Common Mistakes to Avoid in GATE Exam Preparation

The long journey to crack the GATE exam has many ups and downs. Every GATE aspirant puts in sincere efforts during the GATE exam preparation and leaves no stone unturned to get the desired score in the exam. 

Despite putting in all the dedicated efforts at the right time, sometimes, GATE aspirants commit mistakes that cost them their precious time and an attempt! It subsequently shatters the confidence of candidates and makes them doubt their capabilities. 

But that would not happen in your case, as we have compiled a list of common mistakes committed by the GATE aspirants. Have a look at them and try to avoid them at all costs so that you aren’t among those candidates who fall prey to silly mistakes.

Avoid these Mistakes for Better GATE Exam Score

Starting Preparation without Complete Idea of What’s Asked

Yes, you read it right! Improper idea of breadth and depth of the syllabus is the most common mis-hap many students commit and may not realize even after failing in many attempts. Rather than first understanding the syllabus, doing proper analysis of what is asked and what is not, students directly jump to the preparation part. 

And, they end up studying things that aren’t even in the actual syllabus. Hence, we recommend you thoroughly go through the latest syllabus and also have an overview of the type of the questions and the most covered areas and then start your preparation accordingly. 

Also read: Preparation Strategy for GATE 2022

Lack of Consistency

One cannot emphasize enough the importance of discipline in our life.

When it comes to GATE exam preparation, the majority of the students are not disciplined and are continuously seeking inspiration. However, there are times when they are highly motivated and, as a result, study for 12-15 hours. Post studying for a longer period, they take days or even weeks off. 

Avoid this approach for GATE preparation. It will hamper all the chances of success as you will never achieve it by neglecting your studies for days and then studying for 12 -15 hours in a single day. 

Ignoring Previous Years’ Questions

Your prospect of scoring a decent score in GATE gets low when you don’t give emphasis on previous years’ questions. They are the right tool for GATE preparation. Not only do you get to know about the exam pattern and frequently asked areas, but you also come to know about the type of questions asked in the exam.

The best standard GATE questions are always prepared by the GATE authorities only and no third party can simulate the level of questions that well, so not covering the most standard questions is a huge mistake. We hope you won’t make that mistake!

Also read: Best Books for GATE Electronics & Communication Engineering Preparation

Lack of Practice (Not solving adequate Numerical)

Practice makes perfect. So, practice a ton. GATE is all about calculations and numerical solving. The more you practice solving numerical during GATE preparation, the better are your chances to score well in the exam. 

However, many GATE aspirants often neglect the numerical part believing that they can cover them at the end of the syllabus. Don’t be like other candidates. Solve as many numericals as you can. This will help you to improve your problem-solving skills and increase your speed with accuracy. 

Taking Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude for Granted

“It’s easy, and I can prepare for it in the end. I can skip it for now”

If this is your approach towards Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude preparation, then it’s time to change it. Though the subjects seem easy at first look, that doesn’t mean you should take them for granted. 

Read more: How To Prepare For GATE General Aptitude?

No Time for Revision

You could have a well-structured study plan and all the best resources for GATE preparation, but at the end of the day, after your studies, if you don’t revise, the entire effort will go to waste. 

This is the fact! 

One of the reasons for not clearing GATE is the lack of revision. Hence, make it a point to take out sufficient time for revision. You can also set revision targets (Daily/weekly) at your convenience. 

Not Giving sufficient GATE Mock Tests.

If you are only preparing and not evaluating your preparation, then you are inviting unnecessary trouble. That’s true!

Not attempting sufficient Mock Tests is another mistake that many candidates commit. If you do not evaluate your preparation timely, you won’t be able to figure out the weak areas that you need to work upon. Hence, it is strongly recommended to give as many mock tests as you can during GATE preparation. 

Now that you have reached the end of this article, we hope that you will avoid the above-mentioned mistakes and give a fresh start to your GATE preparation. 

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Raminder Singh

Raminder is a Content Writer at PrepLadder. He is working to provide students with informative articles and the latest updates about UPSC and GATE exams.