Overview: Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering (GATE) is one of the toughest entrance exams and students have to put in extra effort when studying for the examination. For those looking to pursue their masters in engineering, the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is crucial for admission in top engineering and science colleges in the country. Every year, only a select few make it through the competitive entrance exam. GATE 2015 would be held on January 31, February 1, 7, 8, 14, and 2015.
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Important tips to prepare for GATE 2015:
- Candidates have to know the pattern and syllabus of the examination and they have to prepare according to it. Preparation time for GATE is subjective. Typically, a rigorous preparation of 4-6 months is considered well enough for getting into IISc or IITs.
- Candidates need to collect or buy the best reference books for preparation. These reference books shall cover the complete syllabus, sample question papers and solved papers, as well.
- Make a list of subjects and prioritise them based on the marks allotted to them. Now, create a timetable with distribution of subjects. Note that, if the distribution is not prepared, then you usually end up learning random topics, which may lead to confusion at the end.
- Start reading all the chapters and prepare short notes on all important points. In this way, your revision is also complete. These short notes will also be useful for your last-minute revision.
- Solve objective type (especially numerical) questions as much as possible. While solving problems, students must have a balance between speed & accuracy.
- Go through previous year papers (say last ten years), to check your knowledge and note the distribution of different topics.
Aptitude Section: GATE is a 3 hour exam with 65 questions (30 one-mark questions and 35 two-mark questions) summing up to 100 marks with questions from core subjects, engineering maths and general aptitude. Questions from the core engineering subjects far outweigh the other 2 areas with 70% weightage. But, General Aptitude and engineering maths with 15 marks each play a vital role in maximizing the score. In fact, a good performance in aptitude and maths ensures the minimum qualification marks in GATE exam.
Aptitude tests are analytical ways of calculating how people accomplish tasks or react to different situations. They have homogenized methods of conduction and scoring, due to which results can be measured and correlated with others at the same tests. Administered on computers, these tests help in confirming the professional and personal skills of a person. The GA section is designed to test your language and analytical skills. Regardless of which optional subject you may choose, General Aptitude remains constant in each and every one of the 22 optional papers. Although General Aptitude seems easy, a little smart studying always helps. Here are some tips!
Pattern of Aptitude Section: The General Aptitude section is worth 15 marks and consists of 10 questions; 5 questions carrying 1 mark each and 5 questions for 2 mark each. The General Aptitude question pattern remains the same for all subjects
- Part 1: Verbal Ability: English Grammar, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Word Groups, Instructions, Critical Reasoning and Verbal Deduction.
- Part 2: Numerical Ability: Numerical Computation, Numerical Estimation, Numerical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.
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Useful tips to crack Aptitude Section:
- The General Aptitude section is one of the most scoring sections of the GATE exam but it’s important to strengthen your foundation so you can score well.
- Preparation for GA will help your preparation for the rest of the courses so don’t leave the GA preparation till the end.
- Revise your English grammar from Class 10th books.
- Increase your vocabulary on a daily basis, this will help you be prepared for the final exam
- Once a week read a new short passage and tries describing it in a few points. This will greatly help in preparing for reading comprehension.
- Try language puzzles and analogies off-and-on when you get time.
- The Numerical Ability section basically focuses on approximation skills.
- Increase your speed in calculations and study basic concepts from Class 10th.
- Try practice sample papers/previous year papers when you practice sample papers/previous year papers of the remainder of the subject (the optional subject). This will help you get in the habit of answering both the sections together.