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MGU CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - July 03, 2017

MGU CAT 2018 Exam Pattern will be issued by Mahatma Gandhi University for students who are interested in admission to post graduation in the Statutory Teaching Departments and Inter School Centers.

  • The paper is conducted in the online mode
  • The paper will comprise 2 sections of MCQ type questions
  • Test paper will be of descriptive type for MA Malayalam, MA English, LLM and Master of Tourism Management
  • Total marks is 200
  • The paper will be conducted for 90 minutes
  • The medium of the paper is English only

Mahatma Gandhi University claims the process to be the simplest and most transparent for allotment of vacant seats which offers candidate an opportunity to exercise the options and put fourth their choice conveniently in the order of preference. It is to be noted particularly that MGU CAT 2018 will be conducted for all the interested and eligible candidates except foreign candidates.


MGU CAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights Table

All the important highlights for MGU CAT 2018 exam pattern, which candidates who have applied for this entrance examination must keep a note on, is tabulated below:

Exam modeOnline
Number of papers1
Number of Sections2
Question paper typeObjective (Multiple Choice Questions)
Total marks200
Exam duration90 minutes
Exam LanguageEnglish

MGU CAT 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

Mahatma Gandhi University Common Admission Test could be attempted in 90 minutes for all the academic disciplines. The test paper is of objective type except for the following courses:

  • MA Malayalam
  • MA English
  • LLM
  • Master of Tourism Management

For the above-mentioned programs, the questions asked will be objective as well as descriptive.

Moreover, MGU CAT exam pattern and corresponding syllabus for each academic program is elaborated separately in tabulated form below:

Course NameExam Pattern
M.Sc. Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences M.Sc. PsychologyThe entrance test syllabus for this course will cover topics from the syllabus of undergraduate degree in Disability studies and psychology.
M.Sc. Biochemistry M.Sc. Biotechnology M.Sc. Microbiology M.Sc. BiophysicsMGU CAT 2018 Examination paper will have questions from Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry, and Physics of undergraduate level at MGU.
M.Sc. Computer ScienceThe corresponding test paper will have two sections as below: Section I: It will contain questions from computer science. Section II: It will have questions to assess numerical and logical aptitude.
M.Sc. Environment Science and Management M.Sc. Environment Science and Disaster ManagementThe examination question paper will have questions from basic sciences at undergraduate level, general aptitude, and general awareness on environmental sciences.
M.A. Gandhian Studies M.A. Development StudiesThe test paper will contain questions from Gandhian Studies/Developmental Practices.
L.L.M.The question paper will have questions from the following topics:

Constitutional Law

Administrative Law

Jurisprudence Fundamentals of Civil and Criminal Law

General Principles of Interpretation

Current Legal Developments

M.A. Politics & International Relations M.A. Politics and Human Rights M.A. Politics (Public Policy & Governance) (UGC Sponsored Programme)Entrance test paper will have questions from topics on current affairs.
M.Sc. Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Physical Chemistry) M.Sc. Chemistry (Polymer Science)Questions that will be asked in the test will be from the topics like B.Sc. Chemistry syllabus of Mahatma Gandhi University.
M.A. Malayalam M.A. EnglishThe exam paper will constitute of descriptive, short answer type question, and objective questions. Also, the paper will assess the aptitude for theatrical and literary studies.
M.Sc. Physics with Specialization from Astrophysics, Theoretical Physics, Material Science, Applied ElectronicsTest paper will consist of questions from the B.Sc. Physics (Main) and Mathematics (Subsidiary) syllabus of MGU.
M.A. History M.A. AnthropologyThe test paper will have questions that will test a candidate’s knowledge in their own discipline as well as their interdisciplinary aptitude.
Master of Tourism Management with specialization in Aviation Management, Tour Operations and Health TourismThe test will constitute of objective type questions for 80 marks and the corresponding sections are listed below:

English language (30 marks)

General Knowledge and Current Affairs (30 marks)

Travel Geography (20 marks)

Apart from this, the test will also have a short descriptive type question of 20 marks
M.Ed. in Language Education (English, Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic, and Sanskrit) M.Ed. in Mathematics Education M.Ed. in Science Education M.Ed. in Social Science Education M.Ed. in Commerce Education M.Ed. in IT EducationThe test paper will comprise of questions from general B.Ed. syllabus of MGU.
M.A. EconomicsThe respective entrance test will have questions from the BA Economics syllabus of MGU.

MGU CAT 2018 Marking Scheme

MGU CAT 2018 question paper will be of 200 marks in total. There will  be two sections in the question paper which has 50 questions in total. All the questions carry equal marks, that is 4 marks is rewarded for every correct answer.

