GATE Exam pattern- A Detailed Analysis of Exam Papers

The acronym GATE refers to the “Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering”. The primary goal of the GATE exam, which is conducted at the national level, is to assess candidates' thorough comprehension of various undergraduate engineering, technology, architecture, science, and business courses.

One of the most difficult tests in the world of engineering is GATE. You must therefore make every effort to do well on this exam if you plan to pursue an M.Tech at one of the nation's top institutions, such as the IITs or NITs, or if you choose to work for the government at one of the top PSUs located all across the nation.

The GATE 2023 exam pattern must be thoroughly learned and understood if you want to achieve the highest scores on this exam or if you want to realign your exam preparation on the right track if you are new to this entrance exam preparation.

GATE Exam pattern- A Detailed Analysis of Exam Papers

Overview

One of the most important aspects before attempting the exam is to understand the exam format and syllabus. You must be familiar with the whole course syllabus as well as key concepts.Make an effort to comprehend the paper's pattern. Know the number of sections and how many points each segment receives. Check to see whether there are any negative markings. If each section is timed, find out about it beforehand and adjust your exam strategy accordingly.

IIT Kanpur is in charge of organizing GATE 2023, and it has compiled a specific list of paper codes for the exam's paper format.

GATE subjects and their paper codes

IIT Kanpur is the organization behind GATE 2023, and the Gate 2023 exam paper has a specific list of paper codes(29). Here is a list of the paper codes to help you comprehend the pattern.

Subject Code Subject Code
Aerosace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and lanning AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Biomedical Engineering BM Mining Engineering MN
Biotechnology BT Metallurgical Engineering MT
Civil Engineering CE Naval Architecture NM
Chemical Engineering CH etroleum Engineering E
Comuter Science and Information Technology CS hysics H
Chemistry CY roduction and Industrial Engineering I
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Statistics ST
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
Environmental Science &am; Engineering ES Engineering Sciences XE
Ecology and Evolution EY Humanities and Social Sciences XH
Geomatics Engineering GE Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geohysics GG    

Paper Pattern

The General Aptitude (GA) component of each GATE 2023 paper is common to all papers and carries 15 marks, with the remaining marks covering the relevant subject (85 marks).

Particulars

Details

Examination Mode

CBT(Computer Based Test)

Duration

180 minutes( 3 hours)

Total Marks

100

Number of Subjects

29

Sections

General Aptitude + Candidates selected Subject/Discipline

Number of Questions

General Aptitude(10) + Candidates selected Subject(55) = 65

Type of Questions

MCQs(Multiple Choice Questions), MSQs(Multiple Select Questions) and NATs(Numerical Answer Type) Questions

Marking Scheme

There are 1 and 2 marks assigned to each question.

Negative Marking

  • In an MCQ, picking the incorrect answer will result in negative marking.
  • 1/3 mark deduction for a 1-mark MCQ.
  • Similarly, 2/3 mark deduction for MCQs with 2 marks.
  • There is no deduction for incorrect responses to NAT or MSQ questions.

A breakdown of the marks for the papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH, and XL

General Aptitude: 15 marks + Subject Questions: 85 marks = Total: 100 marks

A breakdown of the marks for the papers except for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH, and XL

General Aptitude: 15 marks + Engineering Mathematics:13 marks + Subject Questions: 72 marks = Total: 100 marks (Exception for XE which includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 marks)

Candidates with PwD, who meet the criteria for disability are eligible for 20 minutes of compensatory time each hour. As a result, they will receive an additional hour of their three-hour exam.

Paper Code

General Aptitude Marks

Subject Marks

Total Marks

Total Time

(minutes)

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

15

85

100

18

AR(Part A + Part B1 or B2)

[B1: Architecture, B2: Planning]

(B1 section or B2 section can be selected during the exam)

15

60+25

100

180

GE( Part A+ Part B1 or B2)

[B1: Surveying and Mapping

B2: Image Processing and Analysis]

(B1 section or B2 section can be selected during the exam)

15

55+30

100

180

GG(Part A+Part B)

(section can be selected during the exam)

15

25+60

100

180

XE(Section A+ any 2 sections)

(section can be selected during the exam)

15

15+(2* 35)

100

180

XH(section B1 + any 1 section)

15

25+60

100

180

XL(section P+ any 2 sections)

(section can be selected during the exam)

15

25+(2* 30)

100

180

Combination of TWO Papers is acceptable for GATE 2023

Code

(Paper 1)

Codes allowed for Paper 2

Code

(Paper 1)

Codes allowed for Paper 2

AE

CE, ME, XE

GG

GE

AG

CE

IN

BM, EC, EE, ME

AR

CE, GE

MA

PH, ST, CS

BM

IN, BT

ME

IN, AE, NM, PI, XE

BT

BM, XL

MT

XE

CE

AE, XE, AG, AR, ES, GE, NM

NM

ME, CE

CH

ES, PE, XE

PE

CH

CS

EC, MA, GE, ST, PH

PH

EC, CS, EE, XE, MA

CY

XL, XE

PI

XE, ME

EC

IN, EE, CS, PH

ST

CS, XH, MA

EE

IN, PH, EC

XE

AE, CE, CY, CH, MT, ME, PH, PI

ES

CE, CH, GE

XH

ST

EY

XL

XL

BT, CY, EY

GE

AR, CS, CE, ES, GG

   

Conclusion

The GATE exam pattern is an important consideration for each paper. If you want to succeed in a highly competitive exam like GATE, you must keep an eye on the exam format and other elements related to this competitive exam.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How much time will the GATE 2023 test take?

Ans. The GATE 2023 test has a 3-hour completion time, plus an additional hour for students with disabilities.

Q2. Does the GATE 2023 exam have a negative marking policy?

Ans. In an MCQ, picking the incorrect answer will result in negative marking. For a 1-mark MCQ, an incorrect response will result in a 1/3 mark deduction. An erroneous response will result in a deduction of two-thirds of a mark for a two-mark multiple-choice question. NO REDUCTIONS FOR NAT & MSQ.

Q3. Is there an age limit for GATE?

Ans. Candidates must meet the prerequisites in order to sit for the exam. For those applying for GATE 2022, there is no maximum age.

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