GATE Preparation: Coaching or Self Study?

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all India entrance Examination unitedly conducted by IISc and seven IITs every year in the month of January or February. The GATE rank or score help students to get admission in Postgraduate Programmes (ME, M.Tech, MS, direct PhD) in IISc, IITs and other reputed institutes in India, with financial assistance provided by MHRD. The GATE score also decides your eligibility for highly paid jobs in PSUs. Some of the PSUs which use GATE score for providing jobs include BARC, BHEL, IOCL, HPCL, NTPC, Powergrid, NHPC etc. Also as per the current updates GATE exam score will help you get jobs in private sector as well. Thinking of all these benefits you all must be planning to appear for GATE exam this year, at the same time a lot of you must be in quandary that either you should go for coaching or you should just start preparing yourself without any guidance. Let's find out the answer for this question. GATE is consider to be one of the toughest exam for PG. Cracking GATE takes a lot of hardwork, logical understanding, lot of planning and then preparation. Cracking GATE is tough but it's not impossible. You can appear for GATE without coaching and score marks but not great marks. So, if your target is to be among the toppers both self study and coaching are important. Concentration and motivation to crack GATE exam is the major thing. The effort you put in is very crucial to ensure success. If you start early and prepare in a planned manner, you can clear the GATE exam. Being thorough with B.Tech syllabus is essential for GATE. This is because questions are mostly based on the engineering degree in graduation. So to get the concepts on your tips you need to go for coaching, as coaching has certain benefits as follow:
  1. Self Study alone will not help you to clarify your doubts, whereas in coaching you will get a chance to clarify your doubts then and there.
  2. You get a chance to get tips from IIT/IIsc Experts for solving your questions rapidly.
  3. You can share your knowledge with others.
  4. Get a chance to interact with students, get to know their level of understanding concepts.
  5. Also, a lot of institute like THE GATE ACADEMY gives options for online courses as well,which solves your problem of travelling and hence saving time.
  If you have a tight schedule and you're willing to go for coaching but have no time to visit the institute that offers online coaching. Online courses are equally good as classroom courses. After coaching you need to revise the concepts to get in on your finger tips. That’s why self study is also important. An expert from IIT or IIsc can teach you tips & tricks, but to learn and remember those tricks for exam is your responsibility and for that you need to spare out some time to practice those tricks yourself. Because with practice comes perfection. So, practicing regularly is one of the key to get high GATE score. So, keep practicing & wish you all the best. Conclusion: Coaching and self study are equally important. Practice is the key to all solutions. Choose a reputed institute like The GATE Academy for coaching. Online coaching is also a good option.
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