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GATE 2022 exam pattern and official notification/brochure have been released by the Institute of Information and Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering and Geomatics Engineering are two new disciplines added to the GATE 2022 exam by the authorities.

GATE 2022 Exam pattern contains information about the exam's mode, the number of questions asked, sections, marking scheme, and more. GATE exam pattern 2022 will assist candidates in understanding the format in which GATE question papers will be written. Students must also review the GATE 2022 syllabus in addition to the GATE exam pattern. Candidates studying for the GATE exam should read the entire article to learn more about the GATE 2022 exam format.

Table of Content

  1. GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Highlights
  2. GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Types of questions

2.1 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

2.2 Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

2.3 Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

  1. GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Subject Wise Weightage
  1. GATE 2022 Question Papers: Subject wise Pattern

3.1 Papers for GATE 2022 (Except GG, XE, XL)

3.2 Papers for GG in GATE 2022 (Geology and Geophysics)

3.3 Geomatics Engineering (GE) Paper for GATE 2022

3.4 GATE 2022 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) Paper

3.5 Engineering Sciences Paper for GATE 2022 (XE)

3.6 Engineering Sciences GATE Exam Pattern

3.7 Paper for GATE Life Sciences (XL)

3.8 GATE 2022 Life Sciences Paper Pattern

  1. GATE 2022 Marking Scheme

4.1 GATE Paper-by-Paper Scoring

  1. GATE 2022 Subjects and Codes
  1. GATE 2022 Exam Pattern FAQs

GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Highlights 

In the table below, you'll find the most important details about the GATE 2022 exam pattern.

Particulars Details
Mode of GATE Exam Computer Based Test (Online)
Duration of Exam 3 hours (180 minutes)
No. of Papers in GATE 2022 29 Papers (2 new subjects added)
Section General Aptitude (GA) and The subject of Candidate's Choice
Questions Types Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Multiple Select Questions (MSQs), Numerical Answer Type Questions (NAT)
Design of Questions Application, Comprehension, Analysis, Recall, Synthesis
Number of Questions 65 Questions (includes 10 questions from the General Aptitude section)
Except for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, and XL, all papers have the same distribution of questions. Engineering Mathematics - 13 Marks, General Aptitude - 15 Marks, Subject Questions - 72 Marks
Question Distribution in AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH, and XL General Aptitude - 15 Marks, Concerned Subject's Questions - 85 Marks
Total Marks 100 Marks
Marking Scheme Each question will be worth 1 or 2 marks.
Negative Marking There are two sorts of MCQs:
  • MCQs: 1 point for each valid answer; 1/3 point subtracted for each incorrect answer.
  • For each correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded; for each incorrect response, 2/3 of a mark will be withdrawn. There are no negative marking options for NAT questions.
  • There will be no negative marking for MSQ or NAT.

GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Types of questions 

In all exams and sections, there are 1 or 2 marks for multiple-choice questions (MCQ). These questions are objective, and each will contain four options from which the candidate must select the proper one (s).

1 or 2 mark numerical answer questions in all exams and sections. The answer to these questions is an actual number that the candidate must input using the virtual keypad. For this sort of question, no options will be displayed.

The questions in GATE 2022 are broken into three groups:

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • In MCQs, candidates are given four alternatives, one of which is accurate.
  • In all of the papers and sections, there are multiple-choice questions (MCQ) that carry one or two marks apiece.
  • Every erroneous response receives a negative grade, i.e.
    • For each erroneous answer on a one-mark MCQ, 1/3 of a point will be deducted.
    • For a two-mark MCQ, marking an erroneous response will result in a deduction of 2/3 of a mark.

Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)

  • There will be a minimum of 1 to 4 valid answers for each question. Candidates will be required to select all of the appropriate alternatives.
  • In MSQs, there is no penalty for making a mistake.

Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

  • In all papers and sections, there are 1 or 2 mark Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Questions containing a value or an actual number as an answer are included in NAT.
  • The number of decimal places to which NAT queries will be mentioned. Candidates must respond to the question.
  • The answer must be typed in with the mouse.
  • For these questions, there will be no options.
  • It's best to avoid using the keyboard because it'll lock your answer panel.
  • In NAT questions, there is no negative marking for incorrect answers.

GATE 2022 Exam Pattern: Subject Wise Weightage

Paper Code Exam Pattern
AE, AG, BT, CH, CE, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, ST, TF, and XE General Aptitude (GA) – 15 Engineering Mathematics – 13 question Paper's Subject – 72 question
AR, EY, CY, MA, GG, PH, XH, and XL General Aptitude (GA) – 15 Paper's Subject – 85

GATE 2022 Question Papers: Subject wise Pattern 

The following are some key points of GATE papers 2022 that applicants should be aware of:

Papers for GATE 2022 (Except GG, XE, XL) 

  • GATE 2022 examinations will include 45 questions, 15 of which will be worth one mark and 30 of which will be worth two.
  • In the GATE paper, there will be multiple choice questions as well as numerical response questions.

Papers for GG in GATE 2022 (Geology and Geophysics) 

  • GATE's Geology and Geophysics Paper will be separated into two sections: Part A and Part B.
  • Part A is required, while Part B is divided into two sections: geology (Section I) and geophysics (Section II). Candidates will be able to choose the component they want to participate in.
  • Part A consists of 25 questions, each worth one mark. This section will include questions with numerical answers.
  • Part B (Sections I and II) consists of 30 multiple-choice questions worth two points each.

Geomatics Engineering (GE) Paper for GATE 2022 

  • The General Aptitude (GA) part (15 marks) is included in the GE Paper, as it is in other GATE 2022 papers.
  • The remainder of the GATE GE Paper is divided into two sections that cover the syllabus: Part A (55 marks) and Part B (30 marks).
  • Part A is a requirement for all candidates.
  • Section I and Section II are optional parts in Part B. During the examination, candidates must choose one of these options.

GATE 2022 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NM) Paper 

  • The General Aptitude (GA) part (15 marks) is included in the NM Paper, as it is in other GATE 2022 papers.
  • The remainder of the GATE NM Paper will be worth 85 marks and will cover the entire syllabus.

Engineering Sciences Paper for GATE 2022 (XE)

  • This GATE paper will feature one obligatory section, Engineering Mathematics, which all students must attempt.
  • General aptitude is a 15-mark portion that is also required.
  • Section A has 11 questions and a total of 15 marks. Some numerical answer-type questions may be included in the paper.
  • Candidates will be able to select any section from Section B through Section H.
  • The sections (B through H) each have 22 questions with a total of 35 marks.

Engineering Sciences GATE Exam Pattern

Section Question Types No. of Question Sub-Total (Marks)
Section A (Compulsory) 1 Mark 7 7
2 Marks 4 8 -
Section B to H 1 Mark 9 9
2 Marks 13 26 -

Paper for GATE Life Sciences (XL)

  • Chemistry (Section P) is a compulsory section with 15 questions worth a total of 25 points. There are a few numerical response questions in this section as well.
  • There is also a 15-mark General Aptitude section on the paper.
  • Candidates must choose one more section from Q through U in addition to Chemistry. Each part, from Q to U, contains 20 questions worth a total of 30 points.

GATE 2022 Life Sciences Paper Pattern

Section Questions Types No. of Questions Sub-Total (Marks)
Section P or Chemistry Section (Compulsory) 1 mark 5 5
2 mark 10 20
Sections Q to U 1 mark 10 10
2 mark 10 20

GATE 2022 Marking Scheme

  • General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics will be mandatory sections in GATE 2022, with each receiving 15% of the total points in GATE papers with codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN ME, MN, MT, PI, PE, TF, and XE. The student's chosen subject will receive the remaining 70% of the weighting.
  • There will be a mandatory section of General Aptitude in the GATE 2022 question papers for AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, and XL (15 percent of the total marks). The chosen subject will receive the remaining 85% of the weighting.

