Yes, you read it right. It’s indeed possible to ace the GATE entrance exam in the first attempt by following a systematic approach.
GATE is a National level examination that opens the gateway to an exciting career in PSUs and in the field of research and development. Every year lakhs of engineering graduates write the exam, and this number is growing every year. To crack such a highly competitive exam, one needs to follow some good tips and the guidance of experts during their preparation for GATE.
Here are some tips following which you can crack the GATE exam in your first attempt.
- Pre- Preparation phase
Go through the Syllabus and understand the pattern of the exam
Before you start the preparation of the exam, a pre-requisite is to know the exam and its syllabus. The GATE Exam consists of a single three-hour online test, with 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks. The question paper includes both multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and numerical answer type (NATs) questions.
Select the best fit Books for yourself
It is essential to do extensive research and select the right study material before you even begin your GATE preparation. While the market is flooded with books for GATE, it is necessary that you choose the books wisely. As GATE is a concept based exam, studying 1 book thoroughly is better than reading 10 books for a subject as concepts remain the same. While choosing the books, aspirants must ensure that they should cover the syllabus, provide a comprehensive analysis of each topic in an understandable way.
Check previous year papers
Previous year papers hold a lot of importance, especially in the GATE exam. They give you a fair idea about the type of questions asked in the exam and help you to streamline your preparation according to the exam. So it’s important to go through the previous year papers and to revisit them after completing each subject.
- Preparation Phase
Make a study Schedule
After going through the GATE syllabus, making a proper study plan is a good idea to begin your GATE preparation. Make a study plan, and prepare a strategy for GATE preparation keeping in mind each and every topic. Do not leave a single topic while preparing the GATE strategy. Once a strategy has been planned, follow it religiously and do not procrastinate.
A good study plan will
- Enable you to keep a consistent track of daily, weekly and monthly activities
- Help you monitor your progress
- Keep you focused and well organized
- Give you a sense of direction to achieve your set goals and targets.
Prepare short notes for revision
Researches have proved that making notes helps you to remember things longer as it ensures a second level of involvement. Therefore, do not forget to make short notes while studying a subject for the first time. Making notes may seem to be a tiring task but this will immensely help you during the revision.
Take GATE Online Test Series
Once you have mastered each topic, test your preparation level by taking the GATE online test series. Almost all the GATE coaching institutes offer GATE online test series. Choose the GATE online test series that is as per the latest GATE exam pattern. Write as many online test series for the gate that you can write as this will help you in improving your speed and accuracy in solving numerical problems and improving your overall performance. Writing GATE online test series will also help you in determining your weaknesses, and then work upon them.
Read. Revise. Recall
Remember the 3 R’s. Make sure to leave ample time for revision in your study plan. This will help you to recall all the topics, formulas and important concepts.
Clarify your Doubts
Since all the subjects in the GATE exam are quite technical, it is not unusual to have so many doubts. Make sure you clear all your conceptual doubts before going for the exam. Consult your teachers and discuss your doubts with your friends so that you don’t forget anything under exam pressure.