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GATE 2013 Exam Pattern

GATE 2013 is competitive examination and scholarship test for PG admission into IITs, IISc Bangalore and other GATE Score accepting institution. The GATE 2013 examination will test you in following four areas through different GATE 2013 papers-

Recall, Comprehension, Application, Analysis and Synthesis

  • GATE 2013 will carry 65 questions of 100 marks.
  • There shall be 10 questions of marks in General Aptitude / GA Section. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).
  • Rest shall be allotted for main section.
GATE 2013 will ask following four different types of questions in different papers-


(i) Multiple choice questions carrying 1 or 2 marks each; Each of  the multiple choice objective questions in all papers and sections will contain four answers,  of which one correct answer is to be marked.


(ii) Common data questions (which are also multiple choice questions), where two successive questions use the same set of input data;

(iii) Linked answer questions (which are also multiple choice questions), where the answer to the first question in the pair is required to answer its successor

(iv) Numerical answer questions, where the answer is a number, to be entered by the candidate using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen.


GATE 2013 Marking Scheme


For 1 mark multiple choice questions, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2 marks multiple choice questions, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. However, for the linked answer question pair, where each question carries 2 marks, 2/3  mark will be deducted for a wrong answer to the first question only. There is no negative marking for wrong answer to the second question of the linked answer question pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is unattempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions (numerical answer type questions will appear only in the papers for which the exam is ONLINE only).

Source = GATE 2013 Website IIT Bombay

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