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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering - GATE

Eligibility:
Qualifying Degree (short)
Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)
Description of Eligible candidates
Year of Qualification cannot be later than
Copies of Certificates to be submitted
Passed in the year 2014 or earlier Expected to complete in 2015 or later
B.E./B.Tech/ B.Arch/ B.Pharm. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (Post-Diploma/ Post B.Sc./4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/ Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
B.Sc.(Research)/B.S Bachelor's degree in Science (Post-Diploma/ 4 years after 10+2) Currently in the 4th year or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/ Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
M.Sc./M.A./ MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the final year or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate (pertaining to Masters degree) Certificate from Principal
Int. M.E/ M.Tech(Post BSc) Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (Four year programme) Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed 2017 Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
Int. M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after Diploma or 10+2) Integrated Master’s degree programs or Dual Degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (Five year programme) Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed 2016 Degree Certificate/Provisional Certificate/Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
Int. M. Sc/ Int. B.S.-M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the final year or already completed 2015 Degree Certificate / Provisional Certificate / Course Completion Certificate Certificate from Principal
Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch) B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/ AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India) Completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses NA Professional Certificate/ Provisional Certificate/Course Completion/Membership Certificate issued by the Society or Institute Copy of Mark sheet for Section “A”

Structure of GATE:
Sl.No Paper Code Sl.No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE 12 Geology and Geophysics GG
2 Agricultural Engineering AG 13 Instrumentation Engineering IN
3 Architecture and Planning AR 14 Mathematics MA
4 Biotechnology BT 15 Mechanical Engineering ME
5 Civil Engineering CE 16 Mining Engineering MN
6 Chemical Engineering CH 17 Metallurgical Engineering MT
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS 18 Physics PH
8 Chemistry CY 19 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 20 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
10 Electrical Engineering EE 21 Engineering Sciences XE*
11 Ecology and Evolution EY 22 Life Sciences XL**
12 XE Paper Sections Code XL Paper Sections Code
13 Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) H
14 Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry I
15 Materials Science C Botany J
16 Solid Mechanics D Microbiology K
17 Thermodynamics E Zoology L
18 Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology M
19 Food Technology G

*XE (Engineering Sciences) and **XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of Sections listed in the above table. More detailed explanation is given below. 

General Aptitude Questions:
All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
  • XE Paper: A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
  1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. 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).
  • XL Paper: A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following
  1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. 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 by the candidate. 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).

Duration and Examination Type:
  • The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.
  • 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 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). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.
Syllabus:
Pattern of Question Papers:
  • 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 are in General Aptitude (GA). 
  • In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, 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% percentage of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH 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 2015 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
  1. 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).
  2. Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.
Design of Questions:
  • The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
    • 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 Synthesis question 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.
Marking Scheme:
  • For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-marks multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks 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. 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. 
    • 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 common for all candidates. Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geo-physics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.
      • Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions). Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
    • XE Paper (Engineering Sciences): 
      • In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is 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 questions.
      • Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through G) 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): 
      • In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section H) is 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.
      • Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections I through M) 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.
Note on Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions, there would be negative marking. 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. However, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Old Year Question papers 2013 & 2014: