With the release of official notification, IIT Guwahati, the organising institute of GATE 2018, has also released GATE Exam Pattern. Depending on the GATE Paper, the exam pattern is set. There is no change in exam pattern as per GATE Information Brochure. The exam includes 2 types of Questions - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
One must note that GATE papers will have General Aptitude as a compulsory section. Also, Engineering Mathematics sections are common to most of the papers.
GATE 2018 will be conducted across India and in 6 international cities. In order to score well, we suggest you be thorough with your GATE Preparation. Dedicate quality time to each of the sections. Read on to know all key details of GATE Exam Pattern.
|Highlights of GATE Exam Pattern 2018|
|GATE 2018 Exam Date||February 2018 (3, 4, 10, 11)|
|Timings of Exam||9:00 – 12:00 Hrs 14:00 – 17:00 Hrs|
|Number of Questions||65|
|Type of Questions||MCQs and NAT|
|Number of Sections|
3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section)
*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper
|Time Duration||3 Hours|
At present GATE is held in 23 disciplines/subjects. A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the following disciplines.
CE, CS, EC, EE and ME Papers: Examination may be conducted in multiple sessions due to increase in the number of applicants.
Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Science (XL) papers are of general nature. These two papers comprise the following sections. For XE Paper, Engineering Mathematics is the compulsory section while for XL, Chemistry is the compulsory section.
GATE Exam Papers (AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE)
GATE Exam Papers (AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL )
For each of the 23 subjects, the paper covers a total of 65 questions of 100 marks. Each paper is divided into subsections and on the basis of it, marking scheme is defined.
GATE exam pattern for GG, XE and XL papers is somewhat similar to other disciplines of GATE subjects. The question paper will consist of MCQs and NAT questions.
The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the Geology and Geophysics (GG) question paper consist of two parts: Part A and Part B.
There are the following sections which have to be responded to GATE XE paper:
Candidates can select two sections from B to G during the examination after viewing the questions. Candidates can also change the subject in the midway of examination to another optional section, but for this, first of all, deselect one of the previous selected optional subjects from B to G. Only two optional sections can be an answer at a time.
This section contains total 33 questions of total 50 marks. In GATE XE paper, the Section - A (Engineering Mathematics) is compulsory. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below: This section contains 11 questions of total 15 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions.
Each of the other sections of XE paper from section B to G contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
There are the following sections which have to be responded by the candidates in GATE XL paper as given in the below:
Candidates can select two sections from Q to U during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be the answer at a time. Candidates can also change the subject in the midway of examination to another optional section, but for this, the candidates will have to deselect one of the previous selected optional subjects from Q to U initially.
This section contains total 35 questions of total 55 marks. This section contains 15 questions of total 25 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below: In GATE XL paper, the Section - P Chemistry (compulsory).
Each of the other sections of the XL paper from section Q to U contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Questions in GATE are broadly divided into Objective Type (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). In MCQs, candidates are provideed with 4 choices out of which one answer is correct. A candidate has to mark the correct choice by clicking on the radio button against the option.
Apart from questions based on the subjects, the paper will also contain the questions to test the ability of your General Ability like- Language and Analytical Skills. 15% weight of total marks is devoted to General Aptitude section in all the papers. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
The pattern of questions in GATE exam are explained below:
Since GATE is a national level entrance examination, candidates must prepare well for it for admissions to the desired college or for recruitment to the desired PSU. Don’t forget to check GATE Paper Analysis for boosting up your GATE Preparation.
Check out the list of important topics from each paper code to aid preparations for GATE:
The candidates must concentrate more on the topics given below while preparing for GATE Exam for Civil Engineering (CE):
The candidates are asked the maximum number of questions from the topics given below in the GATE Exam for Computer Science and Information Technology (CS):
There are questions from engineering mathematics and aptitude in this paper code as well while there are few topics from the subject that carry higher weight in the GATE Exam. The important topics from Electrical Engineering are given below:
This paper code has the maximum weight age of questions based on the subject. The important topics for the preparation of technical questions asked in GATE EC Exam are given below: There are questions based on aptitude and engineering mathematics as well.
