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Preparation Tips to crack GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months – IIT Madras has announced the final schedule of GATE 2019. The rat race to achieve plaudits in the postgraduate engineering entrance examination has begun. Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2019 will be conducted on 2, 3, 9 and 10 February and the online registration will begin from 1 September 2018. With just 6 months left in preparation of GATE 2019, many participants would have big and leading coaching institute across the country to score better rank in the competition. However, many students might be confused to join coaching centres due to the financial crises or lack of faith in them or any other reason. In the past years, there were many overwhelming victories of candidates who crack GATE 2019 exam without coaching centres and that too with flying colours. But, most of the applicants have a question, “What are the preparation tips to crack GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months?” Mota Chashma brings the answer to this question with some of the preparation tips and tricks to crack GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months. Read the article and try to implement these tips for better marks.

GATE 2019 is not important just for admission to M.Tech, M.E. or PhD courses offered by eminent institutes like IITs, NITs, GFTIs, IISc or others, but it is also basis for PSU recruitments. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and shining PSU recruitments in companies like BHEL, ONGC, BSNL, CEL among others are all possible chances open for GATE qualifiers. And as it is said by H. Jackson Brown Jr. that, “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

Preparation Tips to crack GATE without coaching classes

Preparation Tips to crack GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months

This 6 months preparation plan is not only for candidates who are not willing to join coaching institutes but also for then who are preparing for GATE while working and who are taking their coaching can also consider these tips.

GATE Preparation Tips 2019: Be Stress-free

Stress will not help in any way. It will just increase the candidate's anxiety level and lead to blood pressure problems, which is not good for health. For the preparation of GATE 2019, candidates have to devote maximum hours in studying, concentration and hard work demands a healthy mind. Therefore, it is necessary to stay healthy with a positive mind.

GATE Preparation Strategy: Start early preparations

In order to start preparations for GATE 2019 without coaching, aspirants must start early as it works in favour. If any candidates start their preparation early on time, they will get enough time to revise the syllabus. As Divyanshu Jha (GATE 2018 AIR-3 PI) said that, “For a fresher, the best time to start GATE preparation is would be 6 semesters. This will be different if the candidate is a graduate, in that case, they must set a goal on the daily basis to enhance GATE 2019 preparation. It is important for 3 to 4 hours of effective self-study to crack GATE exam without coaching.”

Make a time-table for GATE Preparation

It is really important for aspirants to make a schedule for better preparation of GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months. Also, try to follow the GATE syllabus as it is vast and difficult to cover it. Hence, it is truly said by Confucius, “Success depends upon previous preparation and without such preparation there is sure to be failure."

Candidates must assure that they stick to the timetable and mould their lifestyle as per the prepared GATE strategy.

Know the GATE syllabus 2019

As mentioned above, students must follow the syllabus of GATE 2019.  Before that, it is crucial to know completely the GATE syllabus. They should be aware of the topics covered last year and new topics added. For better preparations for GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months, candidates can divide the syllabus into three sections – firstly, such topics which aspirants are fully confident about, second are those topics for which students are not confident and last such topics in which applicants are not aware of.

  • With the division of GATE syllabus 2019, candidates can know the topics in which they are weak and prepare better for it
  • Aspirants can start with the topics they know so that they don’t have to return to these topics again
  • Then, aspirants can move towards the topics in which they are less confident. Clear the concepts and learn the formulas. Students must practice these topics until they are fully confident of it
  • Last but not the least, select the new ones for preparation. Check new topics that have been included in the GATE syllabus and again theory first. Read, learn and practice the topics till the GATE syllabus 2019 is completed

Make a GATE Study Plan 2019

After knowing the syllabus of GATE 2019 and what all topics to be covered, candidates need to decide the study plan for the preparation of GATE. Check the syllabus again and prepare the study plan accordingly. As per Divyanshu, “Generally, it is tough for students with a heavy college load to prepare for GATE 2019. Thus, it is advised to study as per the weekly goal to ensure proper attention and equal weightage to each section.”

