GATE 2020 Life Sciences (XL) Syllabus: The XL paper is of a general nature. The paper consists of 3 parts. First part of the XL paper is General Aptitude and the second part is Section P – Chemistry which is compulsory for the candidates. The third part of the XL paper comprises of Sections Q to U and candidates have to choose any two of them. Candidates can see the syllabus for Life Science from this page. 

Verbal Ability

  • English grammar
  • Sentence completion,
  • Instructions
  • Verbal analogies
  • Word groups
  • Critical reasoning
  • Verbal deduction

Numerical Ability

  • Numerical computation
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Numerical estimation
  • Data interpretation

GATE 2020 Life Sciences Exam Pattern

Before you begin with their GATE 2020 preparation, make sure that you go through the exam pattern of the examination. Also, take a look at the marking scheme of the examination as both are important in your preparation. The knowledge about the exam related information will help them in preparing well for the examination. We have given the exam pattern as well as the marking scheme of GATE 2020 below. Let’s have a look at it. 

Exam Mode: The exam will be conducted online and it will be a Computer-Based Test.

Duration: 3 hours

Types of questions: MCQs and NAT

Total questions: 65 questions

Total marks: 100 marks

Negative Marking: For MCQs only

Marking scheme

Type of questionNegative marking for wrong answers.Marking for correct answer
MCQs⅓ for 1 mark questions⅔ for 2 marks questions1 or 2 marks
NATsNo negative marking 1 or 2 marks