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A story about four GATE attempts, culminating in an old IIT, day 1 placement and a research publication in an A-ranked conference.

I graduated in 2016 and gave my first attempt in Feb 2016. Back in those days, there were two statements that floated around a lot –

1. GATE is not as tough as JEE, and can be cracked in one month.
2. Masters should only be done from IISc, IITs are not good enough for masters (huh!!!!!!!)

Two utterly rubbish statements that governed my life for the next few years.

I attempted GATE four times -

• 2016 - 33.w marks, rank ~6k
• 2017 - 32.x marks, rank ~6k
• 2018 - 42.y marks, rank ~2k
• 2019 - 57.z marks, rank 963, got into IIT-K for MS Research!

This post is essentially meant for two sections - a) the ones who have ranks between 700-1200, and b) the ones having ranks > 1200 and are contemplating repeating with/without a job etc. A lot of people in these ranges would be going through many questions and dilemmas, and having been on both sides, I hope my journey can help some of you.

Ranks > 1200  – “We are a consequence of the choices we make and the chances we take”

I started my preps in Feb 2015, but perhaps the first sentence dominated my thoughts consciously/subconsciously and my preparations were not up to the mark. I had a job offer from campus in a products company with a slightly higher package than the average. While my parents, friends, and peers all warned me to not join the job, take a drop and dedicatedly prepare for GATE, I decided against it.  I thought I could easily handle a 9-hour job, with 2-hour travel, study for 4-5 hours and get a < 50 AIR in GATE (I still thought GATE was easy enough). Also, I knew that taking a drop, without having any backups would put immense pressure on me and I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on my studies. I am a “Plan B” person, hence decided to take up the job and continue preparing for GATE. In 2015, a guy had secured an AIR 5 along with a job (a famous blog/interview those days). There was another person on Quora, who left his job one or two months before GATE and secured an AIR 7 and made it to IISc. I was inspired by it - “If they can do it, so can I”.

In 2017, I secured a mark less than my previous attempt and looked like my decision was pathetically wrong. Some dark days awaited!! A dream that kept on breaking, a bad job, parents’ health issues, and the societal pressure to get married!! There were challenges left, right, and center! My own physical and mental health took a beating (stress, anxiety, major weight gain, weakness), making it more difficult for me to focus on my preparation. After my second attempt in GATE, I had learnt quite a few lessons. As determined and perseverant (or stubborn?) as I was, started preparing for the third time, and managed to get a ~2K rank in 2018.

Some lessons from my journey so far -

1. Preparing with a job is tough and depends on a number of factors. Preparing without a job has its own challenges. Some pros and cons -

1. If you are in a mass company, you may not have much work and can devote some office hours for your preps, especially if you are on the bench. I had a lot of work in my company, I would usually skip breaks or finish my meals quickly to catch up on some of my studies. Also, it helps if you are staying closer to the company. Spending 2-3 hours in commute daily is exhausting.

2. Same decision, different outcomes – While it's great if you can take a drop and prepare single-mindedly, it may not always work out that way. A colleague of mine took a drop and got a rank of ~1100 in 2020. She took another drop, secured ~1200 AIR and finally took up admission in a top-4 NIT.  She was under immense pressure on the day of the exam and out of sheer nervousness made mistakes that cost her dearly. Health-wise too she was on a backfoot. Another friend who took a drop in her second attempt made it to IIT Bombay. Both have been toppers during their bachelor's and master's.

3. Know your strengths and weaknesses - I knew I could not concentrate if I did not have a safety net. Hence, despite knowing the challenges of preparing alongside a job, I always found that more doable. While I took 4 attempts, I was hardly putting anything at stake - I had a stable job, and I could have easily continued in that domain.

4. Make your decisions wisely - If you are deciding to prepare for the 2nd+ time, do consider your family situation, financial condition and other things. I know of people, on the other side of 25 years of age, who felt remorse seeing their friends get “settled” while they were “stuck up” in their preparations. On the other hand, I also had folks at IITK, 25+, who did very well in their academic, personal, and professional lives.

5. Give it a try – Having said that, 20s is the time when you can take risks, focus on yourself, shape your career and live your passions. It gets tougher (not impossible) to do that in 30s and beyond. For me, IITK has been worth every bit of the 4-year struggle!! I was a web developer, and absolutely hated it. I wanted to work in Systems, specifically the kernel, and that is where I am currently working!

6. Maintain consistency in your preps and take care of your health –  IITs/IISc are worth a lot, but definitely not your health. After office, I would study for 6-7 hours for 2-3 days, which meant I slept for not more than 4-5 hours. Hence, in the latter part of the week, I would just not have any energy to study. The inconsistency cost me. And such bad sleep has major, lasting effects on your health and cognitive powers. Do exercise regularly and sleep sufficiently.

2. There will be tons of success/struggle/strategy blogs on the internet, take them with a pinch of salt (including this post). It worked for them, it may or may not work for you. Make your own plans and strategies and keep updating them timely. Take risks - but informed, and calculated ones.

