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GATE 2018 Preparation Strategy and Exam tips

Before you start your preparation for the GATE examination, go through the GATE exam pattern thoroughly. This will further help you with the preparation process.

GATE 2018 Preparation Strategy and Exam tips

Being aware of the exam pattern enables aspirants to structure out a strategically appropriate approach to understand and prepare according to the designated exam pattern. Since these are competitive examinations, wasting time in preparation of less important topics would further impede your preparation process.

The GATE Exam pattern

The GATE question paper has two types of question: Multiple Choice Questions, commonly known as MCQs and Numerical Answer Type Questions.

Each question paper for branch codes- AE,AG,BT,CE,CH,CS,EC,EE,IN,ME,MN,MT,PI,TF and XE consists of total 65 questions spread across three sections:

  • Branch course related questions: This section covers 75% of the total marks.
  • Compulsory engineering mathematics questions: This section covers 15% of the total marks.
  • General Aptitude questions: This section covers 15% of the total marks.
For branch codes- AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH and XL; there are only two sections on the question paper:
  • Branch course-related questions, which takes up 85% of the total marks.
  • General Aptitude that covers 15% of the total marks.

The GATE syllabus for

Computer Science and Information Technology

Engineering MathematicsDiscrete Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Calculus
Probability
Computer ScienceDigital Logic
Computer Organization and Architecture
Programming and Data Structures
Algorithms
Theory of Computation
Compiler Design
Operating System
Databases
Computer Networks

Mechanical engineering

Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Differential equations
Complex variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Mechanical engineering subjectsEngineering Mechanics: Mechanics of Materials
Theory of Machines
Machine Design
Fluid Mechanics
Heat-Transfer and Thermodynamics
Engineering Materials: Casting, Forming and Joining Processes
Machining and Machine Tool Operations
Metrology and Inspection
Computer Integrated Manufacturing: Basic concepts of CAD/CAM and their integration tools
Production Planning and Control: Forecasting models, aggregate production planning, scheduling, materials requirement planning
Inventory Control: Deterministic models; safety stock inventory control systems
Operations Research: Linear programming, simplex method, transportation, assignment, network flow models, simple queuing models, PERT and CPM

Civil Engineering

Engineering mathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Differential equations
Complex variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Civil EngineeringEngineering Mechanics
Solid Mechanics
Structural Analysis
Construction Materials and Management
Concrete Structures and Steel Structures
Geotechnical Engineering: Soil Mechanics, Foundation Engineering: Water resources engineering: Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Hydrology, Irrigation
Environmental engineering: Water and Waste Water, Air Pollution, Municipal Solid Wastes, Noise Pollution
Transportation engineering

Electronics Engineering

Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Differential equations
Complex Variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods
Electronics engineeringNetworks, Signals and Systems
Electronic Devices
Analog Circuits
Digital circuits
Control Systems
Communications
Electromagnetics

Electrical Engineering

Engineering MathematicsLinear Algebra
Calculus
Differential equations
Complex variables
Probability and Statistics
Numerical Methods and Optimization
Electrical EngineeringElectric Circuits
Electromagnetic Fields
Signals and Systems
Electrical Machines
Power Systems
Control Systems
Electrical and Electronic Measurements
Analog and Digital Electronics
Power Electronics

Preparation for GATE

When To start preparation for GATE?

You should start preparing for your GATE exam in any year of engineering whether it would be the 1st year, 2nd or 3rd. But the sooner you start, the better chances you get of scoring good marks.

You can start your GATE preparation from the first or second year of your engineering course. Start with the engineering mathematics course first since engineering mathematics is included in the syllabus for a first and second year only. The earlier you start preparing for engineering mathematics, the better it would be. This is because most of the concepts that are included in the syllabus for engineering mathematics have already been taught in your 11th and 12th standards. This would help in retaining the information much effectively.

Many students who were adept in mathematics in their 12th standard start their gate preparation in the last months of their engineering course. This is a huge mistake, and they end up scoring fewer marks. No matter how adept you are in a particular subject, make sure to start its preparation well before time to avoid this kind of predicament.

How to start GATE preparation?

The very first thing you should do is decide and make up your mind about which course to go for. GATE examination basically opens up possibilities in going for a master s degree in various fields of science and engineering. Now when you are sure of your decision and want to attempt this examination, start off with your research about this examination.

  • The very first thing would be to check whether you are eligible for attempting the examination or not.
  • If you are eligible, check out the syllabus for GATE examination. These examinations are very competitive, and you would not want to waste your time studying topics not relevant to the syllabus of the examination.
  • The next thing you should focus on is the exam pattern. Check how many sections are there in the question paper along with the number of questions in each set.
  • Carefully study the marking scheme of each set. This will give you the idea of the weight age of each section. This will further help you structure out the various topics according to priority.
  • After you are well researched about the examination and question paper, start your preparation.
  • Your preparation should include the thorough and effective study of the topics. Your preparation should focus more on an in-depth understanding of all the topics.
  • Practice engineering mathematics every day. Mathematics is such a subject which requires revision every day and only through extensive practice you can achieve the desired results.
  • It is essential to solve sample papers along the way of your preparation. Various websites hold sets of sample papers which are

    similarly structured to the actual GATE question paper. These sample papers provide a basic idea about the question paper. Solve these sample papers as if you are attempting the actual question paper. This will help you to become flexible with the time structure and develop a strategy of attempting the actual question paper. You will become accustomed to the whole process. So, during your actual examination, you will start attempting the question paper according to the strategy you developed.

  • Take a look at the previous years question papers. Sometimes a few questions get repeated.
A few last minute GATE preparation tips:
  • Practice mock tests before your examination date.
  • Do not start off with new topics just days before the main Keep revising what you have learnt previously.
  • Revise all formulas and small MCQ type information.
  • Be sure to check that you have all your admit cards and necessary documents.
  • Get a good night sleep before the day of your GATE examination.

Reference books for GATE Preparation

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The GATE Examination Eligibility Criteria

GATE Examination puts forward specific eligibility criteria. Not all aspiring students are allowed to give the examination. Aspirants should have a completed Bachelors degree or must in the final/4th year of study. GATE examination accepts aspirants having any one of the following degrees- B.E., B.Tech, B.Sc., B.Arch, B.Pharm. You can start preparing for GATE examination if you hold any of these degrees.


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