Gate Paper Pattern and Cut off

GATE Paper Pattern

  • The maximum marks allotted is 100.
  • GATE Exam duration is 3 hours.
  • Total questions in the paper : 65.
  • Multiple Choice Questions : Questions based on this pattern will have a question followed by 4 choices. The candidate is expected to select the correct option. Questions may be of 1 or 2 marks. Negative marking for wrong answers is applicable.
  • Numerical type questions : For every question based on this type, the answer is a real number, which the candidate has to deduce after doing calculations in the rough sheet provided. The candidate has to enter the real number through the mouse by the use of virtual keypad on the computer screen.
  • No negative marking for numerical type questions. Overall, there will be around 25 to 40 marks dedicated to numerical type of questions in the paper.
  • Break-up of questions in the GATE paper
Section Break – up of marks
General Aptitude 15
Engineering Mathematics 15
Technical questions  ( subject specific) 70
  • A vast portion of the question paper contains questions based on facts, formulae, laws and important principles.
  • Fundamental and basic concepts of the subject candidate has chosen.
  • Fast computational ability plus logical reasoning based questions.
  • Questions that contain solutions in a linked pattern.
  • Questions that test the analyzing ability of the candidate.
  • Common data and linked data questions.
  • Negative marking  ( For multiple choice questions only)
  • 1 mark questions : 1/3rd of the total marks obtained
  • 2 marks questions : 2/3rd of the total marks obtained.

Sample Questions of GATE

Verbal Ability

Q.1. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

To those of us who had always thought him timid, his ——— came as a surprise.

(A) intrepidity             (B) inevitability

(C) inability                (D) inertness

Ans. (A)
Q.2. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

Medicine is to illness as law is to _________

(A) discipline (B) anarchy (C) treason (D) etiquette

Ans. (B)

Q.3. Read the following paragraph :

“The ordinary form of mercury thermometer is used for temperature ranging from – 40F to 500oF. For measuring temperature below –40oF, thermometers filled with alcohol are used. These are, however, not satisfactory for use in high temperatures. When a mercury thermometer is used for temperature above 500o F, the space above the mercury is filled with some inert gas, usually nitrogen or carbon dioxide, placed in the thermometer under pressure. As the mercury rises, the gas pressures is increased, so that it is possible to use these thermometers for temperatures as high as 1000oF.”

With what, besides mercury, would a thermometer be filled if it was designed to be used for measuring temperature of about 500o F?

(A) Pyrometer (B) Inert gas (C) Iron and brass (D) Gas

Ans. (B)

Q.4. The cost of manufacturing tractors in Korea is twenty percent less than the cost of manufacturing tractors in Germany. Even after transportation fees and import taxes are added, it is still cheaper to import tractors from Korea to Germany than to produce tractors in Germany.

Which of the following assertions is best supported by the above information?

(A) Labour costs in Korea are twenty percent below those in Germany.

(B) Importing tractors into Germany will eliminate twenty percent of the manufacturing jobs in Germany.

(C) The costs of transporting a tractor from Korea to Germany is more than twenty percent of the cost of manufacturing the tractor in Korea.

(D) The import taxes on a tractor imported from Korea to Germany is less than twenty percent of the cost of manufacturing the tractor in Germany.

Ans. (D)

Q.5. The professor(1) ordered to(2) the students to go(3) out of the class(4). Which of the given underlined parts of the sentence is grammatically incorrect?

Q.6. Sentence completion : choose the most appropriate word from the options given below to complete the following sentence. A person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease _________ short term memory loss.

(a) experienced (b) has experienced (c) is experiencing (d) experiences

Q.7. Choose the pair of words similar to the following pair of related words. Unemployed : worker

(a) fallow:land (b) unaware : sleeper (c) wit : jester (d) renovated : house

Q.8. Which of the following is the closest meaning to the word below EXHORT

1. Urge    2. Condemn   3. Restrain   4. Scold

Q.9.The question below consists of pair of related word by 4 pairs of related words. Select the pair that best express the relation

Preamble : constitution

1. Amendment : law

2. Prologue : play

3. Plot : play

Numerical Ability

Q.5. In a survey, 3/16 of the people surveyed told that they preferred to use public transport while commuting daily to office. 5/8 of the people surveyed told that they preferred to use their own vehicles. The remaining 75 respondents said that they had no clear preference. How many people preferred to use public transport?

(A) 75 (B) 100 (C) 125 (D) 133

Ans. (A)

Q.6. A train that is 290 meteres long, travelling at uniform speed, crosses a platform in 60 seconds and passes a man standing on the platform in 20 seconds. What is the length of the platform in metres?

Q.7. The next term in the series is 81, 54, 36, 24 is….

Q.8. At what time between 6 and 7, will the minute hand and hour hand of a clock  make an angle closest to 60 degrees?

Q.9. X is 1 kilometer northeast of Y. Y is 1 kiometer southeast of Z. W is 1 kilometer west of Z. P is 1 kilometer south of W. Q is 1 kilometer east of P. What is the distance between X and Q in kilometer?

Cut-off marks for GATE Paper

  • The cut-off marks indicates the minimum marks that the candidate has to score to qualify in the exam.

  • Cut-off marks for qualifying in the exam and cut-off marks for admission are totally different.
  • Just by obtaining qualifying marks in the GATE exam, admission is not confirmed.
  • Every institute provides its own cut-off scores individually. A candidate has to check with the individual institute to get the correct cut-off score for admission purposes.
  • Remember that the number of seats available for enrolment in each institution plus the number of applicants determine the cut-off score.
  • The difficulty level of the current year’s GATE paper also reflects on the cut-off scores.
  • Please find below, an indication of the cut-off scores subject-wise for different categories.
Branch General OBC SC/ST/PH
Computer Science (CS) 25.00 22.50 16.60
Civil Engineering (CE) 26.90 24.20 17.9
Electrical Engineering (EE) 29.1 26.1 19.4
Mechanical Engineering (ME) 34.7 31.2 23.1
Electronics and Communication (EC) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Production Engineering (PI) 32.0 28.8 21.3
Instrumentation Engineering (IN) 37.0 33.8 24.7
Aerospace Engineering (AE) 25 22.5 16.6
Chemical Engineering (CH) 37.8 34 25.1
Chemistry (CY) 25.4 22.8 16.9
Physics (PH) 29.0 26.1 19.3
Geology and Geophysics (GG) 32.4 29.1 21.5
Biotechnology (BT) 27.9 25.1 18.5
Life Science 29.9 26.9 19.9AR
Architectural Engineering (AR) 43.9 39.5 29.2
Agricultural Engineering (AG) 25.0 22.5 16.6
Maths (MA) 29.4 26.4 19.5

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