GATE-2020 Exam Pattern: Exam structure, Marking Scheme and all other details

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With the release of GATE 2020 notification, the exam pattern for the GATE 2020 exam is also released. This year’s conducting body; IIT Delhi will release the whole exam pattern, type of questions asked as well as the marking scheme. Having an idea of the exam pattern is of great help. It helps design a clear strategy and a sorted approach towards the exam. Working aimlessly will take you nowhere, so it’s always advisable to check the pattern carefully, before you start on with your preparation.

Under this article, we have listed all the important information that is vital for cracking the GATE 2020 exam. Any candidate who is appearing for GATE 2020 should read till the end to have a clear picture of GATE 2020 exam pattern.


About GATE 2020

GATE exam is conducted every year by one of the IITs of the nation. It is an exam conducted for either higher study including courses like ME, M.Tech, MS or direct PhD from IITs or IISC or to get hired by the PSUs. Every year, about 10 lakh candidates give GATE exam, but the irony is that only 15% of them clear the GATE exam.


GATE 2020 Exam Pattern


Mode of Exam

Online (Computer-based mode)



Time Duration

3 hours

Total Questions


Question type

MCQ and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)

Negative Marking

Only for MCQ’s: 1/3rd for 1-mark questions, 2/3rd for 2 marks questions

Total Marks



  • There are 24 Subjects / Papers in GATE Exam. An Applicant can appear only in one of these papers.
  • GATE Exam is online / Computer-Based Test.
  • The whole process of filling an application form and uploading required documents are online.
  • Electronics devices along with physical calculator are not allowedin the examination hall. Students will be provided with virtual gate calculator on the computer screen for calculation purpose.
  • GATE Score Card is valid for Three Yearsfrom the date of result announcement.
  • There is no age limitto appear in GATE Exam.



GATE 2020 Paper Code

GATE 2020 exam is conducted in 24 different papers. The paper name and codes are mentioned in the table below. Candidate can appear in any one of these exams




Pattern of GATE 2020 Questions

GATE 2020 will contain two different types of questions in all the papers:

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Numerical Answer Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the 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 select the correct answer.

Negative Marking for Wrong Answers: For a wrong answer in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.


Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all the papers and sections. For these questions, the answer is a signed real number, which needs to be entered by the candidate using the virtual numeric keypad on the monitor. No choices will be shown for these types of questions. The answer can be a number such as 10 or -10 (an integer only). The answer may be in decimals as well. These questions will be mentioned with, up to which decimal places, the candidates need to present the answer.

There is NO negative marking for a wrong answer in NAT questions.


Marks Distribution for GATE 2020 Exam Pattern

The marks distribution in all the papers will be as follows:

  • There will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA), which is intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.
  • In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BM, 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 around 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
  • In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST 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.


To check the detailed GATE 2020 notification, click here. Check out the tips and tricks to crack GATE 2020 here and stay tuned to check out the study material for GATE 2020.

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