“Believe in Basics with clear understanding” is enough to crack the GATE 2017 exam. With around 15 days for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), it is worthwhile to look into your preparations for one of the prestigious examinations for engineering students to pursue post graduation and recruitment in PSUs.
The exam, scheduled for February 4, 5, 11 and 12, is expected to see an attendance of eight to eleven Lakh students. At this juncture, it’s crucial to decide and act on the planning and strategy that will ensure your breakthrough in GATE 2017. GATE contains Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and numerical answer questions. It is an online examination of three hours, with 65 questions, carrying a total of 100 marks.
GATE 2017 has a 15 per cent weightage of marks for General Aptitude. Students preparing for GATE should understand the importance of test-taking strategies like time management, stress management, attempting of right questions, and so on. At the last stages of preparation, stress takes over and kills confidence. To fight that, AfterGraduation provides here some quick tips for test-takers.
Setting a time limit while solving sample papers will improve your speed, improve your solving ability. While solving the mock exams and sample test papers, students should aim to complete in less than three hours. Try reducing the time limit with every passing day. Always remember that you will be able to score well only if you plan right. Understanding time management during preparation will benefit you during the actual exam.
Plan the Schedule
With GATE 2017 is approaching, the focus should be more on revision and practising with online tests instead of picking fresh subjects. Considering that students are either working or completing college, they should devote Five to Seven hours for GATE preparation on weekdays and 12-14 hours on weekends.
Practice Previous Year Papers
Solving previous years’ papers and mock papers is of utmost importance if you want to excel in the exam. One should try and solve the papers which have answer keys easily available so that no time is wasted in re-checking the answers. Previous-year question papers will also help students in figuring out the weightage that certain sections carry. At this point, students should aim to solve four to five sample papers every day. Practice more tests, identify the weaker topics in each test and revise them.
No New Concept Learning
The time for learning and understanding new concepts is over. With just two weeks left for the final exam, students should concentrate on the topics that they know well and brush up their skills. This way, they will be able to score well on the basis of the concepts that they are good at, instead of worrying about the difficult ones.
Understand the Questions
Since the questions asked in GATE test the depth of understanding of concepts, it is important to spend more time on understanding the questions rather than rushing to finish the paper.
Take Care of Personal health
Don’t fully involve yourself in the preparations. Being calm and staying healthy is as important as scoring good grades. One should not lose focus from the overall development of oneself. Maintaining good health is essential. If you are not taking proper care of your health, then you may fall sick, and suffer from weakness, headache or fever. This may disrupt your preparation. So, it is highly recommended that you focus on your health, eat properly and sleep well. Not only does doing so directly improve your academic performance, it has multiple long lasting benefits.
Last Minute GATE 2017 Strategy
- You are advised not to read any new topic in during last days.
- Focus on revising the concepts and important Questions which you have marked during your preparation.
- Keep your mind relaxed and take proper sleep before the exam. This will help you in recollecting things during exam hours.
- Keep all the required documents filed with you in advance.
- Be ready with your examination admit card and know your center before the exam day to avoid any last-minute rush, .
Appear for GATE 2017 with a positive approach. All the best to Aspirants!
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