GATE Expert Interview – Aniruddh Pratap Singh, Expert and Senior Faculty in the Made Easy Group, a GATE expert provides valuable tips for candidates aspiring to appear in the GATE exam. With an experience of more than ten years, GATE expert Aniruddh Pratap Singh has been teaching ESE to the GATE aspirants. In an endeavour to provide vital tips to the candidates, Careers360 brings forth the GATE Preparation series. While talking to Careers360, the GATE expert mentions some of the important points related to the topics which the candidates must study extensively as well as the syllabus. He also highlights how the candidates should plan their GATE preparation. To know different aspects of GATE preparation, candidates can read the excerpts from the interview with Aniruddh Pratap Singh.
Quick Facts about GATE 2018
GATE 2018 online entrance exam will be conducted by IIT Guwahati on February 3 & 4 and February 10 & 11, 2018. The GATE Admit Card will be available from January 5, 2018 onwards and the GATE Result 2018 will be announced on March 17, 2018.
GATE Expert Interview - Aniruddh Pratap Singh, from Made Easy Group, based on his experience provides some important tips to the candidates who will appear in GATE entrance exam.
Careers360: There are about 5 months to go for the GATE exam. How students should prepare for the GATE exam?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: If you have a good grasp on the subjects, then 5 months are sufficient to crack GATE with a good rank. With hardly 5 months left, students should become more serious and try to study at least 8 to 9 hours per day from now onwards. I remember GATE 2015 Computer Science topper, Ravi Shankar Mishra, a student of MADE EASY, who studied only 4 months and achieved AIR-1. What could be a better example than this!
Careers360: We know that the GATE Syllabus is pretty vast. What are the very important and crucial topics that students must cover? Please name some for the benefit of the students?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: I advise students to cover the entire syllabus because which topic will be fetching more marks depends upon the expert who is setting the GATE question paper. Based on the analysis of previous years the subjects which have more weightage are mentioned subject wise below:
CE: Geotechnical Engineering, FM, Environmental Engineering, Highway & Surveying
ME: Manufacturing Engineering, Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, SOM
EE: Electrical Machines, Network Theory, Power System, Analog & Digital Electronics
EC: Network Theory,Signals & Systems, Communication Systems, Analog & Digital Circuits
IN: Basics of Circuits and Measurement Systems, Signals, Systems and Communications, Transducers, Analog & Digital Circuits
CS: Programming & Data Structures, Operating Systems, Algorithms
Careers360: How should students prepare the difficult topics first followed by the easier ones?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: Topics are just topics; there are no difficult and easy topics according to me. For some students mathematics is easy and for some it’s very tough. It’s personal; if you don’t understand the topic then it’s tough. Students should put more emphasis on those topics which are tough according to them.
Careers360: What are few must read books you would recommend students to go through?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: I feel standard books are more helpful than local books but most of the engineering students refer to local author books in order to obtain passing marks in their semester exams. I also suggest that students refer to books of MADE EASY publications, as the content is error free, compact, developed by expert faculty and covers the entire GATE syllabus in a systematic way.
Careers360: When should students start appearing for GATE mock tests? How frequently should they appear for the tests?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: Students are advised to take mock tests after the preparation of that particular subject; else it’s of no use. According to me, students should take a gap of 5-6 days between mock tests, so that they can analyse their mistakes and weaknesses. They must try to rectify these in the coming mock tests.
Careers360: What do you think are the crucial factors in the GATE exam? And how should students improve on this?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: The most crucial factor is the need to perform well in the examination hall. The competition has increased after the PSU Recruitment Through GATE and other attractive opportunities. GATE is a pressure cooker scenario where a candidate has to perform in the given 180 minutes, so candidates should practice handling pressure situations. Many a times we have observed that though the candidate is quite good, he/she is unable to perform during the exam. Stay cool, calm and be more focussed.
Careers360: Will the online calculator be convenient for students? Do you foresee any problems on this front?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: As the exam is online, even calculator could be online. In fact GATE committee had announced that a calculator will be provided online, but due to technical issues it was not implemented last year. Students should start using online calculator applications for better practice. The Online Test Series provided by MADE EASY has implemented online calculator to provide the real time exam environment to the students.
Careers360: What is your take on the Numerical Answer Type questions in the GATE exam?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: Numerical Answer Type questions were introduced from the time GATE exam is being conducted through online mode. Total number of Numerical Answer Type questions depends upon the committee which is setting the question paper. Total numbers of questions are random; there is no specific rule that this many questions will be included. As per the analysis of last three years, in the same stream itself the number of questions in the morning paper was different as compared to the evening session. On an average, 25-35 mark questions might be of Numerical Answer Type. These questions do not have negative marking so students can take the advantage of this scenario.
Careers360: What is your advice to the GATE aspirants?
Aniruddh Pratap Singh: I suggest that students try and cover the entire syllabus; questions may be asked from any topic. Try to finish your syllabus by the end of December and keep at least one month for revision and practicing GATE sample papers. The questions are tough so in depth knowledge of the subject is very essential. Give equal importance to Mathematics and General Aptitude as they count up to 25- 30 marks. Join an online test series and take it seriously because an online test series is the best tool to judge your performance. Candidates are also advised to be well versed with GATE exam pattern as it will help them to solve the sample papers of GATE effectively. Good Luck!!!!
Careers360 Thanks Mr Aniruddh Pratap Singh for his valuable inputs to GATE aspirants and wishes them all success.
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