Rank 700 - 1200 – “What if I fail? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

For people in this range, your journey did not end, just got a little longer. 2-5 questions would have probably made a big difference. But hey! Don’t give up, not yet! Not all is lost!

2019 was my fourth attempt at GATE. A week after the exam, my rank was around 400! I was ecstatic! I knew I would be getting calls from a lot of IITs, and from my dream college, IISc. I enthusiastically started prepping for the interviews. However, with each passing day, my rank started dropping. By the end of Feb, it was around 800, and I knew it was the end of the road for me. I was disheartened and broken and exhausted. It was my fourth attempt and I knew I didn’t really have it in me to pick up my books again and start all over. I almost discontinued my preparations. But the hopelessly hopeful person that I am, I did apply to the old IITs/IISc despite all sorts of rank/college predictors and previous year stats saying otherwise. The predicted colleges were mid and lower NITs, newer IITs and IIITs. I wasn’t interested in any of them, mainly because these didn’t have as strong a Systems scene (at least at that time) as did old IITs/IISc, but nevertheless applied to them as well. To my surprise, I got an interview call from IIT Kanpur and IISc. While I was not much interested in IITK (that second statement still dominant in my head), the IISc call letter was like a new lease of life! I started preparing for it with utmost fervor! At work, I would skip meals, go to the parking area (so that nobody could disturb me) and study. I tried to make the most of the ~1.5 months that I had before the interview. However, along with that enthusiasm, there was a sinking feeling that my rank was low (AIR 963) and that perhaps I would not make the cut. It was commonly said back then that IITK had a 70-30 interview-GATE performance criteria, so I thought my chances at IITK were almost nil. Most fellow aspirants/seniors I spoke to at that time would suggest the same and I would get discouraged.

A few days prior to my IITK interview, I got a call letter from IIT Indore. Both interviews overlapped. Given my rank, I thought I had my best chance there. Sunday morning I had my train to Kanpur, and Friday evening I almost cancelled my tickets! Luckily, I spoke to Arjun Sir about my dilemmas, and he suggested that even though the chances were indeed higher at IIT-I than at IITK, IITK was worth taking the risk. And the rest is history :)

So, the lessons from this part of my journey -

1. Screw the stats! Apply!  – Do not give up! Apply anywhere and everywhere you can and prepare hard. Do not pay much attention to predictors/statistics/trends/etc. While they might have high accuracy, they are not set in stone. I made it to IITK at 963, that same year somebody with a rank of 900+ made it to IISc. One more rejection won’t hurt much, but an acceptance will change your life! Most people in this range go for IIITs/NITs, perhaps due to the fear of interviews. While the IIITs/NITs are great, old IITs/IISc are a class apart.

2. IITs are a world of endless possibilities  –  Even if you don’t clear the interview, you can always write to a professor working in your area of interest, and ask for an internship/project assistantship. These usually have a higher stipend than MTech/MS and can make huge differences to your career. Visit the faculties’ home pages to get info about their mail addresses/openings/past students, etc.

3. Network – For your interview preps, talk to students working in your areas of interest. It can help you massively. Amidst all the demotivating stats and predictions, talking to a senior studying in IISc (who himself had a lower rank of ~800) kept me going during my interview preps. The best way to reach out is to mail them on their college ids (they may not respond on time on social media). Almost all IITs/IISc have a students page (for ex this), reach out to them.

4. A lot of people are hesitant to apply for MS (2.5-3yr course). In my experience, MS is better than MTech -

1. The coursework is lesser than for MTech, and hence, lesser pressure

2. The research experience will help you not only for PhD but for some jobs as well. During my placement season, there were 1-2 companies that opened for MS/PhD, and not for MTechs (the reverse also happens)

3. Chances of getting a sponsored project are higher (depends on the guide)

4. “Research” may sound scary, but is fun and satisfying. Give it a try!

5. If you are concerned about the longer time taken in MS, know that you can even graduate in 1.5-2 years if you finish your work. You can also sit for placements and start working after two years and continue your remaining thesis work remotely. Of course, this depends on the guide and institute policies, but there is always a way out. Please do not give up the opportunity to study at an old IIT just because of this.

6. IITs are awesome, whether for Bachelors, or Masters, or Doctorate. Period! IISc is perhaps the best research institute in the country, the old IITs aren’t far behind. It's usually said that IIT profs give more importance to UGs than to PGs, it could not be farther from the truth. At least in IITK, at least in the systems labs, our professors spent a lot of time with us, solved our doubts, and even debugged our code!

7. Also, the TA duties at IITs are usually considered to be a bane. While that has truth to it (depends on the course, the instructor, and other things), my best learning experience at IITK was during my TAship for the “Intro to OS” course. I got to design assignments, have awesome discussions with the Prof and the TA team, and fell in love with OS a little more!

