The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, GATE, is a premier examination for securing admission into higher education programmers, commonly referred to as Masters, at Technical and Research institutions. The GATE is organized by the consortium of the elite IITs and IIScs. It is tipped as the pioneering instrument in advancing technical education at master's level in India. GATE often sets the benchmark for verifiable academic standards of the pursuits. The purpose of GATE is not just to conduct test for seeking admissions but also to identify the potential engineers in various disciplines and assist them in choosing their areas of research to pursue. The IITs and IIScs constantly innovate and introduce new systems to test the basic knowledge of candidates in various fields.
The previous year GATE papers were fully objective type. Last year also the same pattern was followed, and quantitative aptitude was added. The designated faculties in each of the areas who provide the syllabus of a particular stream have the burden to set the questions which is finally combined to a full length paper.
Being set by the highly qualified faculty, they always try to test the very basic concept of candidates in respective areas by bringing the element of innovation in these papers. It is not surprising that sometimes the questions are mere applications of basic concepts in their area of research. The implication of this, it seems is that cracking GATE with a very high percentile is merely having the basics cleared. No! Absolutely not! As innovations are always a part of the question paper, one needs to be able to apply the basics in a new application, too. That is why alike JEE, GATE is altogether different from other competitive exams. Here in GATE, one needs to prepare thoroughly by understanding the basics. Mugging up the end results (formulae) and directly applying them would definitely not help. One needs to know the principle in the derivation of those end results because in most of the cases the questions are based on the basic principle involved in the derivation, or the case where they may ask the behaviour of the system under some other conditions or simple application of that result.
To secure a very high percentile you should always remember the fact that you are adjudged relatively not absolutely. Hence, your rank obviously depends on how you performed relative to your competitors. Many times, it happens that the candidates are sure of getting many questions correct. But one should always know that although the questions have only one correct answer, other probable choices are deliberately put there to confuse the candidates. In that sense preparing the choices other than the correct one is also a part of the bringing the element of innovation, which is the real challenge the test taker faces to arrive at the very correct choice.
The question that poses itself to the GATE aspirants now is, how to prepare, what methodologies to be adopted to ensure ones admission into the esteemed IITs or the IIScs or other high profile institutions.