The ideal timing for preparation of GATE Exam is your final year of engineering or degree. Appearing for GATE has different reasons for different students. Students from private engineering colleges try to get into M.Tech in order to have stamp of the better known institutions and for them reasonable percentile serves the purpose. On the other hand, students studying in well established institutes may aim to get into IIT or other equivalent institutions. For them very high percentile is essential.
By this, we mean a candidate should be thorough about each and every subject that of study during the graduation course - the concepts should be clear and no topics should be left out. Remember, it is tough exam and preparation has to be 100 percent. However many topper feels that after your degree 3-4 months hard labor is sufficient to crack this exam. It is because GATE Exam doesn’t look for any syllabus completion from the candidate. A good understanding of the basic concepts and their application is required. By understanding, it is implied that candidate is not supposed to just be able to mug up & explain but rather this exam needs candidate to have a feel/common sense. So here common sense means that while solving any problem in GATE Exam, solution takes more than 8 steps, u must re-look at the approach. (Generally GATE problems are not lengthy).
The very first step to start the preparation for GATE is to collect the overall syllabus of this exam. Always try to be specific about your books for fundamental concepts, and guide books for GATE. Also check out the previous year paper which will tell you about your strength and where you are lacking. Try to solve as many problems from different types of books. Practice always gives the extra edge to candidate. Following are some of the important tips for GATE preparation:
1. While solving the problem, students must have balance between speed & accuracy.
2. Preparation time for GATE is subjective and depends on the so many factors such as individual aptitude, fundamentals, attitude, concentration level etc., typically, a rigorous preparation of 4-6 months is considered good enough for getting into IISc or IITs.
3. Keep a check on your performance; it is compulsory to directly jump upon the previous GATE question on the topic you just finished. You can try to solve some examples in model papers also.
4. Any problem can be tackled in number of ways. So being innovative and intuitive also helps to reach the correct option quickly. This means, it is not at all compulsory to solve question in typical way. Practice comes handy to solve questions quicker so that the balance time can be utilized in some really thought provoking questions (all few questions fall in this category).
5. You should have done sufficient study/ discussion, so that the moment you start reading the question you should have an intuition on whether you can solve it. One way, is to read multiple books on the same subjects, especially for subjects of your interest or the thrust portion in GATE exam pattern. Also, to support your study with some self notes is good idea. This helps in final revisions.
6. While preparing always keep your goal in thought and fancy being in the place like top institutes wherever you want to have admission. Always remember you can get, if you really want. So positive mind is the key. Mild tension can be helpful to have kind of motivation or a sense of duty. But you should avoid thoughts of loosing which can cause loss of concentration and low performance. Read only when you are reading.
7. In the last days of preparation, if you have any doubts about any topic/formula, you can have a look on these sections. Always remember, more doubts lead to more concept building.
Always give your best while studying. Study hard and sleep tight is formula. So day before exam take 8-10 hr sleeps. It will refresh your mind and you will feel comfort in exam hall.