GATE 2017 Exam Pattern

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GATE 2017 Exam PatternGATE 2017 Exam Pattern will help candidates understand in clear terms the important features of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering including the format of the question paper, the level and type of questions that will be included and the maximum time that will be allotted to complete the paper. The engineering aptitude test is designed to assess the level of competency of students in learning and applying various engineering concepts in order to evaluate how well-suited they are to pursue a Master’s degree course in their respective discipline. The exam is held online and there are a total of 23 disciplines for which the GATE Exam will be conducted. It is recommended that students who intend on appearing for the aptitude test in the upcoming academic year, review the GATE 2017 Exam Pattern carefully so that they can familiarize themselves with how the test will be constructed. A detailed description of the exam pattern has been given below for the reference of students.

GATE 2017 Exam Pattern of the Question Paper and Marking Scheme

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) will comprise of a single paper that is to be completed within a duration of three hours. The question paper of GATE will be patterned as follows:

  • All the 23 papers of GATE will comprise of a total of 65 questions which will add up to a total of 100 marks. Of the 65 questions, 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be from the General Aptitude (GA) section.
  • For papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, there will also be a third section in Engineering Mathematics apart from General Aptitude and the subject of the paper. The section in Engineering Mathematics & General Aptitude will carry 15% of the total marks each while the remaining 70% percentage of the total marks will be allotted to the subject of the paper.
  • For papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, 15% of the total marks will be allotted to the General Aptitude section while the remaining 85% of the total marks will be for the subject of the paper.
  • As per the GATE 2017 Exam Pattern, the aptitude test will typically comprise of two different types of questions viz., Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Questions.

GATE 2017 Design of Questions

As mentioned earlier, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)-2017 will include both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Questions for 1 or 2 marks each in all the sections of all the papers. While candidates will be given a choice of four answers for the MCQs, for the Numerical Answer Questions, the answer will be a real number which is to be entered by the candidate using a virtual keypad. The questions of the GATE 2016 Exam will be designed to assess the candidates on the following abilities:

  1. Recall – These questions are designed to evaluate how well a candidate has learnt and is able to retain various facts, principles, laws or formulae of the discipline of the paper.
  2. Comprehension -These questions will judge a candidate’s understanding of various basic concepts and his/her ability to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  3. Application -In these questions, candidates are required to apply their knowledge either through logical reasoning or by computation.
  4. Analysis and Synthesis – In questions like these, candidates may be presented with images, data & diagrams etc and they will be required to compare two or more pieces of information, separate useful information from irrelevant information or recognize unstated assumptions.

Marking Scheme of GATE 2017 Exam Pattern

The marking scheme is an important component of the GATE 2017 Exam Pattern. All the papers of GATE other than the GG, XE and XL papers will have a common marking scheme. For a wrong answer chosen for the one mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted and likewise for a wrong answer chosen for the two mark multiple choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted. For the numerical answer type questions, however, no negative marking will be applicable for the wrong answers. For the GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper, XE (Engineering Sciences) Paper and XL (Life Sciences) Paper of GATE 2017, the marking scheme will be as follows:

I. GATE 2017 GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper:

In the GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper, the General Aptitude (GA) section will be common. Apart from this, the question paper will consist of two parts viz., Part A comprising of 25 multiple choice questions carrying one mark each and Part B with two separate sections comprising of 30 multiple choice questions of 2 marks each. While Part A is again common for all candidates, in Part B candidates can either attempt questions in Section 1 or Section 2.

II. GATE 2017 XE Paper ( Engineering Sciences)

In the XE Paper, Section A will be on Engineering Mathematics and is to be compulsorily attempted by all the candidates. This section will contain a total of 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks. The other sections of the XE Paper will contain 22 questions for a total of 35 marks.

III. GATE 2017 XL Paper (Life Sciences)

As per the GATE 2017 Exam Pattern, in the XL Paper, Section H on Chemistry is to be compulsorily attempted by all the candidates. This section will have a total of 15 questions adding up to a total of 25 marks. Each of the other sections of the XL Paper will comprise of 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks.