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A common section found in the GATE question papers for all the subjects is the General Aptitude(GA). GATE Question Papers comprises about 10 General Aptitude questions, accounting for a total of 15 marks. Typically, the GA test is conducted to analyse the language skills and the analytical skills of the candidates. The difficulty level of these questions also often vary from easy to moderate.
Aptitude section must be seen as a breathing space between heavy loads of 10-15 technical subjects. Aptitude must be made a habit rather than being treated the same way as other technical subjects.
Some Tips to help you with General Aptitude Preparation for GATE
Aptitude is a habit. Try to include it in your daily life and cannot be mastered in a day or week for that matter
Try to devote a couple of hours in a day to practice for the aptitude section. Even ten questions on daily basis can help you a lot.
Try to be logical rather than focusing on steps or methods.
Try visualizing problems; it can help you solve tricky questions.
Do not depend on the calculator. It may happen that questions are easy and you are wasting your time by calculating on the calculator.
Try to solve one problem multiple times before giving up on the questions and try to attempt each time from a different perspective. Solving questions on regular basis enhances your analogy and can help you tackle a tough question.
Solve aptitude questions at regular intervals while you take a break from technical subjects so that your mind gets refreshed.
Keep a balanced approach between studies time and leisure time. Time for Leisure can be 1-2 hours daily. Try to cultivate the habit of playing outdoor games as well. It opens and refreshes your mind.
Also try to develop a habit of reading newspapers and articles in English magazines as it helps you understand the basic flow of the English language. This will help you to answer grammar questions correctly.
While you prepare for the Aptitude sections, you can visit some websites and YouTube channels to revisit the concepts.
Let us get down to the Topic wise questions of topics that appear in the General Aptitude Section of the GATE exam.
(ii) Number System
(v) Data graphs
(vi) Exponents and logarithms
(vii) Permutations and Combinations
(ix) Mensuration and geometry
(x) Elementary Statistics
(ii) Reading and Comprehension
(vi) Parts of Speech
(viii) Idioms & Phrases
(xi) Subject Verb-Agreement
(iii) Paper folding
(v) Patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions
(i) Logic: Deduction and Induction
(iii) Numerical Relations and Reasoning