Now that the conducting body of GATE 2019 is confirmed to be IIT Madras, aspirants must pull up their socks. GATE 2019 Exam Pattern is quite different. Thus, if you already don’t know about the pattern of GATE 2019 or have any doubts regarding it, this article might just help you out! Now, before we start, know that GATE 2019 will have 24 subject papers and not 23. In GATE 2019, there is an introduction of a new subject/paper which is Statistics (ST). What is the exam pattern of this paper? Read below to know it.

However, even this year too, candidates are allowed to appear in any one as per your choice and eligibility. Thus, the first thing you need to do is sort out which paper you want to appear in and pursue further studies in. Below we have listed all the 24 papers. The GATE 2019 Exam Pattern is different for each of them. Therefore we will discuss the pattern subject wise.

NEW: Statistics (ST) subject/paper added in GATE 2019.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern

The GATE 2019 Exam Pattern includes – marking scheme, the design of the question paper, distribution of marks and questions, type of questions, mode of the examination and the duration. Every year around 9 lakh candidates appear in the examination. However, GATE 2019 is a tough nut to crack as only 14% to 17% of candidates pass this examination. Therefore you better understand the exam pattern and prepare accordingly.

GATE 2019 Exam PatternGATE 2019 Papers / Subjects

Now, let us go through the list of papers of GATE 2019 and their subject codes. Subject codes will help you identify your subject. Refer the list below:

GATE 2019 Paper/subject Code GATE 2019 Papers/subjects
AE Aerospace Engineering
AG Agricultural Engineering
AR Architecture and Planning
BT Biotechnology
CE Civil Engineering
CH Chemical Engineering
CS Computer Sc. and Information Technology
CY Chemistry
EC Electronics and Communication Engg.
EE Electrical Engineering
EY Ecology and Evolution
GG Geology and Geophysics
IN Instrumentation Engineering
MA Mathematics
ME Mechanical Engineering
MN Mining Engineering
MT Metallurgical Engineering
PE Petroleum Engineering
PH Physics
PI Production and Industrial Engineering
ST Statistics – NEW in GATE 2019
TF Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
  • XE – A
  • XE – B
  • XE – C
  • XE – D
  • XE – E
  • XE – F
  • XE – G
  • XE – H
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • XL – P
  • XL – Q
  • XL – R
  • XL – S
  • XL – T
  • XL – U
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Food Technology

Subject Wise GATE 2019 Exam Pattern

As mentioned above, the exam pattern of each subject/paper os different. However, few things remain common in all the papers let us discuss them one by one in the below heads.

What is common in all 24 papers of GATE 2019?

  • All the 24 papers of GATE 2019 will have 10 question from General Aptitude (GA). In addition to this, all papers will have a total of 65 questions of 100 marks.
  • There will be 2 types of question in all the papers – MCQs and Numerical Answer Type (NAT). There will be questions carrying 1 marks and also questions that will carry 2 marks.
  • In all the papers negative marking will be there. For questions carrying 1 marks 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. Similarly, for questions with 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. However, NAT questions will have no negative marking.

What is different in 24 papers of GATE 2019?

  • Well, the distribution of marks and questions remain different in the papers.
  • Question papers of AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE will have questions from engineering mathematics, general aptitude and the subject itself.
  • Question papers of AR, ST, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL will have questions from General Aptitude and the subject itself. No questions will be there from engineering mathematics.

Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of the papers are given below in the tables:

Marking Scheme of General Aptitude Section (common in all 24 papers)

5 questions carrying 1-mark each 5 marks
5 questions carrying 2-marks each 10 marks
Total 15 marks

AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, AR, CY, EY, MA, PH (except GG, XE and XL)

25 questions carrying 1-mark each 25 marks
30 questions carrying 2-marks each 60 marks
Total 85 + 15 marks of GA = 100 marks

GG Paper

Part A 25 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
Part B will have 2 sections, candidates have to attempt either of them 30 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).
Total 85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100

XE paper

Section A – Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) 11 questions 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 questions may be of numerical answer type.
Any two of XE Sections B to H Each of the optional sections of the XE paper (Sections B through H) contains 22 questions of 35 marks: 9 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks) and 13 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 26 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.Total marks in 2 sections 35 X 2= 70
Total 85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100

XL Paper

Section P– Chemistry (Compulsory): 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions of 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.
Any two of XL Sections Q to U Each of the optional sections of the XL paper (Sections Q through U) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions of 1-mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions of 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

Total marks in 2 sections = 30×2= 60

Total 85 marks + 15 marks of GA = 100

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