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Ankit Chheda
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Step to prepare/plan your study time-table for GATE
It is obvious that the popularity of GATE (i.e. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is growning day
by day because of its advantages. It is THE ONLY gateway to get into IIT (for masters and PhD), if
you failed to get in IIT for UG courses through JEE. Along with this, you can get admission in 20
national level NITs and all top regional colleges. Overall, in short, you can say, if you want to do
M.E./M.Tech, GATE is the pathway. But thats not enough. GATE has one more importance, viz. its
syllabus structure. Many of us dont know this side of the GATE exam. The GATE syllabus is
designed such that it covers all basic from a particular stream viz. Electronic and Telecommunication
(EC), Computer Science Engineering (CSE), Civil Engineering (CE), etc. Once you prepare for
GATE, i.e. once you study the GATE syllabus, you can even apply for various profile job oriented
examination like IES, PSUs exam, DRDO, ISRO, etc. It had been seen last year that many (almost all
major) PSUs have given jobs without conducting their entrance but on GATE score.
This is why GATE is getting enormous popularity. In 2010, 1,13,531 these many aspirant applied for
the exam, which increased to 1,49,948 in 2011,which further increased to 1,76,944 (appeared) in 2012.
From distribution function you can say at least 2 lacs students will appear for GATE in 2013. [NOTE :
The above mentioned numbers are from EC branch only]
So in such breath taking competition, one must plan very well during preparation itself and must
follow the dream. I am trying to write down few steps which may help aspirant to find the proper path
which leads to IITs by cracking the GATE exam. It is advised to all aspirant to modify the paths
mentioned below as per their IQ and understanding levels with lot of thinking and planning.
STEP. 1] Realizing what is your demand?
It is very important to know the answer of this question : Why you want to give GATE? Many has
dream to get into research or to do PhD, for them GATE is mandatory. But it is observed that a major
crowd give GATE because they dont fetch a job in UG for themselves. GATE is like a second chance
for them to get a good colleges and try once again for the campus placements for M.E./M.Tech. And
for whatever the reason you apply for GATE, you target the IITs only. So a simple answer to question
asked is simple i.e. to get into IIT. But I feel thats gives birth to one more question, WHY IITs? One
may go to IIT because of the reputation of these institute which may help them for good jobs, one may
go to IIT for research oriented job, one may go to IIT for PhD or for better PhD scope in foreign
universities. So better you be clear why you giving GATE and what you want after 2 years of your
STEP. 2] Understanding the scope of the subjects
Once you are clear with WHY GATE? You must start chasing your dream by following proper
preparation steps. And for this you must know the SCOPE of the syllabus. You can check the GATE
2012 (last year GATE) syllabus here CLICK. Understand the subject and topics it is covering. GATE
IS ALL ABOUT BASICS. So understand the basic and its scope in application of a particular subject.
This will take its own time. eg. When I think of NETWORK ANALYSIS subject, all circuits, current
and voltages, Thevenins and Nortons, etc come in my mind. But thats not enough, this subject has a
lot more. There are so many topics, which one must NOT ignore before concluding that I know
circuit analysis thats why this subject is easy for me (This is one of the mistake I made in early
stages but recovered in time coz of starting of early practice sessions). I would like to say, dont
bother if subject is easy or hard, just start it preparation as you know nothing about it, start from a
STEP. 3] Whom to give importance and why?
After following STEP 2, you will be knowing, as per GATE syllabus, what subject you know in how
much depth. Studying syllabus mentioned on GATE website has enormous importance while starting
the preparation. Understanding the syllabus will lead you ahead half the way. Subjects which seems
easy initially may not remain easy after studying the syllabus and so on. So after completing the study
of syllabus, you will be knowing which subject most likely to study first (to gain confidence) and
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which last (to score more possible marks).
