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How to Prepare for GATE 2019


How to prepare for gate? This question strikes the mind of everyone preparing for GATE.

Conducted jointly by the IISC and seven IIT`s including IIT Mumbai and IIT Delhi, GATE is one of the most prestigious examinations in India. It is conducted by these institutes on behalf of the National Coordination Board-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.

GATE tests primarily, the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. It is a computer-based standardized test, which tests a Bachelor’s degree level knowledge of the chosen engineering discipline or master’s degree level knowledge of the chosen science discipline. Conducted once a year, the number of exam takers are about 818,850(as of 2016). The number is increasing with every passing year. GATE 2019 will be held by IIT Madras on February 2, 3, 9 & 10 for 24 papers - including the newly announced paper “Statistics (ST)”. Therefore, to crack GATE 2019, you need to well prepared in every aspect and incorporating different strategies in your plan.

Here are a few ways you can prepare for gate :

1. Be an early bird :

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” - Arthur Ashe

With a huge number of exam takers, the exam requires a lot of planning. It is advised to start early so that you have enough time to revise.

2. Begin the planning :

“If you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up somewhere else.” - Yogi Berra

It is very important to have a plan according to which you will start your preparation. There are a number of benefits of having a strategic plan. It not only sets up a sense of direction but also increases efficiency.

3. Know your GATE 2019 syllabus and Exam Pattern thoroughly :

While thinking about how to prepare for gate, the most important thing is to know your GATE syllabus.

GATE syllabus: Candidates must refer to the syllabus provided by IIT Madras and prepare accordingly. The syllabus can be found by visiting the IIT Madras site. The syllabus is detailed topic wise for each of the 24 papers and this makes it easier for candidates to segregate the topics into easy, difficult.

You can check out the latest subject wise syllabus here.

GATE Exam Pattern: A good insight of the paper pattern will help a lot in better performance in the exam . A total of 65 questions are asked for 100 marks with a mix of 1 and 2 marks questions in the form of MCQs and numerical questions, it is generally a mammoth task to complete the paper on time.

GATE has two types of questions –

  • Multiple Choice questions (MCQs): These questions have options and candidates must choose carefully as there is negative marking for these questions
  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions: These questions have to be calculated and carry no negative marking.

4. Solve Previous Year Papers and Mock tests :

Since there are a lot of questions to be solved in a limited period of time. It is important for one to have both accuracy and speed. By solving previous year papers you will also get to know the standard of the questions in Exam.

You can check out previous year papers and sample papers here.


5. Make short notes :

Make formulae sheets and shorthand notes for last minute revision. In the last few days, you can just revise those short notes instead of going through all the books. This will save you a lot of time and energy.


The above are a few solutions to the question -  how to prepare for gate ?

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