GATE 2019 Topper Interview Sukanya Prasad (AIR - 33 TE) “Keep your basics clear to score well”
Updated on Mar 19, 2019 - 3:57 p.m. IST by Sansar.chhikara
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GATE 2019 Topper Interview - Staying consistent with preparations and keeping the mind relaxed through meditation has done wonders for Sukanya Prasad as she attains AIR 33 in Textile Engineering and Fibre Science in GATE 2019. Hailing from Ranchi, GATE 2019 topper Sukanya Prasad completed her B.Tech in textile engineering from Department of Jute and Fibre Technology University of Calcutta. Sukanya practises meditation from Brahma Kumaris in her leisure time to relieve stress. GATE topper 2019, Sukanya believes that keeping the basics clear and staying consistent in the preparation has helped her climb the success ladder in GATE 2019. Talking about her preparation strategy, GATE 2019 topper Sukanya Prasad told that she focused on keeping her basics clear and acing the numerical of testing and spinning. As per the GATE 2019 topper, solving previous year sample papers gave her a strong idea of the exam pattern which helped her score well in the entrance examination. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, GATE 2019 topper Sukanya Prasad shares about her preparation and valuable tips for future aspirants.

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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself; Where have you done your engineering from and in which branch?
Sukanya Prasad: My name is Sukanya Prasad and I hail from Ranchi. I have done my schooling from Sacred Heart School, Ranchi. I have done my from Department of Jute and Fibre Technology University of Calcutta. My branch is textile engineering.

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Careers360: What was the GATE Paper you appeared in? What rank did you get in GATE 2019? What is your GATE score and how many marks did you secure out of 100 in GATE paper?
Sukanya Prasad: I appeared for paper TF- textile engineering and fibre science. I secured  AIR 33 and my GATE score is 734. I secured 68.67 marks out of 100.

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Careers360: Is this your first attempt or did you attempt GATE earlier?

Sukanya Prasad: This was my second attempt for GATE.

Careers360: What was the reason you appeared for GATE 2019? Please elaborate.
Sukanya Prasad: I appeared in GATE 2019 to secure a better rank so that I can get wide scope of opportunities for my further studies.


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

Sukanya Prasad: If there are any vacancies this year through GATE for textile engineering I will definitely apply. I haven’t applied for any recruitments in PSUs as of now.

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? 

Sukanya Prasad: I started my serious preparations for about 8 months before the exam. I had joined an online coaching named EXPONENTIAL CAREER CAMPUS which has been founded by IITIAN SACHIN GUPTA AIR 1 GATE 2016. I seriously followed the notes provided by the faculty there. Initially, I studied for 3-4 hrs and then increased to 6-7 hours as the date of exam came near.

Careers360: Have you taken any coaching? If yes- From where? How did it help?
Sukanya Prasad: As I told, I joined an online coaching named EXPONENTIAL CAREER CAMPUS formed by IITIAN SACHIN GUPTA AIR 1 GATE 2016. Sachin sir helped me in clearing my basic concepts and strengthening my numerical portion.

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?
Sukanya Prasad: Be consistent and clear with your basics. I think one year is sufficient for a decent rank. One should give oneself little flexibility in making time tables. Make such a timetable which you can follow. Don’t set impossible goals.

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?
Sukanya Prasad: Mock tests are very important as they give a proper analysis of your strengths and weaknesses and also teach you time management. Yes, definitely if one solves past year papers one gets a strong command on the pattern of questions which is indeed very helpful.

Careers360 Which books did you follow for GATE preparation? Please name some very important must read books for GATE
Sukanya Prasad: WE KLEIN for spinning, JE Booth for testing for weaving and for processing I followed notes of Sachin sir.

Careers360: Which are the topics one should focus more on? Kindly give us some details
Sukanya Prasad: One should clear the basics and focus on numericals of testing and spinning.

Careers360: What was the toughest aspect in your GATE preparation?

Sukanya Prasad: I felt preparing for weaving was a bit tough.

Careers360: Name some important topics that you feel are a must read for any student attempting GATE exam? 
Sukanya Prasad: Every aspirant should be confident in English and Maths as these areas are scoring. For textile one should be confident in testing and fibre science and spinning portions.

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

Sukanya Prasad: I used to practice meditation from BRAHMA KUMARIS which helped me a lot to unwind.

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.
Sukanya Prasad: I first answered the numerical portion as it is time-consuming.

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

Sukanya Prasad: I definitely think that Numericals from processing were the most difficult section of the exam.

Careers360: Any advice for the future aspirants? 

Sukanya Prasad: Be consistent, work hard and avoid silly calculation and mistakes in the exam.

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