# GATE Question Paper Pattern

Engineering Entrance Exam » GATE »**GATE Question Paper Pattern**

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude ( GA ), which is intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2019 would contain questions of two different types in all the papers :

(i) Multiple Choice Questions ( MCQ ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the 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 select ( mark ) the correct answer.

Negative Marking for Wrong Answers : For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type ( NAT ) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor ( keyboard of the computer will be disabled ). No choices will be shown for these type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 ( an integer only ). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 ( one decimal ) or 10.01 (two decimals) or -10.001 ( three decimals ).

These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer. Also, an appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not unduly penalized due to the usual round-off errors. Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

There is No negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.

**Marking Scheme – Distribution of Marks and Questions**

**General Aptitude ( GA ) Questions**

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1-mark each ( sub-total 5 marks ) and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 10 marks ).

**Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL**

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

**GG ( Geology and Geophysics ) Paper**

Apart from the General Aptitude ( GA ) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts : Part A and Part B. Part A is compulsory for all the candidates. Part B contains two sections : Section 1 ( Geology ) and Section 2 ( Geophysics ). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and questions in either Section 1 or Section 2 of Part B.

Part A consists of 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions). Either section of Part B ( Section 1 and Section 2 ) consists of 30 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions ).

**XE Paper ( Engineering Sciences )**

A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following :

GA – General Aptitude carrying a total of 15 marks.

Section A – Engineering Mathematics ( Compulsory ) : This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks : 7 questions carrying 1-mark each ( sub-total 7 marks ), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 8 marks ). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

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. 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 H ). 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 ( sub-total 9 marks ) and 13 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 26 marks ). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

**XL Paper ( Life Sciences )**

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following :

GA – General Aptitude carrying a total of 15 marks.

Section P– Chemistry ( Compulsory ) : This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions carrying 1-mark each ( sub-total 5 marks ) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 20 marks ). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

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. 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 ( Q to U ). 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 ( sub-total 10 marks ) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each ( sub-total 20 marks ). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.