GATE Exam Pattern 2019

Last Updated - February 10 2018

GATE 2019 is a computer-based exam comprising Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Response Type Questions. The time period to clear the paper is 3 hours. There are mainly three sections covered under GATE exam namely, General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and specific subject of the paper. Total 65 questions will be asked for 100 marks.

For every accurate response, 1 or 2 marks will be honored for all papers.On the other hand, for questions carrying 1 mark, there will be negative marking of 1/ 3 marks. 2/3 marks will be deducted for questions carrying 2 marks. GATE Syllabus is available on the official website in the PDF pattern.Now, GATE is held for 23 papers and syllabus for every branch is various from one another.

GATE 2019 is a national level entrance test conducted for those aspirants who seeking to get admission in different postgraduate programs such as Ph.D., M.Tech etc. The test is scheduled for the month of February 2019. Aspirants can find all important information like in-detailed GATE Exam Format 2019 including marking scheme and other details further in this article. 

Highlights Table of GATE Exam Format 2019


Exam format highlights
Exam NameGATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)
Exam ModeOnline (Computer Based Test)
Number of Papers23
Number of Sections3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Subject Specification Section)
Question Paper TypeMultiple Choice Questions Type and Numerical Response Type Questions
GATE 2019 Total Marks100
Exam Duration3 hours
No. of Questions65
GATE 2019 Exam DateFebruary 2019

GATE Exam Format 2019 in Detail

GATE examination consists of both, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Response Type Questions (NAT). Following is the detailed explanation of GATE Exam Format 2019: The examination is organized via online method only.

  • From the year 2018, a new section will be introduced in the paper of XE namely Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
  • In the paper, there will be 25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions for 2 marks.
  • The total time period to clear the examination is 3 hours.
  • For MCQs, students will be offered 4 choices and for NAT, questions no choices will be offered.
  • While response Numerical Type Questions, students are advised to enter real number, signed number or unsigned number
  • Total 65 questions of maximum 100 marks will be asked in GATE 2019

GATE Exam Format for GG (Geology and Geophysics) paper

  • Part A includes 25 questions of 1 mark. This part is common for all the students.
  • Part B consists of 30 questions of 2 marks each. This part is further divided into two various sections i.e. Section 1 – Geology, Section 2 – Geophysics, for 10 questions.
  • Geology and Geophysics paper is divided into two parts i.e. Part A and Part B.

GATE Exam Format for XE (Engineering Sciences) paper

  • Section A consists of Engineering Mathematics which is a mandatory section.
  • From B to H, XE consists of 22 questions. 9 of them carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks
  • 10 questions from GA will be asked
  • In this section total 11 questions will be asked, out of 11 questions 7 of them are of 1 mark and 4 questions are 2 marks.
  • Section A is common for all the aspirants.
  • This paper consists of two sections i.e. Section A and Section B.

GATE Exam Format for XL (Life Sciences) paper

  • Section P includes Chemistry. This is a mandatory section which consists of 15 questions where 5 questions are of 1 mark and 10 questions are 2 marks.
  • From Q to U, students can select any two of the XL sections. Total questions in this section are 20, where 10 questions are of 1 mark and other 10 questions are 2 marks.

Marking Scheme for GATE 2019

There are two types of questions in the question paper i.e. Multiple Choice Question and Numerical Response Type Question. Following is the explanation of marking scheme of GATE 2019:

  • For multiple choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong response of 1 mark.
  • There is no negative marking for Numerical Response Type Questions.
  • For every accurate response, 1 or 2 marks will be honored according to the type of question.
  • 2/3 marks will be deducted for wrong responses of 2 marks multiple-choice questions

Syllabus for GATE 2019

For better preparation of any examination, students must know about its syllabus. GATE is held in 23 branches or subjects. For each branch the syllabus is different.

The following table shows the GATE 2019 Exam syllabus in detail:

