The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an All India Examination conducted jointly by the IISc and the seven IITs in India. Candidates who want to build their careers in the field of Engineering or want to take admission in the Post Graduate Programmes (M.E/M.Tech/M.S/Direct PhD) are openly welcomed to apply for this course. With the GATE Score/Rank, the candidates can take admissions in the IITs and IISc and these candidates get financial support from the Government Organizations like MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development).

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GATE 2019 will be held in 199 cities in India and 6 cities abroad. The candidates can only apply for one paper out of 23 papers for various disciplines appropriate to their qualifying degree. However, the candidates are free to choose any discipline out of 23 according to their admission plan only if the eligibility criteria matches with the course they have opted for

Important Dates of GATE 2019

The candidates are suggested to note down the important dates for GATE 2019 so that they do not miss any information related to the Examination. However, any changes in the dates or any new updates announced by the GATE Authorities shall be updated immediately.

S. NoEventsDates( Tentative)
1Opening Date of Application FormSeptember 2018
2Closing Date of Application FormOctober 2018
3Releasing of the Admit CardJanuary 2019
4Examination DateFebruary 2019

GATE 2019 will be conducted in the Online Mode only. The candidates should have computer knowledge and none of the Examination process shall be in the Offline Mode. The candidate can only apply in one out of 23 disciplines and the time allotted to the students for appearing in the Examination will be 3 hours. The candidates can prepare themselves better for the test if they are familiar with the Examination Pattern of GATE. This helps them to formulate different strategies and plans to tackle the different Question types.

There will be two types of Questions set in the GATE Examinations. The questions are not subjective. They are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type Question. There will be a total set of 65 questions. These 65 questions shall carry 100 Marks.

The Question paper will consist of three categories and they are:

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics and
  • Respective Paper.

The General Aptitude section will be a common section in all the Question Papers.

For the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), the candidates are given four choices. There will be no options given for the Numerical Answer Type (NATs) Questions. The Students have to give real numbers with the help of the virtual keyboard.

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern

Duration of the Examination3 Hours
Question Type AskedMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Numerical Answer Type (NATs)

Number of questions asked65
Total Marks100
Sections in the Question PaperGeneral Aptitude

Engineering Mathematics

Respective Paper

GATE 2019 Exam Pattern: Distribution of Marks

The Marking Pattern or the Mark Distribution is differently set up of different sections. Each group in the question paper carries a different value of marks. The candidate should properly go through the question paper pattern before they start answering. There will be Negative Marking in this examination. Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Answer Type Question will carry 1 or 2 marks in every paper. There will be a deduction of 1/3 marks for every one mark question. Similarly, there will be a deduction of 2/3 for every 2 marks question.

SectionNumber of QuestionsMarks per QuestionsTotal Marks
General Aptitude105 questions carrying 5 marks and 5 questions carrying 10 marks15
Technical Engineering251 question for 1 mark each25
Respective Subject301 question for 2 marks each60
Total Duration- 3 hours.Total question-65Total Marks -100


General Aptitude carries 15 marks and Numerical Answer Type Question carries 25 to 40 marks.

There will be four to five categories on which the question paper will be designed. Some questions will be related to facts, formulae or the laws related to the particular discipline. These questions are set to test the memory and the computation skills of the candidate.

Some questions will be set to test the basic understanding of the candidates’ field. The candidates are required to draw simple answer from fundamental ideas.

Some of the questions are set to understand the logical skills of the candidate and some question contains data, diagram, and images and the candidates are expected to analyse the diagrams to find the answers.

Preparation Tips for GATE 2019

  • The candidates should go through the previous year question papers and practice them thoroughly. This gives the candidate an idea on how to work on his/her weak points.
  • Candidates should try to complete their sample question paper within a given time limit. Doing this, the candidates can calculate in which section they are consuming more time and can work on it.
  • Equal importance should be given to both MCQ and NAT.
  • Group study helps the candidate to brush up and exchange ideas by exploring new techniques.
  • Candidates should avoid making wild guesses because wrong answers gives negative marking.
  • The candidate should make a list of theorems, laws and derivation to understand and remember it better.

Candidates, however should do a paper analysis when they are preparing for the examination. This helps them to understand new ideas to solve out the difficulty level of the test papers. The candidate gets a rough idea of the weightage of the topic and also an idea on the cut-offs. This idea of analysing the paper is followed by most of the top coaching institutes to check a candidate’s performance and whether the candidate has the ability to qualify the examination and where are they lacking behind.

Additional Instructions for GATE 2019

  • Candidates are advised to learn and understand the various symbols that will be used in the test before sitting in the test.
  • Once the examination starts, the candidate can view the entire question paper by clicking on the Question Paper button.
  • To select an option in the MCQs out of four options, the candidate has to select one of the four options. If in case they want to re-select a different option, they have to re-click in the option again and to deselect the option.
  • During the examination, the candidates will be provided with a writing pad where the candidate can do all the rough work.
  • The candidates will be given only 3 hours after which the computer screen will be automatically closed down.


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