Entering The GATEway Of Success : GATE Achievers 2021 (Part-2)

Entering The GATEway Of Success : GATE Achievers 2021 (Part-2)

National Institute of Technology, Rourkela has always been a brooding ground for enigmatic and hardworking students. Cracking GATE with a prestigious rank is a dream for many students. Despite the uncertainties of the covid pandemic, the students of NIT Rourkela have bagged single and double-digit in GATE 2021 thus making the institute proud.

Continuing the saga of achievers from the previous article "ENTERING THE GATEWAY OF SUCCESS: GATE ACHIEVERS 2021 (PART-1)", hop on to know more about the achievers: 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Daman Yadav (AIR 9)

THE START OF THE JOURNEY 

To be honest, since the start, I have always focused on learning the essential logical explanations of various concepts in the GATE curriculum. Starting from the most straightforward discussions in theory classes and finally learning to approach the conundrums existing in the field, the consistency in expanding your conceptual knowledge is the prime key to my success in the GATE examination. Although I was already thorough with the theoretical concepts in my field of expertise, it took me around a week or two to get in touch with the rest of the topics and wind up some critical areas from past year's papers.

PREPARATION STRATEGY

I didn't stress much about completing the overall syllabus because I had other plans on my priority list.

But I would suggest the aspirants start by looking at the previous year's papers and shortlisting the crucial areas rather than covering the whole syllabus blindly. Instead, focus on streamlining your time to areas with more weightage and moving in this order accordingly.

Specifically, for the Biomedical Engineering paper, an average score of above 50 could easily fetch you a good enough rank to get into IITs and IISc as well. In case you struggle with purely Biomedical concepts, I would suggest you focus more on the general aptitude and engineering mathematics section. These two sections alone would fetch you a top 100 rank if answered correctly. For the Biosciences-based area, try to cover centralised topics like Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cell and Molecular biology, Cancer Immunology, and Biomechanics. 

Frankly, I didn't follow any books or hardcopy materials for GATE preparation and did back my instincts to have some prior knowledge about specific topics, meanwhile covering the rest of the syllabus in a timeframe of just two weeks. However, I advise not following my example and starting your preparation before at least a month or two. This would give you plenty of time to work on your speed, weaker areas and settle nicely into the GATE environment. In case you genuinely plan to appear for GATE as your best shot to get admitted to a good Institute, you could use a handful of good resources. If you are planning to start early, Gateflix academy is a good source. For topics dealing with Medical Instrumentation, I would suggest going through R. S. Khandpur book. 

  • Other Important books:
  1. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering: By John Enderle, Joseph D. Bronzino, and Susan M. Blanchard.

  2. Principles of biomedical Engineering: Sundararajan V. Madihally

Other than this, I would suggest making a formula sheet for topics like Image processing, biochemical processing, Biomechanics, and Materials engineering as questions come directly based on formulas. 

For completely theory-based topics like anatomy and physiology, fluid mechanics, and equilibrium, try to follow the class notes/slides on some good online videos to make it easier for you to understand the concepts.

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

While preparing for the GATE examination, I figured out that the availability of past year's papers was an issue as this subject (Biomedical Engineering) was introduced a year back. Searching the internet for mock tests or practise papers was quite a challenging task. Luckily, some good online sources like (Youtube channel - Kalams & Krishnan's Biomedical) provided a lot of free mock tests and practice papers for this subject.

Other than this, I would recommend aspirants to adapt well to the GATE environment, which includes using the GATE online calculator, minimising their rough calculations to save time, and finally, completing your test in a given period of three hours. These things might not look significant but are crucial as they could fetch you that bonus time to attempt all questions with ease.

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

Yes, Indeed! The Curriculum of NITR helped me personally to be able to achieve this score. It was all because of the class notes and my lab research projects that helped me blindly skip some of the syllabus topics, giving me an edge off and saving my overall time for preparation. Other than this, I got plenty of help from my network with some of the past achievers (Rakesh Kumar (NIT Rourkela), Akshay Joshi (IIT Delhi). Thereby, I would suggest going through the class notes and NITR curriculum, which in itself would cover your maximum GATE syllabus, leaving behind some additional topics that'll require extended practice.

