Rank: 16, Batch: 2018
Place: Dhulia, Maharashtra
An IIT will transform us in better version of ourselves. The IIT experience develops various qualities, which will give you an edge over others but most of the students of rural areas aren’t aware of IIT. I was also one of them but when I was admitted in Nashik for my 11th -12th studies, I came to know about IIT-JEE and other exams. I had tried at that time but didn’t get satisfactory score. But when I was in 3rd year of my UG, I decided to go for higher studies in IIT and to complete the dream of becoming an IITian. So I started preparation for GATE 2018.
My first reaction
When I saw my result as AIR-16, I was astonished, feeling of satisfaction was there. Me and my roommates were so happy and we enjoyed that moment.
All the credits are devoted to my parents, my elder brother, my batchmates, seniors, lovable juniors and my best friends Nilesh, Basavraj and Indra who have supported and encouraged me in my crucial time. Specially my elder brother guided me very well and suggested the right way for me every time.
I hadn’t joined any coaching Institute, I had prepared on my own.
A. Study schedule:
I used to study daily 3-4 hours during college days as it is quite hard to balance preparation between college lectures, project work and sports, and during weekend I studied 6-8 hours …. but daily before off to bed I used to do revision of what I had read on that day.
B. Strong and weak subjects (How did I prepare them?)
My strong subjects were Mathematics, Soil and Water Conservation and Food processing.
Books and e-sources
List of books which I have used :-
- Agricultural Processing – K.M.Sahay and Singh
- Transfer and separation processes – Geankoplis
- Food processing numericals- Md. Ansari’s book
- Tractor and their power units – Four author
- Principles of Farm Machinery- Kepner, Bainer & Berger
- Surveying and Leveling- Kanetkar and Kulkarni
- Soil Mechanics – B.C. Punmia
- Land and water management engineering – VVN Murty
- Principles of Hydrology – Subramaniyam
- Irrigation Theory and Practice – A.M. Michael
- Mathematics – Dr.S.B.Grewal
I just overlooked Rajesh Verma’s book For aptitude section.
Mock tests are essential for aspirants so that they become familiar with exam temperament and can handle virtual calculator faster. Unfortunately very few coaching provides mock tests but they contains so many mistakes. I used to solve past GATE question papers with the help of virtual calculator.
Actually I had attempted AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING section first. I managed to solve one mark questions within first half hour and then I proceed to two mark questions, out of which I attempted easier questions first and then proceed for rest.
I wanted to pursue M.Tech in Geoinformetics and Natural Resources from IIT Bombay.
Advice to fellow students
I will suggest GATE aspirants to be consistent and work hard to achieve your goals. Timely revisions are very important. Mathematics and Aptitude will help you a lot. Prepare your own short notes and formula book rather than referring others notes. Solve as maximum numericals as you can.
All the best!!!