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GATE 2023 Exam Pattern: Exam Mode, Duration, Marking Scheme, Books

Officials from IIT Kanpur has release the GATE 2023 Exam Pattern along with the GATE 2023 details brochure. Applicants preparing for GATE 2023 should be informed of the GATE Exam Pattern 2023, GATE Syllabus, and GATE Exam Date in order to formulate a study strategy.

In India, there are over 650 Designated Centres where students may take the GATE Examination. The GATE exam has been held for international students in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates for the past few years (UAE). GATE 2023 results are expected to be released in the third week of March (after 40 days). The GATE Exam is for students seeking entry to postgraduate programmes and positions in public sector organizations.

The GATE Committee, which is made up of faculty members from IISc, Bangalore, and the other seven IITs, administers and conducts the exam on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development in eight zones across the country.

The GATE 2023 exam pattern contains specific information about the online test, such as the type of questions, mode of examination, marks allocated to each subject, number of questions, total marks, exam length, negative marking, and so on. The GATE exam also leads to exciting career prospects in Public Sector Undertakings or PSUs. Applicants who want to do research in a variety of engineering fields can also take the GATE exam.

The GATE 2023 application form will be made available on August 30, 2022. Details on applications can be found here.

Exam dates for GATE 2023 have been announced. It will take place on February 4, 5, 11, and 12, 2023. For information on exam dates, check here.


Highlights of GATE 2023 Exam Pattern 

Mode of ExamOnline
Maximum questions65
Maximum Marks100
Questions typesMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and
Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
Distribution of the Paper3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Subject Specification Section)
*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper.​
*In XH Reasoning & Comprehension will be compulsory subjects.
Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, ST and XLGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Distribution of Marks in remaining papersGeneral Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks
Maximum Time3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Is there any time constraint on each sectionNo

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern – Revised

  • The GATE 2023 review will consist of 29 documents (2 new subjects added). It will only be available in an online format (Computer Based Test).
  • Applicants are given the option of taking more than one subject in order to provide opportunities in interdisciplinary fields. Students can take the GATE exam for ONE or TWO subjects. The choice of two subjects, on the other hand, is only available in a limited number of combinations.
  • In GATE 2022, two new subjects have been added: Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities & Social Sciences (XH).
  • Biomedical Engineering (BM) was added to the GATE syllabus in the GATE 2020.

GATE will also be conducted in International centres and the session timings will be as per their local time.

  • Type of Questions: Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions constitute the GATE 2023 question paper.
    • For multiple-choice questions, you have to choose the correct answer from all the four choices given.
    • For multiple select questions, you have to choose one or more answer from all the option given
    • For numerical answer type questions, you have to answer this type of question from the virtual keyboard given on the screen.
  • Number of Questions: GATE will have 65 questions with a maximum score of 100 marks [10 (GA) + 55 (Subjects)].
  • No of Sections: There will be two sections of the question paper: Common General Aptitude – GA (for all subjects/papers) and Core subjects. There will be two types of questions in the core subjects: mandatory and optional.
  • Exam Duration: The time given to complete the paper is 3 Hours

The GATE paper and paper codes for GATE 2023 can be found in the table below. Students are advised to follow up about the new papers that have been added, as well as their paper codes:

PaperPaper CodePaperPaper Code
Aerospace EngineeringAEGeology and GeophysicsGG
Agricultural EngineeringAGInstrumentation EngineeringIN
Architecture and PlanningARMathematicsMA
BiotechnologyBTMechanical EngineeringME
Bio-medical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
Civil EngineeringCEMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSPhysicsPH
ChemistryCYProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and Fiber ScienceTF
Naval Architecture & Marine EngineeringNMGeomatics EngineeringGE
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE
Environmental Science & Engineering (new)ESHumanities & Social Sciences (new)XH
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL
StatisticsST

Note: Exams for CE, CS, EC, EE, and ME papers may be provided in multiple sessions. An applicant, on the other hand, is only permitted to appear in ONE specific session.


Exam Pattern for Various Papers

  • CE, CS, and ME are all acronyms for “Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Due to the increased number of applicants, the papers will be conducted in two sessions only.
  • Applicants will have the option of selecting up to two papers from a list of combinations determined by the authorities.
  • Papers in Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Sciences (XL) are broad in scope. The sections that follow are taken from these two papers.
    • Engineering Mathematics is a required section for the XE paper, while Chemistry is required for the XL paper.
    • The newly added paper, XH – Humanities and Social Sciences, will include Reasoning and Comprehension as a mandatory subject, and you will have the option of choosing one of six papers in this discipline.

