Mr. B. Harikrishnan, final year student from the Department of Biotechnology, School of Bioengineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) has successfully cleared the exam, Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE 2016; Biotechnology), and has earned the distinction of being ranked 12 in All India Ranking (AIR; Biotechnology). The department faculty, staff, and students congratulate him on achieving this distinction.
I want to pursue a research career and appeared in 2016 GATE-BT paper to gain admission to a postgraduate course in prestigious institutions. Much to my pleasant surprise, I secured an AIR 12 (GATE score: 825, Marks: 54.67/100).
In my view, GATE does not call for any special or extensive preparation. Neither are any coaching classes required. All one needs is a firm grasp on the basic concepts of the topics asked. Two types of questions are asked – multiple choice questions (MCQs) and numerical aptitude types (NATs). The MCQs are easy to score provided one has a basic understanding of the subject, while the NATs test problem-solving skills, especially on bioprocess engineering.
Almost each and every topic in the GATE syllabus was already taught in our undergraduate curriculum. Therefore, I had to prepare only for a week or two, as I just had to brush up on the aspects learnt over all the previous semesters. Along with this, I had worked out previous years’ GATE papers.
I would like to thank the professors of my department as their classes helped me gain adequate subject knowledge. I also thank my family for their constant guidance and support. I wish success to all future GATE aspirants.