Biotechnology Engineering (BT)Engineering Mathematics
Recombination DNA Technology
Plant and Animal Biotechnology
Bioprocedure Engineering and Procedure Biotechnology
General Biotechnology
Instrumentation Engineering (IN)Electrical Circuits
Signals and Systems
Control Systems
Analog Electronics
Digital Electronics
Sensors and Industrial Instrumentation
Communication and Optical Instrumentation
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)Textile Fibres
Yarn Manufacture and Yarn Structure Properties
Fabric Manufacture, Structure, and Properties
Textile Testing
Chemical Processing
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)Product Design and Development
Work System Design
Facility Design
Physics (PH)Mathematical Physics
Classical Mechanics
Electromagnetic Theory
Quantum Mechanics
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Solid State Physics & Electronics
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Metallurgical Engineering (MT)Thermodynamics and Rate Processes
Extractive Metallurgy
Physical Metallurgy
Mechanical Metallurgy
Manufacturing Processes
Engineering Mathematics (XE)Linear Algebra
Vector calculus
Complex Variables
Ordinary Differential Equations
Partial Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Electrical Engineering (EE)Electric Circuits
Electromagnetic Fields
Signals and Systems
Electrical Machines
Power Systems
Control Systems
Electrical and Electronic Measurements
Analog and Digital Electronics
Power Electronics
Electronics & Communication Engineering (EC)Networks, Signals, and Systems
Electronic Devices
Analog Circuits
Digital Circuits
Control Systems
Chemistry (CY)Structure
Surfaces and Interfaces
Main Group Elements
Transition Elements
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Bioinorganic Chemistry
Computer Science & ITDigital Logic
Computer Organization and Architecture
Programming and Data Structures
Theory of Computation
Compiler Design
Operation System
Computer Networks
Chemical EngineeringProcedure Calculations and Thermodynamics
Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical Operations
Heat Transfer
Mass Transfer
Chemical Reaction Engineering
Instrumentation and Procedure Control
Plant Design and Economics
Chemical Technology
Civil EngineeringEngineering Mathematics
Structural Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
Water Resource Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Transportation Engineering
Geomatics Engineering

Preference Books for GATE 2019

For better preparation of any exam, it is recommended to refer to the study material from various books. And, some of the advisable books for the better preparation of aspirants have been tabulated below. 

Books for GATE 2019 Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Books NameAuthor Name
Mechanical VibrationGK Grover
Design of Machine ElementsVB Bhandari
Engineering MechanicsSS Bhavikatti
Fluid MechanicsRK Bansal
Heat and Mass TransferPK Nag
Engineering and ThermodynamicsCengel & Boles
Internal Combustion EngineV Ganesan
Refrigeration & Air ConditioningCP Arora
Material ScienceUC Jindal
Production EngineeringAmitabh Ghosh
Industrial EngineeringOP Khanna

Books for GATE 2019 Computer Science (CSE)

Books NameAuthor Name
Operating SystemGalvin
Theory of ComputationUllman
Computer NetworksTanenbaum
Computer OrganisationCarl Hamacher
Database SystemKorth
Compiler DesignAho & Ull Man
Digital LogicMorris Mano
Software EngineeringPressman

Books for GATE 2019 Electrical Engineering (EE)

Books NameAuthor Name
Network AnalysisVal Valken Burg
Solution of Network AnalysisGK Publications
Engineering Circuit AnalysisHayt & Kemmerly
Graph TheoryNursing Das
Circuit TheoryChakravarthy
Control SystemNagrath Gopal
Electrical MachinesPost Graduate Bimbhra
Power ElectronicsUA Bakshi
Power SystemsNagrath Kothari
Signals & SystemsOppenheim Wisky

Books for GATE Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE)

Books NameAuthor Name
Network AnalysisVan Valken Burg
Solutions of Network AnalysisGK Publications
Engineering Circuit AnalysisHayt and Kemmerly
Network AnalysisSoni and Gupta
Graph TheoryNursing Deo
Circuit TheoryChakravarthy
Electric CircuitsSchaum’s Series
Network TheoryProf. Yoganarasimhan
Electronic Devices CircuitsBoylested and Neshelsky
Microelectronic CircuitsSedra and Smith
Electronic Devices CircuitsMillman and Halkias

Books for GATE 2019 Civil Engineering (ME)

Books NameAuthor Name
GATE 2018: Civil Engineering Solved PapersMade Easy
Gate Guide Civil Engineering 2018Gkp
Gate Tutor 2018 Civil EngineeringPrasant Dixit
GATE 2018 Civil EngineeringVani Institute
Civil Engineering GATE 2018 30 Years SolutionIes Master
GATE Guide Civil Engineering 2018Hitesh Aggarwal

Important Instructions for GATE 2019

Students must follow the below instructions before appearing for the paper:

  • While appearing for the examination, students must carry valid hall ticket and original photo identity proof along with them
  • Participants will be permitted to occupy their seats 35 minutes before the start of the examination
  • Students must report at the examination venue 60 minutes before the commencement of the examination
  • Mobile phones or any other electronic device cannot be used inside the examination hall
  • Printed or hand-written material inside the examination hall is strictly debarred
  • Students are not permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of the examination
  • Aspirants will be offered scribble pads by the examiners for rough work. They need to write his/ her name and registration number on the pad
  • Any kind of communication forms are also strictly debarred inside the examination hall
  • Aspirants will be allowed to appear for the examination only after the credentials are verified.

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