Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering/GATE is one of the most competitive exams.

It enables students for the PSU jobs, postgraduate degree/ doctoral degree programs in top engineering institutes, and CSIR fellowships. GATE is an ALL-India examination conducted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the seven Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), jointly.

It is an examination of national importance.

It is conducted worldwide and is open to people of all countries.

How to prepare for GATE effectively is the question of concern in every student’s mind.

It is of no question that a strategic preparation will not just only just help in qualifying the GATE but also push the marks to the required level for a desirable institute or job.

So, let’s enlighten you for achieving success in this year’s GATE by providing the top 7 strategies to apply in your GATE preparation.

Strategies of GATE Exam

Top 7 Strategies for GATE Exam

Bifurcate the syllabus according to your strength

Download the syllabus from any official websites (

List out all the subjects/chapters with their percentage weightage in the exam.

Now mark those chapters in which you are competent, average, those with the weakest grip.

Analyze and make two syllabi. One with high weightage subjects that you will complete thoroughly.

Second with the inclusion of weak/low weightage portion of the syllabus that you’ll
complete at last.

Make a time table for study and follow up

Make a timetable according to time left for the exam.
Put the easiest or strongest subject to prepare at the start of the time table. This will boost up
your confidence a lot as well as help you in covering up the whole syllabus.

Decide how much time to provide for weak chapters according to their weightage and how
much time you will need for the revision.

Make sure to give more time for high weightage subjects so that you can get maximum marks.
Also, use some tools such as a habit tracker to follow up on the time table.

Use appropriate Books, Materials, or other resources

Select only one or two books for each subject that suits you most. Start preparation by reading
from books and then take the help of other resources.

Don’t overburden yourself with too many resources. Keep it simple.

Use online platforms for in-depth preparation for the high-weighted portion of the syllabus.

Such as videos from the NPTEL site. (

Take help of previous years question paper

Analyze and understand the pattern of the previous years question papers.
( It will give you a good idea of the exam layout and what
to practice for and how much!

Practice previous years’ question papers as much as possible. Even if u cannot get the answers
correct then just practice more similar types of questions from books.Also, adjust your syllabus according to the previous year’s question appearance.

Make your own notes and do the revision

Try and make short notes from your studies of different chapters. This will be a great help to
speed up your preparation, as the notes don’t go into every detail of the subject.

Notes cover the essential concepts needed for the exam and save time.

Also, whatever you have studied, you need to revise it on a weekly or monthly basis. Remember
the revision is a must. The notes that you have made will be very useful in the end time

Take mock tests on a regular basis

Mock tests are a great way to measure your performance.

Analyze your strengths and weaknesses during the mock test. Always do the post-analysis of
the mock tests and mark the areas that you need to work on.

Start giving mock tests with weekly intervals and increase the frequency as you get closer to the
exam date. You can also practice with mock tests of limited chapters/subjects.

Do not avoid preparation for Aptitude and Engineering                        Mathematics questions

The paper consists of 100 marks with 70 percent weightage given to the technical section and
15 each to Aptitude & Engineering Maths.

The questions are mostly moderate level in Aptitude and Engineering Maths and a student can
easily get 13 or 14 out of 15 in each of the sections.

This will enable you to cross at least qualifying marks in GATE. And meanwhile putting in the
additional effort would add 10 or 20 marks. Which will put you in the desirable college cut off
bracket also.

So, with this, we have given you the best strategies to start your preparation for GATE and you are
ready to go!
Hard work never goes unpaid, so keep practicing and all the best.