GATE 2018 Topper Interview Mudit Vajpayee (AIR 2 - PE) - “Decide, set an aim and go for it till you achieve it”
Petroleum Engineering was introduced in 2016 as one of the GATE papers. Unlike other disciplines, this GATE paper doesn’t have many sample papers, past year question papers to go by. So preparation is a bit of challenge which Mudit Vajpayee overcame in flying colours, going on to score an all India rank of 2 in GATE 2018 PE. In this interview with Careers360, he elaborates on the important challenges of preparing for GATE, the books he has referred to and the topics he recommends as must read in order to crack GATE in Petroleum Engineering. Read on..
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself; Where have you done your engineering from and in which branch?
Mudit Vajpayee: I have done my B.Tech in Petroleum Engineering from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar. I graduated in 2017 and then I joined IIT (ISM) Dhanbad for M.Tech in Petroleum Engineering. Currently I am in my 2nd semester at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. My father is a journalist and mother is housewife. I am from New Delhi.
Careers360: What was the GATE Paper you appeared in? What rank did you get in GATE 2018? What is your GATE score and how many marks did you secure out of 100 in GATE paper?
Mudit Vajpayee: I appeared in GATE Petroleum Engineering paper and secured an AIR 02 in GATE 2018. My GATE score is 966 and I secured 75.33 marks out of 100.
Careers360: Is this your first attempt or did you attempt GATE earlier?
Mudit Vajpayee: This is my 2nd attempt at GATE exam. I first attempted GATE exam in 2017 and managed to secure AIR 152 with 63.33 marks out of 100.
Careers360: What was the reason you appeared for GATE 2018? Pls elaborate.
Careers360: Have you applied to any PSUs recruiting through GATE? Which ones?
Mudit Vajpayee: I will apply to ONGC when their online application portal opens in April.
Careers360: When did you start your preparation? How did you prepare for the GATE exam? How many hours did you put in per day as per the stage of preparation?
Mudit Vajpayee: Since preparing with my M.Tech studies side by side was difficult so I postponed my GATE preparation to the year end to focus on my M.Tech. I benefitted from this ploy since I scored a GPA of 9.70 in my first semester. I actually started my GATE 2018 preparation during my winter vacation i.e. mid December 2017 and continued till February 1, 2018 as my PE exam was on February 3, 2018.
Since PE was introduced just two years back, study material for Petroleum Engineering is sparse and not easily available so I prepared on my own i.e. self study. I have a wide collection of PE related eBooks and most of my preparation was spent making notes from them and solving problems.
Since I had very limited time for GATE preparation i.e. 1.5 months, I had to put extra hours for it. I never counted the hours but I can tell on some days I studied more than 14 hours a day
Careers360: Have you taken any coaching? If yes- From where? How did it help?
Mudit Vajpayee: I had not taken any coaching and prepared for GATE on my own. I had joined a test series by GATE AIOTS PE and found it good for practising time management and finding the frequent errors one makes.
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?
Mudit Vajpayee: GATE Mock tests and online test series are important to analyse your preparation and see where you stand in comparison to others. They are a simulation of the real exam and help you give a feel of the real exam and the exam pressure involved. Practising online tests, one is able to analyse his/her frequent errors.
Careers360: Which books did you follow for GATE preparation? Pls name some very important
Mudit Vajpayee: According to me, the following books are a must read for any GATE PE aspirant.
Must read books for GATE
MADE EASY GATE Engg. Maths book
Oil & Gas Drilling
H.Rabia and Heriot-Watt University book
Heriot-Watt and SLB Openhole Logs
Tarek Ahmed 4th Ed
Tarek Ahmed & McKinney and J. Lee
Boyun Guo and Heriot-Watt Univ
Exploration, EOR, Offshore, HSE, Latest trends
Follow IIT (ISM) proff. notes provided on GATE AIOTS PE website
Careers360: Which are the topics one should focus more on? Kindly give us some details
Mudit Vajpayee: Yes, Reservoir Engineering, Production Engineering and Drilling Engineering – these are 3 subjects out of the 10 which constitute around 50% marks in PE section of GATE exam. I advise students to study these subjects first, thoroughly, and then move on to other subjects.
Careers360: what was the toughest aspect in your GATE preparation?
Mudit Vajpayee: Covering the entire GATE PE syllabus in the limited 1.5 months time was the toughest aspect of my preparation.
