Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering commonly referred to as GATE is a national level exam held for admission into post-graduation courses such as M.E. and M.Tech. GATE scores are significant in securing jobs plus admissions in the private as well as public sector.
GATE broadly tests a student's grasp over their under-graduation subjects straight from the first to the last year of the course. Since GATE is conducted separately in different streams of major UG subjects, it is essential for students to have a good grasp on concepts as well as the application of their core subject.
There are a number of confusing myths about GATE which can put you in a state of predicament. It is best to relieve yourself from being in a tight spot before appearing for the exam. Most of the candidates live in the fear of such myths and form a number of wrong opinions regarding the same.
The top five myths about the GATE exam are:
1. GATE is an extremely difficult national level exam-
The first widely prevalent myth about this exam is the concept that it is an extremely tough National level exam that requires very high skills to crack. GATE is highly conceptual and tests your basic knowledge on your core subject rather than asking questions of 'rocket-science' level! Once you're able to grasp all your basic concepts well, it wouldn't be difficult for you to get through. Time management, proper planning and dedication are required for cracking all easy as well as hard exams, something which applies to GATE as well. No exam can be tough if you're able to keep yourself in good shape by proper practice and focused studies.
2. Candidates need to study thoroughly all the subjects of their graduation-
Another greatly believed myth about GATE is that the candidates appearing for this exam need to cover all the subjects and topics of their graduation something which is not correct. It is advisable for the students to stick strictly to the GATE syllabus as nothing is asked out of it. Since there are a number of UG colleges across India, the exam panel formulates a single syllabus common for all to avoid any confusion on the part of the students. Best advice that can be offered is to GATE candidates in to solve ten year question papers and to adhere to the syllabus.
3. Study very rigorously-
GATE is not equivalent to the UPSC Civil Services Exam! Though every exam needs hard-work and persistence but you've been preparing for GATE all the way from your first year if you've fared well in your UG course. Since the subject you need to study is the same which you've been studying for all your past years in the UG course.
4. Solve tons of papers-
GATE doesn't require you to solve dozens of papers from every nook and corner of the academic world. You need to focus entirely on your core subjects and the GATE syllabus for gaining a good score in the exam. Practicing ten-years and GATE mocks is highly recommended but spare yourself from solving papers out of your syllabus.
Attempt all Question to get a god score -
Another myth about GATE states that candidates should answer all the questions to get a good score. The fact remains quite contrary since the GATE paper has negative marking as well so for every wrong answer you give you'll be losing out a fraction from one of your correct answer. It would be prudent to answer questions carefully and not in a