GATE 2019 Toppers Interview Atindranath Ghosh (AIR 5 CE) “Self Confidence is Your Greatest Strength”
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GATE 2019 Topper Interview - Not letting the disappointment of last year GATE results affect the preparations for future, GATE 2019 topper Atindranath Ghosh proved confidence and hard work put together always lead to success. The result day brought a feeling of infinite elation for GATE topper 2019 Atindranath Ghosh as he secured AIR 5 in Chemical Engineering paper of GATE 2019. Hailing from Bhilai Chattisgarh, the young lad completed his BE (Hons) from BITS Pilani. Atindranath is a social media buff and loves to hang out with his friends in his leisure time. Worked as an investment banker, GATE topper Atindranath always knew this was never his future and wanted to go for something bigger and better. The young topper was always interested to join a Maharatna like ONGC, IOCL, GAIL, HPCL, NPCIL etc and thus started his preparation for GATE. Despite an average performance in GATE 2018, Atindranath was never demotivated and stayed focused on scoring well in the entrance examination the next year. As per the GATE 2019 topper, starting preparing well before the exam gives aspirants ample time to focus on weak points and start revision of subjects for better clarity. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, GATE 2019 topper Atindranath Ghosh shares about his preparation strategy, valuable tips for aspirants and a lot more.

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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself; Where have you done your engineering from and in which branch?
Atindranath: I am Atindranath Ghosh, hailing from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. I did my BE (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Pilani Campus.

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?

Atindranath: I appeared for GATE 2019. I secured an all India Rank 5. My GATE score is 914 which is less compared to other branches like mechanical or electrical securing same rank because of the high marks got by the students. Out of 100, I scored 76.67 marks.

Careers360: Is this your first attempt or did you attempt GATE earlier?
Atindranath: It was my 2nd attempt, I appeared for GATE 2018 where I couldn’t do well.

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

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Atindranath: Since I couldn’t do well in GATE 2018, I always knew that I can do well if I prepare strategically. Also, I was in an Investment Bank which I thought wasn’t my cup of tea. I was always interested to join a Maharatna like ONGCIOCLGAILHPCLNPCIL etc.

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

Atindranath: Since IOCL and GAIL have released their online forms, I have applied to those. ONGC, HPCL and NPCIL are yet to release their online application form.

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? 


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Atindranath: I started my preparation in the month of July, but didn’t start seriously. I gave around 5-6 hours daily initially which I increased to 8-9 hours per day in the month of November, December and January. I started with the basic subject of chemical engineering i.e Process Calculation. I usually gave one week of time to each subject which included Concept building and Previous year’s questions from EII booklet & M Subbu. This way I completed my GATE 2019 syllabus by October. Also, I revised each subject in alternate weekend by solving the previous year questions again. After which I started revision taking one by one, and solving the objective questions from Ram Prasad. Aspirants who think that they are weak in Aptitude portion should start preparing for it from the month of July. Solving 20-30 questions daily would really help.

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

Atindranath: No, I did Self Study. But I would like to say that one should always be in touch with a faculty of a coaching institute. I was in contact with Mr. Pradeep kumar Singh from EII. He really guided me and boosted my preparation. The book which I used for Previous year question was too from EII.

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?

Atindranath: About the preparation strategy, I would like to say that take 3-4 days and decide how you will proceed. Strategy varies from person to person. I can only advise aspirants that don’t give too much time to one subject. Stick only to the portions that’s given in the syllabus. I have answered this in the above question.

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?

Atindranath: I think there is a need to give GATE mock tests. I think one or two test series are more than sufficient to check your weak concepts. Test series are not meant to check your strong concepts. It’s to check where you can make silly mistakes easily so that you won’t repeat in the near future. Solving the Previous year questions is the Key to success.

Careers360: Which books did you follow for GATE preparation? Please name some very important must-read books for GATE
Atindranath: I have used different resources. 
For Heat transfer: Younus Cengel and JP Holman
For Fluid mechanics: KL Kumar, McCabe Smith
For Mass transfer: Bk Dutta and Unacademy (Ajay Partap Singh)
For Mechanical Operations: Unacademy (Ajay Partap Singh)
For Chemical Reaction Engineering: Fogler and Levenspiel , Unacademy ( Ajay Partap Singh and Umang Goswami)
For Process Dynamics and Control: Coughnaowr and college notes and Unacademy (Umang Goswami)
For Thermodynamics: Smith and KV Narayanan 
For Chemical Technology:  Online Handwritten notes, M Subbu
For Plant Design and Economics: Unacademy ( Ajay Partap Singh)
For Mathematics: Made Easy and online notes
For Process Calculations: DC Sikdar 
Previous year questions: EII booklet, Ramprasad book, M subbu
Practice questions:  Ramprasad 

Careers360: Which are the topics one should focus more on? Kindly give us some details

Atindranath: Mass transfer, Thermodynamics, Process Dynamics and Control, Chemical reaction Engg.

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

Atindranath: There are few topics in some subjects which are still not cleared. Mock tests which I used to give, somewhat demotivated me sometimes. But I always managed to take something out of them every time.

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

Atindranath: Solution Thermodynamics, Heterogeneous Reactions, Extraction, Diffusion, Concepts of Humidity, Entropy, Frequency response analysis.

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

Atindranath: I usually watched TV. Also, I was quite active on social media that time and even now also. I have some really good friends whom I talk with daily.

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.

Atindranath: Since I was good in Aptitude, I started with that only. I was completed with aptitude portion in 9-10 minutes then I jumped onto the 1 mark questions and solved only those questions which I can understand in 30-40 seconds. I skipped the questions whichever I thought could take some time. After solving 1 mark questions, I proceeded to the 2 Marks Q’s. My main aim was to see all the questions so that I don’t miss any easy question.

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

Atindranath: Sometimes, we take too much time in a question which will have direct impact on other questions with respect to time management. I also heard that students have problems in virtual Calculator, so for those students I would suggest you to practice the questions using that calculator only. Since, I wasn’t having that problem therefore I practiced questions using scientific calculator. But during tests, I used on screen calculator only.

Careers360: Any advice for the future aspirants?

Atindranath: The only advice that I would like to give to the future aspirants that be focussed. You can chill out with your friends but at the end of the day you should face the mirror and ask yourself whether you have met the daily target or not. If not, get up and complete it. Social media is helpful like in WhatsApp groups where you can share your doubts, but using too much would be dangerous.
At last, I would like to wish you all the best for the upcoming GATE exams. 

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