How Do I Revise The GATE Syllabus?

The GATE(Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an annual national-level examination conducted by the IITs and IISc. It is considered one of the toughest exams in India and to crack it, you will need a clear strategy, study plan and consistent effort. We have discussed all this in our other articles. 

This article is for those candidates who have covered the GATE syllabus and are looking for ways to revise it efficiently.

The most important part of revision is note-making. Handy short notes with all the most essential concepts and formulas will help you a lot during revision, so it is advised that all the aspirants should prepare notes while studying.

A brief revision plan, along with some tips & tricks, is given below. The revision plan should be divided into three phases. In the first phase, follow the steps given below:

  • If you have already made comprehensive notes from the syllabus, highlight the most indispensable points from the notes at this juncture. You may also make another short note.
  • If your notes are short, you will be able to revise the syllabus multiple times in a short duration.
  • Note down all the difficult numerical problems in a separate sheet and paste them on your wall or study table so that you can have a look at them multiple times a day.
  • Formulas, concepts, shortcuts, tricky details, graphs, standard approaches and frequently appearing questions should be there in your revision notes.
  • Solve the previous year GATE question papers. This will help you understand the type of questions and topics that recur each year in the GATE. 
  • Make note of all the difficult questions from the previous years. Solve at least the previous 10 years’ question paper of your discipline.

While in the first phase of revision, make two lists of topics-

  • The First List should consist of topics that are difficult to understand and that you tend to forget. 
  • The Second List should include all those topics which are easy to understand and remember.

The first phase of revision should ideally be completed in 15-20 days, depending on when you started your revision. 

Second Phase of Revision: 

The second phase of revision should begin with solving mock test papers. Solve as many mock test papers as you can.

While solving mock test papers, make sure that:

  • You complete the paper in the prescribed time  
  • in an exam-like environment and 
  • if possible, attempt mock tests when the real exam is taking place  

This will help you tune your mind and body. The day of the actual examination will feel like a regular day.

Circle those questions that you feel are vital or difficult.

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In the second phase of revision, focus on The First List with the difficult topics and a lot more time should be dedicated to it. Do not ignore The Second List. Just push it a tad lower on the priority list.

Third Phase of Revision:

The third phase of revision should begin with all the highlighted topics of your revision notes. Cover all the highlighted topics first.

Then move to the difficult problems from the mock test papers.

Next, it is essential to revise the previous year question papers that you have solved earlier.

In this phase of revision, the focus should be more on the numerical part of your syllabus because it will help you increase your score in the examination.

With the above-given revision plan, you will be able to increase your score in the GATE examination. Remember, consistency and hard work is the key to success. BYJU’S Exam Prep wishes ‘ALL THE BEST’ to all candidates for the upcoming examination.

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