06 October 2012
Engineering has come up as the most opted for course in the undergraduate level. A majority of the Indian students are going for the engineering study which is now considered as the Technical Degree. But, in a time when the world is getting more and more competitive it is no more just enough that a student gets a bachelor degree. So, even the best and worst of the students in the field of engineering do want to pursue it in a higher level such as those of Masters in Engineering. But, in order to be able to pursue the Masters in Technology, one has to crack the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering also known as the GATE.
The test basically focuses on the knowledge gained by a student over the 4 years spent in doing engineering in Undergraduate level. It tests the basic fundamentals of the student and is considered as one of the toughest exams for graduate level. However it is also the ticket to a seat for masters level of study in a prestigious college of engineering and technology. While many do aspire to crack the examination, there are some things or some tips which sets apart those who crack the exam and those who do not crack it. Some tips may be seen as follows:-
Stress on Understanding rather than mugging
The most basic thing to remember is that one has to go for an understanding rather than mugging up. Students have to remember that the questions are made on the basis of your course spanned over 4 years. One cannot scrap through with mugging up because it is practically impossible to crack GATE with just mugging up because the test is more fundamental based rather than just basic question based. Thus one has to understand the subjects from a core level.
Keep solving questions
Another important tip which will get you through the examination is solving as many questions as you can get and can solve. The more you solve questions, especially numericals as they will increase your quantitative ability and understanding of the topic. Also, doing the previous years’ question papers namely previous 10 years is also a good way to get a high score in the examination. Also, one will be able to increase the speed in solving problems and understanding the questions. So, try solving as many questions as possible.
Well timed revision
Nothing beats a good revision plan. Only having the knowledge is not enough, one has to keep in mind that revising before the examination is a good practice. Normally one should start doing it 20 days before the examination and one need not prepare a new or left out topics during the period as it will make you nervous and will not help in bolstering your confidence. One should revise the topics and keep solving topics’ questions as it will keep you on track with the examination. Revise well for the examination before the test as it will help a lot.
A most important rule that one must follow is that one should not make any guesses in the test. If you do not know the answer or are not sure of the answer, better leave it and not try to bluff in an examination as important as this one. Making a guess will never assure you of anything but a possibility of loss in marks. Try eliminating the wrong answers using calculation or minimum analysis, if still confusing better move on to next question without wasting much time on that one. Do not try and guess the answers to the questions.
Final thing which is important for any examination is that the art of not panicking. It happens to the best of us and many bright students miss out on some of the best chances in life due to sheer panic and lack of confidence. But as the protocol dictates, one must never panic in such situations and just be confident of oneself. Consider this, if you find it difficult, the others would also be struggling with the same or some other questions and it is humanely impossible to get all the questions correct without finding anything difficult. Even if you find the paper tough be calm and attend it without wasting time on panicking.