GATE 2021 Preparation Tips, Books and Study Material

    Nikkil Visha Nikkil Visha
    Exams Prep Master

    GATE is a national level examination which is taken by more than 9 lacs candidates every year for post-graduation and research opportunities. Cracking such an exam is a challenging task. Highly motivated candidates with a clear vision of their goal will only be able to score well in the exam.

    To crack GATE 2021, candidates must have a proper strategic plan. This strategy should be subjective and based on one’s own abilities and limitations. There are many coaching institutes that offer a proper path for the aspirant but it is not the only way to score in the exam. Therefore, we have come up with some essential tips that candidates may follow to ace GATE 2021 without coaching.

    GATE 2021 is expected to be scheduled in the month of  February 2021. Read the article to know more about how to prepare for GATE 2021 without coaching, some last minutes preparation tips, and much more. 

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    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 without Coachings?

    How to Prepare for GATE 2021 without Coachings?

    There are certain factors that the GATE aspirants need to keep in mind while preparing for the exam. We have formulated a few strategies opted by the previous year toppers that candidates may follow to ace the exam.

    Start Your Preparation Early

    Candidates must start their preparation early by doing so, they will be able to compile all the necessary study material and create a proper plan that they may follow during their course of preparation. Preparing a layout and then working accordingly will cut-shot the time wasted while being confused about how to start their preparation

    • During this phase, the candidate must analyze the time required on each subject and divide the number of days that they may give on a particular subject for thorough preparation.
    • Candidate must create a hierarchy of the subjects he/she will cover.
    • Follow what you have planned throughout your preparation phase.

    Time Management

    Time Management plays a major role while preparing for the exam. GATE aspirants should utilize each second effectively. Proper time division for covering the syllabus, practicing sample papers and last-minute preparation should be done so that the candidate does not miss anything before attempting the paper.

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    Keep Your Concepts Strong

    Having a stronghold on the basics of the topics can help in performing much better in the exam. Candidates must have deeper conceptual knowledge of the frequently asked topics. The easiest way to keep command on basics is: Prepare short notes of formulas, concepts and compile it at a single place. Make it your habit of going through the short notes before starting your preparation each day.

    Practice Mock Tests

    Mock Tests are the best source for GATE preparation. If taken seriously, it has its own benefits that candidates may get to know while attempting the question paper. Once the candidates have covered all the syllabi, they must take as many mock tests as possible. Mock tests are similar to the final test that candidates will give. One mock test each day will benefit the candidates in the following way:

    • It will enhance a candidate’s problem-solving efficiency.
    • Mock test improves the chances of error.
    • Solving mock tests will give candidates an idea about the type of questions asked frequently.
    • Many times it happens that the questions asked in mock tests come as it is in the question paper.
    • Mock test boost confidence in the GATE aspirant.

    Knowledge of GATE 2021 Syllabus

    Knowledge of GATE 2021 Syllabus

    Another foremost step that candidates must do is to have a clear idea of GATE 2021 Syllabus that needs to be covered. GATE is a high-level exam and therefore, there is a vast syllabus that candidates need to cover. In order to cover the overall syllabus without missing any topic, candidates must go through the syllabus provided on the official website of GATE 2021. Candidates must try to cover those topics first from which the possibilities of questions asked are higher.

    Tabulated below is the GATE 2021 Syllabus for each stream along with the paper code.

    Subjects with CodeSyllabusSubject with CodeSyllabus
    Statistics – STCheck HereElectronics and Communication Engineering – ECCheck Here
    Biomedical Engineering – BMCheck HereComputer Science and Information Technology – CSCheck Here
    Engineering Sciences – XECheck HereElectrical Engineering – EECheck Here
    Textile Engineering – TFCheck HereChemical Engineering – CHCheck Here
    Production and Industrial Engineering – PICheck HereBiotechnology Engineering – BTCheck Here
    Petroleum Engineering – PECheck HereMechanical Engineering – MECheck Here
    Mining Engineering – MNCheck HereLife Sciences – XLCheck Here
    Metallurgical Engineering – MTCheck HereGeology and Geophysics – GGCheck Here
    Agricultural Engineering – AGCheck HereEcology and Evaluation – EYCheck Here 
    Instrumentation Engineering – INCheck HereArchitecture and Planning – ARCheck Here
    Aerospace Engineering – AECheck HerePhysics – PHCheck Here
    Civil Engineering – CECheck HereChemistry – CYCheck Here
    Mathematics – MACheck Here--

    Understanding of GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    Understanding of GATE 2021 Exam Pattern

    Along with the syllabus, candidates must be aware of GATE paper pattern and its trending changes. Having an idea about the exam pattern prior to taking the final test will help them to solve the paper with ease.

    Though the pattern remains the same each year, the structure of the paper may differ. An idea about the number of questions asked and the questions with higher weight may increase the chance to score high. Go through the highlights of GATE 2021 Exam Pattern given below.

