For **1-mark** multiple-choice questions, **1/3 marks** will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for **2-marks** multiple-choice questions,** 2/3 marks **will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

**General Aptitude (GA) Questions**

In all papers, GA questions carry a total of 15 marks. The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 10 marks).

**Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL**

These papers would contain **25 **questions carrying **1 mark **each (sub-total **25 marks **) and 30 questions carrying **2 marks **each (sub-total** 60 marks **). The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice and numerical answer type. For numerical answer questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter the answer (which will be a real number, signed or unsigned, e.g. 25.06, -25.06, 25, -25 etc.) using a virtual keypad. An appropriate range will be considered while evaluating the numerical answer type questions so that the candidate is not penalized due to the usual round-off errors.

**GG (Geology and Geophysics) Paper**

Apart from the General Aptitude (GA) section, the GG question paper consists of two parts: Part A and Part B. Part A is common for all candidates. Part B contains two sections: Section 1 (Geology) and Section 2 (Geo-physics). Candidates will have to attempt questions in Part A and either Section 1 or Section 2 in Part B.

Part A consists of 25 multiple-choice questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 25 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions). Each section in Part B (Section 1 and Section 2) consists of 30 multiple choice questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 60 marks and some of these may be numerical answer type questions).

**XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)**

In XE paper, Engineering Mathematics section (Section A) is **compulsory **. This section contains **11** questions carrying a total of **15 marks:** 7 questions carrying **1 mark **each (sub-total **7 marks **), and 4 questions carrying **2 **marks each (sub-total **8 **marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type questions.

Each of the other sections of the XE paper (Sections B through G) contains 22 questions carrying a total of **35 **marks: 9 questions carrying **1 mark **each (sub-total **9** marks) and 13 questions carrying **2 marks** each (sub-total **26** marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

**XL Paper (Life Sciences)**

In XL paper, Chemistry section (Section H) is **compulsory **. This section contains **15** questions carrying a total of **25 marks**: 5 questions carrying **1 mark** each (sub-total **5** marks) and 10 questions carrying **2-marks** each (sub-total **20** marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

Each of the other sections of the XL paper (Sections I through M) contains 20 questions carrying a total of 30 marks: 10 questions carrying 1 mark each (sub-total 10 marks) and 10 questions carrying 2 marks each (sub-total 20 marks). Some questions may be of numerical answer type.

**Note on Negative Marking for Wrong Answers**

For a wrong answer chosen for the multiple choice questions, there would be negative marking. For **1-mark **multiple choice questions, **1/3 mark **will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for **2-mark **multiple choice questions, **2/3 **mark will be deducted for a wrong answer. **However, there is no negative marking for a wrong answer in numerical answer type questions.**