Compulsory and Optional Papers for XE, XH, and XL are listed below:

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern– (AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE)

  • Engineering Mathematics questions are required and account for 13% of the total marks(13 Marks).
  • The exam’s subject-related questions account for 72 percent of the total weightage (72 Marks).
  • General Aptitude questions (15 percent of total weightage – 15 marks) contribute the remainder of the GATE Question Paper.

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern– (AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL)

  • The section on general aptitude will account for 15% of the overall score (15 Marks).
  • The remaining 85% of total marks will be determined by the paper’s subject (85 Marks).
  • In these papers, there isn’t a single question from Engineering Math.
  • Questions that require a value or a real number as an answer are included in NAT.
  • The number of decimal places to which the applicants must respond for NAT questions will be specified.
  • For answering such questions you have to enter through mouse.
  • For these questions, there will be no choices.
  • If you use the keyboard, your answer panel will be locked.
  • For NAT questions, there will be no negative marks.

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern of Humanities and Social Sciences (XH)

The following is the exam pattern for the newly added subject:

  • If an applicant chooses XH – Humanities and Social Sciences, he or she must take the compulsory subject Reasoning and Comprehension – B1 with a score of 25.
  • This subject will also have a 15 marks General Aptitude section.
  • You will also have the option of choosing one of six from 60 marks papers.
  • Each of the XH paper’s optional sections (Sections C1 through C6) contains 40 questions worth a total of 60 marks.
  • There are 20 questions worth one mark each (for a total of 20 marls) and 20 questions worth two marks each (for a total of 40 marks) (sub-total 40 marks).
XH Paper Sections Code Marks
Compulsory Sections
General Aptitude GA 15
Reasoning and Comprehension B1 25
Candidates have to select only one from the below subjects
Economics C1 60
English C2
Linguistics C3
Philosophy C4
Psychology C5
Sociology C6

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern for GG, XE and XL

The GATE exam pattern for GG, XE, and XL papers in 2023 will be similar to that of other GATE subjects. MCQs and NAT questions will be included in the exam.

  • For MCQs, there will be four options; applicants must choose the most appropriate option.
  • Choices will not be provided when answering numerical answer questions. You must use the virtual keyboard to enter the answer.
  • The response to NAT can be a signed or unsigned real number, such as 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25, and so on.
  • The applicant will be given a list of NAT questions and the decimal places to which they must respond.
  • When evaluating numerical answer type questions, an appropriate range will be taken into account so that the applicant is not penalized due to round-off errors.

The following is a breakdown of how the questions and marks were distributed:

  • Total of 25 questions 25 marks(1 mark for each question)
  • There are 30 questions for a total of 60 marks(2 marks for each question)

GATE Exam Pattern for GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper

Besides the General Aptitude (GA) section, there are two parts to the Geology and Geophysics (GG) question paper: Part A and Part B.

  • Part A is the same for every applicant.
  • Part B is divided into two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Environmental Science) (Geo-Physics).
  • Part A will consist of Multiple Choice Questions, and Part B will consist of either Section 1 or Section 2.

The distribution of the questions and marks is described below:

  • Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), each of which is worth one mark, for a total of 25 marks(Some questions may be numerical answer type questions)
  • There are 30 questions in Part B (Sections 1 and 2) (MCQs Type) Each question is worth two marks, for a total of 60 marks(Some questions may be numerical answer type questions).

GATE Exam Pattern for XE (Engineering Sciences) Paper

There are the following sections which have to be answered in GATE XE paper:

  • Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • GA – General Aptitude (Compulsory)
  • Any two of XE section from B to G (as given in the paper code table)

After viewing the questions, applicants can choose two sections from B to G during the examination. At any given time, only two optional sections can be answered.

