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GATE General Information: Something That Every GATE Aspirant Must Know

I wish i would have written this post long before, because it contains all the basic information about GATE exam. As a part of GATE preparation guide, this must have been the starting post. The good thing is that it came just before exams, therefore I also think most of the students will have good time reading it during their break from their focused preparations. This came to my mind when I was writing about how to make the best use of negative marks scheme for GATE exam.

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General Information about GATE

  1. The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration.
  2. GATE question paper contains 65 questions except AE and TF.
  3. Maximum of marks a student can score in GATE are 100.
  4. GATE score is calculated on the scale of 1000 based marks obtained by the candidate.
  5. The question paper will consist of only objective questions except AE and TF.
  6. For multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for the answer.
  7. For numerical answer type questions, each question will have a number as the answer.
  8. Papers in AE, GG, MN and TF will be carried out Online.
  9. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, except for the numerical answer type questions.
  10. Each GATE paper shall have a General Aptitude (GA) component carrying 15 marks.

GATE question paper pattern

  1. Q.1 to Q.25 (25 questions) carry one mark each (sub-total 25 marks).
  2. Q.26 to Q.55 (30 questions) carry two marks each (sub-total 60 marks).
    • Questions Q.48 – Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions.
    • (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) are linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the linked answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. (If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is not attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.)
  3. Questions Q.56 – Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA).
    • Questions Q.56 – Q.60 (5 questions) carry 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and questions.
    • Q.61 – Q.65 (5 questions) carry 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Negative Marking in GATE

  1. For Q.1 – Q.25 and Q.56 – Q.60, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  2. For Q.26 – Q.51 and Q.61 – Q.65, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  3. (Q.52, Q.53), and (Q.54, Q.55) are questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.52 and Q.54, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.

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33 Comments

  1. saranya

    Sir, will they allow fx991-es or fx991-ms calculators for exam

  2. Nandhini

    sir,
    would you please tell us how to make the best out of Gate
    with negative marks

  3. snehal

    what is aggregate %criteria for admission to get.i have less than 55% is i m eligible to admission to m tech cource

  4. Shailesh

    Sir, Actually each IITian gets a TA-ship money in their 5th year of dual degree course. For that purpose, either he should be 8 pointer or should be gate qualified. So, please tell me about qualifying marks for that purpose in Gate.
    Thanks.


    Shailesh

  5. aviator101

    There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, except for the numerical answer type questions. could you explain this a bit please…

  6. Vyom

    numerical answer type question will be without options…….so there is no negative marking for that questions……… For except GG,XE,XL engineering mathematics will carry 15% of total marks(excluding general aptitude section)

  7. vinit goel

    thanks for this it will defenitly save a lot of time during exam thnks

  8. nishit kansara

    sir i want to no the type of questions asked in the written tests after the selection process on the basis of gate score!!

  9. akanksha

    would you please tell us how to make the best out of Gate score
    with negative marks

  10. somveer

    cdse exams and gate eam dates are clashing.what do v do? will anyone of them be postponed??

  11. shikha

    sir..is there different different sectional cutoff for both technical and general apptitude???

  12. Khushi

    Sir,
    I have done my B.Tech on educational loan & till now I am not able to repay it completely. For M.Tech I will again have to arrange for another loan. Is there scholarship or stipend arrangement for M.Tech, which could help me out in pursuing M.Tech without taking any more loans?
    Please guide me on this.

  13. reshma

    There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, except for the numerical answer type questions.
    i am not claer about this statement that means their is no negative marking for numerical type questions

  14. Hari T O

    Hi Sir
    I completed my Mtech in vlsi but my percentage is very less (68%).I don,t know what to do next.I like to do Phd but I don,t know whether I will get good institutes with this mark.Pls guide me

    Regards
    Hari T O

  15. Karthik Bharathi

    Sir, i just want to know reg that negative marking. For 2 mark questions what is the negative marking -2/3(-0.666) or 2/3rd of 2 mark that is (-1.33). I need clarification regarding this.

  16. ajay

    Sir, i just want to know reg that negative marking. For 2 mark questions what is the negative marking -2/3(-0.666) or 2/3rd of 2 mark that is (-1.33). I need clarification regarding this.

  17. kaka

    what is aggregate %criteria for admission
    to get.i have less than 55% in btech is i m eligible to
    admission to m tech cource
    ???
    And m i get placement in good companies on b tech score??

  18. kaka

    what is aggregate %criteria for admission
    to get.i have less than 55% is i m eligible to
    admission to m tech cource

  19. saumya

    hello sir,

    i m a 2nd year ece branch student..i want to pursue mtech after my btech..should i start preparing for gate exam now itself??..please guide me sir…

  20. DHAVAL J. SHAH

    sir, will they allowed us to use calculators in the examination hall?

  21. DHAVAL J. SHAH

    sir, I just want to know that is there any changes in the syllabus of gate 2012 exam as gate 2011 exam?

  22. bramini

    how to prepare for gate exam?

  23. subhajit

    hi,
    i am subhajit,
    4th yr,MECHANICAL engg student,
    i am preparing for gate 2012,
    I BELONG TO SC CATAGORY..
    so i want to know that what rank i must get in GATE to get into iit surely ,as per my choice of subject for m.tech????
    also for IISC..?????
    THNKS

  24. praneeth

    PLZ rply for this Q
    the numerical answer type questions means what?
    And what sort of questions belongs to this category

  25. mahesh

    sir gernal aptitude is compulsory means

  26. raja

    sir piz sent me success speaks of mechanical previous gate toppers……..

  27. Gautam Tyagi

    Hi,

    this is really nice pc of info. The aspirants can get entire marking scheme very easily here.

    Thanks a lot.

  28. Pallavi

    This Piece of information cleared my all confusions abt the scheme, Thnk you sir!!

  29. Vipin Nair

    Can each question have more than 1 right ans in options..like in other online exams or just 1 correct ans??

  30. babul

    hi..
    i didnt get first class in degree. i got only 59% in cs branch.Any problem for m.tech placement in iit.Please reply urjent.

  31. VIMAL KUMAR SINGH YADAV

    THANK YOU SIR FOR ALL THE INFORMATION THAT YOU PUT WITH RESPECT TO OUR CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDIES.

    I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GIVE SOME INFORMATION REGARDING DOING MTECH FROM CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES IF ONE IS GETTING HIS/HER GATE SCORE FALLING SOME SHORT FOR IITs/ NITs.

    REGARDS

    VIMALSURYADEV

    TEZPUR UNIVERSITY

    ASSAM

  32. Umesh Tubachi

    Sir please give Some information About AE, GG, MN and TF & Waht is that height of difficulty. ?

  33. Sabina

    Sir, is this Question paper pattern same for GATE 2015??

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