Strategy to Attempt The Online GATE Exam

Hello friends! I had been very busy with my project work for a long time and that’s why I could not write any new post. Today I am writing this post on request of many GATE aspirants. It’s a very simple post with some basic tips, which might help you in your online GATE exam.

Today I saw the link of GATE mock test and I went through to find out the difference between online exam and offline exam. Believe me, I did not find any big difference except that if you don’t plan well, you will end up wasting your valuable time. If you don’t save this time, you will find yourself in a situation where you will have many simpler questions unattempted, which will result in a bad rank, while if you have a proper strategy to solve the online exam, you will be in a far better situation than others. Now you will ask, what’s the proper strategy to solve the online GATE exam? According to me, the best strategy for online exam is following:

“Forget that it’s an online exam!!!”

Now the following question will come in your mind:


The answer is:

“Solve the online GATE exam in offline way!!!”

Now lets go though all the details about how to solve the online exam in offline way. In your online exam, the Question Palette will be shown on right side of screen which will show the status of each question using the following symbols:Question Status

First thing you have to do is:

“Forget all these symbols!!!”

All of these symbols are only going to confuse you. To avoid all these symbols, you need to do some paper work. You will be provided with a scribble pad for your rough work in the exam. Before starting the exam (as soon as you get the scribble pad), write the question numbers from 1 to 65 on the scribble pad which will be used to write the status/answer of the questions which you have attempted.

When the time of the exam starts, click on the link “Question Paper”, given on bottom right corner of your screen.Question Paper

This link will open full question paper. Since, now you have question numbers written on your scribble pad and full paper open in your system, you can solve the paper in offline way and use the following blog post to do the proper time management for solving your exam:

Now fix your timings of marking your responses online. You can do this in the following way:

Step-1. Solve the paper for first one hour and when this hour finishes, mark all the answers in the online system.

Step-2. Repeat the first step in second hour also.

Step-3. Now you are left with one hour. Out of this 1 hour, repeat the same process as step 1 and 2 for first half an hour and mark/write all your responses.

Step-4. For last half an hour close the full paper and come to online mode (till now you were solving the paper like offline exam). By now, you will have all the questions in your mind and your responses/status on your scribble pad. Now traverse through all questions and verify your answers. If some question is still unattempted, you can try to solve that question and mark your response, but make sure that you verify all your recorded responses so that you don’t mark any wrong answer. While traversing through the questions, don’t look at the status of the questions in your system. Use your scribble pad to see that status, which will help you in saving time, because you don’t need to remember different symbols.

How is this going to help you in saving your time?

  1. Since you have the practice of solving the offline exam, therefore it’s better to approach the exam in offline way.
  2. If you traverse through questions one by one, instead of opening full paper, you will become confused and you will not remember the location of the questions. But if you have full paper open in front of you, you can look at multiple questions at once and  save lots of time, which you could have spent in finding out which questions you can solve easily.
  3. If you have full paper in front of you, it’s easier to go through full paper and find out which questions you should attempt first, and which questions you should attempt later.

Now I finish this with one last suggestion. Don’t click on refresh button (F5) on your keyboard, otherwise your session will finish, and you may have to login again, which will waste your time and you may loose your concentration.

PS: I have written the strategy, which I had used if I were giving the online GATE exam. I hope it will be helpful, but still I request you to use this strategy on your own risk.

Following is the link for GATE online mock exams:

Read all the instructions multiple times before going to the exam (at least once a day for next 1 week) .

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  1. Good Strategy… but RISKY too.
    It will keep on banging your mind all the time that you have to mark the answers on the screen and more of that. If you choose to start marking the answers on sequence basis… Umm… lets say, out of n questions, on Kth question you miss one answer to mark and marked (k+1)th answer at kth question, then remaining all (n-k)th questions will be wrong.

    So Guys, Please take care of sequences, while marking the questions, better go for question description rather than sequences.

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      1. Yes! It depends person to person.
        Actually at the time of AIEEE, I tried to follow this strategy. I solved most of the quests, ticked on question paper but didn’t fill in answer sheet, thinking I can do it all together at the end, but.. It messed up everything 🙁 🙁 so it was more of my personal threat while commenting so.

