GATE 2019 Exam Pattern

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The examination of GATE will be conducted in online mode only. Candidates can appear in only one paper. GATE 2019 examination will be held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. GATE will also be conducted in International centers and the session timings at as per their local time. The GATE exam pattern will have the questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills) and Engineering Mathematics apart from the core subject of the paper. There will be a total no. of questions carrying 100 marks.

Subject No. of Questions Carrying Marks
Core Subject Q.1 – Q.25 (25 questions)


Q.26 – Q.55 (30 questions)

1 Marks


2 Marks

General Aptitude(GA) Q. 56 – Q. 60 (5 questions)


Q. 61 – Q. 65 (5 questions)

1 Marks


2 Marks


Note: – Q.48 – Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions.

           Question pairs (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) are linked answer questions.

Those candidates who prepare the GATE examination can check the pattern of the paper to know the subjects marks distribution and time duration.

  • 3 hours duration
  • 1/3rd negative marking
  • Total 65 MCQ for 100 marks
  • 10 General Aptitude Questions for 15 marks
  • Compulsory Engineering Mathematics questions for 15 marks

GATE Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern for Various Papers

In AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE papers Engineering Mathematics will carry 15% marks, GA section will contain 15% and rest of 70% marks will be carried by the core subject.

                                                 In the papers of AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, only GA section will carry 15% and the rest of 85% marks will be carried by the core subject.

 GATE 2019 Paper Pattern and Marking Scheme

1. General Aptitude Test Section:

General Aptitude is common for all branches, In this section, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and another 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

2. Technical Questions Section:

These papers would contain 55 Questions of total 85 Marks. 

  • 1. 25 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 25 marks) and
  • 2. 30 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks).

The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. 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.

Types of questions included in Question Papers

GATE 2019 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:

  • (i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): 
    • carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and
      each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s). 
  • (ii) Numerical Answer Questions: 
    • Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well, for example, 10.1 (one decimal) or 10.01 (two decimals) or 10.001 (three decimals). Wherever required and possible, it is better to give NAT answer up to a maximum of three decimal places.

5. Negative Marking Scheme

  • 1. 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer of 1-mark multiple-choice questions,
  • 2. 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer of 2-marks multiple-choice questions,
  • 3. For numerical answer type questions, there is no Negative marking.

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