Admission to IIT’s , top institutes of India; psu’s , research inspire students to give GATE every year. Since seats to IIT’s , psu’s are limited the competition has become more tough year by year. In this article we will discuss honest strategy  followed by  Ankita Aggarwal (GATE 2013 AIR- 87)  to clear GATE in  6-8 months.

Hello , I am Ankita Aggarwal working in Software Company. I completed by MTech From IIT Roorkee. I would like to share my views to how to clear Gate in 6-8 months.

There are lot of books and coaching’s for GATE. See coaching is helpful, but if your basics are not too weak ,you can clear GATE with self study. What you need is smart strategy for Gate and I would like to share my strategy, I followed to clear GATE.


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Attitude For GATE

The most important is your attitude towards exam. If you think GATE can be cracked in one or two months, then your chances of getting good rank in GATE becomes low. You may clear GATE in one or two months but unable to get admission in your dream college or PSU’s whatever you aim for. But if you start studying for GATE atleast 5-6 months prior then it will be easy for you to get good rank in GATE. 6-8  months is a good time for GATE where you can easily practice your syllabus. It becomes difficult for Students of  4 year as they have to manage university exams, campus placement and GATE. Set your priorities , as I started my preparation from 3rd year but became serious in last 5-6 months before exam.

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Where to start your preparation for GATE 2018 ?

Check your syllabus for GATE . Figure out your interest . If you start your preparation with subject you dislike then eventually you will loose interest in studying . So start with subjects you like to study, prepare handwritten notes yourself for each subject. This you will find useful in last two months when you have to mug up all the concepts of 4 years for 1 day. When you compete your subject , practice as many questions you can. Practicing will get you to know where you stand and how much more effort is required For GATE 2018. The concepts you find difficult and important for GATE , read them again and gain , ask your professors, your friends .

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Practice Previous Question Papers Of GATE

Download 15 years GATE papers and practice them . Questions don’t get repeated but pattern will. Practicing will enable you to know what type of questions come in GATE and how to solve them. Devote 1 hour daily to practice. Solve as many mocktest as you can . This will enable you to know what is your preparation level. I practiced every question I found.

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Strategy for 6-8 months

  • Check your syllabus. As I said earlier, start with subject you like most. Then end with practicing previous year questions to that topic/subject and mocktest
  • Devote 30-1 hour daily for solving questions. In weekand you can spare more time as per your power of grasping.
  • Try to complete your syllabus 2 months before exam. In 2 months you can revise using your handwritten notes prepared while studying. Spare 2 months to solve doubts and questions
  • Don’t leave General Aptitude. It is most scoring part of GATE. Take some good book and revise your concepts. General Aptitude of GATE is basic but without revising it becomes  difficult to solve.


All I can say , every one different and every body has its own strategy for studying. Target your exam,work hard for it , success will automatically come your way.


Best Wishes !!


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