Exam


GATE 2016

GATE 2016 Complete Information is available on official website:- http://www.gate.iisc.ernet.in/ This is the official website of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2016.

Telephone No: 91 - 80 - 2360 6761/2/3/4/5 Email: helpdesk@gate.iisc.ernet.in

Basic Features of GATE 2016 Examination:

Examinations for all the 23 papers will be conducted by an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT). The online examination paper will contain some questions for which numerical answers must be keyed in by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Rest of the questions shall be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type.

Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.

GATE 2016 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 30th January 2016 and 07th February 2016. Examination for some of the papers in GATE 2016 will be held in multiple sessions. Exact details regarding complete examination schedule will be notified at a later date.

For GATE 2016 the entire process of filling up of application form, uploading of certificates/documents etc., will be online and the candidates should not send any hard copy of their application form/documents etc., to IISc or any of the IIT’s zonal GATE office.

The payment of application fees would be through electronic mode online as well as through payment at bank counters using e-challan.

The admit cards for GATE 2016 would be available through the online process only. Candidates can download their admit card from GATE 2016 website. No printed copy of admit cards will be posted to the candidates.

Contact Details of Zonal GATE Offices:

Zone Contact Address Phone Number e-mail Id
1 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru 560 012
080-23606761, 23606762, 23606763, 23606764, 23606765 gate@gate.iisc.ernet.in
2 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai,
Mumbai 400 076
022-2576 7068, 022-2572 4054 gateoffice@iitb.ac.in
3 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016
011-2659 1749, 011-2659 6137 chrgate@admin.iitd.ac.in
4 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati,
Guwahati 781 039
0361-258 2751 gate@iitg.ernet.in
5 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur,
Kanpur 208 016
0512-259 7412 gate@iitk.ac.in
6 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur,
Kharagpur 721 302
03222-282091 gate@adm.iitkgp.ernet.in
7 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai 600 036
044-2257 8200 gate@iitm.ac.in
8 Chairman, GATE
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee,
Roorkee 247 667
01332-284531 gate@iitr.ac.in

Important Dates GATE 2016 Exam:-

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens for Enrollment, Application Filling, Application Submission September 1, 2015 (Tuesday)
Last Date for Submission of Online Application through Website October 1, 2015 (Thursday)
Last Date for Request for Change in the Choice of Examination City via GOAPS login November 20, 2015 (Friday)
Availability of Admit Card on the Online Application Interface for printing December 17, 2015 (Thursday)
GATE 2016 Online Examination
  • Forenoon: 9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon
  • Afternoon: 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
  • (On Saturdays and Sundays only)
January 30 to February 07, 2016
Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website March 19, 2016 (Saturday)
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Structure of GATE 2016

GATE 2016 will be conducted in the subjects (also referred to as “papers”) shown in Table below Candidates must familiarize with the paper code for the paper of their choice, as this knowledge will be required at the time of application form submission and appearing for the examination. A candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE paper.

Since a candidate is allowed to appear in ONLY ONE of the 23 papers for which GATE 2016 examination is being held, the candidate has to make the choice of the paper he/she wishes to write carefully. Table below gives the list of GATE papers and paper codes for GATE 2016.

The candidate is expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. However, the candidate is, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. For more details regarding the admission criteria in any particular institute, the candidate is advised to refer to the websites of that institute.

Table: List of GATE papers and corresponding codes

Sl. No Paper Code   Sl. No Paper Code
1 Aerospace Engineering AE   13 Instrumentation Engineering IN
2 Agricultural Engineering AG 14 Mathematics MA
3 Architecture and Planning AR 15 Mechanical Engineering ME
4 Biotechnology BT 16 Mining Engineering MN
5 Civil Engineering CE 17 Metallurgical Engineering MT
6 Chemical Engineering CH 18 Petroleum Engineering PE
7 Computer Science and Information Technology CS 19 Physics PH
8 Chemistry CY 20 Production and Industrial Engineering PI
9 Electronics and Communication Engineering EC 21 Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
10 Electrical Engineering EE 22 Engineering Sciences XE*
11 Ecology and Evolution EY 23 Life Sciences XL**
12 Geology and Geophysics GG      
 
  XE Paper Sections Code     XL Paper Sections Code
  Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) A   Chemistry (Compulsory) H
  Fluid Mechanics B   Biochemistry I
  Materials Science C   Botany J
  Solid Mechanics D   Microbiology K
  Thermodynamics E   Zoology L
  Polymer Science and Engineering F   Food Technology M
  Food Technology G      

*XE (Engineering Sciences) and **XL (Life Sciences) papers are of general nature and will comprise of Sections listed in the above table. More detailed

Explanation is given below.

General Aptitude Questions

All the papers will contain few questions that test the General Aptitude (Language and Analytical Skills), apart from the core subject of the paper.

XE Paper

A candidate appearing in the XE paper has to answer the following
  1. Section A – Engineering Mathematics (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XE sections B to G

The choice of two sections from B to G can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (B to G).

XL Paper

A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following
  1. Section H – Chemistry (compulsory)
  2. GA – General Aptitude (compulsory)
  3. Any two of XL sections I to M

The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered by the candidate. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).

Duration and Examination Type

The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type questions. Click here for the pattern of question papers.

