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GATE 2016 Exam Papers & Structure


GATE 2016 will have 23 papers (instead of 22 earlier). A new paper Petroleum Engineering (PE) is introduced in GATE 2016.

A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper.. Candidate can choose any paper, where they have required eligibility criteria.

Each GATE examination paper will be of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying 15 marks in General Aptitude (GA) are compulsory.

General Aptitude (GA-15 Marks) is common for all the engineering branch ( Civil-CE, Computer Science-CS, Information technology-IT, CE, Mech, EE, ECE, IN.

GATE 2016 is an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

GATE 2016 would contain questions of four different types in engineering papers: :

  • Multiple choice questions: This section carry 1 or 2 marks each. Common data questions, where two successive questions use the same set of input data.
  • Numerical answer questions: In this section the answer is a number and it has to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen.

List of GATE papers with corresponding codes:

Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice

# Paper Code
# Aerospace Engineering AE
# Agricultural Engineering AG
# Architecture and Planning AR
# Biotechnology BT
# Civil Engineering CE
# Chemical Engineering CH
# Computer Science and Information Technology CS
# Chemistry CY
# Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
# Electrical Engineering EE
# Ecology and Evolution EY
# Geology and Geophysics GG
# Instrumentation Engineering IN
# Mathematics MA
# Mechanical Engineering ME
# Mining Engineering MN
# Metallurgical Engineering MT
# Petroleum Engineering PE
# Physics PH
# Production and Industrial Engineering PI
# Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
# Engineering Sciences
XE Paper Sections:
  • Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory): A
  • Fluid Mechanics : B
  • Materials Science : C
  • Solid Mechanics : D
  • Thermodynamics: E
  • Polymer Science and Engineering: F
  • Food Technology : G
# Life Sciences

XL Paper Sections
  • Chemistry (Compulsory): H
  • Biochemistry : I
  • Botany : J
  • Microbiology : K
  • Zoology: L
  • Food Technology: M

For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute.


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