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Exam wise analysis of GATE 2012 Featured

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GATE_2012_AnalysisThe Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering was conducted on 12th February, 2012. The test opens avenues for postgraduate and doctoral courses at IIT's, NIT's and IISC in India. Anshul Gupta an expert GATE coach provides a comprehensive paper by paper analysis of GATE 2012. With approximately 1.12 million test takers in 2012, GATE is one the most important engineering exams in India.


Mechanical Engineering

The GATE 2012 paper for Mechanical engineering followed the paper structure as described in the curriculum. There were 65 questions of 100 marks total. Each question had 4 answer options. There was a negative marking of 1/3rd the question weightage for every negative answer.

For Mechanical engineering the following were the weightages of the marks:

1. Maths - 15 marks
2. Engineering mechanics and Design - 23 marks
3. Thermal and fluids engineering - 24 marks
4. Manufacturing engineering - 23 marks
5. General aptitude - 15 marks

The questions from math's were as per expectation and not very difficult. The questions from engineering mechanics and design were also of moderate difficulty. The thermal and fluids engineering questions were tough and students who had extensively prepared for GATE would find it easier. The general awareness section was of moderate difficulty. Overall the mechanical engineering paper was of moderate difficulty level.

Students can view detailed answer analysis and answer sheet here

Computer Science

The GATE 2012 paper for Computer science was consistent with the paper pattern of GATE 2011. As in the mechanical engineering test, the paper consisted of 65 questions of 100 marks total with 1/3 negative marking for incorrect answers. The breakup of the paper was as follows:

Engineering Math's - 15 marks
General Aptitude - 15 marks
Core Engineering questions - 70 marks

The paper was of similar difficulty level as 2009, 2010 and 2011. The paper was less tricky compared to the 2010 paper. Questions on Theory of computation were tough and required students to apply their fundamentals extensively. Questions on data structure were relatively easier and provided students with ample scoring opportunities. The weights allotted to computer network increased while that of computer organization decreased. A score of 25 for the general category student should be good for the next round. A student would be required to score than 68 marks to be in AIR 100.

Students can view detailed answer analysis and answer sheet here

Electronics and Communications

The paper was as per the structure mentioned in the prospectus. There were 65 questions of 100 marks. The negative answers carried a 1/3rd deduction of the question weightage. Each question was MCQ with 4 answer options.

The weightage of the paper was:

1. Engineering Math's - 15 marks
2. General Aptitude - 15 marks
3. Core engineering subjects - 70 marks

The paper was tougher than 2011. There was a stronger emphasis on Electromagnetic field theory and the questions of EMT were of moderate difficulty level. Electronics and communications paper requires students to be strong in fundamentals to do well and this year the same trend was followed. The absence of questions from microprocessors came as a surprise to test takers.

Students can view detailed answer analysis and answer sheet here

Chemical Engineering

The GATE 2012 paper for Chemical engineering followed the paper structure as described in the curriculum. There were 65 questions of 100 marks total. Each question had 4 answer options. There was a negative marking of 1/3rd the question weightage for every negative answer. The following was the break up of questions:

Maths: 15 marks
Process Control & Thermodynamics: 10 marks
Fluid Mechanics & Mechanical Operations: 10 marks
Heat Transfer: 8 marks
Mass Transfer:10 marks
Chemical Reaction Engineering: 10 marks
Instrumentation & Process Control: 8 marks
Plant Design & Economics: 6 marks
Chemical Technology: 8 marks
Aptitude: 15 marks

The paper was of average/moderate difficulty. However students might commit some errors which can reduce their score.

Maximum marks will get up-to 75-80. If you score 55-60 Marks, you will have a good rank (within top 100) if the number of applicants is not more than 18000.


Students can view detailed answer analysis and answer key here

Electrical Engineering

Topic-wise distribution of the marks & difficulty level of the questions from that chapter:

1. Maths: 15 marks - Medium
2. General Aptitude: 15 marks - Difficult
3. Electrical and Electronic Measurements - 10 marks - Easy
4. Power Electronics and Drives - 11 marks - Direct questions but Medium
5. Power Systems - 7 marks - Difficult
6. Electrical Machines - 9 marks - Easy
7. Control Systems - 14 marks - Medium
8. Analog and Digital Electronics - 9 marks - Easy
9. Electric Circuits and Fields - 11 marks - Difficult

The paper was of average difficulty and was of similar difficulty as the previous years. Though lengthy the paper was manageable.

The estimated of marks of the topper: 65
The Estimate of average marks: 25
Estimated marks required to be in AIR Top 100: 60
Estimated marks required to be in AIR Top 500: 50
Estimated marks required to be in AIR Top 1000: 45


Students can view answer key and detailed answer analysis here


Production Engineering

The production engineering paper was a better paper than the previous year. The quality of questions were better and it was challenging paper for the students.

Topic-wise distribution of the marks:

1. Maths: 9 marks
2. General Aptitude: 15 marks
3. Strength of Materials - 5 marks
4. Theory of Machine - 2 marks
5. Thermodynamics - 2 marks
6. Heat Transfer - 6 marks
7. Fluid Mechanics - 3 marks
8. Production Engineering - 23 marks
9. Design - 7 marks
10. Industrial Engineering & Operations Research - 22 marks
11. Engineering Mechanics - 6 marks

Estimate of marks of the topper- Around 75
Estimate of average marks - 25
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 100: 65-75
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 500: 55-65
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 1000: 45-55


Students can view answer key and detailed answer analysis here

Civil Engineering

The civil engineering paper was relatively simple and the questions are not very tricky except a few but many areas have been missed in the paper.

Topic-wise distribution of the marks:

1. Maths: 15 marks
2. General Aptitude: 15 marks
3. Strength of Materials: 4 marks
4. Structural Analysis: 5 marks
5. RCC & PSC: 8 marks
6. Steel: 3 marks
7. Transportation: 9 marks
8. Surveying: 3 marks
9. Geotechnology: 15 marks
10. Irrigation and Hydrology: 9 marks
11. Fluid Machanics, Machines and Open Channel Flow: 5 marks
12. Environmental Engineering: 8 marks

Estimate of marks of the topper: Around 80
Estimate of average marks: 25 - 30
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 100: > 55
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 500: > 40
Estimate of marks required to be in AIR Top 1000 > 35


Students can view answer key and detailed answer analysis here


We will be updating the analysis for more papers throughout the day


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The author, Anshul Gupta is an expert GATE coach at Career Avenues India.

Last modified on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 19:25

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