GATE is an exam that consists of three sections namely Engineering Mathematics, Technical Subject and General Aptitude. The weightage of each of these sections is 15%, 70% and 15% respectively. One of the biggest mistakes that candidates make during this exam preparation is that they neglect the general aptitude. General aptitude for GATE is also an important aspect when preparing for the whole exam. Each mark is equally important in this exam as a single mark can decide whether the candidate can get into their dream institute or is eligible for a job.
One can expect a totally different question for the general aptitude section. Many candidates believe that they will complete the general aptitude at the last minute as it holds only 15% weightage or assume that it is an easy section and they can solve it. However, In the GATE exam, the questions asked can be twisted or totally different from the one which the candidate has not expected. Hence, it is essential to prepare for this section.
The General Aptitude for GATE consists of a total of 15 marks that comprises 10 questions. The questions are divided into 1 mark MCQ (5 questions) and 2 marks MCQ (the other 5 questions). This section covers two main topics that are Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability.
The Verbal Ability covers topics such as:
Grammar, Sentence Completion, Sentence Correction, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Error Spotting and Critical Reasoning.
The Numerical Ability Covers Topics such as:
Profit & Loss, Data Interpretation, Time and Clock Sequence, Progressions, Analytical Reasoning, Simple and Compound Interest, Direction Sense, Venn Diagrams, Ages, Time and Work, Blood Relations and Partnerships.
How to Prepare for this section?
Which Books to Refer to?
There are many books available in the market as well as online which will help candidates to prepare thoroughly for the exam. Some of the best books to refer to are Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive examination by R.S Aggarwal and A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S Aggarwal. Note that before referring to any other books check the credibility of the sources.
The General Aptitude for GATE can be easily cleared if one follows these steps. It is important to prepare for this section as it weighs 15 marks in the entire examination. This section also helps the aspirants to build their IQ level and tests their knowledge which can be beneficial for scoring in other subjects too.