“A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish” – Anonymous. However, the quote stands perfect when we plot the GATE preparation strategy. GATE is one of the most sought-after competitive exams in India. GATE preparation will not only boost engineering students technical knowledge but also make them qualify for multiple career opportunities in top India PSU jobs, post graduate programs in premier institutes like IITs, IISc, NITs, fellowship programs in IIMs, and even foreign studies in countries like Singapore and Germany.
Basically, GATE exam 2022 will be your gateway to achieve success and career goals. With merely four months in hand, we’re sure candidates must have geared up for robust preparation. However, there are a lot of 'IFs and BUTs' in candidates’ mind and often they stay tensed during the preparation journey. Relax! Our blog will discuss some of the best GATE preparation strategies and how to play a masterstroke to crack this highly competitive exam in first attempt -
How To Prepare For GATE Exam 2022 In last Four Months?
With mere four months remaining in hand, the preparation has naturally intensified and to the point. From here on, there will be three types of GATE 2022 aspirants:
One who’re preparing from quite a long time (college goers, drop outs)
Ones who just started preparing recently (working professionals)
Repeaters (One who must have taken a year off for GATE examination)
As we see, the first and third type of GATE aspirants will focus more on the revision for the GATE exam 2022. Such candidates would be keen on solving more and more GATE previous year question papers and mock tests to evaluate their performance. However, they should make sure they make a wise choice of GATE test series, model papers that covers the entire GATE syllabus to help them ace up their preparation.
For the second category, those who have just started their preparation, its less time and more focus, self-motivation. Such candidates will have to pull up their socks and prepare for the ultimate race. Disciplined learning schedule, making notes, revising important topics, solving mocks on parallel front, attend live sessions to clarify doubts, attempt GATE PYQPs should be on their preparation list. In the end, making a daily study schedule and committing to the same is required.
To keep yourself focus and self-motivated, you should build your preparation on these three pillars – Why, What and How. It means Why do you want to give GATE 2022, What will you achieve by giving GATE 2022 and how are you going to crack it.
Clearly Understand The GATE Syllabus
The GATE syllabus consists of 10-12 subjects including General Aptitude and Mathematics (common to all branches of Engineering). Understanding the weight-age of the subjects and identify your strengths & weaknesses is an important part of your preparation. Start with subjects in which you are comfortable, easy, and high scoring. Remember to allocate time for every subject. You might have purposely left few topics because you’re not confident or completely unknown to it. However, focus on your strengths and try to grasp as much as possible. General Aptitude and Mathematics carry 30% of the total weightage and the rest 70% is core technical subjects. These two subjects will play an important role in your GATE score and there has to be a GATE preparation strategy for the next four months time. Also, it's important to understand the GATE exam pattern to know the types of questions, marking scheme, area of scoring, exam duration, and other key details of the examination.
General Aptitude may sound weird and but there is no rocket science to crack it. It is easy and it only tests basic aptitude, logical reasoning, and a little bit of English. Practice general Aptitude and mathematics from the past exam question banks, try to understand the question patterns, and gain confidence in these two subjects in the beginning. These 30% marks will help you accelerate your GATE score and secure a spot in the merit list. [Check out GATE Syllabus | GATE Exam Syllabus 2022 For All Papers]
Look What GATE Wants
Questions in the GATE exam are based on four parameters viz. Concepts, Application, Problem Solving & Time Management. You will be tested on how well you understand any concept (especially the ones that have complex angles to it), how you apply solutions to the problems, your accuracy in solving a particular problem, and of course whether you solve it well within time or not.
To master all these, you will need to read, spot the tough angle, practice, revise a lot of previous year questions, especially attempt GATE test series from reputed coaching centers. Ekeeda – One of the leading GATE online coaching centers provides the best mocks and model papers for rigorous preparation. Sign up now!
Design The Best Study Schedule
With mere four months in hand, good won’t be the right word. You need to put the best foot forward and develop a study schedule. Solely, dedicate your time as per your preparation strategy. For instance, if your plan is to study & revise 15 subjects in 120 days, you will have 8 days for every subject. Along with learning and revising topics, you should have time to appear GATE preparation online mocks at regular intervals during these four months.
Go for target-based preparation – Give targets such as the number of questions you need to solve in a particular day, week, and month. The target should not be less than 80-90 questions daily, excluding mock tests. Remember Afterall, it's a race against time and you cannot let lose yourself. So, in these four months, you should try and solve at least 4000 to 5000 GATE questions and take at least 30-40 mock tests.
The best resource to solve questions is to attempt as many GATE previous year question papers as possible. Your study plan should be target based including the number of subjects in the number of days you need to dedicate, maximum questions, mock tests, revision, creating notes. [Read Best Guidelines To Create A Self Study Plan In GATE 2022 | Ekeeda]
How To Prepare For GATE In 4 Months:
If you’re someone like a working professional who has just started the GATE preparation, the first thing that you should do is list down all the subjects, topics & sub-topics that you plan to cover & gather the best books, GATE study material for these subjects. For the best online courses and study material visit ekeeda.com
Start from subjects with the highest weightage and lowest mental stress. Jot down important concepts and formulae. While solving questions of a particular topic or analyzing the mock test, one should note down all their mistakes. Go through your mistakes, understand them and ensure you won’t repeat and lose time on it. This notebook of mistakes has to be referred to daily for 15-30 minutes during the last fortnight of the GATE exam. It will improve your accuracy and reduce the scope of mistakes. Thus, it will automatically lead to time management.
Self-Motivation & Health
The last four months are very crucial when you have to prepare for a national-level competitive exam like GATE. It is important to stay consistent, positive, and most important mentally, physically healthy if you wish to crack the ‘dream’ GATE Score. Always remember what you’re trying to achieve what will a good GATE score can help you achieve in life. It's enough to keep going for you!
Read blogs from toppers and other inspirational blogs by achievers and past rankers. Go through success stories of working professionals who would dedicate enough time to studies and manage to crack GATE. It is rightly said – “Great things come once you leave your comfort zone”.
Health – both physical and mental is equally important since there are long sitting hours, a lot of practice, brainstorming, and pressure involved in GATE preparation. So, eat healthily, take short and consistent breaks during study time, drink water or juices, and most importantly sleep well. Take hard work as a challenge, enjoy the process and you will thrive with your result. [ Read our blog on How To Improve Concentration For GATE Exam 2022 | Ekeeda]
Revision Is Must
After every 7 to 8 days, read your notes and take surprise tests for five to ten minutes. Without looking at any notes try to recall things written in your short notes. Short notes are 10-15 pages and mostly consist of shortcuts, formulae, graphs, derivations, and concepts. Recall and write it on rough paper. Later, verify them from your notebooks, whether you have written the formulate correct or not. See what is difficult to get around, how can you recollect it. Write them again and again till you’re pro in understanding the concept and cracking it in the first instance.
As we said earlier, “In four months, it's racing against time for the GATE preparation. Everything has to be the best – your best study schedule, best GATE resources, and best foot forward for preparation”, if you want to crack GATE and secure a spot in the merit list. Ekeeda – India’s leading tech educational platform offers the best GATE online courses and study material for individuals. Our GATE online classes are designed by top educators from IITs. Other than videos, you will get access to PDF notes, live lectures to instantly clarify doubts, and GATE test series for holistic GATE preparation. Download Ekeeda App and accelerate your GATE exam preparation now!
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