GATE 2011 Question Paper Pattern and Negative marking scheme for GG, XE and XL
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Pattern for Paper: GG (Geology and Geophysics)
There are a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Apart from General Aptitude (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 Qquestion 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 (5 questions) will carry 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and questions Q.61 - Q.65 (5 questions) will carry 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

NEGATIVE MARKING: For Q.1 - Q.25 and Q.56 - Q.60, ⅓ mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. For Q.26 - Q.51 and Q.61 - Q.65, ⅔ 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, ⅔ mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.

Pattern for Paper: XE (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 (7 questions) carry 1-mark each (sub-total 7 marks), and questions Q.8 - Q.11 (4 questions) 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 (9 questions) carry 1-mark each (sub-total 9 marks). Questions Q.10 - Q.22 (13 questions) carry 2-marks each (sub-total 26 marks). 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 answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the pair is wrongly answered or is unattempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.

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

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

Pattern for Paper: XL (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 (5 questions) carry 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks). Questions Q.6 - Q.15 (10 questions) carry 2-marks each (sub-total 20 marks). 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 answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the pair is wrongly answered or is unattempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.

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

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

NEGATIVE MARKING:
In XL Section H, for Q.1 - Q.5, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.6 - Q.13, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The question pair (Q.14, Q.15) is a linked answer question. 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 (Sections I through M), for Q.1 - Q.10, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.11 - Q.20, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. In GA section, for Q.1 - Q.5, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer and for Q.6 - Q.10, ? mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
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