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The main door opens as one qualify the joint CSIR-UGC Test for JRF and eligibility for LS (NET). There are many questions arising in the mind of every student while starting its preparation.


(a) What to read? So far study material is concerned.

(b) How to read? So far orientation is concerned.

(c) How to manage time? So far time management is concerned

(d) What is the proper strategy for success in this exam?

(e) Is syllabus manageable within short time span for the students of diverse field like Botany, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Environmental etc. as all of them have a common syllabus.


Thus keeping these questions in mind and all other things we, team of IAS has made proper strategy to make the path of success achievable in a short time span.


It has been decided to introduce Single Paper MCQ MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) based test from June 2011 exam. The pattern for the Single Paper MCQ test shall be as given below:-

 v  The MCQ test paper of each subject shall carry a maximum of 200 marks.

v  The exam shall be for duration of three hours.

v  The question paper shall be divided in three parts


    Part 'A' shall be common to all subjects. This part shall be a test containing a maximum of 20 questions of General Science and Research Aptitude test. The candidates shall be required to answer any 15 questions of two marks each. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 30 out of 200


    Part 'B' shall   contain subject-related conventional MCQs. The total marks allocated to this section shall be 70 out of 200. The maximum number of questions to be attempted shall be in the range of 25-35.


    Part 'C' shall contain higher value questions that may test the candidate's knowledge of scientific concepts and/or application of the scientific concepts. The questions shall be of analytical nature where a candidate is expected to apply the scientific knowledge to arrive at the solution to the given scientific problem.  The total marks allocated to this section shall be 100 out of 200.


     A negative marking for wrong answers, wherever required, shall be @ 25%


v The new pattern has been implemented from June, 2011 exam

Model Question Papers in the new format  is available at

available along with Notification for the June, 2011 exam. 



GATE (Life Science)

Examination held on Second Sunday of February of every year and Forms come in September/October every year.

Part I: Compulsory Chemistry
This covers chemistry up to B.Sc. level and have fix pattern like some questions from Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Aromatic reaction mechanism etc.

Part II: Optional Paper
In Optionals you are to choose any two papers from the following: Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology.

Some Tips:

It is more fruitful to choose Biochemistry as one subject and second one you can choose any of your interest, because Biochemistry syllabus comprise Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology and molecular Biology and all these questions are basic level but analytical.
Number of questions required to Qualify GATE depends on your performance in optionals.
In optional it is safe to attempt around 80% question in each section for ranks within 100.

. In chemistry (Compulsory) only attempt those questions where you are 100 % sure. Even 2-5 questions would be enough to obtain good score.