What did they do right? Topper tips to crack GATE 2017

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is coming close, with only ten days left for it. PaGaLGuY spoke to GATE 2016 toppers to know how they prepared for D-Day.

The three toppers, from Electronics and Communication Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, and Civil Engineering, shared a common tip, ‘It is important to stay relaxed on the exam day, it actually affects your performance.’ They shared their exam day experience, and what they did to score the highest marks in their respective branches.  

Agam Garg

Don’t stress yourself and the exam will go alright. I don’t know how it will work for others, so I will tell you what I did. When I entered the examination centre, I saw so many people and I realised that only the top 250 will get a job, while others will not. Our life is dependent on this exam; some will make it and some won’t. I spoke to people who were sitting next to me, I wasn’t even thinking of the exam.
 Don’t revise anything on D-Day, listen to some music, or do anything to de-stress yourself.

Harshvardhan Sinha

I was not stressed, and I did not want to be tense because that would have affected my performance. After taking a number of mock tests, I was confident that I will be in the top 100. I maintained my speed throughout the exam, and had some good 40 minutes left for revision, which helped me secure All India Rank 1 in GATE 2016. I did make some corrections while revising, I had not put a decimal in one question and I forgot to add ‘a negative sign’ in an answer. If you maintain a set speed, it is possible to save some time for revision.

Ronika Goswami

Revise whatever you have already studied rather than taking up new topics in the last few days before the exam.

GATE is an all-India examination, and is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc), and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in eight zones across the country, on behalf of the National Coordinating Board, Department of Education, under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. 

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