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GATE 2021 Paper Analysis

By: Archana on May 17, 2019

GATE Mechanical Paper Analysis:

The Mechanical Paper was conducted in four sessions for GATE which is scheduled on February 2020.

The questions were mostly conceptual in nature. The 1 mark questions were easier than the previous year, however, the 2 mark questions were very difficult.  Also, this year there were 10 sections and a part of the General Aptitude.

Section

No. of Questions

Engineering Mechanics

04

Mechanics of Materials

07

Theory of Machine

05

Machine Design

02

Fluid Mechanics

06

Heat Transfer

04

Thermodynamics

07

Manufacturing Engineering

08

Industrial Engineering

01

Mathematics

11

  • 17% of the total number of questions basically tested the mathematical skill of the student.
  •  The questions of Thermodynamics and Manufacturing were tougher than the rest of the sections. 
  • There were a lot of tricky questions in the Fluid Mechanics Section.
  • The Mathematics section was easier than last year.
  • The General Aptitude section carried 15 marks. Five questions for each 1-mark and 2-mark sub-sections

Forenoon slot: The paper was more about conceptual understanding rather than being based on logical reasoning or formula. Manufacturing Technology had a weightage of less than 15% and the questions that were related to Thermal Engineering and Heat Transfer were considerably less in number, having the same weightage as last year requiring conceptual understanding to do them better.

Afternoon Slot: The number of NAT Questions were more than MCQs and had more weightage. The weightage for Manufacturing Technology was the highest wherein a lot of questions were lengthy. One mark questions were easy and very few of them were of medium level difficulty. The paper had required some amount of logical thinking and analysis of concepts.

GATE Civil Engineering Paper Analysis:

The exam was conducted for subjects like steel structure, soil mechanics, irrigation, hydrology, transpiration engineering, foundation engineering, and fluid engineering. There were 65 questions for 100 marks.

Topic

Paper-1 (1 mark)

Paper-1 (2 mark)

Paper-2 (1 mark)

Paper-2 (2 mark)

Engineering Mathematics

3

5

5

4

Mechanics

2

2

2

1

Structural Analysis

1

1

1

3

Concrete Structures

4

1

1

2

Steel Structures

0

2

2

1

Soil Mechanics

4

3

2

2

Foundation Engineering

1

2

2

3

Fluid Mechanics

3

4

3

3

Hydrology

0

2

1

1

Irrigation

1

0

0

1

Environmental Engineering

2

3

2

4

Transportation Engineering

2

3

2

3

Surveying

2

2

2

2

Verbal Ability

3

1

3

1

Numerical Ability

3

3

2

4

 

31

34

30

35

  •   The Numerical Ability questions were more in number.
  • Structural Engineering and Fluid Engineering questions were comparatively hard than the rest of the questions, which were of moderate level.

GATE Computer Science & Information Technology Paper Analysis:

There were 65 questions with 30 of 1 mark questions and 35 of 2 mark questions.

Topic

Level of Questions

Engineering Mathematics

Hard

Discrete Mathematics

Moderate

Digital Logic

Easy

Computer Organization

Easy

Theory of Computation

Moderate

Data Structures and Algorithms

Hard

Compiler Design

Moderate

Operating Systems

Easy

DBMS

Moderate

Computer Networks

Hard

SEWT

Easy

Verbal Ability

Easy

Numerical Ability

Easy

  • The Data Structure and Discrete Mathematics questions were tough.
  •  Computer Networks and Numerical Ability questions were of moderate level.
  •  Overall the CS paper was easier than last year.

Questions from technical areas were asked mostly from Fundamental and Concept Building topics of Computer Science Engineering. The questions were moderately easy. There were no changes in the exam pattern in comparison to the previous year.

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