IIT Guwahati, the conducting authority of GATE 2018 released the live mock test on
November 23, 2017. The online mock test for all the 23 disciplines is available on official
GATE website and attempting the same will give aspirants a better understanding of
their preparation according to difficulty level of the exam.

There are a huge number of online coaching and tutorial websites that provide their own
mock test series. However, most of them are just based on previous year sample
papers without any changes in the syllabus or exam patterns. Therefore, it gives even
more importance to the official mock tests released by the official source.

What are the Quirks of GATE 2018 Live Mock Test?

The live mock test gives a fair idea about pattern for GATE which comprises 65 questions of 100 marks. There are 10 questions from General Aptitude and the remaining 55 from the respective Engineering Discipline. The mock test, just as the engineering exam, comprises both Numerical Answer Type (NAT) and Multiple-Choice Questions(MCQ). MCQ’s carries either 1 or 2 marks for each correct answer and for every wrong attempt 1/3 mark or 2/3 mark is deducted respectively.

However, there will be no negative marking for NAT. The paper is set in English medium and the time limit for attempting all the questions is 180 minutes. This year, there is a virtual calculator provided for making numerical calculations, along with the timer facility, in the interface.

The system provides a time limit of 180 minutes to answer all the questions and the timer located at the top will let you know the time left to complete the exam. The palette on the right will display the status of the questions attempted with icons of different colors and a virtual calculator will help you work on calculations easily.

Since there are no login credentials required to enter the mock test session, those fields are disabled and just clicking the login button will take you to the test. Similarly, it can be ended anytime based on the candidate’s interest, however, if you fail to complete the test within the given time frame, the system will log out automatically.

How Does It Benefit in Preparation?

As there is no limit set for number of attempts made by a candidate, aspirants can make use of it and practice effectively. It is to be noted that the questions will be asked in accordance with the latest trend and the previous year’s data, hence, the mock tests will be beneficial in knowing the pattern and the way in which the questions are framed in the actual exam. Also, the students who will be attempting online exam for the first time will get familiarity with the real exam. Additionally, it will help in managing the time with improved speed of attempting questions with accuracy, which will thus increase the confidence of attempting GATE.

How to Take the Live Mock Test?

As mentioned already, the live mock test is available on official GATE website.
Aspirants trying to attempt the test can visit the site and click on “the mock links are live
now. See this link for details” in the home page.

The link will direct you to the mock test links available for the 23 disciplines out of which,
select the subject for which you wish to give the test. It will take you to a login page:
click “Sign in”, upon reading the instructions you will be directed to the live mock test
session.

A single person can attempt the test to practice a number of times without any limit.
Meanwhile, IIT Guwahati has requested the candidates to verify the email address and
mobile number via GOAPS portal, if not done at the time of applying. The link for the
same is available in the official website.

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