How to crack GATE in 2 months time (without coaching)?

GATE 2014

Hello friends,

This is my first post and i am going to tell you how to clear GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) and that too without any coaching.

The first question that might be coming to your mind is - How the hell did i know that?

So, the answer is – Through my experience. While i was in my third year of college, i got AIR 186 in GATE 2011 without much sweating. Again in GATE 2012, i got AIR 138 & that too without much effort. May be the rank was not “too” good, but it was decent enough for the level of effort that i put into it.

So, you can also get impressive GATE ranks without much toiling after knowing these steps.

1. Have your concepts clear- This is more of a pre-requisite than a step. Throughout your 2nd & 3rd year of, try to clear the concepts as much as possible. The clearer they will be, the easier you will find to sail through. Now you may ask me- What should be the level of clarity? Answer to which is- You should be able to teach the basics to someone. If you are unable to do that, you have to open the text-books once again.

2. Collect the arms & ammunition- Even if the title says 2 months, but this step should be started at least 6 months before exam. So, around June-July, start collecting these books-

1. Solved papers of previous years of GATE. (Preferably- Chapterwise(Most Important)

2. GATE Refresher (Very Important)- For the link to the books that i have used, look at the right side border of this page.

3. Textbooks (Either in print or e-books) of all the subjects which are in the syllabus of GATE. (Important)

4. If possible, sample papers for GATE/ any test series. (Not so important)

3. Start solving the problems-  Yes! Start solving. Do not start reading the text books cover to cover. In 2 months time, it is a rare possibility that you will be able to do that. Now the steps for this step are-

  • In the solved paper book, start with a chapter. Attempt the questions. Most proabably you will face problems in solving them. If you are missing on the formula or some single concept, open up the refresher & look after it. If you are now able to solve the problem easily, then proceed to next question.
  • If, however, you feel that the question is like a stranger in a strange country on a strange planet, then you should open up the textbook. Read all the related topics to that question & do the practice problems. Now, return to the questions, are you able to do them? If yes, then proceed to the next question. If not, again read the topic & practice from textbook until you become comfortable with the topics & gain confidence in it.
  • So, the step is – Question from previous year- read the topic -practice the topic. This way you will do a selective & much more efficient & targeted preparation.

4. PRACTICE!! There must be some reason why we call doctor’s job as “practice”. Really, this word has the secret to success in any examination of the world. Stop reading your books/notes like novels, Open up a notebook, pick up a pen & start practicing the questions. Make a target of at least 100 questions a day. If 2 months practice while in final year of college can lend me a decent rank, which ultimately, lead me to NTPC Ltd, imagine, what could you do if you are preparing full time for GATE.

Run..Start practicing.. Slot for AIR 1 of GATE 2014 is still open!  :)

PS: If you have any queries, you can ask me in the comments. I would be glad to answer them.


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191 thoughts on “How to crack GATE in 2 months time (without coaching)?

  1. thanks for such a nice and useful blog….sir i need such a bolg ..i have some question hope u can answer it by sparing sme time from ur work…
    and a very big congratulation for IES..and i heard u aiming for IAS ..all the best for that too….but pls guide me in the way of my preparation of ies/gate

    KUMAR VIVEK ,ece aspirant of IES/GATE

    • Hello Vivek, Thank you for the appreciation.
      If you have any specific query regarding the exam you can ask them here. I will try to answer them to the best of my capabilities.

      • Hello kashyap,
        I will write a blogpost on IES interviews too. Then you will find all your queries answered. Subscribe to this blog (if you have not done till now) or like the facebook page to remain informed about the updates.

        All the best :-)

    • Thank you radha.
      As far as practicing is concerned, do it as much as you can. If you are able to solve the questions with moderate effort you will easily cross the cutoff. But if you are able to solve most of the questions easily & within time, you will come in the top ranks.
      All the best :-)

  2. Thank u very much boss for simplifying GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) for aspirants and taking such a great step to help others.

  3. future of aerospace engg is worst in india .
    so is it better to go IIT for m tech Aerospace engg or to prepare for IES. (mechanical)

    persuing Aeronautical Engg. (last year)

    • Hello Kaushal,
      Sorry to say, but i have not much idea about aerospace engg.
      Whether to go for IES or is a purely personal decision. In IES you will directly be posted in a group ‘A’ services of government ministries. If you want to pursue further studies & go to foreign etc go for else IES is the option.

  4. hello sir,

    I am preparing for gate/ies 2015.but my agreegate is 54% in first and second year. & I dont tink tht I can cover the agreegate 60%.
    is this mattr for ies/gate..bcoz I hv heard tht minimum 60% is req. for tht…

  5. Hi,

    I have been clearing GATE (CS) three times in a row. Or if I say, just qualifying, it would be apt. I am currently working in a leading IT firm and can devote only stipulated time for the preparations. I would appreciate the help in this regard, so that I get a good IIT for 2014. And lucky for you that your basics were amply clear from your college days, I just wasted!


