The GATE 2018 exam is the single joint entrance test for admission to M.Tech and other higher study courses in engineering and science in India. A large number of students appear in this competitive exam to get admission in IITs, NITs, IIITs and other institutes of higher education. The GATE 2018 Exam Preparation Guide is compiled to help you score high in GATE.
How to prepare for GATE Examination?
GATE candidates has increased manifold in the past two years for a number of reasons, including the decision of PSUs to recruit through GATE. There are some vital points you must keep in mind regarding GATE 2018 preparation.
A. Start Preparation Early
There is no “right time” to start preparing for the exam. The earlier you begin, the more time you have in your hand. However, if you think time is less, do not panic. Set a goal and stick to it. In most of the engineering colleges, the GATE syllabus is covered in semester syllabus of 3rd to 6th sem. Thus, focus on the subjects covered in these semesters properly.
B. Select a coaching center wisely.
It is a fact that the quality of teaching in many engineering colleges is not ideal. Perhaps then, classroom studies may not be enough. If you want to get a faculty or mentor to guide you for GATE 2018, select a good coaching center for this purpose. Make sure that you do not have to spend too much time travelling (college – coaching). Time is crucial.
C. Best GATE Books for Reference.
There is no dearth of good technical books. Make sure you pick only the best GATE reference books for your exam preparation. Do not refer to too many books as this may lead to confusion. Also, depending upon self analysis of your strengths and weaknesses, you can refer to less or more books for a particular topic.
D. GATE is about problem solving and conceptual analysis.
To test more than a million students on the same platform, GATE is a very extensive test of one’s aptitude. Rather than mugging up theories and trying to solve the paper, understanding the basics is more important. Make sure that your understanding of basic concepts is strong, then work upon solving previous year papers.
GATE 2018 Exam Preparation – A to Z for GATE aspirants
The number of students applying and appearing the exam is expected to be around 15 lac this year. With such fierce competition, you need to especially do well to get the college of your choice. Unlike many other exams for Post Graduation, GATE does not give weightage to your past academic records. You only need a basic minimum score in your records for being eligible. A single paper can change your life and give a great head start to your career.
1. Know all about GATE Exam 2018.
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Once you know all about GATE, you must make up your mind on how to start preparing. When to start GATE Preparation? NOW! Do not delay even a single day. Start right from today!
2. Analyze your present situation.
You might be a student of an engineering college who is currently in his/her final year. You might also be a graduate who is already working in a corporate environment or in any service. If you are a student, the biggest advantage is that you are already in touch with studies. GATE exam covers the syllabus of almost all of your engineering studies. Do a self analysis of which subjects did you fare best in your college and which are your weak points. This will be useful during your preparation.
If you are already working somewhere, your advantage is better preparation for the interviews that come up after clearing GATE. You need to schedule time for studies between home and work. Prepare a chart and time table. Stick to it. Untill you have cleared the exam, there should be least distractions.
3. Use the best GATE Exam Preparation Material.
There is a wide range of GATE study material available online as well as offline. Depending upon the GATE paper you will be appearing for, shortlist the best books to study from. We have provided here some excellent GATE Study Material such as Previous Year GATE Question Papers (Solved) for all Subjects. Solve all the papers completely and do self analysis from time to time to be prepared better.
4. Have the correct approach towards GATE Exam Preparation.
Since childhood, you have been repeatedly told to finish the syllabus. The point to be noted here is that scoring high in GATE is not necessarily by that. GATE exam tests your basic understanding of concepts and application in calculations. You must not simply mug up facts and theorems to get good marks. Understand, learn and achieve.
While solving problems, check how many steps are you using to arrive at the solution. Is the calculation too long? Maybe you can do it differently! Balance your speed and accuracy.
5. How much time do you need to prepare well for GATE Exam?
Statistically speaking, 5 months is the most appropriate duration to prepare for GATE. More is better, but 5-6 months is just apt for GATE Preparation. It depends largely on individual’s present knowledge and problem solving skills. For some students, GATE Exam Preparation can be successfully accomplished in merely 3 months.
Do not panic even if you feel you have less time. Start from today, and give it your best shot.
6. Time Management.
There is little to be said on this. Einstein and Tesla too had only 24 hours in their days. Look at what they accomplished! Never say that you did not get enough time, or that you cannot find time to study or prepare. Time flies equally fast for everyone. It is up to you how you manage it and accomplish great things in life.
Remember that you also need to sleep well and eat well to prepare well. Do not sacrifice your health at the cost of preparation.
Cut down on less important activities. If your friends are going out for a fun activity, you may choose to stay back and study. These months are very crucial for your preparation. Do not give up!
7. Avoid distractions. Say bye bye to facebook, twitter and all that wastes your time.
Technology has its immeasurable advantages, such as you can get excellent study material online. Also all the GATE details are available online.
But if you are using the internet while preparing for GATE to update your status on facebook, you are just wasting time. It will be hard to give up social media addiction, or watching videos on youtube. But it is essential that you utilize every minute of your time in doing something constructive.
8. Self analysis is the best analysis for GATE Exam Preparation.
Solve GATE previous year papers. It will help you in following ways.
- You will now exactly about the GATE Exam Pattern.
- You can understand what type of questions are asked in GATE Exam.
- You will know which are your strengths and weaknesses in the subject.
- You might have skipped some topics from the GATE Syllabus, but by solving the past papers you will now be able to complete the syllabus.
- You will also know about the importance of each topic and how well you can manage speed and accuracy during the paper.
9. Make your own notes for GATE Preparation.
During the final days before the exam you can refer to your self written notes. Many GATE Toppers have said that whenever they read a book they used to make their own notes on the topics. While revising for GATE exam, you can refer to these notes. Studying from self written notes is faster, easier and more useful. You cannot revise from a big fat book a few days before the exam.
10. Do not give up!
Many students tend to give up half way through the GATE preparation. You are definitely not one of them! The exam is tough, but you are tough enough to handle it.
If at any point of time you need guidance, just drop us a message and we will help you out. You can ask us anything related to the exam at the discussion forum.
Best of luck!
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