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GATE - EXAMINATION STRUCTURE
GATE will be conducted in various subjects (also referred to as "PAPERS").

A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 21 PAPERS. The Pattern of Questions for each of the papers is given separately.

  • Making a choice of the appropriate paper during GATE application is the responsibility of the candidate.
  • Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice, as this knowledge will be required at the time of application form submission and appearing for the examination.
  • The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his / her qualifying degree.
  • The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his / her admission plan, keeping in mind the Eligibility Criteria of the institutions in which he / she wishes to seek admission.

Other important guidelines in this respect are suggested below.

 
 

GATE PAPERS (21 SUBJECTS)


The following are the list of GATE PAPERS (subjects) and corresponding CODES

Sl.No Paper Code Sl.No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE 12 Instrumentation Engineering IN
2 Agricultural Engineering AG 13 Mathematics MA
3 Architecture and Planning AR 14 Mechanical Engineering ME
4 Biotechnology BT 15 Mining Engineering MN
5 Civil Engineering CE 16 Metallurgical Engineering MT
6 Chemical Engineering CH 17 Physics PH
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS 18 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
8 Chemistry CY 19 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 20 Engineering Sciences XE*
10 Electrical Engineering EE 21 Life Sciences XL*
11 Geology and Geophysics GG
XE - ENGINEERING SCIENCES - Paper Sections Code XL - LIFE SCIENCES - Paper Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) H
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry I
Materials Science C Botany J
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology K
Thermodynamics E Zoology L
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology M
Food Technology G

* XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of the sections listed in the above table.  See further explanation below.

GATE EXAMINATION TYPES - ONLINE AND OFFLINE EXAMINATIONS


The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only objective questions. The Pattern of Questions for each of the papers is given separately.

ONLINE EXAMINATION:
A computer based test (CBT) where the candidate will use a computer mouse to choose a correct answer or enter a numerical answer via a virtual keypad.

The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CY, GG, PH, MA, MN, MT, TF, XE, and XL will be carried out as ONLINE  computer based test where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to enter the answer for each question using a mouse (keyboards will be disabled). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work. At the end of the three hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

SUBJECTS COURSE CODES

Aerospace Engineering

AE

Agricultural Engineering

AG

Architecture and Planning

AR

Biotechnology BT
Civil Engineering CE
 
SUBJECTS COURSE CODES
Chemical Engineering

CH

Chemistry

CY

Geology and Geophysics

GG

Mathematics

MA

Mining Engineering

MN

 
SUBJECTS COURSE CODES
Metallurgical Engineering

MT

Physics

PH

Textile Engineering and Fibre Science

TF

Engineering Sciences

XE

Life Sciences

XL

 

OFFLINE EXAMINATION:
A paper based examination where the candidate will mark the correct answer out of four options in an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble with a black ink ball point pen.

For CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, and PI, the candidates will be given the questions printed on a paper, and they have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question using a black ink ball point pen.

SUBJECTS COURSE CODES

Computer Science and Information Technology

CS

Electronics and Communication Engineering

EC

 
SUBJECTS COURSE CODES
Electrical Engineering

EE

Instrumentation Engineering

IN

 
SUBJECTS COURSE CODES
Mechanical Engineering

ME

Production and Industrial Engineering

PI

 

XE (ENGINEERING SCIENCES) PAPER


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

  1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
  2. GAGeneral Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XE sections B to G

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

XE - ENGINEERING SCIENCES - SECTIONS
SECTION Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A
Fluid Mechanics B
Materials Science C
Solid Mechanics D
Thermodynamics E
Polymer Science and Engineering F
Food Technology G

XL (LIFE SCIENCES) PAPER


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

  1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
  2. GAGeneral Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XL sections I to M

The choice of two out of the sections I to M can be made at the time of appearing for the exam after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change from one optional section to another optional section during the exam must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

XL - LIFE SCIENCES - SECTIONS
SECTION Code
Chemistry (Compulsory) H
Biochemistry I
Botany J
Microbiology K
Zoology L
Food Technology M

GENERAL APTITUDE QUESTIONS (COMPULSORY)


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

 

 
 
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