    • Hi Priya,
      Even if you are in a job, you can get top ranks in GATE.
      Always remember, to be in the top, you have to do things differently. Such different things will be-

      (1) Consistent preparation. Devote at least 1-2 hours everyday

        on practicing questions.

      (2) Revise regularly. It’s of no use if you read & never revise.

      (3) Since, you think you lack in conceptual clarity, for every question that you solve, try to understand its inherent concept.

      All the best :-)

  6. thnx 4 such a valuable and nice tip

    can u tell me how to analyze mock tests so that we can catch the pitfalls and we can work effectively on them

    • Hi Hulesh,
      In mock tests, look out for each & every question. If you are unable to solve a question, you should read all the topics related to that question & have practice on those topics.

      • Sir this things hapens wid me when i prep for any exam while solving questn i am able 2 solve each and every questn perfectly even i can solve those questn dat nobody is able to solve in the class and while giving exam i dont knw wat hapens wid me but i always get less marks even less than wat i expect . it means my solo performance is gr8 bt wen it cums to face the challenge among a huge mass my results alwaz disapoints me.plz sugest me smthing to get rid of this

      • Hi Hulesh,
        By what you have described, it seems to me that you fail to perform under pressure. I suggest you the following steps to get rid of this problem-
        (1) Whenever solve a problem, set up a time limit & stick to it. Push harder & harder to solve within stipulated time.
        (2) If you have some friends, who are also preparing, try solving problems together & then compete- who will solve the problems first.
        (3) Join a test series.

        By regular practice, this problem will subside gradually.
        All the best :-)

    • Hi dave,
      My personal experience with Gk publications is not good. There are a lot of wrong answers in their books.
      As far as made easy materials are concerned, i have not used them, but you can buy them. I have seen them with many of my friends. Basically it consists of matter picked from various text books. So, if you have the text books, buying materials will be somewhat redundant. But, on the other hand, they provide a one-stop solution for whole syllabus. Now, the choice is yours.

      All the best :-)

  7. Hello Sir,
    I am from CSE branch and i want to know whether its necessary that one should join Test series for constant practice ?

    • Hi Prerna,
      It is not an absolute necessity to join a test series. But i would recommend to join one, since then you will get the feedback.I never joined any test series for GATE/IES but i know that test series helps. But if you don’t join it, you will not be losing much & still can gain top ranks.

      All the best :-)

  8. I must compliment you for providing a gr8 platform for the aspirants for fruitful guidance and discussions through this blog…wish u all the best!!!

    • Thank you bro :-)
      I need your help in writing one of my upcoming blog post. It is regarding the book list for GATE (ME) & IES (ME). I will mail you regarding that.

  9. Thank u very much to help others. M working in a public sector bank at chennai, working hours (10AM-7PM) from Monday to saturday. Not able to prepare on every day. Your suggestions are very useful to me. Last year cleared Gate. but i dont think so that i will get this time since work pressure, I wanted to prepare for IES/GATE with the limited time, m in the verge of forgetting my engineering basics now. Please guide me in this regard.


    • Hello Hari,
      First buy a refresher, so that you can revise regularly the basics & the formulae. Devote at least 1-2 hours daily for questions practice. On weekends, try to devote as much time as possible. As i have written in this blog, try to do selective reading using last years questions. Do not go for exhaustive study from textbooks.

      All the best :-)

  10. Sir thank u so much 4 providing a platform 2 express our queries regarding gate& IES …I m preparing 4 gate & IES from indore. instead of going to delhi 4 preparing Ies I decided to stay at indore and prepare here even though I know dat delhi’s atmosphere 4 Es is good dan indore.what extra efforts I need to do to “Compete wid d people who r staying at delhi & preparing 4 ES”.

    • Hello Pratik,
      In my view, it’s not at all necessary to visit Delhi for the preparation of GATE & IES. You can do it from anywhere you want. As far as the environment is concerned, if you have self control & discipline in your preparation, no difference will be created. But if you find yourself missing the track very often, then i would recommend you to join some test series. It will help you in keeping up with the pace of others.

      All the best :-)

  11. sir my aim is to clear UPSC/PSC but now i’ve decided to study for GATE-14 coz this is my last year of engg. and with the help of gate score card i can easily get job. after my engg. i will start prepairing for UPSC. so how i start my prepration for GATE-14 because only 5 months are left. my branch is ECE.

