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GATE Exam Pattern is defined paper wise depending upon candidates’ branch. For this year, IIT Guwahati will hold the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). The exam includes 2 types of Questions - Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Numerical Answer Type (NAT).
Listed below are quick facts related to GATE Exam Pattern 2018:
Architecture and Planning
Computer Science and Information Technology
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Ecology and Evolution
Geology and Geophysics
Production and Industrial Engineering
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
Note: Engineering Mathematics questions are compulsory for GATE Exam Papers (AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE), carrying 15% of the total weightage. The questions based on the subject of the exam have 70% of the total weightage. The remaining part of GATE Question Paper includes questions based on General Aptitude.
Candidates applying for GATE Exam bearing paper codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL have 85% questions based on the subject of the paper. While the remaining part has questions based on general aptitude. There are no questions from engineering mathematics in GATE Question paper for these paper codes.
The questions asked in GATE 2018 are broadly divided into MCQs and NAT Questions. Candidates are asked questions based on General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and questions based on the subject of the paper (Technical questions). Every paper covers a total of 65 questions to be answered for 100 marks.
Both the papers of GATE 2018 will be including questions of two separate types:
The question paper will consist of multiple choice type and numerical answer type questions. There will be four options for MCQs type questions; candidates must select any one for choosing the answer. For giving the answer of numerical answer questions, choices will not be given, you have to enter the answer by using the virtual keyboard and the answer may be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g., 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the Geology and Geophysics (GG) question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B consists of two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geo-physics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and in Part B attempt either Section 1 or Section 2. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
There are the following sections which have to be answered by the candidates in the GATE 2018 XE paper as given in the below:
Candidates can select two sections from B to G during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. Candidates can also change the subject in the midway of examination to another optional section, but for this, first of all, deselect one of the previously selected optional subject from B to G.
This section contains total 33 questions of total 50 marks. In GATE XE paper, the Section - A (Engineering Mathematics) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions of total 15 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Each of the other sections of XE paper from section B to G contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
There are the following sections which have to be answered by the candidates in GATE XL paper as given in the below:
Candidates can select two sections from I to M during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. Candidates can also change the subject in the midway of examination to another optional section, but for this, the candidates will have to deselect one of the previously selected optional subject from I to M initially.
This section contains total 35 questions of total 55 marks. In GATE XL paper, the Section - H Chemistry (compulsory). This section contains 15 questions of total 25 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
Each of the other sections of the XL paper from section I to M contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks. Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
GATE has questions broadly divided into objective type (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT). In MCQ, candidates are provided with 4 choices out of which one answer is correct. A candidate has to mark the correct choice by clicking on the radio button against the option.
NAT includes questions with a value or a real number as their answer. The answer has to be entered using the mouse in the virtual calculator. There won’t be any choices for these questions. Using the keyboard must be avoided as it will be disabled.
Apart from questions based on the subjects, the paper will also contain the questions to test the ability of your General Ability like- Language and Analytical Skills. There are 15% questions will be devoted to General Aptitude section in all the papers. The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:
The type of questions in GATE are explained below:
Since GATE is a national level entrance examination, candidates must prepare well for it for admissions to the desired college or for recruitment to the desired PSU. Candidates can check the important topics from each paper code to aid their preparations for GATE:
Important topics from Civil Engineering (CE)
The candidates must concentrate more on the topics given below while preparing for GATE Exam for Civil Engineering (CE):
Check Detailed GATE CE SYLLABUS
Important topics from Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
The candidates are asked the maximum number of questions from the topics given below in the GATE Exam for Computer Science and Information Technology (CS):
Check Detailed GATE CS SYLLABUS
Important topics from Electrical Engineering (EE)
There are questions from engineering mathematics and aptitude in this paper code as well while there are few topics from the subject that carry higher weightage in the GATE Exam. The important topics from Electrical Engineering are given below:
Check Detailed GATE EE SYLLABUS
Important topics from Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
This paper code has the maximum weight age of questions based on the subject. There are questions based on aptitude and engineering mathematics as well. The important topics for the preparation of technical questions asked in GATE EC Exam are given below:
Check Detailed GATE EC SYLLABUS
Important topics from Mechanical Engineering (ME)
The candidates can check the important topics from the mechanical engineering syllabus for GATE below:
Check Detailed GATE ME SYLLABUS
Important topics from Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
There are questions from various topics of instrumentation engineering studied during the Bachelor programme in GATE. Candidates can revise the following topics thoroughly to crack the GATE Exam for Instrumentation Engineering:
Check Detailed GATE IN SYLLABUS
Candidates who have applied successfully for the exam can download GATE sample papers for each subject. In the table given below, we have provided you a list of paper with codes and also the available link of sample paper for each subject.
|Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link||Code||Paper/ Subject Name||Paper Link|
|AE||Aerospace Engineering||Get Here||GG||Geology and Geophysics||Get Here|
|AG||Agricultural Engineering||Get Here||IN||Instrumentation Engineering||Get Here|
|AR||Architecture and Planning||Get Here||MA||Mathematics||Get Here|
|BT||Biotechnology||Get Here||ME||Mechanical Engineering||ME 01, ME 02, ME 03|
|CE||Civil Engineering||CE 01, CE 02||MN||Mining Engineering||Get Here|
|CH||Chemical Engineering||Get Here||MT||Metallurgical Engineering||Get Here|
|CS||Computer Sc. and Information Technology||CS 01, CS 02, CS 03||PH||Physics||Get Here|
|CY||Chemistry||Get Here||PI||Production and Industrial Engineering||Get Here|
|EC||Electronics and Communication Engg.||EC 01, EC 02, EC 03||TF||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||Get Here|
|EE||Electrical Engineering||EE01, EE02||XE||Engineering Sciences||XE- A, XE-B, XE- C, XE-D, XE- E, XE-F, XE- G|
|EY||Ecology and Evolution||Get Here||XL||Life Sciences||XL- H, XL-I, XL- J, XL-K, XL- L, XL-M|
Ans. Candidates can apply for GATE exam till they satisfy the GATE Eligibility criteria. It is mandatory to satisfy the academic qualification for GATE Exam. Hence, there is no restriction or bar on the number of times one can appear for the exam.
Ans. The duration of GATE exam is 3 hours. But there will be a countdown timer on the top right corner of the screen which will display the time left to complete the exam. As soon as the timer reaches zero, the computer screen will shut down on its own. Make sure that the answers marked have been saved before the screen shuts down.
Ans. The question palette given on the right side of the computer screen displays the status of the questions. There is a different symbol to describe the status of questions. The candidates can hide the question palette and move to full screen by clicking on the arrow marks given. The candidates can navigate to different questions by clicking on the respective question number given on the Question Palette. The symbols with their meaning is given below:
Ques. How can we answer and save the questions (both MCQ and NAT)?
Ans. To answer MCQs, click on the radio button before the choice. To deselect the answer click again on the same radio button or click on Clear Response button. Click on the button for another option to change the chosen answer.
To answer NAT, enter the answer using the numerical keypad of the virtual calculator. A decimal response can be entered without mentioning 0 before the decimal point. Click on clear response button to deselect or clear any answer. To change the answer of any particular question, select the question and then enter the required response using numerical keypad. Read How to use Virtual Calculator in GATE
To save the answers, click on Save and Next button. To mark an answer for review, click Mark for Review and Next button. All the answers will however be submitted automatically after time is over.
Note: Read the question carefully, if there is any useful data given on the question paper, candidate must use it to answer the question. If the candidates is unable to find any such data in any question and they need it, they can click on Useful Data option given the top-right side of the screen.
Candidates must always remember that the level of GATE exam is equal to standard of NET UGC level. Thus, books followed by candidates should maintain a difficulty level. Aspirants can browse different sites online for buying GATE 2018 books.
The table below displays name of some of the best-selling books along with their subject and their ISBN number. The ISBN number for each book is stated alongside name of the books for convenience of aspirants to buy books.
|Name of the subject||Name of the book||ISBN Number|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||GATE Guide Computer Science and Information Technology||9789386309747|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Guide Civil Engineering||9789386309730|
|Mechanical Engineering||GATE Guide Mechanic Engineering 2018||9789386309778|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||GATE Guide Electronics and Communication Engineering 2018||9789386309761|
|Civil Engineering||GATE Civil Engineer (22 year’s Chapter-wise Solved Paper)||9789386309785|
|Electrical Engineering||GATE Guide Electrical Engineering 2018||9789386309754|
Before appearing for GATE 2018 exam, candidates are advised to go through all the rules and regulations thoroughly:
It is advisable for the candidates to keep themselves updated and track all information by following their official website www.gate.iitr.ernet.in.
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