GATE 2020 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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GATE Exam Pattern 2020: The exam for all the 24 disciplines will be carried out in a computer-based mode. The paper will have 2 types of Questions- MCQs & NAT. The duration of all the papers will be of 3 hours. Download Free GATE Practice Papers
This year, GATE 2020 is scheduled for February 2, 3, 9 & 10 (tentative). The entire paper will be divided into three sections viz. Section A – General Aptitude, Section B – Engineering Mathematics and Section C – Subject paper. Check detailed GATE Syllabus
|Number of Questions||65|
|Type of Questions||MCQs and NAT|
|Number of Sections|
3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section)
*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper
At present GATE exam is held in 24 disciplines/subjects. A candidate can appear only in any one paper of the following disciplines.
For each of the 24 subjects, the paper covers a total of 65 questions of 100 marks. Each paper is divided into subsections and on the basis of it, marking scheme is defined.
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GATE exam pattern for GG, XE and XL papers is somewhat similar to other disciplines of GATE subjects. The question paper will consist of MCQs and NAT questions.
The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the Geology and Geophysics (GG) question paper consist of two parts: Part A and Part B.
There are the following sections which have to be answered in GATE XE paper:
Candidates can select two sections from B to G during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time.
This section contains total of 33 questions of total 50 marks. In GATE XE paper, the Section - A (Engineering Mathematics) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions of total 15 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Each of the other sections of XE paper from section B to G contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
|Section||No. Of 1 Mark Questions||No. Of 2 Marks Questions|
|Section A (Compulsory)||7||4|
|Section B to H||9||13|
There are the following sections which have to be answered by the candidates in GATE XL paper as given in the below:
Candidates can select two sections from Q to U during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time.
This section contains total 35 questions of total 55 marks. In GATE XL paper, the Section - P Chemistry (compulsory). This section contains 15 questions of total 25 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Each of the other sections of the XL paper from section Q to U contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
|Section||No. Of 1 Mark Questions||No. Of 2 Marks Questions|
|Chemistry Section / Section P||5||10|
|Section Q to U||10||10|
Questions in GATE are broadly divided into Objective Type (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). In MCQs, candidates are provided with 4 choices out of which one answer is correct. A candidate has to mark the correct choice by clicking on the radio button against the option.
Apart from questions based on the subjects, the paper will also contain the questions to test the ability of your General Ability like- Language and Analytical Skills. 15% weightage of total marks is devoted to General Aptitude section in all the papers. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
The pattern of questions in GATE exam are explained below:
Since GATE is a national level entrance examination, candidates must prepare well for it for admissions to the desired college or for recruitment to the desired PSU. Check out the list of important topics from each paper code to aid preparations for GATE:
The candidates must concentrate more on the topics given below while preparing for GATE Exam for Civil Engineering (CE):
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for Civil
The candidates are asked the maximum number of questions from the topics given below in the GATE Exam for Computer Science and Information Technology (CS):
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for CSE
There are questions from engineering mathematics and aptitude in this paper code as well while there are few topics from the subject that carry higher weightage in the GATE Exam. The important topics from Electrical Engineering are given below:
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for Electrical Engineering
This paper code has the maximum weight age of questions based on the subject. There are questions based on aptitude and engineering mathematics as well. The important topics for the preparation of technical questions asked in GATE EC Exam are given below:
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for ECE
The candidates can check the important topics from the mechanical engineering syllabus for GATE below:
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for ME
There are questions from various topics of instrumentation engineering studied during the Bachelor programme in GATE. Candidates can revise the following topics thoroughly to crack the GATE Exam for Instrumentation Engineering:
Check Detailed GATE Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering
Solving GATE sample papers are really helpful in enhancing the preparation for the exam. In the table given below, we have provided you a list of paper along with codes and also the available link of sample paper for each subject.
|Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link||Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link|
|AE||Aerospace Engineering||Get Here||GG||Geology and Geophysics||Get Here|
|AG||Agricultural Engineering||Get Here||IN||Instrumentation Engineering||Get Here|
|AR||Architecture and Planning||Get Here||MA||Mathematics||Get Here|
|BT||Biotechnology||Get Here||ME||Mechanical Engineering||ME 01, ME 02, ME 03|
|CE||Civil Engineering||CE 01, CE 02||MN||Mining Engineering||Get Here|
|CH||Chemical Engineering||Get Here||MT||Metallurgical Engineering||Get Here|
|CS||Computer Sc. and Information Technology||CS 01, CS 02, CS 03||PH||Physics||Get Here|
|CY||Chemistry||Get Here||PI||Production and Industrial Engineering||Get Here|
|EC||Electronics and Communication Engg.||EC 01, EC 02, EC 03||TF||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||Get Here|
|EE||Electrical Engineering||EE01, EE02||XE||Engineering Sciences||XE- A, XE-B, XE- C, XE-D, XE- E, XE-F, XE- G|
|EY||Ecology and Evolution||Get Here||XL||Life Sciences||XL- H, XL-I, XL- J, XL-K, XL- L, XL-M|
There are plenty of GATE preparation books available but the major problem comes in selecting the best ones for MCQs. Though there is not a single book for preparation of all the subjects of a particular branch. The table below displays name of some of the best-selling books along with their subject and their ISBN number.