    • Hello Rajat,
      I have tried to cover the answer to your question in my blog itself. If you have any specific query, feel free to ask.
      All the best :-)

  12. last year,i secured air-1388 in ee discipline without preparing for gate seriously . so i decided to give it a try this year with full effort and joined made easy. i am preparing well but due to lack of time , i am not able to practice questions properly and regularly. What should i do in order to get a top rank this year?

    • Hello piyush,
      You said that you are preparing well but are unable to practice properly. What does this means? In my view, for GATE, practicing is preparing. Whatever you are doing, reading notes, making notes etc, stop that & start practicing questions religiously. If you find problems in question solving, only then refer to your notes to brush up your concepts.

      All the best :-)

  13. What is the role of refresher book? Is it sort of formula sheet ?If one has self made notes, then ? Will it be requirred during revision period or now also? Thanks for the awesome work!! Too useful! :)

    • Hello Sp,
      Refresher book contains formulae along with important concepts written in a concise manner. It is like a summary of the subjects. If you have self made notes, then it is good,but sometimes it misses some points & becomes somewhat lengthy. In fact i too have a copy in which i have wrote all the important formulae & concepts, yet i feel that refresher helps you. It helps you while problem solving & during revisions.

      All the best :-)

  14. Sir I m From Mechanical branch. I m preparing for IES 2014 exam. I never joined coaching institute. I am studying through NPTEL lecture videos. I want to ask are NPTEL lectures are sufficient to build conceptual knowledge which is required as per IES exam level………or what extra I should do for IES level Preparation….

    • Hello Amarjeet,
      Personally, i have never studied from NPTEL videos but i have seen them. If you are lacking in the basics only then you should go for them, else you will gain less for more time invested. Instead of watching videos of NPTEL, you can study much more efficiently by adopting the strategy that i have pointed out. I will cover IES preparation in more detail in my upcoming posts.

      • thank u very much sir. I appreciates your work it will lead IES aspirants in right way. please keep writing such type of useful articles………..

  15. Also can u throw some light on rank wise department alloted for Mtech in IITs and also rank wise PSU’s that can be applied for ?

    • Sorry sp, regarding rankwise deptt. allocation, i have no idea, since, i never planned to go for Regarding which PSU to choose, that is a personal choice culminated with the fact whether the PSU chooses you. It depends on the type of work you want, the facilties you are looking for etc.

  16. hello sir,
    i m aspiring for GATE 2015. is it necessary to only stick to syllabus of GATE, or should i read whole reference books.

    • Hello cruise,
      If you are studying for knowledge’s sake, then read from cover to cover. But if your aim is GATE, no need to do that. Just stick to the syllabus.

      All the best :-)

  17. Hi SAGAR,
    Thank you for the wonderful post. I have been with this GATE for three years now and I’m joining M.Tech. this year in a govt. run college in my state still with the aim of GATE 2014. Frankly my concepts are still not so good and at present I am with the textbooks. Is it not enough to start solving problems from mid-November?

    • Hello poornima,
      What i will suggest is to mixup problem solving with text book reading. That’s the whole point of this post. Whatever subject you are going to study, first look the previous year questions. Accordingly decide the important topics, start by reading & practicing those topics.

  18. Hello sir,
    i am a mechanical engineer and i want to know the best objective book(means where no. of errors will be less) for gate 2014

      • Thank u sir.
        but i want to know that do u think it is the best book to solve problem(i did not required theory)with minimum no. of mistakes.

      • Arjun, i have seen many books & i found a really uncanny thing about most of such books. When the solution to a problem is wrong in a book, it is wrong in others too. Even in the books written by coachings. I can’t guarantee you about the mistakes since i myself haven’t used this book, but based on reviews, i think this is a good book.

  19. I am from production amd industrial branch.what is the scope after clearing gate.its better to try for iit or nit.or join a job

    • Hello jagdish,
      Going for job or is entirely a personal decision, no matter from which branch you are. If you are interested in further studies / research, then you must pursue M.Tech. But if you find it tough to study anymore & now want to earn some money, then go for job. You can change your mind after 1 or 2 years also & can go for the other one.
      All the best :-)

  20. Hello Sagar,
    first i congratulate you on your success…Bro I passed civil engg from jadavpur university this year and joined a design consultancy named M.N.Dastur & co(p) ltd…I want to prepare for GATE-2014, can you help me in keeping myself motivated to study after coming home from office..
    thanks in advance…

      • Yes, nothing is impossible.
        Buy chapterwise previous years solved paper & make up targets to finish each chapter within time. It is simple.

