We are back with yet another GATE 2016 Topper to guide you how to prepare for GATE 2017. This time we have with us Nadeesh Aggarwal who secured AIR 21 in GATE 2016 EE. He graduated from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in 2013 and worked at Trident Group. He then decided to prepare for GATE by quitting his job to pursue a career in PSU.
In this post Nadeesh discusses how to frame a time based strategy to achieve best results in GATE 2017. Time Management is one of the most important step for GATE preparation as we always have limited time on our hands and we have to utilize efficiently in order to get best results in minimum possible time. So let us hear from Nadeesh how he tackled this problem.
Before I suggest you a strategy, I’d like to mention that it may or may not be useful for you because everyone has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. However, here’s a time-frame based strategy that, in my opinion, should fetch you a decent rank in GATE.
- June- mid October: This is the period when you should focus slightly more on developing your theoretical base (roughly around 65% weightage to theory and 35% to solving questions/practice). GATE exam tests your basics. Hence it is quite essential that your concepts are crystal clear. If you are enrolled in a GATE coaching institute, keep studying thoroughly the subject which is going on in the class along with revision of a subject that’s already been completed (choose a subject for revision, preferably, which you feel you did not understand properly). Keep clearing your doubts with your friends or teachers. For practice, you can solve the material given to you by your coaching institute or some other standard books/question banks. Ensure that around 70-75% of the syllabus gets covered by the end of this period.
- Mid October-Mid December: In this period, more weightage should be given to problem solving. Solve as many questions as you can of the subjects that you’ve already completed, apart from completing the remaining portion of your syllabus. By the end of this period, make sure that your entire syllabus is completed in every sense along with all previous years’ questions of GATE. If time permits, you may also take some part-syllabus tests during this period for practice.
- Mid December-January: This is probably the most crucial period. It should be majorly devoted to taking subject tests & full- syllabus mock tests. Take as many tests as you can. However, taking two subject tests for each subject and around 15 full syllabus tests would be more than sufficient. Try to introspect the kind of mistakes that you are making and make sure you don’t repeat them. Identify your weak areas and try to fill up the gaps.
- A week before the exam: In this period you should not stress yourself much. Keep revising your notes & important formulae. You can also go through the important previous years’ questions of GATE. Keep decreasing the number of hours that you study day by day. In the last two days of this period, you can skim through the entire syllabus on a very superficial level keeping yourself relaxed, calm & composed.
I’d also like to mention that whatever be the strategy that you follow, sincere preparation, disciplined routine, and a burning desire to crack the exam, are a must.