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GATE 2011 Main Papers Pattern
The question paper(Except GG, XE and XL) will be for a total 65 Questions carrying 100 marks divided into three groups:

(i) Group I: Question Numbers 1 to 25 (25 questions) will carry one mark each (sub total 25 marks).
Negative Marking: 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

(ii) Group II: Question Numbers 26 to 55 (30 questions) will carry two marks each (sub total 60 marks).
Questions Q.48 - Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions and question pairs
(Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54,Q.55) are linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the linked answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.
Negative Marking: 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

(iii)Group III: Question Numbers 56 to 65 (10 questions) will be General Aptitude Questions
Question Numbers 56 to 60 (5 questions) will carry one mark each (sub total 5 marks).
Question Numbers 61 to 65 (5 questions) will carry two mark each (sub total 10 marks).
Negative Marking: Question 56 to 60 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
Question 61 to 65 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
There is no negative marking for question 53 and question 55

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GC(Geology and Geophysics) Paper

There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Apart from GA, the question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geophysics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.

Part A consists of 25 questions; all questions carry 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks). Each of the sections (Section 1 and Section 2) in Part B consists of 30 questions; all questions carry 2-marks each (sub-total 60 marks). Questions Q.48 - Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions and question pairs (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) are linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the linked answer questions pair depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. Questions Q.56 - Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA). Questions Q.56 - Q.60 will carry 1- mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and questions Q.61 - Q.65 will carry 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

NEGATIVE MARKING: For Q.1 - Q.25 and Q.56 - Q.60, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. For Q.26 - Q.51 and Q.61 - Q.65, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The question pairs (Q.52, Q.53), and (Q.54, Q.55) are questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.52 and Q.54, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.
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XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)

There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.

There are 11 questions carrying 15 marks in XE Engineering Mathematics section paper (Section A), which is compulsory. Questions Q.1 - Q.7 will carry 1 mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and questions Q.8 - Q.11 will carry 2 marks each (sub-total 8 marks).

Each of the other XE section papers (Sections B through G) contains 22 questions carrying 35 marks. Questions Q.1 - Q.9 will carry 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks). Questions Q.10 - Q.22 will carry 2 marks each (sub-total 26 marks) containing 2 pairs of common data and 1 pair of linked questions. Questions Q.17 - Q.20 (2 pairs) are common data questions with 2-marks each. Questions Q.21 and Q.22 (1 pair) are linked answer questions with 2-marks each. The answer to the second question of the pair of linked questions will depend on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.

There are 10 questions carrying 15 marks in GA, which is compulsory. Questions Q.1 - Q.5 carry 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks), and questions Q.6 - Q.10 carry 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

NEGATIVE MARKING: In XE Section A, for Q.1 - Q.7, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.8 - Q.11, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. In all other XE section papers (Section B through G), for Q.1 - Q.9, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.10 - Q.20, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The question pair (Q.21, Q.22) is questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair. For Q.21, 2/3 mark will be deducted for wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.22. In GA, for Q.1 - Q.5, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.6 - Q.10, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
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XL Paper (Life Sciences)

There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks.

There are 15 questions carrying 25 marks in XL Chemistry section paper (Section H), which is compulsory. Questions Q.1 - Q.5 will carry 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks). Questions Q.6 - Q.15 will carry 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks) containing 1 pair of common data and 1 pair of linked questions. Questions Q.12 and Q.13 (1 pair) are common data questions with 2 marks each. Questions Q.14 and Q.15 (1 pair) are linked answer questions with 2 marks each. The answer to the second question of the pair of linked questions will depend on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is un-attempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.

Each of the other XL section papers (Sections I through L) contains 20 questions carrying 30 marks. Questions Q.1 - Q.10 will carry 1 mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and questions Q.11 - Q.20 will carry 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks).

There are 10 questions carrying 15 marks in GA, which is compulsory. Questions Q.1 - Q.5 will carry 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks), and questions Q.6 - Q.10 will carry 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).
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NEGATIVE MARKING: In XL Section H, for Q.1 - Q.5, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.6 - Q.13, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The question pair (Q.14, Q.15) is questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair. For Q.14, ?mark will be deducted for wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.15. In all other XL section papers (section I through L), for Q.1 - Q.10, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.11 - Q.20, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. In GA, for Q.1 - Q.5, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.6 - Q.10, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.

The types of questions in a paper may be based on following logic:

(i) Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

Example

Q. During machining maximum heat is produced

(A) in flank face     (B) in rake face
(C) in shear zone     (D) due to friction between chip and tool.

(ii) Comprehension:

These questions will test the candidate's understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

Example Q. A DC motor requires a starter in order

(A) to develop a starting torque
(B) to compensate for auxiliary field ampere turns
(C) to limit armature current at starting
(D) to provide regenerative braking


(iii) Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

Example Q. The sequent depth ratio of a hydraulic jump in a rectangular channel is 16.48. The Froude number at the beginning of the jump is:

(A) 10.0     (B) 5.0     (C) 12.0     (D) 8.0

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis:

These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

Common data questions:

Multiple questions may be linked to a common data problem, passage and the like. Two or three questions can be formed from the given common data problem. Each question is independent and its solution obtainable from the above problem data/passage directly. (Answer of the previous question is not required to solve the next question). Each question under this group will carry two marks.

Example

Common Data, for instance, Questions 55 and 56 in main paper:
Let X and Y be jointly distributed random variables such that the conditional distribution of Y, given X=x, is uniform on the interval (x-1,x+1). Suppose E(X)=1 and Var(X)=5/3.

First question using common data:

Q.48 The mean of the random variable Y is

(A) 1/2     (B) 1     (C) 3/2     (D) 2

Second question using common data:

Q.49 The variance of the random variable Y is
(A) 1/2     (B) 2/3     (C) 1     (D) 2

Linked answer questions:

These questions are of problem solving type. A problem statement is followed by two questions based on the problem statement. The two questions are designed such that the solution to the second question depends upon the answer to the first one. In other words, the first answer is an intermediate step in working out the second answer. Each question in such linked answer questions will carry two marks.

Example

Statement for Linked Answer Questions, for instance, for Questions 52 and 53 in Main Paper:

Consider a machine with a byte addressable main memory of 216 bytes. Assume that a direct mapped data cache consisting of 32 lines of 64 bytes each is used in the system. A 50x50 two dimensional array of bytes is stored in the main memory starting from memory location 1100H. Assume that the data cache is initially empty. The complete array is accessed twice. Assume that the contents of the data cache do not change in between the two accesses.

First question of the pair:

Q.52 How many data cache misses will occur in total?

(A) 48     (B) 50     (C) 56     (D) 59

Second question of the pair:

Q.53 Which of the following lines of the data cache will be replaced by new blocks in accessing the array for the second time?

(A) line 4 to line 11     (B) line 4 to line 12
(C) line 0 to line 7     (D) line 0 to line 8

The questions based on the above four logics may be a mix of single stand alone statement / phrase / data type questions, combination of option codes type questions or match items types questions.
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