    • Hi chandan,
      Thank you.
      It is a tough one ;-)
      After you return from office, try to get some rest for half an hour, drink tea, take a bath, so that you start feeling fresh.
      Now, motivation is a tricky thing. What you have to do is to open up the GATE previous years solved papers book & start flipping pages until you find a question easy & doable. The question will attract you & you will feel like -”ohh.. i can do this question! It’s pretty simple.. ”
      Try that problem. Hopefully you will do it correct. Now your confidence level is a bit high. Now search for another easy question from same chapter & do that. After 3-4 questions, start doing sequentially.
      The point is start with easy ones & then go to difficult ones.
      I hope that will help.
      All the best :-)

  21. thank you for your wonderful blog……i got many new points which i can incorporate in my studies……sir now i am having 6 months..what should be my strategy now?………

    • Hi chandan,
      Its simple, divide topics week-wise, so that you finish complete syllabus in 5 months & then do as much practice as you can.

      All the best :-)

      • thanks for your reply sir……i am having 2 question banks(made easy 3200 solved objective problem and made easy gate question bank)…is this sufficient or i need to solve more question banks….or solving these 2 question banks multiple times…….

    • Yes, it helps in recapitulating single & small concepts & formulae. But you can’t rely solely on IES objective question paper for your entire GATE preparation.

      • Thanks again!! :) Btw, have not introduced. Am shivanee frm Odisha, and you ? what do you do?

  22. hi sagar,…..your blog is fantastic, very useful for gate….thanks……i have joined a coaching institute (very good coaching)…but they said that gate syllabus will be finished by last week of january … if i study in parallel with my coaching then i will not have time to revise properly….but i want to complete my syllabus till december ….what should i do?……please reply

      • i am in final year of college…but i take my coaching notes to class and study there….time is not problem with me….also my coaching teacher says not to consult any book ,just study his notes….is it right?

    • Sorry kundan for the late reply.
      I feel that your teacher is right & you should concentrate on a single source & keep on practicing in parallel to whatever is taught in your coaching institute.

  23. hello sir …i m siva….from chennei……please tell me best objective question bank for civil engineering for gate… solving subjective questions helpful for gate.?….

    • hello siva,
      since i am not from civil engg, i am not much aware of the books. But i think the one of made easy will be a good one.
      Solving subjective questions definitely helps, if the time permits you. In fact, if you are practicing subjective problems, then it will be like practicing for a marathon while the race is only of 100 meters! :-)

    • sorry siva, i don’t have much idea about postal courses. I referred to standard books only.
      In order to reach to a conclusion you can do one thing, go to a book shop & have a look at the books on GATE & IES published by both made easy & ace.
      It may give you an idea about which way to go :-)

  24. hii..First of all hearty congrts fr ua success at evry step….:) very glad tat u wanna help evryone wth ua exprences….:) recently i had finished my engg from EEE…i was just qualified in gate 2013…i wana prepre for psu’s wchich are recruitng thru gate…actually im in a software job in tcs now..but i love to be in psu..i knw i have very short time left…just qualified means u can understand my concept levels …BUT IM VERY AMBITIOUS to crack the gate….per day in offce i have 2 spend 10 hrs….so wth the little amount of time ill have , probably 2 hrs…can i mange the gate ? can i be in top 100? if im willng to do anythng fr it, can u please telll me n guide me …anyway i wana be in top 100…so please tell me wat to do, how to prepare, how to schedule etc in a broader way…so tat i can follow it, n get a good rank…. i was just qualified in gate 2013 ..consider ths n tell me me wat to do to be in top 100…thanq…:)

    • Hello Ansari,
      Definitely you can be in top 100, in fact, you can be in top 10 also.
      Just you have to do what a top 10 guy should do.
      I have shared the strategy for preparation of GATE in this blog post. If you have any further specific doubts, you can ask me here.

      All the best :-)

    • Hello Jay,
      As far as my experience goes, GK Publications are not good. Their books are usually filled with a lot of mistakes. I don’t know if they have improved in their present editions. Instead i will suggest you to go with arihant or made easy publications.

      All the best :-)

  25. I applaud u sir for putting in so much of effort. Not many do thqt. What use is even AIR 1 if you do not share your experience and help others out.
    Even with fewmonths for ias mains you are still sparing tym for others benifit. You are the true winner. Kudos
    Best regards and best wishes for ias

  26. Sir for Practice can you suggest me a book ? The book you suggested is unavailable. Kanodia books or arihant book which will be better ?Or tell me any other book if it is found better than the previous books,I am from EE branch.For a call from P.S.U WHAT WAS THE MAXIMUM RANK ? means if I secure a position within 3000 AIR then shall I get a call from any of the P.S.U? I have lower C.G.P.A (6.2)Do I have any chance to get an interview call from P.S.U? Waiting for ur reply

    • Hi Krish,
      For Practice, in market there are many books available. Just few days ago i have brought question bank in EE by j b gupta. I am finding it good & i am thinking of writing a review about it too. The only problem is that solutions are not given, only answers are there.
      If you are talking about handbooks, then arihant book is no doubt better one.

