Candidates have to know the pattern and syllabus of the examination
and they have to prepare according to it.
Preparation time for GATE is subjective and depends on many factors such
as individual's aptitude, fundamentals, attitude, concentration level
etc., Typically, a rigorous preparation of 6-8 months is considered good
enough for getting into IISc or IITs.
Candidates need to collect or buy the best reference books for
preparation. These reference books shall cover the complete syllabus,
sample question papers and solved papers, as well.
Make a list of subjects and priorities them based on the marks allotted
to them. Now, create a timetable with distribution of subjects. Note
that, if the distribution is not prepared, then you usually end up
learning random topics, which may lead to confusion at the end.
Start reading all the chapters and prepare short notes on all important
points. In this way, your revision is also complete. These short notes
will also be useful for your last-minute revision.
Solve objective type (especially numerical) questions as much as
While solving problems, students must have a balance between speed &
It may not be possible to cover the entire syllabus. Whatever topics you
decide to study, make sure that you know everything about it.
Join a reliable coaching institute which has experienced faculty which
will prepare you for your exam.
Do not practice questions in rough paper, as there may be questions you
need to go through at the time of revision.
Go through previous year papers (say last ten years), to check your
knowledge and note the distribution of different topics.
Finish a detailed reading of all topics you plan to cover at least one
and half months before. Keep one month for revisions and clearing
leftover doubts. Have a look of questions you solved during preparation
for GATE and remember how you solved them.
Do not strain yourself till the last minute. Leave all your books aside
for a few days before the exam. Have a good time and relax.