Explore the Details of the GATE Exam Pattern

The seven IITs and IISc Bangalore jointly organise the GATE Exam every year. IIT Kanpur will conduct GATE 2023 and will soon release the GATE notification along with the brochure, which contains all vital information about the exam. The information brochure provides the GATE exam pattern, which comprises the marking scheme, the mode of examination, question paper, subject code, and more. 

GATE exam patterns can be beneficial for applicants preparing for the GATE exam. Applicants can also go through the previous years’ question papers to get an overview of the GATE paper pattern, marking scheme, and exam pattern as well. 

Knowing the question’s type and format will help candidates easily understand the exam mode and pattern. The questions for the GATE exam 2022 are divided into three main segments. 

1. Multiple choice question (MCQ): All students know this category. For multiple-choice questions, applicants have four choices, from which they must choose the correct one. Multiple choice questions have negative marks. 

2. Multiple Select Question (MSQ):  These are objective questions. Each question contains four options, one or more of which are correct. There is no negative mark. 

3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT): You must also enter a number or specify the correct number of important values. The nature of the expected answer must be clear from the question. There is no negative mark.

GATE Exam Pattern 2023 Highlights

We have provided these highlights to uncover some vital pointers related to the GATE exam pattern:

Examination ModeOnline (Computer-based Test)
Duration of Exam3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time DurationNone
Total Marks100
Total Number of Questions65
Number of Subjects (Papers)29
Number of SectionsIt depends on the subjects.2-3 (GA and Core Discipline or GA, Engineering Mathematics and Core Subject)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Marking Scheme1 or 2 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking SchemeFor a wrong answer chosen in an MCQ, there will be a negative marking.For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.NO negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

GATE Exam Pattern Marking Scheme 2023

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude (GA) MarksCore Subject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST15851003 Hours
AR [Part A + Part B (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)]1560+251003 Hours
GE [Part A + Part B (Section I or Section II)1555+301003 Hours
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1: Geology or Section 2: Geophysics)]1525 + 601003 Hours
XE (Section A + Any 2 Sections)1515 + (2 x 35)1003 Hours
XH (Section B1 +Any 1 Section)1525 + 601003 Hours
XL (Section P+Any 2 Sections)1525 + (2 x 30)1003 Hours

GATE CSE Previous Year Question Paper

Candidates can always refer to the GATE CSE previous year question paper to practise their concepts and thoroughly understand them. The GATE CSE previous year question paper has three sections. They are General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, and Core Subjects. Also, about 15% of marks weightage is contributed by the GA section, while the Engineering Maths and Core Subject, each attributed to about 13% and 72% of marks weightage of the GATE CS previous year papers, respectively. The benefits of solving the GATE CSE previous year question paper are mainly:

  • Getting an idea about the exam pattern and marking scheme of the GATE exam
  • You can self-assess the overall exam preparation by solving question papers as much as possible
  • When candidates solve question papers, it will increase their confidence to face the GATE exam
  • Enhance the candidate’s accuracy and speed in writing the answers and helps in improving time management skills
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