How To Prepare For GATE General Aptitude?

The General Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted for 29 papers, with General Aptitude (GA) being a common section among all the papers. Out of the total 100 marks, it carries a crucial 15 marks allotted for 10 GA questions. 

Considered as a rank booster, General Aptitude can bring you closer to cut-off marks and get you your dream score. However, with the recent introduction of new sections/topics: Quantitative, Analytical, and Spatial Aptitude, the importance of the General Aptitude section has increased substantially. Hence, mastering this section requires a strategic and dedicated approach.

One common mistake most GATE aspirants commit during GATE exam preparation is not emphasizing the General Aptitude preparation and taking it very lightly. They believe that aptitude can be studied easily in lesser time and, thus, they end up focusing more on core technical subjects. They don’t give the required time for the GA preparation. It is a habit that should be avoided at all costs.  

In this article, we will discuss a few tips and strategies to cover the GA section effectively. But before we step into that, let’s have a glimpse of the new sections and their syllabus introduced in the GA section of GATE.  

GATE 2022 Syllabus- General Aptitude

Knowing what to study in General Aptitude before starting your preparation is the first prerequisite to be headed in the right direction. Hence, we have listed the latest syllabus in the table given below.

TopicsSub-topics
Verbal AptitudeBasicEnglishGrammar
Tenses
Articles
Adjectives
Prepositions
Conjunctions
Verb-noun agreement and other parts of speech
Basic Vocabulary
Words
Idioms
Phrases in context
Reading and Comprehension
Narrative Sequencing
Quantitative AptitudeData Interpretation
Data graphs (Bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data)
2- and 3-dimensional plots
Time and Work
Speed, Time, and Distance
Maps
Tables
Numerical Computation and Estimation
Ratios and Propotions
Percentages
Average and Ages
Exponents and Logarithms
Permutations and Combinations
Number Series
Mensuration and Geometry
Elementary Statistics
Probability
Analytical AptitudeLogic: Deduction and Induction
Analogy
Blood relations and reasoning
Spatial AptitudeTransformation of Shapes: Translation,
Rotation, 
Scaling, 
Mirroring,
Assembling, and Grouping 
Paper folding, Cutting, and Patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions

Also read: Preparation Strategy for GATE 2022

Effective Tips for General Aptitude Preparation

Though the General Aptitude section is considered easy, a candidate can even score full marks in it with extra preparation. In order to get a decent rank in the GATE exam, consider following the below-mentioned tips to prepare effectively:

# Make it a point to study General Aptitude daily for at least one hour. By following this essential ritual you will be able to cover the entire syllabus in the stipulated time.

# Since General Aptitude topics are not new and have been studied at some point of time in the past, you just need to brush up and practice them for their better understanding.

# Data Interpretation questions are asked every year, hence, practice solving them on a regular basis. Questions related to Graphs, Pie Charts, and Figure based questions, should be solved frequently. 

# Focus on your vocabulary and learn at least 5 new words every day and their usage. Also, try to develop a habit of reading newspapers and articles in English magazines. It will help you to understand the basic flow of the English language and help you to answer grammar questions correctly. 

# The most important thing during the General Aptitude preparation is to solve the previous year questions and online test series. It helps you to get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam. Solving test series will help you in time management.  

# Consider solving General Aptitude questions as breathing time! There may be a time when you are exhausted studying technical subjects and you can’t carry anymore. At the same time, you also don’t want to waste the crucial time sitting idle. Utilize that time judiciously by solving GA questions.

Read more: Online GATE coaching: A real game-changer

GATE 2020 Aptitude Questions with Answers

Below listed are General Aptitude questions that were asked in the GATE 2020 exam. Take a look and understand what GATE tests in a candidate.

Q.No.1 The untimely loss of life is a cause of serious global concern as thousands of people get killed________ accidents every year while many other die_______ diseases like cardio vascular diseases, cancer, etc.

A. in, of

B. from, of

C. during, from

D. from, from

Answer: A

Q.No.2 He was not only accused of theft___________ of conspiracy.

A. rather

B. but also

C. but even

D. rather than

Answer: B

Q.No.3 Select the word that fits the analogy:

Explicit:Implicit ::Express:_________

A. Impress

B. Repress

C. Compress

D. Suppress

Answer: B

Q.No.4 The Canadian constitution requires that equal importance be given to English and French. Last year, Air Canada lost a lawsuit, and had to pay a six-figure fine to a French-speaking couple after they filed complaints about formal in-flight announcements in English lasting 15 seconds, as opposed to informal 5 seconds messages in French.

The French speaking couples were upset at__________.

A. the in-flight announcements being made in English.

B. the English announcements being clearer than the French ones.

C. the English announcements being longer than the French ones.

D. Equal importance being given to English and French.

Answer: C

Q.No.5 It is quarter past three in your watch. The angle between the hour hand and the minute hand is_______.

A. 0°

B. 7.5°

C. 15°

D. 22.5°

Answer: B

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Raminder Singh

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