GATE Exam Pattern 2020

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 13 Aug, 2019 13:46 IST

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GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a popular entrance examination conducted for postgraduate engineering admissions. The exam pattern of GATE 2020 consist of detailed information related to the online examination including, 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 examination also opens doors to attractive employment opportunities in Public Sector Undertakings i.e. PSUs. Candidates looking forward to pursuing research in various fields of engineering can also appear for GATE.

Along with a good preparation strategy to crack the entrance exam, candidates must have a detailed understanding of the exam pattern of GATE 2020. GATE 2020 is held in online mode for 24 subjects (papers) with 3 sections namely, General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, 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 2 types of questions- MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) & NAT (Numerical Answer Type) and GATE 2020 will be of 180 minutes duration.

Highlights of GATE Exam Pattern

In the table given below, candidates who will be appearing for the entrance examination will get an insight into the exam details of GATE 2020:

Particulars Details
Mode of Examination Online
Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Type of Questions MCQs and NAT
Language of Question Paper English
Number of Sections

3

Name of the Sections

General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section

*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper

Sectional Time-Limit No

GATE Exam Paper with Codes

 A candidate can appear only for one paper out of the following streams:

GATE Code GATE 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 Minning 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 Fibre Science TF
Ecology and Evolution EV Engineering Science XE
Statistics ST Life Sciences XL

Types of Questions in GATE

The question paper of GATE includes 2 types of Questions- MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) & NAT (Numerical Answer Type).

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ):

  • 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):

  • 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.

Detailed GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern for AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE Papers:

  • For all papers mentioned-above, Engineering Mathematics questions are compulsory and carries 15% of the total weightage .

  • The questions based on the specific subject/discipline of the exam have 70% of the total weightage (70 Marks).

  • The remaining part of GATE Question Paper includes General Aptitude questions carriers 15% of the total marks

 GATE Exam Pattern for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL Papers:

  • The General Aptitude section carriers 15% of the total marks.

  • The remaining 85% of the total marks will be based on the subject of the paper.

  • There is no question from Engineering Mathematics in these papers.

GATE Exam Pattern for GG Paper:

  • GA – General Aptitude section carrying 10 questions a total of 15 marks.

  • Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is common for all candidates.

  • Part B consists of two sections: 

    • Section 1 (Geology)  

    • Section 2 (Geo-Physics).

  • Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and in Part B attempt either Section 1 or Section 2.

The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:

  • Part A consists of 25 questions (MCQs) and carry 1 mark for each question so the total 25 marks (Some questions may be numerical answer type questions)

  • Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 questions (MCQs Type) 2 mark for each question so the total 60 marks (Some questions may be numerical answer type questions).

GATE Exam Pattern for XE Paper:

XE Paper Sections Codes
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A
Any 2 optional sections
Fluid Mechanics B
Materials Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science H
  • There are the following sections which will have to be answered in GATE XE paper:

  • GA – General Aptitude section carrying 10 questions a total of 15 marks.

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)

  • Any two of XE section from B to H (as given in the paper code table). 

  • Candidates can select two sections from B to H during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time.

  • Apart from the General Aptitude section, XE paper contains total of 33 questions of total 50 marks.

The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:

  • Section A Engineering Mathematics :

    • This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks in which

    • 7 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 7 marks) 

    • 4 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 8 marks).

    • Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

  • Any two of XE section from B to H:

    • XE paper from section B to H contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks.

    • 9 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 9 marks) 

    • 13 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 26 marks).

    • Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

GATE Exam Pattern for XL Paper:

XL Paper Sections Codes
Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Any 2 optional sections
Biochemistry Q
Botany R
Microbiology S
Zoology T
Food Technology U
  • There are the following sections which will have to be answered in GATE XL paper:

  • GA – General Aptitude section carrying 10 questions a total of 15 marks.s.

  • Section P– Chemistry (Compulsory)

  • Any two of XL Sections Q to U (as given in the paper code table).

  • Candidates can select two sections from B to H during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time.

  • Apart from the General Aptitude section, XL paper contains total 35 questions of total 55 marks.

  • The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:

  • Section P Chemistry: 

    • This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks in which

    • 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks)

    • 10 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks).

    • Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

  • Any two of XL Sections Q to U:

    • XL paper from section Q to U contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks in which 

    • 10 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 10 marks)

    • 10 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks).

    • Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

GATE 2020 Marking Scheme

Candidates must take a look at the below-marking scheme of GATE 2020. The paper covers a total of 65 questions of 100 marks for each of the 24 subjects.

Each of the 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 marks 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 marks each

  • For the paper codes – AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude will cover 15% out of 100 marks, and 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 marks each.

GATE Exam Pattern 2020- Negative Marking

  • In NAT questions, there is no provision of negative marking in the examination.

  • MCQs carrying 1 marks each, for them 1/3 marks will be deducted as a penalty of marking the incorrect response.

  • MCQs carrying 2 marks, for them 2/3 marks will be deducted for marking the incorrect response.

GATE 2019 Marking Scheme – Important Points

The question paper GATE having codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL will comprIse of the compulsory section of General Aptitude (15% of the total marks) and the remaining 85% will be for the selected subject.

The question paper GATE having codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE will comprIse of the compulsory section of Engineering mathematics (15% of total marks) and General Aptitude (15% of total marks). However, the rest of the question paper (70%) will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.

Paper Code

Subject Marks

Total Marks

General Aptitude Marks

Negative Marking

CS, CY, EC, EE, CE, CH, AR, AE, AG, EY, BT, GG, IN, ME, MA, PH, PI, TF, MN, MT, PE, ST

85

100

15

1/3rd Mark will be deducted for 1 mark question.

 

XE (Section A +

any two sections)

15+2*35

100

15

2/3rd Mark will be deducted for 2 mark question.

XL (Section P +

any two sections)

25+2*30

100

15

 

How to Answer Questions in GATE 2020

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 2020.

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

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