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GATE 2017 Preparation Tips by Arvind Kumar

Last Updated - August 25, 2016

Arvind Kumar appeared for GATE in 2008. He was offered admission from MITS Gwalior, BITS Pilani and IIT BHU. He ace in GATE and finally took admission in MITS Gwalior. He prepared himself for GATE by studying himself. He did not opt for any coaching or extra classes. He managed to continue his college and the preparation as well. In this interview, he tells us how tough it had been on him. But he also assures that hard-work always pays off.

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Ques. Name of the Institute where you took Admission?

Ans.  MITS Gwalior

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Ques. Name the Institutes that offered you Admissions?

Ans. I was offered admission by MITS Gwalior, BITS Pilani, IIT BHU. All of these three colleges are prestigious and with a much respected family. 

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Ques. Did you take coaching classes? Mention their role in your Story.

Ans. I have not taken coaching classes, studied by myself. I have studied the two subjects very minutely. However I did not study the third subject in the same way but I cleared my basic concepts and decided to do only with that as it was already too late to learn new things. I revised my strong areas and balanced it with my weak ones.

Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?


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Ques. What mock papers did you take?

Ans. Arihant unsolved Gate papers.

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Ques. What are the websites you followed for getting regular updates and preparation?

Ans. I followed GATE forums and other webpages about GATE. These pages have other aspirants and some people to guide through. Since, I was preparing on my own. It was a big help for me during the process of preparation.

Ques. What Course did you take GATE for?

Ans. Life science.

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Ques. Share the name of the books and materials that you followed for excelling in GATE?

Ans. Arihant unsolved Gate papers, Lehnenger Biochemistry, BD Singh Biotechnology, Pelzar Microbiology

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Ques. Write some preparation tips to excel GATE 2016?

Ans. Selective topic vise study, first see the GATE unsolved and prepare the topic which is asked frequently in GATE. Try to solve the questions of all competitive exams daily. Take as many mocks as possible. This is the best way to judge your performance. See the sections you think you are weak in and practice them again. Be confident with your strong sections.

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Ques. Share your Strategy and how did you overcome the weak areas, what special efforts did you put in?

Ans. I studied everything thoroughly and made sure that I am clear with every concept. For weak areas first find out which types of questions asked and practice such types of questions. If you are not taking any coaching classes, you must motivate yourself.

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