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GATE Paper Analysis 2020 and Weightage

Updated On - September 26th 2019 by SUJATA GAUR

GATE Paper Analysis is done to get a fair idea about the difficulty level of the question paper as it is also a factor which is considered while determining the cutoff score. The paper analysis is also helpful for the candidates preparing for the exam in upcoming years. 

The complete paper analysis of the exam will be done once the exam is over. IIT Delhi has scheduled GATE 2020 for February 1, 2, 8 and 9 in India and abroad. The exam will be conducted for 25 engineering disciplines in online (computer-based) mode. Check GATE Exam Pattern 

The following article will help you to understand the trends that are followed in the GATE exam from last few years. Read on to get an idea about the difficulty level of the question paper.

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GATE Previous Year Paper Analysis

Below given is the previous year paper analysis of different subjects.

GATE ME Paper Analysis 2019

Mechanical Engineering is the most preferred and popular stream amongst engineering aspirants. Given below is the reaction of the students who appeared for the same in GATE 2019:

GATE ME Session 1

  • Timings: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
  • The General Aptitude section had easy and direct questions.
  • On the technical side, the Math section had about 8 questions (4Qs were of 1 mark and 4Qs. were of 2 marks) and about 47 questions were from ME branch.
  • There were about 26 questions in the NAT section. They were a bit lengthy and evaluated the candidate’s concepts.

GATE ME Session 2

  • Timings: 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
  • As per the students, the General Aptitude section had some difficult questions.
  • On the technical side, the Math section had about 8 questions and about 32 questions were from ME branch.
  • There were about 32 questions in the NAT section, 6 questions more than the morning session. 

Check Out GATE 2019 ME Paper Analysis and Answer Keys

GATE ME Paper Analysis 2018 

Mechanical Engineering paper was conducted on February 4, 2017, in 2 sessions of GATE 2018. The number of conceptual questions was more than calculation based questions. Also, 1 mark questions were quite easy to attempt. The number of questions, the marks they carry and the level of difficulty from each section is mentioned below:

Section1 Mark2 MarkNo.of Ques
Engineering Mathematics 549
Engineering Mechanics022
Strength of Materials549
Design of Machine Elements011
Theory of Machines123
Vibrations011
Fluid mechanics437
Thermal Science549
Heat Transfer 112
Manufacturing Science4610
Industrial Engineering022
Verbal Ability325
Numerical Ability235

Check Out GATE 2020 Mechanical Engineering Exam Analysis and Answer Keys

GATE ME Paper Analysis 2017

IIT Roorkee had conducted GATE ME examination in two shifts i.e., morning and afternoon shift. The overall paper was of easy to moderate level. Candidates who had worked hard were able to attempt question paper of 60 marks easily. Tabulated below is the topic-wise analysis of GATE 2017 ME paper. 

TopicNumber of QuestionsMarksDifficulty Level
Strength of Material811Easy
Theory of Machines and Vibrations712Easy
Applied Thermodynamics410Moderate
Mechanical Precision Engineering912Easy to Moderate
Fluid Mechanics710Easy to Moderate
Heat and Mass Transfer46Easy to Moderate
Machine Design 34Easy to Moderate
Industrial Engineering 58Moderate
Engineering Mechanics00-
Engineering Mathematics812Moderate
General Aptitude1015Tough

GATE ME Paper Analysis 2016

Mechanical Engineering paper was conducted on January 30, 2016, and January 31, 2016, in 3 sessions.The number of conceptual questions was more than calculation based questions. Also, 1 mark questions were quite easy to attempt. The number of questions, the marks they carry and the level of difficulty from each section is mentioned below:

TopicNumber of QuestionsMarksDifficulty Level
Engineering Mechanics46Moderate
Mechanics of Material711Tough
Theory of Machine58Easy
Machine Design23Easy
Fluid Mechanics69Moderate
Heat Transfer47Easy
Thermodynamics711Tough
Manufacturing Engineering811Tough
Industrial Engineering24Moderate
Mathematics1015Moderate
General Aptitude1015Easy
Total65100Moderate

Check: GATE ME Syllabus

Analysis

  • Questions aimed at testing the mathematical skills of the candidate were 17% of the total questions asked
  • General Aptitude section had a total of 10 questions carrying 15 marks. 50% of the questions carried 1 mark each and the remaining 5 questions carried 2 marks each
  • The questions in Thermodynamics, Manufacturing Engineering, and Mechanics of Materials were difficult as compared to other sections
  • Mathematics was also easier than the previous year
  • Fluid Mechanics section carried 9marks and was not easy to crack
  • Few questions were asked from the new syllabus
  • Paper wasn’t difficult for the candidates who prepared well for the GATE 2016 exam

Note: The final result declared will be based on the normalized score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

GATE ME Paper Analysis 2015

The paper comprised of 30 questions, carrying 1 mark each and 35 questions, carrying 2 marks each. The break-up of questions from each topic is given below.

