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2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 1/13
BT:BIOTECHNOLOGY 
 
Duration: Three Hours        Maximum Marks:100 
 
Please read the following instructions carefully: 
 
General Instructions: 
 
1. Total duration of examination is 180 minutes (3 hours).  
 
2. The clock will be set at the server.  The countdown timer in the top right corner of screen will display 
the remaining time available for you to complete the examination. When the timer reaches zero, the 
examination will end by itself. You will not be required to end or submit your examination.  
 
3. The Question Palette displayed on the right side of screen will show the status of each question using 
one of the following symbols:  
  
 
You have not visited the question yet. 
 
You have not answered the question. 
 
You have answered the question.  
 
You have NOT answered the question, but have marked the 
question for review. 
 
You have answered the question, but marked it for review.  
 
The Marked for Review status for a question simply indicates that you would like to look at that 
question again. If a question is answered and  Marked for Review, your answer for that question 
will be considered in the evaluation. 
 
Navigating to a Question 
 
4. To answer a question, do the following: 
 
a. Click on the question number in the Question Palette to go to that question directly.  
b. Select an answer for a multiple choice type question. Use the virtual numeric keypad to enter 
a number as answer for a numerical type question.  
c. Click on Save and Next to save your answer for the current question and then go to the next 
question.  
d. Click on Mark for Review and Next to save your answer for the  current question, mark it 
for review, and then go to the next question. 
e. Caution: Note that your answer for the current question will not be saved, if you 
navigate to another question directly by clicking on its question number.  
 
5. You can view all the questions by clicking on the Question Paper button. Note that the options for 
multiple choice type questions will not be shown.  
 
  
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2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 1/13
BT:BIOTECHNOLOGY 
 
Duration: Three Hours        Maximum Marks:100 
 
Please read the following instructions carefully: 
 
General Instructions: 
 
1. Total duration of examination is 180 minutes (3 hours).  
 
2. The clock will be set at the server.  The countdown timer in the top right corner of screen will display 
the remaining time available for you to complete the examination. When the timer reaches zero, the 
examination will end by itself. You will not be required to end or submit your examination.  
 
3. The Question Palette displayed on the right side of screen will show the status of each question using 
one of the following symbols:  
  
 
You have not visited the question yet. 
 
You have not answered the question. 
 
You have answered the question.  
 
You have NOT answered the question, but have marked the 
question for review. 
 
You have answered the question, but marked it for review.  
 
The Marked for Review status for a question simply indicates that you would like to look at that 
question again. If a question is answered and  Marked for Review, your answer for that question 
will be considered in the evaluation. 
 
Navigating to a Question 
 
4. To answer a question, do the following: 
 
a. Click on the question number in the Question Palette to go to that question directly.  
b. Select an answer for a multiple choice type question. Use the virtual numeric keypad to enter 
a number as answer for a numerical type question.  
c. Click on Save and Next to save your answer for the current question and then go to the next 
question.  
d. Click on Mark for Review and Next to save your answer for the  current question, mark it 
for review, and then go to the next question. 
e. Caution: Note that your answer for the current question will not be saved, if you 
navigate to another question directly by clicking on its question number.  
 
5. You can view all the questions by clicking on the Question Paper button. Note that the options for 
multiple choice type questions will not be shown.  
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 2/13
Answering a Question 
 
6. Procedure for answering a multiple choice type question: 
a. To select your answer, click on the button of one of  the options 
b. To deselect your chosen answer, click on the button of the chosen option again or click on the 
Clear Response button  
c. To change your chosen answer, click on the button of  another option 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is selected for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
7. Procedure for answering a numerical answer type question: 
a. To enter a number as your answer, use the virtual numerical keypad 
b. A fraction (eg.,-0.3 or -.3) can be entered as an answer with or without ‘0’ before the decimal 
point 
c. To clear your answer, click on the Clear Response button 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is entered for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
8. To change your answer to a question that has already been answered, first select that question for 
answering and then follow the procedure for answering that type of question.  
 
9. Note that ONLY Questions for which answers  are saved or marked for review after answering will be 
considered for evaluation. 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 1/13
BT:BIOTECHNOLOGY 
 
Duration: Three Hours        Maximum Marks:100 
 
Please read the following instructions carefully: 
 
General Instructions: 
 
1. Total duration of examination is 180 minutes (3 hours).  
 
2. The clock will be set at the server.  The countdown timer in the top right corner of screen will display 
the remaining time available for you to complete the examination. When the timer reaches zero, the 
examination will end by itself. You will not be required to end or submit your examination.  
 
3. The Question Palette displayed on the right side of screen will show the status of each question using 
one of the following symbols:  
  
 
You have not visited the question yet. 
 
You have not answered the question. 
 
You have answered the question.  
 
You have NOT answered the question, but have marked the 
question for review. 
 
You have answered the question, but marked it for review.  
 
The Marked for Review status for a question simply indicates that you would like to look at that 
question again. If a question is answered and  Marked for Review, your answer for that question 
will be considered in the evaluation. 
 
Navigating to a Question 
 
4. To answer a question, do the following: 
 
a. Click on the question number in the Question Palette to go to that question directly.  
b. Select an answer for a multiple choice type question. Use the virtual numeric keypad to enter 
a number as answer for a numerical type question.  
c. Click on Save and Next to save your answer for the current question and then go to the next 
question.  
d. Click on Mark for Review and Next to save your answer for the  current question, mark it 
for review, and then go to the next question. 
e. Caution: Note that your answer for the current question will not be saved, if you 
navigate to another question directly by clicking on its question number.  
 
5. You can view all the questions by clicking on the Question Paper button. Note that the options for 
multiple choice type questions will not be shown.  
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 2/13
Answering a Question 
 
6. Procedure for answering a multiple choice type question: 
a. To select your answer, click on the button of one of  the options 
b. To deselect your chosen answer, click on the button of the chosen option again or click on the 
Clear Response button  
c. To change your chosen answer, click on the button of  another option 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is selected for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
7. Procedure for answering a numerical answer type question: 
a. To enter a number as your answer, use the virtual numerical keypad 
b. A fraction (eg.,-0.3 or -.3) can be entered as an answer with or without ‘0’ before the decimal 
point 
c. To clear your answer, click on the Clear Response button 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is entered for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
8. To change your answer to a question that has already been answered, first select that question for 
answering and then follow the procedure for answering that type of question.  
 
9. Note that ONLY Questions for which answers  are saved or marked for review after answering will be 
considered for evaluation. 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 3/13
Paper specific instructions: 
 
 
1. There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Questions are of multiple choice type or 
numerical answer type. A multiple choice type question will have four choices for the answer with 
only one correct choice. For numerical answer type questions, the answer is a number and no choices 
will be given. A number as the answer should be entered using the virtual keyboard on the monitor. 
 
2. Questions Q.1 – Q.25 carry 1mark each. Questions Q.26 – Q.55 carry 2marks each. The 2marks 
questions include two pairs of common data questions and two pairs of 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 not attempted, 
then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. 
 
3. Questions Q.56 – Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA) section and carry a total of 15 marks. 
Questions Q.56 – Q.60 carry 1mark each, and questions Q.61 – Q.65 carry 2marks each.   
 
4. Questions not attempted will result in zero mark. Wrong answers for multiple choice type questions 
will result in NEGATIVE marks.  For all 1 mark questions, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong 
answer. For all 2 marks questions, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.  However, in the 
case of the linked answer question pair, there will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the 
first question and no negative marks for wrong answer to the second question. There is no negative 
marking for questions of numerical answer type. 
 
5. Calculator is allowed. Charts, graph sheets or tables are NOT allowed in the examination hall.  
 
6. Do the rough work in the Scribble Pad provided. 
 
  
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2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 1/13
BT:BIOTECHNOLOGY 
 
Duration: Three Hours        Maximum Marks:100 
 
Please read the following instructions carefully: 
 
General Instructions: 
 
1. Total duration of examination is 180 minutes (3 hours).  
 
2. The clock will be set at the server.  The countdown timer in the top right corner of screen will display 
the remaining time available for you to complete the examination. When the timer reaches zero, the 
examination will end by itself. You will not be required to end or submit your examination.  
 
3. The Question Palette displayed on the right side of screen will show the status of each question using 
one of the following symbols:  
  
 
You have not visited the question yet. 
 
You have not answered the question. 
 
You have answered the question.  
 
