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GATE 2017 Paper Pattern and Structure

Last Updated - August 11, 2017

For GATE 2017, the candidate can apply only to 1 paper out of 23; papers. Making a choice of the paper is during the application is the responsibility of the candidate. The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, the candidate is, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which candidate wishes to seek admission.

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List of GATE papers and corresponding codes-

Sl.NoPaperCodeSl.NoPaperCode
1Aerospace EngineeringAE12Geology and GeophysicsGG
2Agricultural EngineeringAG13Instrumentation EngineeringIN
3Architecture and PlanningAR14MathematicsMA
4BiotechnologyBT15Mechanical EngineeringME
5Civil EngineeringCE16Mining EngineeringMN
6Chemical EngineeringCH17Metallurgical EngineeringMT
7Computer Science and Information TechnologyCS18PhysicsPH
8ChemistryCY19Production and Industrial EngineeringPI
9Electronics and Communication EngineeringEC20Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
10Electrical EngineeringEE21Engineering SciencesXE*
11Ecology and EvolutionEY22Life Sciences XL**
XE Paper SectionsCodeXL Paper SectionsCode
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)AChemistry (Compulsory)H
Fluid MechanicsBBiochemistryI
Materials ScienceCBotanyJ
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologyK
ThermodynamicsEZoologyL
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyM
Food TechnologyG--
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH--

General Aptitude Questions-

All the papers of GATE 2017 will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

All Papers-

General Aptitude-15% Marks

Engineering Maths-15% Marks

Subject of Paper-70% Marks

XE Paper-

A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following

  • Section A — Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
  • GA — General Aptitude (compulsory)
  • Any two of XE sections B to H

The choice of two sections from B to H can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to H).

XL Paper-

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following

  • Section H — Chemistry (compulsory)
  • GA — General Aptitude (compulsory)
  • Any two of XL sections I to M

The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered by the candidate. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

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