It took me four attempts to get an admit. I could not clear the IISc interview, but IIT K turned out to be the biggest blessing for me (that’s a story for another day)!! Patience, and perseverance (and some pagalpan :P) finally paid off!!

I cannot end this post without thanking this community. A big, huge thanks to all the contributors, moderators, maintainers of GO, and of course, to Arjun Sir! This journey would not have been possible without them.

The path from dreams to reality does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.  - Kalpana Chawla

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Hello everyone , I am deepanshu sharma. Maybe your senior in gate preparation and other things. I got notification 1 hour back about someone added some comment on some conversation in gate overflow. So I checked the platform and many memories came back ( though the interface is all new now ). I am going to share my experience about gate and other things.

I  appeared for gate exam in 2019.  At that time I bought ravindra Babu ravula sir course ( i see his video now on YouTube ,he is completely different man now dunno what happened .) So i studied from that course for basics and for every doubt every thing that I can't understand I have the best platform known as Gate overflow. In college I didn't study that much or you can say only studied day before exam due to fun reasons so Gate was a challange to me. But there was very much help from gateoverflow regarding many questions and other things. Then I attempted Gate exam 2019 ( i am passout from college in 2018) i vividly remember the exam day that exam was simple as compared to previous year. So I was very happy after giving paper like I will scored 60+ marks any case. But then life happened , and i scored 52 marks .

Then the story starts of selecting a college . I don't know about situation right now. But at that time these 52 marks were very tricky marks . You can't get best college but also not the worst college. So I started finding college, long story short I didn't find the right one for me. Because i prepared for 60+ marks anyday and due to silly mistakes I got 52 marks and then I left Gate side because exam was happening after a year and I was afraid if this type of silly mistakes happen again then next year will be waste.

So what happened after gate 2019? I remember now in July, August month , i left this side and then started looking after other options. At last I went to banking side. Then after 5-6 months, 2020 corona happens. Again long story short , I cleared many exams after that horrible time of Corona. I cleared sbi po, ibps po , every other test which was in banking. But not getting selected in interview. Then I worked for STATE BANK Of INDIA assistant manager for three months. Again left that job due to some reasons, started preparing for RBI and other exams. Not getting selected in RBI due 1.5 marks. Now at last I am working as ADMINISTRATOR OFFICER in NEW INDIA ASSURANCE ( MINISTRY of FINANCE) 😌😌.

My story was not about gate or banking or any other exam.

It was a view of life from 25 years old person right now. I know that time I didn't get college that I want so much and frustration and then corona. I was thinking that my life was utterly wasted. But at last things works in my favour. So point is do hardwork as much as you can do , also enjoy life but also form a habit of  hardwork in your life. You will clear any exam in your life that you set your mind to. Don't be lazy , never be lazy ( although I am writing this post hiding under blanket, but I think you got my point) .

Just work hard in your life ,you will almost get 80-90% of things in life. Also enjoy life 😌😌 Be active in life. Thankyou and have a nice day.

PS - As you have seen from scores above , i am completely normal student. Who loves playing cricket and football more than studying.If i can become something, you all can become much more than me
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I know this is not a big achievement but i feel , the journey i went through or the mistakes I did is worth knowing for future GATE aspirants so that they nail the exam with flying colors .

I would never recommend any aspirant to change their stream in GATE unless there is a very strong reason .

I recently had an interview with GO classes ( GateOverflow ) where  I have shared my entire journey .

I will attach the link herewith.

My favorite quote- “ The more you sweat in practice , the less you bleed in battle “

ALL THE BEST !

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This was my third GATE attempt

I would first like to thank all the writers of GATEOVERFLOW who have written such brilliant answers and offcourse Arjun sir for making this site a huge success/

I joined GATEOVERFLOW in june month last year, it has been one year, and right now, this is the time, you can make your own success story.

I would like to share that, I have been offered seat at IIIT Delhi MTECH CSE, and two interviews are scheduled for me in the upcoming week, one is MTECH CSE IIT JODHPUR and one is IIT BOMBAY MTECH EE Research Assistant.

I have accepted seat at IIIT DELHI and I am feeling so good

Thank you arjun sir for everything. Words are less to thank you.

motivational story

I passed 12th in 2014
Then I took a drop year for jee mains prep.
I wasted my time there.
then I joined a lower IP University College
I was very low and didn't know why I am doing engineering at first.

during coaching from 2014 to 2015 I learnt that physics and chemistry is not my cup of tea
I honestly don't know why I joined computer science and engineering.
but in the fourth semester, something interesting happened.

I started learning graph theory, algorithms design and analysis, theory of computation, databases, discrete maths etc and started to fall in love with computer science.
from failing jee mains two times with marks 25, 64 in years 2014,2015 respectively

I somehow managed to get 1st rank in College for the very first time in my life.
I still get nostalgic about that day.
then I again topped in sixth semester
by this time I was already teaching algorithms on my youtube channel.
I didn't know something big is about to come.
in the seventh semester I got first rank in university among 1900 students

Gave gate exam three times in year 2019,2020,2021 with AIR 5777,10917 AND 1922 respectively.

