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Electrical Engineering GATE Exam Preparation Tips

Updated on January 1, 2014

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam is an all India entrance exam conducted jointly by Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) - Bengaluru and seven Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) institutes for getting admissions into post graduate programs in engineering and science disciplines.

The number of candidates appearing for GATE exam increasing every year substantially because of decline of job opportunities for freshers in the job market at present and pursuing higher qualification is always a feature in cap and provides better employment opportunities. Other reason for this huge surge of candidates appearing for GATE exam recently attributes to most of the public sector units (PSUs) accepts GATE score and calls candidates for interviews based on the GATE score.

Some of the PSU companies which accepts GATE score for their recruitment includes: BHEL, IOCL, ONGC, Power Grid, GAIL, NTPC and BARC (DAE entrance to BARC training schools).

Exam preparation:

No separate preparation is required for GATE exam if you follow the college academic work properly. GATE exam preparation should not start in 4th year or 3rd year. It should start from 1st year itself. Studying text books and solving mathematical problems at backside of each chapter should develop as a habit. This gives solid foundation for not only GATE exam but for any electrical exams.

Selective preparation is the key to GATE exam. Some of the areas where you can score more marks includes:

  • Control Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Electrical Machines
  • Measurements
  • Power System Stability and T&D

Such areas should be focused and in depth preparation in those areas will help to attain good score. In GATE exam you are not expected to answer all 60 questions. If you can able to answer 35 to 40 questions with high accuracy you will be ending up with good GATE score.

Coaching for GATE is not definitely required but it gives orientation for the exam. The mock exams will help to simulate the test environment.

General Tips while Answering Questions

GATE exam tests the basics and reasoning ability skills of the candidate. GATE exam consists of 60 questions with negative marking of 1/3rd for each wrong answer. So care should be taken while answering the questions.

Like any exam it contains a mix of easy, difficult, and highly difficult questions. In GATE exam time factor is not a big criteria. Ample amount of time is available to answer the questions. So it will be beneficial to answer the questions in 2 to 3 rounds. In first round entire paper should be scanned and easy and very easy questions (simple theoretical questions and small numerical problems) should be covered and solved. In 2 and 3rd rounds difficult questions are identified and solved.

In GATE exam it is not important how may questions you answered but how many questions you correctly answered. It should be kept in mind that negative marking plays a key role in scoring. When you do not understand the question it is not advisable to answer such questions as many times it may end up in negative marking. In some questions if you know the answer will be in any of the two options then you can test your luck.

In simple selective preparation and selective answering is the key to GATE exam success


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