Updated By Rupsa on 30 Nov, 2023 18:14
GATE 2024 exam pattern was released by IISc Bangalore on its official website at gate2024.iisc.ac.in. GATE exam pattern 2024 includes the type of questions, mode of examination, marks allotted to each question, number of questions, total marks, the time duration in the entrance examination, negative marking, etc. GATE 2024 exam will be conducted in online mode by IISc Bengaluru for a time duration of 3 hours for a total of 100 marks. The GATE 2024 exam will consist of 65 questions for both the general aptitude section and the core specialised sections. The GATE 2024 question paper will have multiple-choice questions (MCQs), multiple-selection questions (MSQs), and questions with numerical answers (NATs).
The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a well-known entrance exam used for postgraduate engineering admissions. Additionally, the GATE exam enables candidates to apply for lucrative job positions in PSUs, or Public Sector Undertakings. Candidates for GATE may also wish to undertake research in a range of engineering-related fields.
Important Note: For ES (Environmental Science and Engineering) and XH (Humanities and Social Sciences), the exam pattern will be different. The below GATE exam pattern has been specified for the Engineering subjects. All the details with regard to the GATE 2024 exam pattern can be checked on this page.
Candidates who will be appearing for the entrance examination can get an insight into the exam details of GATE 2024 from the table below -
|Mode of Examination||Computer-Based Test|
|Total No. of Papers||30|
|Kind/ Nature of Questions||Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis & Synthesis|
|Total No. of Questions||General Aptitude 10 + Subject Specific 55|
|Type of Questions||MCQs, MSQs & NAT|
|Distribution of Marks in all Papers (Except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH,|
XH and XL)
|Distribution of Marks in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH,|
XH and XL
|Marking Scheme||1 Mark & 2 Mark Questions|
|Language of Question Paper||English|
The GATE exam pattern 2024 has not undergone any significant modifications. GATE 2024 will be held in CBT mode (online) for 3 hours, much like the previous year. One modification, however, is the addition of a new Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (DA) paper. As a result, this year will have 30 subject papers. The question paper will feature 65 questions from General Aptitude and other core subjects combined. The full marks allotted to each paper are 100 marks. Candidates must refer to the above sections of this page for more information regarding the allocation of marks and other important details.
The detailed paper-wise exam pattern of GATE 2024 is as follows -
General Aptitude Marks
Subject Specific Marks
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF*
CY, DA, EY, MA, PH, ST
Architecture (AR) Part A + Part B1 or B2
[B1: Architecture or B2: Planning]
Geomatics Engineering (GE) - Part A + Part B
[B1: Surveying and Mapping or B2: Image Processing and Analysis]
Geology & Geophysics (GG) - Part A + B
[B1: Geology or B2: Geophysics]
XE (Engineering Mathematics)**
2 x 35
XH (Reasoning and Comprehension)***
2 x 30
* Subject marks in these papers include questions on Engineering Mathematics (13 marks), which are paper-specific
** Section A (Engineering Mathematics) is Common and Compulsory for all Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Examination.
*** Section B1 (Reasoning and Comprehension) is Common and Compulsory for all. Applicants must select any ONE additional Section at the time of Application.
**** Section P (Chemistry) is Common and Compulsory for all. Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Examination.
The question paper of GATE includes 3 types of Questions- MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), MSQs (Multiple Select Questions) & NAT (Numerical Answer Type).
In MCQs, candidates are provided with 4 choices out of which one answer is correct.
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections.
There is a negative marking for every incorrect response i.e.
For 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for marking an incorrect answer.
For 2 mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for marking an incorrect answer.
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections.
NAT includes questions with a value or a real number as their answer.
NAT questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to make an answer.
The answer has to be entered using the mouse.
There won’t be any choices for these questions.
Using the keyboard must be avoided as it will lock your answer panel.
There is no negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.
Each question will have a minimum of 1 to 4 correct answers, and the candidates will have to pick up all the right options.
There is no negative marking for the wrong attempt in MSQs
Questions in the GATE 2024 papers are designed to test the candidates' comprehensive and analytical skills. Here is a quick overview of the different forms of questions asked in the GATE exam that will help the students get an idea -
Recall/Memorize – The GATE 2024 question paper will have questions directly linked to the facts, formulas, principles, and laws as per the subject chosen. Through these types of questions, the candidates' memory and computational skills are put to the test.
Application – These are the questions that require applying the basic concepts learnt by candidates to practical knowledge. This helps test the candidates' reasoning and computational skills.
Comprehension – The GATE question pattern 2024 will include questions based on comprehension to test the candidates' basic understanding of the respective field of study. To address these types of questions, students must have a clear understanding of the fundamental concepts to be able to draw simple conclusions.
Analysis and Synthesis – These refer to the questions comprising a mix of images, diagrams and data. Candidates should be able to solve these questions by analyzing the data provided in these images/diagrams.
Candidates must take a look at the below-marking scheme of GATE 2024. The paper covers a total of 65 questions of 100 marks for each of the 30 subjects.
Each GATE paper is divided into subsections and based on it the marking scheme of GATE is defined.
For Engineering Mathematics
This will have 5 questions of 2 marks each and 5 questions of 1 mark each. The remaining 70% weightage of total marks is acquired by the subject of the paper.
Engineering Mathematics will cover approximately 15% weightage out of 100 marks for the paper bearing codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE.]
For General Aptitude
This will have 5 questions of 2 marks each and 5 questions of 1 mark each
For the paper codes – AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude will cover 15% out of 100 marks, and the other 85% of the total question paper will be covered by the subject of the paper.
For Subject Knowledge
This will have 25 questions of 2 marks each and 20 questions of 1 mark each.
In NAT questions, there is no provision for negative marking in the examination.
MCQs carrying 1 mark each, for them 1/3 marks will be deducted as a penalty for marking the incorrect response.
MCQs carrying 2 marks, for them 2/3 marks will be deducted for marking the incorrect response.
There is no negative marking for MSQs
Quick Link - GATE Admit Card 2024
Since GATE is an online entrance examination. Therefore, all the questions will have to be answered in online mode. Candidates will be required to answer the questions as per the question palette which will be displayed showing the status of each question. The table below includes all the details regarding the question palette of GATE 2024.
You have answered the question
You have not answered the question, but have marked the question for review
You have not answered the question
You have answered the question, but marked it for review
You have not visited the question yet
Along with a good preparation strategy to crack the entrance exam, candidates must have a detailed understanding of the exam pattern of GATE 2024. GATE 2024 will be held in online mode for 30 subjects (papers) with 3 sections namely, General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Specific subject of the paper. In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA). The question paper of GATE includes 3 types of questions- MSQs (Multiple Select Questions), MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) & NAT (Numerical Answer Type) and GATE 2024 will be 180 minutes in duration.
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There will be a total of 65 questions in GATE exam.
MCQ and NAT type of questions are asked in GATE exam.
No, the candidates will have to use the virtual scientific calculator provided in the GATE exam.
There will be a deduction of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers in GATE.
GATE exam will be conducted for a total of 3 hours.
There will be 3 sections in GATE exam: General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Subject Specification Section.
The subject-specific section is the highest scoring section in GATE
No there is no sectional time limit for GATE exam.
NAT is the numerical answer type in GATe where the answer is an integer or a real number.
No, there are some differences for different branches of GATE.
The GATE 2024 exam is being conducted for a total of 30 papers after one new paper was added in the current year.
In GATE 2024, a new paper on Data Science & Artificial Intelligence (DA) has been added.
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