Marking Scheme for GATE XE Paper

SectionDistribution of MarksTotal MarksTypes of questions
General Aptitude5 questions of 1-mark each
5 questions of 2-marks each

   15 marks 

     MCQs
Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)7 questions of 1-mark each
4 questions of 2-marks each

   15 marks 

MCQs and NATs
Sections B to H (Any two)9 questions of 1-mark each 
13 questions of 2-marks each

   35 marks 

MCQs and NATs

GATE Exam Pattern for XL (Life Sciences) Paper

In the GATE XL paper, applicants must answer the following sections as listed below:

  • Section H – Chemistry (Compulsory)
  • GA – General Aptitude (Compulsory)
  • Any two of XL sections from Q to U

After viewing the questions, applicants can choose two sections from Q to U during the examination. At any given time, only two optional sections can be answered.

Marking Scheme for GATE XL Paper

SectionDistribution of MarksTotal MarksTypes of questions
GA5 questions of 1-mark each
5 questions of 2-marks each

   15 marks 

     MCQs
Section P – Chemistry (compulsory)5 questions of 1-mark each
10 questions of 2-marks each

   25 marks 

MCQs and NATs
Sections Q to U (Any two)10 questions of 1-mark each 
10 questions of 2-marks each

   30 marks 

MCQs and NATs

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

Applicants should review the GATE 2023 marking scheme below. Each of the 29 subjects is covered by a total of 65 questions worth 100 marks.

Each GATE paper is divided into subsections, and the GATE marking scheme is determined based on them.

For Engineering Mathematics

  • Five questions will be worth two marks each, and five will be worth one mark each. The remaining 70% of the total marks are awarded to the paper’s topic.
  • For papers with the following codes: AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE, Engineering Mathematics will account for about 15% of the total marks.

For General Aptitude

  • This will have 5 questions worth 2 marks each and 5 questions value 1 mark each.
  • For the paper codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL. General Aptitude will cover 15% of the total question paper, while the subject of the paper will cover the remaining 85%.

For Subject Knowledge

There will be 25 questions worth two marks each and 20 questions worth one mark each.

Negative Marking in GATE 2023

  • Negative marking is not available for NAT questions in the examination.
  • For MCQs worth one mark, a penalty of 1/3 mark will be deducted for marking the incorrect response.
  • For MCQs worth two marks, two-thirds of a mark will be deducted for marking the incorrect response.
  • MSQs do not have any negative marking.

How to Answer Questions in GATE 2023

Since GATE is a computer-based entrance exam. As a result, all questions will have to be answered online. Applicants must respond to the questions in accordance with the question palette, which will display the status of each question. The table below contains all of the information about the GATE 2023 question palette.

You have answered the questionYou have not answered the question, but have marked the question for review
You have not answered the questionYou have answered the question, but marked it for review
You have not visited the question yet

Applicants must have a thorough understanding of the GATE 2023 exam pattern in addition to a good preparation strategy to pass the entrance exam. GATE 2023 is an online examination for 29 subjects (papers) divided into three sections: general aptitude, engineering mathematics, and the paper’s specific subject. There will be a total of 65 questions with a total of 100 marks in each paper, with 10 questions with a total of 15 marks on General Aptitude (GA). GATE 2023 will have three types of questions: MSQs (Multiple Select Questions), MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), and NAT (Numerical Answer Type), with a total time limit of 180 minutes.


List of Combination of Papers Allowed to Appear in GATE 2023

Combination of First PaperCodes of Papers Allowed as Second Paper
AEXE
AGES
ARCE
BMBT / XL
BTBM / XL
CEAR / ES
CHCY / PE / XE
CSMA
CYCH / XL
ECIN / PH
EEIN
ESAG / CE
EYXL
GGMN / PE / PH
INEC / EE / PH
MACS / PH / ST
MEXE
MNGG / XE
MTPH / XE
PECH / GG / XE
PHEC / GG / IN / MA / MT / ST
PIXE
STMA / PH
TFXE
XEAE / CH / ME / MN / MT / PE / PI / TF
XH——-
XLBM / BT / CY

Important Topics for GATE 2023 (Subject-wise)

Since GATE is a national-level entrance exam, applicants must prepare thoroughly in order to gain admission to their desired college or to be recruited by their preferred PSU. To help with GATE preparation, look over the following list of important topics from each paper code:

Important Topics for GATE Civil Engineering (CE)

The applicants must focus on the given topics while preparing for GATE exam:

  • Strength of Materials
  • Highway and Surveying
  • Geo Technical
  • Irrigation and Hydrology
  • Environmental Engineering

Important Topics for GATE CS (Computer Science Engineering)

