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GATE Question Paper – Pattern of Questions, Previous Year Papers

IIT Bombay, the conducting body for GATE 2021, has released the question papers for all 27 papers. As usual, GATE question papers were made available on the official website in PDF format. Candidates can visit the online portal to download the PDF files of the previous years’ question papers. Using the previous year’s question papers, aspirants can  create effective preparation plan for the upcoming GATE 2022 exam. 

The GATE exam for the year 2022 is expected to be conducted in the month of February 2022. Going through the GATE question papers will help the candidates to get an idea regarding the pattern of exam and nature of the questions in the exam. Team Buddy4Study advises candidates to go through the complete article for more information on GATE question papers 2021.

GATE Question Paper 2021 – Pattern of Questions

The exam pattern representation given below is as per different papers of GATE. The concerned authorities follow the same pattern while preparing the question papers for this national level exam. Aspirants are advised to look into the pattern thoroughly so as to avoid any confusion regarding the GATE question paper structure. 

Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
General Aptitude (GA) 5 questions of 1 mark each and 5 questions of 2 mark each 10 15
Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL 25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions of 2 mark each 55 85
Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Question Paper GG (Geology and Geophysics) PART A (Compulsory Section) PART B 55 85
25 questions of 1 mark each Section I (Geology) and Section II (Geophysics) (Attempt Any 1 question):

30 questions of 2 mark each

Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
XE Paper (Engineering Sciences) General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section A Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory): Sections B to H: (Attempt Any Two) 55 85
7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each 9 questions of 1 mark each and 13 questions of 2 marks each
Sections Number of Questions and Marks per part Number of Questions Maximum Marks
XL Paper (Life Sciences) General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section P Chemistry (Compulsory Section): Sections Q to U: (Attempt Any 2) 55 85
5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each 10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each

GATE Question Paper 2021 – Download Here

Accessing this year’s GATE question papers exam will help the candidates get an idea about the pattern and type of questions asked in the exam. Also, candidates will be able to evaluate their preparations and know where they lack or which topic needs more attention. 

The question papers for GATE 2021 has been released by the authorities on 2nd March 2021. Candidates will find below the official GATE question paper 2021 along with the answer keys in the below table: 

Subject/ Paper with Code

Question Paper

Answer Key

Aerospace Engineering (AE)

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Agricultural Engineering (AG) Click Here

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Architecture & Planning (AR)

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Biomedical Engineering (BM) Click Here

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Biotechnology (BT)

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Civil Engineering (CE-1) Click Here

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Civil Engineering (CE-2)

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Chemical Engineering (CH) Click Here

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Computer Science and Information Technology (CS-1)

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Computer Science and Information Technology (CS-2) Click Here

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Chemistry (CY)

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Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE) Click Here

Click Here

Electrical Engineering (EE)

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Environmental Science & Engineering (ES) Click Here

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Ecology & Evolution (EY)

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Geology Click Here

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Geophysics

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Instrumentation Engineering (IN) Click Here

Click Here

Mathematics (MA)

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Mechanical Engineering (ME-1) Click Here

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Mechanical Engineering (ME-2)

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Mining Engineering (MN) Click Here

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Metallurgical Engineering (MT)

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Petroleum Engineering (PE)

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Physics (PH)

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Production & Industrial Engineering (PI) Click Here

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Statistics (ST)

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Textile Engineering & Fibre Science (TF) Click Here

Click Here

Engineering Mathematics (XE-A)

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Fluid Mechanics (XE-B) Click Here

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Materials Science (XE-C)

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Solid Mechanics (XE-D) Click Here

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Thermodynamics (XE-E)

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Polymer Science and Engineering  (XE-F) Click Here

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Food Technology (XE-G)

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (XE-H) Click Here

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Humanities & Social Sciences – Economics (XH – C1)

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Humanities & Social Sciences – English (XH – C2) Click Here

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Humanities & Social Sciences – Linguistics (XH – C3)

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Humanities & Social Sciences – Philosophy (XH – C4) Click Here

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Humanities & Social Sciences – Psychology (XH – C5)

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Humanities & Social Sciences – Sociology (XH – C6) Click Here

Click Here

Chemistry (XL-P)

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Biochemistry (XL-Q) Click Here

Click Here

Botany (XL-R)

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Microbiology (XL-S) Click Here

Click Here

Zoology (XL-T)

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Food Technology (XL-U) Click Here

Click Here

GATE Question Paper – FAQs

Q. When will the authorities release the question papers for GATE 2021?

The exam authority of GATE 2021, IIT Bombay, has already released the GATE question papers on the official website on 2nd March 2021.

Q. How can we access the GATE question papers?

You can easily download the GATE questions papers of 2021 by using the direct links to download the PDF files of the question papers along with the answer keys for all 27 GATE papers in the above table. Candidates can also visit the official website of GATE to download the question papers.

Q. What are the benefits of using the GATE question papers?

As discussed above, the candidates will be able to evaluate their preparations and get an idea about the pattern and type of questions to be asked in the GATE exam. Along with this, the candidates will also be able to know the weightage (which topic holds how much marks).

Q. Will the pattern of GATE question papers be the same for all GATE papers?

No, the pattern of questions for GATE exam will vary for all the papers. In this article above, Buddy4Study has given the detailed pattern for reference of the GATE aspirants.

Q. Can we get the GATE question papers for the year 2020?

Yes, the question papers for all previous years’ GATE exam are available on the official website for download.

Stay tuned to Buddy4Study to get the latest updates and news on GATE Exam 2022.

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