GATE Biotechnology (BT) Difficulty Level: Last 5 years' Analysis With Weightage

Dipanjana Sengupta
Dipanjana SenguptaUpdated On: November 07, 2023 09:13 am IST | GATE
Are you looking for the GATE Biotechnology (BT) Difficulty Level of the last 5 years? You can find the GATE BT previous year's question paper analysis here along with the year-wise weightage.
GATE Biotechnology (BT) Difficulty Level

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Difficulty Level - IISC Bangalore will be conducting the GATE 2024 exam on February 3,4,10,11, 2024. GATE Biotechnology is one of the core subjects that is required to be given some extra effort. Collegedekho has evaluated the last five years' GATE Biotechnology (BT) Analysis for the candidates willing to take part in the GATE 2024 Biotechnology Exam this year. Candidates can also find the year-wise question paper weightage along with the previous year's analysis. We have mentioned the previous year's question paper too for a better understanding. 

Candidates can expect 34+ as a good attempt in the GATE Biotechnology Exam. GATE 2024 Exam is a national-level entrance exam conducted for candidates willing to take admission to engineering and other courses at the postgraduate level. 

Also Check - GATE Biotechnology (BT) Practice Papers 2024

GATE Biotechnology 2024 Difficulty Level

As the GATE 2024 BT Exam is yet to be conducted, we will mention the question paper analysis and weightage after the exam is conducted by IISc Bangalore. Candidates can find the previous year's analysis here. As per previous year's trends, the difficulty level of the GATE BT Exam 2024 is expected to be moderately tough. Some high-scoring topics in the GATE BT Exam are Enzyme Inhibition, General Aptitude, Immunology, Numericals, and Biology. Candidates can expect the lowest scoring GATE Biotechnology topic to be Bioprocess.

You can also find GATE Biotechnology (BT) Syllabus 2024: PDF Download, List of Chapters and Topics here.

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2024

The paper analysis for GATE Biotechnology 2024 will be released after the examination completion.

Also Check - GATE Biotechnology (BT) 2024 Subject Wise Weightage, Important Topics, Best Books

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Question Paper 2024

The GATE 2024 Biotechnology Question Paper will be released soon. Stay tuned.

Also Check - GATE Biotechnology (BT) Question Papers: Previous year papers PDF Download (2017-2022)

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2023

The GATE Biotechnology (BT) was conducted in two shifts shift 1 and shift 2. Students can check the paper analysis as well as the weightage of subjects below.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2023 shift 1-  11th February 2023

  • The overall difficulty of the exam was medium.
  • The Biotechnology section consisted of 65 questions and the aptitude, carrying a total of 100 marks. The questions were well-distributed across the different topics in the syllabus, with no particular topic being over-represented. 
  • The topics included in the examination are Biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, plant & animal biotechnology and some more

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2023 shift 2-  12th February 2023

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderately tough.
  • The Biotechnology section consisted of 65 questions, carrying a total of 100 marks. The questions were well-distributed across the different topics in the syllabus, with no particular topic being over-represented.
  • The questions were generally conceptual, but there were also a few numerical and application-based questions.
  • The shift 2 paper covered topics related to Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Bioprocess engineering and more.

GATE Biotechnology Paper Weightage 2023

Candidates can check the GATE Biotechnology paper weightage from the below table 

Subject 

Total Marks

Biochemistry

15

Cell Biology

10

Molecular biology

15

Genetics

10

Microbiology

10

Immunology

10

Bioprocess engineering

10

Plant and animal biotechnology

10

Recombinant DNA technology

10

Also Check - What is a Good Score in GATE Biotechnology (BT) 2024?

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2023

The GATE BT 2023 Question Paper has been provided in the table below.

