Ankur Gupta

In search of my destiny…

Ankur Gupta - In search of my destiny…

Tip 4: Cone Method to Revise The Syllabus for GATE

करत करत अभ्यास के, जड़मति होत सुजान
रसरी आवत जात ते, सिल पर परत निसान
-Kabir Das


The syllabus of the GATE exam is very wide and it takes a lot of time to revise everything. Therefore I thought to tell you the method, used by me to revise my notes in GATE Computer Science 2012, which might help many of you. This method is very effective, specially if you have your hand written notes. I call this method as “Cone Method” and to make this method clear, I am representing it as an image. If you want to follow this method, then you will have to keep this image in your mind for next one month.

In this method, the vertical axis as given in the image, represents the days in bottom up manner, where the bottom of the cone represents the day one month before the GATE exam and the top of the cone represents the day just before the GATE exam. Now consider the horizontal cross section area of the cone as the time required to revise your complete syllabus once. Since the cross section area at the bottom is very large compared to the cross section area at the top, therefore as you reach towards the GATE exam date the time required to revise your complete syllabus will decrease gradually. Since the syllabus is very wide, you need to revise it in multiple iterations. Hence you start revising your complete syllabus and try to reduce the revision time as the date of the exam comes near. When you revise the syllabus for the first time, you might take 4-5 days to revise everything. But if you follow this approach and revise your complete syllabus multiple times, you will be able to revise it within 2-3 hours as the exam date comes near.

Now I will tell you the main benefit of doing this. I have been getting lots of messages from many of you asking me that in spite of knowing everything, you are not able to complete the exam within time, or you are making silly miskates. The reason is that while solving the questions, you spend most of your time in recalling the concepts. If these concepts are on your tips, which can happen if you follow this cone method, then you will not waste your time in recalling concepts and eventually you will be able to solve the complete exam before time.

  • harish says:

    its a good technice to folow ur scope and achvment,

    November 30, 2013 at 5:34 AM
  • harish says:

    my air 371 mech 2013 gate marks

    November 30, 2013 at 5:34 AM
  • mans says:

    sir der is 1 month left for gate 2014 n I hav only done previous years questions nd some part for my college exams wilble to clear the cutoff?l I be a

    December 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM
  • Prateek says:


    Shall one prepare each and every part of the selected subjects..??
    I am unable to distinguish with the parts to cover and parts to leave.
    I was preparing by last years gate papers and for judging myself gave an online test (of the test series) and i find myself somewhere b/w 65-75 rank.
    Please help me through this.

    January 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM
  • paddy says:

    How does solving past gate papers help as questions are not repeated?thanx in advance

    January 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM
  • Pranali says:

    I have 4 months for preparation of gate….please tell me how to prepare….. Should I be able to get rank under 1000

    September 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM
  • Subhrajit Pyne says:

    This is awesome sir, I came through to your blog by googling and I just found what I was searching for, a true guidance. Thank you so much :)
    I will follow it and I beleive it will work. I showed it to my father and he too said to follow me your method.

    January 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM
  • Subhrajit Pyne says:

    And certainly hand written notes that i prepared in the past months is helping a lot

    January 7, 2015 at 9:59 PM

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