From July to November, students need to focus on completion of the GATE syllabus. After that, practice through the sample papers and previous year question papers. Keep a few months only for revision. Candidates can prepare their own short notes, strength their theories and memorize the formulas.

Saurav Kumar Singh, AIR-1 MT, said, “I would like to suggest fixing a monthly goal and studying according to that.” Saurav did not took coaching for GATE preparation and relied on self-study.

Understand the GATE exam pattern

During preparation of GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months, it is really necessary to understand the GATE paper pattern. Knowing the exam pattern of GATE 2019, aspirants will learn about the structure of the paper, type of questions, number of questions, time allotted and more. Here are the brief details about GATE exam pattern 2019:


GATE paper pattern

Mode of exam


Duration of exam

3 hours (180 minutes)

Total number of questions

65 questions

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT)

Total marks

100 marks


General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Subject specified

Marking scheme

1 mark and 2 marks to be awarded

Negative marking

1 mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted, while 2/3 mark to be deducted for a wrong attempt


Solve GATE Sample Paper 2019

Candidates must practice GATE sample papers and other previous year question papers. With the help of previous year sample papers of GATE, aspirants can enhance their time management skills and preparation. Practising the GATE sample papers 2019, aspirants can learn more about the syllabus, understand the exam pattern and distribution of weightage of topics of GATE 2019. After solving the GATE sample papers 2019, aspirants can match their answers with the solutions provided so to know their strengths and mistakes. Scoring good marks while practising boosts the confidence of aspirants.

Go for GATE Online Mock Test

One of the best preparation methods of GATE 2019 without coaching in 6 months is using GATE mock test. Candidates who will not be taking coaching classes can prefer the mock tests of GATE. Likewise last year, IIT Madras will also release the online GATE mock test of different engineering branches. After solving the GATE mock test 2019, the system will generate the number of correct and incorrect answers marked by aspirants. This will help students to analyse their preparation strategy.

As Paarth Gupta (AIR-7 CS) said, “Mock test are really important as it gives the types of questions that you expect in GATE examination. It is advisable to use the GATE previous year question papers’ as the paper pattern will be more or less same.”

GATE Preparation Tips: Maintain the consistency

GATE aspirants should maintain the consistency of preparation, but sometimes they may feel lazy. At that particular point of time, students must take some rest or pursue their hobby apart from studying. However, they should never forget their goal in life. Candidates should decide to study at least 5-6 hours a day and once it has been finalized it should not be compromised at any cost.

Revision of GATE syllabus 2019

As mentioned above, it is important for aspirants to give at least 2 months for revision. During revision, candidates must note that no topic has been left and during preparation, they have completed the entire syllabus. Just go through all the important points that have been marked while preparation of GATE 2019. Meanwhile, for the last month revision of GATE, the short notes make a rescue.

Make short notes on GATE topics

It is important for all candidates preparing for GATE 2019 with or without coaching classes. In fact, many of the toppers suggested making short notes for last minute revision. Making short notes will help candidates to recall the formula and understanding the theories in a much better way. Pen down the formula on the sheet and revise them in any time.

GATE exam day guidelines on the D-day

On the big day of the examination, it is important to follow some of the GATE exam day guidelines. These guidelines are given because after months of hard work students cannot afford something wrong on the D-day.

  • It is important to carry the GATE admit card to the examination hall for verification purpose. The admit card includes several personal details, date as well as the time of the exam, GATE exam centre name and address
  • No candidate without GATE hall ticket will be allowed to enter the exam centre
  • Aspirants must carry a photo identification card along with the admit card. It will be good to carry the same identification card as used while filling the GATE registration form 2019
  • Candidates should be aware of their allotted GATE exam centre. They must travel and check the locality and address prior to the examination to avoid any last minute hassle
  • Students must reach GATE exam centre 1 hour before the commencement of the exam in order to avoid last minute instructions
  • Aspirants should not carry any of the electronic, metallic, ornaments, or anything which can be considered as unfair means in the examination hall of GATE 2019

Mota Chashma wishes all the GATE aspirants All The Best!!

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