Inspiring GATE Success Story – AIR 9000 to AIR 21
I, Nadeesh Aggarwal, wrote GATE-2013 in my final year of graduation just for the sake of it, without any preparation (because I already had a lucrative job offer through campus placements).
GATE Result: AIR ~9000
Considering the fact that I did zero preparation for it, I did deserve that rank. I decided that I’d keep preparing along with the job and write GATE again. However, that didn’t happen because that lucrative job turned out to be quite a demanding one & I realized that I won’t be able to achieve my goal if I continue working and perhaps, stayed in my comfort zone.
Eventually, I decided to leave that job and prepare full-time for GATE. I worked pretty hard and was confident that I’ll be able to secure a rank in top 100. Wrote GATE-2015.
GATE Result: AIR 581
Considering that approximately 1.25 lakh students write GATE every year in electrical engineering stream, it’s a decent rank, atleast that’s what some would say. However, I knew I’d not even get interview calls from PSUs at this rank, forget about getting selected. Yes, I was devastated. You work so hard and all your hard work gets washed away in three hours. The feeling sucks. It’s understandable. But, there is one thing I never lost, hope.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”
– The Shawshank Redemption
People that I knew, including my friends, all of them suggested that I go for M.Tech instead of giving GATE another shot. But, I did not want to make the same mistake again by opting for a comfort zone. I always knew I have what it takes to crack GATE & hence, I mustered up all the courage to write it again. I knew it was not going to be easy, but then, I also knew it was not something impossible. I did some self-introspection to analyse what went wrong. Worked on my weaknesses head-on. Left no stone unturned. It was after all a do-or-die game for me. Yes, there were times I felt like giving up. But I didn’t. Because there is something I truly believe in:
Fast forward one year, I again wrote GATE.
GATE Result: AIR 21
My advice to all the future GATE aspirants:
Do not get bogged down by anything. Be it the vast syllabus, your not-so-good academic record, level of competition or anything else. The best way to deal with a problem is to solve it, instead of just running away from it. If you feel you’re going through hell, keep going. Just don’t give up at any stage. Fight till the end.
“All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that.”
– Swami Vivekananda