GATE Examination Pattern

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only objective type questions.

The examination for the papers with codes AE, AG, AR, GG, MN and TF will be carried out ONLINE. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, except for some questions.

Each GATE paper shall have a General Aptitude (GA) component carrying 15 marks. A candidate can apply for only ONE of the 21 papers listed in the table given below. The columns, 'Paper Title' and 'Title of the Section' provide links to the appropriate syllabus.

The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below.The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.

Requests for change of GATE Examination paper after the submission of Application Form will not be considered.

GATE Examination Papers

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Electronics and Communication Engineering EC
Agricultural Engineering AE Electrical Engineering EE
Architecture and Planning AR Geology and Geophysics GG
Biotechnology BT Instrumentation Engineering IN
Civil Engineering CE Mathematics MA
Chemical Engineering CH Mechanical Engineering ME
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Mining Engineering MN
Chemistry CY Metallurgical Engineering MT


XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of the sections listed below. A candidate appearing in XE or XL paper will be required to answer three sections apart from the General Aptitude (GA) questions. Section A is compulsory in XE paper and Section H is compulsory in XL paper. The candidate can choose any two out of the remaining sections listed against the respective papers, at the time of examination.

XE Engineering Sciences

Paper Section Title of the Section
XE A Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)
XE B Fluid Mechanics
XE C Materials Science
XE D Solid Mechanics
XE E Thermodynamics
XE F Polymer Science and Engineering
XE G Food Technology


XL: Life Sciences

Paper Section Title of the Section
XL H Chemistry (Compulsory)
XL I Biochemistry
XL J Botany
XL K Microbiology
XL L Zoology
XL M Food Technology