GATE Exam Pattern 2018


GATE Exam Pattern 2018GATE Exam Pattern 2018The exam pattern of GATE 2018 will be announced by IIT Guwahati along with information brochure. With the release of the GATE poster 2018, the examination mode i.e. computer based test is being known. The GATE exam pattern 2018 will consist the overall structure of the question paper. The candidates will be able to know about the types of questions, total number of questions and marks, exam duration, number of papers, distribution of questions, marking structure of GATE 2018 question paper. According to the previous year

GATE exam pattern, candidates were asked both multiple and numerical questions. Candidates need to attempt one of the 23 papers. During the GATE 2018 online exam, the candidate will be given a computer to answer the questions displayed on the screen. For answering the numerical type of questions the candidates have to use mouse or keyboard.

The GATE 2018 scheduled to be held on February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018. The candidates need to fill the GATE application form 2018 from September 01 to October 05, 2017. To get all detailed information on GATE 2018 Exam Pattern read the article given below.


GATE 2017 Exam Pattern

The table below shows the structure of GATE exam pattern. We will update the table as soon as IIT Guwahati releases new GATE 2018 exam pattern:

Particulars Details
GATE Exam Mode GATE 2018 will be conducted in online mode i.e. Computer Based Test
GATE Exam Duration The duration of GATE exam will be 3 hours.
Number of Papers GATE will be conducted in 23 papers, and candidates have to appear as per the opted discipline.
Number of Questions in GATE The online question booklet will have a total of 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.
Types of Questions The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
General Aptitude Test Questions In all the papers, there will be 10 questions on General Aptitude (GA) carrying 15 marks.

Detailed GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

Below are the detailed explanation of the GATE exam pattern:

Distribution of questions in GATE:

In paper AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, distribution of questions is shown below:

Engineering Mathematics Technical Questions (from subject) General Aptitude Total Marks
15% (15 marks) 70% (70 marks) 15% (15 marks) 100% (100 marks)

In paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, distribution of questions is shown below:

Questions from subject concerned General Aptitude Total Marks
85% (85 marks) 15% (15 marks) 100% (100 marks)

Types of GATE Questions 2018

GATE 2018 questions booklet will have two different types of questions in various papers.

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)– These types of questions will be objective in nature having four options, out of which candidates have to choose one correct option. These types of questions will either carry 1 or 2 marks.

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) – These types of questions will be based on mathematical calculation. There will be no answer options for numerical type questions, and candidates have to enter the obtained answer using virtual keypad and calculator. The answer for these types of questions will be a real number, and candidates are advised to give the answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

Design of GATE Questions: The questions paper of GATE 2018 is designed to test candidates’ conceptual clarity and understanding of basics of the subject. The computation based questions will test their understating about concept implementation and its result on various parameters.

GATE 2017 Marking Scheme

The paper-wise distribution of questions and its marking scheme is given below.

GATE 2018 Marking Scheme

Paper Codes Total Time General Aptitude (GA) Marks Total Marks Subject Marks
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, EY, GG, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF 3 Hours 15 100 85
XE (Section A + any two sections) 3 Hours 15 100 15 + 2 x 35
XL (Section P + any two sections) 3 Hours 15 100 25 + 2 x 30

Negative Marking in GATE 2018

The negative marking will be applied for wrong answer marked by candidates in GATE 2018. The negative marking scheme is mentioned below:

Question Types Negative Marking Scheme Marks to be deducted
For 1 mark MCQs 1/3 mark will be deducted for incorrect responses 0.33
For 2 marks MCQs 2/3 mark will be deducted for incorrect responses 0.66
Numerical Answer type questions (NAT) No negative marking

GATE Paper Codes 2018

GATE 2018 will be held for 23 papers. Candidates have to appear in GATE 2018 as per the selected GATE 2018 paper. The list of GATE papers and its related codes is given below.

GATE 2018 Paper Code GATE 2018 Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Geology and Geophysics GG
Agricultural Engineering AG Instrumentation Engineering IN
Architecture and Planning AR Life Sciences XL
Biotechnology BT Mathematics MA
Civil Engineering CE Mechanical Engineering ME
Chemical Engineering CH Mining Engineering MN
Computer Science &Information Technology CS Metallurgical Engineering MT
Chemistry CY Physics PH
Electronics and Communication
EC Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
Engineering Sciences XE Ecology and Evolution EY
Petroleum Engineering PE    

GATE Exam Pattern 2018 Highlights

  • GATE question paper contains Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • As the exam will be in online mode, the questions will be displayed the computer monitor.
  • The questions will be arranged randomly.
  • Candidates must take the GATE 2018 mock test for better understanding of GATE exam pattern 2018.
  • While attempting MCQs candidates have to choose from the options and NAT questions must be answered by using keyboard or mouse.
  • The exam will be held for a period of three hours.
  • After 3 hours, the screen will close and candidates will not be able to use the computer.
  • Candidates must follow the instructions to attempt correctly the questions related to GATE 2018.
  • Calculators brought by the candidates, mobile phones, and wrist watches with calculation facility will not be allowed inside the examination hall.

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