Rank: 10, Batch: 2018
Place: Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
I always wanted to do higher studies from IITs, because IITs provide not only a good learning environment but also an environment of creative thinking. That’s why I started the preparation of GATE 2018 exam.
My first reaction
It was surprising and exciting moment for me when I saw my rank because it has never been expected by me that I will secure All India Rank 10. But I did it. Success is something which always gives you boost to do something new.
I am feeling very happy. I would like to thank to my parents, my brother, friends and seniors who have supported and encouraged me throughout my preparation.
No, I didn’t take any coaching. I did self study.
A. Study schedule:
See when you are studying in a college, it is very important to make a proper balance between your academic study and your preparation of competitive exam because both are important.
As you know that I am a final year student of Btech agriculture engineering so it was very important for me to have an effective time table for healthy preparation of this particular exam. I used to study of 4 hour’s daily only for GATE 2018 exam.
B. Strong and weak subjects (How did I prepare them?)
Being a student of Btech agriculture engineering,🤓 it was bit difficult for me to find comprehensive study material for this particular exam because the availability of the comprehensive study material for this particular exam in agriculture engineering is not as good as in other branches of engineering. To overcome this problem I made my own notes from different standard books of all subjects for this particular exam that was something which has helped me a lot in quick and comprehensive revision of all subjects. Till the end of my preparation I didn’t find any difficulty in any subject.
Books and e-sources
Booklist for GATE agriculture engineering
- Advanced Engineering Mathematics – H.K. Dass
- Soil Mechanics – B.C. Punmia
- Soil and water Conservation engineering – R. Suresh
- Principle of farm machinery – R.A. Kepner, Roy Bainer & E.L. Berger
- Tractors & their power units – J.B. Liljedahl, P.K. Turnquist, D.W. Smith, Makota Hoki
- Principles of Hydrology – K. Subramaniyam
- Irrigation Theory and Practice – A.M. Michael
- Unit operations of agricultural processing – K.M. Sahay & K.K. Singh
- Heat and Mass Transfer – Rajput
For aptitude section, I used to solve previous year questions of GATE Exam.
No, I didn’t take any mock test. I solved last 8 years GATE papers in just 15 days before final gate exam. I used to solve previous year papers in the same time slot of 2pm to 5pm during which I had to sit for solving final GATE question paper in a exam hall.
I had made different strategies for time management before the final exam and applied those strategies while solving last year papers after that I picked one strategy which was appropriate for me.
Firstly I attempted 25 questions which were of 1 mark each in 30 minutes then I solved aptitude section in 15 minutes and the remaining time I gave for solving technical section of 2 marks 30 questions. I invested some time for rechecking and ensuring my saved answer in the computer.
I haven’t given any interview so far, now I am working on it.
I want to do master in Geoinformatics and Natural Resources from IIT Bombay .
Advice to fellow students
Believe in yourself. Analyze the syllabus thoroughly and make your own notes.
Set short duration goals. For e.g set a goal to cover any topics within a day or within a week and work regularly and strictly on it. And at the end of your preparation you will see that you have completed all your preparation without any problems.
All the best.