GATE 2020 Exam Pattern, Papers and Marking Scheme

The GATE 2020 exam pattern article gives you the complete details regarding the mode of exam, number of papers, exam duration, timings, types of questions, number of questions in each sections, marking scheme, common sections for all papers, negative marking, etc. The GATE is basically the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering which is conducted for admitting eligible candidates to various post graduate courses and direct Ph.D programmes in IITs, NITs and other reputed institution across the nation. The examination is usually organized by one of the seven zonal IITs and an IISc on a rotational basis. In the year 2020, ie, the upcoming GATE examination will most probably be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (official confirmation is not yet available). You can check below the exam pattern, marching scheme and different types of papers in detail.

GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

Number of Papers

The GATE examination will be conducted for 23 papers and out of which a candidate can appear for any one of the papers. The exam is usually conducted in 2 session like one in forenoon and the other in afternoon in weekends. Also the same is conducted in international centers in which the time and schedule may vary. It will be announced by the organizing institute in their official website.

Mode of Exam

The examination will be conducted in the online mode only. It will be a computer based test (CBT). So candidates should familiarise the online mode examination by taking mock tests which will be available at the official website. Also you will be able to check and familiarise the GATE virtual calculator which will also be made available at the official portal of the gate 2020 organizing institute.

Exam Duration

The examination duration will be 3 hours. Candidates should note that since you are attending an online examination, you will not get any extra time. The system will automatically complete the examination by logging you out of the exam after 3 hours exactly after you start the examination. So you have to manage your time well. For this you can go through some important preparation tips.

Number of Questions

There will be 65 question for a maximum of 100 marks.

  • General Aptitude: 10 questions
  • 1 mark questions: 20 nos.
  • 2 mark questions: 30 nos.

Type of Questions

  • Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) with 4 option.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) with no options.

Marking Scheme

  • MCQ and NAT questions will carry 1 or 2 marks in all papers.

Common sections

General Aptitude (GA). It will contain a total of 10 questions of maximum 15 marks (5 questions of 1 mark & 5 questions of 2 marks).

Negative Marking

  • Negative marking of 1/3 marks for the questions carrying 1 mark and 2/3 marks for questions carrying 2 marks.
  • No negative marking for numerical Answer Type questions.

Exam Paper Pattern for All papers except XE, GG, and XL:

  • 10 questions from General Aptitude (GA)
  • 25 questions carrying 1 mark each
  • 30 questions carrying 2 marks each

Exam Pattern For Paper GG:

  • Part A – 25 questions of 1 mark each. This part is common for all candidates.
  • Part B – 30 questions of 2 marks each. This part has two sections, section-1 is of Geology and section-2 is of Geophysics.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XE:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory Section) – Total 11 questions will be asked. 7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each. It is common to all candidates.
  • Any two of XE sections from B to H – 22 questions. 9 questions carrying 1 mark and 13 questions carrying 2 marks.
  • 10 questions from GA.

Exam Pattern For Paper XL:

  • Section P – Chemistry (compulsory section) – It contains total 15 questions (5 questions of 1 marks and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • Any two of XL sections Q to U – Total 20 questions (10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks).
  • 10 questions from GA.

GATE 2020 Paper and Paper Codes

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


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