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

ConeMethodForRevising

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.

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  1. Hi Ankur,
    Your posts have been very en-lighting. They will really help me in preparation. You are a motivation to us all. I showed your website to all my friends, and they also think that you are very intelligent to come up with such techniques. I hope to enroll in IISc one day, and look forward to meeting you in person
    ty,
    roshni

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  2. Hi Sir,
    I am a b.tech. final year student. I went through your blog and it is very helpful, very useful and inspiring to me. Can you please give me your contact number so that I can talk to you directly for further GATE guidance.
    Thanks a lot sir 🙂

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  3. hello sir
    m b.tech 3rd yr student
    plz give me some suggestions for d preparation of gate
    hw to start preparing for it from now onwards nd which books to refer????

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      I will start writing about preparing for gate exam after sometime. Please keep checking my blog. I will write next about what to do after gate exam and results.
      As of now I will just request you to like my page on fb and ask your frds also about joining me on fb.

  4. Your conical method is great. Eagerly waiting for new methods. Hope i will get good rank in gate, hence i can be in IISc with gr8 minds like you 😀

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  5. Great work Dude…. I myself prepared only for lyk 20 days last time and got 1547 rank…. eventually i dropped and this time around m hoping to get under 100 …..your tips are surely helping me ……

  6. ankur sir my problem is that i cant concentrate whole 3 hours perfectly while doing paper and sometimes i do many errors which result in negative marking…please help me to improve accuracy…

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      It happens because of so many thoughts in the mind. It’s been happening with me too now a days. So, better way is to get up early morning and then solve the paper. You will have very less thoughts at that time. You can also try Pranayams. You will feel somewhat relaxed.

      1. but sir i am from electronics and our gate paper timing is 2pm to 5pm.. and its a real odd tym when the mind is not as alert as it is in the morning. so if i practice of doing papers early in the morning i will be all the more spoiling my concntration level at 2! please tell me something so that i could be efficient at 2pm. anything other than pranayam also if u can suggest i would be thank ful .. coz its just a handful of days left for the xam and this conc barrier is kind of overpowering my preparation. plz tell.. thank you

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          Getting up early keeps you fresh for full day. It’s my experience.
          For 2 PM exam, I will suggest few things:
          1. Start taking less food in lunch time from today.
          2. On the exam day, take light breakfast early morning and then just take fruits till your exam gets over.
          3. Try to take 1-2 hour sleep before going for exam, I know it will be difficult, but you can try.
          4. Don’t study anything on the day of exam, not even revising.
          5. Don’t talk much with people on the day of exam. Just try to keep silent as much as possible.

          Point 4 and 5 will conserve some of your energy.

          Also remember one thing, this 2PM exam is not only for you. It’s for everyone. Hence everyone will be in same situation.

  7. Sir I do not think i am in a place to crack GATE exam this time.CAn u provide some last minute learning tips. I really really want to pass Gate exam and hope to be like you one day. I m eagerly waitin for ur notes . when will u upload dem . plz upload them as soon as possible, they can help people like me who don’t hav any study material to study at last time ..GATE exam is quite near . Hope u will do so soon . it will be a gr8 help. 🙂

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    2. Sir , after i will complete my syllabus by oct end , kindly tell me how to revise all in remaining 3 months with test series and previous year questions

  8. hello sir, my exam of 7th sem jst finished now ,and i hvnt any time for gate preparation how cn i do in these days sir ..plz tell me

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      Difficult to answer. It depends on your intellectual level. If you have studied your subjects in B.Tech properly, then you can try solving GATE papers. Otherwise try your luck and be prepare to apply for next time.

  9. thank you ankur sir for your tips for 2PM paper and hope i can keep my mind calm and avoid random thaughts anxiety…fingures crossed for GATE 2013 i have prepared really hard for it…thanks again ankur sir for supporting so much…

  10. sir,i completed b.tech 1st year .i want to get a great rank in gate .so please tell me sir how i can prepare for gate from now? plz help me sir

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  11. Which institute will be best for gate coaching and should i drop after B-Tech for 1 year for gate preparation?

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  12. Sir,
    i’ve completd my btech ds yr n wil b joining TCS in sept. i wanna do well in GATE 2014. wat should be my strategy? i hv done my subjects superficially in B Tech. Also every1 suggests to study from std books n also solve d questions at d end (which i personally find difficult). Is it necessary to solve dem or mcqs r enuf?

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  13. plz share ur experience in a gate exam , when u r fuly depresed, and u r not atempt the question, i try to revice my 85% sylabus b4 1 month exam, mechanical branch.

  14. 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

  15. Sir,

    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.

  16. 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.

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