GATE EXAM PATTERN – 2017 DETAILS

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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) conducted by IISc and IITs has emerged as one of the bench mark tests for engineering and science aptitude in facilitating admissions for higher education (M.Tech./Ph.D.) in IITs, IISc and various other Institutes/ Universities/ Laboratories in India. With the standard and high quality of the GATE examination in 23 disciplines of engineering and science subjects, it identifies the candidate’s understanding of a subject and aptitude and eligibility for higher studies. During the last few years, GATE score is also being used as one of the criteria for recruitment in Government Organizations such as Cabinet Secretariat, and National/State Public Sector Undertakings in India. Because of the importance of the GATE examination, the number of candidates appearing in GATE exams has increased tremendously and this year (GATE 2017) more than 9.23 Lac candidates have applied for the examination.The GATE exam is conducted every year and is a national level examination. In this examination the aptitude and the subject knowledge of the applicant is tested. With this article you are going to understand about GATE EXAM PATTERN 2017

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GATE 2017 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of GATE 2017 has been released by IIT Roorkee and gives complete details about the number of papers, marking scheme, question distribution, nature of the test papers, among other details. Having a knowledge about GATE 2017 Exam Pattern in advance, helps the aspirants in preparing for the entrance exam in a better and organised way. GATE 2017 will be conducted by IIT Roorkee for 23 papers in online mode on February 4, 5 ,11 and 12 respectively, 2017. while the application forms will be available from September 1 onwards. A new paper in Engineering Sciences has been introduced this year namely Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences. Candidates can appear for only one paper in GATE 2017. Check the GATE 2017 Exam Pattern in detail below.

Details about GATE Exam Pattern 2017:

  • All GATE (The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) papers consists total of 65 questions which accounts for 100 marks.
  • The duration of GATE exam is 3 hours.
  • The question paper consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions.
  • The Tests 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.
  • Candidates are required to select the answer (for MCQ type) and enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).
  • Each candidate will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work. The scribble pad has to be returned after the examination.
  • At the end of the 3-hours (timer will display on screen) the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

The papers with the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics section carries around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section carries 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks are allotted for the subject of the paper.

And the papers with the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section carries 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks are allotted to the subject of the paper.

Types of Questions in GATE 2017: 

GATE 2017 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ):

  • These carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.
  • These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four options/ answers, out of which the candidate have to mark only one option/answer.

Numerical Answer Questions:

  • These carry 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.

GATE Papers and the Paper Codes for GATE 2017

GATE 2017 Paper Codes are as follows:

PaperCodePaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPetroleum EngineeringPE
PhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE*
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL**

Marking Scheme for GATE 2017 :

  • All papers will have 65 questions for 100 marks in total
  • All papers will have a compulsory section on General Aptitude with 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks.
  • Paper bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, will have a compulsory Engineering Mathematics section that will carry around 15% of the total marks. The remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • Papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL will have 85% of the total marks devoted to the subject of the paper
  • Negative Marking will be only for the multiple choice questions (MCQs). For 1-mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
  • There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL:

These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (subtotal 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks).

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper:

In addition to the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is common for all candidates.
  • Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics).
  • Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B. Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
  • Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).

XE (Engineering Sciences) Paper Details:

  • The XE Paper will have compulsory Sections A – Engineering Mathematics and GA – General Aptitude. In addition, candidates have to answer any two of XE sections, from 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 GATE 2017 examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to H) and then select the new ones.

Marking Scheme for the XE Paper (Engineering Sciences):

  • In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks with 7 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 8 marks).
  • Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks with 9 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 26 marks).
  • Some questions in each section may be of  numerical type questions

XL (Life Sciences) Paper Details:

  • The XL Paper has to answer the compulsory Sections P– Chemistry and GA – General Aptitude. In addition, they must answer 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) before choosing the new ones.

Marking Scheme of the GATE 2017 XL Paper (Life Sciences):

  • In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section P) is compulsory with 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks out of which 5 questions carry 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10 questions carry 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks).
  • Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks).
  • Some questions in each section may be of  numerical type questions

XE & XL Section Codes

Engineering Sciences XE

Section CodeLife Science XLSection Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)AChemistry (Compulsory)P
Fluid MechanicsBBiochemistryQ
Materials ScienceCBotanyR
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologyS
ThermodynamicsEZoologyT
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyU
Food TechnologyG
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH


Design of Questions in the GATE 2017 Paper:

The questions in the paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

  • Recall: These questions are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper and test the candidates on their memory or deductions skills.
  • Comprehension: These questions test the candidate’s understanding of the basics concepts of their field and require them to derive the answers by drawing simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  • Application: In these questions, candidates are expected to apply their knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
  • Analysis and Synthesis: For these questions, candidates are presented with data, diagrams, and images. They must analyse these and answer the questions.

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