GATE 2021 PREPARATION TIPS
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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.
The 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. Read the article to know more about how to prepare for GATE 2021 without coaching, some last minutes preparation tips, and much more.
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.
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
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.
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.
While the candidate will have a clear vision by now regarding the types of questions and the trend of questions asked in the previous year’s GATE examination, selecting proper material to study becomes a challenge.
Now that the candidate is aware of the exam and has gathered the resources, the important part is to create a proper to-do list which is about creating a time table or schedule including the number of hours for each and every subject and topic.
This comes as a surprise that the concept of flashcards is not followed by many aspirants, but it is the preferred technique of many of the previous year GATE toppers.
The candidate might be happily studying for a good time but a little break in this chain can create an issue for the future as it could derail the flow that was being created by studying every day. Many of the candidates might have already faced a scenario where there a great start but it falters in between.
This part is synonyms for everyone as the candidate might have learned a lot throughout the tenure of self-preparation and that may include making some notes.
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:
Candidate should also build a habit of getting enough sleep and eat healthy food. The sleep should be of a minimum of 6 hours and no more than 10 hours with the most Optimum sleep of 8 hours.
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 Code||Syllabus||Subject with Code||Syllabus|
|Statistics – ST||Check Here||Electronics and Communication Engineering – EC||Check Here|
|Biomedical Engineering – BM||Check Here||Computer Science and Information Technology – CS||Check Here|
|Engineering Sciences – XE||Check Here||Electrical Engineering – EE||Check Here|
|Textile Engineering – TF||Check Here||Chemical Engineering – CH||Check Here|
|Production and Industrial Engineering – PI||Check Here||Biotechnology Engineering – BT||Check Here|
|Petroleum Engineering – PE||Check Here||Mechanical Engineering – ME||Check Here|
|Mining Engineering – MN||Check Here||Life Sciences – XL||Check Here|
|Metallurgical Engineering – MT||Check Here||Geology and Geophysics – GG||Check Here|
|Agricultural Engineering – AG||Check Here||Ecology and Evaluation – EY||Check Here|
|Instrumentation Engineering – IN||Check Here||Architecture and Planning – AR||Check Here|
|Aerospace Engineering – AE||Check Here||Physics – PH||Check Here|
|Civil Engineering – CE||Check Here||Chemistry – CY||Check Here|
|Mathematics – MA||Check Here||-||-|
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 Duration||3 Hours|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions Numerical Answer Types Questions|
|Sections||General Aptitude (Common for all streams) Engineering Mathematics (Chemistry for XL Papers) Stream Specific Subject|
|Marking Scheme||1 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|
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 Code||Percentage Weightage|
|CE, CS, EC, AE, AG, BT, CH, ME, MN, MT, EE, IN, TF, XE, PE, ST, PI||General Aptitude - 15% Engineering Mathematics - 15% Paper Subject - 70%|
|AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH, MA||General Aptitude - 15% Subject Paper - 85%|
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 Aptitude||A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal|
|Mathematics||Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S Grewal|
|Mechanical Engineering||Machine Design by VB Bhandari Engineering Mechanics by Bhavikatti Fluid Mechanics by RK Bansal Heat Transfer by Cengal and Holman|
|Industrial Engineering||Industrial Engineering by O P Khanna, Buffa, and Sarin|
|Manufacturing Engineering||Production Technology: Manufacturing Processes, Technology and Automation by R.K. Jain|
|Computer Science and Information Technology||C Programming Language by Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie|
|Civil Engineering||Basic Structural Analysis, C.S. Reddy|
|Electrical Engineering||Electrical Power Systems by CL Wadhwa|
|Electronics and Communication Engineering||Principles of Communication Systems by Goutam Saha, Herbert Taub, Donald Schilling|
|Statistics||Statistics for Machine Learning by Pratap Dangeti|
Check Other GATE Recommended Books for all Subjects
Here are some last revision tips for productive last days before the exam:
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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:
Ques. I have planned to prepare myself for GATE 2021 examination; can I crack it in the very first attempt?
Ans. Yes, there is no doubt that GATE might look a bit intimidating to the starters but with the right plan and consistency, it can be cracked with high success in the very first attempt itself. Many previous year toppers of GATE have secured top ranks by self-preparation. There are many final year students who along with their studies and college, through self-preparation have secured top ranks as well. Thus, there is no need to panic for GATE 2021 as well. For those preparing themselves the point of preparing with the utmost dedication and concentration become much more important to achieve success in GATE.
Ques. I am an average student and want to sit for the GATE examination, what are my chances of success?
Ans. It is not advised to estimate your capabilities based on previous instances. Over the years, it has been seen that many GATE toppers were from an average learning background. Thus, it is wrong to underestimate the capabilities, and you can go ahead with the exam preparation.
Ques. Is it Easy to Crack GATE 2021?
Ans. Cracking the GATE 2021 is based on each person’s own set of abilities and intelligence. To add to this, there how much was learned or studied earlier does not matter with regard to GATE preparation but it depends on the quality of time that was spent on the exam preparation.
Ques. Will I miss out on something if I do not attend the coaching for GATE 2021?
Ans. Cracking the GATE examination without coaching is very much possible, as there is no compulsion to join a coaching institute. However, to highlight a few key differences between self-preparation and preparation though coaching, self-preparation includes the need to maintain the utmost dedication since time management also plays an important role here. There is a factor that study material is being referred to and that the candidate must be able to understand the concepts, learn new topics, revise the topics already prepared, and practice mock tests. This can happen only through a systematic preparation strategy.
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