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Gate Exam Pattern | Cut-Off Marks, Question Papers & Answer Keys



Gate Exam Pattern

Gate Exam Pattern: Exam Pattern of GATE contains details like the type of questions asked, marking schemes, total marks, and the number of questions papers. Two types of questions are asked in the GATE, One is Multiple Choice Question(MCQs), and another one is the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. As per the exam pattern of GATE, the exam would be computer-based of three hours of duration. GATE Exam has 65 questions. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is held for 23 papers. Candidates can sit for only one paper. In the online exam, the candidate should select the correct answer for each question on MCQs. And for the Numerical type of questions, the candidate has to enter the numerical answer by using the mouse on a virtual keyboard. The GATE Online Application processing system (GOAPS) website has been opened on August 31 for the candidates to enrol, fill and submit the applications. They have to submit the application before the last date.

Gate Exam Pattern

Gate Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern of GATE is given below:

GATE Exam Pattern is described in the following table

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

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Marking Scheme
  • For 1-mark MCQs, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect attempt.
  • In case of 2-mark MCQs, the candidate will be penalised 2/3 mark for the wrong attempt
  • For questions that aren’t attempted, zero marks will be awarded.
  • There is no negative mark for numerical answer type (NAT) question.
Sections The question paper of GATE 2018 will consist of three sections:

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry)
  • Subject-specific section

GATE Cut-Off Marks

The Cut-off mark for GATE is set by the authority or board which conducts the exam, which is considered as the passing or clearing the level of the exam. Based on the Cutoff mark, the candidates are short-listed for the further stages of the selection process. The cut off for GATE 2018 is updated in this article. The cut off is different for different institutes, courses and also categories will be published in online mode. Since GATE 2018 the cutoff is released, and the candidates can also check the previous year’s cut off trends for the reference. GATE scores can also be used for the PSU recruitment.

GATE Cutoff 

GATE Cut-Off Marks

The following table describes the Cut off mark for GATE

Branch General OBC SC/ST/PH
Computer Science 25.00 22.50 16.60
Mechanical Engineering  34.7 31.2 23.1
Electrical Engineering 29.1 26.1 19.4
Civil Engineering 26.90 24.20 17.9
Production Engineering 32.0 28.8 21.3
Electronics and Communication 25.0 22.5 16.6
Chemistry 25.4 22.8 16.9
Chemical Engineering 37.8 34 25.1
Aerospace Engineering 25 22.5 16.6
Instrumentation Engineering 37.0 33.8 24.7
Physics 29.0 26.1 19.3
Geology and Geophysics 32.4 29.1 21.5
Maths 29.4 26.4 16.6
Architectural Engineering 43.9 39.5 29.2
Life Science 29.9 26.9 19.9AR
Agricultural Engineering 25.0 22.5 18.5
Biotechnology 27.9 25.1 19.5
Petroleum Engineering 39.8 35.8 26.5

GATE Exam Question Papers

GATE question papers can be a lot useful for the candidates who are writing the GATE Exam, and You can prepare for the exam by referring the previous year question paper. You can also refer your answers by downloading the question paper and its respective answer keys.

Gate Exam question papers and Answer Key

Gate Exam question papers and Answer Key

GATE 2018 Question Papers and its Answer keys are given below

Branch Question Paper Answer Key
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Question Paper Answer Key
Agricultural Engineering (AG) Question Paper Answer Key
Architecture and Planning (AR) Question Paper Answer Key
Biotechnology (BT) Question Paper Answer Key
Civil Engineering (CE) Question Paper (CE 01)

Question Paper (CE 02)

Answer Key (CE 01)

Answer Key (CE 02)

Chemical Engineering (CH) Question Paper Answer Key
Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) Question Paper Answer Key
Chemistry (CY) Question Paper Answer Key
Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC) Question Paper Answer Key
Electrical Engineering (EE) Question Paper Answer Key
Ecology and Evolution (EY) Question Paper Answer Key
Geology and Geophysics (GG) Question Paper Answer Key
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Question Paper Answer Key
Mathematics (MA) Question Paper Answer Key
Mechanical Engineering (ME) Question Paper(ME 01)

Question Paper(ME 02)

Answer Key(ME 01)

Answer Key(ME 02)

Mining Engineering (MN) Question Paper Answer Key
Metallurgical Engineering (MT) Question Paper Answer Key
Petroleum Engineering (PE) Question Paper Answer Key
Physics (PH) Question Paper Answer Key
Production and Industrial Engineering (PI) Question Paper Answer Key
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) Question Paper Answer Key


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