General Aptitude for GATE 2015 Exams

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In my last article I have written about GATE  2015 Examinations in detail , you could also visit or you could also visit this link

However, in continuation with it I am writing this article about the General Aptitude Section that is asked in the GATE papers, conducted in all the disciplines of Engineering.

The upcoming GATE examination is spread across a number of days starting from  31st January, 2015 up to mid February 2015. So its time that all you aspirants start burning the midnight oil, getting hooked to your books. But first,  its very necessary that you are well versed with syllabus for these exams.

GATE examinations are held in most of the major disciplines of engineering such as Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics etc. but to be very specific there are 22 of them. Thus the preparation would depend upon which field are you interested in?

However, all said and done, there is one common tread running through all the papers and this is the General Aptitude. This section of the paper is usually designed to check and evaluate the aspirants logical as well as reasoning skills.

GATE 2015,Paper Pattern In Brief:

The General Aptitude comprises of 10 questions thereby weighing a total of 15 marks.

Thus 5 questions each carrying 1 mark
and another 5 questions carrying 2 marks
There is no specific syllabus for the General Aptitude, but it usually comprises of 2 parts:

  • Part 1 comprises of questions of English Grammar, English Composition,  Sentence construction and completion, verbal analogies, instructions, Word Groups and other grammar related questions.
  • Part 2 comprises of logical and analytical reasoning, numerical reasoning, numerical problems etc.

Here is a detailed Structure of the GATE 2015, General Aptitude Section:

Broadly, the GATE 2015 Syllabus can be segregated into three major sections, the General Aptitude Section, the Engineering Mathematics Section and the Technical Aptitude Section. Here is what you should know about the general structure of the syllabus for GATE 2015 exam.

(1)General Aptitude (GA) Section: The syllabus of the general aptitude section is the same for all branches. There will be multiple choice type questions of total 15 marks, with 5 questions carrying 1 mark each, and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each. Here is the syllabus for the general aptitude section.

 (2)Engineering Mathematics: There are total 15 marks in this section. The syllabus for engineering mathematics varies, according to the GATE Papers, some papers have the syllabus, while some may not.

For example, Engineering Mathematics:

  •  Engineering Mathematics Syllabus Comprises of electrical engineering, electronics & communication engineering, and instrumentation engineering is the same. The engineering mathematics syllabus for each of these branches include linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, complex variables, probability and statistics, numerical methods, and transform theory.
  • Similarly, engineering mathematics syllabus for civil engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering is also the same. The syllabus includes linear algebra, calculus, differential equations, complex variables, and numerical methods.
  • On the other hand, some topics in the syllabus for computer science & IT engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, electronics & communication engineering, instrumentation engineering, and chemical engineering are common.

(3)Technical Aptitude Section: This section carries 70 percent of the total marks and generally includes branch-specific technical questions. Quite obviously, the syllabus for this section is different for different branches. For example, the syllabus for mechanical engineering includes topics, such as, applied mechanics and design, fluid mechanics and thermal sciences, and manufacturing and industrial engineering.

Given below are some sample questions that could prove fruitful all the Aspirants.

Sample Questions  (Part 1)

Verbal Ability

Q.1. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

Medicine is to illness as law is to _________

(A)       discipline   (B)       anarchy   (C)       treason   (D)       etiquette

Ans. (B)

Q.2. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

After several ……. attempts to send the missile into space, the spacecraft was finally launched successfully.

(A)     abortive   (B)     difficult   (C)     experimental   (D)     preliminary

Ans. (A)

Sample Questions(Part 2)

Numerical Ability

 Q.1 A car travels 8 km in the first quarter of an hour, 6 km in the
second quarter and 16 km in the third quarter. The average speed
of the car in km per hour over the entire journey is
(A) 30 (B) 36
(C) 40 (D) 24

Ans. Option (C) is correct.

Q.2 What is the chance that a leap year, selected at random, will contain
53 Sundays?
(A) 2/7 (B) 3/7
(C) 1/7 (D) 5/7

Ans. Option (A) is correct.

Although this may seem quite easy but sometimes things could get a little rough, so one should practice thoroughly, thereby scoring good marks in this section, thereby increasing your chances of admission.

Books for Studying General Aptitude:

Here are some books that could come handy for studying the subject of General Ability:

  • Quantitative & Verbal reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
  • Quantitive Aptitude Test by T.S. Jain (Upkar Publications)
  • English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Vocabulary by Barron’s Book – Gre

Availability of these books:

Scoping out for these books would be a tedious task, but one would be able to find them online, there are many online shopping sites such as Flipkart, Amazon, Snap deal, infibeam, where these books could be easily available.

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