There are two main types of questions in GATE Examination. They are Multiple Choice (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions.
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MCQs 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). For NAT questions the answer is a real number, to be entered by the candidate using the virtual keypad. No choice will be shown for this type of questions.
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 will be on General Aptitude (GA), which is intended to test the Language and Analytical Skills.
In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF and XE, 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 around 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
Types of Questions in GATE Examination
The questions are to test different knowledge and ability of the candidate. On the basis of intention to check the ability of the candidate and the way question is asked, the questions can be divided into recall, comprehension, application, analysis and synthesis, common data questions, and linked answer questions.
These type of questions are to test the recalling capacity of the candidate. The candidate is expected to answer the questions from his memory. It includes questions like facts, principles, definitions, principles, formulae etc. Sometimes it may also require a one-line calculation to get the answer.
These questions are to test the ability and knowledge of the basics and fundamental ideas of the subject. This may be tested by questions to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.
This types of questions in GATE examination are asked to test the ability of the candidate to apply the concepts of the subject. This can be done either through computation of by logical reasoning.
4. Analysis and Synthesis
These questions are asked to test candidates analyzing capacity. These questions may be of common data type or linked answer questions.
5. Common Data Questions
Common data questions are questions in which more than one question shares the same data, passage, etc. but can solved independently of one another. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the data or passage directly.
6. Linked answer questions
In linked answer questions in which answer of first question is required to answer its successor. A problem statement may be followed by more than one question. The questions are designed in such a way that the second question is depends upon the answer of the first question. Thus first answer becomes an intermediate step while working out the second answer.