Mr. B. Harikrishnan, final year student from the Department of Biotechnology, School of Bioengineering, 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.