Tips to Crack GATE Exam

October 11, 2021

Tips to Crack GATE Exam


The Graduate Aptitude Test (GATE) is an exam conducted for the admissions and screening in the master's program and various public sector companies consider its score for the recruitment process. It is conducted by the policy of rotation of IITs jointly by the Indian Institutions of Technologies and the Indian Institution of Science. It is used to check the technical knowledge of graduated students of various technical and scientific disciplines. It is conducted once every year, most probably in February, and the result is declared within a month.

 It consists of 65 questions of 100 marks in a 3-hour duration with a scheme of negative marking (1/3 and 2/3 for 1 mark and 2 marks questions respectively) and no negative marking for the NATs in the computer-based mode test. The scorecard is prepared out of 1000 and All India Rank is declared based on merit scores; various cut-offs for the different categories are also released by the authority.

 Candidates can use this score - applying for masters in various IITs, NITs, and several deemed institutions. As public sector undertakings have limited seats over high ratios of candidates per seat, GATE is one of the most competitive exams which makes it easier to sort out students for their company based on the GATE scorecard and rankings. GATE SCORE CARD has validity for 3 years.

Application Fees - Rs. 1500 for unreserved applicants and Rs. 750 for the ST/SC/female PWDS, etc applicants and 50 dollars for the international applicants.

Some tips to crack GATE

•Collect Information about the exam

A candidate must go through the pattern of an exam in which he is interested to appear, knowing your exam is the first step to crack it. Why is this exam held? (To know the calibre of students appearing for masters and PSUs jobs,)How is this exam conducted? (65 questions are further subdivided into 10 questions of aptitude and 55 questions of technical sections.) Who organizes this exam? (Jointly by IITsand IISCs) What is the pattern of this exam? (Online, MCQs), How many candidates are going to appear in this exam? (More than 8 lacs), what are the qualifying marks for the exam? (May vary every year) .Applicants should do thorough research on this exam. 


Candidates must go to the official site and check the syllabus in the given notification by the respective authority. What are subjects included in the syllabus, topics included, and their weightage in the examination.


Analyze the pattern of exams keenly with help of previous years' question papers, what are the regular topics asked in the exam? Try to learn all the topics, don’t leave any topics. Give importance to all the topics of all subjects, avoid neglecting. At least use 10 years of questions-papers of all shifts to analyze properly.

•Selection of Resources

This is one of the crucial steps, deciding from where you will learn for the exams. Choose the method which will benefit you the most, like Coaching institutes-offline or distant learning, some authentic books, or self-preparation. In this modern era of technology, there are abundant ways to collect resources for your studies without even moving out from your home. Purchase or collect the materials for the study and start preparing.

•Plan your Strategies

Make a plan to reach your aim, which are the subjects you are good at, and which ones are your weakness. First, analyze yourself properly with what you know and how much you can improve yourself in each topic. Start with theory and basic concepts.

•Make a routine

To follow your plan you have to make a routine. Manage the time well, make sure you utilize the time, and turn your hard work into something productive. Make yourself more disciplined while following your plan. The one who can manage time can manage everything. Set daily, weekly, and monthly targets and work hard to complete your targets.


Follow your routine regularly without any lag, try to increase your speed by solving several questions daily with revision of your concepts. Try to make your notes and short notes, so that it becomes handy for regular revision and can save your time and reduce your pressure.


Try to practice as many numerical problems as you can, whether it is the previous year or mock test, or practice questions. After solving the questions you must analyze your mistakes and understand what mistakes you are repeating and try to overcome and correct them.

•Mock test

It would be the best option if you join any online or offline test series from any institution or app. There are numerous mock test series available. After covering the topics and subjects you must appear for the topic-wise tests, subject-wise test, complete syllabus test and analyze yourself with the time and pressure of the test and improve yourself. Mark out your mistakes and work on them.


It is the easiest and the most important step for any competitive exam. Everyone completes the syllabus and understands them but there are only a few who manage to recall because of lack of revision. The more you revise the more you score, what matters between a top scorer and a low scorer is the number of times they revise the whole syllabus before the exam. Revise efficiently and regularly to increase your chance to score good marks.

At last, some tips to keep in mind

•Try to understand the concepts in the GATE exam rather than memorizing, all the numerical will be based on concepts only. Without concepts, just by learning the formula, you will not be able to solve the numerical.

•Follow a healthy routine for your body and mind.

• Practice as much as you can.

•Don’t break your daily routine while preparing.

•Rest well before exams so that your mind works efficiently during exams.

•Avoid last-minute pending topics.

•Try to reach early in the exam centre to avoid rushing and anxiety.

•Take all the required documents to the exam centre.

By Mithila Rathod

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