GATE Preparation tips for upcoming exam: GATE 2019

This article gives you some tips and helps regarding the next/upcoming GATE examination i.e. GATE 2019. This will help to any young aspirant engineering student to get a good score in any GATE exam. Read the article to get more about GATE exam preparation tips.

Introduction and Importance of GATE examination

GATE stands for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering. GATE an entrance exam which is mandatory in IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), IISc (Indian Institute of Science) and NIT(National Institute of Technology) and it is sometimes preferable to other state engineering colleges for entry to master level programs like Master of Technology (M. Tech.) and Master of Engineering (M. E.). Some industries also look for GATE qualified candidate for interview or job hiring because GATE consists of most of the syllabus covered during graduation.

So, a candidate with good GATE score is considered to be most eligible for higher education as well as a for job. Recently 'Navratna companies' or some PSU (Public Sector Units) like Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), NTPC Limited ( National Thermal Power Corporation), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd (HECL), and many more have made GATE qualification mandatory for first stage of interview for hiring. So, now it is almost mandatory for every engineering graduate. Due to this change, GATE is now one of the highly sought examination across India for any engineer. To pass a GATE with good rank is a dream for any engineer and will justify his or her education during graduation.

Details about GATE 2019

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)-2019 will be conducted all over India by IIT on behalf of MHRD ( Ministry of Human Resource Development). The GATE 2019 exam is likely to be held in the second week of February next year by IIT-Guwahati. Always remember, GATE is conducted every year on second Saturday/Sunday of February. Mostly the mode of the exam will be online.

GATE exam pattern:

GATE exam consists of 100 marks paper which will consist of two sections according to the nature of questions asked. One section involves engineering questions and other will involve General Aptitude. The engineering questions will be of a short numerical type or theoretical type. The short numerical is having either one or two marks and the theoretical question will have one marks. Also, GATE considers 'negative marking'. You will lose 1/3 mark for each wrong answer for one mark questions. And 2/3 marks for each wrong answer for two marks questions. So, think 'thrice' before writing any answer in GATE!

How to prepare for the GATE?

Below I have given some GATE preparation tips which might help every candidate of GATE who is going to appear for next GATE exam. These GATE preparation tips are my experience during GATE 2006 when I gave GATE in my final year. If you are applying for the first time, it is very necessary to follow each and every tip mentioned below. Chanakya said that 'It is better to learn from other's experience rather than the first experience it with ourselves'. So, these tips will be helpful while appearing for the first time in GATE exam or for will improve your score or aptitude in GATE compared to previous years.

1. Technical tips for GATE exam

Study the syllabus

The first step to start preparation for GATE is to study the complete syllabus of your specialization. If you are in Mechanical Engineering, you should download the syllabus for GATE - Mechanical Engineering (ME) and try to study the syllabus. Here study means which are the subjects you need to study well, Which subject's syllabus involves 'numerical' and which involve only 'theoretical stuff'? If you are still a graduate student and want to give GATE exam in future, you should first compare the subject's GATE syllabus with the syllabus of your curriculum of your university. You should pay more attention to those topics which are common. Thus, you can start preparing for the GATE in well advance and you will get plenty of time for nice GATE preparation.

Solve previous year GATE papers

You should first check which type of questions are asked in GATE exam and this can only possible if you study or solve the previous year GATE papers. Download the previous year GATE papers and check all the papers w.r.t. each subject in GATE syllabus and determine which subject are most important for GATE. Thus, you can do smart preparation of GATE otherwise 20-30 subjects are hard to study for GATE. You should do smart preparation instead of hard preparation! Normally GATE exam asks those question which is most related to master's program. So, you can understand which subject is important. For Mechanical Engineering, Thermal subject, Design subjects, and Manufacturing subjects are most important.

Concentrate more on basic concepts

The main objective behind GATE exam is to check basic knowledge. To study master or research program, it is mandatory to have sound basics in that field so, GATE exam mostly deal with checking of basic concepts. They will never ask definition but they will push you to think for an answer. You will never get a straight answer to any question. You will find two or more options right for a question. You need to decide which is correct out of many similar answers and this is the point where most of the students get the wrong answer and in turn negative results. So, be careful while selecting the right answer for any question which seems tricky and believe me, all questions are tricky when you are appearing for a better level like IIT level or PSU.