STEP. 4] Proper calculation of time in hand till 10
After knowing what you need to prepare and practice, one must know how much time he/she has in
hand before taking exam. One mistake which many aspirant do while preparing timetable (even I did
the same and faced the consequences later in results) is allotting time to subject to prepare only. I
prefer to explain this with an example. Lets say, I am allotting 20 days to Communication, and I will
plan myself to read the course in 20 days. But at the end, I dont have time for practice. Practice plays
an important role in GATE preparation and cracking the GATE exam. So allot time to a particular
subject keeping two aspects in mind : studying/reading (to understand the concepts including BASICs)
+ practice of MCQs. (For EC, I will prefer Kanodia and Brilliant Tutorials are more than enough).
I believe, in GATE, it is not important to cover all subjects before exam,
the important is to learn the most of it
STEP. 6] Study seriously and follow honestly
Be motivated, be inspired, be aspired for GATE and study honestly. It doesnt matter how much you
are studying for GATE daily, call it 2 hours, 4 hours or even 14 hours, the only thing matters is how
much you are becoming confident after covering syllabus. Its better to TARGET the syllabus by 31
December, so that you can get ample of time to practice papers. For practice papers, you can try
GATEFORUM test series which is so far doing good with quality of question. Solve around 30-40
practice papers including previous papers before GATE exam. People study Previous Year GATE
paper during preparation which is good to get confidence but I personally feel one must use previous
year paper for evaluation of preparation i.e. to evaluate how depth you are prepared for the GATE
Allot only last 10 days to revise the syllabus and a practice paper daily along with revision. The more
you practice in the last period before exam, the more confident you will get and more accurate with the
timing during last 3 hours of examination.
[NOTE : Since MATHEMATICS + QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE holds 30 marks and they are
huge subjects to cover, it is advised that one should give at least 30 minutes each
everyday. This subjects are more on practice and less to read/study. For
Agrawal. It has chapter wise approach and one can read a chapter in 1 day or 2 days
and later can allot time to ENGLISH VOCABULARY/WORDS. along with Maths
simultaneously from the first day]
Poornima July 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM
Nice post...
Sarvesh Raj August 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM
good job dear...lyk it keep it..!!
Santosh Alde December 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM
thanks a lot...:)
sudha December 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
thank yu:):)
good luck to al!!
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10/14/2014 Ankit Chheda: Step to prepare/plan your study time-table for GATE preparation 3/5
Sudipta Saha May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM
what is best mcq book for electrical student??
Anonymous December 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Dear if u r taking seriously then u should study R K Kanodia for practice.
Mayank Mhatre June 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM
dude...u wrote dat article lyk a Pro. nyc1 !
Mayank Mhatre June 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM
Dude you wrote dat article lyk a Pro! inspires me.Thnx
rashi June 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM
thnx for the above article .it was really useful.the tips provided are effective and could
easily double your efficiency if considered seriously.i really appriciate your article & want
to advice all GATE coaching aspirants who are preparing for GATE 2013 to do consider the
online coaching option for GATE exam preparation too as they do provide the same
material and tips & tricks and u can start the online session acc. to your convienence plus
it's available at a much lower price than the offline coaching.practicing with tests
regularly could easily double your results.but i do believe that in todays scenario for
Proper GATE exam preparation and development of concepts one must join some GATE
coaching classes.i have also joined @
mechanical-engineering-with-full-syllabus-preparation .and i have to admit it was above my
expectation's .surely must for every GATE aspirant.
Ravi Teja June 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Rahul Kumar August 1, 2013 at 11:38 PM
DEAR dude you wrote that article like a pro.. nice 1.Thnx
Ajay Wankhede August 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM
thanks dude......! u provide very valuable information for me.....!
i will always obliged u for this......thank u once again
Ajay Wankhede August 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM
thank u dude.....u provide a valuable information for me......
i will always obliged u for this kindness.....!!!!
nemo008 October 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM
nice work. liked it.
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rini GEORGE December 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM
a very inspiring article. thanks a lot.
rini GEORGE December 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM
a very inspiring article. thanks a lot.
Sonu Raj January 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM
A gr8 motivated trick
Sonu Raj January 11, 2014 at 9:57 AM
A gr8 motivational blog....thanks
Sufiyan Panja April 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM
thanks for the post
Bondugula Kumar June 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM
friend...can i crack gate if i start the preparation now....i have some knowledge on
electronics....nd can u suggest me some books......??
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