ONLINE SEMESTER: A BOON OR A CURSE

Despite being in the final Semester, the class schedule was quite flexible, and the professors were very supportive, which helped me focus on GATE preparation. However, I was also involved in preparing for IELTS and GRE, this being my priority. In case of a busier schedule, I would suggest making a flexible timetable that'll include an average of three-four hours of GATE study each day while managing your other routine works alongside. 

PLAN B IF PLAN A DOESN'T WORKS

This might sound a bit weird, but GATE itself was a backup plan for me, and this was the reason I didn't spend much time preparing for it. Yes, I was very confident that I'll crack it with good marks, but seriously I never imagined getting onto this level. I plan to study a direct PhD course in Biomedical Engineering at some top universities in the US. Hopefully, my GATE experience would help me back my theoretical knowledge in this field. I hope many future aspirants will get some help to get admissions to top research institutes in India.

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

It's hard for me to say as of now if there's any specific long-term goal. That's because I have never known things before when they're close to calling. However, I would love to work in an R&D industry as a research scientist or might as well work in a teaching profession after completing my Doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences from a prime university abroad.

WORDS TO THE WISE 

Talking entirely from my experience, I would suggest that aspirants not stress on things and learn while enjoying the topics, either from the YouTube videos, NPTEL lectures, or suitable resourceful slides. Many students follow multiple sources but end up not covering the entire syllabus, thereby leaving some crucial topics. Instead, follow a simple plan and channelise your time focusing on each topic as per its weightage in the paper. Simple can sometimes be harder than the complex!! 

Apart from Daman Yadav, many students from the Department of BioMedical Engineering have also managed to bag prestigious ranks in GATE 2021, namely Prithu Prasad (AIR- 29), Pritimayee Senapati (AIR-41), Sanatan Panda (AIR-46), Aeluka Rishitha (AIR-73), Riya Titus (AIR-82), Raj Guru (AIR-83).

Department of Chemical Engineering

Pratik Kumar Patra (AIR-14)

THE START OF THE JOURNEY

My interest in the core subjects boosted as I entered the second year of my graduation and soon decided to go for higher studies rather than corporate jobs. Due to family problems, I knew I couldn't go abroad for my master's immediately after B.Tech. So I thought GATE would be the best way through which I achieve my dreams. I was enjoying my subjects and preparing notes from the very beginning. It was not restricted to the GATE syllabus only. I was reading and going through the lectures whatever was in my interest. Later in my 5th Semester, I started reading and solving questions keeping GATE in my mind.

PREPARATION STRATEGY 

After completing my notes' preparation, I started with the previous year's questions according to the syllabus and the question pattern. I tried to filter out my notes, as my notes contained many topics which were not there in GATE. The strategy was simple, go through each subject thoroughly, keeping the previous year's question as a reference.

For any new subjects I started with, I referred to the NPTEL videos and a standard reference book and tried to make proper notes out of it. The topics which I missed in NPTEL or books were covered mostly through Google or Youtube.

I enrolled in 3 test series. And after revising each subject, I used to give the test of that subject. After completing all of my subject-wise tests, I attempted Half and Full mock tests. After each test, I used to analyse all the questions and write those things on paper and try to avoid making the same mistakes again. Besides this, I used to check whether I missed any topic.

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES 

One of the major challenges I faced was finding resources for GATE examination. There was no good question bank or study material from any coaching institution for our chemical branch from where you can prepare, so you need to search questions, prepare notes of your own.

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE? 

The curriculum of our branch is well designed since most of the syllabus is covered in the department. There are some topics you need to read on your own. But to secure a worthy rank, you need to follow multiple resources so that you can be perfect in that subject for GATE.

ONLINE SEMESTER: A BOON OR A CURSE 

I had my notes prepared beforehand. So the only thing I was doing is revising the subjects and giving the tests. As we didn't have the exam for the 7th sem that time, I had fewer reasons to worry about. I was only attending online classes doing my assignments, and I was able to dedicate the rest of the time to prepare.

PLAN B IF PLAN A DOESN'T WORK 

I was confident about my GATE preparations to think of a backup. After I started giving my test series, I became aware of the competition. And looking into my preparation, I was confident that I would make into good IITs for my masters. Generally, students with good ranks opt for PSU, so even if everything didn't go according to my plan, I could have gained a seat in IIT.

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

For the time being, I plan on pursuing M.Tech at IISc, Bangalore. And later on, I will plan for a PhD in a good institute as well. 

