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GATE Exam Pattern 2023: Paper-wise New Structure, Marking Scheme

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern

Check Paper-Wise GATE Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme for all 27 Papers/Disciplines from this page. Candidates applying for Graduate Aptitude Test In Engineering (GATE 2023) must know about the GATE 2023 Exam Pattern to know about the New Test Structure, type & no. of questions, Code-wise Marking Scheme, etc,

GATE Exam Pattern 2023 will help you understand the structure of the question paper, important topics to be covered during preparation, section-wise distribution of marks, nature, type & number of questions, etc.

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GATE 2023 Exam Pattern – Highlights

Examination ModeComputer Based Test (Online)
Duration3 Hours
Number of Papers in GATE 202329 Papers
  • General Aptitude (GA)
  • Candidate Selected Subject
Type of Questions
  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Design of QuestionsThe questions are designed to test the listed abilities

  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Recall
  • Synthesis
Number of Questions65 Questions (including 10 questions from General Aptitude)
Distribution of Questions in all
Papers except AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL
  • Engineering Mathematics – 13 Marks
  • Subject Questions – 72 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL
  • Questions from Subject Concerned – 85 Marks
  • General Aptitude – 15 Marks
Total Marks100 Marks
Marking SchemeAll of the questions will be worth 1 or 2 marks
Negative Marking
  • For 1 mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer;
  • For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer;
  • No negative marking for MSQs and NATs

GATE Exam Pattern

GATE 2023 Paper and Code

From the year 2022 onwards, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Exam is conducted for 27 disciplines/ subjects. You can appear only in any one paper of the following disciplines.

GATE Paper CodeGATE Paper Code
Aerospace EngineeringAEInstrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural EngineeringAGMathematicsMA
Architecture and PlanningARMechanical EngineeringME
Bio-medical EngineeringBMMining EngineeringMN
BiotechnologyBTMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEPetroleum EngineeringPE
Chemical EngineeringCHPhysicsPH
Computer Science and
Information Technology
CSProduction and Industrial
Electronics and Communication EngineeringECTextile Engineering and
Fibre Science
Electrical EngineeringEEEngineering SciencesXE
Environmental Science &
Engineering (New)
ESHumanities & Social
Sciences (New)
Ecology and EvolutionEYLife SciencesXL
Geology and GeophysicsGG

Note: Engineering Sciences (XE), Humanities & Social Sciences (XH), and Life Science (XL) papers are of general nature. These two papers include the following sections.

GATE 2023 Paper Codes for XE, XH, and XL Papers:

XE Paper SectionsCodeXL Paper SectionsCodeXH Paper SectionsCode
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory – 15 Marks)AChemistry (Compulsory- 25 Marks)PReasoning and Comprehension (Compulsory) (25 marks)B1
Any two optional sections
(2×35 = 70 marks)
Any two optional sections (2×30 = 60 marks)Anyone optional section
(60 marks)
Fluid MechanicsBBiochemistryQEconomicsC1
Materials ScienceCBotanyREnglishC2
Solid MechanicsDMicrobiologySLinguisticsC3
Polymer Science and EngineeringFFood TechnologyUPsychologyC5
Food TechnologyGSociologyC6
Atmospheric and Oceanic SciencesH

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GATE Exam Pattern 2023 – Types of Questions

GATE 2023 exam consists of three different types of questions:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Multiple Choice QuestionsNumerical Questions
These questions carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.These questions carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.
They are objective in nature with a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).The answer to these questions is a real number
These questions carry 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections.There will be no choices given for these questions
Candidates must key in the answer using the virtual keypad (The keyboard of the computer will be disabled).

GATE Exam Pattern 2023: Section-wise Marks Distribution

You can check the Section-wise marks distribution of the different papers in the table. The subjects are divided into two types, one containing 3 sections and the other papers containing only 2 sections.

Paper CodeMarks Distribution
Distribution of Questions in all Papers except
AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, and XL
General Aptitude (GA) – 15,
Engineering Mathematics –13, and
The subject of the Paper – 72 
Distribution of Questions in AR, CY, EY, GG,
MA, PH, XH, and XL
General Aptitude (GA)- 15 and
The subject of the Paper- 85 

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GATE 2023 Marking Scheme

There is a different marking scheme depending on the paper you are attempting. Check the marking scheme of the different papers in the table below.

Paper CodeGeneral Aptitude
(GA) Marks
Subject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time (Minutes)
AE, AR, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST, and BM1585100180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)]1525 + 60100180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections)1515 +
(2 x 35)
XH (Section B1 + Any ONE Section)1525 +
(1 x 60)
XL (Section P + Any TWO Sections)1525 +(2 x 30)100180

Download Here: Latest GATE Syllabus

Negative Marking in GATE 2023

  • There will be NO negative marking in NAT and MSQ questions.
  • Although, there is Negative Marking for MCQ-type questions.
  • Refer to the table placed below to know about the marking scheme for MCQ questions in the GATE 2023 paper:
Type of QuestionNegative Marking/ Question
MCQ for 1 mark each1/3
MCQ for 2 marks each2/3

GATE Exam Pattern – Design of Questions

The questions are designed to examine the following abilities of a contender:

  • Recall: Based on facts, principles, formulae, or laws of the discipline of the paper
  • Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field
  • Application: The candidate is expected to apply his / her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.
  • Analysis And Synthesis: The candidate has to present data, diagrams, images, etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered.

GATE Exam Pattern 2023 FAQs

Ques1. What is the GATE 2023 Paper Pattern?
The latest GATE 2023 exam pattern is well-discussed above in this article.

Ques2. Which types of questions are asked in GATE exam?
Ans. The GATE 2023 question paper will contain 03 types of questions – MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and NAT (Numerical Answer Type).

Ques3. How many questions will be there in GATE 2023 exam?
As per the GATE 2023 paper pattern, the question paper will contain a total of 6 questions.

Ques4. Can I carry a calculator during the GATE exam?
No, candidates are not allowed to carry calculators while appearing for the GATE exam. However, you can use a virtual scientific calculator during the examination.

Ques5. Is there any negative marking in GATE 2023?
Yes, there is a negative marking of 1/3 marks for 1-mark questions; for 2-marks questions, the deduction is 2/3 marks for every wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for NAT questions.

Ques6. In what mode will GATE 2023 be conducted?
Ans. GATE 2023 will be conducted in online mode.

Ques7. Who will organize GATE 2023?
 IIT Kanpur will conduct the GATE 2023 exam.

Ques8. Is 3rd year eligible for GATE 2023?
Yes, Pre-final year, final year and pass-out students are eligible for GATE-2023.

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