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Engineering Mechanics46
Mechanics of Material57
Theory of Machine23
Machine Design24
Fluid Mechanics813
Vibrations35
Heat Transfer12
Manufacturing Engineering711
Industrial Engineering69
Thermal Science710
Mathematics1015
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • Maximum number of questions were asked from Fluid Mechanics topic, i.e., 8 questions
  • 7 questions each from Manufacturing Engineering and Thermal Science topic
  • Only one question was asked from the Heat Transfer topic
  • 2 questions each from Theory of Machine and Machine Design topics were asked

GATE EC Paper Analysis

For 2020, the exam is scheduled on February 9 in CBT mode. IIT Madras will hold the exam in approx. 199 cities across India and few centers situated abroad. The analysis for this session will be available shortly.  

GATE EC Paper Analysis 2016

GATE 2016 for Electronics and Communication Engineering was held on January 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016 in 3 sessions. The paper contained 9 sections and a separate section of General Aptitude. The detailed break up of the questions of all the sections is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionMarksDifficulty Level
Networks710Easy
Control Systems58Easy
Signal And Systems35Easy
Digital and Micro Processor58Moderate
Analog Circuits711Tough
Communication Systems710Tough
EDC59Moderate
EMT812Moderate
Engineering Mathematics812Moderate
General Awareness1015Easy
Total65100Moderate

Analysis

  • Overall, the paper was of moderate difficulty level
  • Questions asked from Networks, Control Systems and Signal and Systems were easy
  • Questions asked from Digital and Micro Processor, EDC and EMT were of moderate level of difficulty
  • Questions asked from Analog Circuits and Communication Systems were comparatively difficult
  • Engineering Mathematics was of moderate level of difficulty
  • The General Aptitude section was relatively easy

Note: The analysis provided above is for the exam that was conducted on January 31, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The final result declared will be based on the normalized score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

Read More GATE EC Syllabus

GATE EC Paper Analysis 2015

There were 30 questions that carried 1 mark and 35 questions that carried 2 marks in the 3hour long GATE 2015 EC Exam. The questions asked were conceptual and straight-forward. Some students felt the questions from EDC were difficult. The break-up of questions from each topic is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Networks710
Control Systems711
Signal And Systems58
Digital and Micro Processor69
Analog Circuits610
Communication Systems610
EDC46
EMT610
Engineering Mathematics811
General Awareness1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • 7 questions each were asked from Networks and Control System topics
  • 6 questions each were asked from Digital and Micro Processor, Analog Circuit, Communication Systems and EMT topics
  • Overall, the paper was balanced and a good number of questions were asked from each subject
  • Only 8 questions were asked from Engineering Mathematics

GATE IN Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Paper

GATE 2016 for Instrumentation Engineering was held on January 31, 2016. The exam was divided into 10 sections and a section for General Aptitude. There were 30 questions carrying 1 mark and 35 questions carrying 2 marks. The detailed break up of questions in all the sections is given below.

TopicNumber of QuestionMarksDifficulty Level
Networks710Easy
Control Systems47Easy
Signal And Systems58Easy
Digital and Micro Processor711Moderate
Analog Circuits610Tough
Communication Systems46Tough
Transducer57Moderate
Measurements58Moderate
Optical Instrumentation46Moderate
Engineering Mathematics812Moderate
General Awareness1015Easy
Total65100Moderate

Read More: GATE Syllabus for Instrumentation Engineering (IN)

Analysis

  • Overall, the questions were of moderate difficulty level 
  • Questions asked from Networks, Control Systems and Signal and systems were easy to solve
  • Questions related to Digital and Micro Processor, Transducer, Measurements, and Optical Instrumentation were of moderate level of difficulty
  • Analog circuits and Communication Systems were of difficult level
  • Engineering Mathematics was of moderate difficulty level
  • The General Aptitude section was easy

GATE 2015 Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Paper

The exam was held in one session only. Out of a total of 65 questions, there were 30 questions that carried 1 mark and 35 questions carrying 2 marks. Paper was balanced and of moderate level of difficulty. Number of numerical was more as compared to last year, thus more giving more importance to calculations. The break-up of questions from each topic is given below.

