How to Attempt GATE Exam 2017: Graduate Aptitude Test for Engineering is a national level examination conducted every year. It is an examination jointly regulated by seven IIT’s and IISC on rotational basis.
This year GATE examination will be organised by Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. GATE online examination will be conducted on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th February 2017. This article is about How to attempt GATE Exam 2017. But before we move to the Do’s & Don’ts let’s give you a brief view of the exam pattern.
GATE Exam Pattern 2017
In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. Out of these 65 questions, 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA). The GA section includes 5 questions carrying 1-mark each (sub-total 5 marks) and 5 questions carrying 2-marks each (sub-total 10 marks). However, some of the papers follow different exam patterns for the examination.
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Now you are clear with the exam pattern, Let us move to the Do’s and Don’ts on how to attempt GATE exam 2017.
How to Attempt GATE Exam 2017(CE, ME, ECE, EE, CSE): Do’s & Don’ts
In order to excel in GATE recruitment exam, one needs a positive and a thoughtful approach. A calm mind during the exam do wonders, therefore a proper integrated test taking strategy becomes all the more important. We have shared some Do’s and Don’ts section, which will help us understand the best technique on how to attempt GATE Exam 2017. Let’s talk about Do’s first:
How to Attempt GATE Exam 2017: Do’s
Take Time to Analyze the Paper
An analysis of the whole paper minimizes the chances of misunderstanding questions in the future. Read every question carefully without taking too much time. If you find a particular question difficult but might require some simplification trick mark it and move further.
Also, mark keywords while reading the question to avoid misunderstandings. Try to finish the paper 30 minutes prior to the allotted time as you will get the time to revisit tricky questions.
Strategize and Time your Approach
Sometimes most focused and prepared candidates end up failing the exams due to lack of proper approach. Analyze the question paper closely and mark out areas of your mastery. After solving the GA section, start with the technical questions carrying 1 mark which should not take more than 45 minutes of your time.
Attempt 2 mark technical questions at the end as they are time-consuming. Also, you should focus on the MCQ based questions first as they are comparatively easier than the Numerical Answer Questions (NAQs).
Check how well you perform. It will help you find your weakness. After completing each subject try to solve mock tests.
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Attempt GA Section First
The General Aptitude section consists of 10 questions carrying 15 marks. As GA comprises of basic English and numerical ability questions , it is considered to be the easiest section of all.
Therefore, you should start the exam by attempting GA section first which will hardly take more than 20 minutes. As the section is fairly easy to solve, it helps you going forward with the rest of the questions positively.
Use Tricks wherever possible
Certain tricks and formulas help to solve numerical questions and maths based problems during the exam. These tricks are known to simplify difficult questions and ease the solving process. Use them efficiently to attempt questions which are tricky in nature.
Maintain a Focused, Positive Attitude
No matter how stressful or dreadful the situation is, do not let negative thoughts occupy your mind. Strive to give your best attempt with a concentrated approach. There is a major risk of misunderstanding the question when you read it in haste. Always follow a positive and mindful approach while reading the questions.
How to Attempt GATE Exam 2017: Don’ts
Do not Omit any Sections/ Answers
In multiple choice questions there are four choices of which only one is correct. Any wrong answer takes away 33% as negative marks. If you stumble across a question which is fairly difficult to comprehend, you should skip it. Avoid the age old approach of attempting all the questions in competitive exams.
Don’t refer more than two sources for a subject
Candidates are recommended not to refer books from different sources. it may confuse you and it will be hard for you to remember everything.
Don’t Study topic out of syllabus
GATE aspirants should not study topics out of syllabus for the sake of wanting to be “extra-prepared”.
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If you feel comfortable with that subject then keep it for final revision or else work hard till you get command on it. Although, you need to keep in mind that in order to crack GATE 2017, you need to strong command over subjects you are confident with.
Don’t Skip Maths Section
Don’t skip or pay less attention to the Mathematics section, as you have high scope of scoring full marks in that.
Give your exam with a positive attitude, do not panic. If you panic it will make you nervous.
Here we conclude our article on How to attempt GATE Exam 2017. Please mention your doubts, if any, in the comments section below.