WORDS TO THE WISE 

The key to crack GATE is consistency. The level of question in GATE is less than that of JEE, but you have to cover all the subjects and revise them properly. And consistently prepare for the exam till the last day.

Apart from Pratik, final year students of the Department of Chemical Engineering also have managed to prove their mettle in GATE 2021, like Ashish Kumar Omprakash (AIR-142) and Ishika Padhy (AIR-147).

DEPARTMENT OF LIFE SCIENCE

Aakhya Rastogi (AIR-14)

START OF THE JOURNEY

I started preparing for GATE in December. Before that, I was entirely devoted to NET preparation scheduled in June but was postponed to November 2021. Once it got over, I then decided to focus on the next milestone, which could help me get a PhD in India. 

PREPARATION STRATEGY

Being a die-hard Dhoni Fan, I never focussed on the score or the rank I wanted but on the process of getting it. I focused on doing justice to what I do best- read and make notes.

The first step before preparation was to decide between GATE BT/XL. I wanted to avoid the compulsory Maths section in GATE BT. Therefore I decided to go for the compulsory Chemistry section in GATE XL apart from compulsory General Aptitude. Since I was confident for my biology part, I gave extra attention to General Aptitude and Chemistry. I downloaded the syllabus and focussed on units which were my weakness during my school time.

I devoted the entire December, going through chapters of Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry.
Overall I had strategised December for reading Chemistry, the first fifteen days of January for practising aptitude and biochemistry, and the remaining fifteen for practising microbiology and chemistry. GATE was scheduled for February 13. I thought I'd do the previous year's paper in February. For chemistry, I read NCERT of class XI and XII. I also watched the entire Unacademy playlist for Coordination Compounds and Organic Chemistry.

I knew those were for Mains preparation, but I believe GATE questions were not so numerically deep but could be conceptually based, and since chemistry would be the scoring section, I did not want to leave anything.

I also used to get my doubts cleared from my friends from Int MSc Chemistry- Radhika and Padmaja. I also went to one of my brother's chemistry teachers to brush up on my organic chemistry concepts. For the General Aptitude section, my friend Narendra Kaler, another GATE aspirant from the Mechanical Department, helped me with workbooks from different units. He helped me with verbal, reasoning, and aptitude questions. I used to solve 30-40 questions covering 2-3 units every day for the common units. My main focus was on worker-day, water-pipe, and speed-distance-time, along with calendar questions. This took almost 15 days.

I had decided to attempt Biochemistry and Microbiology from the five paper-specific sections, only because I was more comfortable and confident in these two with respect to others. I used to watch Youtube videos of IFAS and TLS online. Tutors in TLS used to give background to the problem asked. If necessary, I used to read the reference book for detailed understanding, make notes, and write every question/answer/approach discussed. Basically, for biology, I solved previous year's papers and then read the reference books' important concepts.

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

The biggest challenge was not to have been able to clear NET, which was my primary target. Its result was announced in December; end cut-offs were announced later. I was highly demotivated and doubtful of my efforts. Another difficulty was to balance my sitting hours of online classes and exam preparation as I started having health issues. So, I started going jogging in the evening for an hour to get fresh air. Also, maintaining records and being on toes in the online class was another tough thing to manage.

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

I don't think the curriculum could have helped in aptitude. Also, chemistry subject was present till 3rd year only and as far as Biochemistry and Microbiology are concerned my NET preparation came handy. And some important topics were covered by the curriculum designed by the department. It is just that GATE questions are too pinpoint and so straightforward that we don't usually focus on them during classes and semester exams.

ONLINE SEMESTER: A CURSE OR A BOON

It was extremely tough. Being in the final year, reading research papers, writing Term Papers, seeing for vacancies, and the fact that the future was dangling between online and offline classes did take the better of me on the majority of days. I just took one day at a time, just like they say in cricket, play ball by ball.

The regular schedule was pretty standard. I started seeing Brooklyn Nine-Nine during this time. It helped me keep my mind free, and when needed, I focussed entirely on the study material between classes. I am an early riser, so I usually did a paper in the morning and then relaxed the entire day or wrote down the explanation of questions I did not know answers to. Every week I used to re-read them.

