The full form of the GATE Exam is the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. GATE 2020 Exam is a standard Examination that tests the comprehensive knowledge of various undergraduate topics in engineering and science along with quantitative and reasoning ability. GATE Exam Score is useful for Post Graduate Admissions ( M.Tech / M.S / Ph.D.) particularly at IISc, NITIE, all IITs, NITs, IIIT, Government Engineering Colleges, and some foreign universities. GATE 2020 Score also opens gates for jobs opportunities in several Public Sector Unit (PSU) and research organizations. 

IISc and 7 IIT’s jointly administered GATE Exam every year. There is a fixed turn for each institute to organize GATE. IIT Delhi is going to conduct the GATE exam this year. 

In this block we would be discussing a quick review about the GATE exam pattern: 

GATE Exam Duration 

GATE Examination is of THREE Hours Duration. Applicants are allowed to occupy their seats prior to 40 minutes before the examination so that they can log in and read instructions. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the examination hall after 09:30 AM for morning session and 02:30 PM for the afternoon session so reach the exam center before time. Once the GATE exam gets start candidates are not allowed to leave the hall until exam ends. 

Question Paper Pattern 

Gate Exam question paper is of 100 marks consisting of 65 questions out of which 10 questions carrying 15 marks will be from General Aptitude. 

Paper codes with AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE carry around 15 marks of Engineering Mathematics, 15 marks of General Aptitude and 70 marks of the subject of the paper

Paper code with AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL carry around 15 marks of General Aptitudes and 85 marks of the subject of the paper. 

Type of Questions in GATE Exam 

In GATE Examination there are two types of questions: 

  1. Multiple Choice Questions: MCQ consist of 4 options out of which candidates have to select only one answer. There is Negative marking for MCQ. In case of the wrong answer, for 1 marks question, there is 0.33 marks deduction and for 2 marks question, there is 0.66 mark deduction. 
  2. Numerical Answer Type: NAT type question does not show an option. The candidate has to fill a signed real number with the help of a virtual numeric keypad provided on the computer screen. There is NO Negative Marking for NAT(Not Attempted). 


I hope the above information is useful to the students for attempting and planning their preparation well beforehand to avoid the last moment hurries!!! Kindly check the official website for more details. 

Wishing the candidates ALL THE BEST!! for the GATE exam☺.