GATE

Pattern of GATE
GATE have the following 21 papers.

Agricultural Engineering, Architecture and Planning ,Civil Engineering , Chemical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering , Chemistry, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Electrical Engineering , Geology & Geophysics, Instrumentation Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering , Physics, Production & Industrial Engg, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Textile Engg & Fibre Science, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences.
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA). In the papers bearing the codes  Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics &Communication, Electrical Engineering,  Mechanical Engineering ,  the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper. 
GATE 2015 would contain questions of two different types in various papers:
(i) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) carrying 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. These questions are objective in nature, and each will have a choice of four answers, out of which the candidate has to mark the correct answer(s). 
(ii)   Numerical Answer Questions of 1 or 2 marks each in all papers and sections. For these questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choices will be shown for this type of questions.
 
Guidelines for the preparation of GATE Exams.
  • Choose the books which explain the concept more clearly and precisely. There must have as many examples as possible ranging from simple application to the real time applications of the concept. If the syllabus is not covered in the book than refer other author which have in depth explanation having conceptual ideas.
  • Prepare a time table and follow it. Schedule your work by classifying subjects as theory and problem related and which requires more number of hours at the same time which carry more marks those requires more attention and one needs to work a lot. Also prepare a timetable according to exam date that includes the entire syllabus. Time table helps you to utilize even free time you get in college. And do it honestly if not than you are cheating yourself. “And hard work and honesty is the key of success”.
  • Notes help you to keep track of what are the things you studied and how you studied it whenever you study the subject already had notes, first try to recollect the concepts and then check that you remembered it correctly or not. Method of notes making is composed of organized topics and hints of the topics and sub-topics. And try to highlight the most important keywords, names, definitions of each topic in notes. Notes are easy to recall in the exam and easy to study that will help you to go again through the completed portion without any difficulties.
  • Group study is helpful for fast revision and discuss deeply. Decide a particular topic and share your views and knowledge. In a group all the people spearhead towards a single aim you can use your study in sub-groups of 2-3 person each will study different portions. Later on, all of you sit together and explain the topics to each other’s. In this way you can cover huge volumes of portion in small time.
  • You can judge your preparation level by giving some mock/sample tests, previous year's papers, identify your weak points and bridge them. If you are able to answer more questions in the areas you are preparing for and then you are in the right direction. Also if you don't finish the topics according to the time table you can judge that you are not preparing well.
  • First give preference to topics which are most frequently asked in the paper by analysing last year paper. Highlight or underline the important portion of topics which help in quick revision of topics during examination. Selection of topics and selection of particular author’s book is most important for cracking the examination.
  • Make your plan for revision before examination which needs number of revision to memorize the concept. Memorizing the chapter headings and its contents also helps you to remember the topics and correlate the answer. For descriptive examinations make important key words required for the subject and for each topic/concept you can use those list keywords to answer. Revision before exam really helps you in getting good marks.
  • Reference books, magazines, online study material, e-Books, coaching institute material, class notes and pervious question papers.
  • What you have studied in the whole year must be presented in 3 or 2 hours and this helps you to perform better. First read instructions carefully. Attempt question with full concentration and does not waste more time in a single question .Time management is most important. You have to frequently watch on the time and which increase your answering speed. If content of questions is very large and time is very less then look for simple ones. Check for yourself your performance in last exam and eliminate your mistakes.
  • The fear of examination depends on your preparation before going inside. If you have exam phobia create an environment like exam by giving mock test and it will help you to face the exam with confidence.
  • If you think that you have to read the book to crack the exam it looks like a constraint. You must develop your interest to study the book enjoy the book reading then only you can concentrate. Yoga and meditation are also help for good concentration or improve concentration.
  • Coaching institutes maybe essential for success in competitive exams. It is because they will be able to get materials and problem solving methodologies which you won't know while preparing alone. It gives you short cut methods to solve the numerical and also gives the good understanding of topics and the valuable materials. Study before and after class is useful as it gives a better understanding and also helps in remembering the topics covered.
  • You should maintain a good schedule & feel good about your study status, and then you take that as good preparation. If it's not going fine than you should just try to work out a good schedule & put in some extra effort. And you will figure out not to make the same mistake again. You will try to gain experience from the failure. You don’t feel any tensed when the preparation are all on the line. You won't get too excited in tension about this though. You will always look for the next step to overcome this situation. In some other way you can take some suggestions with your teacher and friends and the final decision should yours whether to change the method of preparation or not.
 
Question Paper Structure
Main Papers

Negative Marks for wrong Answer Q.1 to Q.25: 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.26 to Q.55: Will carry two marks each (sub-total 60 marks) 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.48 through Q.51 (2 pairs) will be common data questions. Each question will carry two marks 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Question pairs (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) will be linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the last two pairs will depend on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. Each question will carry two marks There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.52 and Q.54, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.
Q.56 to Q.60 : From General Aptitude (GA) will carry one mark each (sub-total 5 marks). 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Q.61 to Q.65 : From GA will carry two marks each (sub-total 10 marks) 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
There will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.
Q.1 to Q.25 (25 questions) carry one mark each (sub-total 25 marks). Q.26 to Q.55 (30 questions) carry two marks each (sub-total 60 marks). Questions Q.56 - Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA). Questions Q.56 - Q.60 (5 questions) carry 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and questions Q.61 - Q.65 (5 questions) carry 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

Questions Q.48 - Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions and Question pairs (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) are linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the linked answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is unstamped, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.
NEGATIVE MARKING
For Q.1 - Q.25 and Q.56 - Q.60, â…“ mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. For Q.26 - Q.51 and Q.61 - Q.65, â…” mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The question pairs (Q.52, Q.53), and (Q.54, Q.55) are questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.52 and Q.54,â…” mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.

Questions on Engineering Mathematics will carry about 15% of the total marks (excluding General Aptitude section) in all the papers bearing the codes AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT and PI.

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