Key tips for cracking GATE 2021 Exam at first attempt

Updated: 28.5.20

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 2021 Exam is a gateway for all aspiring and qualified candidates to apply for postgraduate (P.G) programs in centrally funded Indian institutions. IIT Bombay will organize GATE 2021. GATE is a highly competitive entrance exam where lakhs of candidates appear for the GATE exam, and therefore requires good tips and proper guidance for GATE preparation.

Here's a list of tips you will need to go through in the first attempt to ace your GATE 2021 exam.

1. Know the pattern of the exam

I. The GATE Exam is a single, three-hour online paper examination, with 65 questions carrying 100 marks in total.

II. The question paper will consist of questions of multiple choice as well as questions of the numerical answer type.

2. Follow the GATE Syllabus

I. During your preparation, aim to complete the syllabus instead of studying the topics out of the syllabus.

II. Since there are many subjects included in the syllabus, it is important that you plan each and every topic of the syllabus with a specific study plan.

3. Read standard textbooks

I. Prepare at least one standard textbook per subject in the GATE syllabus.

II. Reading a book may not cover the entire syllabus. In such a scenario, you must ensure that you do not rely entirely on these textbooks. To avoid this, it's a good practice to actively engage yourself through online platforms that provide resource material for your practice.

4. Understand the basic concepts and Practice Quizzes & Test Series

I. Focus initially on understanding the concepts, and then concentrate on mastering each subject by practice tests.

II. To this end, you must aim to solve as many problems / quizzes / GATE Test Series 2021 as you do on a regular basis and to improve accuracy and performance in each test.

5. Preparing Time and Strategy

I. A topic-by-topic study plan will help you understand each subject thoroughly, with enough practice.

6. Make quick revision notes

I. Once you have gone ahead with your planning considerably, you can start reading all the chapters again and make short notes for all the important subjects.

II. These short notes can help you to recall the entire preparation and use it for your last-minute revision.

7. Recall all of the concepts and methods

I. After completing the syllabus, spend one month before the exam to recall all concepts, formulas, methods and examples.

II. Remember the definitions, the key points and the formulas during the revision.

III. Always remember to make your basic concepts clear, it will help you crack even tough questions.

8. Test your abilities

I. To maximize your chances of getting a good performance score, you need to minimize the amount of time you spend reading, understanding, and solving for each question in the examination.

II. With reading and understanding, many of the GATE questions are answerable. The ultimate goal, then, is to improve your time to solve each question.

Best Wishes!

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