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  2. Dear Sir. First of all thank you so much for writing valuable and encouraging posts for Gate Aspirants like us. Sir, I would like to know your views/experiences at IISc. What are the merits of doimg M.Tech from such a prestigious institute and what should be our future target once we have completed M.Tech from such an Institute.

    Moreover please also give your guidance on whether should we focus on Placements or work hard for GATE when we are in III year of B.Tech.

    I would be obliged if you please also suggest some tips on what should we do extra in Pre-Final and Final Year of our B.Tech course so that we get an edge over others at the Interview in IISc.

    Thanking you in anticipation of a swift response from your side.

    (B.Tech III year CSE)

  3. I don’t think this is a great strategy. The given symbols will actually help navigating diff questions. That is why those symbols are given. We should use them properly.

  4. Hello, Sir I am a Mechanical Engineer, but I want to appear in GATE 2015, can you provide few tips and tricks for mathematics and aptitude sections.

  5. sir i am 4th year eee branch student ….i am preaparing hard for GATE 2015. i have completed all the topics of EE sylabus till 15th november

    i want to bring rank under 100 …
    so what to do for online practice and want to solve more and more questions . what to do for doughts …..

  6. hello sir what are scopes for mechanical engineer through fellowship programme .is any company recruiting through this fellowship program in iim ie placement or for getting only good scholarship is fellowship programme is there any scope in this field??please reply soon

  7. Hello sir!iam in III cse.I want get good rank in gate 2016.for that i am practicing previous papers but i am not able to reach that much standards,what sud i do????please tell me

    1. Do not worry if you can’t solve questions. But you need to know that why you could not solve that question, which concept was lacking or what idea you could not think of. Mark it, write it. And make notes from questions too as they also teach you many concepts. Keep revising those concepts. And then after some days solve the questions again in a subjective manner. Then try to solve new questions, knowing all previous concepts, and this time also new concepts will come, mark them also. Keep repeating. And you will get those standards.

    1. Please study well in 2nd year, the GATE is all about 2nd and 3rd year subjects if you are good in basics you can get good rank GATE exam.

  8. sir, i have done my engineering from C.S please suggest me some tricks to solve the questions.i remember the formulas but still not able to solve some questions……….what should i do…..

  9. i read that solving GATE exam paper is 20% studying and 80% stratergy required how can i solve exams quetions using stratrgy plan is it any ans to my question and tell me also the study material for all cs paper like cc, toc algo,mathematics

  10. Sir, but in offline mode, they do not provide options, so it is kind of difficult for many questions to answer without options as they need options. How did you overcome this situation?

  11. Sir i forgot to make all answer in green mark. I left all in violet and green tick mark.
    So i want to know that it is considered in marking or not???plz reply….

  12. I have chose the option ” you have answer the question but marked it for review” . It will be consider as answer or not. Plez help me.

  13. I am a CE branch passout student and want to prepare for GATE exam but comfuse because now day there are several option like go for regular classes or you may go for online coachings also which give surety for preperation in a good manner. so i would like to know that what is better online coachings or regular classes. please clear this confusion.
    Thank You

  14. Sir your notes are good please suggest good web site for objective questions and practice according to latest GATE 2017 CSE syllabus available on gate official web site.

  15. Nice blog. All your blog post are amazing. I regularly check your’s and kreatryx blog, i find it very useful. Keep up with your good work.

  16. Hi sir,I have completed full syllabus for gate problem is that when iam solving previous year questions im feeling easy but while attempting mock tests I couldn’t score much marks.please give me any suggestion

  17. Sir will the queations answered with mark for review option be considered for evaluation in gate 2017 ? Because in instructions given it was written that to save your answer you MUST click on save and next. To mark for review clixk on mark for review button. But in gate 2016 , tere was clear distinctions between both the options

  18. Nice blog. For motivation i like to read blogs of GATE exam toppers, it motivates me and also help me for my exam preparation. For such blogs you should checkout Kreatryx blogs.

  19. I really enjoyed reading this post, a big fan. Keep up the good work and please tell me when you can publish more articles or where I can read more on the subject.

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