So moral of the story is

NEVER GIVE UP
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Hello guys.

A lot of you recently saw my post on Facebook and gave it a lot of love so firstly thank you for that.

I thought why not make a small(actually long) motivational post to encourage all future aspirants to give their best shot at this much coveted exam.

So i completed class 12 in 2016 and aced my boards exam.But also ended up messing up my JEE mains.Did decently well in WB-JEE with a rank of 1739.Upon recommendation by some people,I joined Heritage institute of technology but didn’t find the cost to value ratio of the college good.No offence, its still a great college,but given the financial condition of my family i decided to somehow prepare for WB-JEE again and enter Jadavpur University(fee rs.2500 per year), no matter what branch i get.So gave WB-JEE again, got a rank of 3349 and got admission into Printing Engineering.Sadly I was not able to fulfill my parents dream of seeing me behind the gates of IIT.I had always loved Computers and wanted to pursue computer science as my career major.

One good thing I learnt about in Heritage was about GATE exam and how it could help me realize my dream of studying Computer Science from an IIT. So basically, my plan was pre-decided since the day i enrolled in Jadavpur University, to study and prepare for GATE.

Since I was from a different department and had to literally study like 2 engineering courses(printing and computer all core subjects),standard books weren’t the optimal choice for me. So after some research, I ordered made easy postal study material in an attempt to study and prepare on my own. But as you may have guessed,it failed.Colege pressure and lack of motivation denied me any progress whatsoever. But my money or study material didn’t go into vain. You’ll know later why.

So in my second year,I contacted Gateforum(closest institute to where i stayed in Kolkata).They told me that for Jadavpur students they would offer 50 percent off on all courses.So i decided to take up classroom course,but in the last moment for some reason decided to add in the usb course too. So I started attending GATE classes on weekends and tried to study during weekdays by keeping my college attendance minimum.Things went well few few months but then again as luck may have it, Gateforum ran into some problem regarding their classroom building and they had to shift centers and all that.As a result,my Gate prep totally slumped. I ended up not attending college and also not studying properly for Gate.Wasted a good 6 months like this.Completed only like 3 subjects that too not properly.

Come march 2020, lockdown was announced and I had to go back home.And lo-behold, my usb course that I had purchased came in handy.I dont know how,but being at home and seeing my parents struggle to make ends meet,it sparked something in me. I decided then and there- “I WILL GET A JOB AND CLEAR GATE AS WELL”.Also a lot of people tried to demean me due to my department,due to fact that I was a fitness freak, because I played computer games and because I was in a relationship.They meant to say that all my focus should be only on studies.My motivation was not to prove them wrong, but to prove myself right and be an example for many people.

I started preparing hard. Spent 5-6 hrs on a daily basis watching lectures and making notes from usb lectures.At the end of every subject, I would solve all the past year questions of that subject.This ensured  that I was practising while even during the process of making notes.By the end of september,i completed note making of the entire syllabus.Remeber I had taken postal course of madeasy? That came in very handy in clearing my theory doubts,conceptual doubts were cleared via gate overflow.So with a combination of gateforum usb course,gate overflow and made easy postal course books i was able to build a good foundation for all subjects.

Then all i focused was on rigorous in depth revision as many times as possible till the day of Gate exam and solving as many questions as possible.I solved questions from a variety of sources,subject tests being the main source.By mid of december I had given atleast 3 subject test of each subject with about 6 full revisions.Then i started giving full tests,I remember scoring only 55 which really made me sad.I thought my preparation wasn’t good,but after reading some motivational articles, I decided not to give up till the very end. I ended up scoring an average of 70 (across all test series combined) and average of top 30 ranks in tests. I was confident that if a paper is difficult for me,its difficult for many others too and not because my preparation was very weak.

I spent januaray 2021 giving full tests and deep revisions of subjects.I didn’t give many tests in the month of februarary and mainly focused on revision and staying healthy.

Also point to be noted during my entire preparation,I always kept sunday as rest day,worked out 2 hrs 6 days a week and played games 1 and half hours daily

On the exam day, I didn’t focus on getting some rank or some particular score,but only to give my best.(Ofcourse deep inside i wanted a top 100 rank cause i had prepared so hard).I gave the exam well,didn’t really panic or all that,but maybe due to lengthy paper(I was in set 2) I made some crucial silly mistakes in haste,like in the multiplexer question i found the correct answer and marked the wrong option(-2.66),in big endian question I selected an extra option,realized it but ran out of time to uncheck it(-2) and a few other mistakes which cost me a top 100 rank.But its ok,given the nature of set 2 most of the candidates suffered.

