Understand the Common Mistakes Made While Preparing for GATE

GATE or the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering Exams is a national-level computer-based exam used to assess the candidates’ comprehension of the various undergraduate subjects in Engineering or Science and Technology. Qualifying in the GATE exams will also make them eligible for admissions into ME/M. Tech courses with the IITs or even some specific universities abroad. Even PSU aspirants are advised to crack the GATE exams as the scores are considered for some PSU jobs. 

Now, having understood the significance of GATE, the candidates strive hard to ace the exams. And what is a better way to score well in GATE than to prepare ahead for the exams by referring to the best GATE preparation books? All the candidates preparing for the exam will know the significance of choosing suitable study materials. 

GATE Exam and The Misconceptions 

While GATE aspirants are numerous, there are still some widely accepted misconceptions about the exam. Here, we have attempted to bust those myths regarding GATE exams and preparations. Let’s look at some myths listed up here: 

  • GATE is a very tough exam, which only an Engineering graduate topper can crack 
  • GATE candidates should master all the formulae and concepts of all the subjects 
  • Maximum questions have to be attempted to get good scores 
  • One should refer to a lot of standard books on the subject for the GATE exams

Let’s Bust these Myths 

Now, let us take these myths and analyse them. 

  • The GATE, though considered challenging, can be cracked very quickly with proper preparation. 
  • It does not require an Engineering Graduate topper to ace it. 
  • Also, GATE aspirants need to do the exams for only one or two subjects, as per their preference that comes under an approved combination by GATE, so they need not master all the subjects of GATE exams. Another thing to consider for the candidates is that these exams have negative marking, and if any answer given is wrong, it could cause the candidates to lose marks. Hence, it is best not to attempt all the questions, but rather give only those for which correct answers are known. This helps to reduce the negative marking, thus assisting the candidates in scoring more. 
  • Finally, since GATE is a concept based exam, candidates should not focus on referring to the standard books. They should also look up the best preparation materials to help them build up the concepts and do well on exams. 

Mistakes that GATE Aspirants should Avoid 

After analysing the misconceptions or myths about the exams, we have compiled a list of common mistakes often made by candidates, which is best avoided for better results. Let us see what they are here: 

  • Begin exam preparations without any proper analysis 
  • No proper prioritising while preparing for the exams 
  • Spend too much time referring to a lot of sources without focussing on just the relevant ones 
  • Have a generic exam preparation plan 
  • Do not plan the revisions properly 
  • Lacks discipline while studying 
  • Gets demotivated with the challenges of exam preparations and by other topper’s results 
  • Never self-assess one’s knowledge and exam preparation level

Thus, we can conclude this article by analysing that the candidates who avoid these pitfalls or are not taken in by the exam's misconceptions will find it easier to crack it. Candidates are all advised to prepare most effectively to perform well and ace the chosen papers of the GATE exam. They are urged to prepare well and choose the notes and preparation books wisely. 

From this, we see that candidates who accept, understand and rectify their mistakes will do well in the exams. So, it is very vital for them to clear all and any myths or misconceptions they have about the GATE exams.