GATE 2024 Topper’s Preparation Strategy: Tips, Study Plan, Mock Test

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

GATE is the gateway to postgraduate admissions in the prestigious IITs/IISc & NITs and PSU jobs. This year approximately 9 lakh candidates will be appearing for GATE 2024 which means there will be huge competition. Thus, in order to get a good score in the GATE 2024 exam, it is crucial that you have a good strategy. BYJU’S Exam Prep for GATE is providing you with a toppers’ strategy to prepare for GATE 2024 in the best possible way which will definitely show you the absolute path to crack the exam. 

Toppers’ Strategy for GATE 2024 Exam Preparation

With discipline, dedication, and diligence, you will achieve the goal

Here are the steps of the toppers’ strategy which will help with your GATE preparation:

Know About GATE Exam

  • GATE Exam is an online examination of three hours, with 65 questions carrying a total of 100 marks.
  • The question paper will consist of Multiple Select questions, Multiple-Choice questions, and Numerical Answer Type questions.

Check out the detailed GATE 2024 Exam pattern below:



Examination Mode 

Computer Based Test (CBT)


3 Hours

Number of Subjects (Papers) 



General Aptitude (GA)

Candidate’s Selected Subject

Type of Questions 

(a) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

(b) Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions for testing these abilities




Analysis & Synthesis

Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Distribution of Marks in all Papers

EXCEPT for papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH,

XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks

Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks

Subject Questions: 72 Marks

Total: 100 Marks

Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks

Subject Questions: 85 Marks

Total: 100 Marks

Marking Scheme 

Questions carry 1 mark and 2 marks

Know the GATE Syllabus & Weightage of each Subject

  • Since there are many subjects included in the syllabus, you must observe the complete syllabus.
  • Match your knowledge with the GATE syllabus and plan your preparation with known subjects.
  • Know Weightage for each subject based on the previous year’s papers and target your preparation to carry more marks in the GATE exam.

Select Good Books & Study Materials for GATE Preparation

  • The selection of good study materials and Gate Books is very important at the initial stages of GATE Preparation.
  • Reading one or two books is sufficient for each subject. Always give priority to reading from a book rather than other resources.
  • You may prepare with an online video lecture, course material, coaching notes, etc.
  • You can also prepare the books that you have followed during the undergraduate course.

Tips to Remember & Follow During GATE Preparation

  • Understand the previous year’s question pattern.
  • Practice the previous year’s questions during preparation.
  • Try to understand the concepts, practice tests and revise regularly.
  • Most of the questions in GATE are Conceptual & Numerical, so you must try to improve your solving ability & time management to score a good rank.

Plan Your GATE Preparation

  • A 7 to 8 months Preparation Plan will be a good idea to crack the GATE exam.
  • Create the preparation plan daily wise or weekly wise by giving enough time for each subject.
  • Your plan should include syllabus completion, revision, and practice tests.
  • It is a good idea to make a timetable and formulate your daily tasks. Once you have set daily, weekly and monthly targets, you will see better results for the same amount of effort.

Follow a Strict Study Plan to Complete GATE Syllabus

  • The first step in the preparation is to start with an easy subject and an important one. Toppers’ suggestion is, to begin with, mathematics and one basic technical subject.
  • Read topic by topic to complete the entire GATE Syllabus.
  • Make a revision note for each topic that should cover all important definitions, formulas, differences, etc.
  • Practice topic-wise previous GATE questions after understanding each topic.
  • Attempt the quizzes/tests for each topic and subject to know your performance.
  • Clear all your doubts during your preparation.
  • Discuss your doubts on BYJU’S Exam Prep for GATE and Practice quizzes/tests to compare your performance with others.
  • Identify the weak areas while practising quizzes/tests and try to revise and practise those topics.

Do Frequent Revision for GATE Preparation

  • It is not just sufficient enough to prepare revision notes, but also to revise them regularly.
  • Read the revision notes every week to recall the concepts of prepared subjects.
  • Each time you revise the same topic/subject, your revision time will reduce to recall the concepts.

Practice Mock Tests Regularly

  • You can practice mock tests in two ways. One is self-practice daily, and the other is attempting online mock tests.
  • Practice the mock tests to improve performance. Performance depends on how much time is devoted to answering each question and how many questions are answered correctly.

Revise and Practice in the Last Stage

  • Finally, you should give time for both revisions and practice.
  • Practice more tests, identify the weaker topics in each test and revise them.
  • You can practice 2 to 5 tests every day and recall all concepts during your practice.
  • Your confidence will be increased day by day at this stage.

Last Minute Strategy to Crack GATE 

  • During the last two days, you should not study any new topic.
  • During these two days, focus on revising the concepts.
  • Be ready with your examination admit card and know your centre before the exam day.
  • BYJU’S Exam Prep for GATE shares all important information about GATE, articles, daily quizzes, and study plans. BYJU’S Exam Prep for GATE also conducts online test series to face similar GATE questions in practice. 

You may encounter many disappointments.

Be strong.

Tell yourself, “I am good enough, I will try again” 

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