GATE 2016 Topper Interview: Sachin Gupta (AIR 1 - Textile Engg & Fibre Science) says understanding concepts is key to success
Prabha Dhavala, 31 May 2016, #GATE
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One of the relatively less pursued branches in GATE, students appearing for Textile Engineering & Fibre Science (TF) find a lack of information in terms of coaching, study material while studying for GATE (TF). The fact is the branch hasn’t many PSU jobs behind it unlike some of the popular branches like ME, ECE, CSE to name a few.

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Careers360 talks to Sachin Gupta who scored an All India Rank of 1 in GATE 2016 Textile Engineering & Fibre Science to understand his passion behind his success in GATE 2016. Sachin who is an engineer in Textile Engineering from UPTTI, Kanpur speaks about his passion to become a scientist in DRDO in his chosen branch. He elaborates on his preparation methods, the books he followed and his success strategies as well as his advice to future aspirants. Read on to know more…


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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself; Where have you done your engineering from and in which branch?

Sachin Gupta:  I am Sachin Gupta and I hail from Kanpur, U.P, I have done my matriculation and intermediate from Chacha Nehru Smarak Inter College Kanpur. I have done my engineering from UPTTI Kanpur in Textile Engineering.


Careers360: What was the GATE Paper you appeared in? What rank did you get in GATE 2016? What is your GATE score and how many marks did you secure out of 100 in GATE paper?

Sachin Gupta:   I appeared for Textile Engineering & Fibre Science in GATE 2016. I secured an All India Rank of 1in GATE 2016. My GATE score is 1000 and my GATE 2016 Marks are 59.67 marks out of 100.


This is my second attempt actually at GATE. In GATE 2015, I secured an All India Rank of 15.


Careers360: What was the reason you appeared for GATE 2016? PSU or further studies? Pls elaborate your reasons.

Sachin Gupta: DRDO is one of the places I would love to work in as a scientist. The entry to DRDO is through GATE so I appeared for GATE 2016. Textile engineering has few vacancies and DRDO this year has announced just one vacancy in the general category for this branch. I had to beat all competition to get to the selection stage which gives weightage of 80% to the GATE scores. I had to give it my best shot.


Careers360: If PSU, have you applied to any and which ones?

Sachin Gupta: I was selected for NTPC in 2015 when I had secured an All India Rank of 15. I did not take up the offer as I did not want to work in the industry. I am more passionate about research and want to be a scientist therefore my aim was DRDO.


Careers360: When did you start your preparation?  How did you prepare? How many hours did you put in per day as per the stage of preparation?

Sachin Gupta: I sincerely feel preparation is dependent upon each person. I feel that the hours of study and such parameters don’t matter. How much you study also I feel doesn’t make such an impact as much as the quality of your study and preparation. I also strongly endorse preparing and adhering to a good strategy to taste success in GATE.


Textile Engineering doesn’t have a support system for GATE preparation as much as the other branches like Mechanical Engineering, CSE etc. So many students find that a bit difficult.


Careers360: Have you taken any coaching? If yes- From where? How did it help?

Sachin Gupta: No. I did not take any coaching. I didn’t believe I needed it actually so it was just self-study.


Careers360: The virtual calculator is the new feature introduced this year? How was your experience with it? Do you think it is necessary that students should practise with it to get acquainted with its working as most of the engineering students are used to the good old calculator?

Sachin Gupta: We are used to the physical scientific calculators during our graduation and therefore the transition is a bit slow. Getting used to the virtual calculator takes time. My experience is that we should practice on it a few times to get used to it and understand the modalities of its functioning.


My suggestion is that one should do simple calculations like addition and multiplications manually, because it consumes less time than the virtual calculator. This habit can be mastered by solving a few numerical questions everyday while preparing. For functions like log, exponential etc, the use of the virtual calculator is necessary.


Careers360:  GATE 2016 saw a substantial amount of numerical questions asked when compared to previous years. Were you prepared for this eventuality? How did you prepare for the numerical questions considering that they require speed in calculating the solutions?

Sachin Gupta: For GATE - Textile Engineering, there is no book available for practicing numerical problems. Your best bet is the previous year papers and solving them to get practice. I would advise that one should understand all the numerical questions of previous year papers and the concepts behind it to be good at answering the GATE question paper. The good part about the numerical questions in Textile Engineering is that they are concept based so if your concepts are strong and in place, you can crack them.


Careers360: Can you share any preparation strategies with our readers? How to schedule study time and make timetables?

Sachin Gupta: My mantra is MAN – Maths, Aptitude and Numerical questions. The strategy should focus on scoring the best in Mathematics which fetches you 15 marks then Aptitude  which again fetches you 15 marks & numerical questions of the GATE question paper on Textile Engineering.


Here I must say that it is impossible to cover all the theoretical portion of the Textile Engineering Syllabus. Therefore one must strategize. Two most important topics to cover for GATE Textile Engineering are Concepts of Spinning and Textile testing. These two topics are purely conceptual. For a topic like Processing, one has to memorize many things so I would advise to focus less on that.


Careers360: How should one schedule answering the GATE exam – which section to attempt first and which next?

Sachin Gupta: According to me – one should solve the numerical portion first. Maths and Aptitude are a must. Exam strategy again differs from person to person. I think the focus should be on what allows you to score more. So speed in important as well as attempting those sections like numerical questions which don’t have negative marking.


Careers360: Name some important Topics that you feel are a must read for any student attempting GATE exam?

Sachin Gupta: Spinning & Textile Testing are two topics that one must be really thorough in. To get good scores in GATE it is mandatory that one knows these two topics in and out.


Careers360:  Since all the GATE exams are online now, how mandatory is it for students to practice online and how frequently?

Sachin Gupta: If one is not comfortable with the online GATE exam, it will be tough to get going. So it is mandatory to practice online as much as one can. With practice comes a comfort level for the exam and one is not awed by the online pattern.


Careers360: What did you feel was a tough thing in the GATE exam?

Sachin Gupta: That day was my best day so I didn’t find anything tough.


Careers360: How important do you feel mock tests are and why? Is it true that if one solves the previous year question papers, there is a good chance of cracking the exam successfully?

Sachin Gupta: Unfortunately there are no mock tests available for Textile Engineering. Therefore the previous years papers become the means to practice and understanding the GATE paper. I would suggest that one should understand the concepts behind the questions asked in the previous GATE papers rather than memorize them. The questions are never same. The presentation of the questions will be different each time so one has to be good with the concepts to actually answer the questions.


Careers360: Which books did you follow for GATE preparation?

Sachin Gupta: The following were pretty useful for my study:


 Books and Authors


Blow Room- N CUTE BOOK


Carding & Draw Frame- A KHARE


Speed Frame- W KLEIN




Textile Testing-NPTEL


Processing- N CUTE

Careers360: What did you do for leisure? Any specific activities that helped you unwind?

Sachin Gupta: Music is a hobby. Listening to songs is my way of relaxation. I would listen to my favourite songs to unwind and get back on groove.


Careers360: .Any advice for the future aspirants?

Sachin Gupta: For GATE Textile Engineering I would advise not to study all books. Rather choose books topic wise and study those topics from those books. Have Self-confidence. It will help you to reach your goal.

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