PLAN B IF PLAN A DOESN'T WORKS

As I said, I focussed on the process. If not this, then next and then next. I expected qualifying NET but couldn't, and when I didn't, it hurt. And to save from that, I just focussed on preparing and giving it my best. Also, it is said – Just concentrate on doing stuff and not on the results. I kind of accepted this after my setback. I was planning for the upcoming NET otherwise.

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

Currently, I am applying for PhD wherever they accept GATE Score. I would like to pursue PhD from a good institute and make my parents proud.

WORDS TO THE WISE

Believe me when I say this, and this is not coming from a topper or something. Straightforward questions are asked in GATE, speaking for XL. One just needs to have a clear head and a focused mind. I feared I wouldn't qualify because I thought other people might be taking coaching for almost a year. However, the quantity of time you give is not what matters; quality does.

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

Shashank (AIR-31)

THE START OF THE JOURNEY

As a Computer Science fresher, like most of my peers, I didn't plan to pursue my higher studies. I solely focused on coding, and my only aim was securing a good job during placements. However, towards the end of my sophomore year, I took a liking to the subject. So much so that I would spend my time reading core computer science books rather than coding. It was during this time that I decided to pursue my higher education and hence my GATE appearance. I started my preparations in earnest towards the end of my 5th semester. 

PREPARATION STRATEGY

The preparation strategy was pretty straightforward.

Learn-> Practice->Test->Analyse->Repeat.

I used to learn the concepts from standard (recommended) books. I never read the books from cover to cover - only the relevant portions. That used to save me a lot of time. Also, online video lectures helped a lot in case I was stuck. After that, I used to solve previous year GATE questions. For testing myself, I took multiple test series of different coaching institutes. The good ones come with their own analysis, which used to identify my weak areas after every test. I would then analyse my mistakes and fill the conceptual gaps if any. This process was followed until the entire syllabus was over. 

For computer science, there is this excellent website to refer to - Gate Overflow. This website was one of my best friends for the entire preparation period. It has in-depth discussions of all the previous year questions of GATE, BARC, ISRO, etc. You can also post new questions, and the community will always be ready to help.

As far as mock tests are concerned, initially, if I scored fewer marks in some test, it affected me a lot mentally. It brings down your confidence which in turn affects your future performances as well. But, later, I realised mock tests didn't matter at all. All that matters is the final examination. Mock tests should only be used to get used to the test environment, manage your time, and practice calming your nerves during the real test.

One shouldn't care too much about the marks in the mock test or predict his/her actual result from the mock result(s) as the only mark that matters, in the end, is that of the final test. 


OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

Major challenges faced by me were managing my internship, college classes, labs & assignments alongside my GATE preparation. As far as studies are concerned, I didn't face many challenges there, but the internet always came to the rescue whenever I did.

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

Yes, all GATE subjects are in the curriculum, but the syllabus may vary a bit. Yes, the important topics were taught by the department, but there were some extra topics also present in the GATE syllabus, which I had to cover myself.

ONLINE SEMESTER: A CURSE OR A BOON

I used to take time out for GATE preparation in the morning and utilised the slots where no classes or labs were scheduled.

Regular Schedule would look something like waking up by 5 AM, studying two hours for GATE, attending online classes from 8 AM till 11 AM, attending lab if it's there, or else studying for GATE, and last but not least, appearing for a mock test in the evening. Then, analysing my mistakes and ending the day with planning the next day. This schedule may look rosy here, but this was far from reality. We would often get bombarded with assignments or surprise tests, so the schedule was also thrown right out of the window. 

PLAN B IF PLAN A DOESN'T WORKS

I was already placed at SAP Labs, Bangalore. I was always confident (but not overconfident) about cracking it, but you never know what the future has in store for you. Any mishap can happen at any time, and I could miss my exam. Endless possibilities are there. So, I thought it was wise to not opt-out of placements entirely. But, luckily I got my PPO from SAP Labs on Day 0 of placements. So, my preparation became a little smoother.

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

Not certain. I have kept my options open for now. I can opt for higher studies right away or join the industry, get some work experience and then go for higher studies. I am also thinking of a PhD in the future, but nothing is certain as of now. 

