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GATE Exam Pattern 2025 – IIT Roorkee will release the exam pattern of GATE 2025 along with the official notification. GATE 2025 Exam Pattern will consist of the duration of the test, marking scheme, segregation of marks, type of questions and more. According to the GATE paper pattern, the test duration will be of 3 hours. Candidates have to solve 65 questions including multiple choice type and numerical answer type questions. General Aptitude section is mandatory for all candidates.

The subject-specific questions will be asked as per the candidates’ preference. GATE 2025 Examination will be of total 100 marks. Candidates should prepare according to the GATE exam pattern 2025. GATE 2025 will be conducted on February 2025 for 31 papers.  Read the article to get complete information on GATE 2025 exam pattern.

GATE Exam Pattern 2025- Highlights

  • The test duration will be of 3 hours (180 minutes).
  • The question paper will consist 65 questions of 100 Marks.
  • There will be 2 type of questions asked in the GATE paper i.e Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
  • General Aptitude section is mandatory for all candidates.
  • For 1 mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • For 2 mark MCQs – 2/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong response.
  • No mark will be deducted for un-attempted questions
  • There will be no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
  • Engineering Mathematics is mandatory for all XE (Engineering Science) papers.
  • Chemistry is mandatory for all XL (Life Science) papers.

GATE Exam Pattern 2025 –Type of Questions

In GATE 2025 question paper, there will be two types of questions i.e MCQ type and NAT Type.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) – These questions will of objective type and have 4 options and candidates have to select the right answer among them.
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) – In these type of questions, candidates have to enter the real number by using a mouse and virtual keyboard. The answers can be integral numbers or decimal numbers. No choice will be given to candidates.
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GATE Exam Pattern 2025 – Design of Questions

The questions will be created to evaluate the below mentioned abilities of a candidate-

  • Recall – The questions will be created on important facts, principles, formula or laws of the particular paper. Candidates have to answer these questions from his/her memory of the subject.
  • Comprehension – These questions will be formed to test the basic understanding of the candidates in his/her field of the subject by drawing conclusions from fundamental ideas.
  • Application – In these questions, candidates have to solve the answers by implementing his/her computational and logical reasoning skills.
  • Analysis and Synthesis – These questions will be asked on the basis of data, diagrams and images provided. Candidates have to analyse the given facts in order to give an appropriate response.

GATE Exam Pattern for General Aptitude Section

In all paper, General Aptitude section will contain 10 questions carrying a total 15 Marks.

S.No Number of Questions Total Marks
1 5 Questions 01 Marks
2 5 Questions 02 Marks
Total 10 Questions 15 Marks

 GATE Exam Pattern for All Sections (Except GG, XE and XL)

In all remaining papers, except GG, XE and XL, will contain 55 questions carrying a total 85 Marks.

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S.No Number of Questions Total Marks
1 25 Questions 01 Marks
2 30 Questions 02 Marks
Total 55 Questions 85 Marks

 GATE Exam Pattern for GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper

The Geology and Geophysics (GG) paper contain General Aptitude section and two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates while Part B comprises two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics).

Section Number of Question Marks/ question
Section A (Compulsory for all) 25 1 Mark
Section B- Geology or Geophysics 30 2 Marks

GATE Exam Pattern for XE (Engineering Sciences) Paper

Along with General Aptitude of 15 Marks, below is the question and marks distribution of other 2 sections.

Section Number of Question Marks/ question
Section A- Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory) 7 1 Mark
4 2 Marks
Section B to H 9 1 Mark
13 2 Marks

 GATE Exam Pattern for XL (Life Sciences) paper

The General Aptitude section of 15 Marks is mandatory. Apart from that below is the question and marks distribution of remaining 2 sections.

Section Type of Questions Number of Questions Marks/ question
Chemistry (Compulsory) 1 mark questions 5 1 Mark
2 mark questions 10 2 Marks
Sections Q to U 1 mark questions 10 1 Mark
2 mark questions 10 2 Marks

GATE Exam Pattern 2025- Negative Marking

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

These questions are objective in nature and each question will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks questions in all the sections. Below is the negative marking scheme according to the total mark of a question

Negative Marking
Questions Type Marks Negative Marking
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) 1 mark 1/3
2 marks 2/3
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Numerical Answer Questions– There will be no negative marking in NAT questions.

GATE 2025 Paper Codes

GATE Paper Code GATE Paper Code
Aerospace Engineering AE Instrumentation Engineering IN
Agricultural Engineering AG Mathematics MA
Architecture and Planning (New Pattern) AR Mechanical Engineering ME
Biomedical Engineering BM Mining Engineering MN
Biotechnology BT Metallurgical Engineering MT
Civil Engineering CE Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (New Paper) NM
Chemical Engineering CH Petroleum Engineering PE
Computer Science and Information Technology CS Physics PH
Chemistry CY Production and Industrial Engineering PI
Electronics and Communication Engineering EC Statistics ST
Electrical Engineering EE Textile Engineering and Fibre Science TF
Environmental Science & Engineering ES Engineering Sciences XE
Ecology and Evolution EY Humanities & Social Sciences XH
Geomatics Engineering (New Paper) GE Life Sciences XL
Geology and Geophysics GG

GATE 2025 Paper Codes for XE (Engineering Sciences) and XL (Life Sciences)

XE Paper Sections Code XH Paper Sections Code XL Paper Sections Code
Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory)
(15 marks)
A Reasoning and Comprehension (Compulsory)
(25 marks)
B1 Chemistry (Compulsory)
(25 marks)
Any TWO optional Sections
(2×35 = 70 marks)
Any ONE optional Section
(60 marks)
Any TWO optional Sections
(2×30 = 60 marks)
Fluid Mechanics B Economics C1 Biochemistry Q
Materials Science C English C2 Botany R
Solid Mechanics D Linguistics C3 Microbiology S
Thermodynamics E Philosophy C4 Zoology T
Polymer Science and Engineering F Psychology C5 Food Technology U
Food Technology G Sociology C6
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences H

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