    GATE 2021 Exam Pattern Highlights
    Exam Duration3 Hours
    Total Questions65
    Total Marks100
    Types of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions Numerical Answer Types Questions
    SectionsGeneral Aptitude (Common for all streams) Engineering Mathematics (Chemistry for XL Papers) Stream Specific Subject
    Marking Scheme1 Mark MCQs - ⅓ marks will be deducted for the wrong answer 2 Marks MCQs - ⅔ marks will be deducted for each wrong answer No marks will be deducted for unattempted question No negative marking for NAT questions

    Topic-wise Weightage in GATE 2021

    The distribution of each topic in the paper will help a candidate in prioritizing the topic which needs to be covered first. Topics with higher weight must be prepared thoroughly. It will be a good strategy to ace the exam. This could be done by going through the previous year question paper and analyzing the trending changes. Also, go through the section-wise weight of GATE exam given below.

    Paper CodePercentage Weightage
    CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST, PIGeneral Aptitude - 15% Engineering Mathematics - 15% Paper Subject - 70%
    AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH, MAGeneral Aptitude - 15% Subject Paper - 85%

    Best Books for GATE 2021

    Choose Trusted Reference Books for GATE 2021

    Books are the most trusted source of GATE preparation, they will definitely help in every way. Candidates must not pick any random book for their preparation. It is recommended that candidates must go for the books referred by GATE Toppers. Below given are the top-recommended books for GATE 2021.

    General AptitudeA Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
    MathematicsHigher Engineering Mathematics by B.S Grewal
    Mechanical EngineeringMachine Design by VB Bhandari Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti Fluid Mechanics by RK Bansal Heat Transfer by Cengal and Holman
    Industrial EngineeringIndustrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa, and Sarin
    Manufacturing EngineeringProduction Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain
    Computer Science and Information TechnologyC Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie
    Civil EngineeringBasic Structural Analysis, C.S. Reddy
    Electrical EngineeringElectrical Power Systems by CL Wadhwa
    Electronics and Communication EngineeringPrinciples of Communication Systems by Goutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling
    StatisticsStatistics for Machine Learning by Pratap Dangeti

    Check Other  GATE Recommended Books for all Subjects

    GATE 2021 Last Minute Preparation Tips

    Here are some last revision tips for productive last days before the exam:

    • Stick to what you’ve read: If you are done with a considerable portion of your course, then try to avoid any new topics for now. If the topics are important, then exceptions can be made but retaining a lot of last minute information can hamper your revision.
    • Mock Tests are a must: Take a full mock test everyday and analyze it. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. Time management is one of the most crucial factors for success in such competitive exams, regular mock tests will result in better speed and accuracy.
    • Formulas and Notes: Don’t rely on too many resources, reading from multiple sources may result in confusion and stress. Stick to your notes and highlights. Skim over the important formulas once everyday, so that you have them on your tips during application.
    • Keep your exam day strategies ready: Candidates should have a clear understanding of how many questions they need to attempt for a desired score. The paper has a negative marking so randomly attempting questions isn’t a feasible option. Strategies like what type of questions to attempt first, question wise time limit etc prove to be really helpful during the paper. Candidates should be able to mould their strategies as per the question paper, as the exam can be full of surprises. There is no sectional time limit so candidates should have an idea of what sequence to take and how much time to devote to a particular section.
    • Numerical Value Based Questions: During the paper, candidates should try and attempt the numerical answer value based questions as there is no negative marking for the same.
    • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Most candidates neglect keeping a healthy diet and timely sleeping but it is crucial for a higher concentration level during the paper and it can’t be achieved in a single day. Candidates should keep their lifestyle as per a healthy schedule so that they can effectively implement all their strategies.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    GATE 2021 Preparation FAQs

    Ques. From which subject I should start my preparation?

    Ans. In the starting, the first important thing is that you should have your focus on the preparation only. So you should start from the easy subject which you can easily remember this will help you to build your confidence level. If you choose the difficult subject it may ruin for confidence level which will later impact on your preparation strategies.

    Ques. How many hours should I dedicate to my studies?

    Ans. It depends upon your preparation. If you have done your subjects well during college time then you may study for 3 - 4 hours. If you are a beginner then the extra effort will be required from your side. 

    Ques. Is it enough to prepare from a single book?

    Ans. It depends on the subject, some subjects can be prepared well from one book. But the GATE Syllabus is such vast that some subjects syllabus is not covered by the single book. There you need various books for your preparation.

    Ques. How much time is needed to complete the Syllabus?

    Ans. It also depends on you and your preparation. If have given an exam earlier also then you can prepare for it in 3 – 4 months. If You are a beginner then you may take up to 6 - 7 months for your preparations.

    Ques. From which material I should Prepare?

    Ans. You can use the following material for preparations:

    • You can choose a good coaching institute material, there are lots of coaching institutes that provide their study material to the students for some cost.
    • You can also prefer textbooks which are for your basic engineering books. They cover lots of topics and you can also easily understand from those books
    • You can also study from the video lectures. There are free video lectures from various well-known lecturers of big institutes available on Youtube. NPTEL is one such example. It is a channel from IIT lecturers that freely provides information on various engineering subjects.
    • You also use online study material available from various educational websites.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    Divyanshi Jain

    What is the minimum score of GATE to get admission in M.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) in IITs?

    14 Mar, 2019 15:19
    Komal Chawla

    Hey Divyanshi, Yes, Here’s the name of some IIT institutes which gives admission through GATE score:

    • IIT Madras
    • IIT Patna
    • IIT Kharagpur
    • IIT Bombay
    • IIT Delhi

    14 Mar, 2019 15:48

    i want model papers much more for my practice

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59

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