GATE

GATE 2019 Exam Date: 2nd, 3rd and 9th, 10th of February 2019

Exam Status: Registrations Concluded

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Paper-wise Pattern 2019

Common Pattern for All Papers

Total No. of Questions  65 questions
Total Marks  100 marks
Total Duration 3 hours
All the papers will contain 10 questions carrying a weightage of 15 marks will be based on General Aptitude (GA), intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.

For Paper Codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE

Section Distribution out of Total Marks 
General Aptitude 15%
Engineering Mathematics 15%
Subject-based knowledge 70%

For Paper Codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL

Section Distribution out of Total Marks 
General Aptitude 15%
Subject-based knowledge 85%

GATE Marking Scheme 2019

I] General Aptitude (GA) Questions – 15 marks in total

The GA section includes:

  • 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks)
  • 5 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

II] Question Papers excepting GG, XE and XL

– GA section as stated at I]

– Additionally, these papers would contain:

  • 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks)
  • 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks) consisting of both the MCQ and NAT Questions.

III] GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper

– GA section as stated at I]

– Additionally, these papers would contain:

  • Part A is compulsory for all the candidates. Candidates must attempt all questions.
    Part A consists of 25 questions carrying 1-mark each 
  • Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Candidates will have to questions in either Section 1 or Section 2 of Part B.
    Either section of Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 questions carrying 2-marks each 

IV] XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)

– GA section as stated at I]

– Additionally, XE paper will include the following:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory section)
    This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks [7 questions carrying 1-mark + 4 questions carrying 2-marks each]
  • Any two of XE Sections B to H
    The choice of two sections from B to H can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only TWO optional sections can be answered at a time.
    Each of the optional sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks [9 questions carrying 1-mark each + 13 questions carrying 2-marks each]

V] XL Paper (Life Sciences)

– GA section as stated at I]

– Additionally, XL paper will include following:

  • Section P– Chemistry (Compulsory section)
    This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks [5 questions carrying 1-mark each + 10 questions carrying 2-marks each]
  • Any two of XL Sections Q to U
    The choice of two sections from Q to U can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only TWO optional sections can be answered at a time.
    Each of the optional sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks [10 questions carrying 1-mark each + 10 questions carrying 2-marks each]

GATE Format of Questions

Questions in the GATE papers, will be of two types –

i] MCQ 

  • Each MCQ will carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers/sections.
  • Questions are objective in nature
  • Each question will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to select the correct answer.
  • For an incorrect answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be penalty of negative marking.
    (For a 1-mark MCQ, 1/3rd mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3rd mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer)

ii] NAT

  • Each NAT carries 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers/sections.
  • For these questions, the answer is a signed (+/-) real number which the candidate can enter using the virtual numeric keypad.
  • Answers may include decimal places and number of decimal places upto which the number must be corrected will be mentioned.
  • No negative marking for NAT questions.

GATE Sample Question Types

(i) Recall-based

These are based on static facts, principles, formulae or laws in the subject of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to give a memory-based answer.

Sample Recall Question:

(ii) Comprehension-based

These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the fundamentals of his/her field by asking him/her to draw simple conclusions from basic ideas.

Sample Comprehension Question:

(iii) Application-based Questions

In these questions, the candidate is needed to apply his/her knowledge through computing or by logical reasoning.

Sample Application-based Question:

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis

In these questions, the candidate is presented with data and diagrams or images that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis question might require the candidate to relate or compare two or more pieces of information.

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