GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024

21 January, 2024
Artika Shan

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024 is designed to assess the candidates’ ability to understand and master the English language, logic reasoning, and numerical skills. The GATE General Aptitude is a common subject across all 29 disciplines. Moreover, IISc Bangalore will provide the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus on its official website shortly.

GATE General Aptitude Test  subject:

The GATE General Aptitude subject is a common subject for all disciplines with a weightage of 15 marks. It is considered to be easy based on the past performance of candidates. Furthermore, according to toppers, an aspirant can score well in this section if he or she prepares well according to the GATE Aptitude syllabus.

GATE General Aptitude Marking Scheme

The marking scheme is as follows:
  1. There will be five questions for 1 mark and five questions for two marks each.
2. For every wrong answer marks will be deducted
3. NAT questions do not have negative markings.
4. In MCQs of 1 mark each, 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
5. In MCQs of 2 marks each, a 2/3rd mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

GATE General Aptitude Exam Pattern 

The GATE General Aptitude Exam pattern is as follows:

The GATE Aptitude Syllabus is divided into two parts: The core subject syllabus and the GATE General Aptitude syllabus. The questions in the GATE GA exam pattern will be multiple-choice questions from numerical and verbal ability.

Below is the GATE exam pattern:

Section Distribution of Marks Total Marks Type of Questions
 General       Aptitude1. 5 questions of 1 mark each

2. 5 questions of 2 marks each

       15 marks      MCQs

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024

The General Aptitude section of GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024 consists of:

  1. 15 marks out of a total of 100 points.
  2. Five questions in this section are worth two marks each and five questions are worth one mark each.
  3. There are two components of the test numerical ability and verbal ability.
  4. Various sections are included in the GATE Aptitude Syllabus 2024.
GATE Aptitude Syllabus
Verbal Aptitude  

Basic English grammar: Adjectives, prepositions, tenses, articles, conjunctions, other parts of speech, and verb-noun agreement

Basic vocabulary: Phrases, words, and idioms, in context
Reading and comprehension Narrative  sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude Data interpretation: 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, tables, Data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data)

Numerical computation and estimation: Exponents and logarithms, ratios, percentages, powers, series, and permutations and combinations.

Mensuration and Geometry Elementary Statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude Logic: Deduction and induction, Analogy, Numerical relations, and reasoning

Spatial   Aptitude
Transformation of shapes: Rotation, translation, mirroring, scaling, grounding paper folding, assembling, cutting, and patterns in 2 and 3 dimensions.

Sections of  the GATE Aptitude Syllabus  

Below are the various sections of the GATE Aptitude Syllabus:

Verbal Aptitude Syllabus

The verbal aptitude section of the GATE Aptitude Syllabus is intended to test the candidate’s knowledge of verbal and grammatical skills. But the questions are presented as sentences, spotting errors, completing sentences, and reading comprehension questions. Furthermore, the topics in the verbal aptitude section of the general aptitude syllabus include vocabulary, tenses, articles, idioms, comprehension, reading, conjunctions, and adjectives. Besides, it also includes words and phrases, prepositions, narrative sequencing, verb-noun agreement, critical reasoning, and sentence completion.

Analytical Aptitude Syllabus

GATE Analytical Aptitude Syllabus assesses the candidate’s analytical and comprehensive knowledge. It also includes three chapters in this section that focus on the candidate’s analogical, logical, and reasoning abilities. Also, number relations and reasoning, analogy, logic-induction, and deduction are the topics covered in the analytical aptitude test.

Spatial Aptitude Syllabus

This section of the GATE 2024 General Aptitude syllabus is designed to check the candidates’ visualization and pattern recognition capabilities. Besides, this section also has topics on shape transformation, including, assembling, mirroring, rotation, scaling, translation, paper folding, 2-D and 3-D patterns, grouping, and paper cutting.

Numerical Aptitude Syllabus

The GATE Numerical Aptitude Syllabus concludes the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus but plays an important role in the test. There is a great deal of information available in this section like the previous year’s question papers and mock tests. It is therefore recommended that students practice this section by using previous year’s question papers and mock tests available online. Moreover, the topics covered in the section on numerical aptitude are geometry, elementary statistics and probability, data graphs, data interpretation, numerical reasoning, mensuration, and numerical computation and estimation.

Subject-wise weightage GATE Aptitude Syllabus

The GATE 2024 General Aptitude syllabus does not differ significantly from the syllabus for the previous year. But there is no change in the weighting of the General Aptitude test. However, the primary objective of the GATE Exam 2024 is to assess the candidate’s knowledge of core subjects. It consists of 55 questions with 85% weightage and ten questions on general aptitude topics will be included in the test. Those will be weighted at 15%. All disciplines share one aspect of the GATE examination.

General Aptitude marks distribution:

For paper codes- AE, AG, BM, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PE, PI, TF, and XE.



Marks Number of Questions

            General Aptitude

Core Subjects 72
Total Marks 10065

There are two sections for paper codes

– AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, ST, XH, and XL:

  Subject Marks    Number of Questions
General Aptitude 1510
Core Subject 8555
Total Marks 10065

Tactic to get a high score on general aptitude test

Practice, preparation, and experience are all necessary for achieving a high score on the general aptitude test. However, there is no doubt that the GATE General Aptitude syllabus is easy and high scoring.

 FAQs on GATE General Aptitude Syllabus
Below are the FAQs on GATE General Aptitude Syllabus:

  1. What is the GATE Aptitude Syllabus?
    The GATE Aptitude Syllabus includes the sections like verbal aptitude, analytical aptitude, spatial aptitude, and numerical aptitude to prepare well.
  2. Does the GATE General Aptitude syllabus change every year?
    There is no change in the GATE Aptitude syllabus every year. But the general aptitude section has the same topics in all subjects, including critical reasoning, articles, phrases, and number relations.
  3. What are some practical tips for completing the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus?
    Dedication, effort, and smart time management are essential for completing the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus. Below are some practical tips provided to complete the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus:
    Prep a daily schedule with the following:
    a. Devote 1.5 to 2 hours to general aptitude topics
    b. Take a break of 10-15 mins after 1 or 1.5 hours of study.
    c. Start with basic concepts and topics.
    d. Get familiar with online calculators.
  4. What are the best books to prepare for preparing the GATE Aptitude Syllabus 2024?
    The best books for the GATE General Aptitude Syllabus 2024 are those on numerical and logical reasoning written by R. S. Agarwal. However, it is essential to read quality newspapers and magazines if you want to improve your English comprehension and vocabulary. Candidates can prepare effectively and complete the GATE Aptitude Syllabus on time by using these books.
  5. Is the GATE General Aptitude syllabus for all subjects?
    GATE General Aptitude Syllabus remains the same for all subjects. But there are four major sections in the test: Verbal Aptitude, Analytical Aptitude, Spatial Aptitude, and Numerical Aptitude.
  6. Why should one join prepare for the GATE General Aptitude syllabus?
    The General Aptitude section is common for all papers consisting of 15 marks out of the total 100 for a paper. Therefore, aspirants who intend to ace the GATE General Aptitude examination should be familiar with its syllabus.