WORDS TO THE WISE

GATE is easy. It just requires you to have your concepts clear and a little bit of dedication. Solve Previous Year Questions multiple times before exam day & keep testing yourself. Anyway, everything depends on the final day. Top 1000 candidates have the same level of preparation & intellect. But how one controls his nerves on the exam day determines the final ranking. You tend to commit more mistakes when you are anxious and nervous. Learn to be cool & patient during the exam & don't succumb to the pressure. You will turn out to be the winner!

Department of Planning and Architecture

Purusotam Nanda (AIR-61)

THE START OF THE JOURNEY

The thought of preparing for GATE hardly crossed my mind once or twice during my academic years. I started preparing for the GATE exam just a month before appearing for the exams. I was always good at academics, so the concepts were mostly clear, which was helpful for me.

PREPARATION STRATEGY 

My preparation was not always about GATE but focused on clearing every concept I study to perfection, so when the time comes for preparation for any exam, I could revise them and practice the required problems.

For GATE, I revised the concepts before exams and solved the previous year question paper of the past 30 years, especially the ones from the 1990s to 2000. The questions were subjective, which helped me polish my concepts and problem-solving skills further. 

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

The major challenge was managing the time along with the preparation. We had the jury on the 31st of January, which was a major time constraint. 

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

The curriculum developed helped me a lot in my preparation for the GATE exams. Most of the subjects and basics are covered in the syllabus. Some of the topics were covered beyond the GATE syllabus scope whereas we also had some course that was not covered properly like Project management. 

PLAN B IF PLAN A DOESN'T WORKS

Basically, I gave the exam as a challenge, having no serious after plans. Fortunately, it went well. I planned to work as a freelance architect or work in a company I got an offer from. 

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

I will apply for Masters in a university abroad after graduation keeping the GATE score as a backup. If it doesn't work out well, I plan on using the GATE score as it has a validity of 3 years. 

WORDS TO THE WISE

I believe Architecture is a professional course and every student should have a depth of knowledge for each subject and keep track of their experience of their practical knowledge. In my opinion, GATE is not a short term preparation exam but needs comprehensive study from the start. 

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONICS AND INSTRUMENTATION

SORAV GUPTA (AIR-80)

THE START OF THE JOURNEY 

Previously 3rd-year students were not allowed to appear for the GATE Exam, so I was determined to crack GATE in my fourth year and secure a good job in one of the reputed PSUs. But our batch was lucky as we got a chance to appear for the GATE exam in the third year. As soon as I came to know that third years were also allowed this time; I wanted to utilise this opportunity, so I started my preparation without wasting any time.

PREPARATION STRATEGY

I paid more attention to subjects like Analog Electronics, Digital Electronics, Network Theory and Signal & Systems during the normal semesters. I tried reading them very conceptually, digging deep into every part and aspects. That benefitted me in the long run.

Since this September, I started studying as per the GATE syllabus, made notes from YouTube videos, and strictly followed my notes for core subjects and maths. I tried to complete as much as I can till December. In January, I revised the syllabus and gave some Test Series, but on the other hand, I took aptitude very lightly, and it was one of the biggest mistakes I made in my preparation.

I never followed any books during my preparation. I mainly followed YouTube channels like Gate Academy, Kreatryx, G- Centrick for understanding the concepts and making the notes.

I feel mock tests are one of the most important things during the whole preparation. I bought a test series called Testbook. I used to give subject-wise tests during revision and then full-length tests after completion of the revision. Analysing the tests is very important, and I used to spend a lot of time in it. I used to write the solutions of incorrect and unanswered questions in a separate copy, and later after completion of all tests, I again tried all the incorrect questions. This helped me realise my weakness and my strength so that I don't repeat them.

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

Core Subjects like Industrial Instrumentation and Process control hardly had any good sources available online. Moreover, these subjects are in the 7th and 6th Semester, respectively. I hardly had any prior knowledge about it. So for these subjects, I searched topic wise concepts and made notes of them. I analysed previous year questions and test series and tried to get more formulas and concepts from them.

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

If one strictly follows the NITR curriculum throughout the two years (2nd, 3rd), he/she can easily crack GATE. The GATE syllabus is similar to that of our semesters. For GATE aspirants in their first/second year now, they can blindly follow the semester syllabus from the second year onwards. But the concepts should be crystal clear from the very beginning, which will be helpful in GATE.