GATE 2023 Biotechnology Question Paper - Download Here

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2022

The GATE Biotechnology (BT) was conducted in two shifts shift 1 and shift 2. Students can check the paper analysis as well as the weightage of subjects below.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2022  shift 1-  5th February 2022

  • The overall difficulty of the exam was medium.
  • The Biotechnology section consisted of 65 questions, carrying a total of 100 marks. The questions were well-distributed across the different topics in the syllabus, with no particular topic being over-represented.
  • Some of the topics that were covered in the Biotechnology section include Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Bioprocess engineering, and Plant and animal biotechnology.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2022  shift 2-  12th February 2022

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderately tough.
  • The questions were well-distributed across the different topics in the syllabus, with no particular topic being over-represented. The questions were generally conceptual, but there were also a few numerical and application-based questions.
  • Some of the topics that were covered in the Biotechnology section include Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Bioprocess engineering, Plant and animal biotechnology, Recombinant DNA technology, and Fundamentals of biological engineering.

GATE Biotechnology Paper Weightage 2022

Candidates can check the GATE Biotechnology paper weightage from the below table 

Subject 

Total Marks

Biochemistry

15

Cell Biology

10

Molecular biology

15

Genetics

10

Microbiology

10

Immunology

10

Bioprocess engineering

10

Plant and animal biotechnology

10

Recombinant DNA technology

10

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2022

The GATE BT 2022 Question Paper has been provided in the table below.

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2022 - Download Here

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2021

Shift 1 and shift 2 of the GATE Biotechnology paper analysis 2022 and subject-wise weightage.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2021  shift 1-  6th February 2021

  • The overall difficulty of the exam was medium. The Biotechnology section was moderate, while the Aptitude section was easy as per the student's reactions
  • The questions were well-distributed across the different topics in the syllabus, with no particular topic being over-represented.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2021  shift 2-  13th February 2021

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderately tough.
  • Questions were generally conceptual, but there were also a few numerical and application-based questions.
  • The Aptitude section of the exam was relatively easy.

GATE Biotechnology Paper Weightage 2021

Candidates can check the GATE Biotechnology paper weightage from the below table.

Subject/Topic

Weightage

Biochemistry 

15 %

Cell Biology

10 %

Molecular biology

15 %

Genetics

10 %

Microbiology

10%

Immunology

10%

Bioprocess engineering

10%

Plant and animal biotechnology

10%

Recombinant DNA technology

10%

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2021

The GATE BT 2021 Question Paper has been provided in the table below.

GATE 2021 Biotechnology Question Paper - Download Here

Also, Check - List of Topics to Score 60+ in GATE Biotechnology (BT)

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2020

Shift 1 and shift 2 of the GATE Biotechnology paper analysis 2020 and subject-wise weightage.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2020  shift 1- 1st February 2020

  • The overall difficulty of the exam was medium
  • The Aptitude section of the exam was easy
  • The shift 1 included topics such as Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology and Bioprocess engineering.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2020  shift 2- 2nd February 2020

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was tough.
  • Questions on these topics were generally conceptual, but there were also a few numerical and application-based questions.
  • The paper included topics like Biochemistry, Cell biology, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology and Bioprocess engineering

GATE Biotechnology Paper Weightage 2020

Candidates can check the GATE Biotechnology paper weightage from the below table.

Subject/Topic

Weightage

Biochemistry 

15 %

Cell Biology

10 %

Molecular Biology

15 %

Genetics

10 %

Microbiology

10%

Immunology

10%

Bioprocess engineering

10%

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2020

The GATE BT 2020 Question Paper has been provided in the table below.

GATE 2020 Biotechnology Question Paper - Download Here

GATE Biotechnology (BT) Paper Analysis 2019

Shift 1 and shift 2 of the GATE Biotechnology paper analysis 2019 and subject-wise weightage.

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2019  shift 1-  9th February 2019

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was too tough.
  • The aptitude section included engineering mathematics and general aptitude
  • The Aptitude section of the exam was easy

GATE Biotechnology Paper analysis 2019  shift 2-  9th February 2019

  • The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderately tough.
  • There were some tricky questions in the Biotechnology section
  • The Aptitude section of the exam was relatively easy.
  • Topics included were Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology and Bioprocess engineering

GATE Biotechnology Paper Weightage 2019

Candidates can check the GATE Biotechnology paper weightage from the below table.

