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GATE 2016 - Exam Pattern
Exam Paper Type : Online |
|Sections||Question No.||No. of Questions||Marks Per Question||Total Marks|
|General Aptitude||1 to 5||5||1||5|
|1 to 25||25||1||25|
|26 to 55||30||2||60|
|Total Questions (65)||Total Duration : 3 hours||Total Marks: 100|
Technical Section (70 marks)
|General Aptitude: 15 marks||
Engineering Mathematics:15 marks
Note:- 25 marks to 40 marks will be allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions
GATE would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs):- Questions are objective in nature and each question will have the choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections.
- Numerical Answer Questions:- There will be no choices available for these types of questions. A Numeric Answer question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all sections. The answer to these questions is a real number to be entered by using the mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.
|Questions Type||Marks||Negative marks|
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
|Numerical Answer Questions||1 mark||Nil|
|General Aptitude (GA)||15||10|
|Other subjects of the paper according to Branch||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 2016 Syllabus
GATE Exam Prepartions FAQ
1) GATE exam is online or offline ?
GATE exam for all the papers will carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode.
2) Will I be provided with any white paper for rough work and calculations during the test?
A scribble pad will be provided to the candidate that can be used to do the rough work. The candidate has to return the scribble pad after the examination.
3) Am I allowed to leave the examination hall during the test?
NO. Candidates will NOT be allowed to leave the examination hall for any reason during the test. Candidates are allowed to leave the computer laboratory where the exam will be conducted only after the closure of the test at the scheduled end of examination in a session.
4) What items are not permitted to be brought with me inside the examination venue?
Only admit card, identification card and a pen shall be permitted to be taken by the candidate to be taken inside the examination hall. A simple wrist watch without any calculation device is permissible.
5) Can I use a physical calculator during the examination?
NO. During the online GATE examination, all candidates will be provided with a virtual scientific calculator which has to be used to answer the questions. No physical calculator will be allowed inside the examination hall.
- The same applies to mobile phones and wrist watches with calculation facility. GATE will not provide any storage space at examination locations for such objects.
- If a candidate brings personal belongings including mobile phones, those will have to be kept outside the examination hall at the candidate’s risk.
- If the candidate is found to be in possession (even if not using) of any calculator and mobile phone and wrist watch with calculation facility, he/she shall be disqualified and the result shall not be declared for the candidate.
6) Will there be any arrangement at the test center for the safe keeping of my personal items such as my mobile phone?
NO. Such arrangements will not be possible at the test center.
7) What happens if a physical calculator (even on an electronic watch) or a mobile phone (even in switched off mode) is found in my possession in the examination hall?
Such cases will naturally constitute violation of GATE rules and will lead to disqualification of the candidature. All such candidates were disqualified in GATE .
8) I had passed my B-Tech successfully. I am pursuing in M-Tech, can i apply for GATE?
Yes you can. You will have to mention the B.Tech details in your GATE Application Form.
9) I have passed in 2017 but I have a backlog. Can I apply for gate ?
Yes, you can. You will need to clear the backlog by August 2018 to be able to apply for admissions.
10) I have passed my degree in 2016. I don’t have my degree certificate but I have Provisional Certificate. Will that be enough?
Yes, you can apply for GATE using any one of the following: degree certificate / provisional certificate / course completion certificate / professional ceritificate / membership certificate issued by the society or institute.
11) I have passed my B.Tech with 50%. Am I eligible for GATE ?
Yes, as GATE does not have specific pass percentage criteria though you might have to see for admissions and PSUs. Most IITs require 60% and above in degree. Same with PSUs but you can apply to IIT Roorkee. They take candidates with a second class for M.Tech provided they get valid GATE scores.
12) How many times can I appear for GATE? What is the age limit?
There is no specification for the number of attempts and there is no age limit also.
13) I have completed my graduation through distance learning. Can I apply for GATE ?
Yes you can. There is no specification about the mode of learning (distance or open university) but the course must be recognised by AICTE for candidates to be eligible for admissions.
14) I have completed my Post graduation. Can I appear for GATE ? What should I upload under certificates?
If a candidate is pursuing any higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned in the above table, then the candidate can select the relevant minimum required qualifying degree while filling the application form.
15) I have chosen category as OBC, but there is no option to upload the certificate. What to do?
The OBC Certificate is not required to be uploaded. OBC certificate is required only while taking the admission using the GATE score.
16) I have graduated in 2017 but I don’t have my degree certificate or provisional certificate. What document should I Upload for eligibility criteria?
Please upload a Copy of your final year marks sheet
Upload a declaration from your college Principal (or other competent authority) along with the signature and seal.