GATE 2020 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Type of Papers – Check Here

Gate 2020GATE 2020 Exam Pattern contains details about the 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 going to be organized by IIT, Delhi for the year 2020. Check below GATE exam pattern 2020 in detail.

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

The examination of GATE 2020 will be conducted for 25 papers in online mode only (Computer Based Test). Candidates can appear only in ANY ONE paper of GATE exam.

A new paper of Bio-medical Engineering (BM) has been added in the syllabus of GATE 2020.

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GATE 2020 examination will be held on 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th February 2020 during forenoon (9:30 AM to 12:30 PM) and afternoon (14:30 PM to 17:30 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 2020 will consist 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 2020 from the below table:

PaperPaper CodePaperPaper Code
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Bio-medical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
Civil EngineeringCEMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL

Note: CE, CS, EC, EE and ME papers: Examination may be conducted in multiple sessions. However, a candidate is allowed to appear in only ONE specified session.

Exam Pattern for Various Papers

  • In the papers of AE, AG, BT, BM, 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, ST 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 marks.

Also Check:

GATE 2020 Preparation Tips

GATE 2020 Books

GATE 2020 Syllabus

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 carrying of total 15 marks.
  • 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:

Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)A
Fluid MechanicsB
Materials ScienceC
Solid MechanicsD
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 carrying of total 15 marks.
  • 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:

Chemistry (Compulsory)P
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 2020 Admit Card

GATE 2020 Examination Guidelines

GATE 2020 Virtual Calculator

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 2020 Exam Pattern, they can leave their comments below.

Displaying 44 Comments
  1. Ruchi says:

    I am BE(Civil). 2005 passout. want to give GATE2020 in MA (Mathematics)subject. how many papers are there for this subject. I have seen exam schedule. they said 1st,2nd ,8th n 9th September.why they have given 4 dates.

  2. Suvro says:

    I am b tech in leather Technology. Can I study m tech in leather Technology? Then subject should I choose?

  3. Rekha negi says:

    Sir is there is necessary to pass the individual subject which is compulsory like chemistry & general aptitude for XL GATE exam???

  4. DODDI .PRIYANKA says:

    i am a ME student,i have some doubt in gate examination -for qualifying a gate 2019 -what are the core subjects to be prepare for gate from know on words start preparation until attend exam in february 2019 in short period i will try my level best ,please give sollution .

  5. Raj says:

    Im a Mechanical Engineering student(B.E.MECH).. which paper should i choose? Since there are other papers related to mechanical engineering..

    Also.. If i choose to write one paper(Mechanical).. can i change it to another(mining) since im planning for further studies???

  6. Ankita says:

    I am student of btech in agricultural engg. Which type of question pepar code i have to fill??

  7. 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 ??

  8. Mohamedfaris says:

    Exam is going to held in which place?

  9. Farzana says:

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

  10. Seth says:

    I am in class 12 can I eligible for gate 2019

  11. anand says:

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

  12. Sonam says:

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

  13. SONU says:


  14. 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.


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

  16. k.dhanunjaya says:

    Dear sir,
    any negetive marks in GATE exam

  17. Vishnu says:

    How can pass the exam and preferred methods for mechanical engineering

  18. megha says:

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

  19. maharani says:

    Any cutt of marks .asking gate clear person mail

  20. Kalyan says:

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

  21. 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

  22. poornima says:

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

  23. Akash kirve says:

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

  24. Hitesh says:

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

  25. ashaq hussain says:

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

  26. 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

  27. 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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