Though all of you should feel free to ask any question about the exam, my article will focus on following:
1. MUST KNOW THE PATTERN
2. MUST KNOW THE HOST & THE BLUE PRINT
3. MUST KNOW THE CUT-OFF
4. MUST KNOW THE FOOT FALL
5. GATE IS NOT GHOST!
MUST KNOW THE PATTERN
Now, the next information you should target is the grouping of questions of different weightage. There are total 30 questions of 1 mark each. So, out of 65, 30 questions are such that they can be finished in 15 minutes (no matter you know the answers or not). So, the brilliant news is that you have over 160 minutes for just 35 questions to solve!
Out of remaining 35 questions, 10 are made by 5 linked questions (each linked question has one passage and two questions related to that passage), the five linked questions can give you 20 marks. Remaining 25 questions are of 2 marks each.
So, this makes up the total weightage of the exam to 100 marks.
MUST KNOW THE HOST & THE BLUE PRINT
Following links should help you:
Believe me or not, the questions repeat! Sometimes the same question is asked exactly the way it was asked in the previous year(s), and mostly the repetition is by changing the statement. And, good thing is that, pick up any previous year exam, the blue-print shall remain the same:
Q 1-25 are 1 mark each
Q 26-40 are 2 mark each
Q 41-50 are linked questions (4 marks per pair, no marks for 2nd question if 1st is left blank or wrong)
Q 51-55 are 1 mark each aptitude questions
Q 56-65 are 2 mark each aptitude questions
The consistency of the blue-print really gives you a good feeling about how the paper would be and how to strategize the attempts.
MUST KNOW THE CUT-OFF
There are 30 questions of 1 mark each! They are often the simplest ones (that’s why they are one mark each). Most people do the blunder on this simple part! They attempt almost all of them, even if they are confused over the answers. My advice is, attempt only those 1 mark questions, whose answer you can reach to in 30 seconds. Leave the rest, there’s 1/3 negative mark for wrong attempt. So, even if you manage to attempt 15 questions, it’s indeed a big achievement! You have already made almost 15 marks out of 50 (for top 500 rank) needed. Now, you have 35 questions to score 35 marks more. So, even if you manage half of them correct, you are through to top 500 rank (qualifying at 40 marks is way more easy!!!). But the irony is that people hardly manage even 40 marks, all due to the blunderous and surplus attempts! There’s 2/3 negative marking for each wrong attempt in 2 mark questions.
Know your target and attempt wisely!
During my first attempt in GATE BT 2010, I had attempted just 42 questions out of 65, and scored 55 marks (cut-off was around 34). That fetched me an AIR 44! I had attempted 20 questions of 1 mark each and 2 linked questions (made 4 questions), and 18 two mark questions.
In GATE 2011, I had attempted 51 questions, and scored 62 marks (cut-off was 41). That fetched me an AIR 143!
So, it’s not the number of questions you attempt, but how many of them are correct, that matters.
MUST KNOW THE FOOT FALL
GATE IS NOT GHOST!
Ask yourself one question, “Who attempts GATE?”
And the answer is,” Students like you only! They are also from sub class colleges and aspire for getting into IITs. Rather, each of the GATE aspirant is equally nervous as you are. You are not competing in GATE with some KOTA trained students as in JEE, but normal B.Tech qualified people who want to upgrade their qualification. ” A simple, calm and normal application of your knowledge in Biotechnology, gained through four years of B.Tech, can easily lead you through this Exam. Practice the previous year papers and explore their questions in details rather than scrolling the books as per GATE syllabus. It not only saves time but conditions your mind in a better way to attempt the similar patterned questions in the exam.
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