GATE Exam Details & Eligibility
|GATE Paper||Code||GATE Paper||Code|
|Aerospace Engineering||AE||Instrumentation Engineering||IN|
|Architecture and Planning||AR||Mechanical Engineering||ME|
|Civil Engineering||CE||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|Chemical Engineering||CH||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||Physics||PH|
|Chemistry||CY||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||EC||Textile Engineering and Fiber Science||TF|
|Electrical Engineering||EE||Engineering Sciences||XE*|
|Ecology and Evolution||EY||Life Sciences||XL**|
|Geology and Geophysics||GG|
|* Engineering Sciences (XE) Paper Sections||Code||** Life Sciences (XL) Paper Sections||Code|
|(A and any 2 of B to G)||(H and any 2 of I to M)|
|Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)||A||Chemistry (Compulsory)||H|
|Polymer Science and Engineering||F||Food Technology||M|
GATE Exam Pattern of questions
|Multiple Choice (MCQ)|
|Numerical Answers (NAQ)|
The GATE Question papers are designed to test four abilities:
|RECALL||ANALYSIS & SYNTHESIS|
GATE 2016 pattern
The question paper for all 23 branches will consist of a single paper of three hours duration, and contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks, out of which ten questions, carrying a total of 15 marks, are in General Aptitude (GA). It will consist of questions which will be both multiple choice questions, and numerical answer type. In all GATE papers, irrespective of the core subject, General Aptitude questions carry a total of 15 marks, and there will be five one-mark questions, and five two-mark questions each, thus adding up to the total of 15 marks for this section.
|Computer Based Type (CBT)|
|NO. OF QUESTIONS||65 questions|
The examination is conducted online in the Online Computer Based Test (CBT) model where questions will be shown in no particular order on the monitor of the computer. If it is a Multiple choice question (MCQ), the student is requested to select the answer. If it is a Numerical Analysis type question the answer should be entered on screen using a mouse on the virtual keyboard which will be shown on-screen, as the computer's keyboard will be disabled. Online Calculator will be accessible to all for general calculations.
For more info read the detailed Examination Instructions: GATE 2016
After the 3 hour examination window, the screen will automatically close, thus preventing further action. Students will be provided with scribble pads for rough work and the same must be returned after the examination.
Apart from questions in the core subject of the paper, the paper will also contain questions to test your general aptitude (like language and analytical skills.)
15% of the examination will be devoted to the General Aptitude section while the remaining 85 % will carry questions from the core subject for papers in the disciplines of Architecture and Planning, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Geology and Geophysics, Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences.
15% of the total marks is allotted to the General Aptitude and another 15% to the Engineering Mathematics sections for all the other subject streams. Questions from the core subject will make up the remaining 70% of the paper.
FOR SUBJECTS XE, AND XL :
A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
3. 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
1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
3. 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).
GATE 2016 Marking Scheme
For one mark multiple choice questions, one-third mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for multiple choice questions which are each of two marks, two-third mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
When to start your preparation for GATE?
Many would say that 3 to 4 months of serious preparation is enough for getting an under 500 AIR but keeping in mind the intense competition that is increasing year after year, it is suggested that you start your GATE preparation at the earliest.
How to prepare for GATE?
In order to crack GATE, you must first go through the entire syllabus word by word. Read and remember every topic of every subject that is mentioned in the GATE syllabus. You must know, very clearly, what to study and what not to study.
Once you are thorough with the GATE syllabus, you are ready to begin your preparation for GATE.
It is very important for you to have a study plan if you want to get a good score in GATE examination. Most of the previous GATE toppers have followed the steps mentioned below in one way or the other. You need to do the same if you want to achieve what they have achieved.
1. Get previous years solved question papers for GATE
You must make sure that you have access to solutions of previously asked questions in GATE. There are a lot of options available in the market. Get your hands on any one of them. This you must carry with you all the time. You need to refer to it again and again.
2. Analyse the paper trend
Every exam has its own trends and patterns. Refer to the syllabus and previous years papers and analyse the paper pattern of the GATE exam. All subjects don't carry equal marks in GATE. There are few subjects from which more number of questions are asked. Similarly there are few topics in every subject from which questions are being asked on a regular basis every year. After performing the above mentioned analysis, you will have a very good idea of the latest GATE paper trend.
3. Make a priority list of subjects and topics
Based on the marks and preference given to various subjects, decide what subjects you need to give priority to. Do a similar exercise for topics inside a particular subject. Given the vastness of the syllabus, it is very important for you to perform this exercise and create a priority list of subjects and topics.
4. Allocate realistic time to topics and subjects
You must allocate realistic time to every topic of every subject based on their priority. Try to distribute your time so that you cover the top three topics of every subject first and then move down to subjects and topics of lesser priority.
5. Read, practice and revise
Read a topic and then solve the previous years questions asked from that topic. Do it for every topic of every subject. Stick to a time table, read the chapters, solve the previous years questions and take tests periodically to enhance your performance. Make sure that you revise the difficult topics and subjects periodically to optimize your efforts.
6. Finish your preparation well in advance.
You must make sure that you follow a time table that allows you to complete your preparation about a month before your actual GATE examination. You must use this last month to get ahead of the competition by solving as many questions as possible, taking as many mock tests as you can and working as hard as possible on your speed and accuracy. This is the step majority of the aspirants fail to take. Ensure that you follow this last step and rest assured that you will succeed in the GATE examination.