GATE 2016

Basic Features

  1. 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.
  2. Biometric information (Photograph and Fingerprints) for randomly selected candidates may be captured before the start of the examination.
  3. GATE 2016 examinations will be held during forenoon and afternoon sessions on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) between 30th January 2016 and 21st 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The payment of application fees would be through electronic mode online as well as through payment at bank counters using e-challan.
  6. 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.

Important Dates

GATE Online Application Processing System (GOAPS) Website Opens for Enrolment, 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 Saturday and Sundays only)

January 30 to February 07, 2016

Announcement of Results on the Online Application Website

March 19,   2016 (Saturday)

Pattern of Question Papers and Marking Scheme

 Pattern of Question Papers

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

In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE,CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics willcarry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitudesection will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining70% percentage of the total marks is devoted to the subject of thepaper.

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

GATE 2015 would contain questions of twodifferent types in various papers:

(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions areobjective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of whichthe candidate has to mark the correct answer(s).

(ii) Numerical Answer Questions of1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer isa real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. Nochoices will be shown for this type of questions.

Design of Questions

The questions in a paper may be designed to testthe following abilities:

(i) Recall: These are based onfacts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline of the paper. Thecandidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/hermemory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.


Q. During machining maximum heat is produced

(A) in flank face

(B) in rake face

(C) in shear zone

(D) due to friction between chip and tool

(ii) Comprehension: Thesequestions will test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of his/herfield, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.


Q. A DC motor requires a starter in order to

(A) develop a starting torque

(B) compensate for auxiliary field ampere turns

(C) limit armature current at starting

(D) provide regenerative braking

(iii) Application: In thesequestions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either throughcomputation or by logical reasoning.


Q. The sequent depth ratio of a hydraulic jump ina rectangular channel is 16.48. The Froude number at the beginning of the jumpis:

(A) 5.0 (B) 8.0 (C) 10.0 (D) 12.0

Examples of each of this design is given in thetypes of questions above.

The questions based on the above logics may be amix of single standalone statement/phrase/data type questions, combination ofoption codes type questions or match items type questions.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis: Inthese questions, the candidate is presented with data, diagrams, images etc.that require analysis before a question can be answered. A Synthesis questionmight require the candidate to compare two or more pieces of information.Questions in this category could, for example, involve candidates inrecognising unstated assumptions, or separating useful information fromirrelevant information.

Marking Scheme

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

General Aptitude (GA) Questions

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

Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL

These papers would contain 25questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 25 marks)and 30 questions carrying 2 marks each(sub-total 60 marks). The question paper will consist ofquestions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answerquestions, 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, -25etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered whileevaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is notpenalized due to the usual round-off errors.

GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper

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

Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questionscarrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numericalanswer type questions). Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2)consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60marks 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 11questions carrying a total of 15 marks: 7 questions carrying 1mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and 4 questionscarrying 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 35marks: 9 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 9marks) and 13 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 26marks). 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 25marks: 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5marks) and 10 questions carrying 2-marks each(sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numericalanswer type.

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

Note on Negative Marking for Wrong Answers

For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choicequestions, there would be negative marking. For 1-markmultiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for awrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple choice questions, 2/3mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, there is no negativemarking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.


Before starting the application process, thecandidate must ensure that he/she meets the eligibility criteria of GATE 2016given in the following table:


Table : Minimum EligibilityCriteria for GATE 2016

Qualifying Degree

Qualifying Degree/Examination (Descriptive)

Description of Eligible candidates

Year of Qualification cannot be later than


Bachelor’s degree holders in Engineering/ Technology  (4 years after 10 2 or 3 years after Diploma in Engineering/Technology) and those who are in the final year of such programs.

Currently in the final year or already completed


B. Arch.

Bachelor’s degree holders of Architecture (Five years course)

Currently in the final year or already completed


B.Sc. (Research)/ B.S.

Bachelor’s degree in Science(Post-Diploma/4 years after 10 2)

Currently in the 4th year or already completed


M. Sc./M.A./MCA or equivalent

Master’s degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications or equivalent

Currently in the final year or already completed


Int. M.E/M.Tech(Post-B.Sc.)

Post-BSc Integrated Master’s degree programs in Engineering / Technology (Four year program)

Currently in the 2nd/3rd/4th year or already completed


Int. M.E./ M.Tech or Dual Degree(after Diploma or 10 2)

Integrated Master’s degree program or Dual Degree program in Engineering / Technology (Five year program)

Currently in the 4th/5th year or already completed


Int. M.Sc/Int. B.S.-M.S.

Integrated M.Sc. or Five year integrated B.S.-M.S. program

Currently in the final year or already completed


Professional Society Examinations (equivalent to B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.)

B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g., AMIE by Institution of Engineers-India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers-India)

Completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses


NOTE: If a candidate is pursuingany higher degree or already obtained a degree higher than that mentioned inthe above table, then the candidate can select the relevant minimum requiredqualifying degree while filling the application form.

In case a candidate has passed one of the qualifying examinations asmentioned above in 2015 or earlier, she has to submit the degree certificate /provisional certificate / course completion certificate / professional ceritificate/ membership certificate issued by the society or institute. In case, thecandidate is expected to complete to complete one of the qualifying criteria in2016 or later as mentioned above, she has to submit a certificate fromPrincipal or a copy of marks card for section A of AMIE.

Certificate from Principal

Candidates who have to submit a certificate fromtheir college Principal, as determined from above Table, have to obtain onefrom his/her institution beforehand and upload the same during the onlinesubmission of the application form.

Candidates with backlogs

Candidates who have appeared in the finalsemester/year exam in 2015, but with a backlog (arrears/failed subjects) in anyof the papers in their qualifying degree should

1. submit a copy of any one of the marks sheets of the final year,


2. have to obtain a declaration from their Principal along with thesignature and seal beforehand and upload the same during the online submissionof the application form


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