GATE Preparation

How To Manage Time For GATE Preparation

Time management is a real trick for achieving any goal in life. GATE is no exception. Recently, I have been receiving many emails and questions regarding time management for GATE exam. The questioners are either having full time job or students of final or pre final year.

The answer is not easy, and every great thing is not easy in life. If someone has a full job or college to attend they need a give an extra effort by managing their time tightly. For managing time first one need to find where is the time that they can use. I have few points to share with you all regarding time management.

  • Check daily routine and write down these activities on a paper with hours. Don’t need to be very hard and strict about timing, don’t need to mention exact hour and minutes of the activity.
  • Once we have a list of activities we do in a day we also have a good idea of what we are doing in a day.
  • Figure out activities we are doing for fun and can be compromised for certain time.
  • Make use of this time for GATE preparations.

When I was student I noticed that usually I spend time in traveling and with friends without doing any productive work. My college was 13 KM away from home and used to take about 30 minutes to reach there.

The first thing I did was started using public transportation. And second thing was to go little early. By which I can get a seat in bus to go to college and I spend that travel time either for reading, revising or taking rest in bus.

I was a student so I used that early hours to sit in library and prepared GATE and other exams. And another thing I did was to leave college very late may be at library closing time. I tried to make best use of library. When I finished my B.Tech, everyone knows where I am, if I am not in class. To make it great we need to sacrifice and need cut some of the thing which we love. Every time we make a hard decision by knowing what are we are doing, it will benefit us in long run. The hard work always pays us, one or the other day, in one or the other day.

The common distracters for students are

1. Travel long distance driving our own vehicles on regular basis.
2. TV serials
3. Too much unproductive time wasting friends
4. Too much sleeping
5. Spending too much in markets
6. Watching movies almost every weekend, watching them from bed till return to bed.

These are few common time consumers in life. If we manage them properly we can do many things miraculously on time.

The last point is to be very consistent in our preparation. It’s not a one day job it’s a consistent effort achieve big result.

GATE is big opportunity for student who didn’t have a chance to prove, because of image issue with lectures in B.Tech. They have a golden opportunity to prove. GATE is totally an open competition and you may beat the best student of your college with consistent efforts.

Your friends may tease for your change, please don’t worry about them much. They will also cherish your great achievements in future and feel great to associate themselves with you. Hard work with consistency will take you there.

This is a part of GATE Preparation Guide , you can refer to many other articles there. Please be a fan on facebook and subscribe by email to get updates in email.

Wish you a wonderful luck ahead. Don’t stop keep going you are there at destination.


  1. suchita singh

    sir. i am student of electrical and electronics BE second year … pls help me, to find how to start the preparation for gate…


    i think no one can make others time table…..


    A grand salute 2 u sir, this site is very helpful not only for persons who leaves comments here but also uncountable confused and distracted students.
    once again lots of thanx to all of u .
    I am also preparing for gate .and after I want to do social work in education sector in my small town ..

  4. ramu thota

    i am 3rd year student. i want to get GATE without coaching. i dont know how to manage time for preparation of gate……….plzzzzzzzzzzz help me sir

  5. vembu

    i have intrested to write GATE exam. But i don’t spend more time for that because of my college works. pls give a perfect time management idea for that.

  6. Kanika Arora

    Sir, I have done in 2012 and from banasthali university in VLSI design in 2014 but I want to work in public sector so can you help me in the preparation for gate without any coaching. I will be grateful if you help me.

  7. Amit Kumar Singh

    Sir, I want to do self preparation of gate without join any cochin. So pls tell me how it be possible for me? Which type of shedule I have to fallow?

  8. nikhil kolape

    good…….. i will try my best………….

  9. shaheed

    hai sir,
    ASSALAM VALEKUM i’m final year student i have exactly 2months for gate thn can uu help me in time managment

  10. saipavan

    nice tips and experiences u face which guide us more in future thankz,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  11. AKSAH

    I am in 1st yrs engineering in mechanical field when I start preparation for gate exam

  12. techdutta

    awesome man , please update your post for 2013 GATE 😉

  13. me

    thanx i hope i’ll work on it……..

  14. hema patil

    Hello Sir,
    i am doing the full time job in college as a lecturer, i want to give gate this year and have not started my preparation yet…… please can you suggest me how should i manage my times….

    Thanking you..

  15. Madhushree

    its really motivating…….. thank u sir.

  16. raj

    sir i am pass out in 2010 in BE electronics .i want to take the 2012 gate exam now i havent started my preparation . can u please tell me some good coaching institute in bangalore and will i be able to make it if not the iits or niits .with this amount of time left will be able to cover my study an what if i end ended with not very good rank and got to an average college . will it worth to do an .i do not want to be professor ……
    thanks please some one reply

  17. Ramvilas Rohidas

    Hello Sir,
    i am doing the full time job in power sector, i want to do m. tech. from this year, so please can you suggest me how should i manage my times.

    Thanking you..

  18. bharath

    thankyou sir for ur valable words…

  19. Balu

    really..very much inspirational useful stuff i read here…thanx

  20. Trivikram.A

    a very inspiring and informative info for gate aspirants….!!!

  21. trivedi karan

    thanx for all these information. i want to know that which is better m.e. or and i am complete my b.e. in i.t., so m.e. in i.t. or in i.t. is possible course? please tell? and which book require for preparation? thanx…..

  22. vinay kumar


    B.Tech 3rd year.i had applied for i supposed to join in any coaching institute,if so then kindly suggest which institute should i prefer???????????????????

  23. vinay kumar

    it’s very nice and understandable to ordinary students

  24. Raj mane B.N.C.O.E.P.

    it is really helpful sir…..thanks

  25. mazhar

    it is really very nice sir to gain our own confidence after reading those tips thank Q

  26. Soma Bhattacharya

    You write so well and so true.. It is just the reflection of the way we think..