GATE Paper-by-Paper Scoring 

Check out the table below for the paper-by-paper marking scheme:

GATE 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, ST, TF 15 85 100 180
AR [Part A + Part B (B1: Architecture or B2: Planning)] 15 60 + 25 100 180
GE [Part A + Part B (Section I or Section II)] 15 55 + 30 100 180
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

GATE 2022 Subjects and Codes

Distinct topics have different GATE exam patterns in 2022. The subject-specific GATE subject paper codes for all 29 GATE subject papers are listed below.

S. No GATE Paper Code
1. Aerospace Engineering AE
2. Agricultural Engineering AG
3. Architecture & Planning (New Pattern) AR
4. Biomedical Engineering BM
5. Biotechnology BT
6. Civil Engineering CE
7. Chemical Engineering CH
8. Computer Science & Information Technology CS
9. Chemistry CY
10. Electronics & Communication Engineering EC
11. Electrical Engineering EE
12. Environmental Science & Engineering ES
13. Ecology and Evolution EY
14. Geomatics Engineering (New Paper) GE
15. Geology and Geophysics GG
16. Instrumentation Engineering IN
17. Mathematics MA
18. Mining Engineering MN
19. Mechanical Engineering  ME
20. Metallurgical Engineering MT
21. Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (New Paper) NM
22. Petroleum Engineering PE
23. Production and Industrial Engineering PI
24. Physics  PH
25. Statistics ST
26. Textile Engineering & Fibre Science TF
27. Engineering Sciences XE
28. Humanities & Social Sciences XH
29. Life Sciences XL

GATE 2022 Exam Pattern FAQs 

Q.1 Is the GATE pattern different this year than in previous years?

Ans. The GATE exam format for 2022 has been revealed, and there are no modifications from last year's exam pattern.

Q.2 Where can I get the official GATE exam pattern?

Ans. The official GATE exam pattern 2022, as well as a handbook to help students prepare for the exam, has been released by the authorities.

Q.3 How many questions will be asked in total in the GATE 2022 exam?

Ans. There will be a total of 65 questions on the GATE paper.

Q.4 What is the average duration of the GATE 2022 exam?

Ans. Candidates for GATE 2022 have three hours to complete the exam. There will be no time limit for any section, so applicants can attempt questions from whatever section they want. There will be 65 questions in total, with a total score of 100.

Q.5 Is the GATE 2022 examination exclusively held in India?

Ans. No, GATE is held in countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, and others. The worldwide exam centers, however, will operate in 2022 based on the COVID-19 condition.

Q.6 Is GATE a paper-based or computer-based exam?

Ans. GATE is an online, computer-based exam. The normalization procedure is utilized to calculate the score because the exam is administered online and in many slots. This aids in the preservation of equality.

Q.7 Are GATE questions of the Numerical Answer Type (NAT) subjective?

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

Q.8 Is it necessary to attempt all GATE 2022 questions?

Ans. Yes, all of the questions in GATE 2022 are required.

Q.9 What do all 27 GATE 2022 exam papers have in common?

Ans. Aside from the time limit and other basic similarities, the general aptitude section, which is weighted at 15%, is a common component in GATE 2022 examinations.

Q.10 Is it permissible for me to use a calculator during GATE 2022?

Ans. Yes, students are allowed to use a calculator during the GATE exam. However, pupils are not permitted to bring their calculators into the exam room. To make the calculations, they will have access to a virtual calculator on their displays.

Q.11 Is negative marking the same as one- and two-mark questions in GATE?

Ans. No, a bad answer to a 1-mark question will result in a 1/3rd mark deduction, whereas a wrong answer to a 2-mark question will result in a 2/3rd mark deduction.

Q.12 Could you please supply the details of the two-mark questions?

Ans. Question numbers 26 to 51, as well as questions 61 to 65, are worth two marks apiece.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


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