GATE Preparation Tips and Techniques

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Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering, popularly known as GATE, is now just a few days away. The sessions of the exam will be during forenoon and afternoon, but on alternate weekends, the dates being between 31st January 2015 and 14th February 2015. The GATE aspirants are mostly done with their preparation and with only 8 days left for this exam, the following rules should be kept in mind:

Any electronic gadget, blank papers, clipboards and log-tables will not be allowed in the examination center. However, a non-programmable calculator can be used.

GATE 2015 preparation tipsDon’t forget to bring the Admit Card at the test center along with at least one original (not photocopied/scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification, whose details have been entered while filling the application of the examination.

Only one of the following photo identifications is permitted: Driving license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar UID, College ID, Employee Identification Card, or a Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Candidate who is unable to present any one of the following will not be permitted to enter the examination hall.

There will be both numerical and multiple-choice questions in the test.

As it is rightly believed, this GATE score helps students explore their ability to apply for Post Graduate studies into prestigious universities like the Indian Institute of Science and the seven IITs in the country. This test is an Online Computer Based Test (CBT) for 22 papers. The GATE score is valid for two years from the time the results are announced. Know about Online exam dates for GATE 2015 . 

Go through the following last minute tips before you go for the exam:

Remember, practice is the key. There is nothing more useful than extensive practice. Solving all types of questions from previous question papers/different books and question banks is very essential. Take up Mock Test Series too.

It is very important to keep this in mind- don’t panic. Be it the competition or the exam that is getting you nervous, but it is very important that you are relaxed while giving the exam since it can help provide you more focus to the exam.

Accuracy is also very important as the penalty for a wrong answer is a negative marking of 33%.

Correct Approach:Trial and error should never be done. This approach might not give the right answer. More importantly, it also takes a lot of time.

Create separate notes for formulae: Since engineering subjects have a lot of formulae, it can help if you have a separate notebook only serving you with formulae. This will help in last minute revision.

General Aptitude is equally important as it constitutes 15 percent of the total marks and also contains no negative marking.

Exam strategy: Make your own exam strategy that you have followed in your mock tests and make sure you stick to the same for the main exam. It is very essential you have an organized strategy.

Do not forget to reach well in time before the exam and to relax before the examination. Appear for the exam with a fresh mind.

Good luck!

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Archana Belurgikar
Archana currently pursuing her B.E. in Instrumentation Technology at R.V. College of Engineering. Writing has always been her passion since childhood. She is also the chief editor of 'Ensemble'- the official newsletter of Entrepreneurship Cell, RVCE. She believe in leaving behind a mark in the society, and bringing new thoughts that stir the minds of people.