I came out of the exam,happy about the fact that i had given my best.Ofcourse in the upcoming days,I used to get sad whenever i used to find i got a question wrong,and also remember crying when I realized what I had done in the multiplexer question.So this continued for few days then everything seemed normal,until the set 2 syntax/semantic question controversy(ofcourse I am a syntax guy).I challenged that question with many others,but that answer wasn’t changed.

Result day-Opened portal:Gate rank-206 Gate score-798

Mixed feeling for first few seconds as rank predictor had predicted rank around 170-180.But then I realized in my mind-

“Dude.You are a guy from printing engineering.You are a guy from a department  that people used to mock saying stuff like ‘what the hell is printing?,surely u cant code?, leaving cs in Heritage was a big mistake’ and all of those kind comments.Why are you sad? You beat all adversities to get a rank of 206 in an exam of 1,01,922 candidates ,you beat many guys from CS department.You fulfilled the target you had set.You are going to fulfill your and your parents dream to study from an IIT(touchwood).Yes  marks more would have fetched you top 100,but on contrary 4 marks less would have taken you out of top 700.Be thankful to God for this gift.Enjoy the moment!”

Also during this time(mainly march to september) I had being doing competitive coding on codechef and codeforces every other day,devoting 2 hours to it.I sat for Hack with Infy competition organised by Infosys,cleared both rounds and an interview to get placed as a System engineer specialist(5.5 lpa) in the month of september.I was also shortlisted for TCS digital but due to covid-19,they had imposed one job rule in my college which was not there earlier.So my target of being placed in a decent place was already completed quite early and I could devote full time devotion to Gate.

So thats all guys.Just wanted to convey a small chapter of my life.I hope you find some inspiration out of it if you are in some low phase of your life,or just in general.

Remeber guys,if you work hard everything is possible.Apart from Gate and placement, I also did internship in IOT,as a journalist, learnt playing guitar,sang on stage,built a good physique in gym, and did  countless other things.I was and still am in a relationship since 5 years.It didn’t hamper my preperation whatsoever, because I always had my priorities set right.The money i saved by enrolling in JU came in very handy especially during lockdown.So no regrets of being a graduate in printing either.I am forever indebted to the almighty,my parents,my grandmother and my girlfriend for the way they always supported me.

Remeber,if you give your 100 percent,there is no chance you ll get a 0 in return.Always give your best and be thankful for what you have.Whatever happens happens for good.If you are focussed on your life goals and know what you want out of your life,no one can stop you.If a guy from printing department can do it,you can too!

Hope you achieve all your dreams and make your parents and all your loved ones proud.Best of luck.Peace out <3.
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My journey of gate 2021

Some facts before the start of this post and requests.

2]modi hai to mumkin hai(take it as you want)

3]Mitaoe is best college in india

Hello guyz

This post is regarding Gate results 2021 CSE.yesterday Gate results are announced and

I am here to share my journey with you people so that it may motivate you and help you in your life.some 100000 people have written gate cse 2021 (don't know exact count just like the government dont have data of death of  covid warriors).

Yesterday i got air 477 in gate cse 2021 my marlks were 58.07 and my score was 738 out of 1000 it was one of proud moment for me(feels like ab bolna madar****).

Now why I decided to give gate first of all.

I was in my second year happy with life for no reason .I wanted a good internship. Someone motivated me by saying “paisa hi paisa hoga” ,I worked hard ,I did projects,I learned hell lot of things.Now something very bad happen to me (no not breakup you dirty mind).i applied to amazon for 6 times,flipkart 2 times,uber 1 time,no replies not even “sorry we can't go forward with your resume reply”(gazab beizzati hai yarr) .some people called me for interview and these were their replies(“we can take you but you have to pay fee”,”we can take you but you have to work for 9 hrs without stipend”,”you are good but we will give stipend only to top3 interns as they are from **** colleges,”we pay but only to college recruits you are not selected in your college that's why you are here so we will not pay you”).Now I almost ended up dealing with numerous people and my whole hope was lost. Don't  want to say but  tear fall from eyes don't know how and that day i was just feeling like fuck i am the dumbest kid in the world and shittest in terms of knowledge.After that i decided to give gate.

3rd year first semester i collected all important subjects notes and decided to prepare on own but very sooner i realised(“beta tumse na ho payega “).I decide to prepare with coaching.Me with my partner(gate partner bro) sahil joined gate ,he was having bike so no wastage of time and join this institute cant take name but yeah it is best selling in at least pune.and now this shityy people have their coaching for 8 hrs and that too fees is hefty and also only 2 days a week .they complete subject in 2 days believe me gate subject completion in 2 days is just too quick even johnny sins cum at lesser speed than these.and just after some months of joining corona came and fucked everyone of us completely.but our coaching was so cooperative that they forget to contact us for four months.yeah four months ha matlab log bhul jate hai quiet understandable.