In the GATE Exam for Computer Science and Information Technology (CS), applicants are asked the most questions from the topics listed below:

  • Programming and Data Structures
  • Theory of Computation
  • Database
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Algorithms

Important Topics for GATE EE (Electrical Engineering)

This paper code contains questions from engineering mathematics and aptitude, as well as a few topics from the subject that have a higher weightage in the GATE Exam. The following are some of the most important Electrical Engineering topics:

  • Power Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Network Theory
  • Analog & Digital Electronics
  • Signal and System

Important Topics for GATE EC (Electronics and Communication Engineering)

The maximum questions in the paper will be asked from this as per the subject. There will question of Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics too. Most important topics for the preparation of GATE EC exam are given below:

  • Communication Systems
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Signal and Systems
  • Analog Circuits
  • Network Theory
  • Control Systems

Important Topics for GATE Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The following are some of the key topics from the mechanical engineering syllabus for GATE that applicants are advised to go through:

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Theory of Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics

Important Topics for GATE Instrumentation Engineering (IN)

In GATE, there are questions from various topics in instrumentation engineering that were covered during the Bachelor’s programme. To ace the GATE Exam for Instrumentation Engineering, applicants should thoroughly review the following topics:

  • Control Systems
  • Transducers
  • Analog Circuits
  • Circuit and Networks
  • Digital Circuits

GATE 2023 Important Books

GATE Important Books – Computer Science Engineering

Engineering MathematicsAdvanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen
Theory of ComputationAn Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz
Computer Organization & ArchitectureComputer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson
Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher
Programming & Data StructuresClassic Data Structures by Debasis SamantaThe C Programming language by Dennis Richie
Digital LogicDigital Electronics by S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan
Digital Design by Morris Mano
Computer NetworksComputer Networks by Peterson & Davie
Data Communications and Networking by Kurose & Ross and Behrouz A. Forouzan
AlgorithmsIntroduction to Algorithms by CormenData Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria
Compiler DesignCompiler Design in C by Allen I Holub
Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman
Operating SystemOperating Systems by Stallings
Operating System Concepts by Galvin
DatabasesDatabase System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth
Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

GATE Important Books – Mechanical Engineering

Design of Machine ElementsMachine design – V.B. Bhandari
Engineering MechanicsEngineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti
Engineering Mechanics by R K RajputEngineering Mechanics by Beer and Johnston
Fluid MechanicsFluid Mechanics by R K Bansal
Fluid & Hydraulics – Modi and Seth
Heat TransferHeat Transfer by Cengel and Holman
Heat and Mass Transfer by J P Hollman and R C Sachdeva
Strength of MaterialsStrength of Materials by Gere and Timoshenko, B C Unamia, Sadhu Singh, Ramamrutham
Industrial EngineeringIndustrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa and Sarin
Manufacturing EngineeringProduction Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain
Strength of MaterialsStrength of Materials – Gere & Timoshenko
Theory of MachinesTheory of Machines by Ratan
Thermal ScienceEngineering Thermodynamics by P.K. Nag
ThermodynamicsEngineering Thermodynamics by P K Nag and Rajput
Thermodynamics by Cengel.
VibrationsMechanical Vibration by Grover

GATE Important Books – Electrical Engineering

Engineering MathematicsAdvanced Engineering Mathematics by E.Kreyszig
NetworksEngineering Circuit Analysis by Hayt & Kemmerly
Signal and systemsSignals and Systems by Oppenheim & Wilsky
Signals and Systems by Nagoor Kani
Electrical MachineElectrical Machinery by P.S.Bimbhra
Control systemControl Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Gopal
MeasurementElectrical and Electronic Measurement & Instrumentation by AK Sawhney
Circuit analysisTransient Analysis Of Electric Power Circuits by Arieh L Shenkmann and also Chakrabarthi
AnalogElectronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Boylestad
Digital CircuitsDigital Design by M.Morris Mano
Electro MagneticsElements of Electromagnetics by Mathew N. O. Sadiku
Engineering Electromagnetics by William .H.Hayt
Power ElectronicsFor Beginners – Power Electronics by MH Rashid
Power Electronics by P.S.Bimbhra
Power systemPower Systems Engineering by Nagrath & Kothari
Power Systems by JB Gupta & CL Wadhwa

