(Gate 2010) GATE 2010: Examination Structure


GATE 2010 : Examination Structure

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. The examination for the papers with codes TF and MN will be carried out ONLINE using computers where the candidates will be required to select the correct choice from among the four provided options. For all other papers, the candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, as explained in Question Paper Pattern.

A candidate can choose any one of the papers listed below.

 Aerospace Engineering AE  Geology and Geophysics GG#
 Agricultural Engineering AG  Instrumentation Engineering IN
 Architecture and Planning AR  Life Sciences XL*
 Biotechnology BT  Mathematics MA
 Civil Engineering CE  Mechanical Engineering ME
 Chemical Engineering CH  Mining Engineering MN$
 Computer Science and Information Technology CS  Metallurgical Engineering MT
 Chemistry CY  Physics PH
 Electronics and  Communication Engineering EC  Production and Industrial Engineering PI
 Electrical Engineering EE  Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF$
 Engineering Sciences XE*    

# GG (Geology and Geophysics) paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A will be common for all candidates. Part B will contain two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.

$ GATE 2010 examination for Mining Engineering (MN) and Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF) papers will be computer based ONLINE examination.

* Papers XE and XL are of general nature and will comprise the following sections:

XE paper sections (Engineering Sciences) XL paper sections (Life Sciences)








 Engineering Mathematics  (Compulsory) A Chemistry (Compulsory) H
 Fluid Mechanics B Biochemistry I
 Materials Science C Botany J
 Solid Mechanics D Microbiology K
 Thermodynamics E Zoology L
 Polymer Science and  Engineering F    
 Food Technology G    

A candidate appearing in XE or XL paper will be required to answer three sections. Section A is compulsory in XE paper and Section H is compulsory in XL paper. The candidate can choose any two out of the remaining sections listed against the respective papers.

The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. Some guidelines in this respect are suggested below:

Candidate is expected to appear in a paper (one of the listed above) appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree.

Candidate is, however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission.