All About GATE

Exam Pattern

The GATE examination consists of a single online paper of 3-hour duration, in which there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.

Section Weightage & Marks
70% of the total marks is given to the technical section while 15% weightage is given to General Aptitude and Engineering Maths.

Weightage Questions (Total 65)
Respective Engineering Branch 70 Marks 25 - 1 mark questions 30 - 2 mark questions
Engineering Maths 15 Marks
General Aptitude 15 Marks Five 1 mark questions Five 2 mark questions


For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions. 

Question Types:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s) 

(ii) Numerical Answer/Fill in the blank Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Design of Questions 

The Fill in the Blank Questions usually consist of 35% - 40% of the total weightage. 

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities: 

(i) Recall:
These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation. 

(ii) Comprehension:
These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas. 

(iii) Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis:
In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesisquestion might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognising unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information. 

About Online pattern
The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the question s in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). The candidates will also be allowed to use a calculator with which the online portal is equipped with.