Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an
all India examination administered and conducted jointly by the Indian
Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on
behalf of the National Coordination Board - GATE, Department of Higher
Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of
The GATE committee, which comprises of representatives
from the administering institutes, is the sole authority for regulating
the examination and declaring the results.
GATE is conducted through the constitution of eight zones. The zones and the corresponding administrative institutes are:
Zone-1: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Zone-2: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Zone-3: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Zone-4: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Zone-5: Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Zone-6: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Zone-7: Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Zone-8: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Pattern of Question Papers
The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, BT, CE, CH, CY,
GG, MA, MN, MT, PH, TF, XE and XL will be conducted ONLINE using
computers where the candidates will be required to select the answer for
each question using a mouse. For all other papers (CS, EC, EE, IN, ME
& PI), the exam will be conducted OFFLINE in whicih candidates will
have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by
darkening the appropriate bubble against each question.
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100
marks, out of which 10 questions carrying total of 15 marks are in
General Aptitude (GA). The remaining of 85% of the total marks is
devoted to the syllabus of the paper (as indicated in the syllabus
GATE 2013 would contain questions of four different types in various papers:
(i) Multiple choice questions
carrying 1 or 2 marks each; Each of the multiple choice objective
questions in all papers and sections will contain four answers, of
which one correct answer is to be marked.
(ii) Common data questions (which are also multiple choice questions), where two successive questions use the same set of input data;
Statement for Common Data Questions, for instance, for Questions 48 and 49 in Main Paper:
Let X and Y be jointly distributed random variables such that the
conditional distribution of Y, given X=x, is uniform on the interval
(x-1,x+1). Suppose E(X)=1 and Var(X)=5/3.
First question using common data:
Q.48 The mean of the random variable Y is
(A) 1/2 (B) 1 (C) 3/2 (D) 2
Second question using common data:
Q.49 The variance of the random variable Y is
(A) 1/2 (B) 2/3 (C) 1 (D) 2
(iii) Linked answer questions (which are also
multiple choice questions), where the answer to the first question in
the pair is required to answer its successor;
Example: Statement for Linked Answer Questions, for instance, for Questions 52 and 53 in Main Paper:
An E. coli cell of volume 10-12 cm3 contains 60 molecules of
lac-repressor. The repressor has a binding affinity (Kd) of 10-8 M and
10-9 M with and without lactose respectively, in the medium.
First question of the pair:
Q.52 The molar concentration of the repressor in the cell is
(A) 0.1 nM (B) 1 nM (C) 10 nM (D) 100 nM
Second question of the pair:
Q.53 Therefore the lac-operon is
(A) repressed and can only be induced with lactose.
(B) repressed and cannot be induced with lactose.
(C) not repressed.
(D) expressed only when glucose and lactose are present.
(iv) Numerical answer questions, where the answer is
a number, to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual
keypad that will be provided on the screen.
Design 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.
Q. During machining maximum heat is produced
(A) in flank face
(B) in rake face
(C) in shear zone
(D) due to friction between chip and tool
(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.
Q. A DC motor requires a starter in order to
(A) develop a starting torque
(B) compensate for auxiliary field ampere turns
(C) limit armature current at starting
(D) provide regenerative braking
(iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
Q. The sequent depth ratio of a hydraulic jump in a rectangular
channel is 16.48. The Froude number at the beginning of the jump is:
(A) 5.0 (B) 8.0 (C) 10.0 (D) 12.0
(iv) Analysis and Synthesis: These can be
linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the
pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be
common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but
can be solved independently of each other.
Common data based questions: Two questions are linked to a common
data problem, passage and the like. Each question is independent and its
solution is obtainable from the above problem data or passage directly.
(Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next
question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.
Linked answer questions: These questions are of problem solving type.
A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem
statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the
second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other
words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the
second answer. Each question in such ‘linked answer questions’ will
carry two marks.
Examples of each of this design is given in the types of questions above.
