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GATE 2017 Exam Analysis

GATE 2016 was conducted for 23 papers through online mode, Petroleum Engineering was the new entrant this year. Virtual Calculator was used for the calculation purposes at the GATE exam Centers. Last year too paper code ME, EC, EE, CE and CS had more than one lakh students appearing in each paper. This analysis is done on the basis of feedbacks and analysis from various subject experts. The GATE Analysis given below is Subject and Topic wise.

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Mechanical Engineering (ME) Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Paper

GATE 2016 for Mechanical Engineering was conducted on January 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016 in 3 sessions. Question paper had more conceptual questions than calculation based questions. Unlike the previous year, the one mark questions were easier and two marks questions were comparitively difficult.

Exam is divided into 10sections and a section for General Aptitude. 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

Read More:GATE syllabus for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Analysis

  • Questions aimed at testing mathematical skills of the candidate were a 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 analysis provided above is for the exam which was conducted on January 30, 2016 from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The final result declared will be based on the normalised score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

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GATE 2015 Mechanical Engineering (ME) Paper

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

Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Paper

GATE 2016 for Electronics and Communication Engineering was held on January 30, 2016 and January 31, 2016 in 3 sessions. The exam is divided into 9 sections and a separate section of General Aptitude. There are questions carrying both 1 mark and 2 marks each. 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 comparitively 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 normalised score, keeping in mind the overall difficulty level of paper held in each session.

Read More GATE Syllabus for Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)

GATE 2015 Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Paper

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 Digitaland 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

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Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Paper Analysis

GATE 2016 Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Paper

GATE 2016 for Instrumentation Engineering was held on January 31, 2016 in one session. This was because the number of candidates appearing for the Instrumentation Engineering exam was not as large as EC or ME. Exam was divided into 10sections 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

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Note: The analysis provided above is for the exam that was conducted on January 31, 2016 from 2 PM to 5 PM. The final result declared will be based on the normalised score.

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 numericals were more as compared to last year, thus more giveing 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

Electrical Engineering (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 comparitively 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 normalised 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 35in 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 requiredcritical 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

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Civil Engineering (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 normalised 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. Maximum number of questions were asked from 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

Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) Paper 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. 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
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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

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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 normalised 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

GATE 2017exam will be conducted through online mode under various paper codes as per the schedule. 15% of the total marks are allotted to questions based on general aptitude of a student while the remaining 85% marks are allotted to the questions meant to check the subject knowledge and conceptual understanding of the candidates. For the first time in the history of GATE exam, virtual scientific calculator will be provided to the candidates for their convenience.

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The question papers of all the paper codes comprise of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Out of the 65 questions, 10 questions of general aptitude carried 15 marks. The remaining 55 questions are from the concerned subject and will carry 85 marks. As per GATE 2017 Exam Pattern, the question paper consists of both objective (MCQ) and subjective (Numerical Answer Questions) questions. MCQ questions have negative marking while Numerical Answer Questions have no negative marking.

In this article, we have tried to provide, the detailed analysis of different papers. Candidates must keep in mind that GATE 2017 Score Card will be valid for duration of 3 years.

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Scores Obtained by candidates in GATE 2016

The GATE 2017 Result mentions the scores obtained by the candidates in the examination. The marks obtained by the candidates are calculated using the formula for the normalised marks. The maximum and minimum marks obtained by candidates in GATE 2016 is given in the table below:

Paper CodeMaximum Marks ObtainedMinimum Marks Obtained
AE82.0019.67
AG45.3316.67
AR75.6726.00
BT64.3318.00
CE87.8616.79
CH83.0022.00
CS85.9516.71
CE77.0019.67
CY86.2716.73
EC88.3916.74
EE89.0030.67
EY81.0022.00
GG84.6721.00
IN54.0016.67
MA94.6619.77
ME66.3322.00
MN73.0028.00
PE83.0026.67
PH79.0024.33
PI78.6717.67
TF59.6717.67
XE78.3318.00
XL58.0017.33

The number of candidates who registered for GATE 2016 varies with the number of candidates who appeared and qualified for the examination. The statistics of number of registered, appeared and qualified candidates for various papers in GATE 2016 is given in the graphs below.

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