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GATE Preparation: Ace GATE 2017 with these Pro Tips

Last Updated - October 23, 2016

GATE 2017 dates are announced by the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee on its official website. This test is conducted every year for admissions to post-graduate programs of higher education in Indian Institutes of Technology. The score obtained in GATE 2017 will be considered valid for successive 3 years from the date of declaration of GATE Result.

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How to decide Time Duration for GATE Preparation

Candidates must understand and avoid picking and preparing any new topic just before GATE 2017, it will be of no use. Candidates must focus on the topics they excel in and polish their skills. The linchpin that all students should knuckle down to is time management. Here are few tips that shall be considered by all the candidates to sharpen their time management skill.

  • Candidate has to start the preparation 5-6 months before the commencement of GATE 2017 because of its vast and difficult syllabus.
  • Candidates have to daily devote their 8-10 hours for preparation to cover the complete syllabus and stand out from the competition.
  • Students should schedule their preparation time as per the weightage of marks a topic holds.
  • It is very helpful to plan a timetable that includes 5 days preparation and 1-day overall revision session, this way it will be easy for the candidate to update all the work he/she has been doing over the week.
  • Keep the month before the commencement of GATE 2017 for revision. Avoid preparing any new topic at the last moment.
  • Practice shortcut methods to solve problems rather than using traditional time consuming and lengthy methods.
  • It is essential for the aspirants to practice mock test papers daily to polish their time management skill.
  • Mock test papers give the complete idea about the structure of GATE Question Papers and help the candidate to focus on the scoring parts and finish the test covering all the topics on time.
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Preparation for General Aptitude in GATE 2017

GATE 2017 question paper has General Aptitude section to test the analytical and language skill of the candidate and cover 15% of the test paper. General Aptitude section is of 15 marks and the marks are distributed as follows.

  • 5 questions of 1 mark = 5 marks
  • 5 questions of 2 marks = 10 marks
  • Check out previous year test papers to figure out which topics have been asked frequently and start working on those topics.
  • Practice as much sample papers as you can.
  • General Aptitude could yield you a handful of marks if attempted accurately and for that one should seriously prepare it.

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NPTEL, Online Resource for GATE Preparation

GATE is one of the prestigious examinations of our country conducted every year to offer Post Graduate courses in IITs and IISc Bangalore. Candidates preparing for GATE will find NPTEL very helpful. National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) is a program, which is related to engineering and science courses. NPTEL objective is to provide education through video and web content which is based on engineering syllabus. NPTEL has a force of qualified professors who are associated to the IITs and IISc and give lessons through web and videos.

NPTEL is the perfect platform for all the candidates who are preparing for GATE, its focus on engineering courses and conduct classes run by the most efficient professors of IITs and IISc. Other than online tutorials and videos NPTEL provides study material as well for the competitive examination.

Students appear in GATE to get admission in IITs and IISc and the classes on NPTEL are also conducted by the IITs and IISc professors, the candidate can refer to the classes for any subject. NPTEL provide the best-elaborated explanation on each subject covering every topic so that candidate should not go for any other option and get all information from NPTEL only.

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Sample Papers

Candidates should practice sample papers as much as they can. It is very helpful in preparing for GATE 2017 exam. Here we have provided subject wise links to download sample papers and practice it to achieve success.

SubjectCodeSample
Aerospace EngineeringAEDownload
Agricultural EngineeringAGDownload
Architecture and PlanningARDownload
BiotechnologyBTDownload
Civil EngineeringCEDownload
Chemical EngineeringCHDownload
Computer Science and Information TechnologyCSDownload
ChemistryCYDownload
Electronics and Communication Engg.ECDownload
Electrical EngineeringEEDownload
Ecology and EvolutionEYDownload
Geology and GeophysicsGGDownload
Instrumentation EngineeringINDownload
MathematicsMADownload
Mechanical EngineeringMEDownload
Mining EngineeringMNDownload
Metallurgical EngineeringMTDownload
PhysicsPHDownload
Production and Industrial EngineeringPIDownload
Textile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTFDownload
Engineering ScienceXEDownload
Life SciencesXLDownload

How to Answer MCQs & Non MCQs

GATE 2017 will be a computer based test conducted in online mode. The question paper will have two types of questions i.e. Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Answer Type Questions. Students have to use the virtual keyboard while attempting Numerical type questions.

GATE 2017 exam will be of 3 hours and the question paper will have 65 questions of total 100 marks. Candidates have to use the virtual keyboard to enter the answer for all the multiple choice and numerical type questions and will not be allowed to use computer keyboard as it will be disabled. Students will be provided a scribble pad to do rough work and these pads have to be submitted after the examination.

GATE 2017 question paper will have two types of questions i.e. Multiple Choice Questions and Numerical Type questions.

  1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ): Multiple choice questions will be objective in nature and each question will have four options and one correct answer. Candidate has to select one option for one question.
  2. Numerical Answer Type (NAT): These types of question will have answer in real numbers and the answer has to be entered through virtual keyboard. These questions will be of 1 or 2 marks.
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What to do with Unknown/Unprepared Topics

GATE paper have negative marking scheme any wrong answer will cost candidate few marks which could be disastrous eventually. In order to avoid it candidate must focus on the topics he/she is strong in and attempt all the questions related to those topics.

Preparing any unknown topic at the last moment is not a wise decision and will not yield any productive result. It will only waste the time.

Paper Wise Important Topics

The two of the most significant topics of GATE exam are Engineering Mathematics and General Ability and together they hold total of 30 marks. Candidates can easily score in engineering mathematics and general ability in comparison to other technical topics.

Paper-wise important topics:

Information Technology and Computer Science:  Data Structures and Programming, Theory of Computation, Digital Logic, Operating system and Computer Networks.

Electronics and Communication Engineering: Signals and Systems, Networks, Control Systems, Electromagnetic, Digital Electronics, EDC, Analog Circuits and Communications.

Mechanical Engineering: Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Science, Fluid Mechanics,   Thermal Science, and Strength of Materials.

Electrical Engineering: Control System, Network Theory, Power System, Power Electronics, Electrical Machine, and Signal and Systems.

Importance of Formulae & Footnotes

GATE Syllabus is very vast syllabus and includes lots of formulas hence all the candidates are advised to prepare a separate notebook for formulas which will definitely proved to be very helpful to revise the formulae right before the commencement of GATE 2017.

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Candidates must make sure to mention each chapter with all the respective topics followed by the related formula.

It is very essential to make footnotes at the end of each topic or chapter. There are topics which are of high weightage than the other topics candidates must mark a footnote for related facts and details that they find important and want to keep in mind before appearing for the examination.

The Impact of Revision

Revision is the last but the most important step of the preparation journey without which it is impossible to reach the destination. Candidates should keep the month before the examination for revision and make sure not to commit the mistake of preparing any unknown topic because it will consume all the time and student will leave with no time for revision.

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