GCET 2020 Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Topics

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    GCET Exam Pattern 2020 is divided into 3 sections viz. Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Each section holds 33% weightage (75 questions) of the total paper. The pattern is designed to test the candidates’ aptitude and test their knowledge with standards of the chosen course. 

    DTE Goa conducts GCET 2020 for admission to undergraduate courses like B.E., B.Pharm, BHMS, BAMS, Allied Health Sciences, B.Sc. in Nursing and B.Arch. Interested candidates can check details for GCET 2020 Exam Pattern in the article.

    • The questions are asked in MCQ (Multiple Choice Question) formats without any negative marking and candidates gain 1 mark for each correct response.
    • Total marks allotted is 225 with 2 hours duration for each section. 
    • Questions asked in engineering entrance of Goa CET is of higher secondary and secondary level. Check GCET Syllabus

    GCET Exam Pattern Highlights

    Number of Sections3
    Type of examMCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
    Total time6 hours
    Duration of Each Section2 hours
    Negative MarkingNo
    Mode of ExamOffline (pen paper-based)
    Total number of questions225
    Total marks 225

    Detailed Exam pattern of GCET

    Know GCET Recommended Books 

    GCET 2020 Detailed Exam pattern

    As mentioned earlier, GCET 2020 Exam Pattern is designed to test candidates’ ability to solve complex questions in minimal time possible. DTE Goa believes in upholding candidates’ confidence and thus there is no negative marking in the exam. Each correct response adds 1 mark to your final score. Subject-wise GCET 2020 Exam Pattern is as follows:

    GCET 2020 Exam Pattern for Physics

    Total questions75
    Difficulty levelModerate to hard
    Maximum Marks75
    Total time2 hours 
    Most asked topicsMechanics, electricity, and magnetism

    GCET 2020 Exam Pattern for Chemistry

    Total questions75
    Difficulty levelHard
    Maximum Marks75
    Total time2 hours
    Most asked topicsPhysical chemistry

    GCET 2020 Exam Pattern for Mathematics/ Biology

    Total questions75
    Difficulty levelHard
    Maximum Marks75
    Total time2 hours
    Most asked topics

    Number System, Calculus & Trignometry

    Reproduction, Environment, Genetics, Biotechnology

    Marking Scheme in GCET

    Marking Scheme in GCET 2020

    Marking Scheme in any exam is set to decide marks allotted to each question. Marking Scheme in GCET exam follows +1 for every correct answer and no marks are deducted for incorrect responses. Questions not attempted in GCET exam does not affect total marks scored by candidates. Each question carries equal importance in the exam.

    • Correct Response: +1 marks
    • No Negative Marking

    The marking scheme mentioned above is followed in each section. Candidates scoring highest according to the marking scheme will be deemed topper of the exam. All the qualified candidates will be sorted in a merit list based upon marks obtained in their GCET 2020 exam.

    GCET 2020 Syllabus

    GCET 2020 Syllabus

    Syllabus of GCET exam varies from plus one level to plus two levels. The syllabus of Physics ranges from easy kinematic questions to complex and hard equations from Modern Physics. Chemistry Syllabus of GCET 2020 also ranges from Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Mathematics Section of GCET is considered to be the most complex section of all. GCET section for Mathematics carries maximum weightage of plus one syllabus as compared to plus two.

    GCET 2020 Syllabus for Chemistry

    The Chemistry section of GCET could be argued as the most confusing section of the three. The test comprises questions from different aspects of the subject covering Physiological, analytical and behavioral topics of the subject. The topics of the section are listed below:

    • Solutions
    • Solid State
    • Electrochemistry
    • Surface Chemistry
    • General Principles and Processes of Isolation Of Elements
    • Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen
    • Chemical Kinetics
    • d and f Block Elements
    • Coordination Compounds
    • Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
    • Haloalkanes And Haloarenes
    • Aldehydes, Ketones and Carboxylic Acids
    • Chemistry in Everyday Life
    • Polymers
    • Biomolecules

