GATE Paper Structure
For the GATE 2016 examination, a candidate can apply for only one of the 22 papers listed in Table given below. The syllabus for each of the papers is given separately. Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.
The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, the candidate is, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute.
Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes
|1||Aerospace Engineering||AE||12||Geology and Geophysics||GG|
|2||Agricultural Engineering||AG||13||Instrumentation Engineering||IN|
|3||Architecture and Planning||AR||14||Mathematics||MA|
|5||Civil Engineering||CE||16||Mining Engineering||MN|
|6||Chemical Engineering||CH||17||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|7||Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||18||Physics||PH|
|8||Chemistry||CY||19||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|9||Electronics and Communication Engineering||EC||20||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|
|10||Electrical Engineering||EE||21||Engineering Sciences||XE*|
|11||Ecology and Evolution||EY||22||Life Sciences||XL**|
|XE Paper Sections||Code||XL Paper Sections||Code|
|Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)||A||Chemistry (Compulsory)||H|
|Polymer Science and Engineering||F||Food Technology||M|
*XE (Engineering Sciences) and **XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of Sections listed in the above table. More detailed explanation is given below.
General Aptitude Questions
All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
- Section A-Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
- GA-General Aptitude (compulsory)
- Any two of XE sections B to G
The choice of two sections from B to G 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 G).
A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following
- Section H-Chemistry (compulsory)
- GA-General Aptitude (compulsory)
- Any two of XL sections I to M
The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered by the candidate. 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 (I to M).
Duration and Examination Type
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions. Click here for the pattern of question papers.
The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.