ONLINE SEMESTER: A BOON OR A CURSE

As I said previously, our batch was lucky to get a chance to appear for GATE in the third year, which our senior batches were unable to. Along with this, Online Semester was the cherry on the top. Since classes were online, it saved much time for preparation. Managing the Semester and GATE preparation was challenging, but I got a hold of it as time progressed. I used to study hardly 4-5 hours daily during the whole preparation. Since I knew I had a second chance in my fourth year, I was never worried about the exam throughout my preparation.

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

I want to get a good job in the core industry. I will try my best for campus placements and also for other competitive exams like BARC, ISRO. Most PSUs are taking a fourth year and pass-out students only. So for getting a PSU job, I have to secure a good rank again in GATE 2022. I will try to give my best in GATE 2022. Let's hope for the best!

WORDS TO THE WISE 

Practise more and more questions rather than just reading the concepts. Analyse your mistakes during the test series, and Don't panic in the exam. If you are unable to solve a question, move onto the next one.

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Piyush Kesharwani

Piyush Kesharwani, a 4th year undergraduate from the department of civil engineering who already has managed to add another pair of silver feathers to his hat, securing a rank of 171 in Civil Engineering and 22 in Environmental Sciences in the GATE exam. 

THE START OF THE JOURNEY

I always wanted to join a primary core branch-like mechanical or civil. I proceeded with Civil, and as we started the core studies in the second year, I felt the studies more aligned with my passion. I studied each subject with a devotion to practical learning rather than just cramming up to help me tackle problems in real-life scenarios. I started preparing for GATE at the beginning of the 5th Semester without being quite sure, but as the pandemic struck in our 6th sem, I started my preparation for the exam seriously in March 2020, keeping in mind that finding a job would be tougher due to the prevailing conditions and tough competition. 

PREPARATION STRATEGY 

I focussed on the subjects I am strong in at the beginning of my preparation. I was good in major scoring subjects like Fluid Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Highway Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Strength of material and RCC, which reduced the pressure significantly. I used to practice the previous year to give myself a confidence boost.

For the strategy, I divided the subjects into three parts for each day; 2 major subjects and one minor subject, revising and practising problems from each subject. This way, I was able to touch each subject at least twice each week, keeping track of my progress. I also made a ritual of taking a topic wise test each day without fail and started taking full-length tests in December. 

I treated Maths and General Aptitude as a separate study section and used to practise them each night before bed to keep my marks maximum in this section. I used to refer to the online PDFs as I didn't have any study materials as most were left in the college. I used to analyse every mock test I gave as soon as I got the score, but In my opinion, one should analyse a test a day or two after the test giving himself time to process the questions he was not confident in or the tough questions. 

OVERCOMING THE HURDLES

The first major challenge was the absence of resources, as most of my notes and books were left in the college. The second biggest challenge was time management with the online Semester. We had some important subjects in the 7th Semester which couldn't be skipped. But overall, the challenges could be overcome with proper revision and proper maintenance of notes. 

NITR: A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

The academic syllabus was reformed in our batch in 2017, which was well synchronised with the GATE syllabus. I believe the syllabus was helpful for every competitive exam and covered everything required for the GATE exam within the 7th Semester. 

ONLINE SEMESTER: A CURSE OR A BOON

Coming to the online semester, it was kind of a challenge on some level with time management and resource management. But, I sincerely focused and attended all my classes till the end. I didn't have a proper schedule overall; I managed to use the weekdays after class to revise the previous subjects and the weekends to learn any new concepts. After the classes got over in November, I rigorously started preparing for the exam. 

MANAGING PLACEMENTS AND GATE 

I was placed in L&T and GAIL before the GATE exam.

For the L&T, 60% of questions were technical, and the rest were aptitude based, which was easy for me due to my preparation for the GATE exam and my previous interview experience in the internships I had beforehand.

Coming to GAIL, they had a direct interview round where they mostly focused on checking your response to situations under pressure. The interview went well overall, considering the online mode. 

LOOKING AFAR TO THE FUTURE

I will join GAIL after college; if somehow I am not able to join, I will go for PSU through GATE. 

WORDS TO THE WISE 

Don't panic in the exam; believe in yourselves and your preparations. Even if 85% of your syllabus is completed, prepare it to perfection to get a good rank. In the end, keep faith in yourselves to achieve the goal. 


Team MM wishes all the achievers the best for all their future endeavours!

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