Without this platform and the people behind it working tirelessly to maintain its quality (including all the good people in the FB group), I would not have been able to succeed. I’m not the typical applicant – I graduated in 2014 and have 5+ years of product startup experience. I had to start preparation from scratch in 2019, and by scratch, I really mean from zero – I graduated with CS BTech from tier 3 and my CS background was nowhere close to the level needed by IITs. Thanks to Bikram Ballav’s “what to read” series, I could even begin to build the necessary background for GATE. I really enjoyed studying computer science and it gave me an enlightened perspective on my past work experience as well (a lot of things clicked!).

I took GATE the second time this year, managed to scrape by with a rank of 658 and gave the MS interviews at Bombay and Madras, and cracked Bombay (Madras results pending as of now). Getting Bombay was especially sweet after I thought I had bombed the interview. My initial goal was IISc CSA research and I did not clear its cutoff, but I don’t feel so bad about it right now.

I will probably add much more detail to my journey in a different post. All I know is that I will cherish this journey for a lifetime.

Thank you, GO.

PS: The resources I used are listed here.

posted in 2021 Jun 6, 2021 edited Jun 18, 2021 by
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Congratulation sir on this achievement. I am also having 5.5 years of experience in IT and preparing for Gate 2022 along with JOB. Please share your journey experience and how to manage time.
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Would love to hear your wild story!
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Congratulations 👍
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Thank you @Arjun sir! I'm really grateful to you for running GO :). Top-quality PYQ discussion and test series as well. I am glad I did not go for any coaching because it forced me to study mostly from standard books and videos.

@ankeshsingh I did not hold a full-time job in the last 2 years while prepping for GATE. I interviewed with some freelancer companies and got selected in one, although my work in 2020 consisted mostly of paid mentoring in python/django/CS on their platform (which supported me financially). So I was free to prepare full-time for GATE.

@Kanwae Kan if you have facebook or any other socials, DM me here with them and I'll add you

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congratulation. please write about your journey if you can :)

 

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Can you please share your Gate response sheet? It will be inspiring for me. Please send to [email protected]
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@ugly_attempt I got a lot of questions wrong that I should not have. It's not exactly inspiring but here https://drive.google.com/file/d/14OjiWjB7r-ZkJhBbMqEfYqjoFn7keEB8/view?usp=sharing.

@sarvesh purohit thank you. there is a lot to write, will do in some time.

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Bikram Ballav,

@pritishc

Congratulation 👍 👍 👍....

there is a lot to write ...