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GATE Exam Pattern 2022 (Latest): Paper-wise Pattern, Marking Scheme, Types of Questions

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Content Curator | Updated On - Dec 21, 2021

GATE Exam Pattern 2022- IIT Kharagpur has released the latest GATE Exam Pattern along with the official brochure. No changes have been made to GATE exam pattern 2022 except for the revision in the pattern for Architecture and Planning. Two new papers have also been added to the list of GATE 2022 papers- Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (NM) and Geomatics Engineering (GE). Check GATE 2022: What’s New!

  • GATE 2022 will be held online as a 3-hour computer-based entrance exam.
  • GATE Question Paper will consist of 65 Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs), Multiple Select Questions(MSQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Candidates are awarded 1-2 marks for each correct answer in the paper.
  • Candidates can choose a maximum of two GATE papers. IIT Kharagpur has also revised the Two-paper Combination for GATE 2022 providing more number of options to choose from. Check revised GATE 2022 Two-paper Combination
  • No changes have been made to GATE 2022 Syllabus. The syllabus consists of two sections- general aptitude (with a weightage of 15 marks) and core-subject (with a weightage of 85 marks).

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GATE Exam Pattern Highlights

GATE Exam Pattern 2022: Highlights

Examination Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time Limit None
Total Marks 100
Total Number of questions 65
Number of Subjects (Papers) 27
Number of Sections* 2-3 (General Aptitude and Core Discipline or General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics* and Core Discipline)
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ);
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ);
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Total Number of Questions 65 Questions
Total Marks 100 Marks
Marking Scheme 1 or 2 marks for each correct answer
Negative Marking For 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.

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Paper-wise GATE Exam Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern 2022: Paper-wise detailed Paper Pattern

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 varies for each paper depending on the sections and the marks distribution.

  • General Aptitude is a common section in all GATE papers. The section comprises 15% of the weightage of the total marks. The questions in GA are based on verbal, numerical and quantitative ability. There are a total of 10 questions with 5 questions carrying 1 mark each and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each.
Subject Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
General Aptitude 5 1 5
5 2 10
Total 10 - 15
  • As for the papers with codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, 15% marks weightage will be given to General Aptitude, 13% to Engineering Mathematics and remaining 72% to subject paper.
  • Papers with codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks are for the subject paper.

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF, and ST

For paper codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF, and ST there are three sections in the question paper. These are:

Sections Marks Weightage
General Aptitude 15%
Engineering Mathematics 13%
Core Discipline 72%

Apart from 10 questions in the General Aptitude section, there will be 55 questions form core discipline and engineering mathematics. 25 questions will carry 1 mark each while 30 questions will carry 2 marks each.

Subjects Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PI, TF, and ST 25 1 25
30 2 60
Total 55 - 85

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for CY, EY, MA, and PH

Each of GATE papers with code CY, EY, MA and PH have two sections- General Aptitude and Core Discipline.

Sections Number of Questions Marks Weightage
General Aptitude 15 15%
Core Discipline 55 85%

Detailed marking scheme for GATE AR, CY, EY, MA and PH papers has been tabulated below:

Subjects Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
AR, CY, EY, MA, PH 25 1 25
30 2 60
Total 55 - 85

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Architecture and Planning (AR)

GATE Exam Pattern for Architecture and Planning paper has been revised this year. According to the revised exam pattern, there will be three sections of the paper- GA (General Aptitude), Part A and Part B. Part A of the paper is a mandatory section for all candidates while Part B is further divided into Section B1 (Architecture) and B2 (Planning). Students need to choose one of the sections during the exam.

Sections Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
GA 10 (5 x 1) + (5 x 2) 15
Part A (mandatory) 39 (18 x 1) + (21 x 2) 60
Part B: Part B1 (Architecture) or Part B2 (Planning) 16 (7 x 1) + (9 x 2) 25
Total 55 - 100

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Geomatics Engineering (GE)

Geomatics Engineering is a new paper introduced in GATE 2022 by IIT Kharagpur. According to the exam pattern for Geomatics Engineering, the question paper consist of three sections- GA, Part A and Part B.

Sections Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
GA 10 (5 x 1) + (5 x 2) 15
Part A (mandatory) 36 (17 x 1) + (19 x 2) 55
Part B: Section I or Section II 16 (8 x 1) + (11 x 2) 30
Total 55 - 100

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Geology and Geophysics (GG)

GATE GG paper consists of three sections namely General Aptitude, Part A and Part B. Part B is further divided into Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). General Aptitude section and Part A are compulsory to attempt while candidates are required to choose either Section1 or Section 2 from Part B.

