With the announcement of the GATE 2017 Results on March 26 by IIT Roorkee, Ishwar Singh had cause to rejoice. In an exam which has about 9 lakh aspirants appearing, he had not just cracked the exam but had scored a very good All India Rank of 30 in GATE 2017 Textile engineering & Fibre Science (TF) paper. A student of Textile Chemistry from the Manikya Lal Verma Textile and Engineering College, he has relied on self-study alone to taste success in GATE 2017. Read on to know all about his struggle during preparation, strategies that worked for him during preparation and in the GATE exam
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself; Where have you done your engineering from and in which branch?
Ishwar Singh: I have studied from Manikya Lal Verma Textile and Engineering College and the branch in which I studied is Textile Chemistry.
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Careers360: What was the GATE Paper you appeared in? What rank did you get in GATE 2017? What is your GATE score and how many marks did you secure out of 100 in GATE paper?
Ishwar Singh: I appeared for the Textile Engineering and Fibre Science paper in the GATE 2017 exam and my All India Rank is 30. My GATE score is 703, while my marks out of 100 are 49.72.
Careers360:: What was the reason you appeared for GATE 2017? Please elaborate your reasons.
Ishwar Singh: It was my dream to study in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT). I had prepared for the JEE exam with that aim but could not get into the IITs. Since then, it was my aim to make dream come true at least after graduation. During the initial years of my graduation, I focussed on my GATE preparation and I believe that it is that preparation that resulted in my success in GATE. I hope that now my dream to study in a IIT will be fulfilled.
Careers360: Have you applied to an PSUs recruiting through GATE?
Ishwar Singh: I have not applied in any of the public sector units as I was not aware about it. I am speaking to my friends to know more about it and will mull over it.
Careers360: When did you start your preparation? How did you prepare for the GATE exam? How many hours did you put in per day for your preparation?
Ishwar Singh: I started my preparation for the GATE exam, when I was in my second year of college. Self-study has been my strength. I also had the extensive support of one of my teachers in the college. I would devote three to four hours everyday to my GATE preparation after college hours.
Careers360: Have you taken any coaching? If yes- From where? How did it help?
Ishwar Singh: I did not take coaching. During the whole course of preparation, I just did self- study and in the final year of my college my teacher, Meenu ma’am extensively supported me.
Careers360: Can you share any preparation strategies with our readers? When should one start their preparation for GATE? How to schedule study time and make timetables?
Ishwar Singh: Firstly, I worked on areas where I am strong to ensure that no scope for any error was left. Textile chemistry was my biggest strength. Hence, I focussed on it. I used to regularly attend the classes. As far as other topics are concerned, I sought help from my friends and seniors who guided and supported me extensively.
Though there was no specific time table that I drew for my preparation. I used to study in the college and in the holidays too as I rarely went home. Whenever I happened to go home, then I used to devote almost nine to ten hours towards my GATE preparation.
Careers360: What was the toughest aspect in your GATE preparation?
Ishwar Singh: Since, I am from textile engineering, one of the topics is “spinning” and I found it extremely difficult. We only study about textile chemistry and not about spinning as it is not part of the syllabus
Careers360: Name some important Topics that you feel are a must read for any student attempting GATE exam?
Ishwar Singh: One of the most important topics is “spinning.” One cannot afford to ignore it any cost. You should know the basic concepts about spinning as well as weaving. If you know your basic concepts, then most of the questions can be answered correctly. However, I would reiterate that focus on “spinning.” In addition, one should be thorough with their own branch of specialization taken up during graduation like textile chemistry, textile engineering and textile technology.
Careers360: What did you feel was a tough thing in the GATE exam?
Ishwar Singh: I believe that the difficulty level varies from branch to branch.
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?
Ishwar Singh: Solving previous years question papers helps in getting direction. It is not essential that you will clear the exam if you solve previous year’s question papers. The most important thing is the clarity about basic concepts and if you do not know that then you will not be able to solve the questions no matter what.
Careers360: Which books did you follow for GATE preparation? Pls name some very important must read books for GATE
Ishwar Singh: There are many books for textile chemistry. However, I studied from the notes provided to me by my seniors and I prepared notes based on the class lectures that I attended. That was all I needed to prepare.
Careers360: How should one schedule answering the GATE exam – which section to attempt first and which next?
Ishwar Singh: I believe that you should attempt the section in which you are strong and are confident that you will not make any mistake. You should adopt caution while attempting questions that you are not sure of and may be are your weak areas. The reason is you bear the brunt of negative marking if you answer one question wrong.
Careers360: What did you do for leisure during this intense preparation for GATE? Any specific activities that helped you unwind?
Ishwar Singh: During my leisure I used to watch South Indian movies as I used to find them very inspirational.
Careers360: Any advice for the future aspirants?
Ishwar Singh: Try to excel in the areas in which you are your strongest. The initial stage of preparation may seem very slow and cause demotivation. I should know as I was very skeptical looking at the vast seemingly never ending GATE 2017 Syllabus and the number of books I needed to study from. However, I rallied and focused on my strong areas. Slowly I got confident and I started with other topics that I needed to cover from other branches of Textile Engineering. So my advice to all the aspirants is to firstly work on your strong areas. Build on them and get going with the others.
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