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GATE CY: Chemistry Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 07, 2018

GATE exam is considered to be the toughest and highly competitive exam carried out jointly by the seven IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) each year. Through this exam, a candidate’s knowledge of engineering mathematics, general aptitude and core subject knowledge is tested. It is a gateway for engineering and science students seeking admissions into the premier engineering institutions such as IITs, NITs and several other prestigious institutions for postgraduate studies in engineering. Check GATE Participating Institutes

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In order to be able to crack GATE exam, you must first be aware of the pattern and syllabus of the subject you seeking to opt for. Here, in the coming section we will discuss the pattern and syllabus for GATE Chemistry (CY) and preparation tips to crack in first attempt.  


GATE Exam Pattern

SectionsGeneral Aptitude Engineering Mathematics Subject – Specific section (Chemistry)
Total No. of Question65
Total Marks100
Duration180 Minutes
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions
Marking Scheme1 mark MCQs – 1/3 negative marking 2 mark MCQs – 2/3 negative marking No negative marking for NAT questions.

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GATE CY Syllabus

The syllabus for GATE CY as given on the official portal i.e. gate.iitm.ac.in. Note, knowing the syllabus is the first step towards beginning preparations for the entrance.

Section I – Physical Chemistry
Structure EquilibriumSurfaces & Interfaces Kinetics
Section II – Inorganic Chemistry
Main Group ElementsRadioactivity
Transition ElementsBioinorganic Chemistry
Lanthanides and ActinidesSolids
OrganometallicsInstrumental Methods of Analysis
Section III – Organic Chemistry
StereochemistryHeterocyclic Compounds
Reaction MechanismsBiomolecules
Organic SynthesisSpectroscopy
Pericyclic Reactions and Photochemistry

Check here detailed GATE Syllabus


GATE CY: Preparation Tips

Now that you know ‘What to prepare?’ the next thing to know is ‘How to prepare?’ It is quite a possibility that a targeted approach can give the result in the first attempt itself. Here are some very important tips for GATE CY.

1. Stay Syllabus Focused

GATE paper comprises of questions based on the knowledge gained over 4 years of engineering and candidates are tested on the basis of fewer concepts. In spite of the vast syllabus it’s very important to stay focused on the prescribed GATE syllabus (as given in the table above). A thorough idea of the syllabus helps in staying focused. Candidates must visit the official website of GATE to get details of syllabus for CY.

To begin preparing it’s very important to have the best books for reference. This can be done by building concepts from standard textbooks prescribed by the colleges/universities. You can also find lot books on CY from different publications in online or offline stores. However, your textbook may not contain answers to the questions asked in GATE CY. Hence it becomes imperative to have some useful books that can teach application of the concepts in solving problems. Online video lectures, coaching notes and resources can be very helpful. For guidance purposes we have listed some of the books a candidate can refer to during preparations:

  • Chemical Sciences CSIR- NET & GATE Topicwise Complete Solution by Kirtikumar C. Badgujar,Harshal B. Saraf & Harshal C. Badguja Vivek C. Badgujar
  • Chapterwise Solved Papers Chemistry GATE 2000-2017 by Sanjay Saxena
  • Organic Chemistry: Second Edition by Jonathan Clayden
  • Gate Paper Chemistry 2019 (Previous Papers 2000-2018) by GKP

3. Strengthen Basic, Not Tips And Tricks

Aspirants preparing in the last hours usually memorize tips and tricks as a way to prepare for entrance. But the key to scoring highest marks in GATE is not based on formulas or tips and tricks; it requires systematic approach towards concept building, doubt solving, problem solving and practicing questions. Only strong hold on basics in CY specially in Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry can help winning the case.

4. Take Help of Resources Available

The 2018 topper in GATE CY suggests that candidates should take help resources available at their disposal instead of relying on outside resources. College faculty, class notes, free online resources are some very useful resources. Trust the books you are reading and don’t waste time in referring to many books.

5. Coaching Is Not Necessary

Joining coaching institute to crack GATE CY is only a myth. Coaching institutes are helpful but none comes with a guarantee. If candidates give ample time to preparations and have strong hold over basics in CY then cracking GATE will not be too difficult. Instead of wasting time and money on coaching, candidates can invest a little in online resources and benefit from those.

6. Attempt Previous Years Papers, Monitor progress

In order to test progress, test takers must attempt mock tests to identify weak areas. Take mocks regularly to monitor strengths and weakness from time to time. Since GATE is carried out online, you must take up some online mock series to test speed and accuracy.


GATE CY: Quick Tips

  • The best diagnostic test to catch up preparations is GATE CY papers of previous 3 years.
  • A good score is all you need. Qualifying won’t help but clearing the actual cut-off will get you dream college or job. Make sure you know the previous years’ cut-off to know the level of competition.
  • Master areas that you are good at and practice hard on weak areas.
  • General Aptitude requires everyday practice and not systematic preparation. Practice for 30 minutes every day to master the section.
  • Lastly, make sure you do all of this timely. Give at least three months to the preparations.

All the best!!!


About GATE 2019

GATE 2019 for 24 papers will be organized by IIT Madras as a Computer Based Test only. It will be held on February 2, 3, 9 and 10 in two sessions from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The results will be announced on March 16, 2019. Read more about GATE 2019


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