There are only few days left for the examination and candidates are already putting extra efforts to prepare. There is a lot of pressure on the candidates to score well, but you don’t need to get worried if you have prepared well enough.
Here are important tips any GATE aspirant will find useful:
1. First of all, you need to know the GATE Syllabus & Pattern. As you all know the syllabus is huge so start preparing few months before the exam. Don’t get messed up with the topics out of syllabus. Stick strictly to your subject’s syllabus.
2. Exam Pattern & Duration:
The GATE examination consists of a single paper of 3-hour duration that contains 65 questions carrying a maximum of 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks are in General Aptitude (GA).
In the papers bearing the codes AE, AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT, PI, TF and XE, the Engineering Mathematics will carry around 15% of the total marks, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 70% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
In the papers bearing the codes AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL, the General Aptitude section will carry 15% of the total marks and the remaining 85% of the total marks is devoted to the subject of the paper.
For multiple choice type questions, candidates have to choose the answer from the given choices. For numerical answer type questions, choices will not be given. Candidates have to enter a number as the answer using a virtual keypad.
3. Marking Scheme:
For 1-mark multiple-choice questions, 1/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. Likewise, for 2-mark multiple-choice questions, 2/3 marks will be deducted for a wrong answer. There is NO negative marking for numerical answer type questions.
4. Meticulous study is the correct approach that can help you resolve all your doubts and attain lucid perception of various theories, concepts and their uses regarding the syllabus.
5. It is recommended to candidates that they should make a list of subjects and prioritize them based on the marks allotted to them. Now, create a timetable with distribution of subjects. It will help you to study the different subjects according to the marks. If the distribution is not prepared, then you usually end up learning random topics, which may lead to confusion at the end.
6. Try to solve as many as mock test papers & previous year’s papers as it will give you a clear idea about the difficulty level, pattern, & how to allot minimum time to solve particular type of questions. This will help you know yourself, your capabilities & the field in which you are lagging.
7. Reference books are the best buy for the examination as they give a good idea, covering the complete syllabus, sample question papers and solved papers, as well.
8. Don’t take any stress, eat well & try to sleep at fixed time and for at least 6 to 7 hours a day during your preparation.