Ten Basic Things to Remember for GATE Exam

Whatever I am going to write today are very basic things, but I have seen that most of the students forget one thing or other. Hence I thought writing these things here. I would suggest that make a list of all such things so that you don’t forget anything on the day of exam.

1. Don’t Forget Your Wrist Watch and Calculator :
Now a days, most of us have left the habit of wearing a wrist watch because of mobile phones. But this thing is not going to work in a competition exam like GATE. For calculator, I would just say that most of the time it’s not need, specially in GATE Computer Science but still it’s better to keep it with you.
2. Keep a Water Bottle With You:
This is one of the very important things. If you are in exam and you are thirsty, then your mind will be distracted. I would suggest that don’t take much water at a time. Just take small sips of water whenever you feel thirsty. Don’t think that you will purchase the water bottle from some shop near to your exam center. You might end up in some exam center where there is no shop near by.
3. Keep Pencil, Eraser and Sharpener
Most of you might be thinking that you have to mark the GATE OMR sheet using a ball pen, so you don’t need to keep these things. My suggestion is that fill the omr sheet using ball pen, but solve the questions only using pencil. The space given in the exam paper is not much, so you can’t afford to do a long calculation again if you make some mistake. In another case, suppose if you draw a wrong diagram using ball pen, then you will have to draw it again, but with pencil, you can correct it easily. This thing had happened with me in GATE 2010, that’s why I thought to mention it.
4. Say No to Heavy Breakfast
Don’t take heavy breakfast, otherwise you will feel sleepy in the exam. Better take light breakfast and fruits. Also keep some packets of biscuits.
5. Wear Comfortable Clothes
This is the thing most of us usually don’t care, but it’s very important. You should be able to sit comfortably in the exam otherwise your mind will be distracted. Hence say no to tight jeans for one day.
6. Keep a Clip Board With You
I hope you understood why you need this. It will be needed if the furniture in the classroom is not good. So it’s better to be on the safe side.
7. Reach the Exam Center Before Time
Reach at least one hour before time. You will find a very long queue at exam center. So for peace of mind, it’s necessary that you reach before time. I would also suggest that if you are thinking to use your own vehicle to reach the exam center, then keep some backup plan to avoid situations like bike puncture. Better come with some family member.
8. Don’t Study Anything the Day Before Exam
Since you have already spent so much time in studying, you need this one day break so that your mind can fit things in it properly. Try to take rest as much as possible which will relax your mind and you will be able to solve more difficult problems in the exam.
9. Use the Given Answer Choices to Find the Correct Answer
In few questions, you will find that it’s difficult to solve the question and get the answer. For example in case of recurrence relations, it’s difficult to find the equation from the recurrence relation given. But if you know the answer choices, you can verify which equation satisfies the recurrence relation. You can try this technique to solve some of the problems.
10. Pick Some Random Question, if You Are Not Able to Solve the Questions
Sometimes it happens that you are not able to solve many questions continuously. If you stuck at this kind of situation, you will start loosing your confidence and your speed will slow down. In that case I would suggest that pick some random question and try to start solving from that question. Sometimes it’s good to start the question paper from last, because you might find easy questions in last and difficult questions in starting.

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  1. Nice Work Man … even I am ready to help and give some tips to students if you agree 🙂

    AIR-3 , CS, GATE-2012

    1. Sir, It would be great if you would also share your methodology for detailed preparation for subjects. Please do share your experiences via blog or facebook page or by any means. It would be great for new aspirants like me.

  2. Really appreciate points 1 , 2, 8 & 9. Studying day before exam is like studying in anxiety and one feel as if everything gone out of memory… in turns making silly mistakes due to restlessness and lack of concentration in exam which prove loosing vitals marks… 2 days of complete relaxations before exam with meditations of 1 hours works wonder..

  3. ankur sir u are doing fabulous work…your guidence is playing important role..tips 2 8 9 10 are very nice…waiting for ur next one thanks ankur sir 🙂

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  4. Very nice points Ankur.

    I have some more advice.

    1. Take a good nap the night before the exam…
    2. Don’t get scared at the exam center by looking at students studying and discussing the topics you dont know…

  5. Hi Ankur,
    Just visited your awesome Blog.
    I want to know that how much time is really needed for a very average person for preparing for GATE exam? I mean good GATE preparation.
    What strategies did you use to crack this tough exam against tremendous competition?

    Please reply as soon as possible.

    My email:pankaj5121990@gmail.com

  6. hello sir,
    my self nitin. i want to ask you that i do not want to join any class so can i crack exam by self study. what should be strategy. please reply me as soon as possible.
    thank you.

  7. Hey Sir,I am from small city and we dont have any gate coaching..So I am planning to do self studies…Please suggest me proper books(I am unable to find them where you have mentioned in your site)…and should I buy ACE or Made Easy notes..if possible please gve a reply in email.

    Thank so much in advance.

    1. hello frined i have some notes if you need i can send you some notes and also can prefer you some books based on my knowledge and can gaurantee that those books will surely help you too understand concept and then after understanding the concept you can solve practise sets.

      1. Hello Anindo,
        Can you please send notes to me on “anishabit0212@gmail.com”. And please suggest those books, that can help to solve numericals.

      2. Hello Anindo,
        Can you please send me the notes and the suggested book names on “arshadiqbal18403@gmail.com”.
        Thanks you so much in advance.

  8. Hey Sir,I am from small city and we don’t have any gate coaching..So I am planning to do self studies…Please suggest me proper books(I am unable to find them where you have mentioned in your site)…and should I buy ACE or not..please give a reply in email.

    Thank so much in advance.

  9. Sir i m presently in 6th semester in EE branch.Here i have no means to take any gate coaching classes .So please suggest me some tips so that i can get a good rank in 2016 gate exam.

  10. Sir,I am b.tech mechanical engineering student 2012 passout and I want to take preparation of gate.currently I am wotking as a contractual job ..what should I do …pls help me sir…I m so confused

  11. almost 45 days left for exam, out of 10 subject 3 are done, shall i go for previous papers preparation as u said or shall i continue and complete as much as i can . And after jan shall i start previous paper preparatio…
    i am an electrical engineer, from manglore

  12. Thanks for things. All things are important and you should remember before giving to GATE Exam.i will recommend these things to all my GATE friends.

  13. 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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