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Published: November 29, 2015 17:00 IST | Updated: November 28, 2015 16:42 IST November 29, 2015

New GATE, winning strategies

Nitin Rakesh Prasad
The syllabus for the 2016 exam has been revised. Here is how you can plan your preparations for the exam.

GATE the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is considered one of the toughest all-India
students knowledge of undergraduate subjects related to the stream of engineering and science. I
standardised test, organised by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Tech
vital for the aspirants as it helps them get admission into postgraduate courses in various streams
technology. The GATE score is also a prerequisite for applying to most of the major public sector u
The pattern

The exam is of three hour's duration and consists of 65 questions. It is for a maximum of 100 mar
comprise both multiple choice questions and numerical answer-type questions. Currently, GATE
of them are Mechanical, Electronics and Communication, Electrical, Computer Science and IT, Ci
New syllabus

The syllabus of GATE 2016 has been revised and many topics have been added in some of the sub
Mechanical Engineering, topics have been added to five subjects. The subjects include Strength of
Machines, Machine Design, Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics.

The topics that are added to these subjects include Rosettes, testing of materials with universal te
hardness and impact strength, dynamic analysis of linkages, cams, governors, balancing of recipro
and gyroscope, design of springs, Heislers charts, air and gas compressor, thermodynamics relati
properties and Table.

In the field of Electrical Engineering, two topics namely drives and servo and stepper motors
subjects power electronics and electrical machine, respectively. In the subject, Measurements, P
serial and parallel communication, has been removed.

In the stream, Electronics and Communication engineering, the topic interpolation of discrete tim
design technique is added to the subject Signal System. In Analog Electronics, voltage reference c
analog CMOS circuit has been removed. Such changes have also been made in other subjects, suc
EMT, Communications and Mathematics.

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In Computer Science and Information Technology, changes have been made to four subjects, nam
For Civil engineering, the syllabus of subjects like Engineering Mechanics, Construction Material
Transportation and Surveying has been changed.

In the stream of Instrumentation Engineering, the syllabus of two subjects, AOBI and Transducer
subject, Measurements, RMS Meters, voltage and current scaling has been added.

In a nutshell, GATE 2016 will check the basic knowledge of students, hence the questions are expe
Also, the questions may be more twisted and research-oriented this time. Students can use online
questions in the exam, which will make it easy for them to complete the paper on time.

In order to appear for the GATE exam, its crucial for aspirants to meet the eligibility criteria. Asp
bachelors degree in engineering or a related field. Final-year students can also appear for the exa
completed their masters in any such field or those who are final-year students can also sit for GAT
In order to nail this competitive exam, it is important that students follow these preparation tips.

Prepare thoroughly: The first and the foremost tip for achieving good marks in GATE is to star
early years of college. This will enable students to prepare at a slow and steady pace and not rush

Make a timetable: Since GATE scores are important for admission in postgraduate programme
country, aspirants need to be meticulous about how they prepare for it. Having a proper timetable
how to move forward, which subject to study first and so on.

Revision is a must: Revising the entire syllabus at least two to three times before the final exam
in GATE. Revision clears each and every concept and helps students gain a better understanding o
students are confident about the basics, it becomes easier to take the exam.

Follow the GATE 2016 pattern: Since the syllabus has been changed, students are recommen
subject just because they dont like it or because of paucity of time. They should be thorough with
from their friends for clearing the doubts. They should also get used to online calculators and prac
GATE 2008, GATE 2002 and GATE 1996 as these were also organised by IISc.

The writer is the founder of The GATE Academy.

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