GATE 2020 NEWS
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
Biotechnology is covered in various engineering branches like Bioinformatics, Biomedical engineering and in biotechnology itself. Exam pattern for GATE Biotechnology is same as that of Biomedical and Bioinformatics. GATE 2020 will be held from February 1, 2, 8 and 9, 2020 in online mode as a Computer Based Test and will have multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the exam.
|GATE Exam Pattern||GATE Paper Analysis||GATE Syllabus|
The exam consist of total 65 questions and a candidate can score maximum 100 marks in the exam. No marks will be deducted for any wrong answer. It is very important for a candidate to know the exam pattern so that he or she can know the type and number of questions asked in the exam.
GATE 2020 for Biotechnology program will have questions from topics such as Engineering Mathematics, Biotechnology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Plant and Animal Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology. to study these topics, candidates can refer to the best Preparation Books for GATE.
Section. 1 Engineering Mathematics
|Linear Algebra||Matrices and determinants, Systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors|
|Calculus||Limit, continuity and differentiability, Partial derivatives, Maxima and minima, Sequences and series, Test for convergence, Fourier series|
|Differential Equations||Linear and nonlinear first order ODEs, higher order ODEs with constant coefficients, Cauchy's and Euler's equations, Laplace transforms, PDE- Laplace, heat, and wave equations|
|Probability and Statistics||Mean, median, mode and standard deviation, Random variables, Poisson, normal and binomial distributions, Correlation and regression analysis|
|Numerical Methods||Solution of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, Integration of trapezoidal and Simpson's rule, Single and multi-step methods for differential equation|
Section. 2 Biotechnology
|Microbiology||Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure; Microbial nutrition, growth, and control; Microbial metabolism (aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis); Nitrogen fixation; the Chemical basis of mutations and mutagens; Microbial genetics (plasmids, transformation, transduction, conjugation); Microbial diversity and characteristic features; Viruses.|
|Biochemistry||Biomolecules and their conformation; Weak inter-molecular interactions in biomacromolecules; Chemical and functional nature of enzymes; Kinetics of a single substrate and bi-substrateenzyme-catalyzedd reactions; Bioenergetics; Metabolism (Glycolysis, TCA, and Oxidative phosphorylation); Membrane transport and pumps; Cell cycle and cell growth control; Cell signaling and signal transduction.|
|Molecular Biology and Genetics||Molecular structure of genes and chromosomes; DNA replication and control; Transcription and its control; Translational processes; Regulatory controls in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; Mendelian inheritance; Gene interaction; Complementation; Linkage, recombination and chromosome mapping; Extrachromosomal inheritance; Chromosomal variation; Population genetics; Transposable elements, Molecular basis of genetic diseases and applications.|
|Analytical Techniques||Principles of microscopy-light, electron, fluorescent and confocal; Centrifugation- high-speed and ultra; Principles of spectroscopy-UV, visible, CD, IR, FTIR, Raman, MS, NMR; Principles of chromatography- ion exchange, gel filtration, hydrophobic interaction, affinity, GC, HPLC, FPLC; Electrophoresis; Microarray|
|Immunology||The origin of Immunology; Inherent immunity; Humoral and cell-mediated immunity; Primary and secondary lymphoid organ; Antigen; B and T cells and Macrophages; Major histocompatibility complex (MHC); Antigen processing and presentation; Synthesis of antibody and secretion; Molecular basis of antibody diversity; Polyclonal and monoclonal antibody; Complement; Antigen-antibody reaction; Regulation of immune response; Immune tolerance; Hypersensitivity; Autoimmunity; Graft versus host reaction.|
|Bioinformatics||Major Bioinformatics resources (NCBI, EBI, ExPASy); Sequence and structure databases; Sequence analysis (Bio-molecular sequence file formats, scoring matrices, sequence alignment, phylogeny); Genomics and Proteomics (Large-scale genome sequencing strategies; Comparative genomics; Understanding DNA microarrays and protein arrays); Molecular modeling and simulations (basic concepts including concept of force fields)|
Section. 3 Recombinant DNA Technology
Restriction and modification enzymes; Vectors: plasmid, bacteriophage and other viral vectors, cosmids, Ti plasmid, yeast artificial chromosome; cDNA and genomic DNA library; Gene isolation; Gene cloning; Expression of cloned gene; Transposons and gene targeting; DNA labeling; DNA sequencing; Polymerase chain reactions; DNA fingerprinting; Southern and northern blotting; In- situ hybridization; RAPD; RFLP; Site-directed mutagenesis; Gene transfer technologies; Gene therapy.
Section. 4 Plant and Animal Biotechnology
Section. 5 Bioprocess Engineering and Process Biotechnology
As there will be different papers for various disciplines, so candidates must solve GATE Practice Papers to focus on understanding for a comprehensive preparation.help the aspirants to score well in the exam.
It is very important for a candidate to solve previous year papers for Biotechnologyso that they can idea regarding the type of questions asked in the exam. It also helps in improving the speed of the candidate. The candidate must practice using a stop watch to improve the speed. Take a note of the mistakes done and try not to repeat them again.
|Sample Paper 1 for Biotechnology (BT)||Sample Paper 2 for Biotechnology (BT)|
Recommended Books for GATE 2020
Candidates can practice from some of the best books recommended for GATE 2020 mentioned below:
GATE 2020 exam will have Virtual Calculator for the candidates for making calculation during the exam. Apart from practicing previous years’ papers, candidates must also learn to use GATE 2019 Virtual Calculator. It was first introduced last year for the candidates as they brought a physical calculator for making calculations during the exam and also to reduce the chances of cheating through unfair means.
GATE judges a candidate’s expertise in specific fields. Candidates can go through the syllabus of other papers as well from the table below:
|Aerospace Engineering||AE||Mechanical Engineering||ME|
|Agricultural Engineering||AG||Metallurgical Engineering||MT|
|Civil Engineering||CE||Mining Engineering||MN|
|Chemical Engineering||CH||Petroleum Engineering||PE|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||CS||Production and Industrial Engineering||PI|
|Electronics and Communication||EC||Textile Engineering and Fibre Science||TF|
|Electrical Engineering||EE||Engineering Sciences||XE|