How to Prepare for GATE 2018 [Complete Self Study Plan]
I know… many of the students preparing or want to prepare for GATE are in dilemma and most of the confusion comes from…
Does coaching classes are Necessary for GATE preparation?
It is good to join coaching classes. They may have the best faculty for each subject. They may be providing you an excellent material.
But, I condemn the word “
necessary“. It is not necessary to join the classes.
I personally know some of the GATE toppers who studied themselves. And there are many students reading this article wants to prepare by doing self-study.
Not every student can attend the classes for GATE preparation. And there can be many reasons. Some students are…
- still perceiving their engineering
- busy with their job and want to prepare aside of their working hours
- Some can not move to the city where they can attend the classes.
- Not to discriminate, there are some students who are not financially strong to bear the coaching classes fee.
It is harsh but Truth; coaching classes has become the business for many.
In this cut throat competition, GATE classes are over-hyped.
Can I achieve good GATE rank by self-studying?
Despite all struggles, there are students who are determined for GATE preparation and passionate about their future.
This post is all for those hard working students. I am going to share the self-study plan that is going to help you while preparing for GATE; especially if you are not attending classes and decided to do self-study.
Here, I am addressing some of the questions that I really think will be helpful. There are some questions personally asked to me by GATE aspirants.
So let’s get insight…
How to know the GATE syllabus?
This time, GATE 2018 is going to organized by IIT Guwahati. (Every year it is organized by one of the IITs).
And they release syllabus for every year. Note down GATE syllabus for 2018. Take a print out of it or write it on your pad or just bookmark the page. You need this while preparation. It helps you…
- to understand the topics you need for GATE preparation
- to track your study progress (knowing how many portions still left for preparation is very important 🙂 )
Almost all the topics, you might have studied in your academy. Mark all the easy topics with blue pens. Mark all the topics that seem difficult for you with red ink.
Now as you have started preparing, go with all the easy topics and start reading about them.
If you start preparing difficult subject initially, you may feel overdosing and daunting. And it is not going well. To keep the initial momentum read or revise the easy topics that you feel comfortable.
What are the Good Materials and Resources for GATE?
Before starting preparation for GATE, you should have all the resources handy. So that you should not waste your time frantically hunting for the Books while GATE preparation.
If you are from Computer Science, I would suggest to get the handwritten notes from reputed coaching classes such as ACE Academy, GATE forum or Made Easy.
I had attended the classes in ACE Academy Hyderabad. They have the outstanding faculty to guide you for each subject. My personal opinion if you are doing self-study try to GATE the handwritten notes from ACE Academy Hyderabad. It is easily available at the near by Xerox center or book stalls. Another way, you can ask any of your friend attending classes there.
While going through this material or reading, you will come across many doubts. And it happens with everyone. So to clear your doubt, use standard reference books for GATE CSE.
Note: Time is too precious if you are preparing for GATE. So I would suggest, keep all the books and material ready so that you didn’t need to get a fumble looking for handy material if you stuck anywhere.
I have seen many students, they just procrastinate.
Like: “I have doubt, but I don’t have any reference book. I will read about it once I get a book.”
This is simply procrastination. Eventually, they just forget. At the end, your doubts keep integrated.
If you are serious about GATE preparation, don’t be one of that student…
If you are a group of students preparing for GATE (make one group if you are staying in a hostel), each one can purchase different books and then share among the group members.
What are good time and schedule for GATE preparation?
For competitive exam like GATE, whether it is month or year, you have limited time. And you need a schedule to utilize and make best out of this limited period…
What’s the perfect time to study?
Frankly, there is nothing sneeze about it. Some students are night-owl and prefer to study and stay up to late night. Some are morning Larks who prefer to wake up in the morning and start preparing. This is all about, how you feel comfortable.
If you are attending academic classes or have a job timing in a day, you will be exhausted with your day time activity and it’s difficult to concentrate at night. It’s better to study in the morning.
How many hours one needs to study and what’s the perfect schedule?
To get this, first of all, list out all the subjects and topics from the syllabus. Write down time required for each topic (approx) based on your wit and command on that particular topic.
Then find out how many days you have left for the exam. Keep last one month in the spare. Based on this you can rectify how many hours you should invest each day.
If you are busy in week days for your academic or job or any priority work, drag yourself and make a full use of holidays.
The more you practice, the better is for you.
Last one month, just revise all the subject you prepared. Don’t read anything new before one week and don’t get panic for any new topic.
Make your own schedule and follow it strictly. I mean Very STRICTLY.
How to keep momentum and motivated for GATE preparation?
I have seen students study extremely hard but lose the momentum as they come closer to the exam day. It is easy to keep momentum rather than getting on track after losing it.
So here are some tips you can utilize to concentrate and to maintain momentum while preparing for GATE…
What is your sole purpose of Attending GATE?
I still remember. I had got an interview call for MS in IIT Madras. Unfortunately, that time, I could not make it happen. But looking at the ambiance they have on their campus, I had a DREAM of getting enrolled in one of such beautiful campus.
Likewise, you may have your own purpose of getting into IIT or NIT. Some may want to notch one of the top companies like Microsoft, Google…
Keep this DREAM in your mind and let it trigger every time you prepare…
It keeps you MOTIVATED.
Team Up and Connect with Like Minded People:
If you are staying at a hostel or if you have like minded students preparing for GATE, make a group. You will clear more doubts by discussing among yourself than actually reading books.
Don’t think other group members as your competitor. Help and share knowledge with each other, you have rest of the world to compete.
