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GATE is a national level entrance examination for admissions to PG programs like M.Tech, ME, etc. The scores are accepted by more than 900+ institutes across India. This year, GATE 2020 will be conducted on February 1, 2, 8, and 9 in two sessions. Mode of the examination will be computer-based.
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A lot of changes were introduced in GATE exam last year. But, for this year, IIT Madras has introduced Statistics as a new subject. There are three sections in the test viz.
Let us have a look at some smart tips to prepare for this examination and to ace the mathematics section.
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Given below are some basic tips to prepare better for the mathematics paper. Read on!
First and foremost it is important to have a fair idea and understanding of the syllabus and have a knack for the important topics in mathematics. Some of the important areas to focus in mathematics are –
|Linear Algebra||Eigen values and vectors, rank and determinant of matrices, linear equations|
|Calculus||Limit, maxima and minima, gradient and divergent|
|Differential Equations||First order linear and non-linear equations, Cauchy’s and Euler equations|
|Complex Analysis||Analytic Functions, Cauchy- Riemann Equations & Taylor series|
|Numerical Methods||Newton-raphson method and Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rules|
|Probability and statistics||Joint and conditional probability, uniform, exponential and normal distributions|
There is a popular saying “Practice makes a man perfect”, this especially holds true when preparing for mathematics for GATE. Maths is a scoring stream and hence, the more you practice the more accuracy you will build up which will raise your scores. Start your preparation by working on the basics and practice questions as many questions as possible through reference books, study materials from coaching classes and also by solving ample number of model papers and tests.
Reference books and study materials play a very crucial role in GATE Preparation. Thus, it is essential and necessary to select the right kind of books that will help you in preparing properly for GATE mathematics.
For topics like linear algebra and calculus, one can refer to the standard NCERT books. Some of the most popular and recommended books for GATE preparation are:
|Book Name||Author/ Publisher|
|Higher Engineering Mathematics||Bandaru Ramana|
|Higher Engineering Mathematics||BS Grewal|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics||Erwin Kreyszig|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics||RK Jain|
|Advanced Engineering Mathematics||HK Dass|
If you are someone who prefers to prepare from e-books rather than these physical printed books then, a lot of e-books are also available for practicing GATE Mathematics. Some of these common e-books are:
Dedication is very important in order to crack any examination. In order to stay dedicated and committed towards your goal, it is better to have a proper study plan in place.
Make monthly, weekly as well as an overall study plan. Prepare a proper timetable and try to stick to it religiously. Make small daily targets and try to achieve them. It is advisable to dedicate at least 4-5 hours on GATE preparation every day among which at least 1-2 hours should be dedicated to Mathematics as it is problem-solving area and needs a lot of practice.
Study plans also ensure that your preparation is going in right direction as you can focus properly and also allocate equal time to all the topics. Start by focusing on scoring and important topics first and then gradually focus on other remaining topics. Do not forget to allocate time to solve model test papers also in your study schedules.
In order to ensure whether your preparation is going on a right track or not, it is very important to test yourself. And the best way to ensure whether your preparation is up to the mark or not is through online tests, assessments and mock tests. There are many types of test series available online, consisting of daily practice tests, weekly tests and also national level mock tests. You can solve these papers and get a strong hold on the subject. Also, do not forget to have a look at the previous year question papers so that one can understand which type of questions can be expected in the examination.
It’s important to note what you’re strong and weak areas are and the best way to do this is through solving a lot of test papers. Analyse all your exam results and identify which are the weak areas and try to focus more on those topics. But one must ensure that strong areas should not be completely neglected as overconfidence is also bad. Hence, having a proper balance is important.
Always try and maintain a separate notebook to note down all the important concepts and formulae. While revising topics, this will come handy to you and since formulae are very important in mathematics you can keep going through these formulae’s at any point of time and they will be on your fingertips till the actual exam.
Revising whatever you have studied has equal importance as preparation. If you prepare everything but do not revise it thoroughly you may end up forgetting few things in the exam. So, it’s very crucial to have a regular revision of whatever you prepare especially your weak areas so that you will not forget those concepts later during the exam.
Since GATE is a time-based examination speed and accuracy is also very important. It is important to build up speed so students should allocate extra time to work on increasing calculation and approximation skills every day as this will build up speed and help you in solving questions faster and quicker in the exam.
We live in an era of digitization where everything is accessible on smartphones and laptops. You can download some of the free mobile apps for GATE preparation to access study materials and also solve mock tests and practice papers in them. Some of the most popular apps are
There are some great websites also available online from where students can prepare for difficult topics. Some of the best websites to prepare for GATE Mathematics are:
Website 1: NPTEL (https://nptel.ac.in/)
Website 2: Khan Academy website (www.khanacademy.org)
YouTube videos and other video channels:
Visual medium is also a very helpful medium of preparation especially for those who prefer studying on their own. To understand a topic more easily and clearly, students can also go through videos of a particular topic on YouTube or other similar websites to get a better understanding of that area or topic.
There are several videos available online nowadays to understand topics and gain more clarity on them. Some of these also teach you with direct shortcuts to solve the problems quickly and also share tips on how to remember the formulae’s and concepts easily. These shortcuts will help you in time reduction and you will be able to solve questions more quickly and easily.
To conclude here is a gist at all the quick tips to have in mind before starting preparation:
We hope these tips and tricks will help you in facing the most crucial and one of the most scoring areas of GATE examination.
All the Best!!