GATE Exam Pattern 2019 | GATE 2019


GATE 2019 is the premier engineering entrance exams open to engineering graduates across the country. Every year, thousands, or even lakhs of students appear for the exam. In the following post, we would be talking about the GATE Exam Pattern. Every year, a lot of students have a lot of questions about the exam pattern. So, in this article, we would take a look at all the GATE Pattern.

GATE Exam Pattern 2019 – An Overview

Let us take a quick look at the exam itself to undertand the GATE Total Marks as well as the GATE Marking Scheme. The following table gives the details:

Feature Description
Duration of Exam 3 hours (180 minutes)
Total Number of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Type of Question Two types of questions asked:

·         Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

·         Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Sections GATE 2019 question paper will consist of three sections:

·         General Aptitude

·         Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)

·         Subject – Specific section

General Aptitude Section The paper will consist of a mandatory General Aptitude (GA) section which will have 10 questions. 5 of the questions will be of 1 mark and the remaining 5 will be of 2 marks. Therefore, the total marks for this section will be 15 marks.
Marking Scheme ·         1 mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

·         2 marks MCQs – 2/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong response.

·         Zero marks will be awarded for unattempted questions

·         No negative marking will be done for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions

GATE Question Pattern 2019

There are two types of questions that can be expected by the candidates for GATE 2019. The different categories of questions are:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) – The questions are objective in nature and have a set of four options out of which one will be the correct answer.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) – The answer to the questions will be a real number which the candidates will have to use to enter a mouse and virtual keyboard. The answers can either be an integer (3, 7, 21 and more) or a number with decimals (for example 10.1) or even a decimal number. No choices will be provided for these type of questions.

GATE Exam Pattern – Paper Codes

You need to know about the Paper Codes for GATE Exam Pattern. The following table gives the details of the paper code:

Paper Code Paper Code
Architecture and Planning AR Geology and Geophysics GG
Biotechnology BT Mathematics MA
Aerospace Engineering AE Physics PE
Agricultural Engineering AG Engineering Sciences XE*
Chemical Engineering CH Life Sciences XL**
Civil Engineering CE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Mining Engineering MN
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Mechanical Engineering ME
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fiber Science TF
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Ecology and Evolution EY Petroleum Engineering PE
Statistics ST Metallurgical Engineering MT

GATE 2019 Paper Codes for XE and XL

XE Paper Sections Code XL Paper Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) P
Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry Q
Materials Science C Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Food Technology U
Food Technology G
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H
**XE (Engineering Sciences) and **XL (Life Sciences) papers will consist of sections listed in the table above

GATE Exam Pattern for Different Codes

Now, let us look at the actual GATE Exam Pattern for Different Codes. The GATE Pattern changes depending on the codes that you are appearing for. The following table gives you the details:

Paper Code Exam Pattern
CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST and PI ·         GA (General Aptitude) – 15%

·         Engineering Mathematics – 15%

·         Subject of the Paper –  70%

AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH and MA ·         GA (General Aptitude) – 15%

·         Subject of the Paper – 85%

GATE Marking Scheme

Let us now take a look at the GATE Marking Scheme. Like the exam pattern, the GATE Marking Scheme also changes according to the code of the paper that you are replying for.

Paper Code General Aptitude Marks Subject Marks Total Marks Negative Marking
CS, CY, EC, EE, CE, CH, AR, AE, AG, EY, BT, GG, IN, ME, MA, PH, PI, TF, MN, MT, PE, ST 15 85 100 ·         1/3rd Mark will be deducted for 1 mark question

·         2/3rd Mark will be deducted for 2 mark question

XE (Section A +

any two sections)

15 15+2*35 100
XL (Section P +

any two sections)

15 25+2*30 100

Additional Information on GATE Marking Scheme 2019

  • GATE papers with the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE will include a compulsory sections of Engineering mathematics (15% of total marks) and General Aptitude (15% of total marks). The rest of the paper (70%) will be based on the subject selected by the candidate.
  • However, GATE papers with the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL will consist of the compulsory section of General Aptitude (15% of the total marks) and the remaining 85% will be for the selected subject.

GATE Engineering Sciences Paper Pattern

Section Type of Question Number of Question Sub-total (Marks)
Section A (Compulsory) 1 Mark Question 7 7
2 Marks Question 4 8
Section B to H



1 Mark Question 9 9
2 Marks Question 13 26

Life Sciences (XL)

  • The compulsory section for this paper is Chemistry (Section P) which consists of 15 questions of total 25 marks. Numerical answer type questions are also asked in this section.
  • General Aptitude section of total 15 marks also has to be solved.
  • Apart from Chemistry, the candidates will have to select one section from Q to U. Each section will consist of 20 questions of a total of 30 marks

GATE Life Sciences Paper Pattern

Section Type of Questions Number of Questions Sub-Total (Marks)
Chemistry Section or Section P (Compulsory) 1 mark questions 5 5
2 mark questions 10 20
Sections Q to U 1 mark questions 10 10
2 mark questions 10 20

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