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Networks914
Control Systems47
Signal And Systems712
Digital and Micro Processor69
Analog Circuits611
Communication Systems23
Transducer79
Measurements57
Optical Instrumentation35
Biomedical Instrumentation11
Engineering Mathematics57
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • Maximum questions, that is, 9 questions were from Network topic
  • 7 questions each were from Transducers and Signal and Systems topics
  • 6 questions were from Digital and Micro Processor and Analog Circuits topics
  • Only 1 question came from Biomedical Engineering topic

GATE EE Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Electrical Engineering (EE) Paper

GATE 2016 for Electrical Engineering was successfully conducted on February 6, 2016, and February 7, 2016, in two sessions. Exam was divided into 11sections and a section of General Aptitude. There were 30questions carrying 1 mark and 35questions carrying 2 marks. The detailed break up of questions from all the sections is given below.

TopicNumber of QuestionMarksDifficulty Level
Network Theory69Moderate
Control Systems711Moderate
Signal And Systems35Moderate
Digital Electronics47Moderate
Analog Circuits45Moderate
EMT34Moderate
Electrical Machines34Moderate
Measurements711Easy
Power Systems610Moderate
Power Electronics59Moderate
Engineering Mathematics710Easy
General Aptitude1015Easy
Total65100Moderate

Read More: GATE Syllabus for Electrical Engineering (EE)

Analysis

  • Overall, the exam was of moderate level of difficulty
  • Questions were set to test the fundamental knowledge and analytical skills of the examinee
  • The number of Numerical Answer type questions was comparatively more than the  previous years

Note: The analysis provided above is for the exam that was conducted on February 7, 2016, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The final result declared will be based on the normalized score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

GATE 2015 Electrical Engineering (EE) Paper

In the GATE 2015 paper, there were 30questions carrying 1mark each while 2 marks questions were a 35 in number. The paper is served to test the understanding of basic concepts and the subject on whole. About 15questions were theoretical and 20questions were straight forward and concept based Questions in Machines topic were mainly from on DC Machines. Questions from Power system topic were a tough nut to crack and required critical thinking before answering.

The break-up of questions from all the topics is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Network Theory69
Control Systems610
Signal And Systems46
Digital Electronics47
Analog Circuits45
EMT45
Electrical Machines711
Measurements34
Power Systems610
Power Electronics59
Engineering Mathematics69
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • Overall the paper is balanced and a good amount of questions came from each section
  • 3 questions were from Measurements topic
  • 7 questions were from Electrical Machines topic

GATE CE Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Civil Engineering (CE) Paper

GATE 2016 for Electrical Engineering was held on February 6, 2016 and February 7, 2016 in two sessions. Exam is divided into 10 sections and a section of General Aptitude. There were 30 questions carrying 1 mark and 35 questions carrying 2 marks. The detailed break up of questions for all the sections is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Mathematics813
Water Resource Engineering1016
Environmental Engineering46
RCC68
Steel Structure24
Mechanics23
Structural Analysis46
Geotechnical Engineering1015
Transportation58
Surveying46
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • The exam was of moderate difficulty level
  • Some questions were particularly time-consuming.
  • General Aptitude section was quite easy as compared to the previous year
  • Mathematics section was of moderate difficulty level. The questions were framed so as to check the basic knowledge and analytical ability of the candidates.

Note: The analysis provided above is for the exam that was conducted on February 7, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The final result declared will be based on the normalized score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

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GATE 2015 Civil Engineering (CE) Paper

The paper comprised of 30questions of 1 mark and 35questions of 2marks. A maximum number of questions were asked from the Concrete Structures topic. Overall, the paper was balanced as the questions were asked from all the topics. General Aptitude section was easy. Break-up of the questions from each topic is given below.