GATE Important Books – Electronics & Communication

General AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude by CAT by Arun Sharma,Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Agarwal
Control SystemControl Systems by Nagarath and GopalControl Systems Engineering by Norma Nise
NetworkNetwork Theory by Alexander SadikuNetwork Analysis by Van ValkenburgCircuit Theory by A.Chakraborty
Electronic DevicesElectronic Devices and Circuits by Millman & Halkias,Semiconductor Physics And Devices by Donald A. Neamen,Solid state electronic devices by Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay Banerjee
Signal SystemsDigital Signal Processing by S.K Mitra,Modern digital and analog Communications system by BP Lathi,Signals & Systems By Alan V. Oppenheim
Analog CircuitsAnalog Electronics, Electronics devices and circuits – Donald A Neaman,Microelectronics Circuits by Sedra & Smith,Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory by Robert L Boylestad & Nashelsky,Pulse and Digital Electronics by Millman and Taub
Communication SystemAnalog and Digital Communication System by Simon Haykin,Principle of Communication System by Taub & Schillings,Modern digital and Analog Communications system by BP Lathi,Electronic Communication Systems by Kennedy and Davis (just the Noise chapter)
Digital SystemDigital Logic and Computer Design by M.Morris Mano,Digital circuits and design by SalivahananFundamentals of digital systems by Anandkumar,Digital Electronic Principles and applications by Ronald J. Toccii, Pearson Publications
ElectromagneticsElements of Electromagnetics by Matthew N.O. SadikuNetwork lines and fields by J.D ryder (Transmission lines part)Electromagnetic waves and Radiating Systems by Jordon and ballmainAntenna Theory by Balanis

GATE Important Books – Civil Engineering

Theory of StructureCK Wang, S. Rammamrutham, L.S. Negi & Jangit
Theory of ElasticityTimoshenko & Gere
Theory of StructureWilbur & Norris
Strength of Materials/Mechanics of StructureGare & Timoshenko,E. Popove, L. Singer,B.C. Punamia, Rammamrutham
Soil MechanicsGopal Ranjan & Rao, Venkat Ramaiha, S. K. Garg,B.C. Punamia, V N S Murthy
Steel DesignKazimi Zindal to improve concepts; for numerals L.S. Negi and for other topics – S.K. Duggal
Reinforced Concrete Structures Design (RCC)Krishna Raju, PC Verghese, Pillai & Menon
Railway EngineeringSubhash And Satyapal
Pre-stressed ConcreteKrishna Raju
Reinforced ConcreteAshok K Jain
Water ResourcesS K Garg
TransportationJusto Khanna
Geo-tech EngineeringGopal Ranjan and Rao, R.F. Craig
Environmental EnggSK Garg (1&2), Peavy-Rowe
Highway EngineeringKhanna
CPM-PERT/ Construction TechBC Punmia, Peurifoy
Fluid Mechanics & MachinesRK Bansal, Modi & Seth
Highway/ Pavement & TrafficKhanna & Justo, Kadiyali
Railway & AirportSaxena & Arora
SurveyingKR Arora; BC Punmia
Build materialsML Gambhir; BC Punmia; MS Shetty
IrrigationSK Garg

GATE Important Books – Instrumentation Engineering

MathematicsAdvanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
Network TheoryEngineering Circuit Analysis by Steven M. Durbin, Jack E. Kemmerly , William H. Hayt
TransducersIntroduction to Measurements and Instrumentation by Arun K Ghosh
Signals and SystemsSignals And Systems (Schaum’s Outline Series) by H P HSU Signals & Systems by Alan V. Oppenheim
Communication SystemsModern Digital and Analog Communication System by B P Lathi
Electrical and Electronic MeasurementsA Course In Electrical And Electronic Measurements And Instrumentation by A K Sawhney
Analog ElectronicsFundamentals of Microelectronics by Behzad RazaviGATE – Electronics & Communication by R K Kanodia
Control SystemAutomatic Control Systems by B C Kuo
Process ControlProcess Control: Modeling, Design, And Simulation by B. Wayne Bequette

GATE Exam Date 2023 (Paper-wise)

Here is the branch-wise GATE 2023 Exam Schedule:

