How to prepare for GATE in 1 month?
Saakshi Lama, 04 Jan 2019, #GATE

How to prepare for GATE in 1 month - Just over a month is left in hands and the candidates are most probably in the process of giving the final touches to the GATE preparation.  With the exam nearby, the candidates will have to remember not to ignore the essentials. These essentials can make or break the score in GATE 2019. While the preparation for GATE 2019 is going on in these last few days, the candidates will have to incorporate some essential elements to fare better in the entrance test. This article by Careers360 intends to help the candidates learn what should not be missed in the preparation towards GATE in 1 month. How to prepare for GATE in 1 month carries detailed advisory on what all points must be followed in order to make an effective preparation strategy to secure a high score. In these last days of preparation, the candidates have to make sure that the basic concepts, definitions and formulas are completely clear. Read the article and know tips and tricks on how to prepare for GATE 2019 in 1 month.

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How to prepare for GATE in 1 month?

Know complete details about how to prepare for GATE 2019 in 1 month below. Candidates can incorporate the following points in their preparation and know the sure shot formula on how to prepare for GATE in 1 month.      

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Complete your Syllabus: It is crucial that the candidates have carefully followed the entire GATE syllabus of the chosen discipline and have completed the majority part by now. If not, they must complete the syllabus as soon as possible. Once all the important topics are covered from the GATE syllabus, candidates must focus on revising what they have studied so far. Besides, the syllabus, the candidates must also be aware of GATE exam pattern. Knowing the exam pattern would be advantageous for the test takers in terms of understanding the marking scheme, weightage has given to topics, etc. 

Revise to Recollect: Revision is a very important aspect of GATE 2019 preparation. In this last month before the examination, the candidates should use their short notes and formulae notebook to revise all the chapter/units of your respective stream. Without revision, they can always leave scope for the failure of recollecting the formulas or forgetting the process of solving a question. So, revision is vital for fresh uploading of the preparation course again in the mind. Do not neglect this part.  

 Have Dedicated Study Hours: In this last 1 month, the candidates should not compromise on the hours of study they put in for preparation. This time is the only chance left for the candidates to cover up gaps in preparation in the past. Candidates may have missed on some important aspects in the last few months of GATE preparation, but here is their chance to cover up for everything they missed out. So, they need to have a sitting of the specific number of hours accordingly dedicated for serious studies on daily basis. The last month has been crucial for many GATE toppers over the years. In their interviews with Careers360, several GATE toppers from the previous years have revealed that most of them devoted a large amount of time for GATE preparation especially in the last month. On an average, 8-10 hours of rigorous studies should be devoted during the one month preceding the exam.  

Rigorous Practice of Sample Papers Holds the Key: Aspiring candidates must understand that more practice means more perfection and better time management. The practice of GATE sample papers or previous years question papers is the key to success. Candidates must solve GATE sample papers and previous years’ question papers as many as possible to be self-reliant and confident about taking the test on exam day. While they increasingly practise the model papers of GATE, they will get to know and analyse their strong and weak areas. The candidates can work on their weak areas. The focus should be on strengthening the weak areas in this last 1 month. 

Solve Mock Tests: Solving GATE Mock Test is an effective way of getting familiar with the online exam system and getting to know the overall design of the exam. This way, they can easily solve the actual test as it will a simulation of mock test. Candidates are advised to attempt as many mock tests as possible. 

 Know the Virtual Calculator: From 2016 onwards, virtual calculator, an online calculator, has been introduced in GATE. Candidates can no longer carry a physical calculator to the examination hall. For all the calculations, the candidates will have to use the virtual calculator. However, the candidates need to know how to use the GATE virtual calculator. If the candidates perform the calculations using the virtual calculator well before the examination, then they will save a lot of time in the exam.

 Work on Speed & Time Management: In the last month, another important element of preparation for GATE 2019 is to improve speed and efficiency. The candidates must focus on how to solve more number of questions in lesser time while maintaining accuracy. The effort should be to complete the test before the allotted 3 hours. If the candidates can manage to do that, they will have some spare time for revision too. Prepare a timetable for studying and stick to it.  

Quick Tips on How to Crack GATE in 1 Month:

  • General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics are relatively tougher but more scoring if properly prepared. So, candidates must practice these sections rigorously in order to get a high score.

Important books for these sections-

1. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S Aggarwal for General Aptitude

2. Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal for Engineering Mathematics

  • Candidates are advised not to start any new topic at this time of preparation. This will result in wastage of time which can otherwise be used for revising already studied topics. The candidates should not do anything which can demotivate them. Strengthening of the already known topics should be done. This will boost their self-esteem and confidence. 

  • Candidates appearing for GATE should make sure not to pressurize their minds too much with the burden of the exam. Try to relax the mind at all times and maintain good health. To do that, the candidates should eat a balanced and healthy diet during this period.

  • Listening to music, doing meditation, playing a sport, etc. for rejuvenation is a good idea. Breaks should be taken during monotony. Understand that GATE is just an exam which can be cracked with proper preparation.

Careers360 wishes all aspirants all the best for their GATE preparation efforts!

GATE 2019 is an online entrance exam which will be conducted in 24 disciplines on February 2, 3, 9 and 10 for providing admissions to M.E./M.Tech/Ph.D in IITs/NITs/CFITs and other universities in India. GATE Score is valid for a period of three years for M.Tech admissions. Along with that, the score is also used for recruitment in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) like BHEL, GAIL, ONGC, IOCL, etc. The computer-based test is jointly monitored and administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB) - GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. Every year, more than 8 lakh candidates appear for the national level PG engineering entrance test.

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