      Getting a call depends on your category & number of seats in that year. If you are from general category, then, AIR 500 will be a safe line.
      CGPA doesn’t matters much if you have a good GATE score. All the best :-)

  27. Sir,
    I am studying in third year of electrical engg.I am bit confused hoe to start. How should i start to prepare for gate, some professor say fisrt study whole syllabi and then question paper and some vice-versa.
    Which books should i purchase, handbook and question paper?
    . Made easy or arihant should be preferred?

    • Hi pratik,
      first of all, i want to inform you that i have shifted my blog to a new site-
      do visit it & subscribe to it to get regular updates.
      As far as preparations are concerned, what i feel is that you should start from questions & accordingly study the related topics. Do give it a try & i believe you will find this approach more focussed.
      It may feel tough in the start but with regular practice, you will enjoy it.
      For handbook, arihant is very very good. I myself is referring to it for my CSE preps. I have given link to it on the right side section of my new site.
      If you have any further queries, you can ask me anytime there.

  28. Hi sir, i m preparing for GATE 2014 and im from ECE branch.As u may be aware of,i wasted all my engineering days on fun and survived by group studies and’before exam’ night preparations.So my concepts arent good.But since one month im trying to study in details about the subjects but it seems with the ‘tortoise’ rate im goin it will take years. to complete.Should i just practice now rather than goin so deeply?Please help. I m using Gk publications book.Please do suggest some god reference books for ECE and any reference for previous years solved papers.And sorry for such a long post and eagerly waiting for ur help in any way.

    • Hello Ritam,
      Yes i am getting you as i am very much aware of engineering college life.
      You have a valid query though. In my view, the steps to tackle this situation could be-
      1. What is your current level of understanding? Are you able to solve the basic problems given that you know the formula?
      2. If you are able to solve the basic problems, then in my view, you shouldn’t go word by word in the book. Study those topics which you don’t know or unsure about.
      3. If you are unable to solve even the basics one, i will recommend you to join a coaching. They will help you in understanding the concepts in a time bound manner.
      4. Ultimately, practice is what that matters. Always keep practicing problems & that too within time.

      My opinion is that GKP books contain a lot of misprints & wrong solutions. Instead, you can use the question bank by j b gupta. Link to that book is given on right side coloumn of my new website-

      • Thanks so much for firstly replying.But i want to tell u that i can easily solve the basic problems after goin through the chapter but the problem is that im taking a lot of time in each chapter.Should i leave some tough ones and concentrate more on wat i feel comfortable or roughly i should cover all the syllabus?And thanks again.

      • Ritam, i feel that first you should try to make a strong hold on those topics in which you are more comfortable. When you have gained enough confidence, gradually tackle the tough ones one by one.
        As, i had written in one of my posts, examination is also a game. Let’s take the example of cricket. It is always better to be a good bowler than a bad all rounder.
        I Hope you are getting me.
        All the best :)

  29. Sir, thanks for such a nice post… Its truly motivating…:-)… Im a 2013 passout in ece.. im ryt nw repeating for gate.. Ive joined a coaching institute in august… But I was not consistent in studies frm start due to various reasons… Yet I tried to complete one or two subjects in october… Ive purchased all the textbooks for subjects and ryt nw I studied almost four subjects includin completin frm prev year questions frm made easy publications…I really dream of getting a rank in top 100… But im not getin the confidence for tat… even if I study , im getin a negative feeling tat this is not enough… as the competition is increasing year by year… the main thing is im not geting tym for revising it takes much tym.. so im conc on completing subjects nw… Ive planned of completing the subjects by dec last and revising and doing problems durin jan…. Will this be enough to get my dream sir?… do I hav to do anything more?…

    • Hello Parvathi,

      The reason behind your lack of confidence is your faulty approach (my opinion). As i have written in the post, try to start from last year questions & then study relevant portion, rather than studying books word to word.
      Suppose you are going to study DSP, then hunt for all the DSP questions that have been previously asked & study the relevant topics.
      When you are studying for GATE, your aim should be solving questions only. Just like Arjuna was focused at ‘eye’ of the bird only.

      All the best :)

  30. thankyou sir fr d reply…:-) im just lukin the topics and I use to solve the kanodia problems..also I use to workout previous year problems after each chapter… :-) it feels gud to do like tat…but dunno yl stdyin I dnt feel confident…:-( but im nt tat gud in basics..tats y I started wid text first… nw I hav four more subjects to complete…and ill surely do the way u told..:-) keeping my dream alive…

    • If you are lacking in basics, then going through them before solving problems will be a good idea. But don’t spend too much time on reading. Practice as much as possible. Confidence will only follow you only after practicing not after reading.

