If, after days and days of studying seriously for the GMAT exam, you’ve finally taken it, but you didn’t make an impressive score, the question that looms large in your mind is: Should I retake the GMAT exam? So, let’s consider your options: Can you retake the GMAT? You can, certainly, but not more than five times in 12 months and only once in 16 days. If you want to retake the test more than that, you need to write to GMAC and if you have a reasonable reason for retaking the test so often, it will be considered. Besides, if you try to take the test before the time period lapses, GMAT will not report your new scores and you will not get your test administration fee back. In your entire life, you cannot take the GMAT more than eight times. And yes, if you’ve already scored 800 in the test, you won’t be allowed to reappear for it for the next five years. Will business schools get to see all my scores if I retake the test? Yes, they will be able to see all your scores, as your report will list them all, over a five-year period. Remember, your scores are valid for five years. Is it wise to retake the GMAT? If you’re happy with your score, it doesn’t make sense to retake the exam. But if your score is about 600 or below, do retake it but after you have put in solid amounts of hard work and preparation. With one experience of the test behind you, you should now be able to do much better, in terms of time and performance. So, prepare well and only then appear for the exam. How to consider the need for retaking the GMAT: There are certain parameters based on which you can determine if you genuinely need to improve your scores: List all the business schools you’re interested in applying to. Find out the average score of these schools. Add the average scores of each school to the list of business schools on your list and find the highest average of all the schools. Naturally, you’ll want your score to be at the higher end of the spectrum. Now that you know where your score falls, you will be able to decide whether or not you should retake the exam. However, even if you’re getting mentally ready to retake this exam, please consider these factors: 1. Are you far from your ideal goal score? If you’re about 20 points away from your ideal goal score, there’s no need to retake the exam. But if you’re between 20 and 50 points away, it would certainly help to retake the exam. Spend some time assessing your strengths and weaknesses and improve on your weaknesses. For scores over 50 point’s away, change the schools you want to apply to. Your new scores should reflect an improvement of 30 points at least, so study really hard to make this happen. 2. Do you have enough time before you reapply? At this point, ensure that your new scores are submitted well within the deadline to the schools you’re interested in. Usually, scores take about 20 days to reach schools, so ensure you have that time to reach the schools in question. 3. How much time have you spent in preparation? If you spend about 100 hours in preparation for the exam, you won’t stand to gain much more if you prepare for only 50 hours. This is because you get the maximum benefits from your preparation within the first few hours of studying, so going overboard and preparing for 100 or more hours won’t give you a better performance. 4. Can you pay the GMAT fee once more? The GMAT fee is $250 each time you take it. Can you afford this each time you do a retest? Think about the monetary aspect of this test and see whether it’s worth doing once more. 5. How do business schools react to students retaking the GMAT? You won’t be in a weaker position with B-schools by retaking the GMAT exam. It can prove to B-schools that you want to improve on your earlier work. However, work so hard that you do show better results. Conclusion Your GMAT scores are just one part of your entire application demands. Sure, do retake it if you believe you’ll score much more, second time round and will attract the better colleges, but don’t be so immersed in this that you neglect other important aspects of the entire application process.

GATE – Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering

GATE as the name defines, is the Gateway for many candidates to their desired destination of success, goals and aspirations of their career.


GATE Overview

Specification Overview
GATE 2019 conducting Institute IITM
GATE Official Website gate.iitm.ac.in
Administered By Jointly By IISc Bangalore and Seven IIT’s
Exam Level All India Level
Exam Type Post Graduate
Frequency of Examination Yearly Once
Application and Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 3 Hours  (180 Minutes)
No. Of Papers 24
No. Of Questions 65
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) + Numeric Answer Type (NAT)
Sections in Paper Two viz. General Aptitude and Subject specific
Maximum Marks 100
Validity of Score 3 Years
Number of Test Takers 9 Lakhs
Accepted By IIT’s, NIT’s, IIIT’s, GFIT’s and SFTI’s

900+ colleges in India accept GATE score

Purpose of the Examination Qualifying Exam for M.Tech/M.E/Ph.D. Admissions,

PSU Recruitments, Teaching and For Studying Abroad

Note: Candidates will be able to select only one GATE paper for the examination.


GATE 2019 Important Dates

The official notification for GATE 2019 will be available on the website gate.iitm.ac.in.

GATE 2019 – The dates related to the events are mentioned in the following table:

Event Date
Availability of GATE Application Form September 1 – October 1, 2018
GATE 2019 Admit Cards Available from January 4, 2019
GATE 2019 Exam Dates February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019
GATE Answer Key 2019 (official) March 14, 2019
GATE 2019 Results Declared on March 16, 2019
Downloading of GATE 2019 scorecards Begins from March 20 – May 31, 2019
Release of GATE Counseling Schedule March 26, 2019 onwards


Importance of Preparation

Around 9 lakh plus candidates apply for GATE and statistics show that every year on an average, only 13% students qualify which shows how tough the exam is to crack. GATE 2019 syllabus comprises the syllabus of the undergraduate courses (which is quite extensive). Therefore, in order to crack the GATE 2019 exam, you must be well prepared on all fronts. This means that you need to strategize and plan very well to ensure success. Make sure to incorporate all aspects of GATE subjects in to your plan and also work out on the necessary preparation strategy required to crack this exam.


