The first key step is making sure you chose the correct subject. From a total of 22 subjects only 1 can be chosen for the GATE exam so keep in mind:
” The subject is suitable for the course you have in mind
” The subject is of your interest and capability
Study thoroughly from the official syllabus, questions can come from anywhere
Understand the structure and type of questions in the exam
Make a study plan keeping time for topics you enjoy, do not enjoy and those that are scoring. Having a variety of topics to study in one day helps increase concentration.
Attempt sample exam papers and previous exam papers to notice trends and increase speed.
Practice calculations on a calculator to increase your speed during exam (calculators are allowed during exams)
Pay extra attention to questions you answer incorrectly
Focus on key concepts
Make small notes for important topics you are likely to forget
Solve questions from different books
Keep a list of formulae to revise from
Practice chapter based self-tests to improve your weak areas
Answer carefully to avoid negative marking; if you are not confident about a question skip it
Revise at least twice
Prepare for the General Aptitude section thoroughly as it is simple and highly scoring
Practice online sample papers to get used to computer-based exam format
Use the last 15 days before the exam for rapid-fire question answers (answering questions to increase your speed
Most importantly, stay cool, calm and confident!
The GATE exam is your gateway to Masters Degrees and Public Sector jobs in the fields of science and technology. Many students stop studying after B.Tech/B.E yet there are still many, many more that continue. As enrollments in GATE cross the 10 Lac mark, you need to study smart to make your mark.
Subjects available are:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering
- Architecture and Planning
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science and Information Technology
- Ecology and Evolution
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Geology and Geophysics
- Instrumentation Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metallurgical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Production and Industrial Engineering
- Textile Engineering and Fibre Science
- Engineering Sciences
- Life Sciences
The exam has 65 questions and 100 maximum marks. All papers have a common General Aptitude section. Questions are objective-type with Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Answer questions. Negative marking is given on incorrect Multiple Choice Questions not on Numerical Answer questions.