New Question Paper pattern of GATE 2011




GATE 2011 exam is an objective, multiple choice questions paper. The duration of the examination is of three hours in which there are 65 questions that carry a maximum of 100 marks. From this year onwards, the pattern of GATE question paper has been changed from the previous pattern where 55 technical questions and 10 questions of General Aptitude will be included that will carry 100 marks.


1) From Q.1 to Q.25: It will carry one mark each where subtotal will be 25 marks. There will be negative marking. If you have given wrong answer, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
2) From Q.26 to Q.55: It will carry two marks each where subtotal will be 60 marks. For every wrong answer, 2/3 marks will be deducted.
• From Q.48 to Q.51: These questions will be common data questions. Each question will be of two marks 2/3 and for each wrong answer, 2/3 marks will be deducted.
• The Question pairs Q.52, Q.53 and Q.54, Q.55 will be linked answer questions where answer to the second question of the last two pairs may depend on the answer to the first question of the pair. If you give wrong answer of the first question in the linked pair or not attempt the question, the second question will not be evaluated. It will carry two marks each.
• For Q.52 and Q.54, 2/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answer and there is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.
3) From Q.56 to Q.60: Questions of General aptitude will carry one mark each. So there will be sub-total of 5 marks and for each wrong answer, 1/3 marks will be deducted.
4) From Q.61 to Q.65: It will carry two marks each where the sub-total will be 10 marks. For every wrong answer, there will be deduction of 2/3 marks.
All the question papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI and TF will contain few questions on Engineering Mathematics carrying 15 marks.
XE Paper - Section A (Engineering Mathematics)
There will be 12 questions carrying 20 marks in XE Section A (Engineering Mathematics) paper.
Q.1 to Q.4 (4 questions) will carry one mark each (sub-total 4 marks). 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.5 to Q.12 (8 questions) will carry two marks each (sub-total 16 marks). 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
XE section papers (Sections B through G) will consist of 24 questions carrying 40 marks
Q.1 to Q.8 (8 questions) will carry one mark each (sub-total 8 marks). 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.9 to Q.18 (10 questions) will carry two marks each (sub-total 20 marks) each (sub-total 20 marks). 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.19 through Q.22 (2 pairs) will be common data based questions. Each will carry two marks. However, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.23, Q.24 will be linked answer questions: Like mentioned above, the answer to the second question of the pair of linked question will depend on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is not attempted by the examinee, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. Each will carry two marks. For Q.23, 2/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answer. There will be no negative mark for Q.24.
XL Paper Section H (Chemistry): There will be 18 questions carrying 30 marks in XL Section H paper.
Q.1 to Q.6 (6 questions) will carry one mark each (sub-total 6 marks). 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.7 to Q.14 (8 questions) will carry two marks each (sub-total 16 marks). 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
(Q.15, Q.16) will be common data questions. Each question will carry two marks each where 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Question pair (Q.17, Q.18) will have linked answer question. Each question will carry two marks each. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair. For Q.17, 2/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answer. There is no negative mark for Q.18