GATE Exam Pattern 2024 – Subject-wise Question Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

20 January, 2024
parthiva mewawala

If you are planning to take the GATE 2024 exam, it is important to familiarise yourself with the exam pattern beforehand. The GATE exam is of 3 hours duration and consists of 65 questions, further divided into the general aptitude section and core disciplines. 


It is crucial for candidates to check the GATE 2024 syllabus along with the paper pattern to prepare for the exam effectively. The exam pattern details the exam mode, the types of questions asked, the marking scheme, and the number of questions in each section. Understanding and knowing these details can help you better prepare for your exam and improve your chances of success.


Points to Remember:

  • GATE 2024 will be conducted online (Computer Based Test mode).
  • The GATE exam duration will be 3 hours.
  • The total score for the GATE exam is 100.
  • The GATE exam will contain 65 questions.
  • All of the questions in GATE will be related to the GATE test 2024 syllabus.
  • According to the GATE question paper pattern 2024, there will be two categories of questions: multiple choice and numerical answer questions.
  • In the case of MCQs, candidates must select one response from four possibilities, whereas in NAT questions, students must input the correct answer using the virtual keyboard.
  • Candidates will be given a scribbling pad for rough work.


GATE Exam Pattern 2024: Highlights

GATE Examination ModeComputer-Based Test (CBT)
GATE Exam LanguageEnglish
GATE Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)
GATE Sectional Time LimitNone
GATE Total Marks100
GATE Total Number of questions65
GATE Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ);

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ);

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

GATE Number of SectionsTwo/ Three (depending on the paper)
GATE Section-wise Number of QuestionsGeneral Aptitude- 10 questions,

Core Discipline- 55 questions

GATE Section-wise WeightageGeneral Aptitude- 15 marks,

Core Discipline- 85 marks

GATE Marking Scheme1 or 2 marks for each correct answer
GATE Negative MarkingFor 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

*In place of Engineering Mathematics, Chemistry will be compulsory for Life Science (XL) Paper. In XH, Reasoning & comprehension will be a compulsory subject.

Based on the GATE pattern for 2024, all papers will contain various question types, including (i) Objective Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) worth 1 or 2 marks in all sections. Candidates will have four answer choices and must select the correct response. (ii) Numerical Answer Questions worth 1 or 2 marks in all sections. These questions require candidates to enter a real number using the virtual keypad, with no answer choices provided.



GATE Exam Pattern 2024 – Paper Code Wise Subject Weightage


Paper CodeGA MarksCompulsory SectionSubject MarksTotal MarksTotal Time* (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF; Subject marks in these papers include questions on Engineering Mathematics (13 marks), which are paper-specific.1585100180
CY, DA, EY, MA, PH, ST1585100180
AR [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B1 or Part B2 can be selected during Exam. B1: Architecture or B2: Planning]156025100180
GE [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B1 or B2 can be selected during the Exam.

B1 – Surveying and Mapping or B2 -Image Processing and Analysis.]

GG [Part A is Common and Compulsory for all; Part B can either be Geology (B1) or Geophysics (B2) — which must be chosen at the time of Application.]152560100180
XE [Section A (Engineering Mathematics) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Exam]15152 x 35100180
XH [Section B1 (Reasoning and Comprehension) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any ONE additional Section at the time of Application]152560100180
XL [Section P (Chemistry) is Common and Compulsory for all; Applicants must select any TWO additional Sections during the Exam]15252 x 30100180





GATE Exam Pattern 2024: Types of Questions

Candidates preparing for the GATE exam need to know the types of questions to understand the exam mode and pattern. There will be different types of questions in the GATE 2024 exam, which are mentioned below:


Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

In multiple-choice questions, the student is given four options to choose the correct one. There will be negative markings for MCQ questions.


Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)

These will be multiple selection questions, each with four possibilities for applicants to choose one or more. There will be no negative markings in MSQ questions.



Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

When answering numerical questions, candidates must put their responses in digits. There will be no negative marking on these types of questions.



How will the GATE Question Exam Pattern 2024 Be?

The GATE exam thoroughly evaluates the capabilities of all registered candidates through a diverse range of assessment criteria. 


Recall: The question papers are carefully created to follow the GATE 2024 format, guaranteeing that each candidate’s knowledge is thoroughly examined. The recall portion of the exam asks questions directly about principles, facts, formulas, or laws related to the candidate’s chosen paper. 


Comprehension: There will be questions to assess the candidates’ basic comprehension of their particular fields of study. As a result, applicants must emphasise basic concepts to reach simple conclusions.


Application: Candidates will need to use their computational and logical reasoning abilities.


Analysis and Synthesis: The questions include data, diagrams, and images. Candidates can answer the questions by studying the information provided in them.