  31. Hi sir, i am going for gate 2014, and i have only 2.5 months left. My concept is not very clear. How should i study? Plz suggest me

  32. Sir, i am confused. I am a mech student. And i started preparing from now,i resigned my job and am devoting full time to gate. But sir, my concept is not very clear. Should i start practicing text book questions?

  33. Sir, i’m a student of insrumentation branch, tell me which subjects i hv to give more importance to crack the exam in 2 months. and how many hours to study????

    • Sorry priya, since i am from EE, so i am unable to tell u about the subjects.
      As far as hours are concerned, they are everyone’s personal attribute. But still, 3-4 hour regular study is enough. If u want to crack GATE in 2 months time, then devote atleast 4-5 hours daily on practicing problems.

      All the best :)

  34. Hai. SAGAR:-)
    iam an ece student with an average knowledge in concepts but I want to achieve gate 2014 I need some tips in preparation which are needed

  35. cngratulation sir, for ur sucess sir i am a mech student preparing for GATE/ESE, sir i hav a ques. .
    after becoming or qualifing ies does govt will investigate ur total life record . . i.e throuph what money(B/W) u hav completed ur education

  36. hey sagar.. please help me out.. i have been trying to study but i have landed no where

    only 2 months left.. my branch is EE .. please suggest how do i proceed.. please help me.. ;(

  37. Actually I am from cse branch and i looked through your blog but what happend last year when iit-k realeases the paper it was very very tough for cse even if top 1 got 40 out of 150 and this year 2014 also iit k is there i am bit scared about it i done very thorough knowldge in concept but bit scared..

    and again there are many books from cse and dont know which questions i have to solve from which book do you have any sort of guidance or way to get to know.?

    • Hello Vikalp,
      Don’t be scared of anything. As it is a competitive exam, everything is relative. If it is tough for you, so is it for everyone.
      Since, time is less, you should go for previous years papers.

      All the best :)

      • Thanks. I had done it already before two months and done many test series. hope i’ll get some 2 digit or 1 digit.

        thanks for your response.

  38. i have 1 year of experience in steel industry on contract base as instrumentation engineer. i need to select in psu’s through gate 2014. it is possible in 1 month of preparation ? i can arrange 1 month of leave for that. please show me the best way.

    • Hello Likhitesh,
      It is possible, but you will have to put on a lot of hardwork for that. Moreover, you basics should be clear enough.

      All the best :)

  39. Hai admin !! today Jan 1′ 2014 , the day i m starting my preparation for GATE . Is thr any chance for me to clear it .. On following ur technique will i able to crack gate 2014 ?

    • Hello pradeep,
      Definitely you can clear it. Just the right approach & a little hard work will help you in coming up with flying colors :)

      All the best :)

  40. hlo sir.. M student of final yr CS. I want to crack GATE. Pls refer me book for practising in these two months. Speaking frankly, my basics are not so clear. What should i do? I shallbe very thankful
    to you.

  41. hey sagar..i m rohit eee now in 6th sem ..i want to get rank in top 100 ..should i prefer the books which i read in semester or standard book for all..i m eee and i want to ask u if daily i solve objective question then it will help me o please tell me the best objective book for electrical..and i have to appear for gate 2015 .

    • Hello Rohit,
      (1) In my view, you should not change the books unless it is very very necessary.
      (2) Try to give first preference to your semester studies. If still you get time, you can deinitely go for daily objective problem solving.
      (3) In my view, the book by j.b. gupta is one of the best. You can get the link for book on my new site-

      All the best :)

  42. hello sir, as few days are left for gate 2014 i would like u to solve my one query whch is tht s i have completed my mechanical syllabus i want to practice and revise the whole syllabus more. So my questn is that should i rely on gate previous years questn papers by revising their concepts by solving them or shud i solve different questns frm different books(tht cld b a little bit different frm gate pattern)…
    plz reply..

    • Hello kamlesh,
      Since time is less, i think you should practice from previous years gate papers only. If you get some more time, you can go for other sources.

      All the best :)

  43. Thank you ,very much sir for sharing your views on how to prepare for gate within two months. i really motivated by your blog. i am under a lot of confusion upto now to prepare for gate. by seeing your blog i understood that i need to practice previous years questions.i belongs to a very poor family. i unable to buy books even though i have interest to read.i am a lot of pressure mentally, so that i am unable to concentrate on studies.please tell me sir how to concentrate on studies and get rank in gate 2014.

  44. ! am preparing fr
    gate 2014 ! wd solved papers of
    kanodia , text books! is tat okay or
    do i need to practice more ? pls
    rply !

    • Hi nidhi,

      If you feel that after this much practice, you are able to solve most of the problems of previous year then you are good to go, else you have to go for more practice.

