Tip 2: Solve Only Previous Year GATE Question Papers

This tip is very important specially when very less time is left in your GATE exam. In this time, you should focus only on solving previous year GATE question papers instead of your GATE study material and PSU’s question papers. These question papers (ISRO, DRDO, Coaching Material etc) might have very difficult and challenging problems, but the focus of the GATE exam is on  your aptitude, rather than the depth of the subject. Therefore in my opinion, it’s better to solve last 15 year GATE question papers multiple times rather than solving questions from other material.

If you really want a good rank in GATE, then you should utilize your last month in solving last 15 year papers at least twice. You can easily do this by solving at least one paper a day. I would suggest you that after getting up in the morning, first of all solve at least one GATE question paper. While solving the paper, keep in mind that you are sitting in the exam room. You can’t refer any books, notes or solutions and you have just 3 hours time limit. After that you will be free to spent rest of the day in analyzing the question paper & your mistakes, revising notes and solving solving difficult problems etc.

I would also like to share my own experience which might help people who are working in some company. When I was preparing for my GATE Computer Science 2012 exam, in which I could achieve All India Rank 54, I used to get up between 4-5 am and then solve at least one question paper before going to office. Then in free time in office, I used to analyze the paper & my mistakes and discuss the difficult problems with my friend. Revising of the notes was used to be done by me mostly in evening. I hope it will help you in managing your preparation time with job.

P.S. If you liked this tip, then I would like to request you to like it and share it with your friends. If possible, you can also share your experience in the comment, which might help other people.

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  1. is it necessary to take pvt. coaching clases for gate preparation……..???at the time refer me some books as there r few good books for gate?? i am in EE dept?plz rply

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  2. sir,is it necessary to give any mock tests? I will be giving gate this year. But i am sure that this year i will not get a good gate rank,because i have lost my focus. Can you tell me how many months study is enough for gate preparations? and motive me sir.

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      It’s not necessary but good for improving your speed and accuracy. I will recommend you to join a good test series, so that you could know your strength and weakness. Time required to prepare for GATE mostly depends on you. Few people get rank with just one month of study and few people take more than 8-9 months. I think, 6 months time should be good enough for an average student, who has studied these subjects in B.Tech.

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          I have no plan to upload my notes soon. I need to scan those notes and then create a pdf, which is going to take a lot of time. My classes have started and it’s not possible for me to do that now. If you are in Bangalore, you are most welcome to come to IISc and get the notes xeroxed.

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  3. Sir,
    how had you solved last year GATE question paper…i have last 20 year GATE paper with key and having solution of some paper of GK publication…but sometime i am confused because i am getting different answers ..so suggest me!!

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  4. sir,i am cs student & it is my first year ,i wanna prepare for gate ,so please suggest me what kinds of books should i prefer for gate preparation??? is my college study is sufficient for gate preparation???

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  5. sir i have time of six months .. so do i practice with previous gate papers or else started to concentrate fully …

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  6. Hello sir,
    I am 2011 passout and currently working in IT firm…I am planning to appear for GATE 2014..Can you please suggest me how should I prepare for the exam while working as my schedule is tight so didnt get much time to study.

  7. Thank you so much sir for giving us guidance for GATE . I have prepared few subjects properly. Now what should be done in last 2 months along with solving question papers ..

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  8. Sir may I know book name of previous solved qps ….which contains max qps ..also suggest me tips for preparing..as iam avg student…which is best book for gate…plz..iam ece stream

  9. Sir, Did questions repeat in GATE exam? Means if i solve and mug-up last year questions will it help me?

  10. sir, I am currently doing my final year in CSE stream. I don’t know How To Start Gate prepare in INITIAL stage..PLZ

  11. sir, every year the questions are changed, how to prepare for that type questions,is there any strategy for doing it?

  12. sir,
    i have not interested books preparation all topics,i have liked only previous year quations papers with key which marks scored get in gate

  13. Sir..is it mandatory for the gate aspirants to take a postal study course from any coaching to score a good rank? Or I just solve question from standard books only….is it sufficient??

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