GATE 2024 Syllabus for English (XH -C2) - Important Chapters, Best Books, Sample Questions, Marking Scheme, Exam Pattern

Soham Mitra
Soham MitraUpdated On: February 06, 2024 11:30 am IST | GATE

GATE 2024 will be conducted for Arts and Humanities subjects from six different streams and English is one of them. Check out all the GATE 2024 English paper details from the article provided below. 

GATE Syllabus for English (XH -C2) - Important Chapters, Best Books, Sample Questions, Marking Scheme, Exam Pattern

GATE 2024 Syllabus for English (XH -C2) - IISc Bangalore has released the GATE English 2024 Syllabus and the exam dates on the official website. Candidates can download the GATE syllabus 2024 English in the form of a PDF. GATE 2024 will be conducted at the national level for admission into various programs like MS, M.Tech, M.E, and Direct Ph.D., etc. on February 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2024. GATE 2024 english exam was conducted on February 4, 2024. 

Candidates qualifying for the GATE 2024 examination will have the golden opportunity to pursue their favorite Arts & Humanities and Environmental Science and Engineering postgraduate courses from various IITs, NITS, and similar other institutions of national repute. On the other hand, various PSUs that require English Literature graduates will also accept the GATE score of the respective subject. 

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Paper Code 

Subject Name
DAData Science & Artificial Intelligence

This article mainly focuses on the GATE 2024 English paper and how aspirants can get a decent score in it. Details of important chapters, syllabus, sample question papers, best study materials, etc. regarding the GATE 2024 English paper have been provided in the section below. 

GATE English Syllabus 2024 

Candidates appearing for the GATE 2024 exam should have a fair knowledge of the GATE syllabus 2024 well in advance. All the important topics from where the questions will be formed in the GATE 2024 English paper can be found in the table provided below - 




Research approaches and methodologies, including interpretive techniques responsive

to literary forms, devices, concepts, and genres


History of English Literature and English Literary Studies


Literary Criticism and Theory; Critical and Cultural Intellectual Traditions and Approaches widely referred to and used in the discipline of English


Especially in a comparative context, anglophone and in English translation, pieces of literature from India and, extending to some degree, the larger Indian subcontinent


Multi-genre kinds of literature in English—poetry, the novel, and other forms of fiction including the short story, drama, creative non-fiction, and non-fiction prose—with emphasis on the long 19th and 20th centuries

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Best Books to Prepare for GATE 2024 English Paper

Any candidate who harbors the dream of securing admission into the M.A. in English program offered by any reputed Indian University, must, first of all, possess an in-depth knowledge of all the subjects and the concepts that he/she might have studied during the undergrad days. Also, the candidate must have a critical bend of mind to see the larger picture behind a piece of literature. Other than these, the candidate should have knowledge of study materials or best books of GATE 2024 to secure good marks in the GATE 2024 English paper exam - 

  • Cambridge History of Literature - Emily Legouis/David Daiches

  • An Objective History of English Literature through MCQ

  • Delhi University M.A English Guide

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University M.A English Entrance Exam Guide

Sample Question Papers for GATE 2024 English Paper

Preparing for an entrance exam with the help of some rigid preparatory methods always includes solving sample question papers or previous year question papers. As the English paper in the GATE exam is a newly introduced paper, solving a good number of sample questions will definitely help the candidates gauge their preparations before the date of the exam. Candidates should solve the sample papers of GATE 2024 for better preparation.

Question 1. Eject : Insert : : Advance : _______ (Byword meaning)

  1. Advent
  2. Progress
  3. Retreat
  4. Loan
Correct Answer -  3

Question 2 - “I have not yet decided what I will do this evening; I ______ visit a friend.”
  1. mite
  2. would
  3. might
  4. didn’t
Correct Answer -  3
Candidates can also check the previous years' GATE XH C2 Question Paper along with the Answer Key from the table below- 
GATE XH C2 Question Paper PDFGATE XH C2 Answer Key PDF

Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme for GATE 2024 English Paper

Candidates willing to appear in the English paper of GATE 2024 must be aware of the exam pattern and marking scheme of it as well as it is quite different from the usual subjects for which GATE is conducted. The detailed marking scheme and exam pattern of GATE English paper has been provided below - 

  • The General Aptitude section will be carrying 15 marks in total

  • B1 section also called the Reasoning and Comprehension section will carry 15 questions in total in MSQ/MCQ format

  • B1 section will carry a maximum mark of 25 - 05 questions will be of 1 mark each and the remaining 10 questions will be of 2 marks each

  • The third section (English) will contain 60 questions in total in MSQ/MCQ format

  • There will be 20 questions in the third section and each question will carry 1 mark while the remaining 20 questions will carry 2 marks each 

  • There will be negative marking for wrong/incorrect attempts

  • Each question will carry 04 options in total out of which only is the correct option

Question Type

Negative Marking

1 Mark Questions

1/3rd of the total marks

2 Marks Questions

2/3rd of the total marks

MSQ Questions

No negative marking

GATE English Paper Analysis (Previous Year) 

Candidates can check the GATE XH C2 Paper Analysis from the table below.
Type of QuestionsGeneral Aptitude (GA)Reasoning Comprehension (B1)English (XH- C2)
No. of QuestionsMarksNo. of QuestionsMarksNo. of QuestionsMarks
No. of 1 mark MCQs55551010
No. of 2 marks MCQs510510918
No. of 1 mark NATs001100
No. of 2 marks NATs001200
No. of 1 mark MSQs001188
No. of 2 marks MSQs00361224

In all, candidates should have a good knowledge of B.A. English Literature syllabus to excel in GATE English 2024 exam. At the same time, the candidates can also refer to the books pertaining to UGC NET English, as there are similarities between the English syllabus two exams.  

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