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GATE 2018 Exam Pattern :
Structure of GATE 2018 :
For GATE 2018 Examination, a candidate can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in Table given below. The syllabus for each of the papers is given separately. Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.
The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his / her qualifying degree. However, the candidate is, free to choose any paper according to his / her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he / she wishes to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute.
List of GATE 2018 Papers and Corresponding Codes :
|S.No.||GATE 2016 Paper||GATE 2016 Code||S.No.||GATE 2016 Paper||GATE 2016 Code|
|1||Aerospace Engineering||AE||13||Instrumentation Engineering||IN|
|3||Architecture and Planning||AR||15||Mechanical Engineering||ME|
|5||Civil Engineering||CE||17||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|6||Chemical Engineering||CH||18||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|7||Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||19||Physics||PH|
|8||Chemistry||CY||20||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|9||Electronics and Communication Engineering||EC||21||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|
|10||Electrical Engineering||EE||23||Engineering Sciences||XE ( A – H )|
|11||Ecology and Evolution||EY||23||Life Sciences||XL ( P – U )|
|Paper Code||General Aptitude (GA) Marks||Subject Marks||Total Marks||Total Time|
|AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF||15||85||100||3 Hours|
|XE ( Section A + any two sections )||15||15 + 2 x 35||100||3 Hours|
|XL ( Section P + any two sections )||15||25 + 2 x 30||100||3 Hours|
All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude ( Language and Analytical Skills ), apart from the core subject of the paper.
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following :
- Section A – Engineering Mathematics
- GA – General Aptitude
- Any two of XE sections B to G
The choice of two sections from B to G can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections ( B to G ).
A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following :
- Section H – Chemistry
- GA – General Aptitude
- Any two of XL sections I to M
The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections ( I to M ).
GATE 2018 Duration and Examination Type :
The GATE 2018 Examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum ofa 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions ( MCQ ) and numerical answer type questions.
The GATE 2018 Examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test ( CBT ) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions 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 ). Each candidate will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work. The scribble pad has to be returned after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.