You have NOT answered the question, but have marked the 
question for review. 
 
You have answered the question, but marked it for review.  
 
The Marked for Review status for a question simply indicates that you would like to look at that 
question again. If a question is answered and  Marked for Review, your answer for that question 
will be considered in the evaluation. 
 
Navigating to a Question 
 
4. To answer a question, do the following: 
 
a. Click on the question number in the Question Palette to go to that question directly.  
b. Select an answer for a multiple choice type question. Use the virtual numeric keypad to enter 
a number as answer for a numerical type question.  
c. Click on Save and Next to save your answer for the current question and then go to the next 
question.  
d. Click on Mark for Review and Next to save your answer for the  current question, mark it 
for review, and then go to the next question. 
e. Caution: Note that your answer for the current question will not be saved, if you 
navigate to another question directly by clicking on its question number.  
 
5. You can view all the questions by clicking on the Question Paper button. Note that the options for 
multiple choice type questions will not be shown.  
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 2/13
Answering a Question 
 
6. Procedure for answering a multiple choice type question: 
a. To select your answer, click on the button of one of  the options 
b. To deselect your chosen answer, click on the button of the chosen option again or click on the 
Clear Response button  
c. To change your chosen answer, click on the button of  another option 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is selected for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
7. Procedure for answering a numerical answer type question: 
a. To enter a number as your answer, use the virtual numerical keypad 
b. A fraction (eg.,-0.3 or -.3) can be entered as an answer with or without ‘0’ before the decimal 
point 
c. To clear your answer, click on the Clear Response button 
d. To save your answer, you MUST click on the Save and Next button 
e. To mark the question for review, click on the Mark for Review and Next button. If an 
answer is entered for a question that is Marked for Review, that answer will be considered 
in the evaluation. 
 
8. To change your answer to a question that has already been answered, first select that question for 
answering and then follow the procedure for answering that type of question.  
 
9. Note that ONLY Questions for which answers  are saved or marked for review after answering will be 
considered for evaluation. 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 3/13
Paper specific instructions: 
 
 
1. There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Questions are of multiple choice type or 
numerical answer type. A multiple choice type question will have four choices for the answer with 
only one correct choice. For numerical answer type questions, the answer is a number and no choices 
will be given. A number as the answer should be entered using the virtual keyboard on the monitor. 
 
2. Questions Q.1 – Q.25 carry 1mark each. Questions Q.26 – Q.55 carry 2marks each. The 2marks 
questions include two pairs of common data questions and two pairs of 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 not attempted, 
then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated. 
 
3. Questions Q.56 – Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA) section and carry a total of 15 marks. 
Questions Q.56 – Q.60 carry 1mark each, and questions Q.61 – Q.65 carry 2marks each.   
 
4. Questions not attempted will result in zero mark. Wrong answers for multiple choice type questions 
will result in NEGATIVE marks.  For all 1 mark questions, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong 
answer. For all 2 marks questions, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.  However, in the 
case of the linked answer question pair, there will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the 
first question and no negative marks for wrong answer to the second question. There is no negative 
marking for questions of numerical answer type. 
 
5. Calculator is allowed. Charts, graph sheets or tables are NOT allowed in the examination hall.  
 
6. Do the rough work in the Scribble Pad provided. 
 
  
2013                                                                                                                                                                                             BIOTECHNOLOGY – BT 
BT 4/13
Q. 1 – Q. 25 carry one mark each. 
Q.1 Under alkaline conditions, DNA is more stable than RNA because 
(A) RNA forms secondary structures 
(B) RNA is a single stranded molecule 
(C)RNA has uracil in place of thymidine 
(D)RNA is susceptible to hydrolysis 
 
Q.2 Which one of the following modifications is common toboth protein and DNA? 
(A) SUMOylation (B) Nitrosylation (C)Methylation (D) Ubiquitination 
 
Q.3 
Protein A, which has strong affinity to F
c
 region of immunoglobulin, is extracted from 
(A)Saccharomyces cerevisiae 
(B)Staphylococcus aureus 
(C)Streptococcus pyogenes 
(D)Streptococcus sanguis 
 
Q.4 The first humanized monoclonal antibody approved for the treatment of breast canceris 
(A) Rituximab (B) Cetuximab (C) Bevacizumab (D) Herceptin 
 
