Bhubaneswar, November 16 (LocalWire): The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE is a computer-based standardised test conducted at the national level in India with an aim to examine the understanding of the subject of various engineering and science undergraduate students.
The GATE score is important for students seeking admission to various prestigious post-graduate programs in IITs and IISc such, including courses like Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (M.Tech), and Doctor of Philosophy.
Students can also expect to get direct interview calls from prestigious public-sector undertaking (PSU) companies like NTPC, ONGC, BHEL, etc.
According to the recent announcement, GATE 2020 will be conducted by IIT Delhi in February 2020.
While over 12 lakh candidates register for the GATE every year, only 15-16 per cent of candidates are able to qualify the examination.
Reports indicate that 2.08 lakh students pass out from different engineering and technology colleges in Odisha every year, and more students are now preparing for GATE, inspired by Jyotiranjan Barik who secured all India rank of #1 in 2018.
Barik of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology had taken agricultural engineering for his GATE examination and his success has been inspiring even more students to take up the challenge of the extremely tough GATE examination.
So, how does one crack the GATE and what are the success mantras of the candidates who actually qualify the GATE exam?
Here are 10 pointers based on our interviews of GATE toppers, including toppers of 2018 and 2019, that will help those aspiring for GATE 2020.
1. One thing that has the potential to build or break anything is attitude. Lakhs of people give entrance exams, but only with the right attitude can qualify.
2. While deciding your subject, consider all the pros and cons, and remember that there is no going back once you have decided.
3. Once you have selected the subject, find out the detailed syllabus, and divide it into smaller portions according to your convenience.
4. Collect all books and study materials you think will help cover the topics. Research, ask seniors for help and keep all the materials handy.
5. Make a plan, but don’t make an unrealistic plan, or you will never be able to keep up. Your plan should enable you to touch upon each topic at least thrice.
6. Once you have made the plan, be sure to stick to it. Remember, a small effort each day is much more effective than one humongous effort once a year.
7. Start with the theoretical portion of your subject. You can attempt the application and numerical problem-solving questions only when your theoretical portion is finished and up-to-date.
8. Once you are confident about the theoretical portion, start practicing numerical and application questions. Cover a fixed number each day.
9. Take mock tests. Register for at least four mock test series and at the end of each test, analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
10. Revise, revise, and revise. The more you revise, the more confident you become and the better you will perform in your exam.