GATE 2020 Syllabus & Exam Pattern

Syllabus & Exam Pattern of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)

Examinations for all the 23 papers (disciplines) will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the GATE examination.Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.A virtual on screen calculator only shall be used during examination.The candidates shall use ONLY virtual calculator to be provide by GATE.

Codes for the GATE 23 papers:

AE: Aerospace Engineering , AG: Agricultural Engineering , AR: Architecture and Planning , BT: Biotechnology,  CE: Civil Engineering , CH: Chemical Engineering ,  CS: Computer Science and Information Technology , CY: Chemistry , EC: Electronics and Communications , EE: Electrical Engineering  , EY: Ecology and Evolution , GG: Geology and Geophysics,  IN: Instrumentation Engineering , MA: Mathematics , ME: Mechanical Engineering , MN: Mining Engineering , MT: Metallurgical Engineering , PE: Petroleum Engineering , PH: Physics , PI: Production and Industrial Engineering , TF: Textile Engineering and Fibre Science ,  XE (A-H): Engineering Sciences  ,  XL (P-U): Life Sciences

GATE Exam Pattern:

Total marks and time (no candidate shall be allowed to leave the exam hall before the complete exam duration of 3 Hours)

Paper Code General Aptitude (GA) Subject Total Total 
   Marks  Marks Marks 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

Marking Scheme:

For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type 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). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. 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. The questions shall be mentioned with up to which decimal places, the candidates need to make an answer. Also, 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.

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