Q.5 Which one of the following aminoacids in proteins does NOT undergo phosphorylation? 
(A) Ser (B) Thr (C) Pro (D) Tyr 
 
Q.6 The role of an adjuvant isto 
(A) prolong the persistence of antigen 
(B) cross link the antigen 
(C) increase the size of antigen 
(D) avoid inflammation  
 
Q.7 Endogenous antigens are presented on to the cell surface along with  
(A) MHC-II (B) MHC-I 
(C)  F
c
?receptor 
(D) complement receptor 
 
Q.8 Human genome sequencing project involved the construction of genomic library in  
(A)bacterial artificial chromosome (B)pBR322 
(C) bacteriophage (D) pcDNA3.1 
 
Q.9 The nucleotide analogue used in DNA sequencing by chain termination method is 
(A) 1',3'-dideoxy nucleoside triphosphate 
(B) 2',3'-dideoxy nucleoside triphosphate 
(C) 2',4'-dideoxy nucleoside triphosphate 
(D) 2',5'-dideoxy nucleoside triphosphate 
 
Q.10 In nature, the horizontal gene transfer across bacteria is mediated by 
(A) gene cloning followed by transformation (B)conjugation and transformation 
(C) conjugation only (D) transformation only 
 
Q.11 Phylum proteobacteria is subdivided into ?-, ?-, ?-, ?- and ?-proteobacteria based on 
(A) G+C content (B) 23S rRNA sequences 
(C)tRNA sequences (D)16S rRNA sequences 
 
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FAQs on Biotechnology (BT) 2013 GATE Paper without solution

1. What is biotechnology and how is it related to the GATE exam?
Ans. Biotechnology is a field of study that involves the use of living organisms or their components to develop or create products for various applications. It combines biology, chemistry, and other scientific disciplines to solve problems and improve processes in various industries such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and environmental conservation. In the GATE exam, biotechnology is one of the subjects included in the Biotechnology (BT) paper. Students appearing for the GATE exam in the biotechnology field are tested on their knowledge and understanding of various concepts related to biotechnology.
2. Can you provide an overview of the 2013 GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper?
Ans. The 2013 GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper consisted of a total of 65 questions, carrying a maximum of 100 marks. The paper was divided into two sections - Section A and Section B. Section A consisted of 25 multiple-choice questions, each carrying one or two marks. Section B had 30 multiple-choice questions, each carrying two marks. The questions in both sections covered various topics in biotechnology such as biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and bioinformatics. The paper aimed to assess the candidate's understanding of fundamental concepts and their ability to apply them to solve problems.
3. What are some important topics to focus on while preparing for the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper?
Ans. While preparing for the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper, it is important to focus on key topics such as biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, and bioinformatics. Within these topics, candidates should pay special attention to areas such as DNA replication and transcription, protein synthesis and regulation, genetic engineering techniques, recombinant DNA technology, microbial genetics, cell signaling, and bioinformatics tools and databases. Understanding and practicing numerical problems related to these topics can also be beneficial for scoring well in the exam.
4. Are there any recommended study materials or resources for the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper?
Ans. Yes, there are several recommended study materials and resources available for the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper. Some popular books for GATE preparation in biotechnology include "GATE Biotechnology: A Complete Guide" by Ram Prasad, "Biotechnology: Expanding Horizons" by B.D. Singh, and "GATE Guide Biotechnology" by G.K. Publications. Additionally, candidates can refer to online platforms and websites that offer GATE-specific study materials, previous year question papers, and mock tests. It is advisable to solve as many practice questions and mock tests as possible to get familiar with the exam pattern and improve time management skills.
5. How can one effectively manage time while attempting the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper?
Ans. Time management is crucial while attempting the GATE Biotechnology (BT) paper. To effectively manage time, candidates can follow a few strategies. Firstly, it is advisable to go through the entire question paper and identify questions that can be answered quickly. These questions should be attempted first to gain confidence and save time for more challenging ones later. Secondly, candidates should allocate a specific amount of time to each section and stick to it. It is important not to spend too much time on a single question and risk not being able to attempt all questions. Lastly, regular practice and solving previous year papers can help improve speed and accuracy, leading to better time management during the exam.
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