      All the best :)

  45. hi m from EE and trying for GATE 2014. M not very clear about the basic concepts… How should i start to prepare to get a descent score since only less than two months left..Which are all the subjects to be given more importance… I always get confused from where to start..pls help me

  46. Hi sir,
    i have so many approach and confidence to prepair anything but i am not motivated for long time.sir tell me how to be motivate towards my goal until i reach!? Which/what type of thing that motivated you??
    Tell me sir. Please solve my life’s very serious problem.

  47. hello sir,
    first of all i wud lyk 2 thank you 4 posting dis blog…:-)
    i hav sm questions….
    Q1. I am a 3rd year Mechanical Engineer student from Odisha. i am frm a vry ordinary engg coll.
    we 4 students hav started self-preparing 4 GATE 2015. we hav no coaching facility (as coll is situated in a rural area) nor good faculties( not 2 say lyk dat…but its sour truth..:(….)
    solving previous year question frm GATE CHAPERTWISE soln book is very challenging and preparing right from the starting of the concept seems 2 be a daunting task.
    could you suggest me tackle dis challenge…?

    Q2. As ur in a PSU, in NTPC what level of question dey wer asking in da interview? Do they expect 4 a graduate to be trained in short term courses ( as 4 mechanical it’s AutoCAD, PRO-E, CATIA, ANSYS,etc) for more chances in grabbing 4 da position?
    I am an aggregate 7.69 in I read frm a blog long ago dat min cutoff dey are keeping 4 btech graduates is 8.0 C.G.P.A. (no doubt wid a high score in GATE)…. is dat true…?

  48. starting by thanking you for such a nice work sir…..i m in 6 sem and my branch is ECE….sir can u tell me about the standard books for ECE and the link to refresher book for ECE branch

  49. Sir,
    Thank you very much for helping us through your nice blog.
    I am working in a private firm for 4 years & I had appeared 6 times in GATE from 2009 to 2014.
    Last year I qualified GATE in Instrumentaton Engineering with 33/100.
    This year I appeared in ECE, solved last 18 years of previous year question papers & basics of the subjects. But my exam was not good.

    I would like to ask you 3 questions

    1.Whether I should appear Gate 2015?I have been studying seriously since last two years.
    2.Is it possible for me to Score enough to get admission in IIT Kharagpur in Electronics Department. If your answer is yes,please give a right strategy.
    3. Is taking Mock test is beneficial as the question pattern of mock test is relatively harder then what comes in Gate Exam.

    • Hi Goutam,

      1. I think you should go for it. As you are saying you have been studying seriously for last two years, you should not waste your effort.
      2. Everything is possible. Just go for it.
      3. Of course yes! Do practice as much as possible. Only that will really help in your examination.

      All the best :)

  50. Sir,
    I wish I had seen this blog earlier. I am
    targeting IES 2015 and GATE 2015 in
    ECE. I want to complete my M.Tech
    before joining IES. As IES selection
    procedure takes around 1.5 years, can
    i complete M.Tech in the meantime
    through GATE 2015??
    Also what are the preferred
    departments for girls??

    • Hi Sushmita,

      Thank you for appreciating this blog.
      You can go for M.Tech without any doubt or hesitation. In case, you get the joining date before completion of, you can apply for extension in joining date of your service. It is granted easily without posing any risk of losing seniority.
      It is always better to utilise your time instead of just plain waiting.
      I am not much aware of all the services, but I think females can work in any service, since they all are group ‘A’ posts. But if you have some specific preferences like place of posting, transfers etc then you will have to decide accordingly.

      All the best :)

  51. Hi Sagar,
    First of all my hearty congrats to u..
    Thank u so much for such a nice post, it motivated me alot
    I started my prep for IES 2014 yesterday can i crack the exam in 2 months without any coaching?? or shall i appear for IES 2015??please help me

  52. sir.thank you for giving such valuable tips but i am having confusion that you told to pratice the question from previous year so it will be enough for building the concept or i have to take care other question bank book.plz tell

    • Hi Saibal,

      If you feel that after solving previous years question papers, you have attained required expertise and no more time is remaining, then this should be sufficient. But if you have more time at your disposal, you can go for other practice material too.

      All the best :)

  53. would u like to tell me plz which subject i have to concentrate more for getting good rank in gate in ee.

    • Hi saibal,

      You should focus on Electrical machines, Power systems, Control systems & Instrumentation. But i will suggest you to get a firm hold on almost all subjects since the paper has very uniform distribution of marks.

      All the best :)

  54. sir,whatever u wrote in ur blog for cracking the gate exam i am applying on me but the main problem that i am faceing is i am not able to solv any problem from gate previous paper due to lack of my i am not from any good clg so i never had any good book to read which will be necessary for gate preparation .i am really fadeup and dissapointed to see my sir in that circumstances can u plzz suggest me how should i prepare myself and can u tell me plzz the book and author name.plzz help me sir…

  55. sir, i want to know that will previous year questions be sufficient for the preparation or we need other books of r k kanodia also like other volumes.
    plzzz help me out sir, i m very confused that from which book to solve the questions.

