First let us quickly get introduced to GATE. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is the examination conducted for admission to Post Graduate Courses in Engineering and other Government Scholarships/Assistantships in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Science as well as for recruitment in all major PSUs. Research organizations like BARC and ISRO also recruit through GATE. Though they also conduct their own written examinations for non- GATE candidates. The number of applicants for GATE is huge. Last year around 9 lakh candidates applied for GATE, of which about 16% qualified the same. The qualification marks vary as per the discipline and are calculated relative to the top marks secured in that discipline for that year or simply, in terms of percentile as you have commonly heard.
The GATE exam is conducted in all engineering disciplines and is open to graduates and also the students currently pursuing undergraduate degree in their third year. The number of attempts for admission to Post graduate programs is restricted to 3; you can give more attempts for Government jobs though.
Talking about the exam pattern, there will be 60 questions for 100 marks and duration of the exam is 3 hours.
Of the 60 questions, 30 questions will have 1 mark weightage and 35 questions will have 2 marks weightage. So the 2 mark questions are where you should focus on scoring in more.
The type of questions that appear are multiple choice questions (single option correct) which have negative marking of 1/3 or 2/3 for 1 mark and 2 mark questions respectively, for every wrong answer.
And the other type of questions is the Numerical Type Questions which do not have negative marking.
Marks are distributed as follows:
|Technical subjects according to branch||Roughly 70 marks|
|Mathematics||Roughly 15 marks|
|General Aptitude||15 marks|
General Aptitude section contains problems based on probability, percentage, ratios and proportion, data interpretation as well as verbal questions based on sentence formation and grammar.
Mathematics section covers all the Engineering Mathematics you studied during your 1st and 2nd year.
Technical subjects include all the subjects you studied during the entire course of your engineering depending on your branch.
Soon we’ll be coming up with preparation strategies for GATE, BARC and ISRO exams. Stay Tuned!