Sugata Bhattacharya - GATE 2018 AIR 10 Electrical Engineering - Kolkata, West Bengal
Sugata Bhattacharya

I am Sugata Bhattacharya. I am 2017 batch pass out from Electrical Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur. I have appeared in GATE-2017 and secured AIR-688 with a score of 732. I knew that I could do better, but the mistakes I did were simply due to lack of practice. So I decided to reappear in GATE-2018 with high enthusiasm.

My first reaction

I was sure that I am going to be in top 10 as I have calculated my marks earlier and it was again proved on the very day that if you strongly want anything and desperately prepare for that, nothing can stop you.

I owe my success to Almighty God and my family.


I have joined GATEFORUM in 2016 for GATE-2017. But for GATE-2018 I did self-study entirely.


Study schedule

Firstly, I made a study chart for August, September and October. I took 2 subjects in a week and used to solve as many questions as possible from practice book and regularly revised the concepts where I faced problem in. In 3 months I had completed every subject except maths and aptitude. In weekends I used to give the subject tests of the two subjects covered in that week and analyse my mistakes and make a note of them in a separate copy. Now, this is very much important as it is very helpful in revising effectively and wisely.

From November itself, I started to give full length tests. I joined two test series, so almost 30 full mocks. I attempted nearly 10 mocks per month so that I could be able to complete them by the end of January.

At the starting of November I made study chart for next three months i.e. upto January and followed it strictly. In November I completed the left over topics- Engg. Mathematics and General Aptitude and started solving previous years papers and solved the tricky ones twice within December in order to have a good grip on the concepts. In January I only revised my short notes, formulas, mistakes done in both subject tests and full tests as many times as possible.

In the month of exam, February, I had attended only two left over mock tests to boost up my confidence and remain in touch with the exam strategy. I revised my mistakes done in the mock tests mainly so that I did not commit any silly mistakes or similar kinds of mistakes.

Before the day of exam I kept my cool and revised very less as I had already revised many times and was confident. I used to meditate as this helped me a lot to stay focused.

Now it’s the deciding day 10th February! On the day of exam I didn’t study anything. I just woke up, got fresh and had a good breakfast. I reached exam centre 1 hour early and after getting seated I logged in and just watched the timer counting how much time remaining for the exam to start. As soon as it becomes 00.00 the exam started automatically. I don’t know what happened in next three hours. I leave my seat happily after 3 hours.

Books and eSources

Recommended books:

  • Electrical Machine- P.S. Bimbhra (theory and solved examples).
  • Power Systems- Nagrath and Kothari(solved examples), Stevenson and Granger.
  • Power Electronics- P.S. Bimbhra.
  • Control systems- Nagrath and Gopal, B.C. Kuo, Ogatha.
  • Signals and Systems- Standard coaching notes, Oppenheim.
  • Analog Electronics- Standard coaching notes, Boylestad, Millman Halkias.
  • Digital Electronics- Standard coaching notes, Anand Kumar, Morris Mano.
  • Electrical Circuits- D. Roy Chowdhury, Sadiku.
  • Electromagnetic Fields- Sadiku, Griffiths.
  • Measurements- Sawhney.
  • Engineering Mathematics- Das and Pal, B.S. Grewal.

For practicing numericals refer Kanodia, standard coaching material and previous years papers.

e-Source: GATEMATIC YouTube videos.

Aptitude Section

I didn’t follow any book. But one can refer MADE EASY Aptitude book.

Mock Tests

Obviously I attended mock tests. They are the most important part for achieving a good rank. I would recommend Made Easy test series as they provide variety of questions which helped me in clearing my concepts and boost up my confidence.

Examination Day

My strategy during exam was to complete aptitude section in first 20 min. Then I attempted 1 marks technical questions in next 40 min and 2 marks technical questions in next 90–100 min. Thus I got nearly 20–30 min for revisiting questions which were marked for review or left to do later.


I will just stick to my basics and be myself!

Future Plans

To join a decent PSU.

Advice to fellow students

I just want to say that believe in yourself and be dedicated and focused during preparation and most importantly keep your calm during the exam hours as they only can fetch you what you have wanted in those serious months of preparations.

Best of luck to all the future aspirants!