GATE 2018 Exam Pattern- Subject-wise Paper Pattern

Maniprabha Singh updated on : 11 Jul 2017
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GATE 2018 will be held on 03, 04, 10 and 11 February 2018. Check the complete examination pattern of GATE 2018 here.

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern – GATE 2018 Examination will be conducted by IIT Guwahati on 03, 04, 10 and 11 February 2018. The official notification has been issued on the official website and the application forms will be issued on 01 September 2017. We have updated all the information related to the examination pattern on GATE 2018 here. Check the final GATE Exam pattern 2018 to prepare for the GATE examination as only few months are left.

All the 23 GATE papers consist of 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. It is a three-hour computer-based examination, consisting of both numerical-type and objective-type questions (MCQs). The following list depicts the code for each paper. 

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GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

Section

No. of Questions

Marks Per Question

Total Marks

General Aptitude

5

1

5

Technical & Engineering Mathematics

25

1

25

30

2

60

Total

65

 

100

 

Technical Section- 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics :

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions

 

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For General Aptitude Section

In all paper, General Aptitude section will contain 10 questions carrying a total 15 Marks.

  • 05 Questions carrying 01 Marks
  • 10 Question carrying 02 Marks

For Other Sections Except GG, XE and XL

In all remaining papers, except GG, XE and XL, will contain 55 questions carrying a total 85 Marks.

  • 25 Questions carrying 01 Marks
  • 30 Question carrying 02 Marks

For GG (Geology and Geophysics) paper

The Geology and Geophysics (GG) paper contains General Aptitude section and two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates while Part B comprises two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Candidates have to attempt only one section from Part B and Part A is mandatory for all.

  • 25 Questions carrying 01 Marks- Total 25 Marks
  • 30 Question carrying 02 Marks- Total 60 Marks

For XE (Engineering Sciences) paper

In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section contains 11 question is mandatory. 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. Marks division is mentioned below. Some questions should be of numerical answer type.

  • 9 Questions carrying 1-mark each- Total 09 Marks
  • 13 Questions carrying 2-marks each - Total 26 Marks

For XL (Life Sciences) paper

Chemistry section is mandatory in XL paper which 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 the below segregation-

  • 10 Questions carrying 01 Marks- Total 10 Marks
  • 10 Question carrying 02 Marks- Total 20 Marks

 

Engineering Sciences XE

Code

Life Science XL

Code

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)

A

Chemistry (Compulsory)

P

Fluid Mechanics

B

Biochemistry

Q

Materials Science

C

Botany

R

Solid Mechanics

D

Microbiology

S

Thermodynamics

E

Zoology

T

Polymer Science and Engineering

F

Food Technology

U

Food Technology

G

 

 

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

H

 

 


GATE Papers with Respective Codes

GATE Paper

Code

GATE Paper

Code

Life Sciences

XL

Engineering Sciences

XE

Textile Engineering and

Fibre Science

TF

Production and Industrial

Engineering

PI

Physics

PH

Petroleum Engineering

PE

Metallurgical Engineering

MT

Mining Engineering

MN

Mechanical Engineering

ME

Mathematics

MA

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

Geology and Geophysics

GG

Ecology and Evolution

EY

Electrical Engineering

EE

Electronics and Communication

Engineering

EC

Chemistry

CY

Computer Science and

Information Technology

CS

Chemical Engineering

CH

Civil Engineering

CE

Biotechnology

BT

Architecture and Planning

AR

Agricultural Engineering

AG

Aerospace Engineering

AE

   
 

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern- Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have 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 for these questions is a real number to be entered by using mouse and virtual keypad displayed on the monitor. No negative marking for these questions.

 

Negative Marking

Questions Type

Marks

Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

1 mark

1/3

2 marks

2/3

Numerical Answer Questions

1 mark

-

2 marks

Nil


A candidate is allowed to write only one GATE paper. Therefore, he/she must choose the subject code very carefully at the time of filling the application form. It is NOT possible to change the choice of paper after the submission of the application form.

For papers having the codes AE, CE, BT, AG, CS, EC, CH, EE, ME, IN, MN, PE, MT, PI, TF and XE, 15% of the overall marks will be for General Aptitude section, 15% of the overall marks will be for Engineering Mathematics and the rest 70% of the marks will be for the chosen paper.

For papers having the codes EY, AR, CY, PH, MA, GG and XL, 15% of the overall marks will be for General Aptitude section and the rest 85% of the marks will be for the chosen paper.

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