The examination for all the papers will be carried out in an ONLINE Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates will be shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The candidates are required to either select the answer (for MCQ type) or enter the answer for numerical answer type question using a mouse on a virtual keyboard (keyboard of the computer will be disabled). Candidates will be provided with blank paper sheets for rough work and these have to be returned back after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer will automatically close the screen from further actions.

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Pattern of Question Papers and Marking Scheme

Pattern of Question Papers

In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA).

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% percentage of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.

GATE 2016 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:-

  • 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).
  • 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 questions.

Marking Scheme

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

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL

These papers would contain 25 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 25 marks) and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors.

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper

Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geo-physics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.

Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions). Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).

XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)

In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is compulsory. This section contains 11 questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1 markeach (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 8 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions.

Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through G) contains 22 questions carrying a total of 35 marks: 9 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 9marks) and 13 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 26 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

XL Paper (Life Sciences)

In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section H) is compulsory. This section contains 15 questions carrying a total of 25 marks: 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total5 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections I through M) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

Note on Negative Marking for Wrong Answers

For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions, there would be negative marking. 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. However, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.

Tentative Examination Cities

Zone-wise List of Cities in which GATE 2016 will be held

There are two primary choices and one secondary choice. If you choose a particular city as your first choice, then the corresponding zone to which this city belongs will appear, and you will be able to choose another city as your second choice only from this zone. These choices will be your primary choices in a specific zone. However, a third choice has also been introduced in GATE 2016, which is your secondary choice. The list of 3rd choice cities will be as specified by each zone and this will be used only when your cities of primary choice are not available. However, because of operational constraints, the GATE committee reserves the right to add a new city or remove an existing one, and allot a city that may not be any of the choices of a candidate.

Table below gives the tentative list of the cities (zone-wise) in which GATE 2016 will be held. Also shown in the table is the Zonal Offices (one of the IITs or IISc.). The Zonal Office dealing with your application will be your point of contact for any enquiries regarding your examination center and other matters.

Zonal GATE Office Tentative List of Examination Cities
IISc Bangalore
Bangalore – 560 012 Website: gate.iisc.ernet.in
Alappuzha, Aluva, Anantapur, Attingal, Bagalkot, Bangalore, Bellary, Belgaum, Bidar, Chengannur, Davengere, Gulbarga, Hassan, Hubli, Idukki, Kannur, Kanjirappally, Kasaragod, Kolar, Kollam, Kothamangalam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kurnool, Malappuram, Mangalore, Manipal, Muvattupuzha, Mysore, Nedumangad, Pala, Palakkad, Payyanur, Port Blair, Punalur, Shimoga, Thrissur, Tumkur and Vadakara
IIT Bombay, Powai,
Mumbai – 400 076 Website: www.gate.iitb.ac.in
Ahmedabad, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Anand, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Gandhinagar, Goa, Hyderabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mehsana, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Rajkot, Ratnagiri, Sangli, Satara, Secunderabad, Solapur, Surat, Thane and Vadodara
IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016 Website: www.gate.iitd.ac.in
Ajmer, Alwar, Bahadurgarh, Bikaner, New Delhi, Delhi-NCR, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Hisar-Rohtak, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Karnal, Kota, Mathura, Palwal, Sikar, Udaipur-Chittorgarh and Ujjain
IIT Guwahati
Guwahati – 781039 Website:www.iitg.ernet.in/gate
Agartala, Asansol-Durgapur, Dhanbad, Gangtok, Guwahati, Imphal, Jorhat, Kalyani, Patna, Silchar, Siliguri, Shillong and Tezpur
IIT Kanpur
Kanpur – 208016 Website: www.iitk.ac.in/gate
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Kanpur, Lucknow and Varanasi
IIT Kharagpur
Kharagpur – 721302 Website: gate.iitkgp.ac.in
Balasore, Berhampur (Odisha), Bhilai, Bhimavaram, Bhubaneswar, Bilaspur (CG), Cuttack, Eluru, Hooghly, Jamshedpur, Kakinada, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Raipur, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Tadepalligudem, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram
IIT Madras
Chennai – 600036 Website: gate.iitm.ac.in
Angamaly , Bapatla, Chennai, Chittoor, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dindigul, Ernakulam, Erode, Gudur, Guntur, Kadapa, Kanyakumari, Karimnagar, Karur, Khammam, Madurai, Nagercoil, Nalgonda, Namakkal, Nellore, Ongole, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Salem, Thanjavur, Thiruchengode, Thiruvannamalai, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Tirupati, Tuticorin, Vellore, Villupuram, Virudhunagar and Warangal
IIT Roorkee
Roorkee – 247667 Website: www.iitr.ac.in/gate
Ambala, Amritsar, Bathinda, Chandigarh-Mohali-Fatehgarh Sahib, Dehradun, Ghaziabad, Haldwani-Bhimtal, Hamirpur (HP)-Una, Jalandhar-Phagwara, Kurukshetra, Ludhiana-Moga, Meerut, Moradabad, Noida, Panchkula, Panipat, Pathankot, Patiala-Sangrur, Roorkee-Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Sirmaur, Solan-Shimla, Sonepat and Yamunanagar

* Please consult corresponding zonal GATE office websites for complete list of cities.

25 Years GATE Old Examination Paper is available on www.oldexampaper.in

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