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EXAM PATTERN OF GATE 2018

  • There are 23 papers in Total in GATE Examination.
  • A candidate can apply to only one from these 23 options available.
  • It is expected that a candidate should apply only to the paper that corresponds to his/her qualifying degree.
  • Candidates are at liberty to choose any paper, but it is better to select a paper in line with the eligibility criteria of the institution in which the candidate wishes to seek admission.
  • Once the application is submitted, the candidate will not be permitted to make any paper change.
  • Here is the table that shows the 23 papers along with their appropriate codes:

 Sl. No.

 Paper

 Paper code

1.

Aerospace Engineering

AE

2.

Agricultural Engineering

AG

3.

Architecture and Planning

AR

4.

Biotechnology

BT

5.

Civil Engineering

CE

6.

Chemical Engineering

CH

7.

Computer Science and Information Technology

CS

8.

Chemistry

CY

9.

Electronics & Communication Engineering

EC

10.

Electrical Engineering

EE

11.

Ecology and Evolution

EY

12.

Geology and Geophysics

GG

13.

Instrumental Engineering

IN

14.

Mathematics

MA

15.

Mechanical Engineering

ME

16.

Mining Engineering

MN

17.

Metallurgical Engineering

MT

18.

Petroleum Engineering

PE

19.

Physics

PH

20.

Production and Industrial Engineering

PI

21.

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

TF

22.

Engineering Sciences

XE

23.

Life Sciences

XL

  • All these papers will have some general aptitude questions in addition to questions that are related to the core subject.
  • A candidate appearing for the XE paper (i.e.) Engineering Sciences will have to answer the following:
    • Section A – Engineering Mathematics
    • GA – General Aptitude
    • Any two of XE Sections B to H
  • Sections in XE Paper are as follows:
    • Section A: Engineering mathematics (compulsory)
    • B: Fluid Mechanics
    • C: Materials Science
    • D: Solid Mechanics
    • E: Thermodynamics
    • F: Polymer Science and Engineering
    • G: Food Technology
    • H: Atmospheric and oceanic sciences
  • A candidate appearing for the XL paper (i.e.) Life Sciences will have to answer the following:
    • Section P – Chemistry
    • GA – General Aptitude
    • Any two of XE Sections Q to U
  • Sections in XL Paper are as follows:
    • Section P: Chemistry (compulsory)
    • Q: Biochemistry
    • R: Botany
    • S: Microbiology
    • T: Zoology
    • U: Food Technology
  • The excellent option available for candidates taking up XL is that they can choose any two sections from Q to U during the test after viewing the questions. They can choose only two of the optional sections.
  • The candidates will have to take up single paper of three-hour duration during  GATE examination
  • There will be 65 questions in total and the total mark is 100. Out of the 65 questions, 10 will be general aptitude questions and they will carry a total of 15 marks.
  • The question will be MCQ format and there will also be NAT questions, which means multiple choice and numerical answer type questions respectively.
  • For all the papers, the test will be conducted online.
  • The questions will be in such a way that the recalling ability, the comprehension ability, and the application ability will be tested.
  • Each MCQ will carry one mark and there will be a negative mark of 1/3rd for every wrong answer.
  • In the case of 2-mark multiple-choice questions, there will be a deduction of 2/3rd mark for wrong answers.
  • There will not be any negative marks for numeric answer type questions
  • For papers other than GG, XE and XL there will be 25 questions with each question carrying one mark each and there will also be 30 questions carrying two-mark each. There will be both MCQ and NAT questions and there will not be any choices for the latter.
  • For GG paper, there will be questions under two parts. Part A questions are common for all candidates. In part B, there will be two sections. The first of them is geology and the second is geophysics. Candidates can choose any one of the two sections in Part B.
  • The XL and XE papers will have questions in the format that was discussed earlier.

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