Did you know that the GATE 2014 examination will be conducted online for civil engineering and chemical engineering? However, the exam will be conducted offline for electronics & communication, computer science & IT, electrical engineering, instrumentation engineering, and mechanical engineering.
If you are planning to crack the GATE in 2014, you should have proper knowledge of the examination and question pattern. Joining a coaching centre can surely help. However, before enrolling, you should enquire whether the centre provides coaching in accordance with the latest GATE pattern. This post outlines some important information about GATE pattern for 2014, so as to help you take a better informed decision.
The exam is of 100 marks with a total of 65 objective type questions. Out of these 65 questions, there will be 10 general aptitude questions carrying 15 marks. These questions will be common for all engineering branches. In engineering papers, there will be four different types of questions. Here’s a look at these four question patterns.
- Multiple choice questions – For this type of question, you have to choose the best answer out 3 or 4 answers. Each question carries 1 or 2 marks. There is one third negative marking for questions carrying 1 mark, and two third negative marking for questions carrying 2 marks.
- Common data questions – This is a set of two successive questions using the same set of input data.
- Linked answer question pair – This is a question pair where the answer to the first question is linked to answer of the next question. Each question carries 2 marks. Negative marking is applicable for each wrong answer to the first question. However, there is no negative marking for the second question of the pair.
- Numerical answer questions – In this type, you have to enter a number using the mouse and a virtual keypad that will be provided on the screen. There is no negative marking for this type of question.
Engineering mathematics section will carry 15 percent of the total marks. It is important to note that engineering mathematics questions for some engineering branches will be the same. For example, engineering mathematics questions for electrical engineering, electronics & communication engineering, and instrumentation engineering will be the same. Another important thing to note about the 2014 GATE pattern is that there is no negative marking for leaving questions. As such, it is advisable that you should not attempt a question, if you are very sure about its answer.