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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is one of the most popular exams for aspirants seeking post graduate admissions in engineering, and jobs in PSUs. Preparing for GATE Exam is a journey starting from taking the decision on whether to opt for GATE or not to finally achieving a high score in the exam.

Mr. B.Singh, CMD of MADE EASY group is an authority on all things related to GATE. In this AMA with Aglasem, he throws light on the most frequently asked questions by GATE aspirants.

If you are preparing for GATE, read on to find out answers to the following questions.

  • What is the ideal time to start GATE Preparation?
  • Is coaching for GATE preparation important?
  • Should I be worried about the computer based test format of GATE exam?
  • What is the best strategy to prepare for GATE?
  • Why should I opt for GATE?
  • Tips for GATE preparation.

When should one start preparing for GATE exam?

I advice candidates should start preparation from third year itself in order to crack GATE exam. Now a days lacs of engineering aspirants are appearing for GATE exam. An early start is first step towards success.

What is the role of coaching classes for preparation of GATE? How MADE EASY helps a student in GATE preparation?

The prime motto of any coaching institute is to train the candidate for desired examination with in stipulated time period. At MADE EASY we believe in providing systematic teaching methodology considering the trends of the examination. We help students to understand the basics of the subjects first and then slowly we raise our teaching standard to advanced level. If basics are strong and concepts are clear students can easily crack any examination. And for practicing we have GATE online test series and Centre Based Test (CBT).

There are a lot of students who are apprehensive about the online (computer based test) pattern. In your opinion, is the format something to be worried about?

Absolutely I have noticed many engineering students struggling to fill online forms; online payments and also they are not very comfortable taking tests at an online platform. As technology is growing rapidly, in the near future all the exams will be conducted online, so students have to practice more on online platforms. To overcome these challenges we have developed GATE Online Test Series, where students will experience actual feel of online test platform.

What should be the success mantra to crack GATE?

Five success MANTRAS to crack GATE are:

  • Right Strategy
  • Proper Planning
  • Motivational Guidance
  • Appropriate Practice
  • Good Source of Study Material

What are the challenges students are facing in GATE preparation and how to overcome them?

The quality of engineers is going down every year. In general, students are weak in core subjects; they are required to work more on basics and build the concepts. One more challenge is to perform under pressure, so candidate has to practice more and more to develop qualities to face exams.

If one wants to clear GATE exam in first attempt, what should be the strategy?

GATE is not semester exam; it’s a competitive exam; only top 15% of the candidates will get the dream opportunities. Good understanding of the subjects and sticking to proper plan is very essential. Analyze GATE syllabus and pay more importance to subjects having more weightage. Enroll for mock tests and take those tests seriously and try to overcome your weak areas.

For the past 3-4 years a number of PSUs have started using GATE score to recruit candidates. In their selection process generally more weightage is given to GATE score and less weightage is given to personal interview. Do you think it is the right trend?

In traditional exam patterns, 80-85% weightage is given to marks of written exam and 15-20% weightage is given to interview or group discussions. In present scenario GATE Score = Written Exam, all these PSUs are considering these scores instead of conducting their own written exams. According to me in both the pattern the weightage for personal interview remains more or less the same.

You have qualified various exams like GATE; PSUs & ESE. How was your experience, what motivated you to start MADE EASY?

I graduated from IT-BHU in 1998, I studied myself and cracked engineering services 3 times in the year 2001, 2002 and 2003. That time, there were many good institutes for IIT-JEE, Civil Services, CAT preparations but there was no institute for IES aspirants. I had zeal to teach, and this zeal motivated me to resign the prestigious job and take teaching as a career. After cracking IES exam I thought, I have become an IES officer, let me now create some. In ESE-2015 all the toppers in all the 4 streams are MADE EASY students, 81% of the total selections in ESE-2015 are from MADE EASY. And I feel very proud when people say that “MADE EASY is an IES Manufacturing Factory”

Why should a student opt for GATE exam?

GATE is actually a GATE-WAY for various attractive opportunities for engineers. Candidates can pursue higher studies like M.Tech/M.E/M.S/P.hD in prestigious institutes like IISc/IIT’s/NIT’s/IIIT’s etc. Around 23-25 Navratna and Maharatna companies are directly recruiting candidates on the basis of GATE scores. There are opportunities like senior research fellow, junior research fellow, research associates, scientist in various research oriented organizations like CSIR, BARC, IIT’s etc.

Any suggestion/advice for aspiring GATE candidates?

Stick to proper study plan and refer best source of study material. Watch lectures available on NPTEL websites. Practice the usage of virtual calculator.  Practice hard to develop; Accuracy and time management, as these are very important parameters to crack GATE. Online Test Series is very effective for practicing; always give a gap of minimum 3 to 4 days between every mock test. Don’t be choosy about the subjects, they can ask any number of questions from any topic.

I wish good to all the GATE aspirants.

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Thank you sir for your words of wisdom.

Students who are preparing for GATE exam, and have any query, please submit your query at the discussion forum to get answers from experts. Best of luck!

For more on GATE Preparation, go to GATE Exam Preparation Guide.

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