    Thank you so much for making such a wonderful site and making it available to everyone.

    I wish you all success in all your endeavour..

    You are doing a wonderful job and encouraging people to prove themselve once again.

    by means of appearing in GATE exam.


    Soma Bhattacharya

  27. satheesh kumar v

    Thnq for ur liberal reply sir……..

    I dont hav more knowledge on java but i want 2 become a software engineer.. now im in mca 3rd yr. what should i do 2 reach my goal? and im from telugu medium background…

    i need ur valuable suggestion plllllllllllllsssssssssss……

  28. riya tyagi

    i jst got into the website n found it to b really useful……………
    a small request———
    if u cud plz let me know d way to download the video lectures, m unabl 2 do dat……… 🙁
    plz let me knw………

  29. bharadwaj

    thank q, sir………i’m sure that i will be in top 100 in GATE..because ur experience is happening in my life. now i’m confident.

  30. Joseph

    I like this site 🙂

  31. Durgesh

    Hi Zahed sir,
    i like your guidenace.i’m studing in second year of BE.then,can i start the preparation of GATE from this year? Accordig to you,to start the preparation from this year will be right dicision or not ?

  32. anbazhagan

    hey , i agree all the facts which you told … from today onwards i will be a person who is hungry to achieve things … and i am not going to get tied until i achieve my goal in my life ….. thanks guys……

  33. Shakir

    Hi zahid sir,you are doing great job

  34. manju

    Sir, i m final year B>E student. i have to crack gate exam. i have 3 months. is this 3 months enough to prepare.

  35. pramod

    now..GATE 2011 is mine…….!!!!!!!!………… thx everyone

  36. Aditya

    hi, I regularly follow ur posts… but i have one question.
    if i have valid score last year which is valid for 2 years, & if i have to apply for admissions in 2011, then how is the percentile or gate score will calculated by the colleges?
    is it dependent on the AIR & percentile of the year of the score or the percentile of the current year?
    can u help me please?

  37. Anil

    I agree with most of the comments of you both. Today, I excatly stand 5 months away from the GATE 2011 Exam.I need to Know my priorites.This includes managing my daily prepartions around the IIT and GATE Plan for motivation.

    Daily success on this count would be achieved,if I am able to follow my target set from the syllabus for daily timetable.

    I wish all my fellow candidates best of luck and at the same time expect your all’s best wishes for my preparations aswell.

  38. Sachin

    I will definetly follow what u have said. Please keep writing, it’s of great help to us.

  39. kiran

    zahid bhai,belated Eid mubarak

  40. Karthik

    I think it ll be very helpful sir, if u can provide subject wise weightage for diff branches . . . .

  41. Riyaz

    You are the only person on earth who can use your be confident……..

  42. Anjni

    Hello Sir, this is wonderful and heart touching article. thanks alot for your advices.

  43. sankar

    thanku very much pratyusha.practise makes a man perfect.

  44. Radheshyam Shukla

    Zahid sir,I completely agree with you and I can say that you really know what our problems are.Your advice is priceless,nothing can be better than “to work hard and just concentrate on studies rather than thinking of this and that”.And as Prathyusha ji mentioned that -be LASER,don’t be sunlight and achieve your goal.Thank You very much to both of you.Now,I can just think of M.Tech rather than of job because I don’t want a job right now.I want to study further and I promise you I will, so that I can help students alike you are helping us.

  45. Arun Kotha

    Zahid, you said, “Your friends may tease for your change, please don’t worry about them much. They will also cherish your great achievements in future and feel great to associate themselves with you. Hard work with consistency will take you there.”

    I completely agree with and have seen this, personally in my life. I also beat all the best students of my college in GATE’10. But I could get jus an OK type of rank – 3000+. All my friends are pecking at me, not having joined any college, even after qualifying GATE. I jus care not for them. I want to get the best of me. Hence i’m writing the GATE once again.

    I’m working and meanwhile when i get time, I’m reading. Sounds tough though, I am buring with the desire of hitting the top rows in GATE’11. Thank you Zahid.

  46. Partha

    Zahid I totally agree with u. And belate Eid mubarak.

  47. prathyusha

    :)nice post sir! firstly belated eid mubarrak!..
    when i was reading the article for time management, i remembered something.It is written in the book :the monk who sold his Ferrari”, that “many people sleep because they dont have anything else to do”,after i read that, i realized i was doing the same.. surprisingly many of my friends have given the same answer when I told this to them.. and all of us felt uneasy, a sort of guilty to sleep because of not having anything else to do after reading this.. because its is not that we have nothing to do.. we postpone everything we must do for tomorrow! 🙂

    and another thing i found in many of my friends and juniors a major issue to mend as i felt is that, many of them started thinking like, if i cant achieve this what to do?.. if i cant get a good rank in GATE what next?..if i cant get a job what next..this sort of attitude must change as i felt,because the more options we have, the more our GOAL gets diluted.and “No focused effort, no achievement”.I can be a very talented student and can do well with both my primary goal and secondary goal, but surely i cant do better than the one with same strength and focussed goal.I can get a good rank, but I cant get a rank which i rightly deserve, if i have more goals at a what i wanted to advise my juniors is that be a LASER light rather than sun light. Dont even let your brain think that you cant do something which you want something then get something,dont compromise with your passions. and never ever have a day in life when you feel “I could have done it if…” failure sucks .dont even think about it! focus on success with that hard laser light that success must be urs or it must be destroyed with ur laser’s intensity!Believe in your self and you can make miracles!

    1. Zahid

      I totally agree with Prathyusha. One need to be really focused on success and stay tune and hungry to achieve it.

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