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GATE 2020 Preparation Tips and Tricks

Updated On - July 10th 2019 by SUJATA GAUR

GATE is not an exam where one has to mug up every possible thing. It is a technical exam, having knowledge of a few tricks and tips to solve the questions easily and also saving time is necessary. Joining a coaching center is not the only option available to crack the exam.

  • This year, the exam is scheduled for February 1, 2, 8 and 9 in a CBT mode. Check GATE Exam Pattern
  • The results for the same will be announced on March 16 in two formats (GATE Marks and GATE Scores ). Check GATE Cutoff

Know the subject syllabus and exam pattern properly

Go through GATE Syllabus and exam pattern before start preparing for the exam. Being familiar with the syllabus is half of the battle is won. Knowing the syllabus will also help in determining the weightage of each topic for the preparation of GATE 2020. 

Choose your preparation books carefully

There is no single book that is sufficient for the studies. However, 2 or 3 books are sufficient, depending on the subject. Start with one book and then if you have any doubts, then move on to some other book. There are plenty of books that are available in the market but not all of them are required for the preparation. You should not select each and every book suggested by experts and toppers for the GATE preparation. Check GATE Recommended Books

A proper timetable

A full daily plan of the scheduled studying hours must be made to know how much to cover daily. Studying is a disordered manner will pay nothing to the candidates. This will make the students regular and punctual about their studies. A proper study plan also helps in a better arrangement of the study hours and organizing the preparation process.

Solve practice papers and previous years’ question papers

GATE Practice Papers will help the candidates to identify the important topics and their weightage for that particular paper. The practice papers and mock tests help the aspirants in familiarizing them with the pattern of questions and gain speed & precision required to score well in the exam. Candidates can download GATE previous year question papers and section-wise sample papers from here – Download Here

Avoid distractions

There are some common distractions such as relationships, family problems, mobile games and social media websites that aspirants face while preparing for the exams. Divert your attention away from everything test-related. Whatever it is you do to relax, do it but avoid consuming alcohol or smoking. Hydrate yourself to stay healthy and fresh.   

Points to Ponder

  • Candidates applying must keep in mind that only knowing all kinds of concepts is not more important than being able to solve them in less time and with confidence. They should not only know all the tactics and tricks but should also be able to use them quickly and confidently. Regular practice and tests will help the candidates be ready for the exam.
  • A proper analysis of the GATE exam must be done by the candidates about the sections are covered in the exams and must exclude the unworthy sections. Also, the type of questions and the pattern of the exam must be noticed. Every section must be taken into account and analyzed. Keep solving previous year’s question papers to understand the pattern.
  • The candidates must practice all the basic concepts. GATE is about conceptual analysis and aptitude. GATE does not have a deep syllabus which should be mugged, GATE preparation is enough with basic concepts and practice. The candidates must divide the whole syllabus into feasible sections and make sure, each section is finite and not overflowing. All the sections must be focused and planned weekly on a daily basis.
  • The most important factor in the preparation process of the GATE is time management. Just aptitude and working day and night will not fetch you everything. Smart time management is important for the candidates. Candidates must not go for multi-tasking, it just confuses the candidate and results in nothing.
  • Make the revision catchy. The revision process is a must otherwise preparation is just incomplete without revising the topics. Candidates must not make the revision process very tiring. Use flashcards and notes made earlier in the revision process. These flashcards must be used only in the last days of revision process when not much time is remaining for the GATE 2020 exam.
  • The weaker sections must be focused by in a measured way. When preparing, a specific time must be given to the weaker sections. He/she must not completely focus on those sections, however, must realize if one is improving or not. The candidates must not get stuck on the weaker sections but try to improve gradually. Till the exam, prepare every section and try to score in each section accordingly.

GATE Preparation Schedule for all Papers

Keeping in mind that various aspirants start their preparation in the last 3 – 4 months. We have prepared Preparation Schedule and Preparation Tips for all the papers. Candidates can check the preparation tips and Preparation schedule for the respective streams for which they have applied in GATE 2020. 

GATE Computer Science ExamClick Here
GATE Electronics and Communication ExamClick Here
GATE Civil Engineering ExamClick Here
GATE Electrical Engineering ExamClick Here
GATE Chemical Engineering ExamClick Here

GATE 2020 Preparation FAQs

Ques. From which subject I should start my preparation?

Ans. In the starting, the first important thing is that should have your focus in the preparation only. So that 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 beginner then the extra effort will be needed.

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 give 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 institute 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 which freely provide information on various engineering subjects.
  • You also use online study material available from various educational websites.

Some Success Sayings By GATE Toppers:

Success is not Final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts say, Shalini Choudhary.

She says while preparing doesn't transform into a machine who generally talks about exam only. Study on planned schedules. The first study from the basic engineering book then Buy Arihant book corresponding to your branch for your preparation. Click here for more GATE preparation tips from Shalini.

Work Hard Till you Excel Says Rabindra

He said that he didn’t take any coaching classes. He just studied core 4-5 subjects very well. He also used various online study material available at that time. Click here for more Preparation strategy tips from Rabindra.

The Best way to finish an unpleasant task is to get started says, Arvind

He says try to focus on core subjects. Try to solve prepare the topics that are frequently asked. Take as many as a mock test as possible. Clear your concepts in which you are weak. Read his preparation strategy click here.

You are efficient of more than you know says, Aman

It is necessary to pay attention to coaching classes and then revise all the things you have learned here at home. Follow this practice regularly to score well in the exam. Make proper notes and highlight important notes. This practice will help you in revising all the important topics before the exam. Click here for more information on the preparation of GATE.

*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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