How to Prepare for GATE 2020:

GATE 2020 is projected to have over 10 Lakh applicants. With such a high level of competition, it is essential that candidates do whatever is in their power to gain an edge over other candidates. Here are some expert tips from StudySid to help you ace your GATE 2020 exam:

Preparation for GATE 2020 should start at least 6 to 7 months prior to the exam date
Familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and syllabus
Analyse your respective subject’s model question paper
Study the syllabus thoroughly
Prepare a study plan and follow it diligently
Solve mock tests (especially the one that will be made available by IIT Delhi) and as many sample papers as possible.
Time yourself and ensure that you shorten the time taken to answer with each round of practice
Make notes that you can use for quick revisions
Rework your sleep cycle in a way that your body is at its peak during the exam hours
Do at least 3 thorough revisions of the complete syllabus.
GATE 2020 Study Plan:

Your study plan is the most crucial weapon in your arsenal. It is essential that you build your study plan according to your needs. Take into consideration the number of days until the exam, your strengths and weaknesses, and weightage.

GATE Preparation Timetable:
Subject 1 Day Plan in detail
1 to 5 Chapter 1 – 5 Learn all concepts and solve relevant problems.
6 Revision, Analysis by answering mock questions
7 to 11 Chapter 6– 10 Learn all concepts and solve relevant problems
12 & 13 Revision, Analysis by answering mock questions
14 Solve questions pertaining to Subject 1 only from past GATE question papers and test series of any coaching centre.
Rest day 15 Rest Day; solve GA and Engg Maths and look up anything you need to
Subject 2 16 to 20 Chapter 1 – 5 Learn all concepts and solve relevant problems.
21 Revision, Analysis by answering mock questions
22 to 26 Chapter 6– 10 Learn all concepts and solve relevant problems
27 & 28 Revision, Analysis by answering mock questions
29 Solve questions pertaining to Subject 2 only from past GATE question papers and test series of any coaching centre.
30 Rest Day; solve GA and Engg Maths
GATE 2020 Study Material:
General Books:
Subject Author
Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude R.S. Aggarwal
Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal
Previous years GATE paper (solved) Arihant Publications

There are numerous books out there for the different papers. One must select the books recommended by their mentors for these subjects. Although, the books mentioned above are must-haves for every GATE candidate. They will ensure that the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Non-Verbal Reasoning are looked after. While the solved papers will help you better understand the paper pattern and also the kind of questions asked.

GATE 2020 Top Institutes:
Top GATE Institutes in Mumbai:
The GATE Academy in Dadar and Thane
Progate in Thane, Vashi and Andheri
Vidyalankar Classes
Career Avenues
Average fees at these institutes for a GATE course is in the Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000 range.
Top GATE Institutes in Pune:
I.C.E. Gate Institute
The GATE Academy
Gateforum Engineering Success
ProGATE Coaching
Ace Engineering Academy
Average fees at these institutes for a GATE course is in the Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000 range.
GATE 2020 Online Preparation:

The best portal for online GATE mentorship is GATESchool ( They offer one-on-one mentorship till the GATE exam along with study material, high-quality videos and test prep material. The fees at GATESchool is Rs. 15,000.
There are numerous GATE forums and doubt solving groups online and can be found on both social media and via a simple google search. These are great for those students who are looking at self-study.

GATE 2020 Top Institutes:

Students who are looking at self-study as their mode to achieving GATE success need to start a bit earlier. It might seem impossible or extremely difficult but there’s nothing grit, spit and the right strategy can’t do. Make sure that you ask as many questions as you can on online forums like ques10 (Click here))
Check out this self-study guide: here

GATE 2020 Last Minute Tips:
  • Pack your bag a day before the paper and make a checklist of all the items that you need to carry: admit card, original Photo Id- the one you mentioned in your GATE application form.
  • Check out the exam centre a day before. It’ll save you a lot of time and stress on D-Day.
  • Adapt to the use of virtual calculator and its working conditions so that using it will not be an issue if in case you need to use it.
  • This time is not for learning anything new. Just make sure you keep revising what you have already learned and focus on the notes that you have made during your prep.
  • Keep yourself calm with music and meditation.
  • Don’t let the negativity around you get to your head. Stay positive. Focus on your paper and don’t let external factors take control of your destiny.
GATE Exam day tips:
  • On reaching the exam centre, check the seating arrangements to understand where you might be seated.
  • You will be allowed inside just 35 minutes before the exam starts and will be allowed to leave after the exam is completed and not before. If you arrive after 09:30 am (IST) in the forenoon session and after 2:30 pm (IST) in the afternoon session, you will be prohibited from entering the exam hall. Get there as soon as possible and make sure that you get acquainted with your environment.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Ensure that they are full-length clothes to avoid any conflict at the exam-centre.
  • Use the time before the starting of the exam to understand the given instructions.
  • Pads for rough work will be given at the examination centre. Note that these scribble pads will have to be returned before leaving the exam hall.
  • It is mandatory for all candidates to write their name and registration number on the scribble pad before they start using it.
  • Don't waste time on questions that you are unsure of or don’t know the answers to.
  • Don’t waste a lot of time on a single problem.
  • Make sure you leave the last 5 to 8 minutes for going over the whole paper again.
  • Stay confident, believe in yourself and go make it happen!
Top Ten Colleges for MTech:
  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