Somehow i managed to complete the syllabus before october from different sources(i will make separate posts on sources)and started with test series.i join made easy,ace academy,applied test series this year none of them were useful though bit of madeeasy,applied was good.i was consistently scoring around 60 in each tests which i used to give made hell lot of friends on facebook(don't consider angel priya i broke up with her).these people help me to solve enormous amount of doubts and not to mention they were top rankers like air 237,air 477,air 300 ,446 something like that and finally on d'day we all made it .

Key learning from this post

2]join gateoverflow,gate cse zeal both these groups on facebook if  you aim for gate(it helps alot)

3]try to give enormous test don't solve same question twice

4]repeat revision otherwise no results just make it like a habit of night you know what i mean(3 nights in a week)

5]keep in contact with friends gate is for one year and friends are for life

Note:those who are confused with jobs and higher education from a dream place believe me you are going to do a job for the rest of your life but the environment you will get in these 2 years is something which you can imagine and can never forget.live your life to the fullest and never leave any regrets.

For study material i will make a post along with each topic and will post it today only thanks if you have come up till here bit sarcasm in post just to help you to don't get bored.

Sources which i followed for my preparation

1]nptel lectures just few for important topics like dma

2]gateoverflow solutions they serve as as bibble for me during my entire preparation

3]some classnotes which i made and notes of some dedicated teachers which i find in telegram groups

JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES CONSIDER YOURSELF AS AIR1 OF UPCOMING YEAR AND JUST GIVE YOU SOUL TO THESE WORK FOR ONE YEAR.

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Hey everyone!!

I hope you are doing awesome.

Introducing myself a bit, I got under 100 rank in 2018 and now heading to complete my masters from IIT-M this summer. Thankfully, I’m placed in one of the big 4. I want to share some of my (personal, debatable, probably biased, unorganized) views on many not so related things mostly about IITM, which I hope can be helpful for the community.

1. I chose IITM even after receiving offer from IITK and IITD because of many faculties working in ML. It turned out to be a good decision in this respect because there are indeed many faculties working in this area and lots of good courses are offered each semester. So, most importantly, do check the program structure, its flexibility, and the courses offered of each insti from their official website. P.S. IITM reduced the number of courses to be done in first year from 9 to 8 and only 2 courses will be mandatory which are ADSA and APL. I mentioned this here because the committee recently took this decision and it might not have been updated on the site.
2. M.Tech. at IISC or IITs is definitely a rigorous program and you are expected to put good amount of effort. So, please come with a mindset that you will be required to STUDY.
3. Being good at Math actually gives you very good advantage in most of the courses. And since CGPA matters, Math will matter too. :p
4. You will do yourself a great favor by improving your programming. It is one of the biggest predictor of success at IITs. It gives you an edge not only in courses but also in getting internship or placements. I repeat, it gives you a very significant edge. Some professor here, often discuss this in the class committee meetings that many M.Tech. aren’t good at programming. So, please try to improve it even before you take the admission.

Placements

1. IITM is allowing students to do summer internship and companies come in their first sem to recruit them. Many are likely to receive PPOs. (I had also received PPO but I’ve declined the offer.)
2. (Warning:  Lot’s of philosophy but I just wanted to write this down somewhere, feel free to ignore this point though). I encourage people for research, acads and other activities but still if the only thing you’re focused at is placement here comes an arguable piece of advice. If you’re at a place where your peers are less capable than you, you are much more likely to get good placement as it’s very relative process. I got this advice from a smart person on GO fb group back then, I researched on it and I also think that it matters. So, for example, IITK takes student with programming test, people there on average would be a better programmer. This increases the competition. And the only thing you have to judge your peer group before admission is their gate score. Many great companies visit at least all old IITs. So, I dont rank the IITs on this parameter but you can do your research and ONLY if you believe this factor might play a role, take this into account. But I think it is very less likely that anyone would like to consider this as people like to associate themselves to the best institutes that they can get but that’s okay too.

Environment

1. IISC is definitely great for research but you miss out on quite a few cool things about the life at IITs. The competition with CS B.Techs., Thrilling Placement Season are just some of the many precious experiences.
2. B.Tech. guys are fun and you can make friends with them. I have never ever observed any superiority complex in them. This year 2 out of 4 major international job offers were fetched by M.Techs.
3. Talking about other general things, Campus is beautiful and filled with greenary, Climate here wasn’t much of an issue for me though it’s surely hot and humid, a mess which serves food without root vegetables was so relieving for me as it saved me from a lot of hustle.

Thank you. I wish you lots of happiness and success.

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ALL THE PREPARATION , COACHING , STANDARD TEXT BOOKS , LECTURES , VIDEOS ,  SHORT NOTES , LONG NOTES  , BLOGS , ARTICLES , PUBLICATIONS , TEST SERIES , ANALYSIS ,  REVISION , HARDWORK , PATIENCE ……..

TIME FOR ALL THIS IS DONE!!!

