GATE 2019 Topper Interview Saket Kumar Yadav (AIR -27 EC)-"Handle pressure in a positive manner"
Updated on Apr 5, 2019 - 12:16 p.m. IST by Prabakaran K
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GATE 2019 Topper Interview - Saket Kumar Yadav has emerged as the topper in GATE’s EC paper, secured AIR 27, the results of which were announced recently on March 15. He appeared for Electronics and Communication Engineering in GATE 2019, secured 75.33 marks out of 100, with a score of 910 out of 1000. Saket Kumar Yadav is of a strong opinion that it is not at all difficult to crack GATE 2019 exam, provided enough hard-work is put into the preparations. He added, "After writing test series, I gained confidence that I could be in top 50 because I constantly got a very good rank in test series." Saket Kumar Yadav said that the pressure is the part of success; we have to handle the pressure in a positive manner.” In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Saket Kumar Yadav, GATE topper 2019 talked about his preparation strategy, challenges, and also gave some tips for aspirants.

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Careers360: Tell U.S. one thing concerning yourself; wherever have you ever done your engineering from and during which branch? 

Saket Kumar Yadav: Myself, Saket Yadav. I have done my B.Tech from NIT Calicut. I passed out in 2016. After that, I was working as IIT JEE Mathematics Faculty at T.I.M.E. Institute Bangalore. I basically belong to Seoni, Madhya Pradesh.

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Careers360: What was the GATE Paper you appeared? What rank did you get in GATE 2019? What is your GATE score?

Saket Kumar Yadav: I appeared in GATE 2019 Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. I secured AIR 27. My GATE 2019 score is 910 and I obtained 75.33 marks out of 100.

Careers360: Is that this your 1st try or did you try GATE earlier?

Saket Kumar Yadav: This is my second attempt. In 2018, I qualified Gate with a rank 1503. I also didn’t know much about the exam at that point of time.

Careers360: What was the explanation you appeared for GATE 2019? Please elaborate.

Saket Kumar Yadav: My main aim is to work in a leading PSU like IOCL, PGCIL etc. For that, I need to have a good GATE rank. So, I constantly worked to achieve it.

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Careers360: Have you ever applied to any PSUs recruiting through GATE? Which ones?

Saket Kumar Yadav: Yes, I have applied to PSUs such as IOCL, NTPC, ONGC, BARC and more.

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

Saket Kumar Yadav: I already had very much clear understanding of topics in GATE 2018 syllabus except few parts in each subject since I prepared for it. I skimmed through the standard books and coaching study material to revise the key concepts, then I attempted the previous year gate questions and finally gave online GATE mock tests to improve my time management and accuracy. I devoted around 10 hours daily to make it happen and thankfully, I succeeded.

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

Saket Kumar Yadav: Yes, I have taken classroom coaching from A.C.E. Academy Bhopal. In addition to this, I have taken test series from ACE and Made Easy since I wanted to practice as much different variety and level of questions as I could. 

Careers360: Are you able to share any preparation methods with our readers? When should one start their preparation for GATE? How to schedule study time and make timetables?

Saket Kumar Yadav: I started my preparation after completing my college and that too after working in the Educational Institute for 2 years.  As per me, the ideal time to start preparation for GATE is the 6th semester as till that time, the student had already completed almost all subjects in Gate syllabus. One should start with a thorough analysis of the topics through standard textbooks from his personal point of view and then keep a track of topics covered and yet to be covered to avoid missing any topic. However since this is a tough time with a heavy college load, it is advisable to study as per the goals one set. This ensures proper coverage and equal attention to college and GATE. In addition to it, he should keep some coaching material for his reference. Also, online test daily at a suitable time with suitable Gate environment is very advantageous.

Careers360: However vital does one feel mock tests square measure and why? Is it right that if one works on the previous year question papers, there is a chance of cracking the test?

Saket Kumar Yadav: Yes, solving mock tests, GATE Sample Papers and previous year question papers is very important as it helps students analyse their exam temperament and teaches time management. I would advise solving all the previous year papers at least thrice. It helps to predict vital topics and areas that require additional focus.

Careers360: Can you tell some books that you followed for GATE preparation

Saket Kumar Yadav: All standard textbooks (for theory) along with coaching material (ACE) will be helpful for the numerical solving purpose.

Careers360: Which are the topics need to focus more on? Kindly some details

Saket Kumar Yadav: I personally feel that it is imperative that we cover the entire GATE syllabus as much as possible. It is necessary that one understand all the topics in the syllabus and not leave anyone during the exam the preparation. 

Careers360: What was the toughest facet of your GATE preparation?

Saket Kumar Yadav: GATE exam requires a high level of accuracy. It is important to cover the entire syllabus and regular practice is necessary. This in itself is tough.

Careers360: Name some vital topics that you just feel square measure a requirement browse for any student trying GATE exam?

Saket Kumar Yadav: Signals & systems and electronic devices & circuits(MOSFETs) are very important.

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

Saket Kumar Yadav: Powerful speeches of motivational speakers helped me a lot during my preparation. 

Careers360: What are the techniques to answer the GATE exam – which part to attempt first and which one next? Did you have any particular strategy? If yes, please share your experience with us.

Saket Kumar Yadav: I first attempted the non-technical section as the questions in these are very easy and I feel the aptitude section is my strong point which helps to build confidence. After that, I attempted the 2 two marks section as they have the bulk weightage and require a clear mind to solve them. The last section I attempted was the 1 marks technical one. These questions are very easy. My first target was to go through entire 65 questions and solving all easy questions within 2 hours doing which, I used to feel comfortable as I have completed majority of marks minting questions, thereby ensuring my success in exam  Last 1 hour would be dedicated to only tough questions as that time , our mind is fully into the exam mode and now, whatever questions left are rank predicting sections and I used to dedicate more time for these.

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

Saket Kumar Yadav: Overcoming all less empowering thoughts was most important. Keeping yourself mentally strong and getting over all kinds of emotions, during preparation and while writing the exam, is most important.

Careers360: Any advice for the future aspirants?

Saket Kumar Yadav: We must handle pressure in a very positive manner. I feel I work well under pressure. The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable under pressure, remember the quote "NO PRESSURE, NO DIAMOND". Pressure is a part of Success.

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