Prepare subject notes

If you have skipped some content during your graduation, try to read it first from class notes rather than wasting time in reading same what you already know. If you are still in under graduate study, cultivate habit of preparing class note or subject note keeping GATE in mind. The note taking will help you to do revision very easily in last few days before GATE.

2. Non-technical tips for GATE exam

One should always remember following these tips for every exam.

  • First and foremost requirement to clear GATE with good score is determination and perseverance to do well in GATE. Because you will get only one chance to improve your score every year. You need to wait for another year to apply again and improve the score. So, have the determination to do well and try to do serious preparation. Do not appear in GATE exam just for passing. You will stand nowhere if you are having just a GATE score instead of 'Good GATE Score'.

  • You cannot wait for the right time for GATE exam preparation. Just do it now. If you wait for right time, that time will never come and you will waste your time just by procrastination.

  • When you decide to give GATE, from that moment onward you should think of GATE only. Just think how you will get good or high GATE score? Try to visualize the moment that you got high GATE score. The Law of Attraction (LOA) will help you to do so.

  • Yoga and Exercise will keep you charged with positive energy. You can feel the difference once you start doing it. This will keep you positive and improve your self-confidence.

  • Always start from the question for which you are confident enough. Do not waste time in thinking more on strange questions.

  • Never try to attempt all the questions. If you just attempt few but very correct, you will get high score compared to those who attempt maximum but reach to bottom due to negative marking. I have attempted only 23 questions in GATE 2006 and I got 90.26 (Means I was in top 9.74% student for that year)percentile during that year. Just do best compared to others. Number does not matter but accuracy matters.

  • Always make preparation time table for each subject and manage the time accordingly. Do not make so tight schedule tat you cannot adhere to it. Just make it flexible.

  • Solve practice papers available online and try to improve the score each time.

  • Take advice and help of your teachers because they already passed the GATE! You can meet your seniors and parents to get guidance about preparing mentally for the exam.

  • Do not compare your preparation with others, otherwise, you will lose self-confidently and result in performance too. Everybody has their own way and we cannot judge them by any means.

  • Do preparation on a quality level, not on quantity level. Some student says he/she usually read more than 15 hours during exam time. What is the meaning of these 15 hours without any quality reading?

Latest Updates on GATE 2019

  • The official time from which online application system will be received is 1st week of 2018.

  • The organizing institute is IIT-Madras, Chennai

  • Exam Time: February 2019

  • Last date for online application submission: End of October, 2018

  • Result: 15 March, 2019

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    These are precious tips. Thanks a lot. But tell me the way to increase the concentration?

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    Guest Author: Rajneesh kr.22 Jul 2013

    Thanks for good information of Gate 2014 exam.

    Guest Author: vansaj07 Jan 2014

    I am really thankful to you for this informative post and am sure that every GATE aspirant will be benefited from this.

    Guest Author: Vasanth22 May 2015


    If one get negative mark in gate

    Is next attempt possible

    If 0.5 is gate score is next attempt possible

    Guest Author: aliya23 Oct 2015

    These are very nice tips and tricks to prepare for the GATE examinations.

    Author: Sheo Shankar Jha14 Sep 2016 Member Level: Gold   Points : 6

    Preparation for the GATE should be based upon your inclination to the stream with which you have already graduated and attempt must be made to make precise notes of every chapters included in the syllabus. Since the questions carry negative marking and hence the aspirants would do well avoiding the questions for which solutions seem to be uncertain to them. You may join one of the prominent institutes in order to excel in the examination. They can provide you very vital clues required to grab high percentile in the GATE examination. Since the paper contains two sections, one covering general aptitude and the other one relating to your chosen stream, you need to have sound concept of general events and should have good command over your English knowledge. Previous question papers of last ten years, if solved, would boost up the confidence level of the aspirants.
    The author has touched all the vital points enabling the aspirants to fare well in the examination. The aspirants should chalk out their plan so that they may crack the test confidently.

    Author: umesh19 Jul 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

    The author has well illustrated and explained in nut shell the way and procedure to success in Gate exam.

    I want to add that though previous years question paper solving will be helpful in this endeavor one should also look to various other related question papers of different universities and colleges to encompass a wide range of questions. The reason is that some questions will repeat every time but many of them will be totally different. So covering a wide range of possible questions is one important aspect in such highly competitive tests.

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