Sections Sub-section Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
GA - 10 1 or 2 15
Part A - 25 1 25
Part B (either one based on candidates selection) Geology 30 2 60
Geophysics 30 2 60

Naval Architecture and Maine Engineering is another paper that has been added by IIT Kharagpur to GATE 2022. The paper will consist of two section- GA and Main Subject.

Sections Number of questions Marks per Question Total Marks
GA 10 (5 x 1) + (5 x 2) 15
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering 55 (25 x 1) + (30 x 2) 85

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Engineering Sciences (XE)

GATE XE paper is divided into three sections. General Aptitude and Section A (Engineering Mathematics) are compulsory sections while candidates must choose any TWO from Section B-H of GATE XE paper.

  • General Aptitude- 10 questions carrying 15 marks in total
  • Section A for Engineering Mathematics- 11 questions carrying 15 marks in total
  • Section B-H- 22 questions carrying 35 marks each in total. The various subjects under these sections include:
    • XE-B – Fluid mechanics
    • XE-C – Material Science
    • XE-D – Solid mechanics
    • XE-E – Thermodynamics
    • XE-F – Polymer Science and Engineering
    • XE-G – Food technology
    • XE-H – Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

The detailed marking scheme for XE paper is tabulated below:

Section Total Number of 1 mark questions Total Number of 2 mark questions Total Number of Questions Total Marks
GA 5 5 10 15
Section A (Engineering Sciences) 7 4 11 15
Section B (Any two of these) 9+9 13+13 22+22=44 35+35= 70
Total 30 70 65 100

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Humanities and Social Sciences (XH)

GATE XH paper was introduced in 2021 allowing students with a humanities background to apply for GATE. The paper consists of three sections. General Aptitude and B1 (Reasoning and Comprehension) are compulsory sections to attend, while candidates need to choose any ONE from C1-C6. The subjects under C1-C6 include:

  • XH–C1: Economics
  • XH–C2: English
  • XH–C3: Linguistics
  • XH–C4: Philosophy
  • XH–C5: Psychology
  • XH–C6: Sociology

Detailed marks distribution for GATE XH has been tabulated below:

Section Total Number of 1 mark questions Total Number of 2 mark questions Total Number of Questions Total Marks
GA 5 5 10 15
B1* (Reasoning and Comprehension) 5 10 15 15
C1-C6(Any one of these) 20 20 40 60
Total 30 70 65 100

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 for Life Sciences (XL)

GATE XL paper consists of three sections. General Aptitude and Section P (Chemistry) are compulsory for a candidate to attempt while candidates must choose any TWO from Section Q- U.

  • XL-Q – Biochemistry
  • XL-R – Botany
  • XL-S – Microbiology
  • XL-T – Zoology
  • XL-U – Food Technology

Detailed marking scheme for GATE XL paper has been tabulated below:

Section Total Number of 1 mark questions Total Number of 2 mark questions Total Number of Questions Total Marks
GA 5 5 10 15
Section P(Chemistry) 5 10 15 25
Section Q-U(Any two of these) 10+10 10+10 20+20=40 30+30=60
Total 30 70 65 100

GATE Marking Scheme

GATE Marking Scheme 2022

For each of the 27 subjects, the paper covers a total of 65 questions of 100 marks. Each paper is divided into subsections and on the basis of it, a marking scheme is defined.

  • From a total of 100 marks, there will be 10 questions of 15 marks covering the entire General Aptitude section (Language and Analytical Skills).
  • General Aptitude- 5 Questions of 2 Marks each and 5 Questions of 1 Marks each.
  • Engineering Mathematics will cover approximately 13% weight out of 100 marks for the paper bearing codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE
  • The remaining 72% weight of total marks is acquired by the subject of the paper.
  • For the paper codes – AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH and XL, the General Aptitude will cover 15% out of 100 marks, and the other 85% of the total question paper will be covered by the subject of the paper.
Paper Code General Aptitude (GA) Marks Subject Marks Total Marks Total Time (Minutes)
AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, CY, EC, EE, ES, EY, IN, MA, ME, MN, MT, NM, PE, PH, PI, TF, ST 15 85 100 180
AR [Part A + Part B1 (Architecture) OR Part B2 (Planning)] 15 60 + 25 100 180
GE [Part A + Part B (Section 1 OR Section 2)] 15 55 + 3- 100 180
GG [Part A + Part B (Section 1 Geology OR Section 2 Geophysics)] 15 25 + 60 100 180
XE (Section A + Any TWO Sections) 15 15 + (2 x 35) 100 180
XH (Section B1 +Any ONE Section) 15 25 + 60 100 180
XL (Section P+Any TWO Sections) 15 25 + (2 x 30) 100 180