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
Mathematics813
Concrete Structures68
Environmental Engineering57
Soil Mechanics57
Steel Structure12
Mechanics47
Foundation Engineering58
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics58
Transportation Engineering58
Hydrology24
Irrigation11
Surveying46
Structural Analysis46
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • 8 questions were from Engineering Mathematics topics
  • Only one question each was from Steel Structure and Irrigation topic

GATE CS Paper Analysis

GATE 2020 CSE paper was conducted on February 3 in a single session. As per the students, the difficulty level of the exam was easy to moderate. Around 24 questions were from the NAT section. More questions were framed out of Programming and Data structures and Discrete Mathematics topics. Check detailed GATE CS 2019 Analysis

GATE 2016 Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)

GATE 2016 for Computer Science and Information Technology was held on February 7, 2016, in two sessions. The exam comprises of 11 sections and a section of General Aptitude. There are 30questions carrying 1 mark and 35questions carrying 2 marks each. The detailed break up of questions of all the sections is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionMarks
DS Algorithm and Programming1523
Operating System610
DMGT46
Digital47
Computer Organisation35
DBMS35
Computer Network68
Theory of Computation35
Compiler Design11
Software Engineering46
Mathematics69
General Aptitude1015
Total65100

Analysis

  • Maximum number of questions covered, were from DS Algorithm and Programming, i.e., 15 questions
  • Only 6 questions were from Engineering Mathematics as compared to 15 questions that came last year
  • Only 1 question was from Compiler Design topic
  • Questions were evenly distributed for other topics

Know More GATE Syllabus for Computer Science and Engineering (CS)

Note: The analysis provided above is for the exam that was conducted on February 7, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The final result declared will be based on the normalized score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

GATE 2015 Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)

There are 30questions carrying 1-mark and 35questions carrying 2-marks. The paper is less difficult as compared to last year. Numerical questions were less in number. No change in pattern was observed. Questions of General Aptitude were relatively easy. There were a total 45MCQs and 20fill in the blanks questions. Break up of questions from each topic is given below

TopicNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDifficulty Level
Digital Logic35Moderate
Computer Organisation and Architecture23Moderate
Theory of Computation35Moderate
Data Structure and Algorithms1014Tough
Operating System610Moderate
Computer Design35Tough
DBMS46Moderate
Computer Networks68Tough
Software Engineering and Web Technologies34Easy
Engineering Mathematics1525Moderate
General Aptitude1515Easy

Analysis

  • A total of 10 questions were from Data Structure and Algorithms topic
  • 15 questions are from Engineering Mathematics topic
  • Only 2 questions are from Computer Organisation and Architecture topics

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: Is GATE better for CSE students? Is the paper really tough?

Ans: GATE is obviously a tough exam if your level of preparation is low. The exam is conducted for 25 papers. For CSE branch candidates, the exam opens the door to top PG colleges and therefore, the exam is important and the best option for a candidate seeking admission in a post-graduate program. Since a lot of candidates participate in the exam, the competition level of the exam is high. Strong preparation and strategic study plan can help a candidate to ace the exam. 

Ques: What is considered a good attempt in GATE exam?

Ans: A good GATE score is really important for the candidates as it is required to get admission into the postgraduate program in top colleges like IITs, NITs, IIITs, etc and getting a job in PSUs. The total marks of GATE exam are 1000 out of which, the candidate receives a score as per their performance in the exam. Every year, a cutoff list is released based on which one can get an idea about the good score that a candidate should get in GATE exam. As per past year trends, 

Ques: How many times in a year can a candidate take GATE exam?

Ans: The exam is held once a year. Candidates may appear in the exam as many times as they want, but students can appear in only one paper in a session. 

Ques: Is the exam conducted in offline mode also?

Ans: GATE exam for all 25 papers will be conducted in online mode only. 

Ques: Are only multiple-choice questions asked in GATE exam?

Ans: No, GATE exam also consists of some numerical answer type questions also. These questions are to be answered using the virtual keyboard provided on the screen. Candidates can only use a virtual on-screen calculator. 

Ques: Is there any repetition of questions in GATE exam?

Ans: Usually no exact questions are asked in GATE exam, but candidates need to understand the pattern/types of questions asked in the exam. Questions with exact data are never asked in GATE but the same type of question with different data and different difficulty may be asked. 

Ques: What will happen if a candidate makes more than one application of the same paper?

Ans: In case a candidate fill multiple applications for the same paper, then he/she will be allowed to appear in only one session only.

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Ruchi garg

I have done B.Tech. So, Can I apply for the GATE Exam?

14 Mar, 2019 15:21
Komal Chawla

Hi Ruchi, Yes, you can apply for GATE after B.Tech because GATE helps you to admission in M.Tech in reputed University or IIT.

14 Mar, 2019 15:47

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