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#MyGATEStory #23 – Kunwar Sameer Solanki (AIR 56 in GATE 2018 ME)

A Journey from 8,93,652 to 56.

I am Kunwar Sameer Solanki, AIR 56 – Mechanical GATE 2018. This blog is all about my story, about how I started till the success I have achieved until now (more to come, of course).
A person who starts his journey into any competitive exam does not think about how he/she will hit the bull’s eye. Same happened with me. I was a normal kid who grew up in a small town, near Gurgaon (Gurugram). I enjoyed my studies till 10th after which I had entered a very brittle young age. 11th and 12th are the classes where everyone thinks to enjoy, so did I, which took my focus away from studies.
Now as every non-medical stream kid thinks, I also tried to get into IIT, which to my utter disappointment showed me the mirror of where I was standing. The first time I attempted AIEEE, the rank I got was 8,93,652 out of some 10,00,000 students who appeared. I went to KOTA, the coaching hub, studied again, but managed to get admission into a government college SATI in Vidisha, M.P, 60 km from Bhopal, the state capital.
The story to GATE starts from now on.
Now, when I entered the college, I had to do something to bring myself back to what I was. Most of the GATE aspirants I see think that we study from the college time itself to get a better rank in GATE. We see students, who are in 1st or 2nd year of college and ask about how you studied for GATE, and how should we prepare for GATE from now on.
My sincere suggestion to such people is don’t, just don’t start preparing for these competitive exams until your 2nd year of college ends. You people need to get out of a nutshell and grow first, grow to such an extent that you are at least able to understand exams like these. Lakhs of people appear in these exams and the success ratio is merely 1%-2%. If you need to get into this 1-2 %, you need to understand that what the outlook of these exams is like. You cannot target the nucleus directly without touching the electrons. You need to understand the nature of electrons first to even touch the nucleus.
Starting of 3rd year is a very idle time to start preparation for GATE, though I started it in my 5th semester. I joined MADE EASY, Bhopal 1 year course that year and had to do my majority of hard work at that time. My schedule at that time was such that I had to even waste 11-12 hours of my day sometimes to get to coaching, (though the coaching was of 6 hours max.), study and then get back to my home, go to college next day, run and get train to go to Bhopal and repeat the schedule.
I had no such time of revising my notes or practice questions, so I tried to do them on the train itself. This disadvantage caused me major advantages, such as I focused on class lectures much more in comparison to other students because I had no time revising it. I did all the homework on the train itself so that I can ask my doubts on the next day itself when the topic is fresh in my mind.
Now GATE 2017 was in February when I was in my 8th semester. Although the paper was easy but nervousness overtook me. People usually have a reaction to their failure, that they got nervous. Actually what happens, what I feel is that when you are not fully confident on your knowledge, then somewhere within you, you know that you are not completely prepared, this is what is true and the exact reason for your nervousness and this was exactly true in my case too. Now that GATE exam was a disaster for me, I got 77.67 marks and AIR 571. I got a call from BPCL, IOCL, ONGC.
I gave BARC exam too that year and got 99.86 percentile that year, and was called for BARC interview but was going through a disastrous phase and didn’t have the courage to go to the interview. I got selection call from all IIT’s but I knew that if I had a shot at it one more time then I would surely be in top ranks.
From there on my preparation started again. People think that we study utterly hard to get a selection, but I suggest that you should try to make your basics strong which will automatically improve your main subjects. I just went to coaching, attended lectures carefully there, and kept a note of those points which I had been missing the previous year. Test series of Made Easy and Ace Academy was the only thing that led me to notice myself about how I was going. I kept an eye on myself through these.
People who think that to crack GATE or succeed in any exam you have to study 16 hours/day, but I strongly disagree with that, I think only a basic knowledge of engineering is required to crack GATE which can be done just by easily understanding every single thing you study.
My hard work which was not really that tough, got me 56th rank this time. Until now, I have received a call from IISc Bangalore, IIT Mumbai, NITIE Mumbai, BPCL, BARC, EIL, ONGC, BHEL, IOCL, NPCIL, ECIL, SAIL, NALCO. Already selected in ONGC, BHEL, SSC JE, MPPGCL. More to go…

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