The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), is an All-India Examination conducted by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.
Objective of GATE
The objective of GATE is to identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission in Postgraduate Programs in Engineering at the national level. Some Engineering Colleges/Institutes specify GATE as a mandatory qualification for admission for Postgraduate Programs. For doing M.Tech. and Ph.D programme from IIT, IISc and other reputed institutes one should have GATE score. The GATE qualified students are given their all India Rank (also percentile). On the basis of this score students have to applied for different IITs or other institutes.
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear in GATE:
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3 hours duration, which contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The question paper will consist of only multiple choice objective questions. Each question will have four choices for the answer. The candidates will have to mark the correct choice on an Optical Response Sheet (ORS) by darkening the appropriate bubble against each question. There will be negative marking for each wrong answer, as explained in Question Paper Pattern.
Question paper pattern
Subject - Biotechnology (BT)
Each paper contains 65 questions carrying 100 marks:
Q.1 to Q.25: Will carry one mark each (sub-total 25 marks). 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 unattempted, 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. This paper will contain few questions on Engineering Mathematics carrying 15 marks.