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GATE 2013 General Aptitude (GA) Syllabus

Syllabus for General Aptitude (GA)  (COMMON TO ALL)

Verbal  Ability: English grammar, sentence completion, verbal analogies, word groups, instructions, critical reasoning and verbal deduction.

Numerical Ability: Numerical computation, numerical estimation, numerical reasoning and data interpretation.

Sample Questions


Verbal  Ability

Q.1. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

After several ……. attempts to send the missile into space, the spacecraft was finally launched successfully.

(A)     abortive   (B)     difficult   (C)     experimental   (D)     preliminary

Ans. (A)

Q.2. Choose the appropriate answer to complete the following sentence:

Medicine is to illness as law is to _________

(A)       discipline   (B)       anarchy   (C)       treason   (D)       etiquette

Ans. (B)

Q.3. Read the following paragraph :

“The ordinary form of mercury thermometer is used for temperature ranging from –40oF to 500oF. For measuring temperature below –40oF, thermometers filled with alcohol are used. These are, however, not satisfactory for use in high temperatures. When a mercury thermometer is used for temperature above 500oF, the space above the mercury is filled with some inert gas, usually nitrogen or carbon dioxide, placed in the thermometer under pressure. As the mercury rises, the gas pressures is increased, so that it is possible to use these thermometers for temperatures as high as 1000oF.”

With what, besides mercury, would a thermometer be filled if it wasdesigned to be used for measuring temperature of about 500oF?

(A)  Pyrometer     (B)  Inert gas       (C) Iron and brass        (D) Gas

Ans. (B)

Q.4. The cost of manufacturing tractors inKoreais twenty percent less than the cost of manufacturing  tractors inGermany. Even after transportation fees and import taxes are added, it is still cheaper to import tractors fromKoreatoGermanythan to produce tractors inGermany.

Which of the following assertions is best supported by the above information?

(A)  Labour costs inKoreaare twenty  percent below those inGermany.

(B)  Importing tractors intoGermanywill eliminate twenty  percent of the manufacturing jobs inGermany.

(C)  The costs of transporting a tractor fromKoreatoGermanyis more than twenty  percent ofthe cost of manufacturing the tractor inKorea.

(D)  The import taxes on a tractor  imported fromKoreatoGermanyis less than twenty  percentof the cost of manufacturing the tractor inGermany.

Ans. (D)

Numerical Ability

 Q.5. In a survey, 3/16  of  the people surveyed told  that they preferred to use publictransport whilecommuting  daily to office. 5/8 of the people surveyed told that theypreferred to use their own vehicles. Theremaining 75respondents said thatthey had no clear preference. How many people  preferred to usepublictransport?

(A)  75   (B)  100  (C) 125  (D) 133

Ans. (A)

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