Subject/Topic

Weightage

Biochemistry 

15 %

Cell Biology

10 %

Molecular biology

15 %

Genetics

10 %

Microbiology

10%

Immunology

10%

Bioprocess engineering

10%

GATE Biotechnology Question Paper 2019

The GATE BT 2019 Question Paper has been provided in the table below.

GATE 2019 Biotechnology Question Paper - Download Here

GATE Biotechnology 2024 Expected Weightage & Important Topics

Section

Important Topics

Expected Marks Weightage

General Aptitude

-

15%

Mathematics

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability & Statistics

15%

Biochemistry

  • Enzymes- Classification, Kinetics & Mechanism of Action
  • Biomolecules- Structure & Functions
  • Respiration & Electron Transport Chain

70%

Microbiology

  • Nitrogen Fixation
  • Microbial Diseases
  • Microbial Classification
  • Virus Classifications

Cell Biology

  • Prokaryotic Cell Structures
  • Cell Growth Control (Cancer)
  • Cell Cycle

Analytical Techniques

  • Principles of Spectroscopy
  • Chromatography & its Principles
  • Microarray

Immunology

  • Antigen-Antibody Reaction
  • Antibody Classification
  • Complement Pathway
  • Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC)

Molecular Biology & Genetics

  • Mutation & Mutagenesis
  • Molecular Structure of Genes & Chromosomes
  • DNA Damage & Repair
  • Nucleic Acid Replication, Transcription, Translation

Recombinant DNA Technology (Genetic Engineering)

  • Vectors & Plasmid
  • Restriction & Modification Enzymes
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • DNA Sequencing
  • In-situ Hybridisation

Bioinformatics

  • Analytics Tools
  • Sequence & Structure Database
  • Major Bioinformatic Tools
  • Phylogeny

Bioprocess Engineering & Process Biotechnology

  • Rheology of Fermentation Fluids
  • Bioprocess Design & Development
  • Kinetics of Microbial Growth
  • Mass & Heat Transfer
  • Aeration & Agitation
  • Biomass Production
  • Biofuels, Bioplastics, Industrial Enzymes, Antibiotics

Plant & Animal Biotechnology

  • Media Compositions & Growth Conditions
  • Transgenic Animals
  • Anchorage & Non-Anchorage Dependent Cell Structure
  • Kinetics of Cell Growth
  • Regeneration of Plants
  • Totipotency
  • Production of Secondary Metabolites

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FAQs

Is GATE Biotechnology difficult?

As per the previous year's analysis, the GATE BT Exam is seen to be moderately tough every year. 
 

What is a good score in GATE Biotechnology?

70 to 75 is considered to be a good score in GATE Biotechnology Exam.
 

Which is better GATE BT or GATE XL?

GATE BT is based on the course curriculum of the BTech Biotechnology, Biomedical, and Biochemical courses whereas GATE XL is entirely based on subjects from Botany, Life Sciences, Biotechnology, and Zoology. Also, GATE XL is best for candidates who are slanted theoretically.
 

How to crack GATE Biotechnology?

In order to crack the GATE BT Exam, candidates have to understand the syllabus and exam pattern. After they are well familiarized with it, practice GATE BT Sample Papers along with the previous year's question papers. This helps in time management, understanding the format, and getting familiar with the pattern. Always refer to the authentic GATE BT Books that cover the entire syllabus and provide you with factual information. The main ingredient of a successful preparation is revising regularly. 
 

Do questions repeat in GATE Biotechnology?

No, each and every question is unique in the GATE BT Exam. The format of the questions can be similar but the values will always be different.
 

Who is the topper of GATE 2023 Biotechnology?

Aishwarya K secured the top position with 79.67 marks in the GATE Biotechnology Exam.
 

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