Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2017 is all set to be held 4 - 5 February and 11 - 12 February, 2017. Candidates can start applying for the exam. Last date to apply for GATE 2017 is 4 October, 2016. Candidates can download their GATE 2017 admit cards from 5 January, 2017. Results will be declared on 27 March, 2017.
GATE is a three-hour online exam. According to experts, candidates need anywhere between four to six months to prepare well for the exam.
1. Core concepts & applications
GATE exam tends to test the aspirant's understanding of basic concepts and its application. It is not looking for theoretical or complex answers. Candidates need to focus not just on completing the syllabus but also understanding its various applications.
2. Solving & Solutions
A problem can be solved in several ways. Candidates need to adapt their own strategy to solve a question quickly. For instance, if a problem takes you more than seven steps to solve, re-look at your problem-solving approach. Practice is the most important thing when it comes to solving questions quickly. Starting building a set of study notes that you can refer to during revision.
3. Speed & accuracy
Speed and accuracy are crucial aspects for the GATE exam. Time management is the key here. Which is why the the above two steps are important to finish your paper on time. Accuracy can be improved with practice. GATE is a three-hour online exam. Candidates should try to attempt mock papers in similar time settings.
4. Question Bank
Once you're done with basic concepts and revising syllabus, it's time to shift focus on problems.
Try to solve as many model papers as possible. Get your hands on both practical and theoretical questions. One can also join a coaching centre or online test series, who have a bank of mock papers.
Self-evaluation is more important that self-appreciation. At the end of the day, it's important to know where you stand. Self-analysis (with the help of mock tests) is crucial. It's also a good idea to talk to some experts and get some real-time advice.
Also remember, it's important to take breaks. So study hard, analyse, evaluate but do catch your breath.