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General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017

with Sample Questions


The GATE paper comprises of two sections - General Aptitude and Core Subject. The
General Aptitude section is common for all GATE papers. It can prove to be
the most scoring 15 marks of your GATE 2017 paper, if you just put in a little
effort. The first step in the processing of getting those easy marks in your pocket, is
knowing the General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017. Get the Official General
Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017 with Sample Questions. Download as
PDF for revision later.

Why General Aptitude is Important


These questions are easy to solve and scoring, if you prepare for them well. There is
no sectional cut off. This means that a single GA question that you answer correctly is
just as good as a Core question you get right. On your scorecard, it doesn't matter
which section your marks came from. The difference is that you might be able to
solve a GA question in a matter of seconds, whereas a Core question might take you
up to several minutes. Even a single correct answer can push you up several hundred
ranks. A mammoth 9.5 lakh candidates appeared for GATE 2016. This means that
the competition is only going to get tougher this year. So General Aptitude serves as a
make-or-break section for students appearing for the GATE exam.

Understand the General Aptitude Pattern


No. of Questions Nature
1 mark 5 MCQs & Numericals
2 mark 5 MCQs & Numericals
TOTAL=15 marks 10 questions

The GATE Exam is divided into two portions: Verbal Ability and Numerical
Ability. Verbal ability questions can be answered quickly compared to the numerical
ability questions. Numerical Ability questions are easier than verbal but may
consume time if you do not apply short-cuts in computations. Most questions in the

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General Aptitude section will be MCQ type, but you can expect one or two Numerical
type questions as well. The breakup of the questions asked in the two topics are given
below.

Topic Type of Question Weightage


Verbal Ability 1 mark 3-4
2 mark 2-3
Numerical Ability 1 mark 1-2
2 mark 2-3

General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017


The Official General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017 has given us the particular
topics that are to be expected in the exam. Unlike Technical subjects, General
Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017 is the same across all streams. So without further
ado, let us take a look at the syllabus.

Part 1 - Verbal Ability

English Grammar.
Sentence Completion.
Verbal Analogies.
Word Groups.
Instructions.
Critical Reasoning.
Verbal Deduction.

Part 2 - Numerical Ability

Numerical Computation.
Numerical Estimation.
Numerical Reasoning.
Data Interpretation.

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General Aptitude Sample Questions for GATE
2017
Here are some sample questions of GATE 2017 General Aptitude. You will see that
they adhere to the General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017. Solve them in order to
get a better idea about General Aptitude Syllabus for GATE 2017. The answers are
provided at the end.

Part 1 - Verbal Ability

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


To those of us who had always thought him timid, his ________ came as a surprise.
(A) intrepidity (B) inevitability (C) inability (D) inertness

Q.2. 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

Q.3. Read the following paragraph:


The ordinary form of mercury thermometer is used for temperature ranging from
40o F to 500o F. For measuring temperature below 40o F, thermometers filled with
alcohol are used. These are, however, not satisfactory for use in high temperatures.
When a mercury thermometer is used for temperature above 500o F, the space above
the mercury is filled with some inert gas, usually nitrogen or carbon dioxide, placed
in the thermometer under pressure. As the mercury rises, the gas pressures is
increased, so that it is possible to use these thermometers for
temperatures as high as 1000o F.
With what, besides mercury, would a thermometer be filled if it was
designed to be used for measuring temperature of about 500o F?
(A) Pyrometer (B) Inert gas (C) Iron and brass (D) Gas

Q.4. The cost of manufacturing tractors in Korea is twenty percent less than the cost
of manufacturing tractors in Germany. Even after transportation fees and import
taxes are added, it is still cheaper to import tractors from Korea to Germany than to
produce tractors in Germany.

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Which of the following assertions is best supported by the above
information?
(A) Labour costs in Korea are twenty percent below those in Germany.
(B) Importing tractors into Germany will eliminate twenty percent of the
manufacturing jobs in Germany.
(C) The costs of transporting a tractor from Korea to Germany is more than twenty
percent.
(D) The import taxes on a tractor imported from Korea to Germany is less than
twenty percent of the cost of manufacturing the tractor in Germany.

Part 2 - Numerical Ability

Q.5. In a survey, 3/16 of the people surveyed told that they preferred to use public
transport while commuting daily to office. 5/8 of the people surveyed told that they
preferred to use their own vehicles. The remaining 75 respondents said that they had
no clear preference. How many people preferred to use public transport?
(A) 75 (B) 100 (C) 125 (D) 133

Answer Key

Part 1: 1. (A) 2. (B) 3. (B) 4. (D)


Part 2: 5. (A)

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