GATE 2021 examination was conducted by IIT Bombay in February 2021. Gaurav Verma secured AIR-9 in MT paper. He is currently a final year M.Tech student in the department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at IIT-Bombay. Achieving Top rank in the GATE examination is no small feat and needed much of hard work and preparation strategy. The future Aspirants can take much of learning from GATE 2021 MT Topper Gaurav Verma. Here is an awesome interview with him.
AskMeMetallurgy: Please, accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success. First of all, we would like to know about Gaurav. Please introduce yourself.
Gaurav: Thanks for having my interview on your website. Myself Gaurav Verma. I am currently a final year M.Tech student in the department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at IIT-Bombay. I completed my B.Tech from MNIT Jaipur in 2019.
AskMeMetallurgy: What rank did you get in GATE 2021? What is your GATE score and how many marks did you secure?
Gaurav: My AIR is 9 in GATE-2021. My GATE score is 879 and I obtained 84.67 marks in GATE-MT 2021.
AskMeMetallurgy: Is this your first attempt or did you attempt GATE earlier?
Gaurav: No. Actually I had attempted GATE in my final year B.Tech in 2019, where I got an AIR 60 which got me an M.Tech seat in Materials Science specialization of IIT-Bombay. And, now I got an AIR 9.
AskMeMetallurgy: How was the GATE 2021 MT paper?
Gaurav: GATE-MT 2021 paper was moderately set by IIT-BOMBAY. The paper had a lot of Numerical answer type questions this time. The aptitude part was easier as compared to previous years. The Engineering Mathematics questions were moderate. Although, there were some new trend of questions from mass transfer, heat transfer and transport phenomenon. And then there were many tricky numericals from Corrosion Science, Mechanical/Physical metallurgy that required a good presence of mind to solve them. In totality the paper was moderate and high scoring for students who have practised a lot.
AskMeMetallurgy: when did you start preparation for GATE 2021?
Gaurav: For this attempt I started my preparation around 15th December 2020 right after my pre-final semester . I knew that I was already thorough with my concepts of Metallurgical Engineering, and I just need a little revision and more practise of mock tests and previous year papers. So my stratergy was simple- attempt as many mock tests and previous years as I can to develop right exam temperament.
AskMeMetallurgy: Have you taken any coaching or Online Mock Tests? How did it help?
Gaurav: I joined Meta Gate & Testurself test series. The test series gave me necessary momentum and helped me develop right exam temperament that was instrumental in acing the GATE exam.
AskMeMetallurgy: What is your style of preparation and notes making?
Gaurav: For every subject in the syllabus, I prefer to have my own hand made detailed notes with me which I prepared during my 1st attempt. For final revision , I also prepared short notes of formulas and important concept from each subject. My last 45 days of preparation was completely based on my own short notes. Actually I was aiming for getting into top 10, so I knew that I need to avoid silly mistakes to minimize negative marks. That’s why I attempted lots of mock tests and previous years papers in last month to get into the the right mindset.
Previous Year Papers
AskMeMetallurgy: You emphasized solving previous year papers is important in last answer so at what stage of preparation, Aspirants should start to solve previous year papers? What style did you follow for solving these papes?
Gaurav: Practising Previous year questions are the most important part of the preparation. In my opinion a serious aspirant should practise atleast last 20 years paper before the examination. Now the stratergy of solving completely depends on aspirant. I started solving the papers when I felt I was done with most of the syllabus. And I preferred to solve them in a 3 hour slot like an actual exam. And in this attempt, I practised last 20 year papers before writing the actual exam.
AskMeMetallurgy: What was your daily schedule like during preparation?
Gaurav: I started my preparation around December 15. My first focus was to revise all the subjects. And it took me around a month to complete the full syllabus. And meanwhile I made sure to write a mock test in every 3 days or so. And I carried on this process till January 20. Because of my college academics, and my project work I use to devote around 3-4 hours daily to the preparation. From around 23rd January to the actual exam day 14th Feb, I slogged about 8-10 hours daily for my preparation. In this time I daily gave 1-2 mock tests/ solving previous papers with their analysis which I continued till Feb14.
AskMeMetallurgy: What was your time management strategy in the real GATE exam?
Gaurav: I started with core section first. Stratergy was simple- attempt all the easy question first irrespective of the fact if they are NAT’s or MCQ’s. Then subsequently giving time to moderate and tough questions in the middle and towards end, and switching randomly between them. I came to aptitude section in last 30 minutes which was done in just 10 minutes. Finally, I was left with few tricky questions on which I spend last 20 minutes.
Books For GATE MT
AskMeMetallurgy: Which books did you follow for GATE preparation? Pls name some very important must read books for GATE.
Gaurav: The books/Resources that are very important-
- Thermodynamics- B.S Murthy Lectures, NPTEL ,Problems in Metallurgical Thermodynamics book by Upadhyay , Gaskell
- Mechanical metallurgy- Dieter
- Physical Metallurgy- Callister, Vijendra Singh, V.Raghvan
- Manufacturing- Dieter
- Welding- Sindo ku
- Transport Phenomenon- Gaskell (This book is different from the Thermodynamics one)
- NPTEL resources for Powder metallurgy, casting, , microscopy, corrosion
Suggestion for Aspirants
AskMeMetallurgy: What is the important topic that should be specially focused by the GATE Aspirants?
Gaurav:Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomenon, Heat/Mass Trasfer, Corrosion are the trending topics in GATE-MT. Many tricky and new questions are asked recently from these topics. If you need high rank, prepare these topics very well.
AskMeMetallurgy: Please suggest some Do’s and Dont’s for the GATE aspirants during preparation.
Gaurav: Don’t kill your time studying everything you find. Stick to the syllabus. Only prepare for topics specifically mentioned in the syllabus. And be very thorough with formulas. Have a formula book/short notes with yourself. As soon as you study a topic, refer its past year questions to get some good insights about your preparation. Complete the syllabus of Engineering Mathematics well before. Although the questions are not that difficult but please spend some time on practising maths as well to avoid any scope of silly mistake during the exam. For getting high rank practise as many mock test you can. This is the most important part of preparation.
AskMeMetallurgy: What are you planning for your career after GATE 2021?
Gaurav: I am already completing my M.Tech in a few months down the line. I have a job with me. Currently I have no other plan.
AskMeMetallurgy: What is your opinion/feedback about the Askmemetallurgy website?
Gaurav: During my own preparation, I use to read Topper’s Interview on Askmetallurgy website from which I learnt a lot. So I know it will surely help students in acing Gate exam and learning metallurgy.
Thanks Gaurav for such an awesome Interview. We wish you an amazing career and a healthy life ahead.