GATE 2021 Paper Pattern and Marking Scheme

Are you preparing for the GATE 2021 exam? then the first step is to know the GATE 2021 Exam Paper Pattern & Marking Scheme. In this article, we take look at the GATE 2021 Paper Pattern & Marking Scheme. Please refer to GATE 2021 Information & Guidance for all GATE 2021 information. 

GATE 2021 question paper for all 24 branches will consist of a single paper of 3 hours duration and contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks


GATE 2021 Paper Pattern

#1 GATE paper code: AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE

  • Engineering Mathematics carries around 15% of the total marks &
  • General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks &
  • Remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

#2 GATE paper code: AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL

  • General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks &
  • Remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

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GATE 2021 Question Type

GATE 2021 question paper mainly consist following type of questions:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of question.

GATE 2021 Marking Scheme

For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

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GATE 2021 Question Design

The questions in a paper may be designed to test the following abilities:

(i) Recall: These are based on facts, principles, formulas, or laws of the discipline of the paper. Hence the candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

(ii) Comprehension: These questions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

(iii) Application: In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis: In these questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images, etc. that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis question might require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information. In conclusion, questions in this category could involve candidates in recognizing unstated assumptions or separating useful information from irrelevant information.


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