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GATE ST: Statistics Preparation Tips

Last Updated - September 10, 2018

Statistics, having code ST is a new paper introduced in GATE 2019. Now, there are a total of 24 papers under the examination. Statistics is a branch of mathematics dealing with the collection, interpretation and presentation of data.

This year, IIT Madras will hold the exam in online (computer-based) mode. The official dates of GATE 2019 are February 2, 3, 9 and 10. Last date to apply online is October 1 @gate.iitm.ac.in.

Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering is a national level entrance examination conducted every year jointly by seven IITs and IISc, Bangalore. Through this examination, candidates are offered admission to M.E./M.Tech. and Ph.D. programs at IITs, NITs, IISc, GFTIs and other Universities in India. Check GATE Participating Institutes

The following article talks about the exam pattern, syllabus and preparation tips for GATE Statistics paper.


Know the Syllabus & Pattern Well

Before starting to prepare for the exam, it is very important to go through the syllabus and exam pattern very well. There will be 24 subjects from this year onwards. Except Statistics, all other subjects will remain same. So, in order to ace the Statistics paper, go through all the topics, prescribed in the syllabus, released by IIT Madras.

  • Categorize all the topics into easy, moderate and difficult, so that, when you will start preparing, you will have an idea about which topic needs how much time.
  • The next thing is to know the exam pattern, so that, you can make a strategy, about how will you attempt all those questions, and how much time you have to spend on each question.

Check GATE ST Syllabus

Highlights of GATE Exam Pattern 

Total Questions65
Total Marks100
Type of QuestionsMCQs and Numerical
No. of Sections3 (Gen. English, Engg. Math and Statistics)
Sectional Time LimitNo

A total of 65 questions will be asked in the question paper for 100 marks with a mix of 1 and 2 marks questions in the form of numerical questions and MCQs. Generally, it is a mammoth task to complete the paper on time. So it is best to take stock of what you are up against and then begin your preparation.

Check GATE ST Exam Pattern


Practice is the Key

Well, we all have heard the famous saying that practice makes a man perfect. In order to crack GATE ST, it is indeed very important. As statistics is a newly added subject, so there are no previous year questions or idea about what the difficulty level of the paper will be. So, besides coaching (if you have joined), it’s very important to practice as many questions as you can. Take mock tests regularly, so that you can see how much time you are spending on each question.

All past year toppers and experts always advice to take mock tests, as it is a very useful part of the preparation. So, make a timetable, and take mock tests for statistics at least once in every week.

Check GATE ST Mock Tests 


Make your Study Plan

Another thing of foremost importance is making your own study plan. You should have a proper timetable for your entire day. Every night before going to bed, make the timetable for your next day, what all topics are you going to cover, in how much time, manage your breaks in between, and all the things that you have to do for the next day. Making a study plan is a different thing and sticking to it, is different. So, make sure, that you tick off all the things from your timetable before planning the next day. 

After completing every topic, practice questions related to that topic the same day, as it will ensure how much you have learnt that topic.


Make Cheat Notes

We all know what cheat notes are! So, what you have to do is, after completing every topic, make a cheat note for that topic. Write down all the important formulas, keywords, tricks, etc. related to it, on a paper and before sleeping and after waking up the next day, go through that cheat note thoroughly. It would be quick and amazing way to revise things. At the end, when you will have covered all the topics in Statistics, you will have a bunch of cheat notes, acting like a window to Statistics. Even before exam, it will be very easy to revise all the topics, very quickly.


Time Management

One major problem, while attempting such papers, is time management. Students often complaint that they knew the answers, but there was not enough time and one thing that all past-year toppers have in common is that, they all knew how to manage time.

So, if you really want to crack GATE ST, speed up! Don’t spend much time on one question. If you don’t know the answer to it, or you have a doubt, then jump to the next question. First, of all, mark all the questions that you for sure know the answers to. After doing that, if you are still left with time, go back to all those questions, and make educated guess. Educated guess is simply eliminating options, as per your knowledge and smartness. If you are clueless about it, then its best, that you leave it unanswered.


Will Power

Well, you can make all the study plans, cheat notes and watch all the motivational videos. But having a dream is another thing and willing to work for it is another. Don’t keep postponing things and making excuses for today, as it is very important to actually begin to walk on the path towards achieving your goal. What future unfolds for you largely depends upon how you start today. So, consider every day to be a new one and make sure that no day is wasted.


NOT TO DO’s

While preparing for GATE ST, make sure that you DO NOT do these things.

  • Do not overdo things. Remember that Statistics is not the only subject; there are 23 other subjects as well. So divide justified time to each subject.
  • Initially, when you will begin your preparations, you won’t be able to score much in mock tests or solve many questions correctly. Do not get de-motivated because of it. It is just the indication of the level you are at. Analyze your weak areas and master them.
  • Do not compare your progress & preparation with your classmates or friends. You have your own skills, strategies, plans and speed. Comparing will never help. So just focus on improving yourself.
  • Do not lose track of your goal. It is very important to stay focused on your goal till the end. You may have a bad day, but do not lose track.
  • Do not compromise your health. Health is very important. So, take proper care of yourself.

Lastly, we hope that these preparation tips for GATE ST 2019 helps you in any way. All the best!


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