Negative Marking in GATE 2022

  • There is NO negative marking in NAT and MSQ questions.
  • However, each incorrect answer to MCQ will lead to a deduction in marks. The table below covers the negative marking criteria for MCQ questions in GATE 2022 paper:
Type of Question Negative Marking/ Question
MCQ for 1 mark each 1/3
MCQ for 2 marks each 2/3

GATE Questions

GATE Exam Pattern 2022: Types of Questions

Questions in GATE 2022 are broadly divided into three categories:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • In MCQs, candidates are provided with 4 choices out of which one answer is correct.
    • A candidate has to mark the correct choice by clicking the button against the option.
  • Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)
    • These questions are objective in nature and each question has a choice of four answers, out of which, one or more than one choice(s) are correct.
    • There is no negative marking for a wrong answer in MSQs.
    • However, there is no partial credit for choosing partially correct combinations of choices or any single wrong choice.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT)
    • NAT includes questions with a value of signed real number which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor.
    • There won’t be any choices for these questions.
    • The answer can be an integer in decimals
    • The questions will be mentioned with up to which decimal places the candidates need to present the answer.
    • As correct answers for NATs, an appropriate range will be considered to avoid penalty due to round-offs.

GATE Subject Codes

GATE 2022 Paper Codes and Combinations (Revised)

As per the revised GATE exam pattern introduced last year, candidates can appear for 2 papers. Two paper combinations can be chosen from the given list of combinations of papers which has been revised this year. However, the final allotment is subject to the availability of infrastructure and dates. Here are the subject combinations for GATE 2022:

Paper Name Paper Code Codes of Papers Allowed as Second Paper
Aerospace Engineering AE NM, XE
Agricultural Engineering AG ES, GE, XE, XL
Architecture and Planning AR CE
Biomedical Engineering BM BT, EC, IN, XL
Biotechnology BT BM, XL
Civil Engineering CE AE, AR, ES, GE, NM
Chemical Engineering CH PE, XE
Computer Science and Information Technology CS EC, GE, MA, ST
Chemistry CY XL
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC IN, PH, EE, CS, GE
Electrical Engineering EE EC, IN
Environmental Science and Engineering ES AG, CE, GE
Ecology and Evolution EY XL
Geomatics Engineering (New Paper) GE CE, GG, ES, MN
Geology and Geophysics GG GE, MN, PE, PH
Instrumentation Engineering IN EC, EE, PH
Mathematics MA CS, GE, PH, ST
Mechanical Engineering ME AE, CH, NM, PI, XE
Mining Engineering MN GE, GG, XE
Metallurgical Engineering MT PH, XE
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper) NM AE, CE, XE
Petroleum Engineering PE CH, GG, XE
Physics PH EC, GE, GG, IN, MA, MT, ST, XE
Production and Industrial Engineering PI ME, MT, XE
Statistics ST MA, PH
Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF XE
Engineering Sciences XE AE, AG, CH, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, NM
Humanities & Social Sciences XH ST
Life Sciences XL BM, BT, CY, EY

Previous Year GATE Question Papers

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GATE Question Paper 2017 Check Here

Frequently Asked Questions

GATE Exam Pattern 2022 FAQs

Ques. Will the questions asked in GATE 2022 be subjective or objective?

Ans. GATE 2022 will contain 3 types of questions- Multiple-choice Questions (MCQ’s), Multiple Select Questions (MSQ), and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions. In total there will be 65 questions and you will get 3 hours time to complete the exam. There is no sectional time limit so you can attempt the questions as per your preference.


Ques. Can I sit for multiple GATE 2022 papers?

Ans. Yes. In GATE 2022 a candidate can sit for upto 2 papers. Two paper combinations can be chosen from the given list of combinations of papers. The exam is going to be conducted for 27 disciplines. Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) and Humanities and Social Sciences (XH) have been added by the GATE authorities last year.


