GATE Exam

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exam

GATE Examination Pattern

GATE 2022 exam dates will be announced. The exam will be held from 5, 6, 12 and 13 of February 2022. IIT Madras will be the organising institute for the exam in 2022.

GATE 2022 examination will be conducted for 29 papers (subjects). A candidate can appear for only one of the 29 GATE papers. The examination of all the papers will be conducted in an online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions on a computer screen.

Personal calculators, wristwatches, mobile phones or any other electronic devices are not allowed inside the examination hall. But, a virtual scientific calculator will be available on the computer screen during the examination. So, candidates have to use the same during the examination.

GATE 2022 Exam Duration:

The exam will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks.

The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an online computer based test (CBT) mode, where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen.

At the end of the stipulated time (3 hours), the computer will automatically close the screen inhibiting any further action. So, candidates are advised to complete their papers within the given time.

Note:

  • A candidate should have to occupy his seat 40 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination. So, candidates can Log In and start reading the instructions 20 minutes before the start of the examination.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to enter the examination hall after 09:30 hours in the forenoon session and after 14:30 hours in the afternoon session. Candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall before the end of the examination

GATE 2022 Exam Pattern:

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Durations 3 Hours
Number of Subjects (Papers) 29 Papers (Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (combined) and Geomatics Engineering are newly added subjects)
Sections General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate's Selected Subject
Type of Questions

(a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

(b) Multiple Choice Questions (MSQ) and / or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions.

Questions for testing these abilities

Recal

Comprehension

Application

Analysis & Synthesis

Number of Questions 10 (GA) + 55 (Subject) = 65 Questions
Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT Papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

General Aptitude : 15 Marks +

Engineering Mathematics : 13 Marks +

Subject Questions : 72 Marks

Total : 100 Marks

Distribution of Marks in Papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

General Aptitude : 15 Marks +

Subject Questions : 85 Marks +

Total : 100 Marks

Marking Scheme Questions Carry 1 Mark and 2 Marks
Negative Marking For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1 Mark MCQ, 1/3 Mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-Marks MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer

GATE 2022 Papers:

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and Planning AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Bio-Medical Engineering BM Mining Engineering MN
Biotechnology BT Metallurgical Engineering MT
Civil Engineering CE Naval Architecture & Marine Enigneering NM
Chemical Engineering CH Petroleum Engineering PE
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Physics PH
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Statistics ST
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fibre
Science
TF
Environmental Science & Engineering ES Engineering Sciences XE
Ecology and Evolution EY Humanities and Social Sciences XH
Geomatics Engineering GE Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geophysics GG    

Note: "Geomatics Engineering (GE)" and "Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM)" are two papers introduced in GATE 2022.

XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will be comprised of sections listed in the below table:

XE Papers Sections Code XH Paper Sections Code XL Papers Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) (15 Marks) A Reasoning and Comprehension (Compulsory) (25 Marks) B1 Chemistry (Compulsory) (15 Marks) P
Any Two Optional Sections Any Two Optional Sections
Fluid Mechanics B Economics

C1

Biochemistry

Q
Materials Science C English C2 Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Linguistics C3 Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Philosophy C4 Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Psychology C5 Food Technology U
Food Technology G Sociology C6    
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H        

 *XE (Engineering Sciences), **XH (Humanities & Social Sciences), **XL (LIfe Sciences), Papers are of general nature and will be comprised of Sections listed in the above table.

NOTE : Each Subject/Paper is total 100 Marks. General Aptitude (GA) Section of 15 Marks is common for all Papers. Hence remanining 85 Marks are the respective subject / Paper code.

MAXIMUM TWO PAPERS IN GATE 2022

A candidate may appear either in ONE or TWO Papers. For Candidates who Choose TWO Papers, the combination must be from the approval list of combinations and subject to the availability of infrastructure and Schedule.

Code of The First (Primary) Paper Codes of Papers Allowed as the Second Paper Code of the First (Primary) Paper Codes of Papers Allowed as the Second Paper
AE NM, XE IN EC, EE, PH
AG ES, GE, XE, XL MA CS, GE, PH, ST
AR CE ME AE, CH, NM, PI, XE
BM BT, EC, IN, XL MN GE, GG, XE
BT BM, XL MT PH, XE
CE AE, AR, ES, GE, NM NM AE, CE, XE
CH PE, XE PE CH, GG, XE
CS EC, GE, MA, ST PH EC, GE, GG, IN, MA, MT, ST, XE
CY XL PI ME, MT, XE
EC IN, PH, EE, CS, GE ST MA, PH
EE EX, IN TF XE
ES AG, CE, GE XE AE, AG, CH, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, NM
EY XL XH ST
GE CE, GG, ES, MN XL BM, BT, CY, EY
GG GE, MN, PE, PH    

NOTE : Candidates opting on appear in TWO Subject Papers must have primary choice of paper, which will be their default choice and the second choice of paper, which has to be chosen from the allowed combinations. Combinations other than the listed ones are NOT allowed. Under unforeseen cirucumstances, GATE 2022 committee has the rights to remove certain combinations listed. In such case, the fee paid towards the second paper will be refunded to the candidates. Also note that the examination centre for candidate to appear for the second Paper may be different (but in same city) from that for the first paper due to the infrastructure and scheduling constraints. GATE committee is NOT liable for any legal obligations related to this issue.

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