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#MyGATEStory #13- Abhishek Kumar (AIR 80 in GATE 2018 ECE)

I am Abhishek, I Completed my B.Tech. in Electronics & Communication from Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology, Muzaffarpur, Bihar. I have secured AIR 80 in GATE 2018 & this is my 2nd attempt. Last year in GATE 2017 I secured AIR 303 despite B.Tech. pressure & joined IIT Kharagpur M.Tech. program in communication and appeared for gate again for PSUs because that’s my aim.

People may criticise me for that but interest varies from person to person. And mine is PSU.
My college is above average in terms of B.Tech. so I was already aware of GATE from B.Tech. days. Even some of my seniors have secured a good rank in previous GATE exams.

I started my GATE preparation from 3rd year of B.Tech. Then I mainly focused to build my concepts well. For that, I studied the standard books of each subject and watched NPTEL lectures which helped me a lot. I also join coaching Techno herald in 3rd year. After that, I started solving previous year gate questions and analyzed them well and also practiced them in different ways to improve my problem-solving speed. I joined few test series by various academies, In my 1st FLT of Made Easy my score was 67.36 and then I tried to improve my marks, for that I practiced more and tried to avoid my silly mistakes and  I was able to get marks in the range 75-85 in made easy test series and 60-70 in Ace . Then I gave GATE 2017, the result came on 26th March 2017 and my rank was 303, I was expecting rank around 500-600.

After that, I joined M.Tech. in IIT KGP with the fear of not wasting a  year, my ultimate AIM was PSU. After coming to IIT Kharagpur I didn’t study for GATE in first 2 months, due to the pressure of M.Tech. then after October, I tried to manage my timetable and giving time for GATE syllabus. I had to manage my preparation with my hectic M.Tech. classes at IIT Kharagpur Classes which were from 8 AM – 5 PM, I hardly slept for 6 hours a day during my preparation. My friend adviced me to join Kreatryx and I didn’t knew much know about Kreatryx at that time. Then I joined and started and I also joined GATE Aspirants group which also helped me a lot for problem solving. I felt test series of Kreatryx is really good and is up to GATE level and they also gave 4 Free Open Tests which was also useful for me. I owe a major part of my success to them.
Finally I got time after my 1st semester in the month of December. There was a month break and I sped up to my preparation because before November my test series marks were not good enough. I concentrated on reducing silly mistakes because I was already solving more questions which meant my speed was good. To reduce my silly mistakes I spent 10-20 seconds more after solving some questions to see whether I did correct or not. I also join made easy both CBT, in which I got AIR TOP 5 which gave me a lot of confidence.
1 week before GATE
I came back to my home because I opted GATE center of my home state. Then I revised my short notes for the last time. Before the day of GATE 2018 exam I was cool I didn’t study anything and took a fine sleep.

In GATE 2017 like last year, I did some silly mistakes again but this time paper was also a bit tricky.

16th mMarch2018 finally GATE 2018 result came and I got AIR 80. I was releived a lot.
My family has provided me good support in my ups and downs.They gave me the freedom to pursue my interest.
I dedicate my this result to my self hardwork and my family. Both were equally important.
I think what makes my preparation different is I participated in the discussion of questions in GATE Aspirants group and also I analysed myself well after every test series. These things I missed out in my 1st attempt.
I think participating in the discussion is a very good way to revise things and many aspirants underestimate that. They confine themselves in a room and prepare blindly. So this was a different thing about my preparations.
And moreover bad marks in test series never  made me nervous this year. But last year it did because of which I screwed up my GATE to some extent.
So you should not be affected by bad marks rather you should analyze your test series and learn from it.
I was obsessed with securing a good rank in GATE and a seat in PSUs. It is the topmost priority of my life.
And these thoughts of getting into PSUs were more than enough to motivate me not be distracted by FB,  Whatsapp, etc.
I feel when you give GATE you should have a strong purpose behind it.
Like in particular IIT.
Or a seat in specific PSU.
Doing things with a purpose will never distract you.
Thanks to my all friends. And thanks to Kreatryx that they gave me this opportunity to share my success story. I owe a major part of my success to Kreatryx. Ankit Goyal the Co-Founder of Kreatryx is a threshold limit for any aspirant who is appearing for GATE.

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