The marks calculated for MGU CAT 2018 will depend on the following:

1.The marks scored by candidate in the entrance test for the respective subject, converted to 1000.

2.The bonus marks or the weightage marks that is facilitate to some categories.

Bonus/Weightage marks in MGU CAT 2018:

Indexing of marks will depend on the bonus marks awarded to the students as per the below guidelines:

  1. NCC candidates are rewarded with a bonus of 5 marks provided candidate possess a genuine NCC certificate with seal and signature by the Director and issued by the Directorate with minimum of 75% attendance. Moreover, A certificate holder will be awarded with 3 points whereas B and C certificate holders will get 5 points.
  2. NSS candidates will be awarded with a bonus of 5 marks provided candidate have a NSS certificate which should be legally signed by the Vice-Chancellor or Pro Vice-Chancellor and issued to candidates who have successfully completed 240 hours’ work in a two years’ span.
  3. Ex-servicemen, widows and children of Jawans will be awarded with 15 marks.
  4. Candidates who have applied for M.Ed. courses and are completed with their corresponding B.Ed. degree will also be facilitated with bonus points.15 marks as bonus points will be awarded to candidates with a first-class PG degree whereas 10 marks will be rewarded to candidates with a second-class Post Graduate degree and 5 marks will be awarded to candidates with the third-class PG degree respectively.
  5. Deduction of 5 marks will be done from the overall indexed marks of applicants for each additional appearance taken for completing the qualifying test.

MGU CAT 2018 Syllabus

MGU CAT 2018 can get graduation books as per the academic programs they have chosen. Students can choose up to four academic courses in which they wish to pursue post-graduation. According to those chosen courses, they must study all the corresponding graduation books the university recommends to pass the entrance test.

Syllabus for all the programs in MGU CAT 2018 is elaborated in tabular form below:

Program NameSyllabus
School of Chemical SciencesExam will be based on BSc Chemistry syllabus of MGU.
School of BiosciencesEntrance exam will be based on the following MGU syllabus at B. Sc. level:

Botany

Zoology

Microbiology

Bio-technology

Biochemistry

Biophysics

Chemistry

Physics

School of Environmental SciencesEntrance exam will be totally based on subjects of the following:

degree level basic science

general aptitude

general awareness on Environmental Sciences.

School of LettersEntrance Test will comprise of questions on aptitude for literary or theatrical studies. MGU CAT 2018 question paper will contain essay type questions, short answer questions and objective type questions.
School of International Relations and PoliticsEntrance Test will comprise of questions on current affairs.
School of Gandhian Thought and Developmental StudiesEntrance exam will consist of questions relating to the subject.
School of Social SciencesMGU CAT 2018 Entrance Test will consist of questions that will assess the interdisciplinary aptitude as well as the knowledge in one’s field of discipline to qualify the examination.
School of Behavioral SciencesEntrance exam will have of questions in an interdisciplinary manner based on the syllabus of the qualifying test.
School of Computer SciencesEntrance Test will consist of two parts: Part 1: Questions from Computer Science field Part 2: Questions that will access logical reasoning as well as numeral ability.
School of Tourism and Travel ManagementThe corresponding entrance Test will carry objective type questions for 80 marks, that is, English Language (30 marks), General Knowledge and Current affairs (30 marks), and Travel Geography (20 marks) and a general short essay question carrying 20 marks.
School of Indian Legal ThoughtEntrance exam will consist of questions which concerns some branches of law which includes Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence, Fundamentals of Civil & Criminal Law, General Principles of Interpretation and Current Legal Developments.
School of Pedagogical SciencesEntrance Test will comprise of objective type questions for 50 marks based on the syllabus of general discipline of B Ed programme of MGU.

Important Instructions

All the important instructions and guidelines for MGU CAT are bulleted below:

  • Applicant must be present at the examination center 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the entrance test.
  • Under any circumstances, applicant’s entry would be prohibited in the reporting center without the is MGU CAT 2018 admit card.
  • Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, calculators or suchlike are restricted inside the examination center.
  • Applicants are not allowed to open the seal of exam booklet unless instructed to do the same.
  • Candidates are given an extra time of 10 minutes to read the distributed exam booklet thoroughly to avoid unwanted situations.
  • Personal belongings like baggage must be kept outside the center. Also, the center will not be responsible for mishappening of any sort with the belongings.
  • Answers should be marked correctly in the OMR sheet as per applicant’s ability and knowledge by darkening the appropriate options.
  • Applicant is not allowed to leave the center before the timings of the examination as it can lead to the cancellation of the examination.
  • Candidature will be cancelled for applicant who is found guilty for using unfair means to mark the answers.

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