|Name of the Subject||Name of the Book||ISBN Number|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||GATE Guide Computer Science and Information Technology||9789386309747|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Guide Civil Engineering||9789386309730|
|Mechanical Engineering||GATE Guide Mechanic Engineering 2020||9789386309778|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||GATE Guide Electronics and Communication Engineering 2020||9789386309761|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Civil Engineer (22 year’s Chapter-wise Solved Paper)||9789386309785|
|Electrical Engineering||GATE Guide Electrical Engineering 2020||9789386309754|
Ques. What type of questions will be asked in GATE 2020, subjective or objective?
Ans. GATE 2020 will contain two types of questions, Multiple choice questions (MCQ’s) and Numerical Answer type (NAT) questions.
Ques. Can I attempt/sit for 2 GATE papers?
Ans. A candidate can only sit for 1 paper.
Ques. GATE 2020 paper will be of how much duration?
Ans. Time duration allotted to candidates for GATE 2020 is three hours.
Ques. Is GATE an offline exam or online exam?
Ans. GATE is a computer-based i.e. online exam.
Ques. Are the Numerical Answer type (NAT) questions subjective type?
Ans. No, the Numerical answer type (NAT) questions are answered by choosing the numerical that make the final answer.
Ques. Where can I do the rough work for NAT questions during the exam?
Ans. Every candidate will be given a supplement for calculations and rough work during a GATE exam.
Ques. How many questions are asked in GATE?
Ans. In one GATE exam paper, there are 65 questions.
Ques. Is it compulsory to attempt all questions in GATE?
Ans. Yes, all questions asked in GATE exam are compulsory.
Ques. Will I get any negative marks for answering a question with a wrong answer in GATE?
Ans. Yes, a candidate will get negative marks depending on the type of questions for every wrong answer.
Ques. What are the total marks of a GATE Paper?
Ans. A GATE exam paper is of 100 marks each, consisting of 1 mark, 1.5 mark, and 2-mark questions.
Ques. What is the additional type of questions asked in GATE?
Ans. Apart from the course-based questions, candidates are also asked questions related to Common Data and General Aptitude.
Ques. How many marks are allotted to each question in GATE?
Ans. GATE consists of questions of 1 mark and 2 marks.
Ques. What is the negative marking for a wrong answer for the 1-mark question in GATE?
Ans. A candidate will lose 1/3rd marks for every wrong answer to the 1-mark question in GATE.
Ques. Is the negative marking similar to 1-mark and 2-marks questions in GATE?
Ans. No, the negative markings for 1-mark and 2-marks questions in GATE are not similar. The negative marking for a 1-mark question is 1/3rd mark whereas the negative marking for a 2-marks question is 2/3rd marks.
Ques. What is common in all the 23 GATE Papers?
Ans. Apart from the time duration and other basic similarities, another common feature is Engineering Mathematics questions that are asked in every paper other than general aptitude section.
Ques. How many marks are allotted to Engineering Mathematics based questions in GATE?
Ans. In every GATE paper, 15% of marks are allotted to Engineering Mathematics questions.
Ques. Which questions in GATE papers are for 2 marks?
Ans. Question number 26 to question number 51 and question number 61 to question number 65 are all 2marks questions.
Ques. What are the 1- marks questions in GATE exam paper pattern?
Ans. The questions between question number 1 to question number 25 and question number 56 to question number 60 are all 1-mark questions.
Ques. Are only MCQ type questions of 1 marks?
Ans. No, there are 1-mark questions of both types, Multiple choice questions as well as Numerical answer type questions.
Ques. 2-marks questions are allotted to what type of questions?
Ans. 2-marks are allotted to some multiple-choice questions as well as some numerical answer type questions.
Ques. Can I use a calculator during the examination?
Ans. Yes, students can use a calculator during GATE exam.
Ques. Can I use any type of calculator for GATE exam?
Ans. No, candidates can only use the online scientific calculator during GATE exams.
Ques. Is GATE 2020 only held in India?
Ans. No, GATE exam is also held internationally in countries such as UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia and etc.
Ques. Is there any negative marking for numerical answer type questions?
Ans. No, there is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions asked in GATE.
Ques. Can only Engineering students appear for GATE?
Ans. No, candidates appearing for GATE can be from Engineering, Technology or Architecture background.
Ques. Highest marks are allotted to which section in GATE?
Ans. The technical section holds the highest number of marks i.e. 70% of marks in every GATE paper.
Ques. Engineering Mathematics based questions are asked in all GATE papers?
Ans. No, question papers bearing the code AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL do not consist of Engineering Mathematics questions.
Ques. Are fixed marks allotted to Numeric Answer Type questions?
Ans. No, there isn’t some fixed marks allotted to Numeric Answer type question, it may vary between 25 to 40 marks.
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