- The GATE tests the basic knowledge that you possess in various fields. So you should prepare thoroughly by understanding the basics and fundamentals of the subject.
- The questions are derivations and applications of these basics. Be careful to note that mugging formulas does not help, as the questions are not on jotting them down.
- They test your ability to derive conclusions from the basic formulas and how good you are at applying them to solve questions.
- The first step is to understand the basics and know their applicability.
- The second step is to practice. Solve previous year’s papers, mock question papers, and various tests available. This will not only help practicing what you have studied, but also give you an understanding of the question paper format, aid in time management and not work you up on the test day. You will know what to expect as far as the format is concerned. It will also reveal your weak and strong areas, and thus you can then concentrate on those.
- Solving previous year’s papers gives you a fair idea of what the actual paper would be like. It also brushes up your basics and exposes your areas of improvement
- Solve as many test papers as possible. This actually is the best way to keep improving as you prepare for GATE
- You should set up a real test ambiance while solving papers, with no breaks, no disturbance and set time. This is a very effective arrangement, and duplicates the real test environment, thus preparing you better.
- To clear the GATE, you need a few months of dedicated practice and study. Knowing the basics of all years and your subject well is the key to crack the GATE.
What to study for gate 2015?
- Buy or get a copy of previous year question papers if possible with solutions. Having a hard copy is very important and we are going to refer it again and again during whole preparation.
- Refer to syllabus and analyze the number of questions asked in each subject. As all subjects don’t have equal marks, few subjects are preferred over others. I mean few subject may have more questions asked in exam than others. I don’t have this subject break up for GATE. If you have done this exercise, please share with us to share with many other students and also we can have a discussion over its validity.
- Make a priority list of subjects based on marks or preference given it in previous exams. Marks distribution of subject will help you prioritize and allocate preparation time to different subjects. If distribution is not prepared we usually end up in a random preparation and finally will have tough time dealing with important subjects. Just for example, in GATE CS and IT paper, around 15~20% is from Mathematics, and then Programming and Data Structures, Theory of computation, OS and digital logic.
- Allocate realistic time for each subject. And read it all, as there is huge to cover and it’s easy to ask few marks question from anywhere in a subject.
- Finish through reading of a chapter of subject, make short notes of important points, this will help you at last moment to revise what you have read.
- Once finish a chapter, go back to GATE Question papers and solve the problems from that chapter. These days there lots of question banks available in market for GATE do buy one and practice. Also to try to get Test
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