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GATE 2015 Exam Pattern and How to Score High in GATE 2015? GATE 2013 Cutoff Marks

GATE for an extraordinary career

If one would like to do engineering PG or PhD in prestigious institutes it is mandatory to take the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). This is an opportunity to those who are not able to realize their dream of doing B Tech in IITs. The score in GATE is also a stepping stone not only for getting a seat to do higher education but also to get a job in the government Public Sector Units with good salary and career growth. As GATE 2015 notification has been released let us see how to prepare for the examination.

The GATE score is useful to join in different courses along with IITs like institute of sciences, in different NIT institutes and also to join in prestigious engineering colleges to do engineering / technology / architecture or pharmacy specialization. This score is also taken as a standard in Malaysia and Singapore countries for joining courses or in getting jobs.

Research institutes like Baba Atomic Research Center (BARC) also consider this GATE score. Along with admission into PG courses a stipend of Rs 8000 is also available to the GATE Scorers. Besides this many public sector units like HPCL, IOCL and PGICL etc. are recruiting their staff depending on GATE Score. One can read about this in article "Why PSUs are recruiting through GATE Score?". As GATE is quite important in admission in IITs and as well as recruitments let us know what is the exam pattern of GATE? and how to score high in GATE 2015.

What is the Exam pattern of GATE 2015?

The exam is conducted based on the last year pattern but it may be on the online.

The Gate examination paper is in the objective method with total 100 marks and time duration of 3 hours. There are three sections in the question paper.

Section 1: In this section there are 1 to 25 questions with one mark for each question.

Section 2: 26 to 55 total 30 questions are given in this section. These two sections are allotted 60 marks.

48 to 51 questions are called common data based questions. It means from the given data 2 pairs of questions are given (48-49, 50-51).

The four questions from 52 to 55 carries 2 marks for each question. These are called linked answers. There shall be two pairs in these 4 questions. In this the second question answer is based on the first question. If the first question answer is correct than only the second question is evaluated. If the answer to the first question is wrong and the second answer is correct it shall not be taken into consideration.

Section 3: There are so many changes made in the GATE 2015 question paper from the past four years. Questions related to English skills, numerical ability, reasoning and data interpretation are given. This has 15% weightage and is questions from 56 to 65 cover this. There shall be one mark given for the questions from 56 to 60 and 2 marks are given to questions from 61 to 65.

Regarding English skills questions on grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogy, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning, spot the error, verbal deduction topics are covered. The questions shall have the standard of CAT being conducted by IIMs or GRE level that is conducted for higher education abroad. So it is better to go through those books also.

Numerical ability: Introducing numerical ability in general aptitude from the past 4 years is a new topic. In this, questions related to numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning, data interpretation are given. In GATE-13 examination questions related to probability and puzzles are given. For this, puzzle books written by Sakunthala Devi are very useful. This information is available in the books related to CAT examinations.

The syllabus in this section may be a bit burden to the candidates. But this preparation is useful to write different other competitive examinations. So this should be taken as a challenge and prepare for the exam.

GATE 2015 will be conducted only online

GATE 2015 will be an online exam and shall be conducted for 21 branches candidates. They are EC, CSI, ME, EE, CE, IN, PI, AE, AG, AR, BT, CH, CY, CG, MA, MN, MT, PH, TF, XE and XL.  The GATE 2015 exam shall be conducted on weekends (Saturday, Sunday) between 2015 February 1st, march 2- 2015 in the morning and afternoon sessions.

In the online examination the answers have to be identified by using the computer mouse properly

There are no options given for the numerical question answers
15 percent of the numerical question answers should be written by using the virtual key pad
The Gate-2015 score is valid for two years time from the date the marks have been released to the candidate

How the GATE questions are patterned?

The issues like what type of questions to be given in the examination paper? What priority should be given to different subjects should be finalized by the IIT core committee. According to their suggestions…………..

Electronic, Electrical and Instrumentation branches….

35 percent of the questions: from common subjects. For eg: digital electronics, analog electronics, micro processor, network theory, control systems, signals and systems, transform theory.

35 percent of the questions: from related core subjects
Electrical engineering: power systems, machines, measurements, power electronics

Electronics and communication engineering: electromagnetic theory, communication engineering and electronic devices

Instrumentation engineering: process control, transducers, electronic measurements, analytical, biomedical, optical engineering and industrial instrumentation.

Maths: 15 percent questions. But the questions in this section don’t look like pure mathematics but have to be done with engineering application.

4. General ability: 15 percent questions. Among them verbal ability questions are given 5 percent and quantitative aptitude 10 percent. However the main point to be noted is that questions are given based on the new inventions in those sectors.
In electrical paper power electronics, electrical and communication paper digital communication and VLSI sectors keep undergoing many changes regularly. So, one has to study these subjects in depth.

Analysis of the last two years GATE question papers 

Every paper covers more than 10 subjects. But the total questions given are 65 and so how many questions for which subjects has become a challenge for the IITs. So the professors of IIT with wisdom are framing the questions by combining two or more subjects together.

For eg: In computer science, C.O+OS, C.O+LP, C.O+T.OC, T.O.C+DM, DS+DAA, C.O+D.A.A+DM.

In electrical power electronics+ machines, machines+ electronics, network+ analog, network+ measurements, signals+ Meltzer and so on……..


In this manner every paper is given by combining questions from different subjects. So while preparing for the exam one should notice this and accordingly plan their preparation.

Careful with GATE Negative Marking System

In GATE for every wrong answer there shall be a minus of 33.33 percent marks. It means that for 1 mark questions 1/3 and 2 mark questions 2/3 marks are deducted as negative marking. But in section-2 paper for the linked answers though the second answer is wrong there is no negative marking and for numerical questions also there is no negative marking.

Right now GATE examination pattern cannot be fully considered as objective based. The common date based questions and linked answer questions have to be considered as traditional questions only. So it is better to practice them well by taking 5 to 10 minutes time.

Candidates who are preparing to write GATE exam must choose good standard subject books for their preparation. It is also very helpful to practice the old questions papers and also those of engineering and civil services question papers being conducted by UPSC. By this one can know how one topic can be asked in many different ways. This will be helpful for the candidate to learn the subject and also to analyze himself on how well he can attempt the questions but better practice and more practice.

What was the GATE 2013 cut-off mark?

The cut-off marks for different branches in the Gate-2013exam, the number of students attended for the exam.
No. of Candidates
Electronics and communication engineering




Computer science
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering
Civil engineering
Instrumentation engineering




Production engineering

How to become successful in GATE 2015?

Candidates should allot at least 6 to 8 hours of their time for practice right from now onwards. Every weekend and once in a month one should analyze all the topics read. In preparation one should realize that more than quantity, quality is important.

It is difficult to write correct answer to every given question in the exam. So one has to decide prior itself as to how many questions they can attempt and what questions to be attempted to get the marks in the given three hours time for clarity. It is better to leave too tough questions and those which consume lot of time in the exam.

One should follow the same rule in their preparation also. In the available 6 months time one should decide which topics are more useful to get a good score in GATE 2015.

In Gate the two marks linked questions and general aptitude is very crucial. So more focus and practice on them is compulsory.

The engineering candidates should be careful with their engineering math’s subject. They have to show special interest on math’s as it carries 15% weightage.

Online model papers should be practiced regularly by candidates without fail to understand the exam pattern and assess themselves about their practice for the test.

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