GATE 2018 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Types of Papers

GATE 2018GATE 2018 exam pattern contain details about number of questions asked in the examination, number of sections, marking scheme and time duration. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for admission to M.E./M.Tech/Direct Ph.D programmes in IITs, NITs, GFTI and various private institutions. This exam is organized by seven zonal IITs and an IISc on rotation basis. GATE 2018 exam is conducted by the IIT, Guwahati on 3rd – 4th February & 10th – 11th February 2018. Check below GATE exam pattern 2018 in detail.

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GATE 2018 Exam Pattern

The examination of GATE for 23 papers will be conducted in online mode only (Computer Based Test). Students can appear only one paper. GATE 2018 examination will be held during forenoon (9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon) and afternoon (12:00 PM to 5:00 PM) sessions of weekends. GATE will also be conducted in International centres and the session timings at as per their local time.

Question Type: The question paper of GATE 2018 consisting of both multiple-choice type (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT). For objective type questions, there are multiple options available out of which students have to choose only the right answer. For numerical answer type questions, candidates have to enter a number using the virtual keyword available on the computer screen during the examination.

Number of Questions: The question paper of GATE will contain 65 question of maximum 100 marks.

Exam Duration: 3 hours

Check the GATE paper and paper codes for GATE 2018 from the below table:

PaperPaper CodePaperPaper Code
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPetroleum EngineeringPE
ChemistryCYPhysicsPH
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electrical EngineeringEETextile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Ecology and EvolutionEYEngineering SciencesXE
Life SciencesXL

Exam Pattern for Various Papers

  • In the papers of AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, Engineering Mathematics will carry 15% marks of total marks, General Aptitude section will contain 15% marks and rest of the 70% marks will be contained by the core subject of the paper.
  • In the papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and remaining 85% marks will be carried by the core subject of the paper.
  • The General Aptitude section 5 questions of 1 Mark and 5 questions of 2 marks.
  • Question paper other than GG, XE and XL will contain 25 questions of 1 mark and 30 questions of 2

For XE Paper:

Candidate appearing XE paper has to attempt the following sections:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory section) – contains 11 questions (7 questions of 1 mark and 4 questions of 2 marks)
  • GA – General Aptitude
  • Any two of XE sections B to H – contains 22 questions (9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks)

XE paper contains the following sections:

SectionsCode
Engineering MathematicsA
Fluid MechanicsB
Materials ScienceC
Solid MechanicsD
ThermodynamicsE
Polymer Science and EngineeringF
Food TechnologyG
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH

For XL Paper:

Candidate appearing XL paper has to attempt the following sections:

  • Section P– Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks)
  • GA – General Aptitude
  • Any two of XL sections Q to U – It contains 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark and 10 questions of 2 marks)

XL Paper of GATE has the following sections:

SectionsCode
ChemistryP
BiochemistryQ
BotanyR
MicrobiologyS
ZoologyT
Food TechnologyU

Students can choose the sections during examination after viewing the questions.

For GG Paper:

The question paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B has 2 sections; Section-1 is of Geology and Section-2 is of Geophysics. In Part A, there is total 25 of 1 mark each. In Part B, each section contain 30 questions of 2 marks.

Note: Apart from core subject of the paper, General Aptitude (GA) is the common section in each paper of GATE.

Also Check:

GATE 2018 Syllabus

GATE 2018 Preparation Tips

GATE 2018 Books

Marking Scheme

There is a negative marking in GATE for multiple choice questions. For Numerical answer type questions, no negative marking will be there. For 1-mark question, 1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answers and for 2 marks question, 2/3 marks will be deducted.

If candidates have any query regarding GATE 2018 Exam Pattern, they can leave their comments below.

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  1. Sreedevan mc says:

    is there any cut off mark to pass the gate exam?im an ME student,which type of question paper ahould i choose ??

  2. Mohamedfaris says:

    Exam is going to held in which place?

  3. Farzana says:

    How can I check that I have before applied a gate2018.??

  4. Seth says:

    I am in class 12 can I eligible for gate 2019

  5. anand says:

    What are XL,GG,XE papers plz. Explane in detail

  6. Sonam says:

    Sir ..is this neccessary to clear all sections in gate life science exam?..i mean..is there any sectional cutoff for gate

  7. SONU says:

    SIR,SUGGEST ME ANY GOOD THEORITICAL BOOK FOR PREPARATION GATE COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEERING?

  8. santosh kumar says:

    Dear Sir
    After cracking GATE exam, with the score card we can apply for M.Tech in colleges, other then what is the options. In which sector (Job) it will helpful.

  9. PRIYRANJAN VERMA says:

    sir I am btech(me) 3rd yr student… can I give gate exam 2018

  10. k.dhanunjaya says:

    Dear sir,
    any negetive marks in GATE exam

  11. Vishnu says:

    How can pass the exam and preferred methods for mechanical engineering

  12. megha says:

    i am in btech in food technology then which type of question paper code i have to fill.

  13. maharani says:

    Any cutt of marks .asking gate clear person mail

  14. Kalyan says:

    Actually am in b.tech final year mechanical .. Iam not willing to write in gate 2018 .. may I eligible to GATE 2019 ..

  15. alpana abhyankar says:

    Dear sir,
    I m a student of third year engineering in Information technology .
    Which subjects should I select for GATE-2018 exam?
    What are the books should i refer?Is there any proper coaching class for GATE exam?
    am I eligible for GATE exam even after 2 years,if I prefer to go for MS instead of GATE

  16. poornima says:

    sir if i leave the answer empty means does the marks will deducte

  17. Akash kirve says:

    What about these 1000 marks ???how they calculated???

  18. Hitesh says:

    For Numerical answer type questions, no negative marking will be there. This applicable for 1 marks question?

  19. ashaq hussain says:

    sir iam student of last year btech biotehnalogy can i fill application for gate exam 2018

  20. bhupjnder sharma says:

    sir we could not submit our form due to some technical problem in our area ….plzz sir give a chance or way to complete ours form …plzzz sir its our humble request

  21. anil meena says:

    sir it is my request to you that please allow the calculator in our exam because the calculator of screen not works properly and it takes more time so please sir allow the calcultor

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