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GATE 2017 Topper Interview – Aditya Narayan Nanda AIR 13 (IN)

Exam specific questions

  1. How was GATE paper this year? Give us some insights into GATE-2017 paper and compare it to past year question paper?

1: This year the IN paper was easy compared to last year comprising of fundamental questions.

2. How did you feel after seeing first few questions? Did you feel relaxed and calm or you were anxious during first few questions? If you felt anxious then how did you calm yourself?

2: Questions were easy and I was relaxed before as well as during the exam because I always think that if the next questions will be difficult then it will be difficult for everyone.

       3. How did you go about attempting the paper? How did you distribute time among various sections like did you attempt 1 mark questions or 2 marks questions first? Please give a detailed description of time management strategy you followed?

3: I always attempt questions serially as it will save navigation time.

      4. What was the impact of Online Calculator on GATE Exam? How did you prepare yourself to tackle the Online Calculator?

4: Using the online calculator was challenging as I practiced mock tests using my physical calculator. The most annoying thing was that in my PC the mouse pointer speed was fast which I was not acquainted with, so I was little bit slow using the calculator.

     5. What do you feel about the increasing weightage of Numerical Answer Type Questions? How to improve accuracy in order to score well in Numerical Answer Type Questions?

5: NAT questions are very good as it will eliminate guessing work. It is like normal MCQ questions but without any options. KRASH material gave me ample of questions to practice in the last 3 months which boosted my confidence.


Preparation Strategy

6. What was the motive behind you appearing for GATE exam?

6: The main reason behind appearing GATE is to get a good rank so that I can join a good institute for my masters.

7. When did you start preparing for GATE exam?

7: I am a working professional and decided to appear for GATE 2017 during December 2016 during my visit to IISc Bangalore. It was then, I joined KRASH course.

8.  Up to what date were you able to complete the course once? What was your target as to how many questions to practice in each subject? What was the sequence in which you prepared the subjects?

8: As I started very late so I followed KRASH materials strictly and gave some chapter wise mock tests of a different institute. For subject sequence and questions I only followed KRASH material and I must say it is really a great revision package.

9. Which subjects according to require more practice and which subjects need to be read from standard textbooks?

9: From GATE point of view I believe we need to follow standard text books for Analog Electronics and Communication Systems and rest can be covered from any source. But previous questions and practice questions compliments your theoretical learning.

10. Which study material and standard books would you recommend for GATE Aspirants in each subject?

10: For Analog- Behzad Razzavi’s Fundamentals of microelectronics , Network Theory- Sadiku’s book, Communication – B P Lathi’s book, Control System – B C KUO’s book, Signal ans System- Schaum’s series. Along with these books Previous year questions, Mock tests and Practice questions are important (I followed KRASH Material and my Short notes).

11.  How did you keep the subjects fresh in your memory the entire time? Did you revise the subjects regularly or you left the revision for last few months? What was your strategy for revision in the last few months?

11: Giving mock test is the easiest way to revise entire syllabus and retain the concepts fresh.

12.  What is the role of mock tests in your success in GATE exam? How many mock tests did you attempt? When did you start attempting mock tests?

12: Mock tests are very important but due to lack of time I could only attempt chapter wise tests and 2 or 3 full mock tests. I bought a year wise question bank of GATE and attempted last 5 years’ questions.

13.  How was your score in Mock Tests? Is there any correlation between mock test performance and actual GATE performance?

13: Yes, your mock test performance do reflect you potential and it can be taken as a future prediction of you actual GATE performance. If mock tests are taken seriously (analysis of strong and weak areas with self-rectification) you can perform better in the actual exam than the mock test.

14.  Did you purchase/use any of the Kreatryx Products? If yes, how was it beneficial to you?

14: As I said earlier I started my preparation with KRASH- ECE and it helped me a lot by providing fundamental concepts, Concept wise solved examples and finally chapter wise questions with complete solutions.

15.  Did you expect such a result after giving the GATE exam?

15: I believe , if someone takes the undergrad courses seriously then the preparation for GATE becomes a cake walk for him/her. For PSUs undergrad CGPA matters a lot , so never neglect your college exams.


Personal Questions

16.  How did you feel the moment you saw the results?

16: Dream of joining a famous college to study masters was the motivation for me to study for GATE.

17.  What is the role of family and friends in your success in GATE exam?

17: Yes I felt that my performance was good but never expected any rank as there are so many capable students in India and you don’t know anything as your rank and position is relative and actually depends on other’s performance also.

18. How did you feel the moment you saw the results?

18: It was a nice moment , the moment when I felt like Dreams do come true.

19.  What is the role of family and friends in your success in GATE exam?

19: Family and Friends are the two factors which eases your preparation by their constant support and guidance and I was no exception.

20. Who would you dedicate this GATE result to?

20: I would dedicate this result to my awesome friends who actually helped me a lot during my preparation in many ways.

21. What is the success mantra that you would like to give to other GATE aspirants which has been critical for your preparation as well?

21: Believe in God and have faith in yourself. Self motivation , Elder’s blessings and a positive can do attitude is the key to success in any exam. All the best 🙂

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