    GCET 2020 Syllabus for Physics

    Physics section of GCET exam covers numerical and concepts based questions. Most of the questions from the section come from the topics listed below. Candidates appearing for GCET is advised to go through GCET Physics Syllabus for better approach at the paper:

    • Atoms and Nuclei
    • Electrostatics
    • Current Electricity
    • Electromagnetic Induction and Alternating Currents
    • Magnetic Effects of Current and Magnetism
    • Dual Nature of Matter and Radiation
    • Electromagnetic Waves
    • Optics
    • Electronic Devices 

    GCET 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

    The Mathematics section of the exam is considered to be the toughest and most difficult to solve. The section comprises questions from listed topics. Here we list GCET 2020 Syllabus of Mathematics section:

    • Relations and Functions
    • Algebra
    • Calculus
    • Vectors and Three-Dimensional Geometry
    • Linear Programming
    • Probability

    Recommended Books for Preparation

    GCET 2020 Syllabus for Biology

    ChapterImportant topics

    Reproduction in Organism

    Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants

    Human Reproduction

    Genrtics and Evolution

    Heredity and Variation

    Molecular Basis of Inheritence


    Biology and Human Welfare

    Human and Disease

    Improvemnet in Food  Production

    Microbes in Human Welfare

    Biotechnology and Applications

    Principles and Process

    Application in Health and Agriculture

    Ecology and Environment

    Organism and Environment

    Environmental Issues

    Ecological Succession


    GCET 2020 Recommended Books

    Recommended Books for GCET 2020 Chemistry:

    SectionsBook NameAuthorISBN No.
    Physical ChemistryPhysical ChemistryPeter Atkins0199543372
    Inorganic ChemistryConcise Inorganic ChemistryJD Lee8126541474
    Organic ChemistryOrganic ChemistryDavid Klein111801040X

    Recommended Books for GCET 2020 Physics:

    SectionsBook NameAuthorISBN No.
    PhysicsConcepts of PhysicsHC Verma8177091875
    Electricity & MagnetismUnderstanding PhysicsDC Pandey9351761010
    QuestionsConcepts of Physics: Part 2HC Verma9351761010

    Recommended Books for GCET 2020 Mathematics:

    SectionsBook NameAuthorISBN No.
    Maths XIMaths XIRD Sharma9383182350
    Maths XIIMaths XIIRD Sharma9383182340
    MathsMathsRS Agarwal9382543340

    Exam Day Instructions for GCET

    Exam Day Instructions for GCET 2020

    Candidates appearing for GCET 2020 are advised to follow the instructions mentioned below to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination. As mentioned earlier the exam will be conducted in offline mode for 6 hours:

    • Use black ball pen while GCET 2020 OMR sheet
    • You are not allowed to bring anything except GCET 2020 Admit Card and stationeries.
    • All the rough work in GCET 2020 is to be done in the space provided for it.
    • The time allotted for each section is two hours which will be not be extended in any situation.
    • The circle provided for each question in the OMR sheet is to be darkened properly and completely. Since the OMR sheets are checked digitally, there could be a possibility of incomplete circles being left out.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    GCET Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques. Is there an negative marking in GCET 2020?

    Ans. There is no provision of negative marking for wrong/ unattempted or multiple marked answers.

    Ques. What are participating colleges in GCET 2020?

    Ans. Some colleges accepting GCET SCores are:

    • Goa College of Engineering, Ponda
    • Don Bosco College of Engineering, Margao
    • Shree Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and INfrmation Technology, Goa
    • Pandre Conceicao College of Engineering, Goa
    • Angel Institute of Technology and Design, Mapusa

    Ques. Is GCET Exam Pattern same for all the courses?

    Ans. Yes, Exam Pattern of GCET is the same for all the courses offered that is Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/ Biology.

    Ques. When will GCET 2020 take place?

    Ans. Directorate of Technical Education, Goa will conduct Goa Common Entrance Test on 2 days that is on May 5, 2020 for Physics and Chemistry and May 6, 2020 for Mathematics/ Biology.

    Ques. What is the total number of questions asked in GCET?

    Ans. There will be 75 questions in each paper of GCET and 2 hours will be alloted to attempt each paper.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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