GATE Exam Pattern 2018: Must Read Before You Start the Preparation

There will be 23 papers in the GATE exam out of which candidates have to apply for only one. You’ll find different syllabus for each paper. Putting an appropriate choice of paper is the responsibility of candidate only. However, it is suggested to candidates that they should choose a paper relevant to the discipline of their qualifying degree. They must be careful enough while putting the choice of paper as once the form submitted no change in the paper will be permissible.

List of GATE Paper and Associated Codes

Here is the list of GATE papers and corresponding codes:

Paper Paper Code Paper Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Mathematics MA
Biotechnology BT Mechanical Engineering ME
Civil Engineering CE Mining Engineering MN
Chemical Engineering CH Metallurgical Engineering MT
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Petroleum Engineering PE
Chemistry CY Physics PH
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Ecology and Evolution EY Engineering Sciences XE
Life Sciences XL
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XE & XL Paper and Corresponding Codes

XE Paper Code XL Paper Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry Q
Material Science C Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology U
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H

Duration and Marks in GATE Exam

  • There will be a single paper of three hours duration in GATE 2018.
  • The question paper will consist of 65 questions of 100 marks.
  • The question paper will contain both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
  • Candidates have to give the exam in online (Computer Based Test) mode. They need to answer multiple choice questions by selecting the appropriate answer and numerical answer type questions by entering the right answer by using a mouse on a virtual keyboard.
  • Every candidate will get a scribble pad for doing the rough work. He/she needs to return the pad to the invigilator after completion of the test.

Question Paper Pattern

  • Out of 65 questions, 10 questions of 15 marks will be from General Aptitude (GA) section.
  • For the papers bearing codes AG, AE, BT, CH, CE, CS, EE, EC, IN, MN, ME, MT, PI, PE, TF and XE, there will be Engineering Mathematics section carrying 15% of the total marks, General Aptitude section carrying 15% of the total marks and rest 70% will belong to the subject paper.
  • For the papers bearing codes CY, AR, EY, MA, GG, PH and XL, there will be General Aptitude section carrying 15% of the total marks and rest 85% marks will belong to the subject paper.

Type of Questions

There will be different types of questions asked in the GATE exam including:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

All the questions will be objective type carrying one or two marks. Candidates will find four options for every question out of which they have to pick the right answer.

Numerical Answer Questions

Answer of this type of questions will be a real number which needs to be entered by using virtual keypad.

Marking Scheme

For 1-mark question, 1/3 marks gets deducted for every incorrect attempt, whereas, for 2-marks questions, 2/3 marks gets deducted. There will be no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

General Aptitude Section

  • This section will consist of total 15 marks.
  • There will be 5 questions of 1 mark each.
  • There will be 5 questions of 2 marks each.

Questions Papers Excluding GG, XE and XL

  • The question paper consists of 25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions of 2 mark each.
  • The question paper will include both type of questions including multiple choice and numerical answer type questions.

Geology and Geophysics (GG) Paper

  • There will be two parts of GG paper including Part A and Part B.
  • Part A will be common to all candidates.
  • Part B will consist of two sections including Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics).
  • Part A will consist of total 25 questions carrying 1 mark each.
  • Part B will consist of total 30 questions carrying 2 marks each.

XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)

  • Section A will consist of questions from Engineering Mathematics. There will be 11 questions of 15 marks.
  • There will be 7 questions of 1 mark each and 8 questions of 2 mark each.
  • Sections B through H will consist of 22 questions of 35 marks.
  • There will be 9 questions carrying 1 mark each and 13 questions carrying 2 mark each.
  • There will be some numerical answer type questions.

XL Paper (Life Sciences)

  • Section P of XL paper will be compulsory to all which will contain 15 questions of 25 marks.
  • There will be 5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 mark each.
  • Section Q through U will consist of 20 questions of 30 marks. Out of which, 10 questions will carry 1 mark each and rest 10 questions carry 2 mark each.

Negative Marking in GATE Exam

There will be no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type questions. However, negative marking scheme exist for multiple choice questions.

  • For 1-mark question, 1/3 marks gets deducted.
  • For 2-mark question, 2/3 marks gets deducted.

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