If there is one section in the GATE exam, where you can easily score marks, it’s the General Aptitude section. With a weightage of 15 marks, scoring well in the GATE general aptitude section greatly enhances your chances of cracking the GATE exam. With proper guidance and right tips and strategy to prepare for General Aptitude in GATE 2020, you can ace it!

The GATE General Aptitude section comprises of two parts:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Numerical Ability

In comparison to numerical ability questions, the candidates may be able to answer the questions on Verbal ability more quickly. Although Numerical Ability questions are not difficult, the candidates may take longer to solve them if they do not apply the required short-cuts. Hence with minimum efforts, one can easily score at least 10 marks out of 15 in the General Aptitude section of the GATE exam.

Reference books GATE General Aptitude preparation

While there may be many books available in the market for the GATE exam, the following two books are two of the most authentic sources you can refer to for your GATE aptitude preparation:

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations- by R.S. Aggarwal
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning- by R.S. Aggarwal
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Check out the GATE exam syllabus thoroughly and practice the relevant topics from the above books. Make sure you keep making short notes for every topic you finish. This will come in handy for revision later. Note down all the important formulas for quantitative ability and practice as many problems as you can before you take your GATE exam. Don’t forget to solve questions from previous years’ GATE exam as they will give you a fair idea of what pattern of questions to expect. The best part is that you can easily complete the GATE General Aptitude section in less than 15 days if you devote two hours consistently to its preparation every day. You can even take mock tests online to give you sufficient practice before the D-Day of GATE exam.

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Question Pattern of General Aptitude in GATE Exam

Verbal Ability questions in the GATE exam can be asked on the following:

  • English Grammar: Find the grammatically correct and incorrect sentences or correctly and incorrectly spelt words.
  • Sentence Completion: Complete the sentence by choosing the most suitable word.
  • Verbal Analogies: Find out the relationship between the given words in the group.
  • Other questions can be framed around Synonyms and Antonyms, dictionary definitions and word pairs.
  • Instructions: Answer the questions based only on the information that you are given. Such kind of questions are easy to answer but information is given in the question should be read carefully.
  • Critical Reasoning & Verbal Deduction: Assumptions, Inferences, strengthen or weaken the argument, etc
  • Important Topics of Verbal Ability: Spelling, grammar, Sentence completion, pair of related words,

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Numerical Ability questions in the GATE general aptitude can be asked on the following:

  • Basic principles of arithmetic like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Numerical Estimation: Solving straightforward questions as fast as one can. It depends on how fast each individual answers.
  • Numerical Reasoning: Reasoning done on the basis of information provided. Such reasoning is based on real time scenarios like financial data etc.
  • Critical reasoning: Interpret the information provided and then apply the appropriate logic to answer the questions.
  • Data Interpretation: Extract the correct data from tables, graphs and charts etc.

Some of the important and relatively easy to score topics in the Numerical Ability section of GATE exam include Number series, Logical Inference, summation, cost-profit, Ages, Work (Days-workers), Speed-distance-time,  velocity, Data Interpretation, Modulo problems, Directions, Distance-direction-east-west-north-south, clock problems, percentage, Triangle problems, tangent, probability, Base/Radix Numbers.

All it takes to ace the GATE General Aptitude is staying focused and minimal yet consistent efforts.

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