Get Set for GATE 2015

     ‘Well begun is half the battle won’ says a quote which when experienced proves to be absolutely true. With the academic year coming to an end, students in colleges already feel the heat of the competitive exams waiting around the corner for them. Here is where the GATE aspirants of 2015 have a thing or two to cheer about. Firstly, they must thank themselves for having made the decision to appear for the exam well in time. Secondly, if they are aiming to enroll themselves in a study group or a coaching centre they will benefit as the batches will commence shortly.

The paper pattern of the examination has changed in 2014. The changes mainly include the following:

The tests will now be conducted online and are called as Computer Based Tests.’

The students will have to answer multiple choice questions and numerical questions.

For numerical questions the candidate has to enter the answer using the virtual keyboard.

For MCQ, an optical response sheet is provided to mark the answers.

The duration of the exam is about 3 hours.

The total number of questions is 65 and the total marks are 100.

Every wrong answer is negatively marked i.e. for every wrong answer the marks will be deducted.

The exam pattern of GATE is not very difficult to understand. Hence, options like,

Appearing for online test series or eGATE test series

Enrolling for distance learning courses where test material and notes are couriered or sent by post,

Attempting the test series of a coaching class proves helpful.

Test series enables the students to get used to the question paper pattern. It prepares them psychologically thereby reducing the stress and nervousness.

Articulate and precise notes on the specific subjects obtained from the classes helps in omitting out the unimportant topics.

Most of the prep centres hire ex IIT’ians who have a firsthand experience of the exam and can hence relate to the candidates queries efficiently.

Apart from the prep centres, study groups are a rich source for obtaining info especially with the peers studying the same syllabus as also experiencing the same anxiety.  Such peer study groups also help relieve the stress as they provide a very comfortable environment for the give and take of thoughts amongst the students.

Rigorous training at the coaching centres, long hours of self study, is sure to take their toll on health which can prove fatal if ignored.  A few common problems like,

Loss of sleep

Loss of hunger

Low BP or high BP

Low HB

Low concentration may hinder the progress of the GATE aspirants.

So simple tips like,

Eating healthy homemade food comprising of sprouts, fruits and vegetables and pulses keeps the BP in check.

Meditation, yoga or even a 15 minute walk calms the mind down, and is helpful in improving metabolism, thereby ensuring good food intake and sound sleep.

Nuts like almond help improve memory.

Communication with family members once in a while about the challenges of appearing for the exam is a great way to relive  the frustration as family will always be a great support and will always provide the much needed comfort and confidence.

GATE 2015 – A Gateway to Success

Graduate Aptitude Test – GATE is the talk of the season now as the aspirants aim to crack the exams in 2015 and the students who have appeared await the results of 2014. Why GATE? Well the reasons are simple but strong enough to speak for themselves.

Firstly, The Ministry of Human Resources Development under which comes the Department of Education has set up a Board – National Coordination Board which has in turn authorized The Indian Institute of Science and 7 Indian Institutes of Technology to conduct the exams every year.

Candidates holding a bachelors degree in Engineering/Architecture/Technology or

Candidates in the 2nd year of a Master degree program or holding a Masters degree in Science/Mathematics/Computer Applications or equivalent

B.E/B.Tech candidates from a recognized institute

Candidates in fourth year or 5th year of a four year or 5 year masters’ degree program in engineering technology amongst others are eligible for GATE.

Students have a wide range of subjects in engineering, mathematics, life sciences. The students have to answer 65 questions of altogether of 100 marks for each subject, in a duration of 3 hours. Apart from the core questions related to the subject the students also have to answer general aptitude (language and analytic skills) questions. The latest development is the CBT (Computer Based Test) pattern of the exam wherein, students choose the right answer with the help of a mouse for the MCQ type questions. For numerical questions same method has to be followed, but the calculations are supposed to be done on the blank sheets which have to be returned.

GATE scores can be obtained a month after the exams are over. A minimum of 30 marks out of 100 are a must to qualify. A good score in GATE exams opens the doors of opportunities  for the talented students it opens the doors to the best colleges in India namely, all IIT’S, IISC, NIT, State engineering colleges, top private colleges etc. for post graduate exams.

The PSU’s namely, BHEL, ISRO, DRDO, ONGC will recruit engineers on the basis of the GATE score card. Engineering aspirants, who want to take up teaching as profession, will also need to have their GATE score card to apply for the post of Assistant Lecturer/ lecturer in engineering colleges.

Some international Universities namely, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, national university of Singapore, technical universities in Germany also use the GATE score card as a parameter to judge the academic excellence of the student for admission to the post graduate programs.

A small change in terms of a new subject has been introduced in the year 2014 titled, Ecology and Evolution.

The application fees will be rs. 1500/- approx. For male candidates in general category and OBC candidates.

For female candidates and SC, ST candidates the fees will be rs.750/ approx.

There is no standard way to pass the GATE exams. Ability and practice will ensure a smooth sail through this testing examination. Various coaching centres, a few distance learning centres, online classes are the most popular methods availed by students to crack the exams.