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# GATE 2016 - Exam Pattern

**Exam Paper Type** : Online | **Exam Duration** : 3.0 Hr

Section |
Duration |
Marks |
# Questions |

General Aptitude (GA) | 30 Minutes | 15 | 10 |

Other subject of the paper according to Branch | 150 Minutes | 85 | 55 |

**Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) **has **3 ****hours **duration.

**[For branch-wise exam pattern, please refer to the page of the respective branch]**

- The question paper will consist of both multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
- 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).
- In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
- In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
- The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.
- The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the
- answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).

**GATE would contain questions of two different types in various papers:**

**Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)**carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).**Numerical Answer Questions**of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only).**General Aptitude (GA) Questions**- In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

**Question Papers other than GG, XE, and XL**- These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub- total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type.

**GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper**- 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 contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.
- Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions). Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).

**XE Paper (Engineering Sciences) **

In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 8 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks: 9 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 26 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

**XL Paper (Life Sciences) **

In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section P) is compulsory. This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type. Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

**Test duration- ** 3 hours

**Marking System –** For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

## GATE Syllabus

- Numerical computation
- Numerical Estimation
- Numerical Reasoning
- Data Interpretation

- English grammar
- Sentence Completion
- Verbal Analogies
- Word Groups
- Instructions
- Critical Reasoning
- Verbal Deduction