(Info) GATE 2009 Structure – GATE Exam Pattern/Format

GATE 2009 Structure – GATE Exam Pattern/Format

This blog post is a part of a series of post being made to make easy GATE-2009 exam and the focus of this post is GATE-2009 structure.

By GATE-2009 Structure, we mean the exam pattern/format of GATE exam: like what papers (subjects) are available for appearing in the GATE exam; what is the total marks, total questions, duration of each paper. For knowing more about each paper (like sections within the paper and mark distribution), you should see GATE-2009 Question Paper Pattern.

What is the exam pattern (i.e. structure) of GATE exam?
GATE-2009 exam would consist of a single paper to be selected by you. The 100 marks paper would consist of 60 questions which is to be answered in 3 hours duration from 09:30 AM TO 12:30 PM on 8th February, 2009 (Sunday).

All the questions are multiple choice Objective type questions, each having four answer options, from which you need to select the correct answer, by darkening the appropriate option on an Objective Response Sheet (ORS) with a HB pencil.

Have you seen an ORS before? Well, it is much like the offline GATE application form. Click here to see how an Offline GATE application form looks like.

Beware! Each wrong answer carries 1/3rd to 2/3rd negative marks. More about this on my next blog post on GATE Question Paper Pattern.

What Papers (subjects) are available for appearing in the GATE-2009 exam?
The 21 GATE-2009 papers on offer are:
1). Aerospace Engineering (AE)
2). Agricultural Engineering (AG)
3). Architecture and Planning (AR)
4). Civil Engineering (CE)
5). Chemical Engineering (CH)
6). Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
7). Chemistry (CY)
8). Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
9). Electrical Engineering (EE)
10). Geology and Geophysics (GG)*
11). Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
12). Mathematics (MA)
13). Mechanical Engineering (ME)
14). Mining Engineering (MN)
15). Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
16). Physics (PH)
17). Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
18). Pharmaceutical Sciences (PY)
19). Textile Engineering and Fibre Science (TF)
20). Engineering Sciences (XE)**
21). Life Sciences (XL)**
Above papers would be valid for the next year GATE-2010 exam also, except for paper Pharmaceutical Sciences (PY) which would be discontinued after GATE-2009.

Two letter words in bracket above is the subject (paper) code of the GATE paper.

*Exam format for Geology & Geophysics (GG) paper of GATE-2009:
GG (Geology & Geophysics) paper will consist of two parts: Part A and Part B.
Part A will be common to both Geology and Geophysics students.
Part B will contain two sections: Section 1 specific to Geology students only and Section 2 specific to Geophysics students only.

**For both of Engineering Sciences (XE) and Life Sciences (XL) paper you need to select three sections as given below.

Sections to be selected in Engineering Sciences (XE) paper of GATE-2009:
For XE paper in GATE, Engg. Mathematics is compulsory. Out of the rest 6 sections, you have to choose any two other sections, in addition to compulsory section (Engg. Mathematics):
Engg. Mathematics (A) - Compulsory
Fluid Mechanics (B)
Materials Science (C)
Solid Mechanics (D)
Thermodynamics (E)
Polymer Science and Engineering (F)
Food Technology (G)

Sections to be selected in Life Sciences (XL) paper of GATE-2009:
For XL paper in GATE, Chemistry is compulsory. Out of the rest 5 sections, you have to choose any two other sections, in addition to compulsory section (Chemistry):
Chemistry (H) – Compulsory.
Biochemistry (I)
Biotechnology (J)
Botany (K)
Microbiology (L)
Zoology (M)

GATE guidelines on choice of paper:
The choice of the appropriate paper is the responsibility of the candidate. However, some guidelines are suggested below:
(a) Candidates are expected to appear in a paper (one of the listed papers) appropriate to the discipline of their qualifying degree.
(b) However, the candidates are free to choose any paper according to their admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which they wish to seek admission.

Can you change your GATE paper after submission of GATE application form?
No, you can not! Read section 4.1 (d) of this GATE Information brochure.
Although it was allowed till GATE-2008 (for Rs.400.00 paper change charge), from GATE-2009, you can not change your paper after you have submitted the form.

Have you seen my previous post on How, where, when to apply for GATE-2009 exam? It may interest you. In my next blog post, I would bring to you the Question Paper Pattern of GATE-2009. So kindly visit this blog again!