??

    • Hello naziya,

      GATE 2016 organizing Institute divide mistakes in two categories :
      (1) minor mistakes
      (2) major mistakes

      1# For minor mistake correction candidate need to send email to your Zonal GATE Office.
      2# For major mistake correction candidate need to file a new application with a new email address (mobile number can be same) and fill form correctly this time.

      Try first one and send mail to your Zonal GATE Office. if you think this is not working then you have to choose second option of filing new application form before closing date of GATE 2016 application form.

      Feel free to ask if you need any help in future & join us @ Google+ / Facebook for getting regular updates.

  42. can M.tech first year student attach their final year marksheet of B.tech in elegibility document section?

  43. I am currently pursuing MTech(CSE-IT) and would like to do PhD after that. Am i eligible for GATE 2016 to take admission for PhD? Also what documents I need to submit? Also there is no option for MTech students. I don’t belong to either of the categories (Integrated/dual MTech degree and MTech BSc.) mentioned in the application form.

  44. Can I apply for gate 2016 i completed bsc….

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