Rank: 3, Batch: 2018
Place: Pali, Rajasthan
As I already appeared in GATE2017 and selected in IIT Kharagpur for post graduation in city planning. This time I appeared to improve rank as well as to be updated with graduation course.
My first reaction
I knew that I would get in top 10, but was not sure to get in top 3 so I am happy. I would like to give my credit to my parents, friends and my professors for support and concept clarity.
I didn’t join any coaching as I only relied on self preparation. As gate exam has defined syllabus and previous year papers are more than enough to understand GATE exam pattern.
As I didn’t prepare much this time so I relied on my previous year notes based on GATE exam pattern.
As gate covers mostly part of planning and housing (15%-20%), architectural history (15%-20%), climatology and sustainable architecture (15%-20%), architectural structures (10%-12%), building materials & construction techniques, management (15%-18%), NBC and URDPFI guidelines (5%-8%), services (electrical, mechanical and plumbing)- (12%-18%). So I planned according to that.
Books and e-sources
I didn’t refer any specific book for GATE exam. I made self notes (during previous year preparation) based on GATE pattern from internet and academic notes.
I didn’t prepare for aptitude section.
I didn’t attend any mock test but revised previous year papers. But I would recommend joining mock test for better understanding of GATE exam pattern within timeframe.
First, attempt all those question which you are sure about and I would recommend to attempt aptitude section first within 20 to 30 minutes. (it may differ from student to student).
For calculative questions in core subject one should have concept clarity as most of the questions are very fundamental. These questions have to be covered within 1 hr to 1 hr 15 minutes. And remaining questions are based on theoretical portion of course structure which can be covered in rest of the time.
There are very less PSUs which have requirements for architect or planner based on Gate exam so I want to continue my post graduation.
I want to continue my post graduation and after that I would like to do PhD.
Advice to fellow students
Though the syllabus is vast but one can easily clear exam if one prepare based on previous years exam pattern. Make your own notes if possible and have concept clarity of each section. Those who have time restriction or don’t have study material can refer to gate books for architecture and planning which are available on Amazon. And I would strongly recommend to have proper 6 to 8 hr sleep before exam day.