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GATE 2016 Paper Pattern

GATE 2016 Paper Pattern


Paper Structure (for CS,EE,ECE, ME)

  • The GATE examination consists of an online paper of 3-hour duration,consisting of total 65 questions carrying 100 marks.
  • 70% of the total marks is given to the technical section while 30% weightage is given to General Aptitude and Engineering Maths.
  • For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. While, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. No negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Topic Total Marks
Respective Engineering Branch 70 Marks 25 - 1 mark questions; 30 - 2 mark questions
Engineering Maths 15 Marks
General Aptitude 15 Marks Five 1 mark questions; Five 2 marks questions

Question Types:

(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/Fill in the blank 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 given for this type of questions.

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

  • (i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.
  • (ii) Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  • (iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
  • (iv) Analysis and Synthesis: In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis Question might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates in recognising unstated assumptions, or separating useful information from irrelevant information.

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