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Gaurav Srivastava has secured an AIR 27 with 92.67 marks, in the Electrical Engineering paper of GATE 2019. He comes from a small town of Uttar Pradesh called Ballia and currently resides in Lucknow. His success story has made him an inspiration for GATE 2020 aspirants, let’s have a look at what he has to say:
Was this his first attempt at GATE?
Gaurav admits that it was his second attempt in 2019 as he couldn’t secure a good rank in his 2018 attempt (he secured a rank of 479 in 2018 ).
What made Gaurav go for GATE?
He shares that as he studied from a private college, so GATE became his entrypoint to PSUs or to IITs for higher studies.
When did he start preparing for the exam? How did he go about it?
Gaurav says that he started preparing for GATE from the mid of his fourth year in B. Tech. He read all standard books and prepared self notes for future references. His schedule involved daily sessions of 3 to 4 hours of study on college days and 10 hours on weekends.
What was his preparation strategy for the exam?
He shares that he built his conceptual base while preparing for GATE 2018. He started preparing for GATE 2019 in the month of July. He practiced loads of questions this time and joined test series of Kreatryx and Ace Academy. He also solved question banks like RK Kanodia.He further adds that a time table is a must but it should be flexible. Design your timetable as per your suitability and set short term goals instead of rigid time tables. Check GATE Preparation Tips and Tricks
Coaching Vs Self study, what helped him more?
As per him, he didn’t take any coaching and so he believes that self study is the most effective way to prepare.
To what extent did he benefit from Mock Tests and Previous years’ Question Papers?
Gaurav believes that mock tests and previous year papers are an integral part of the preparation. One should start taking mock tests at an early stage of preparation instead of waiting for the time when the entire syllabus has been covered. He also says that previous year question papers should be solved as a whole instead of section wise as it indicates one’s level of preparation.
What for him was the most difficult aspect of GATE preparation?
The most difficult aspect for Gaurav is retaining the concepts which require a constant revision.
Any particular strategy that he followed during attempting the GATE 2019 Paper?
Gaurav says that he followed a particular strategy during his paper and he tested the same during his mock tests. He first attempted the aptitude section, secondly he targeted technical 1 markers and gave approximately 90 minutes for 2 markers. He saved some time for revision at the end. He insists that if a question is taking too much time then one should move on from it and revisit it later, if time permits.
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