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GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

GATE  Exam Pattern- all the candidates’ preparing For GATE exam can check the Paper Pattern of their respective GATE 2018 exam papers to know the subjects, topics covered , marks distribution and duration of exams that will help candidates in cracking GATE 2018 examination. All the papers of GATE Exam will have questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper. Candidates will benefit in their exam preparation if they know the GATE 2018 Exam Pattern before hand.

General Aptitude Questions: All the papers will have a few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper

 

Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper

A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics
  • GA – General Aptitude
  • Any two of XE sections B to H

The choice of two sections from B to H 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 H).

Life Sciences (XL) Paper

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following

  • Section H – Chemistry
  • GA – General Aptitude
  • Any two of XL sections Q to U

The choice of two sections from Q to U 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 (Q to U).

GATE 2018 exam pattern at glance

Section

Question

No.

No. of

Questions

Marks Per

Question

Total

Marks

General Aptitude

1 to 10

10

1.5

15

Technical

+

Engineering

Mathematics

1 to 25

25

1

25

26 to 55

30

2

60

Total Questions : 65

Total Marks : 100

Total Duration : 3 hours

Technical Section :

 70 marks

General Aptitude: 15 marks

Engineering Mathematics :

15 marks

25 marks to 40 marks will allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions


GATE 2018 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 will be on General Aptitude (GA).

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, 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% 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 2018 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:

i.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.

ii.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.

iii.Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

iv.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.