Structure of GATE

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The GATE examination comprises of a single paper with 3 hours of time duration consisting of 60 questions, With the maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will design with only multiple choice questions i.e.. . MCQs. Every question will have four choices, However only one choice will be correct. You need to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet i.e.. . ORS by darkening the correct bubble against each question. Negative marking will also be there for the wrong answers marked, as mentioned in the pattern of question paper.

The candidates can opt for any one of the papers stated below-

  • Paper-Code
  • Aerospace Engineering-AE
  • Instrumentation Engineering-IN
  • Agricultural Engineering-AG
  • Mathematics-MA
  • Architecture and Planning-AR
  • Mechanical Engineering-ME
  • Civil Engineering-CE
  • Mining Engineering-MN
  • Chemical Engineering-CH
  • Metallurgical Engineering-MT
  • Computer Science and Information Technology-CS
  • Physics-PH
  • Chemistry-CY
  • Production and Industrial Engineering-PI
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering-EC
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences-PY
  • Electrical Engineering-EE
  • Textile Engineering and Fibre Science-TF
  • Geology and Geophysics-GG#
  • Engineering Sciences-XE ⚹
  • Life Sciences-XL ⚹

#GG (Geology & Geophysics) paper will comprise of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A will be common to both Geology and Geophysics candidates. Part B will contain two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics) . Geology candidates need to attempt questions in Section 1 only. Geophysics candidates need to attempt questions in Section 2 only.

⚹ Papers XE and XL are of general nature and will comprise the sections stated below:

XE paper sections (Engineering Sciences)

XL paper sections (Life Sciences)

SectionSCODE
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)A
Chemistry (Compulsory)H
Fluid MechanicsB
BiochemistryI
Materials ScienceC
BiotechnologyJ
Solid MechanicsD
BotanyK
ThermodynamicsE
MicrobiologyL
Polymer Science and EngineeringF
ZoologyM
Food TechnologyG

The candidates giving XE or XL paper need to to answer three sections. Sections (A) and (H) are mandatory in XE and XL papers respectively.

The candidates can opt for any two out of the remaining sections stated against the respective papers.

The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Important guidelines regarding this context are mentioned as follows-

  • Candidate needs to appear in any one of the papers listed above, suitable to the discipline of his or her qualifying degree.
  • Candidate is free to opt for any paper as per his or her admission plan, Focus on the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he or she wants to take admission.

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