Date (Day)Time (IST)Activities/Paper
February 202312:00 – 17:00 hrsMiscellaneous Activities*
February 202309:30 – 12:30 hrs
(Forenoon Session-FN)
CE-1, IN, CY
February 202315:00 – 18:00 hrs
(Afternoon Session-AN)
CE-2, PH, AR, BM, AE, MN
February 202309:30 – 12:30 hrs
(Forenoon Session-FN)
EE, GG, AG, EY
February 202315:00 – 18:00 hrs
(Afternoon Session-AN)
EC, PE, ES, ST, PI
February 202312:00 – 17:00 hrsMiscellaneous Activities*
February 202309:30 – 12:30 hrs
(Forenoon Session-FN)
CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF
February 202315:00 – 18:00 hrs
(Afternoon Session-AN)
CS-2, XE, XL
February 202309:30 – 12:30 hrs
(Forenoon Session-FN)
ME-1, XH
February 202315:00 – 18:00 hrs
(Afternoon Session-AN)
ME-2, MT
  • Note: Miscellaneous Activities include:
    • Conducting a trial (mock) test by zonal GATE IIT/IISc officials,
    • Briefing of Supervisors,
    • Scribes selection (if any),
    • Exam centre preparation, including sanitization
    • Other activities (display posters, signboards, seating arrangements, etc. ), Optional applicant visit to inspect the exam centre, etc.)

GATE 2023 Important Instructions

  • Students must bring a valid admit card and an original photo identity proof with them when taking the exam.
  • It is strictly forbidden to bring printed or handwritten materials into the examination hall.
  • There will be no permission for cell phones or other electronic devices on the examination center.  
  • Invigilators will provide scribble pads to applicants for rough work. On the pad, they must write his or her name and registration number.
  • Inside the examination hall, any form of communication is also strictly prohibited.
  • Applicants must arrive at the examination location 60 minutes prior to the start of the examination.
  • Applicants will be permitted to take the exam only after their credentials have been verified.
  • Candidates will be allowed to take their seats 35 minutes before the examination begins.
  • Applicants are not allowed to leave the examination hall before it is completed.

Instructions for PwD and Dyslexic Candidates

  • The scribe service is only available to PwD applicants who have difficulty writing the paper, including the speed test.
  • The authorities in charge of the examination will provide the scribe.
  • Only such applicants will be eligible for the additional/compensatory time.
  • Applicants who are dyslexic can also use the scribe’s services. They must present a dyslexia certificate issued by competent authorities.
  • For the visually impaired applicant, there will be a magnified question paper.
  • After arriving at the exam center, the candidate can request this from the invigilator.

GATE 2023 Exam Pattern FAQ’S

Are fixed marks allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions?

No, there will not be any fixed marks for Numeric Answer type questions; they can range from 25 to 40 marks.

Are questions based on Engineering Mathematics asked in every GATE paper?

No, question papers with the following codes would not include any Engineering Mathematics Questions.

  • AR
  • CY
  • EY
  • GG
  • MA
  • PH
  • XL

Which section is allotted the highest marks in GATE 2023?

The technical section of any subject’s question paper has the highest number of marks, accounting for 70% of the total.

Please provide the details of the questions allotted 2 marks each?

Question numbers from 26 to 51, as well as questions from 61 to 65, are worth two marks each.

What are the common pattern and features of all the 27 GATE papers?

Apart from the time limit, the general aptitude section and Engineering Mathematics questions are the most common features in every paper.

Is the negative marking similar to 1-mark and 2-marks questions in GATE?

No, a wrong answer to a 1-mark question will result in a 1/3rd mark deduction, whereas a wrong answer to a 2-mark question will result in a 2/3rd mark deduction.

Is the use of a physical calculator allowed during the examination?

No. All applicants will be provided a virtual scientific calculator to use during the online GATE 2023 exam. It’s possible to use it to respond to the questions. Inside the examination hall, no cell phones, physical calculators, wristwatches, or other electronic devices are permitted.

Will a white paper be provided at the exam centre for rough work and calculations during the examination?

Applicants will be provided a scribble pad to use for their preliminary work. After the exam, applicants must return the scribble pad.

How many total numbers of questions will be asked in GATE 2023 exam?

The GATE 2023 will consist of 65 number of questions

How students can find the official GATE pattern?

The GATE paper pattern 2023 has be available on the official website of the exam conducting authority. Applicants can also look it up in the above article above.

Has the GATE pattern changed from previous years?

The GATE exam pattern for 2023 has been announced. This year, however, there are fewer chances of the exam pattern changing.