IT ALL NOW COMES DOWN TO THOSE CRUCIAL 3 HOURS OF SATURDAY THE 8TH OF FEBRUARY , 2020 , WHERE IT IS GOING TO BE JUST YOU AND THOSE 65 QUESTIONS.

I WISH ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD FOR ALL THE APPEARING CANDIDATES INCLUDING ME  :-)

JUST GO THERE AND GIVE YOUR VERY BEST AND HOPEFULLY THE DAY WILL TURN OUT TO BE A MEMORABLE ONE IN THE JOURNEY OF OUR LIVES…

FOR NOW JUST RELAX AND REWIND THIS GREAT JOURNEY OF THE PREPARATION THAT YOU’VE GONE THROUGH.
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Hello All, I think everything is almost cleared now, As usual GO answer key must be 100% accurate and Praggy Sir’s prediction is a sure shot thing. Now what to do?

Many of you need to face some interviews, tests, coding rounds, etc. Special range for this is (120-500). I already told in my last blog, everyone will get what he/she deserves. But still if your rank is in the range of 300-500 you still have another chance to get an admission to IISC CSA, CDS RA, IITK, IITB RA, IITM MS, IITR, IITG, IITH. But the thing is except IITR and IITG all others have coding round or interview.

Even after cracking the GATE, What exactly teachers of these colleges expect?

Answer is quite simple many of you have some hard luck or because of some silly mistakes, will get a rank maybe in the buffer of 50-200 low. So still they think these people deserves another chance and that’s why they call you as well.

Now my main motive of this post is not to give brief about admission process but to tell the importance of coding. There are many students who are below 1000 but still get nervous while writing a code. So I request you please pay attention on this field specially. If you are thinking life at IIT will be chiller then this is wrong, you might get bigger assignments, strict profs, morning lectures everything. And most importantly almost every company during placements just focuses on the CODING only.

Now you have almost 3 months in hand just try to practice 2-3 codes a day that will surely helpful. Without coding CS guy is nothing.

People who are worrying about the results and all the post GATE things, just think about yourself, your condition, limit of patience, self confidence and then take appropriate decision.

All the best :)
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Thank you everyone who has responded in https://gateoverflow.in/blog/7367/what-to-do-and-scared-for-future .

especially @mehul vaidya. For you advice. As of now I am preparing for BARC , IIIT-H, ISI ,CMI, VITMEE , Manipal and BITSAT. I am confirmed to get in VIT and Manipal and i will try for them again. In advance I would like to know about M.Tech in VIT or Manipal. Are they good for my career and health (I have heard some bad things about VIT). Also if any suggestion for preparing for IIIT-H and BARC will be very helpful.

Although I have no hopes for getting in NIT or IIT I would like to know how to prepare for the tests and interviews in IIT/NIT for M.Tech. Any and every tio will be helpful

Thank you everyone.

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Hello All, I am getting 60.33 marks (general cat.) in gate 2019 cse. Expected rank -715-730. Score 711. As I know I have very less options for getting admissions in iit’s and my best option is iiitb. As I have low cgpa in btech (6.74) . I also has affected my chances of shortlisting in MS/RA interview in iit’s. Now I am feeling low as I can’t have much in my hand.Please suggest some good options for me to take admission.

Thanks.
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Hello my dearest student,

Keep ur best in those 3 hours till last second.

Don't spend  more time on one question only.

Complete exam in 2.15 hours  only, remaining time try for leftout questions.

Don't regret after exam so plan now to give best shot in those 3 hours.

Go to exam centre before one hour. Don't eat nonsense.

Gate exam is not life, it is one of the best opportunity to show ur ability, so keep ur best.

If you get good rank then one of the good dog will marry you, otherwise  good pig will marry you. So finally you will marry, don't worry.

I know very well  u will give ur  best shot  because all of u did hardwork

All the very best
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Hello all, I wish you all the very best for GATE 2019. Tomorrow will be your day. Don’t change your strategy of solving the paper just by listening to anyone today, keep it yours :) All the top ranks are waiting for you all ;) Enjoy the paper as well, it will be surely a great experience!!!

ALL THE BEST...

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All the best for GATE 2019. I’m sure all the hardworking people here will be smiling after GATE. Questions being tough or easy is irrelevant as it is a competitive exam and you only care for rank (converted to GATE score). This will be the 5th GATE exam after GO was started and I’m pretty sure we will have the maximum toppers this year. Once again all the best 👍

Just a side note: things do not finish after GATE exam. Many of you will need to start interview preparation.

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For  Next two days i am not in the  mood of working on any electronic device …..as lately i am spending more time on youtube  after every one or two hour study ,there is 1 hour youtube  :)  so i think its good time to leave gadgets ….so best of luck from my side  to everyone , hopefully everyone who worked hard will get their results ….

“SIMPLY BEST OF LUCK FROM MY SIDE TO EVERYONE  : )”
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Hello All… I hope everyone is doing great with the GATE ‘19 preparations :)

Some of you might already know me. Well I got some calls and messages in my inbox for some motivation, I thought I should post something for you all.