Careers360: Name some important Topics that you feel are a must read for any student attempting GATE exam?
Mudit Vajpayee: Reservoir fluid and rock properties, Drawdown & buildup tests, Gas hydrate, Well control, Kill mud weight calculation, Numerical methods are some of the important topics that I feel are a must read.
Careers360: What did you do for leisure? Any specific activities that helped you unwind?
Mudit Vajpayee: There was no time for leisure activities in my case. But I used to exercise (at home) and watch Bigg Boss 11 to relax my mind.
Careers360: How should you schedule answering the GATE exam – which section to attempt first and which next? Did you have any strategy? Kindly share your exam experience with us.
Mudit Vajpayee: According to me one should first start with the aptitude section, complete it within 20 mins, then move on to the Engineering section and attempt it sequentially.
Careers360: What did you feel was a tough thing for you in the GATE exam?
Mudit Vajpayee: This year GATE PE paper was much difficult compared to earlier papers. I could feel it during the exam. So maintaining my calm and composure in spite of the difficult paper so as to not commit silly mistakes was tough for me.
Careers360: Any advice for the future aspirants?
Mudit Vajpayee: “Decide, set an aim and thereafter bash on regardless. Go like a fanatic, achieve that”- Col. S. S. Shekawat (21 ParaSF)
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Firstly, download the syllabus of your stream from the official site of GATE. After that interact with students from your vicinity & in your circle if anyone is preparing for the same. You can also watch YT videos for getting more information about your particular stream. Kindly be known of what is expected of you & what you need to do everyday. Enjoy the learning process & you'll absolutely enjoy to solve the application problems of the exam. Understand the basic concepts of your stream & read them thoroughly. This will help you understand the concept. Be in touch with the subjects, prepare small notes for whatever you are learning. By this, you can do revision & will not forget easily. Solve problems & get on test series later in your final year. Be consistent & prepare well for the same.
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Yes there are negative marking in gate. This year GATE exam paper will have three different types of question pattern. There will be Multiple choice question (MCQs) where you will have four options and only one is correct. Then you have fill the blank type where you won't have any options you need to solve the question and put the obtained value in the blank and the final question type which is added this year is the Multiple selection questions (MSQs) where you will have four options and more than one can be correct you will need to choose the right option and in such questions if you do not select all the right options then you will be awarded zero marks. There are no partial markings for such questions but the good news is that there are not negative marking for Multiple selection questions (MSQs) and fill the blank type. Only the MCQs will have negative marking for 1 mark questions 1/3 mark will be deducted every wrong answer and for 2 mark questions 2/3 mark will be deducted for every incorrect response.
How to clear GATE Exam in Computer science
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Below I have provided some tips for preparing for the GATE examination:
The most important thing that has to be done first is to understand the exam pattern, the dates and the syllabus . This helps you to understand which topics you will have to spend more time on and plan your timetable accordingly. Below I have shared a link where you can find the syllabus and the weightage: https://engineering.careers360.com/articles/gate-syllabus
Once you get to know about the syllabus and the dates, now you can set a timetable. You can decide how many days or hours you will be keeping for each subjects, revision and to practice previous year papers and mock tests. Manage time in a way that you spend enough time on difficult topics and also ensure that you have ample time for revision and practice.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to find the correct books for you . Some books may be hard to follow, so try to get materials that are written in a student friendly language. Below I have given a link where you can find details about the best study materials for the Computer Science branch:
While studying the subjects make sure you keep note of important points and equations in a separate book . This will come in handy at the time of revision.
Once you are done studying the subjects start revising and doing previous year papers and mock question papers on a daily basis . This helps you to recollect the formulas, gives you an idea on where you have to improve and will also help you to manage time better. Make it a point to solve atleast one paper every day during the month you have kept apart for revision and practicing question papers.
Below I have shared a link where you can get the previous years question papers for various streams:
- Another important thing is that don’t study anything new at the last minute and this can create confusions.
NEVER TAKE YOUR HEALTH FOR GRANTED . Get proper sleep, eat healthy food and keep your self hydrated. Ensure that you do not stress your self too much and give enough time to relax and take breaks. Always remember that if you are stressed out then take a break as it would not bring out any good results when you put yourself in more stress.
Finally, on the day of the exam relax and don’t get tensed. Keep your mind clear and give the exam. You will surely be able to do well.
Following these and being completely dedicated to this, I am sure you will be able to clear the GATE examination.
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