The candidates can check the important topics from the mechanical engineering syllabus for GATE below:
There are questions on various topics of instrumentation engineering studied during the Bachelor programme in GATE. Candidates can revise the following topics thoroughly to crack the GATE Exam for Instrumentation Engineering:
Solving GATE sample papers are really helpful in enhancing the preparation for the exam. In the table given below, we have provided you a list of paper along with codes and also the available link to sample paper for each subject.
|Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link||Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link|
|AE||Aerospace Engineering||Get Here||GG||Geology and Geophysics||Get Here|
|AG||Agricultural Engineering||Get Here||IN||Instrumentation Engineering||Get Here|
|AR||Architecture and Planning||Get Here||MA||Mathematics||Get Here|
|BT||Biotechnology||Get Here||ME||Mechanical Engineering||ME 01, ME 02, ME 03|
|CE||Civil Engineering||CE 01, CE 02||MN||Mining Engineering||Get Here|
|CH||Chemical Engineering||Get Here||MT||Metallurgical Engineering||Get Here|
|CS||Computer Sc. and Information Technology||CS 01, CS 02, CS 03||PH||Physics||Get Here|
|CY||Chemistry||Get Here||PI||Production and Industrial Engineering||Get Here|
|EC||Electronics and Communication Engg.||EC 01, EC 02, EC 03||TF||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||Get Here|
|EE||Electrical Engineering||EE01, EE02||XE||Engineering Sciences||XE- A, XE-B, XE- C, XE-D, XE- E, XE-F, XE- G|
|EY||Ecology and Evolution||Get Here||XL||Life Sciences||XL- H, XL-I, XL- J, XL-K, XL- L, XL-M|
There are plenty of GATE preparation books available but the major problem comes in selecting the best ones for MCQs. Though there is not a single book for preparation of all the subjects of a particular branch. A candidate has to refer many subject books to crack the GATE code. Here we have enlisted the best book for boosting your GATE preparation.
The table below displays name of some of the best-selling books along with their subject and their ISBN number. The ISBN number for each book is stated alongside the name of the books for the convenience of aspirants to buy books.
|Name of the Subject||Name of the Book||ISBN Number|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||GATE Guide Computer Science and Information Technology||9789386309747|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Guide Civil Engineering||9789386309730|
|Mechanical Engineering||GATE Guide Mechanic Engineering 2018||9789386309778|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||GATE Guide Electronics and Communication Engineering 2018||9789386309761|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Civil Engineer (22 year’s Chapter-wise Solved Paper)||9789386309785|
|Electrical Engineering||GATE Guide Electrical Engineering 2018||9789386309754|
Ans. There will be a countdown timer on the top right corner of the screen which will display the time left to complete the exam. On logging off, the answers will be saved automatically. The duration of GATE exam is 3 hours. As the timer reaches zero, the computer screen will log off on its own.
Ans. The symbols with their meanings are given below: There is a different symbol to describe the status of questions. The candidates can hide the question palette and move to full screen by clicking on the arrow marks given. The candidates can navigate to different questions by clicking on the respective question number given on the Question Palette. The question palette given on the right side of the computer screen displays the status of the questions.
Ans. To answer MCQs, click on the radio button before the choice. To deselect the answer click again on the same radio button or click on Clear Response button. Click on the button for another option to change the chosen answer.
To answer, NAT, enter the answer using the numerical keypad of the virtual calculator. A decimal response can be entered without mentioning 0 before the decimal point. How to use Virtual Calculator in GATE Click on the clear response button to deselect or clear any answer. To change the answer to any particular question, select the question and then enter the obligatory response using the numerical keypad.
To save the answers, click on Save and Next button. To mark an answer for review, click Mark for Review and Next button. All the answers will, however, be submitted automatically after time is over.
Note: Read the question carefully, if there is any useful data given on the question paper, the candidate must use it to answer the question. If the candidates is unable to find any such data in any question and they required it, they can click on Useful Data option given the top-right side of the screen.
NOTE: For GATE 2018 payments would have to be made through online by using net banking or debit card or credit card facilities. Additional charges will be applicable as per the rule of the bank from where the money is being transferred. This charge will be specified on the payment portal.