GATE EE Exam: Study Resources to Prepare for Verbal Aptitude Section

  • 24 Oct, 2022
  • Gunaseelan Kumar
GATE EE Exam: Study Resources to Prepare for Verbal Aptitude Section

General Aptitude is one of the important sections with a weightage of 15 marks in the GATE EE exam. This section is divided into two categories - Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability. The verbal ability questions would be a lot easier than the numerical ability questions. How to achieve maximum marks in the verbal ability concept? In this article, we are going to discuss the syllabus, important topics, and best books to prepare for the verbal aptitude section and get a perfect score. Let's get started!

1. GATE EE Exam Pattern

The GATE EE exam is conducted for 3 hours.  Candidates can check all the information about the exam pattern, questions, total marks, and question types.



Exam Mode


Number of Questions


Total Marks


Questions Type

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Multiple Select Question
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

    Number of sections


    General Aptitude Section

    5 among the 10 questions will carry 1 mark and the remaining 5 will carry 2 marks each.

    Marking Scheme

    For every incorrect answer, 1/3 and 2/3 marks will be reduced for the respected 1-mark and 2-mark questions

    2. Verbal Aptitude Syllabus

    Verbal Ability under General Aptitude is the mandatory section for the GATE EE paper, and it is common for other GATE papers. Check the subtopics from the table and prepare for all the topics.

    GATE Topic


    Verbal Ability

    Grammar (Articles, Adjectives, Tenses, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Vocabulary, Verb-noun agreement and other parts of speech,Idioms, Phrases in context, Narrative sequencing, Reading and comprehension)Verbal Analogies, Critical Reasoning, Word Groups, Verbal Deduction, Instructions, Sentence Completion.

    3. Important Topics on Verbal Ability

    Knowing the important topics beforehand helps you to avoid preparing them at the last minute. Based on the past year's question paper, we've listed some important topics. Give priority to the listed concept first.

    • Spelling
    • Grammar (Parts of speech, Tenses, Subject-Verb Agreement, Direct and indirect speech, Idioms)
    • Sentence completion
    • A pair of related words
    • Synonyms
    • Antonyms
    • Verbal deductions.

    4. Best Books to Prepare for Verbal Ability

    As there are more books and publications available, candidates should be careful in selecting the books. Make sure not to spend more time referring to the concepts in more books. You can check out these suggested books to help in a conceptual understanding of the chapter.

    • Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning

    Book Name


    Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

    The book is segregated into two categories with verbal and non-verbal chapters. One of the main reasons for acquiring these books is that it has a simple language with a deep understanding. It has more practice questions like sequence puzzles, analogy, logical sequence of words, paper folding, and more. It also has solved exercises to understand the concepts better.

    • English grammar and composition

    Book Name


    English grammar and composition by Wren and Martin.

    Wren and Martin's English grammar and composition give ample guidance for GATE EE verbal ability preparation. It has a practice exercise in sentence building, correct usage, comprehension, composition, and more to effectively improve the GATE aspirant's skills.

    5. How to Prepare for Verbal Ability?

    Following the syllabus, important topics, and the suggested books, one can effortlessly prepare a schedule to complete the topic. Make sure not to get distracted and work on dedicated hours to the maximum result.

    If you have a week to prepare for the verbal ability section, complete the grammar concepts in 2 days and prepare the others in the remaining 2 days.

    6. Why Preparing for Verbal Ability is Important?

    One section in the GATE exam on which you can score high is the verbal ability under the General Aptitude section. Without forgetting any concepts, you can answer more questions quickly in the GATE EE exam. With a weightage of 15 marks, it greatly boosts your probability of cracking the GATE exam.

    7. Common mistake made by most students in verbal aptitude preparation

    Most students leave out the verbal ability topic for last-minute preparation, while some start this topic first that consumes most of the time, resulting in lesser time for other essential topics. To avoid this dilemma, you should prepare verbal aptitudes by making a study schedule to stay on track.


    So, here are the study materials required to prepare for the verbal ability concepts. Go through the syllabus and important concepts first and try focusing on the easy concepts first to enhance your performance. Allot time to practice the grammar question to be more confident and prepared for the exam.

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