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GATE 2024 Exam Pattern: Mode, Question Paper Structure, Marking Scheme

Updated On - October 20 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

GATE 2024 Exam Pattern will be released by the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. This year, the authority adds the new subject paper of Biomedical Engineering(BM). Graduate Admission Test for Engineering(GATE) is a computer-based exam that consists of both multiple-choice questions and numerical type questions(MCQs and NATs). Candidates must go through the below-mentioned article to know more about GATE 2024 Exam Pattern.
Exam Pattern: GATE 2024 will be conducted for a total of 100 marks. The General Aptitude (GA) section, common for all papers, carries 15 marks. The remaining 85 marks cover the specific syllabus for the chosen paper.
GATE 2024 Exam Date: The GATE 2024 exam is scheduled to be held on February 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2024.

GATE 2024 Exam Pattern

 Exam Pattern for GATE 2024 details is given below in the table. Candidates are must go through to understand the structure and pattern of the GATE exam.

GATE Exam Pattern 2024
Exam ModeOnline(CBT)
Exam Duration180 minutes (3 Hours)
Number of Questions65
Total Marks100
Type of QuestionsBoth Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)Questions
Number of SectionMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Technical Section: 
70 marks
General Aptitude: 15 marks
Engineering Mathematics: 13 marks
Subjects 72 marks
Note: Chemistry will be compulsory in place of Mathematics for Life Science paper.

GATE 2024 Paper and Code

Candidates can check the different GATE paper and their code in the given below table:

GATE Paper and Code
GATE PaperCodeGATE PaperCode
Aerospace EngineeringAE MathematicsMA
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMechanical EngineeringME
Bio-medical EngineeringBMMining Engineering MN
BiotechnologyBTMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Civil EngineeringCEStatisticsST
Computer Science and Information
Technology
CSProduction and Industrial
Engineering
PI
ChemistryCYPhysicsPH
Electronics and Communication
Engineering
ECTextile Engineering and Fibre
Science
TF
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE
Geology and GeophysicsGGLife SciencesXL
Ecology and EvolutionEY  
Note: CE and ME examination may be conducted in multiple session.

XE and XL Papers

GATE XE and XL Papers are general which represent several papers of engineering and science. Candidates need to choose any one of these subjects as one of the GATE paper.

XE and XL Paper and Code
XE PaperCodeXL PaperCode
Engineering Mathematics
(Compulsory)
AChemistry (Compulsory)P
Any two optional sectionsAny two optional sections
Fluid MechanicsBiochemistryQ
Materials ScienceCBotanyR
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologyS
ThermodynamicsEZoologyT
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyU
Food TechnologyG  
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH  
Note: XE stands for Engineering Sciences and XL stands for  Life Sciences

Design of GATE Question Paper

GATE 2024 Paper Design

Paper Code

Exam Pattern

CE, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, AE, AG, BT, CH, MN, MT, TF, XE, PE, ST and PI

General Aptitude (GA) – 15%

Engineering Mathematics – 15%

The subject of the Paper –  70%

AR, CY, EY, XL, GG, MA and PH

General Aptitude (GA) – 15%

The subject of the Paper – 85%

GATE 2024 Marking Scheme

Marks distribution of the GATE 2024 entrance examination is given below:

Papers Question NumberNumber of QuestionsMarks Per QuestionTotal Marks
General Aptitude1 to 5515
5 to 105210
Technical + Engineering Mathematics1 to 2525125
26 to 5530260
Total65 100

For General Aptitude Test

  • The paper consists of 10 questions with 15 marks.
  •  5 question of 1 marks and 5 questions of 2 marks.

For Other Papers than GG, XE and XL

  • The paper consists of a total of 55 questions with 85 marks
  • 25 questions of 1 marks and 30 questions of 2 marks

For GG(Geology and Geophysics)

  • The paper has two sections Part-A(compulsory section) and Part-B of a total of 55 questions with 85 marks
  • Part-A have 25 questions with 1 marks each
  • Part-B divided into two parts Section-1 geology and Section-2 geophysics in which candidates have to attempt anyone.
  • 30 questions of 2 marks each

For XE(Engineering Science)

  • The Paper has three sections: General Aptitude, Section-A and Section-B to H of a total of 55 questions with 85 marks.
  • The General Aptitude section consists of 7 questions of 1 marks and 4 questions of 2 marks.
  • Section A which is the compulsory section consist of 7 questions on 1 marks and 4 questions on 2 marks.
  • Section B to H in which candidates have to attempt any two which consist of 9 questions of 1 marks and 13 questions of 2 marks.

For XE(Life Science)

  • The Paper has three sections: General Aptitude, Section-P and Section-Q to U of the total of 55 questions of 85 marks.
  • The General Aptitude section consists of 5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks.
  • Section P which is a compulsory section consists of 5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks.
  • Section Q to U in which candidates have to attempts any two which consist 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2  marks.

Negative Marking in GATE Exam

  • There is no negative marking in NAT questions.
  • 1/3 deducted in MCQ questions of 1 marks
  • 2/3 deducted in MCQ questions of 2 marks.
Also, candidates can check the GATE 2024 Syllabus to understand the exam pattern more clearly.

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