GATE Virtual Calculator | How to Use Virtual Calculator for GATE 2023?

By Mona Kumari|Updated : May 31st, 2022

GATE exam in only a few exams allows candidates to use the virtual calculator. The GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 2023 exam provides a pathway for qualified aspirants to get admission to postgraduate programs at IISC, IITs, NITs, and many more Government & private colleges. As no physical calculator is allowed in the exam hall, the GATE authority provides the virtual calculator online with the GATE online interface. So candidates must know how to use the GATE virtual calculator provided in the exam and should have a good practice before the exam to minimize calculation error.

Know about the significance of the GATE virtual calculator in the coming sections. Here we are providing tips & tricks, shortcuts, and other important information for using the GATE 2023 online virtual calculator, which will help you to practice accuracy and get familiar with all kinds of operations.

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How do I Download the GATE Virtual Calculator?

To start practising the GATE virtual calculator during the preparation days, aspirants should have access to the GATE online calculator. Generally, there are two ways you can use the GATE calculator easily during numerical practice.

It is recommended to practice in the GATE virtual calculator app on mobile starting from the preparation days. When candidates are attempting the Gate mock tests, they will feel the differences in using the online calculator with increasing the calculation speed with less time wasted in the calculator.

Procedure to Operate GATE 2023 Virtual Calculator

In the GATE exam, candidates may get confused while using the virtual calculator as it carries complicated functions and using it for the first time in the exam hall might be time-consuming even to produce the simple calculations. The detailed procedure is provided in the following steps, along with images, to make it easier to understand.

Clear all the inputs (C)

  • Enter C to clear all the inputs.

Backspace (←)

  • Enter ← to delete the last digit entered in the input box

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Arithmetic Operators (+, - , * , /)

  • Calculate 145 * (20-3)/7 + 20
    • Enter 145, *, (, 20, -, 3, ), /, 7, +, 20, =

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Logarithmic functions (log, ln, log2x, logyx)

Try to use brackets during complex calculations

  • Calculate 34 × log(20) + 50
    • Enter 34, *, 20 log, +, 50, =
  • Calculate 34 × ln(20) + 50
    • Enter 34, *, 20, ln, +, 50, =
  • Calculate 34 × log2(20) + 50
    • Enter 34, *, 20, log2x , +, 50, =
  • Calculate 34 × log5(20) + 50
    • Enter 34, *, (, 20, logyx , 5, ), +, 50, =

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Trigonometric Operations (sin) Using Deg (degree) mode

Try to use brackets during complex calculations

  • Calculate 20 * sin(400) + 55
    • Enter 20, *, (, 40, sin, ), + , 55, =

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Trigonometric Operations (sin) Using Rad (Radians) mode:

  • Calculate 20 * sin π
    • Enter 20, π, sin, =

Cube Operation (x3)

  • Calculate 2 × 53
    • Enter 2, *, 5, x3, =

Square Operation (x2)

  • Calculate 2 × 52
    • Enter 2, *, 5, x2, =

Power of Ten (10x)

  • Calculate 23 × 105
    • Enter 23, *, 5, 10x, =

Exponential (ex)

  • Calculate 12 × e5
    • Enter 12, *,5, ex, =

Factorial (n!)

  • Calculate 6!
    • Enter 6, n!, =

Modulus or Absolute function (|x|)

  • Calculate |(-100)|
    • Enter (, - , 100, ), |x|, =

Percent Operator (%)

  • Calculate 20 percent of 100 (is equal to 20*100 / 100)
    • Enter 20, %, 100, =
  • Calculate 50 percent of 8 ( is equal to 50*8/100)
    • Enter 50, %, 8, =

Modulo Function (mod)

  • Calculate 5 mod 2 (calculates the remainder when we divide 5 by 2)
    • Enter 5, mod, 2, =

Reciprocal (1/x)

  • Calculate 1/345
    • Enter 345, 1/x , =

Constants (π = 3.141592653589793, e=2.718281828459045)

  • Calculate 5 π (is same as 5 × π)
    • Enter 5, *, π,=
  • Calculate 3+6e
    • Enter 3, +, 6, *, e, =

Exp (a * 10b)

  • Calculate 4 * 103
    • Enter 4, Exp, 3, =

Unary plus and Minus (+/-)

  • Calculate -3 * 5
    • Enter 3, +/-, *, 5, =

Power Roots (√ , ∛ )

  • Calculate 10 * √31

    • Enter 10, *, 31, √ =

  • Calculate 20 * 4√25

    • Enter 20, *, (, 25, y√x, 4, ), =

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Tips and Tricks for Effective Usage of GATE Virtual Calculator

Here are a few effective tips and tricks to use the GATE virtual calculator in order to produce the desired result as soon as possible so that time can be saved and used for a better attempt at the exam paper. The effective usage of the GATE virtual calculator can be done with the use of the following tips:

  • Make sure to press [C] at the start of a calculation.
  • Use the predefined operator like π, log, ln, n! for fast calculations
  • Try to put brackets for the complex operators to avoid wrong calculations
  • Use the following memory keys for lengthy calculations

Memory Keys (MC, MR, MS, M+, M-)

  • MC is used to clear the memory.
  • MS is used to store the number in memory.
  • MR is used to read the number from memory.
  • M+ is used to add the memory to the number available on display, then stored in memory.
  • M- is used to subtract the number on display from the memory value, and then store it in memory.

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FAQs on GATE Virtual Calculator

  • Yes, candidates can use the virtual calculator provided in the online exam interference of GATE.

  • To do the power in a virtual calculator, students can use the 10^x or x^y option according to their preference.

  • You can find the antilog option as 10^x or e^x for the antilog calculations.

  • This article contains a detailed procedure for using the virtual calculator in the GATE exam with supporting pictures.

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