#MyGATEStory #5 – Faraz Nayyar (AIR 99 in GATE 2018 EE)
Stream : EE
AIR : 99 and Marks : 76
I am B.Tech. graduate from Delhi Technological University (2012-2016 batch)
This was my third attempt at GATE. My performance in my University was good with 76.74% aggregate and I used to be in top 10 ranks in my stream.
I have been residing in Delhi since 2012, having done my higher secondary in NGFS school. As my University is one of the best in India, so there was a lot of awareness about GATE and there were a lot of sincere aspirants in my batch, and almost all of my sincere classmates made it to GATE with decently good rank. But I would like to tell that college doesn’t matter, faculties teach very badly and better the college is, more strict its rules are, and lesser freedom you will get to spare time for competitive exam preparation. Maximum GATE toppers come from very average colleges.
Even though I got campus placement in Orange Renewable in 2015-16, I did not join it and decided to prepare at home. Neither I joined any M.Tech. course. So I was a dropper. I passed out from my college in June 2016
Being a good student since childhood, my parents used to boast a lot about my school, coaching, college performance. So it led to more expectations from every nook and corner. My GATE journey was very troublesome and full of hurdles.
I used to indulge in a lot of extracurricular activities in my University like being the class representative and vice president of a professional technical Institute in my college. But when I sat for the campus placements, I got the shock of my life: the HRs don’t pay much heed to this stuff, rather they care more about our aptitude, technical knowledge in our stream, projects internships etc.
So extracurriculars must be just for fun and must not be taken seriously. What matters more is how much we study during that time.
I took coaching from Made Easy in weekend batch 2015-16 and simultaneously appeared for campus placements. These coachings take a huge lot of time from us – their course goes for at least 1000 hours. I couldn’t even get proper time to read all my notes, leave aside revisions and test series. My gate 2016 went awfully: 9007 rank
But I did not lose hope.
I started preparing for ESE 2016. Again the same coaching center lured me into joining ESE conventional batch and this is where I did a blunder. Their classes went on till 15th May when exam was to be conducted nearby 29 may, in addition, my final semester exam was going on, I was trapped in similar situation, got no time to do self study and couldn’t crack ese 2016 too.
Then came another shock: ESE pattern was completely changed 10 new subjects for 200 marks in prelims, technical portion now made considerably different from GATE.
My parents are just like any other student’s parents : they are not much financially sound, they are suffering from disease and they rely upon me to bear the future expenses of my family. They tried to brainwash me into targetring for other exams as well like bank, ssc, CAPF etc , so that we can take a shortcut to success : but they didn’t realise that THERE IS NO SHORTCUT WAY TO SUCCESS. As I never prepared for any exam other than GATE, I couldn’t clear any, failed in all.
Then I started to face some serious health issues. My health issues along with lack of confidence in my preparation led me to take the biggest risk of my life: to take drop, I did not join my company, I did not join M.Tech., sat at home and prepared.
Again the same coaching gave me catchy courses, I was lured to do prelim coaching for IES changed pattern: they promised to complete the course in 2 months but they took more than 4 months to complete it.
My entire 2016 year was almost wasted in going to coaching classes, I couldn’t spare time for self-study. I started by November 2016, had 3 months for sincere preparation, but could only manage GATE prev year papers, notes revision and few mock tests and couldn’t revise either of them again: so my performance in GATE 2017 was also below the belt and I secured 1212 rank in GATE 2017.
After writing my GATE 2017 exam, I again faced serious health issues, was diagnosed with appendicitis. In the meanwhile came coal india exam, I was determined to crack it but lost confidence after I was hospitalized with appendicitis and had to undergo operation. I couldn’t prepare well for coal india also but unexpectedly, my exam went very well. I secured 161/200marks. But I got overconfident and left preparation for 3-4 months thinking that I will get selection in coal india. I diverted from my main objective (gate) and on advice of my parents, i started preparing for SSC-CGL instead. This again proved to be terrible decision. SO WE MUST STICK TO OUR MAIN MOTIVE (WHETHER GATE OR IES AND NOT GET DIVERTED BY LISTENING TO ALL ADVICE OF OUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS, WE MUST BE SURE ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE AND WHERE WE WANT TO GO)
I was shocked to know the extent of competition when I saw that despite getting 161/200 in coal india and 10/10 in the interview I missed final selection by few marks , it was then I realised how stiff the competition has become.
I again got diverted, started feeling that i was worthless and could never be able to secure good position in any exam. I tried for private job, appeared in interview, the HR humiliated me by saying that I took 1.5 year drop so they won’t give me more than 4 LPA CTC; that too I had to give in 9hrs daily shift based hectic job. I was heartbroken because I still remembered that my campus placement was of 5.5 LPA.
The same day I talked to kreatryx and requested them for counselling session.
THIS WAS THE DAY WHEN MY LIFE TOOK A U TURN TOWARDS POSITIVITY AND MY REAL JOURNEY OF SUCCESS STARTED.
I attended half an hour counseling session by Ankit Goyal sir.
The main point he told me that GATE actually TESTS OUR PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS AND NOT OUR RESEARCH IN ANY SUBJECT. So the only solution to improve my speed and accuracy is to practice as much we can. I took Koncept material and practiced only few questions from there but mainly I practiced from test series: I gave 15 mock tests for GATE. Both K-Test and made easy test series are good though K-Test is certainly better.
So I resumed my preparation from October 15, 2017 with full flow- going through my highlighted portion of notes, practising questions, giving mock tests and analyzing each in great detail.
BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WHICH ACTUALLY HELPED ME FETCH TOP 100 RANK WAS KRASH VIDEO COURSE – THIS WAS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. THIS PROVED TO BE GAME CHANGER AND MY RANK BOOSTER
Krash video course comprises everything which a Dropper wants: all formulae and concepts covered precisely with 2-3 good quality questions on each concept.
Total 70-80 questions per subject. This helped me to revise all the formulae and concepts at once, through videos.
Just a week before GATE, like any other normal student, I too got nervous but then I saw Ankit sir’s video that all students feel that they have not done everything with perfection and some glitches are always there but we must not mind it: whatever we have done till then, we must revise only those and not focus on new concepts in last week
I was quite calm on my exam day – playing music, revising short formulae etc
Even in the exam hall, I was quite relaxed. Initially, I struggled in the exam and took a lot of time to solve questions but gradually I picked up speed and completed all questions just in time.
I too did some silly mistakes of around 4 to 8 marks but I don’t regret that, as even after silly mistakes, my preparation was good enough for me to fetch in top 100 rank.
The things that I did differently are as follows:
1) Instead of physically going coaching again, i studied through Online Krash video course of Kreatryx
2) I used social media like FB as tool to learn rather than wasting time. I was active on GATE Aspirants group of Kreatryx by solving and posting doubts.
3) I used mobile as an effective tool for preparation: using the timer while solving questions, browsing YouTube video lectures of GATE etc.
I would like to dedicate my success to all my mentors like Ankit Goyal sir, to my parents specially my dad who stood besides me in every situation – good or bad, and my own hard work. I would always be thankful to Kreatryx team. Without their support and guidance, I may have never been able to secure this rank.
The only advice that I would like to give to my fellow gate aspirants is :
BE FIRMLY STICKED TO YOUR OBJECTIVE, DON’T DEVIATE, AND EVEN THOUGH ENTIRE WORLD LOOKS DOWN UPON YOU, YOU MUST CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE THE BEST AND A WINNER AND THIS ATTITUDE WILL EVENTUALLY HELP YOU TO GET SUCCESS WHETHER IN GATE OR ANY OTHER PHASE IN LIFE.