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How to prepare for General Aptitude for GATE?

Prepare For GATE General Aptitude

Step by Step! Assess, evaluate and prepare! General Aptitude in GATE is of 15 marks in GATE and one should aim to get 15 on 15 to get a good rank in GATE

Step 1: Assess yourself! If you give GATE right now, how many marks will you get in aptitude?

Take a previous year question paper (the one which you have not solved/seen, preferably from the last 5 years). Give 3-4 papers for the 15 marks, use a timer of 20-25 minutes


You can even take the aptitude section of other branches!

Step 2: Evaluate your papers

Getting above 12 marks? How to get that extra 3 marks as well.


Find out where you lost these 3 marks. And when you answered, you were doubtful about the numerical part or verbal part? Answer these questions, and strengthen those sections alone.


Getting less than 12 marks?


It is worth spending more time to strengthen your aptitude. 30 minutes - 1 hour per day will work wonders! Not more than that. Everyday fixes a time for aptitude alone.


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Our brain can accumulate and memorize things to a certain extent. Once it is overloaded, some of the facts and formulas you remembered fade away over time.


All this becomes easier once we understand the concept and know how to apply them. This is what we strive to achieve through our courses. 

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Step 3: How to strengthen ? Should I practice practice practice ?

Practicing sure helps you to improve. But, before that, you have to learn. Find a resource/ book. Just one or two resources. Don’t waste time-solving random questions from random places :)


Here are a few things, we recommend our students as well.


For quantitative aptitude, there are a lot of standard books. RS Agarwal, Wiley to name a few. Don’t solve the questions immediately from the books. Read them, understand each topic for at least 30 minutes without solving, see the different ways a problem can be solved. Then, solve problems from that topic alone. (It is better to mix two/three topics when studying)


Verbal Ability generally is a collection of what you have studied over the years. But, there is scope for improvement. Read the book “Wren and Martin”. Obviously one cannot complete the whole book in a single go. Read through some of the chapters and solve the practice exercise. Wiley’s Verbal ability and reasoning is a bit more specific if you do not want to waste time over Wren and Martin.


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After preparation, once again evaluate yourself once again, say 4 months before the exam. Then, you can fine-tune your preparation.

Start planning today! The only bad plan is the one that did not happen.

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