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GATE-2013 : How to Prepare ?
- The GATE tests the basic knowledge that you possess in various fields. So you should prepare thoroughly by understanding the basics and fundamentals of the subject.
- The questions are derivations and applications of these basics. Be careful to note that mugging formulas does not help, as the questions are not on jotting them down.
- They test your ability to derive conclusions from the basic formulas and how good you are at applying them to solve questions.
- The first step is to understand the basics and know their applicability.
- The second step is to practice. Solve previous year's papers, mock question papers, and various test available. This will not only help practicing what you have studied, but also give you an understanding of the question paper format, aid in time management and not work you up on the test day. You will know what to expect as far as the format is concerned. It will also reveal your weak and strong areas, and thus you can then concentrate on those.
- Solving previous years papers gives you a fair idea of what the actual paper would be like. It also brushes up your basics and exposes your areas of improvement
- Solve as many test papers as possible. This actually is the best way to keep improving as you prepare for GATE
- You should set up a real test ambiance while solving papers, with no breaks, no disturbance and set time. This is a very effective arrangement, and duplicates the real test environment, thus preparing you better.
- To clear the GATE, you need a few months of dedicated practice and study. Knowing the basics of all years and your subject well is the key to crack the GATE.
- The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is conducted by the seven IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISc (Indian Institute of Science), Bengaluru.
- It is an all India examination for admission to Master's program in engineering, to the best engineering colleges and institutes in the country.
- GATE is held to assess the potential of undergraduate engineering students, to pursue higher education in engineering. It is an evaluative test to determine the possession of skills by students and aptitude for engineering for further studies.
- The score may also be used by Public sector units for employment screening purposes.
- This year Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is the Organising Institute for GATE 2013
From 2013, the GATE score will be calculated as per the new following formula
Importance of GATE Exam:
- Good campus placements are available with attractive salary packages in IISC or IIT’S if u get good score in GATE exam.
- Some of the prestigious organizations like INDIAN OIL CORPORATION & BARC, Mumbai call for interviews for scientist jobs, based on GATE score/percentiles. Those who get good GATE scores, are generally selected.
- You will get scholarship of Rs.8000/- per MONTH if you are qualified in GATE and studying M Tech in IISC or IIT’s.
- And Also you will get an UGC scholarship of Rs.5000/- per MONTH if you are qualified in GATE and studying M Tech in any college, based on GATE score
Paper Pattern :
- The examination consists of a single paper, which contains 65 questions. The total marks is 100, and the allotted time to complete it is 3 hours. The question paper has a '4-multiple choice questions' format. And is objective type.
- There will be an additional section in the paper (for all subjects) - the General Aptitude section, which will consist of 10 questions, of 15 marks.
- Q.1 to Q.25 (25 questions) carry one mark each (subtotal 25 marks).
- Q.26 to Q.55 (30 questions) carry two marks each (sub-total 60 marks). Questions Q.56 - Q.65 belong to General Aptitude (GA). Questions
- Q.56 - Q.60 (5 questions) carry 1 mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and questions Q.61 - Q.65 (5 questions) carry 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks).Questions Q.48 - Q.51 (2 pairs) are common data questions. Question pairs (Q.52, Q.53) and (Q.54, Q.55) are linked answer questions. The answer to the second question of the linked answer questions depends on the answer to the first question of the pair. If the first question in the linked pair is wrongly answered or is unattempted, then the answer to the second question in the pair will not be evaluated.
- NEGATIVE MARKING: For Q.1 - Q.25 and Q.56 - Q.60, 1/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. For Q.26 - Q.51 and Q.61 -Q.65, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
- The question pairs (Q.52, Q.53), and (Q.54, Q.55) are questions with linked answers. There will be negative marks only for wrong answer to the first question of the linked answer question pair i.e. for Q.52 and Q.54, 2/3 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for Q.53 and Q.55.
- Questions on Engineering Mathematics will carry about 15% of the total marks (excluding General Aptitude section) in all the papers bearing the codes AG, BT, CE, CH, CS, EC, EE, IN, ME, MN, MT and PI.
- GATE has relative marking scheme. That means that an applicant's rank is dependent on how others have performed. It is a relative score. So you can never be sure, even if you have answered most questions correctly. Also there is negative marking - one third of marks deducted for every wrong answer.
Selection Criteria after getting GATE SCORE:
The selection is, generally, based on GATE score. However, some IITs, NITs and other university colleges may conduct a written test / Interview for selection into M.Techs. In such a case, the GATE score is given 70% weightage and remaining 30% weightage is for the written test / Interview. The exact procedure will be known by referring to the information brochure issued by the colleges for admission into M.Tech.
* In IISc Bangalore, IIT Madras, Kharagpur, Roorkee, the selection is based on GATE score. However in other colleges apart from GATE score, a written test or interview is being conducted for selection into M.Tech.
* In IIIT,Hyderabad the admission is based on written test and interview
Offered by most of the IITs and IISc. The MS course is equivalent to M.Tech. It involves research work and takes minimum of 21/2 to 3yrs to complete the course. Very few seats are available in the IITs. Admissions are taken twice in a year (in June & Nov. months). Admission are based on GATE score + Degree marks + interview. Candidates with more than 90 percentile GATE score and good academic record (> 70% marks) have chances of getting admission.
Suggested order of preferences for M.Tech specialization:
In Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE)
1. Communication Systems.
2. VLSI / Micro Electronics.
3. Computer Science if interested Strongly recommended in the present day industrial scenario.
4. Digital Electronics
5. Systems & Signals
6. Instrumentation & Controls
Suggested order of preferences: for Computer Science and Information Technology
1. Software Engineering & Programming
2. Computer Science and Engineering
3. Network & Internet Engineering or Distributed Computing Systems
4. Information Technology
6. Embedded systems
Suggested order of preferences: for Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)
1. VLSI / Micro Electronics
2. Electronic Design & Technology (Chip Design)
3. Computer Science Engineering, if interested. Strongly recommended in the present day
4. Systems & Signals
5. Digital Electronics
6. Instrumentation & Controls
7. Aerospace Engineering
8. Power System Operation & Control (PSOC)
9. Power Electronics (Machine Drives)
10. Power Systems
11. High Voltage Engineering (Only IISC)
Suggested order of preferences: for Mechanical Engineering (ME)
3. industrial engg,
4. thermal engg
6. energy systems,