GATE Preparation in 100 Days

GATE aspirant must strictly adhere to their preparation timetable for GATE 2019 in order to qualify and succeed in the entrance exam. Candidates seriously preparing for GATE require atleast 3 months (100 Days) duration to prepare and complete GATE syllabus. Candidates should have the skill of appropriate time management so as to complete the syllabus. You call also revise for the exam in parallel to your studies. Before kick starting your preparation, here is a check list that you should go through before appearing for GATE 2019 exam


  • Know the eligibility criteria and check if you fulfill it


  • Know your syllabus and exam pattern thoroughly
  • Understand the weightage of topics
  • Make your study plan
  • Know about the best books & resources to use for GATE Preparation



    • Know about the other resources to refer besides books: Blogs, Facebook, NPTEL


  • Focus on engineering mathematics and general aptitude


  • Strengthen your concepts and calculations
  • Revise and evaluate yourself at every step
  • Work for efficient time management




The available days can be divided in different phases of preparation




Phase 1(100 days before GATE)

  • Begin with complete study of Engineering syllabus, exam pattern along with important subjects and their weightage of marks based on previous year analysis.
  • Divide the subjects on basis of weightage and take on the high weightage subject first.
  • Mentally be ready to study for a minimum of 4 hours a day with complete focus and attention
  • Focus more on grasping the concepts rather than just completing the syllabus.
  • As you study, jot down key points, formulae, grammar tips etc. in a notebook so that you can revise them few days before the exam.


Phase 2 (70 days before GATE)

  • Candidates should start solving numerical problems of the subjects already prepared from this time onwards. Focus on the previous year papers, especially numerical which are highly preferred in GATE exam.
  • Apart from preparing and solving questions, try to revise the subjects that you have already completed. The key points that you noted down will come very handy here. Review them regularly. This will build up a habit of revision which will be very useful during last moments of exam
  • Depending on your endurance, try to increase your study time by 1-2 hours which will give your preparation an extra edge.


Phase 3 (40 days before GATE)

  • The most crucial time period for GATE aspirant. By this time, preparation of maximum subjects (in order of high weightage of marks) must be completed i.e. the main concepts.
  • Spend the maximum amount of time for solving questions. Take up various mock tests and test series subscribed. Analyze and revise according to how you have scored in the mock tests.
  • Preferably enroll in at least two test series to practice the various and probable questions for GATE exam.
  • While solving Test series, first solve the chapter wise test, then the section wise test and then move to full length Mock Test.
  • Refer back to the specific theory and notes whenever you are unable to solve the questions. This will make you revise the concepts easily.


On successful completion of 3 phases of preparation, approx. 10-15 days would be remaining depending upon your examination slot for GATE, try to revise the syllabus utilizing your study notes. Also continue to attempt various national mock tests which give you complete performance analysis and approximate rank in the exam.


Few Suggestions

Given below are some tips and suggestions given by toppers and experts. These tips that can help you crack the exam.    


  • Never lose track of your goal. You may have had one bad day. Don’t get discouraged but try and recoup the very next day and get back on track. Stay focused.


  • Stay motivated throughout the journey. Don’t get discouraged and don’t compare yourself with others.
  • Analyze where you are going wrong. While revising is important, analysis is much more important. Keep a track of how you are faring in terms of preparation at every stage. You need to be aware so that you can improve where needed.
  • Take breaks, relax. It is important to take breaks. Take breaks to break the monotony and stress. Pursue your hobbies or indulge in an activity that will help you relax.
  • Stay confident. Getting nervous can only be detrimental to all the efforts you have put in. Have faith in yourself and give it your best shot. Think of it like this, if you are nervous, the chances of you messing things up are higher. On the other hand, moving ahead with confidence will only help you fare better and in turn fetch you more marks.
  • Do not panic. While solving questions do not panic if you have devoted more than required time on a particular subject. Stay calm, sit back and review what went wrong and what can be better. Then modify your plan accordingly.
  • Lastly and most importantly, take good care of yourself. Ensure that you sleep well, eat well and stay healthy and focused. Do not get stressed, that’s the worst thing you could do to yourself.





While having a dream is a great way to start, it is more important to actually begin walking on the path towards achieving you dream. Every success story has tons of hard work behind it. You must have a dedicated plan and strategy to ensure success. Plan well and work hard. We hope that the above mentioned GATE preparation tips and guidelines will be beneficial for you to kick start your GATE journey and build your chances of success in GATE 2019.  


Good luck and all the best!

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