GATE Exam Pattern 2023, Duration, Marking Scheme

 

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern

    • Examination Mode : Computer Based Test (CBT) [will be conducted at select centers in select cities]
    • Duration : 3 Hours*
    • Number of Subjects (Papers) : 29
  • Sections :
      • General Aptitude (GA) +
      • Candidate’s Selected Subject(s)
  • Type of Questions : 
      • (a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
      • (b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
      • (c) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
  • Questions for testing these abilities : 
      • (a) Recall
      • (b) Comprehension
      • (c) Application
      • (d) Analysis & Synthesis
    • Number of Questions : 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
  • Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL :
      • General Aptitude: 15 Marks +
      • Engineering Mathematics**: 13 Marks +
      • Subject Questions: 72 Marks =
      • Total: 100 Marks
      • (**XE includes Engineering Mathematics section XE-A of 15 Marks)
  • Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL
      • General Aptitude: 15 Marks +
      • Subject Questions: 85 Marks =
      • Total: 100 Marks
    • Marking Scheme : Questions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
  • Negative Marking : 
    • For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.
    • For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
    • Likewise, For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
    • No negative marking for Incorrect answer(s) to MSQ or NAT question.

 

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, ST, TF1585100180
AR [Part A + Part B1 or B2 (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)]

B1 or B2 can be selected during Exam.

1565 + 25100180
GE [Part A + Part B1 or B2 (B1 – Surveying and Mapping or B2 -Image Processing and Analysis)] B1 or B2 can be selected during the Exam.1555 + 30100180
GG [Part A + Part B]

(Section 1: Geology or Section 2: Geophysics)

1525 + 60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)

Sections can be selected during Exam.

1515 + (2 x 35)100180
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 + 60100180
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)

Sections can be selected during Exam.

1525 + (2 x 30)100180

 

*PwD candidates with benchmark disability are eligible for the compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour. Thus, they will get one hour extra for a three hours examination.

 

Exam Cities

  • Zone 1 -IISc Bangalore
  • Zone 2- IIT Bombay
  • Zone 3- IIT Delhi
  • Zone 4- IIT Guwahati
  • Zone 5- IIT Kanpur
  • Zone 6- IIT Kharagpur
  • Zone 7- IIT Madras
  • Zone 8- IIT Roorkee
  • International Centres
  • This is a tentative list of examination cities. Any changes will be updated on the website.

 

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