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) .