It is easier to Learn and to Grow together than walking alone.
You may be alone and doing self-study. You can connect with like minded students preparing for GATE online. We have a community where anyone can ask a question and discuss doubt with other students.
The more you discuss, the more knowledge you acquire.
For every question, there can be multiple ways to solve. Get habitat to ask other aspirants, there is nothing like a shame. Everyone one has their own solution for your question. And you will learn from them.
Why should You Meditate to Keep Mental Stability?
I personally believe in meditation. But, it is better if you heard from GATE topper a real experience. I had interviewed Sushant GATE AIR 179. Here is what he says about meditation…
Apart from how to prepare for GATE, something very important part of preparation strategy is trying to maintain mental stability. Practice meditation. Learn it and do it daily. That will help a lot in exams. ( I have seen extremely talented people who use to secure single digit rank in every and any type of test series and those who I didn’t expect to be securing good ranks secured very good ranks. This is because they got nervous in the exam due to the level of questions or any other reason. Even I got nervous else I was pretty sure of getting in top 100 had I practiced meditation.)
Getting your Perfect Place to Study:
Find the perfect place where you will not get distracted. Whether it can be your private room or any place where no one will disturb you.
You can even join the library (if you have nearby to your locality or inside your college campus). You will be accessible to many available books for clearing any doubt.
Why is it a Right Choice to Apply for GATE Test Series?
Always know where you stand among your competitors:
It is always good to know where you stand among all other GATE aspirants. Apply for online test series.
How can it help you?
- They have scheduled exams for each topic.
- Give exam on their online scheduled date for each topic.
- Prepare well each topic before giving the online mock exam.
- As this is online test series, many of the students apply for it. At the end of the exam, you can check out your rank among all the students appeared for the mock test.
How to choose best Test Series for you?
Here are some points…
- Test series should have scheduled test for each topic and a full course paper.
- Ensure the test series mock test should have same GUI as for actual GATE exam.
- It should display your rank and performance against all your competitors appearing for GATE.
I am sure most of the time you can not know these details before applying for test series. In this case, you can take help from the other GATE aspirants who have applied for the test series. You can simply post your request to our GATE community and surely someone will help you.
What is the Best way for Solving and Practising Competitive Questions while GATE Preparation?
GATE is not about how many books you read. It is about learning concepts and fundamentals.
Here is a quick routine you should follow for each subject.
- Make a note of all the topics from all the subjects.
- Starts with the chapter which you find easier.
- Read about that topic in detail from GATE notes.
- Make a separate note book. Write down some key points and important formulas.
- If you didn’t understand any point, try to get it clear from a reference book or discuss with other GATE aspirants or you simply you can ask in our GATE community.
- Solve as many questions as you can on the same topic.
- If you have enrolled for online test series, give the test topic-wise.
- After that, solve the previous year GATE questions for the same topic. There are so many books available to solve previous year questions. The GATE previous year questions book (2000-2017) with chapter wise questions and answers is the best among all the other books as it is published under Arihant publication.
- Mark down all the tricky questions so that you can overlook them anytime while doing a revision.
- Repeat the procedure for each topic and subject.
Make your schedule to revise old chapters you read (may be once in two weeks). Refer points that you have noted while preparing for each chapter. It makes your revision easier and quick.
Once you have done with core subjects. Just give a glimpse on solving Aptitude questions. It includes the numerical and verbal section (check the syllabus for topics).
There are two standard books available…
Book by Arun Sharm is quite elongated. As per the time permits for GATE preparation, I will prefer RS Aggarwal.
Also, read 13 Best Aptitude Test Preparation Tips to improve your problem-solving skill.
How do GATE toppers prepare for GATE?
I have interviewed some of the toppers from GATE 2017. I asked them same questions that usual GATE aspirants ask me.
Like… their study pan, timing and how they help them-self to achieve their DREAM…
Here are some interviews I would recommend you to go through.
Himari | GATE AIR 15 CSE
If you think syllabus is very vast and the exam is extremely difficult; let me tell you, Himari is from electronics and telecommunication background and he has secured AIR 15 by studying computer science subjects. Amazing, right?
Sudheer Chandra | GATE AIR 60 CSE
Even Sudheer Chandra is from another branch of engineering. It is very difficult to describe you; how they have prepared. You can find it by reading their own interview.
Shiva| GATE AIR 77 CSE
Shiva loves programming and data structure. He has a dream of working for Google. Read his interview to know how he has motivated himself towards achieving his DREAM.
Sushant| GATE AIR 179 CSE
If you are doing a job and preparing for GATE, Sushant is the right person to guide you. He has shared his views about “Whether to re-attempt GATE or to continue with the job? “.
Hussain Jagirdar| GATE AIR 202 CSE
He didn’t have any plan for higher education. He started preparing for GATE after seeing his friends preparing for it in college. If you are studying in college and want to prepare for GATE seriously, read his interview to know how he has managed time from college schedule. After the GATE result, all his friends are astonished by his AIR 202.
I am sure, you can not find any better place to motivate yourself after knowing GATE toppers strategy and motivation behind their BIG SUCCESS.
I have tried answering for most of the genuine and common questions asked by GATE aspirants. Even, you can find the answers to your questions from the interview experience shared by GATE toppers.
Many have their own set of questions regarding GATE preparation. If you are serious about the GATE, please write in the comment. I will reply to your every question.
And this quote from Henry Ford I always find TRUE…
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
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All the Best!