Rank: 20, Batch: 2015
Place: Bikaner, Rajasthan
My first reaction
After viewing my result I was surprised and I want to give credit to my family specially my mother.
If your concepts are clear about subjects then there is no need of coaching. But if you join coaching they guide you in better way and strategically. So I recommend coaching if your concepts are not clear, some coaching institutes teach very good it is like revision of your whole B.Tech. I took coaching in 2011. I prepared conceptually understanding every how and why.
I gave 9-10 hrs daily for preparation
All subjects are important but Math, Algorithm and Data Structure, TOC, Aptitude carry more weightage. It is better to be good at all subjects if you want to score good rank.
Yes, I attended Test Series and it was very useful. Attending coaching helps you to keep your preparation consistent and also help you to know your level of preparation.
First of all attempt all questions for which you are pretty sure that you can do it, irrespective of section. Then try those questions for which you have little doubt and if you have time then must attempt those questions for which there is no negative marking.
Time management is very important for scoring good, you must practice lot of questions and solve previous year papers to improve your speed.
Prepare quantitative aptitude well as questions are not so much tuff in gate this is a scoring subject.
If you are good at technical then interview is not a big deal. Prepare 2-3 subjects well.
I am currently working in PSU.
Advice to fellow students
Keep yourself cool, never panic and frustrate, this is very important. As exam comes closer students start getting frustrated but it is very harmful for exam.
How you are preparing is more important than how much time you are giving to preparation. Understand concepts, try to find answer of every how and why. Be careful about negative marking, negative marking plays critical role in your GATE SCORE.