GATE 2018 Exam Pattern
For GATE 2018 Examination, applicants can apply for only one of the 23 papers listed in Table given below. The syllabus for each of the papers is given separately. Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the applicants. Some guidelines in the respect are suggested below:
List of GATE 2018 Papers and Corresponding Code
Aerospace Engineering (AE); Geology and Geophysics (GG); Agricultural Engineering (AG); Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Architecture and Planning AR Mathematics (MA); Biotechnology (BT); Mechanical Engineering (ME); Civil Engineering (CE); Mining Engineering (MN); Chemical Engineering (CH); Metallurgical Engineering (MT); Computer Science and Information Technology (CS); Petroleum Engineering (PE); Chemistry (CY); Physics (PH); Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC); Production and Industrial Engineering (PI); Electrical Engineering (EE); Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF); Ecology and Evolution (EY); Engineering Sciences (XE*); Life Sciences (XL**)
*XE Paper Sections Code: Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) (A); Fluid Mechanics (B); Materials Science (C); Solid Mechanics (D); Thermodynamics (E); Polymer Science and Engineering (F); Food Technology (M)
XL Paper Sections Code: Chemistry (Compulsory) (H); Biochemistry (I); Botany (J); Microbiology (K); Zoology (L); Food Technology (G)
GATE 2018 Duration and Examination Type
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
The GATE 2018 Examination for all the papers will be carried out in an Online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the applicants will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.
The applicants are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled).
Each applicant will be provided with a scribble pad for rough work. The scribble pad has to be returned after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.
Pattern of Question Papers
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA).
In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
GATE 2018 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the applicant has to mark the correct answer(s).
ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the applicant using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.
Check out Study Materials for GATE 2018 Exam
- GATE Electrical Engineering 2016
- 5200 Fully Solved MCQ for IES, GATE & PSUs: Mechanical Engineering
- GATE – 2015: Electrical Engineering
- GATE Guide Electrical Engineering 2015
- GATE Guide Computer Science & Information Technology Engineering 2015
- GATE Guide Electronics & Communication Engineering 2015
- GATE Guide Computer Science & Information Technology Engineering 2016
- GATE Guide Electronics & Communication Engineering 2016
- GATE Guide Mechanical Engineering 2015
- GATE Guide Mechanical Engineering 2016
Design of Questions: The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:
i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formula or laws of the discipline of the paper. The applicant is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from one‐line computation.
ii) Comprehension: These questions will test the applicant’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
Marking Scheme: For 1 mark multiple‐choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 mark multiple‐choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
General Aptitude (GA) Questions: In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub‐total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub‐total 10 marks).