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#MyGATEStory #19 – Sanjay Ghose (AIR 197 in GATE 2018 EE)

I would like to thank Kreatryx for giving me this opportunity to share my success story.

I am Sanjay Kumar Ghose, secured All India Rank 197 with GATE score 830 in GATE 2018  electrical engineering. I
have completed my B.Tech from Indira Gandhi Institute of technology Sarang(State Govt. College) in
2013. Let me divide my journey in two part, one is the motivation behind my success and the second one is
what strategy I was following.

Motivation Behind my success

“It is impossible to achieve success without failure” and to enjoy the test of success you have to enjoy the
test of failure as well. This is the law of nature.
My father the ideal hero of my life is neither a businessman nor an employee, but he is a farmer who works
hard in the field to feed his family and whenever some difficulties come he never gives up always stand in front. I feel proud of myself being a son of a farmer.

I could not able to crack IIT but yes I cracked NIT still I did not make me able to join any NIT because of
online counseling. Nobody was there to guide me and I put wrong options. I selected in NIT Silchar for EE
but due to lack of internet connectivity, I got this news in last day of second-round counseling. Even I did
not know where is Silchar and it was difficult to arrange Rs 30000 in one day so I got rejected from NITs.
What was happening to me after getting rejected I can not express this. It was like everything finished
for me and I was only crying and crying. I got distracted and I broke up with study.

I started thinking like “padai karnese kuch nehi hota he”. And I opted this idealism.

I did well in state joint entrance exam as well so I took admission in a state govt college (IGIT Sarang). This
was the first time someone from this village is going to study engineering. During this four years of my B.Tech. I
did everything except study. I did not purchase a single book and I was behaving like an idiot. I was totally
crashed. Girls did not like to talk to me but I was very well known for boys. Somehow I completed
with 7.7 CGPA and also placed in TCS. I was thinking like I am capable of this and nothing more than this so I
was happy. My villagers My relatives My parents all were happy as I got a job during study.

Due to delayed of joining in TCS I joined in a diploma college as a mathematics lecturer due to financial
problem and also I had wish to teach students. I continued there until Feb 2014 and then joined TCS. I was
enjoying my life as the first time I was staying in a metro city (Kolkata). Gradually I grew up and my relatives
my villagers started to share their problems with me. At first, I did not take their problems seriously and I
was just listening and then forgetting all. But they did not lose their faith in me and share their problems
again and again. The situation for me was being complicated gradually. And they started to lose faith in
me slowly. Whenever I went to my village the charming in their face was not there as before. It was
difficult for me to look into their face. I realized those people, who were feeling proud for me , now they
do not like to talk to me at all. I started feeling like shitttttt. I started feeling like why the hell I have done
engineering it would have been better if I am a farmer and working with them in filed. This was
something running in my mind in every second I could not sleep peacefully. Even I cried many times.
Everybody in office started asking me why you are so depressed what was happened with you? But I did
not have any answer.

Condition was very difficult I could not resign my job due to EMI ( I took a loan for my and latter for
my sister marriage ) and I am the only source of income for my family. I was confused and questioning
myself what should I do? It took time to decide what exactly I want to be, but finally, I made my decision. I
had zero confidence level but still, I was not afraid. I was believing like I can do it. Started to remind me of my past, what mistakes I did. I realized what I have done after joining engineering. I accepted my mistakes
honestly and felt from my heart. Fixed my goal and made a promise to myself no matter what will be the
circumstances I will achieve it and started from where I left long year back. It was difficult for me to the
catch the rhythm but not impossible.
Friends it is a journey of mine to achieve my goal and I faced a lot of obstacles on my way, but I will be
keep going on and on until achieving the ultimate one.
Friends after so many constraints if I have done this then you will also do not lose faith in yourself.

My Strategy

I started my preparation in June 2016 with no strategy. I was staying with my friends in Kolkata and we all
were working TCS. I did not have any textbook even I did not know what to study. I was weak in basic
concepts so I took all standard textbook from my friend and few I purchased and plan my day
accordingly. As I was continuing my job so I used to study from 10 pm to 1 am at night and if possible 1 hr in
morning on weekdays and 15 to 16 hr on weekends. The same routine I continued till GATE 2017. During those
days I only studied the textbook and solved almost all exercise problems. I skipped Digital, Measurement and
AEC completely. I joined Kreatryx online test series in January 2017 and my average score was 45 to 46
marks. I did not make any short notes due to time factor but I used sticky notes to memories some formula.
Nothing more than this. I appeared GATE 2017 and scored 48.7 and AIR 1967.

I attempted 62 marks and I was pretty sure definitely my marks will be 57 plus. But when I matched with
the answer it was 49 marks. And all this happened because of silly mistakes and lack of question practice.
Luckily with that score, I got selected in BSNL JTO, I resigned TCS and joined BSNL.

Whatever mistakes I have done in GATE 2017 I wanted to rectify it. I contacted my friend who was in Delhi
preparing for GATE and asked about how to get lots of GATE oriented questions for practice? He
suggested me to solve Kreatryx question bank so I purchased it and started solving in July 2018. With
the same routine as mentioned up to AUG 24 2017. After that, I got released from TCS and I was free, went
back to home and managed 7 to 8 hr per day. By mid of Sep, I finished Kreatryx question bank and joined
Kreatryx test series (K-Test). I gave importance to the skipped subject as I mentioned above along with online
test(subject test). By mid of Nov, I finished all those skipped subjects and their questions. In between, I was
continuing the subject tests. Started to solve GATE previous year question bank. On Nov 27 I joined BSNL for
training in Hyderabad. With me, I took GATE previous year question book, IES GS book and IES previous
year solution (Objective Part) paper 1 and paper 2. In Hyderabad, I mainly concentrated on IES but every
week I appeared one full-length test (My average score was 65 but in one test I scored 72.33). And solving
the previous question also but it was finished by mid of Dec. In training classroom, I was sitting in the last row
and continued to solve IES previous year question. I was able to manage 6 hr effectively during these day.
Same thing continued till Jan7 2018. Appeared IES and my technical part went pretty well. Also few days
back the result came and I qualified.

After IES again I fully switched to GATE and joined two more test series. Solved GATE previous paper once
more. Focused more on test series and continued till 2nd Feb. Now training finished and went back to
base location for one month field training. It was bit hectic but okay I managed.
Appeared GATE with full confident. I followed a complete new strategy for the exam.
Started with Q35 and continued up to Q55 and then back to Q26 and continued up to Q34. It took around 1hr 20min and attempted 23 question. Back to Q1 and continued Q25. It took around 45 min and attempted 24 question.

Switched to aptitude part solved 8 question. It took around 25 min. Again back to 2 marks question and solved all except 2 question and rest one 1 marks question. Took around 25 min. That’s all….

The mistakes what have done in the exam is I have attempted almost all question and I could not able to
verify NAT type answer and hence again faced few silly mistakes. It is very important to verify NAT type
question it helps you to improve your rank. Please don’t repeat the mistakes that I committed!

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