    • Hi shubham,

      I have answered this query many times. If you have time, you should keep practicing. If you feel that you have solved all the previous years questions two times, then you can always go for other sources.

      All the best :)

  56. sir i am a average student and going to give gate in 2015.. going to join coaching..i dont have command on numericals…will i be able to get good marks in gate in 8-9 month studies.will it be sufficient time to get good marks in gate as a student like me…?

    • Hi Parinesh,

      First of all, never ever ever underestimate yourself. Always remember that you are the person which you think you are! It may be possible that till now your performance gives the impression of an average student but believe me my friend, if tonight you make a firm determination, you can wake up tomorrow a topper.

      Second, nothing is impossible. For 8-9 months if you are going to give your 100% you will definitely come up with flying colors.Anyone with right strategy and attitude can do this.
      Remember that even Einstein was thought of as a below average student. Today we study the subject made by him!

      All the best :)

  57. Sir, Can you tell me how much marks(Minumum) might be required in GATE-2015 to have direct Admission in Integrated MTech & PHD in Electronics in IIT Kharagpur

  58. i have exp. of 1.8 yrs in switch gear company since 2011 and i tried gate 2013 but not qualified then i left the job in 2013 and prep. for gate 2014 ,i only qualified.. now i wanted to give another try in 2015 to get into PSU via GATE 15, but fear of losing another year, wat peaople will say ,etc…..what shall i do…??plz help .

    • Hi Manish,

      We humans have a great problem of concentrating on negative aspects rather than the positive aspects of a situation. Don’t be a victim to that attitude. Always think of what you will gain after winning the game.
      Since you have already prepared one full year for GATE, i think now you should prepare along with a job. Now you only need to practice as much as you can. Go for it and come out with a blast!

      Don’t fear of losing a year, feel the excitement of getting in a PSU.
      Don’t think what people will say if you can’t get through, think what people will say if you could get through.

      All the best :)

  59. I took preparation for gate 2014 bt i dint qualify…….and i want to take one more chance for gate 15 bt have fear of losing years …….what should i do ? plz give suggestions

    • Hi Asifa,

      The only job that fear can do is to paralyze us thereby stopping us to achieve anything. If you couldn’t clear this time, that was because you probably adopted a faulty strategy. Identify the correct strategy and go for it.
      It would be better to take a light job in meantime and prepare alongside or you could prepare full time also.

      All the best :)

  60. i got 82% in BE n i was well prepared for gate 14 ,i can solve the problems and also have the knowledge of basics concepts bt i dnt know where is the lack in me i dint even qualify in gate14 ……..what should i do … to study so dat i can get good rank in gate15

  61. hello sir , I appeared in GATE 2014 ,to my great disappointment I could not qualify the exam , which is haunting me every single minute.. I want to perform extremely well in GATE 15 , but I am afraid of failure .How should I frame myself and stay motivated . Please guide!!
    (Chemical engineering senior undergraduate)

    • Hi Neha,

      I think the first thing that you can do is to look out for the areas where you missed. You should check like- Are you concepts clear? Are you able to solve basic problems? Are you able to solve somewhat difficult problems? Are you focusing too much on some topics and missing out on other important ones? Are you getting enough problem solving practice?
      Do not get disheartened by failures. Learn from it and prepare for next battle.
      Decide your preferences and work accordingly.

      All the best :)

  62. Hi Sagar,
    Don’t forget to share ur upsc interview experience with us even i’m preparing for civil services too…

  63. and sir ,if i get selected in good PSU then my past and everything will be compensated!! ,the year ,time which i spend for it.

  64. Recently after a Big Struggle wasting Of My Four Year Life Via in Btech I Strtd Prep fr Gate In 2013 in that i Havnt Qualified and in 2014 gate I qualified and AIR 26356 in ECE i knw I dont Get Good Clgs… Evnthough my Concepts r Nt 100% clear i Can capable Of only 30% concepts nw im in Junction confused of My Life Left all Jobs In betch Nw Its 2 years happend Kindly Plz Plz plz suggest me How To Improve my Concepts to 90% and Im solving 30% of prev problems on topic Wise…. whch Books to Follow fr ECE and Hw To Improve Concepts Much Clear thanku

  65. hi sagar, iam preparing for chattisgarh generation board for A.E post from electrical branch. please advice me overall good way of preparation for this because i have 4 month to prepare for this. also tell me that is the technical preparation of these state exams is different from technical preparation of central govt job like coal india ltd. plz give ur response

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