Well It’s more or less 20 days remaining for GATE 2019. Hot time in this cool season huh!!! Some of you are getting great scores in all the mocks, some of you are struggling with it and maybe some of you still not started giving mocks yet. Don’t worry still you have 20*24 = 480 hrs in your hand, out of which each day 7-7.30 hrs of sleep is must so, 480 – 20*7 = 480 – 140 = 340 hrs :) (If you are prepared with almost all the concepts then this much time is enough ;))

Irrespective of all in these 20 days, just think positive about everything, I know it’s hard but still you can manage to do it ;) Many of you are still in the range of 50-60 marks don’t worry just try to revise your mistakes, try to remember the things conceptually that will help you in the exam hall, and try to increase at least one mark everyday! Don’t think about college and all the post GATE things, you’ll get plenty of time for that after 3rd Feb.

Don’t see others’ marks just try to increase your marks as well as positivity everyday. You will get what you deserve surely. Many of you will say GATE is not everything but just give it a try as it is everything for you in the upcoming days. And I can assure you, you will get best of best after cracking the GATE exam. After all IITian tag ki abhi bhi bohot Izzat hai!

I won’t say you should do these things and should not do these things, after all it’s all about personal planning, but I would say whatever you’ve planned just try to follow it completely. Do not demotivate after getting less score than expected in some of the mocks, rather try to analyze your mistakes. And try to complete the mocks in 2.15/2.30 hrs so that you will get plenty of time to correct your silly mistakes (Yes I know, those mistakes are hazards :p)! And I know many of you will get scare by seeing toppers’ marks in many of the test series, I still remembered, at my time someone got 95-98 marks in the mock and I got just 60-65 :p But remember GATE 2018 topper also got 83 marks :) So Don’t get scared because of that marks just try to put all your efforts in and get as much as you can!

Finally try to revise the things everyday with proper schedule, try to read the best posts of Arjun sir and all the awesome GO members, try to utilize your time, and don’t give more than 2 full length tests in a day (I would suggest only one is enough for a day in the same time slot as per your hall ticket), it won’t help you rather it will exhaust you :(

Most important, Try not to fight with the parents because of pressure and frustration, try not to break up with Girlfriend/Boyfriend, just try to revise the concepts in the mind all the times. Try to talk everyday with your loved ones.

I hope you will give your best in the GATE 2019. All the top ranks are waiting for you ;) 2019 will be awesome year for you all ;)

ALL THE BEST :)  Many wishes from Guwahati!!!

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For the last 15 days I am not able to concentrate properly. As a result my output has been reduced very much. I am wasting this precious time. Can you please suggest a few techniques to improve my concentration at this moment.
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Please seniors and others who gone through this exam(such exam), guide us to tackle the exam. Tomorrow is the exam day.
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Hello friends..I don't know whether this is the right time to discuss these things or not.but I am feeling very disturbed and don't know with whom should share these things that's why posting here.

So here is my story.. I completed my engineering last year from a tier 2 college. From campus placements I don't know maybe I was lucky I got a decent package offer from a product based company.I don't know why I did that even after getting so many negative feedbacks for not accepting the job offer.I went on with my decision to reject the offer and prepare full time for gate.. without coaching.

So , I started preparing and prepared like a maniac, from 9:00 in morning to 2:30 night . I got a good grip over all subjects except mathematics.. I was all set for the judgement day but couldn't perform. and when went through solution of some question most of them being wrong according to scholars on this website. I attempted 51 questions but am getting only 45-50 marks which is going to fetch me >2000 rank.. So no hope from gate..

I dropped one year don't have good practical skills or projects , internships while in college. So bleak chances of making it to IIIT hyderabad or ISRO. as they require mainly experienced or students with good project work internships academics . where I lag terribly.

Now I don't know what to do next..I was so much dependent on gate that I messed up every other thing.

I don't have guts to drop 1 more year doing nothing sitting at home(surrounding pressure, Increasing year gaps etc.). I know this is not the right time to discuss these things but I am feeling very frustrated.. might lead to depression..I have no one to share my feelings with .. So I thought maybe ..

I can't even express my pain when I started I aimed for AIR 1..Maybe such expectations led to this condition of mine.

When I rejected the offer everybody was against me but I went ahead..listened to nobody..Now I am left deserted all alone with no options, broken dreams.. Don't know what to do next..Even after studying that hard like a maniac I am getting nowhere.

And for me it just proves sometimes hardwork doesn't pay off..

I request admin and moderator Not to delete this post ..I just wanted to share these things with someone..I am not forcing anyone to suggest anything or motivate me or guide me just wanted to let it out ..
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After working 2 years in an MNC now, just the thought of leaving the company to pursue my masters is so exciting.

This will be my first time taking the GATE and I hope I keep the same motivation during the examination.

All the best everyone. I hope everyone gets what they deserve.