GATE is one of the most popular engineering entrance exams in India. It has a reputation for being tough, and many students struggle to pass it on their first attempt. However, with some preparation tips, you can be on your way to success! In this blog post, I will share 10 steps that will help you crack the GATE exam in the first attempt.
What is GATE Exam in India
The GATE examination is a national-level computer-based aptitude test for higher engineering studies in India. It is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, under the auspices of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, and the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). The entrance exam tests your aptitude in Engineering, Technology, and the Sciences.
- GATE is an All India level entrance exam for admission to postgraduate engineering programs (M.E./ M.Tech.), MBA/ PGDM (Master of Business Administration).
- Some institutes provide an automatic admission based on the cutoff rank of GATE Score (Only for Top Institutions).
The fact that it’s difficult, not impossible should be emphasized as well as some information about how competitive GATE is, how many people take it every year and the fact that some institutes will automatically accept you if you pass.
Stages of GATE Examination
- The GATE Stage-I exam has two parts: Paper-I (Computer Knowledge Test) and Paper-II (Test on Mathematics). The candidates have to qualify both these papers individually; they cannot appear in both papers together.
- The GATE Stage-II exam has two sections: Section A and B. The candidates have to qualify the section A (Computer Programming Test) individually; they cannot appear in this as well as for Section B at the same time. They, however, can qualify for three or more different subjects by appearing separately for each subject.
- The GATE Stage-III exam is conducted for admission to M.Tech/M.E Programme in various Engineering and Science disciplines offered at IITs, NITs, and other centrally funded Technical Institutions (CFTIs). The GATE Stage III examination has two sections: Section A (Mathematics) and Section B (Physics).
The GATE Advantage
- GATE is a globally recognized exam that provides global opportunities for candidates.
- The pass percentage of the GATE Examination in India has been increasing with every passing year and the trend continues to be on an upward curve.
- It prepares students for jobs outside their core domain, skills required by employers are at par with the skills required by GATE.
- It is a good opportunity for fresh graduates to find jobs as it provides a high level of employability in various domains across the world.
- It helps students secure placement at top MNCs and also has been instrumental in getting scholarships abroad from universities like MIT, Stanford and Harvard etc.
- It also prepares students for jobs outside their core domain, skills required by employers are at par with the skills required by GATE.
Tips to Crack The GATE Exam in First Attempt
- Prepare yourself mentally for a tough exam. Know that you can do it! You are capable of anything, so believe in your abilities and focus on the goal ahead.
- Be well rested before the exam day, eat healthy food all week long (avoid junk food), and get plenty of exercise.
- Create a study plan for GATE Exam: where you will spend time, when you’ll review past material, what subjects are your priorities (if any), etc.
- Prioritize the reading list to cover as much ground in less time by focusing on high yield topics first. Read all the topics you’re not familiar with and make sure to cover all the areas of the GATE Exam.
- Do practice tests, mock exams, or timed materials in order to get used to pressure and exam stress.
- Write down your questions before the exam so that if time permits, they can be answered at least partially during it. If there is no time for questions, at least you’ll know what they are.
- Make sure to take care of your physical health and mental well-being before the exam day by getting enough sleep, eating healthy food all week long (avoid junk food), and exercising regularly.
- Stick with a daily study plan that works best for you as long as it’s consistent.
- Make sure you know the rules of the GATE Exam, just so there are no surprises. You can find them in the booklet that comes with your registration confirmation email or on their website: gate.iitkgp .ac.in.
- Start reading through all the GATE Exam topics a month before the exam. This will give you plenty of time to review them and figure out which ones are going to be easiest for you so that during the GATE Exam, those particular chapters can be your focus.
- Make sure to know important formulas in math as well as basic concepts in Physics and Chemistry. Review the GATE Exam topics and practice with past questions.
- Draw up a study plan for each week ahead of time so you’re not scrambling to figure out what to do.
- Set yourself goals (e.g., set aside one hour every day, or read through two chapters per week) and try to stick with them.
- Create an exam study timetable that fits your lifestyle (e.g., cramming Saturday night for Sunday morning’s GATE Exam, or visiting the library on Wednesdays)
- Study in a quiet environment where you can concentrate without any distractions such as music or people talking around you. Put your phone on silent mode and put it away.
- If you find yourself stuck in a rut, review past GATE Exam questions to refresh your mind or take a break from studying for an hour before coming back refreshed.
- Review the topic(s) that match what you’re struggling with the most.
- Make sure to check the GATE Exam minimum requirements.
- Don’t forget to review these tips again!