Gate 2017: Tips and tricks to crack the Gate Examination !!

8 Nov 2016    01:14 pm


Gate 2017: The exam dates for GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 2017 have been announced on its official website. The online examination will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee from February 4 to 5, 2017 and February 11 to 12, 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays only).


The exam is conducted for admissions to post-graduate programmes (e.g., M.E., M.Tech, direct Ph.D.) in Indian institutes of higher education with financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and other government agencies.

This exam requires a lot of preparation, proper planning and management to crack the GATE exam.

Here are few tips on how to crack the examination and score full marks:

Preparation time for GATE depends on many factors, such as individual's aptitude, attitude, fundamentals, concentration level, etc
Generally, rigorous preparation for four to six months is considered good, but it may vary from student to student

Candidate should refer to the syllabus and analyse the exam pattern using previous years' papers and start preparing accordingly
It is important to know what to study, but it is more important to know what not to study

A clear understanding of the underlying concepts is a must since the questions asked in GATE exam will test the level and depth of understanding of concepts.

As all subjects don't have equal marks, few subjects are preferred over others
Make a list of topics which needs to be studied based on the number of questions which have appeared from the topic in the previous GATE examinations

Identify topics which have fetched more marks and give more importance to them during your preparation
Create a timetable for study of topics and follow it strictly. While studying any topic, make sure to highlight important points like key definitions, equations, derivations, theorems, laws, etc

Allocate preparation time to subjects based on the number and frequency of questions asked in previous examinations.
Important topics:

Engineering Mathematics and General Ability are two of the most important topics as together they contribute 30 marks in the GATE exam.

It is easy for students to score in engineering mathematics and general ability as compared to other technical topics.

Paper-wise important topics to focus on:

Computer Science and Information Technology:  Programming and Data Structures, Theory of Computation, Operating system, Digital Logic and Computer Networks.

Electronics and Communication Engineering: Networks, Signals and Systems, Control Systems, Digital Electronics, Electromagnetics, EDC, Analog Circuits and Communications.

Electrical Engineering: Network Theory, Control System, Power System, Electrical Machine, Power Electronics and Signal and Systems.

Mechanical Engineering: Manufacturing Science, Industrial Engineering, Thermal Science, Fluid Mechanics, and Strength of Materials.

Important Tips : 

  • The candidate should allocate realistic time for each subject must be allocated
  • Thorough reading of a chapter of subject is mandatory so that key points can be noted down, this would help in revision.
  • Go through previous years' GATE papers, to get an idea about the types of frequently asked questions in GATE exam.
  • Pay equal attention to both theory and numerical problems.
  • Try to use shortcut methods to solve problems instead of traditional lengthy and time consuming methods since time would be of the essence.
  • Solve as many mocktests possible as they are essential for the preparation because they are helpful in clarifying many doubts through repeated practice.
  • Speed and accuracy are two factors which can greatly affect the performance in the examination and students should develop adequate speed and accuracy hits during preparation

 Monthly preparation plan out:

Make a study plan for six days in a week and leave one day for revising what you have studied
If there are six months for GATE preparation then the entire GATE syllabus must be completed in five months and last one month must be kept for revision

Make sure at least a month is kept for exhaustive, thorough revision.
Such a period can be used in clearing remaining doubts, practicing mock tests and at least one all-round revision.
Revision is an excellent exercise that boosts memory retention and is wonderful help during examination

Last but not the least, GATE preparation needs determination. All you need to do is be determined and diligently observe the tricks throughout the preparation period and work towards the goal.

Article authored by Dr Rajiv Kapoor, a Pearson author and nationally renowned subject matter expert@IT