  3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

  6. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

  7. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

  8. Anna University, Chennai

  9. Jadavpur University, Kolkata

  10. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Top Ten Colleges for ME:
  1. IIT Madras - Indian Institute of Technology Chennai (IITM)

  2. IIT Delhi - Indian Institute of Technology (IITD)

  3. IIT Bombay - Indian Institute of Technology (IITB)

  4. IIT Kharagpur - Indian Institute of Technology (IITKGP)

  5. IIT Kanpur - Indian Institute of Technology (IITK)

  6. IIT Roorkee - Indian Institute of Technology (IITR)

  7. IIT Guwahati - Indian Institute of Technology (IITG)

  8. IIT Hyderabad - Indian Institute of Technology (IITH)

  9. CEG - College of Engineering Guindy, Guindy, Chennai

  10. NIT Trichy - National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (NITT)

Top Ten Colleges for MSc:
  1. St. Stephen’s College – Delhi

  2. Loyola College - Chennai

  3. Department of Science (Christ University) – Bangalore

  4. Miranda House - Delhi

  5. Hansraj College – Delhi

  6. Fergusson College – Pune

  7. Madras Christian College (MCC) – Chennai

  8. Hindu College – Delhi

  9. Sri Venkateswara College – Delhi

  10. Ramjas College – Delhi

Cut Offs:
Top Institutes General Rule for Cut-offs
IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur GATE scores of 500 to 800
IISc Bangalore, GATE scores of 700 to 1000 for most courses.
IIT Kharagpur GATE scores of 400 to 800
IIT Guwahati GATE scores of 300 to 800
IIT Roorkee GATE marks 28 to 70
IIT BHU GATE scores of 400 to 600
NITs Depends on the NIT
Government Engineering Colleges Up to AIR 2500
Private Engineering Colleges Above AIR 2500
GATE Financial Assistantship:
  • Candidates with a valid GATE Score can avail the benefit of the GATE financial assistantship/scholarship.
  • This assistantship is provided on a semester basis for up to 2 years for M. Tech students.
  • While for PhD students, it is provided up to a maximum of 5 years.
  • A stipend of INR 12,400 per month is provided to M. Tech students for 8 hours of work per week.
  • A monthly stipend of INR 25,000 for up to 2 years is provided to Ph.D. students.
  • For the next 2 years, the financial assistance is raised by INR 3,000.
  • Additional assistantships in the form of scholarships, fellowships, etc. may be available through other organizations, such as CSIR, DAE, etc.
Building Your Profile Before Your Master’s Degree:
  1. Have a clear idea about the education system you are going into and understand the admission process clearly.

  2. Identifying your unique talent and make it better doing certificate courses polishing your unique skill should be your primary goal.

  3. Have a memorable and powerful resume prepared.

  4. Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) gives you the opportunity to display your passion and interest for the university you want to get in to and gives you an opportunity to explain the voids in your academic credentials. Your focus has to be on clearly explaining the purpose you are applying for a particular university.

  5. Internships at brands with good face value. Try and get a letter of recommendation from your company.

  6. Letter of recommendation for a master’s degree requires the student to submit three recommendations it is always ideal to have one professional and two academic letters.

  7. Work towards to better personality a well-rounded one. One-dimensional personality having only academic or professional won’t help your case.

  8. Class and university projects. Get engaged in projects which would help you to show your skills and to get identified as a team player.

  9. Improve your soft skills as well as your social skills.

Placements and Jobs After Respective Degrees:
Job Average MIN MAX
Senior Software Engineer Rs 842,775 Rs 433KRs Rs 1.7M
Software Engineer Rs 596,693 Rs 261KRs Rs 1.5M
Design Engineer Rs 468,678 Rs 206KRs Rs 1.1M
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Rs 406,738 Rs 242KRs Rs 657k
Software Developer Rs 596,854 Rs 235KRs Rs 1.5M
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Rs 835,264 Rs 407KRs Rs 1.7M
Structural Engineer Rs 555,908 Rs 240KRs Rs 1.3M
Mechanical Engineer Rs 580,288 Rs 280KRs Rs 1.3M
Data Scientist Rs 974,947 Rs 435KRs Rs 1.7M
Senior Software Engineer Rs 843,240 Rs 452KRs Rs 1.3M
Job Average MIN MAX
Senior Software Engineer Rs 801,854 Rs 487K Rs 1.6M
Software Engineer Rs 642,057 Rs 285K Rs 1.4M
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary / Higher Education Rs 384,566 Rs 215K Rs 666k
Project Engineer Rs 514,618 Rs 254K Rs 1.1M
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer Rs 647,683 Rs 406K Rs 986K
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer Rs 1,162,331 Rs 594K Rs 2.1M
Project Manager, Engineering Rs 1,242,005 Rs 619K Rs 2.2M
Structural Engineer Rs 530,325 Rs 212K Rs 1.3M
Software Developer Rs 481,059 Rs 211K Rs 1.1M
Mechanical Engineer Rs 668,708 Rs 305K Rs 1.4M
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