GATE Exam Pattern 2018

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GATE Exam Pattern 2018GATE Exam Pattern 2018 – The exam pattern of GATE 2018 has been released by IIT Guwahati along with the information Brochure. GATE exam pattern 2018 contains information about the types of questions, total number of questions and marks, exam duration, number of papers, distribution of questions, marking scheme etc. There are a total number of 23 papers out of which each candidate can appear for only one paper as per their interest. GATE 2018 contains two different types of questions- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). As per the GATE Exam Pattern 2018, the aptitude test is computer based and it will be for 3 hours duration. The question paper consists of 65 questions for a total of 100 marks. As GATE 2018 is a computer based test, questions will be displayed on the screen of the computer. Candidates have to select the right answer for the questions for multiple choice questions, while for the numerical type questions, candidates have to answer by using the mouse or the virtual keyboard.

GATE 2018 is 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 exam pattern 2018, read the article given below.

 

GATE Exam Pattern 2018

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 Computer based test
GATE Exam Duration 3 hours
Sections Engineering Mathematics*Specific subject**General Aptitude
Number of Papers 23 papers. Candidates can appear in only one paper as per their interest.
Types of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
Number of Questions in GATE 65
Total Marks 100

*AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE
** As per the paper opted by the candidates

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern – In Detailed

Each paper of GATE 2018 will have a total number of 65 questions of 100 marks. The exam pattern of GATE 2018 is explained below in detail:

Types of Questions in GATE 2018

All the papers of GATE 2018 will comprise of two types of questions. Details are as given below:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

  • Questions are objective in nature
  • Each question comprises of four options out of which only one response is correct
  • Questions carry either 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections

(ii) Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

  • Questions carry 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections.
  • The answer is a signed real number and candidates have to answer it using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor
  • No choices will be given for these type of questions.
  • The answer can be a number, for example, 10 or -10 or a decimal number such as 10.01 or -10.001
  • Candidates must try to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

GATE 2018 Exam Pattern- Design of questions

The questions in each paper is designed to test the following abilities:

S.No. Particular Details
1. Recall These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws in 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.
2. Comprehension Candidates have to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas. The questions will test the candidates’ basic understanding of the basics in their respective field.
3. Application In these questions, candidates have to apply their knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
4. Analysis and Synthesis Questions will be presented with data, diagrams, images, etc. Candidates have to analysis before answering the questions. A Synthesis question might require candidates to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognizing unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information.

 

GATE Exam Pattern 2018- Marks distribution

The marks distribution in paper AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, is shown in the table given below:

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

As per the exam pattern of GATE, in paper AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, marks are distributed in the following manner:

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

 

GATE Exam Pattern 2018- Marking Scheme

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

GATE 2018 Marking Scheme

Particulars Total Questions Total marks Marking scheme
General Aptitude Test* 10 15 5 Questions- 1 mark each
5 Questions- 2 marks each
Question papers other than GG, XE and XL 55 85 25 questions- 1 mark each
30 questions- 2 marks each

* General Aptitude Test section is compulsory in all the 23 papers

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 2018 Marking Scheme- GG, XE and XL Papers

Candidates appearing for GG, XE and XL papers can check the distribution of questions and marking scheme for each individual paper from below:

GATE Exam Pattern 2018- Geology and Geophysics (GG) Paper

Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of the following two parts:

Part AThis part is compulsory for all the candidates. Part A consists of 25 questions carrying 1 mark each. This part might also contain numerical answer type questions.

Part BCandidates have to attempt any of two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Either of the section consists of 30 questions carrying 2 marks each. Both the sections might contain numerical answer type questions.

The total number of questions, marks and marking scheme for part A and B of GG paper can be checked from the table given below:

GATE Exam Pattern- Paper GG

Parts Total no. of questions Total Marks Marking scheme
Part A 25 25 1 mark per question
Part B 30 60 2 marks per question

GATE Exam Pattern 2018- Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper

Candidates appearing in the XE paper have to answer the following apart from the GA section:

Section A – This section consists of Engineering Mathematics which is compulsory. Candidates have to attempt a total number of 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks. This section might have some numerical answer type questions.

Sections B to H: The choice of two sections from B to H can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Candidates can answer only two optional sections. If a particular candidate wants to change their option midway of the examination, they have to first de-select one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to H). Candidates can check the section wise pattern of question paper for XE paper below in the table:

GATE Exam Pattern- XE Paper

Sections Total no. of Questions Total Marks Marking scheme
Section A 11 15 7 questions- 1 mark each
4 questions- 2 marks each
Section B 22 35 9 questions- 1 mark each
13 questions- 2 marks each

GATE Exam Pattern 2018- Life Sciences (XL) Paper

In the XL paper, along with the GA section, the question paper contains the following two sections:

Section P – In this section, candidates have to attempt questions from Chemistry Chemistry which is a compulsory paper. This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

Sections Q to U: Candidates have to answer questions from any two sections from Q to U. Candidates can opt for their options after viewing the questions during the examination. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. If candidates wish to change to another optional section midway of the examination, they have to first deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections. Some questions may be of numerical answer type. Each of the optional sections contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks.

Candidates can check the structure of questions in both the section of XL paper from the table given below:

GATE Exam Pattern- Paper XL

Sections Total no. of Questions Total Marks Marking scheme
Section P 15 25 5 questions- 1 mark each
10 questions- 2 marks each
Section Q to U 20 30 10 questions- 1 mark each
10 questions- 2 marks each

 

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
Engineering
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 Paper Codes- XE Paper

XE paper sections Paper code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A
Any two optional sections
Fluid Mechanics B
Materials Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H

GATE Paper Codes- XL Paper

XL paper sections Paper code
Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Any two optional sections
Biochemistry Q
Botany R
Microbiology S
Zoology T
Food Technology U

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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