GATE Mathematics (MA) Exam Pattern/Structure
65 Questions (100 Marks)  

GATE Mathematics (MA)  GATE General Aptitude Syllabus  GATE Mathematics (MA)  
No. Of Quetions  5  5  25  30 
Marks Per Question  1  2  1  2 
Total Marks  5  10  25  60 
Question Types  

Multiple Choice Questions: 

Numerical Answer Questions: 

Question Paper Structure  

Recall Questions:  These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his memory of the subject or at most from a oneline computation. 
Comprehension Questions:  These questions test the candidates understanding of the basics of the field, by requiring him to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas. 
Application Questions:  In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning. 
Analysis and Synthesis Questions:  These can be linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of each other. 
GATE Mathematics (MA) Test/Exam Pattern (Based on last 3 years papers)
GATE General Aptitude Questions:
Exam/Test/Paper contains 10(out of 65) questions that test the “General Aptitude” (language and analytic skills)and carry a total of 15 marks (out of 100), apart from the core subject of Mathematics (MA).
GATE Mathematics (MA) Questions:
Exam/Test/Paper contains 55(out of 65) questions that test the “Tech” (Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Ordinary Differential Equations, Algebra, Functional Analysis, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Topology, Probability and Statistics, Linear programming)and carry a total of 85 marks (out of 100).
Duration and examination type:
The examination is of 3 hours duration, and contains a total of 65 questions worth a maximum of 100 marks. From 2014 onward, the examination for all the papers is carried out in an online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates are shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The questions consist of both multiple choice questions (four answer options out of which the correct one has to be chosen) and numerical answer type questions (answer is a real number, to be entered via an onscreen keypad and computer mouse). Candidates are provided with scribble pads for rough work and these have to be returned after the examination. At the end of the 3hour window, the computer automatically closes the screen from further actions.