The questions based on the above four logics may be a mix
of single stand alone statement/phrase /data type questions,
combination of option codes type questions or match items type
For 1 mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a
wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 marks multiple choice questions, 2/3
mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, for the linked answer
question pair, where each question carries 2 marks, 2/3 mark will be
deducted for a wrong answer to the first question only. There is no
negative marking for wrong answer to the second question of the linked
answer question pair. If the first question in the linked pair is
wrongly answered or is unattempted, then the answer to the second
question in the pair will not be evaluated. There is no negative marking
for numerical answer type questions (numerical answer type questions
will appear only in the papers for which the exam is ONLINE only).
General Aptitude (GA) Questions
In all papers, GA questions are of multiple choice type, and carry a
total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark
each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each
(sub-total 10 marks).
Question papers other than GG, XE and XL
These papers would contain 25 questions carrying one mark each
(sub-total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying two marks each
(sub-total 60 marks). Out of these, two pairs of questions would be
common data questions, and two pairs of questions would be linked answer
questions. In the ONLINE papers, the question paper will consist of
questions of multiple choice type and numerical answer type. For
multiple choice type questions, each question will have four choices for
the answer. For numerical answer type questions, each question will
have a number as the answer and choices will not be given. The answer is to be entered using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will appear on the screen.
GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper
Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper
consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all
candidates. Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and
Section 2 (Geo-physics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in
Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.
Part A consists of 25 multiple choice questions carrying 1-mark each
(sub-total 25 marks & some of these may be numerical questions).
Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30
multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks and
some of these may be numerical questions). Out of these, two pairs of
questions would be common data questions, and two pairs of questions
would be linked answer questions.
XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)
In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is
compulsory. This section contains 11 multiple choice questions carrying a
total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 7
marks), and 4 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 8 marks). Some
of the multiple choice questions may be replaced by numerical questions.
Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through G)
contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks: 9 questions
carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2
marks each (sub-total 26 marks). Out of the 2 mark questions, 2 pairs
are common data questions and 1 pair is linked answer questions. Some of
the multiple choice questions may be replaced by numerical questions.
XL Paper (Life Sciences)
In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section H) is compulsory. This
section contains 15 multiple choice questions carrying a total of 25
marks: 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10
questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Out of the 2-mark
questions, 1 pair is common data questions, and 1 pair is linked answer
questions. Some of the multiple choice questions may be replaced by
Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections I through M)
contains 20 multiple choice questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10
questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions
carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some of the multiple choice
questions may be replaced by numerical questions.
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:
B.E./B.Tech/B.Arch: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post-Diploma)
M.Sc/M.A./MCA: Master’s degree in any branch of Science/ Mathematics / Statistics/Computer applications or equivalent
M.E./M.Tech or Dual Degree (after 10+2 or Diploma): Integrated Master’s
degree programs or dual degree programs in Engineering/Technology (five
Int M.E./M.Tech (Post B.Sc): Post-B.Sc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering/ Technology (four year programme)
Professional Society Examinations
(equivalent to B.E/B.Tech/B.Arch): B.E./B.Tech equivalent examinations,
of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (AMIE by
Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil
For syllabus http://www.gate.iitb.ac.in/gate2013/examination/gate-syllabi/
State-wise Exam Cities
|AR, CE, GG, MA, MT, PH, and TF
||09:00 hrs–12:00 hrs
||20 January 2013 (Sunday)
||Listed in http://www.gate.iitb.ac.in/gate2013/pre-exam/state-wise-exam-cities/ separately
|AE, AG, BT, CH, CY, MN, XE, and XL
||14:00 hrs–17:00 hrs
|CS, ME and PI
||09:00 hrs–12:00 hrs
||10 February 2013 (Sunday)
||Listed in http://www.gate.iitb.ac.in/gate2013/pre-exam/state-wise-exam-cities/ separately
|EC, EE and IN
||14:00 hrs–17:00 hrs|
ONLINE Examination: A computer
based test (CBT) where the candidate will use a computer mouse to choose
a correct answer or enter a numerical answer via a virtual keypad.
OFFLINE Examination: A paper based
examination where the candidate will mark the correct answer out of
four options in an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the
appropriate bubble with a pen.