GATE Life Sciences (XL)(Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Age limit, Fellowship, Syllabus)

Number of tests Once in a year
Fellowship/ Assistantship Subject to fulfilling the admission criteria of the admitting institutes.
Administering institutes IISc Bangalore and 7 IITs
Organizing Institute of Exam One of the administering institutes
Medium of examination English
Mode of examination Computer based test (CBT)
Subject papers allowed Maximum TWO Paper combinations
Combination of TWO Papers Allowed BM (Biomedical Engineering), BT (Biotechnology), CY (Chemistry), EY (Ecology and Evolution): Allowed as the Second Paper, if primary paper is Life Sciences.
Time duration 3 hours
Maximum marks 100
Paper Sections General Aptitude (GA) + Chemistry (Compulsory)
Any TWO optional Sections: Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Multiple Select Questions (MSQ)
Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Number of questions 10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions
Pattern of questions GA : 5 x 1 + 5 x 2 =15 : 5 questions carrying 1-mark each and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each
Subject: Chemistry (Compulsory): 9 x 1 + 8 x 2 =25 marks : 9 questions carrying 1-mark each and 8 questions carrying 2-marks each Only TWO optional sections can be answered at a time.
Each of the optional sections of the XL paper (Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology, Zoology, Food Technology) contains 19 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 8 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 8 marks) and 11 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 22 marks).
Distribution of Marks General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Chemistry: 25 Marks + Optional TWO Subjects: 60 Marks , Total: 100 Marks
Marking Scheme Questions carry 1 mark and 2 marks
Negative Marking For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking. For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.
Eligibility 3rd Year or higher years of any undergraduate degree program OR Currently in the first year or higher or already completed Master’s degree in any relevant science subject
Age limit NO age limit
Syllabus Click here
Validity of Score Card Three years
Relevant website https://gate.iitkgp.ac.in/index.html