Ques. What is the standard GATE 2022 exam duration?

Ans. The time duration allotted to candidates for GATE 2022 is three hours. There will be no sectional time limit, so all the candidates are free to attempt the questions from any section of their choice. The total number of questions will be 65 and total marks will be 100.


Ques. Is GATE an offline exam or online exam?

Ans. GATE is a computer-based, i.e. online exam. Since the exam is conducted in online mode and in different slots, the normalization process is used while calculating the score. This helps in maintaining equality. Check GATE Score Normalization


Ques. Are the Numerical Answer type (NAT) questions in GATE subjective type?

Ans. No, the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions are answered as a numerical value that can an integer in decimals.


Ques. Where can I do the rough work for NAT questions during GATE 2022?

Ans. Every candidate will be given a supplement for calculations and rough work at their GATE 2022 Exam Centers.


Ques. Is it compulsory to attempt all questions in GATE 2022?

Ans. Yes, all questions asked in GATE 2022 are compulsory.


Ques. Will I get any negative marks for answering a question with a wrong answer in GATE 2022?

Ans. Yes, a candidate will get negative marks for every incorrect MCQ. However, there is no provision of negative marking in MSQs and NATs.


Ques. What are the total marks awarded in GATE Paper?

Ans. GATE exam papers are of 100 marks each; consisting of 1 mark and 2 mark questions.


Ques. How many questions are asked in GATE?

Ans. In one GATE Question Paper, there are 65 questions. You will have 3 hours to complete your exam. Also, there will be no sectional time limit.


Ques. Is the negative marking similar for 1-mark and 2-marks questions in GATE?

Ans. No, the negative markings for 1-mark and 2-marks questions in GATE 2022 are not similar. The negative marking for a 1-mark MCQs is ⅓ marks whereas the negative marking for a 2-marks MCQs is ⅔ marks.


Ques. What is common in all the 27 GATE 2022 exam papers?

Ans. Apart from the time duration and other basic similarities, another common feature in GATE 2022 papers is the general aptitude section carrying 15% weightage.


Ques. How many marks are allotted to Engineering Mathematics-based questions in GATE 2022?

Ans. Engineering Mathematics is a compulsory section in GATE papers with codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, ES, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, and TF. The section carries 13% weightage in these papers. As part of the engineering sciences paper, engineering mathematics accounts for 15% of the total weightage.


Ques. Do only MCQ-type questions carry 1 mark in GATE papers?

Ans. No, there are 1-mark questions of all three types- Multiple Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions as well as Numerical answer type questions in GATE 2022.


Ques. Can I use a calculator during GATE 2022?

Ans. Yes, students can use a calculator during GATE. But students cannot carry their own calculators to the exam hall. A virtual calculator will be available on their screens to do the calculations. Check GATE Virtual Calculator


Ques. Is GATE 2022 only held in India?

Ans. No, GATE is also held internationally in countries such as UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia and etc. However, for 2022, the international exam centers will function depending on the COVID-19 situation.


Ques. Is there any negative marking for GATE 2022 numerical answer type questions?

Ans. No, there is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions asked in GATE.


Ques. Are a fixed amount of marks allotted to Numeric Answer Type Questions in GATE?

Ans. No, there isn't any fixed amount of marks allotted to Numeric Answer type questions for GATE 2022.


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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if we select two paper which marks out of two paper will be considered
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Hello Priyanka,

When you select two papers, that means you can choose any score to apply for the respective programs. For more details, please visit the following link: GATE Marking Scheme.

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Hi Pooja, GATE will be conducted in total 8 slots, two each on February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020. You can check other Important Dates on GATE 2020 from here.

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Can I prepair gate exam after completing my M.Sc?
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Hi Arjit, yes, you may apply for GATE after pursuing M.Sc. You can check the Eligibility Criteria in detail for the exam from here.

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I have done B.Tech in CSE, can I apply for Robotics Engineering through GATE?
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Hello Neha, Yes, you can join in M.tech Robotics Engineering through GATE, if you have scored good marks in the GATE Entrance Exam then you will get IIT and NIT or other reputed universities.
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Hi Supriya, You may please check the official website to get the information about the cut off.
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Hi Pavi, please check this link for getting the Book for Preparation.

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EE having how many marks in paper of gate?
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Hello AKM, To know the E.E cut off please find this link GATE CUT OFF

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