The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies.
Eligibility criteria for GATE XL is same as that of GATE BT
Pattern of the GATE BT exam:
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of both multiple choice questions (MCQ) and numerical answer type (NAT) questions.
A candidate appearing in the XL paper has to answer the following sections:
General aptitude (Compulsory)
A candidate can choose any 2 disciplines out of these 4 choices (Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology)
Importantly, The choice of two sections from I to M can be made during the examination after viewing the questions. Only two optional sections can be answered at a time. A candidate wishing to change midway of the examination to another optional section must first choose to deselect one of the previously chosen optional sections (I to M).
Breakdown of the paper & negative marking
There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.
1. There are 10 questions carrying 15 marks in General Aptitude (GA) section, which is compulsory. Questions Q.1 – Q.5 carry 1 mark each, and questions Q.6 – Q.10 carry 2 marks each.
2. There are 15 questions carrying 25 marks in Section H (Chemistry), which is compulsory. Questions. Q.1 - Q.5 carry 1 mark each and questions Q.6- Q.15 carry 2 marks each.
3. Each of the other sections (Sections I through M) contains 20 questions carrying 30 marks. Questions. Q.1 - Q.10 carry 1 mark each and questions Q.11 - Q.20 carry 2 marks each.
1/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answer of a one mark question, whereas 2/3 marks will be deducted for 2 mark question.
Last date of submission of online application: 1st October
GATE online exam: Last week of January or first week of February
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