GATE Exam Pattern / Structure


Exam Pattern


(GATE)  Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering 




Q. What is the Examination Structure of GATE 2012?

Ans: In GATE Maximum of 100 marks is allotted for solving sixty five (65) questions. Some questions will have 1 mark and some other 2 marks.  Three hours is awarded for each paper. The question paper will carry objective type questions. Papers like AR, AG, GG, MN, TF and AE will be conducted online and for all other papers the applicants have to answer on Optical Response Sheet (ORS). Except some questions, there will be 1/3 negative marking for each wrong answer, i.e if a student answers 3 questions, having one mark each, incorrect, 1 mark will be deducted. Each GATE paper will have General Aptitude (GA) which comprises of 15 marks.

Total Marks – 65 out of which there are 10 questions bearing 15 marks belong to General Aptitude (GA) and questions having 15 marks are from Mathematical Engineering. So there are 70 percent marks are from the subject the candidate chooses.

There are twenty papers and an applicant can only apply for one paper. In this 10 to 15 questions are from subject General Aptitude (GA) having 15 marks. Questions having 15 marks will belong to subject Mathematics Engineering.  To Select a paper is the responsibility of  applicant. It can be done according to the applicant’s academic qualification and according to the eligibility criteria mentioned by the organization. Furnished below is the list of twenty one papers:

Aerospace Engineering (AE), Agricultural Engineering (AG), Architecture and Planning (AR), Biotechnology (BT), Civil Engineering (CE), Chemical Engineering (CH), Computer Science and Information Technology (CS), Chemistry (CY), Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC), Electrical Engineering (EE), Geology and Geophysics (GG), Instrumentation Engineering (IN), Mathematics (MA), Mechanical Engineering (ME), Mining Engineering (MN), Metallurgical Engineering (MT), Physics (PH),  Production and industrial Engineering (PI),   Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF), Engineering Sciences (XE),  Life Sciences (XL).

XL (Life Science) and XE (Engineering Sciences) are general in nature and it comprises of different sections. The applicants with these two papers have to answer three sections apart from the General Aptitude (GA) questions. For Life Science paper, section A is compulsory and for Engineering Sciences, Section H is compulsory. The applicant can select any of the two sections from the remaining sections.

XE – Engineering Sciences

Engineering Mathematics –  Section A (Compulsory), Fluid Mechanics – Section B, Materials Science – Section C,  Solid Mechanics – Section D, Thermodynamics – Section E, Polymer Science and Engineering – Section F,  Food Technology – Section G.

XL – Life Sciences

Chemistry – Section H (Compulsory), Biochemistry – Section I, Botany – Section J, Microbiology –  Section K, Zoology – Section L, Food Technology – Section M.





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