[AIR 5] GATE EE Study Plan shared by Sayantan Bhattacharya

Do you want to become topper in GATE? What if you dream of getting under the top 10?

Hello Everyone, in today’s DipsTalk I’m interviewing Sayantan Bhattacharya who has secured  ALL INDIA RANK (AIR) 5  in GATE 2019 (EE).  He is also selected in ONGCand BHEL (topmost PSUs).

Sayantan Battacharya (AIR 5) interview

GATE EE Study Plan by AIR 5

Let’s start digging his gold mine and see how he has secured AIR 5 in his own words.

Please tell me about yourself, your education and your GATE rank and work.

Sayantan: My name is Sayantan Bhattacharya. I belong from Siliguri, West Bengal.

I have completed my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Dr. B.C. Roy Engineering College, Durgapur in the year 2014. Thereafter, I completed my M.Tech in Power Electronics and Drives from National Institute of Technology, Agartala in the year 2017.

GATE 2019 was my fifth attempt at this exam. My previous attempts were in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

My All India Rank in GATE 2019 is 5 in EE Paper, with a GATE Score of 944. Currently, I am not working anywhere.

Dipali: That’s amazing! You proved hard work does not go in vain. Here is my second question for you.

How to prepare for GATE? Your experience…

Sayantan: I started my serious preparation for GATE 2017 back when I was in my M.Tech 2nd Year.

Firstly, I used to study each subject from standard textbooks, then followed Made Easy handwritten notes which are available online, and then subsequently practiced different sorts of problems.

I would also suggest aspirants follow good practice books like Kanodia and Ace Bits and Bytes for numerical practice, along with Ace Academy Pre-GATE previous year papers, which contain quality questions.

Apart from these, I practiced GATE Previous Year questions, which again is very important. While studying from textbooks and Made Easy notes, I prepared my own descriptive notes of every subject separately, which I would later use for revision purpose.

Dipali: So it was all your execution and your GATE EE study plan to get this tremendous success. I’m sure, new GATE aspirants will get inspired by your experience. I’m sure, scheduling and proper planning is important, what’s your thought about it?

How to make a schedule for GATE exam preparation?

Sayantan: As I said in the previous answer, I already had notes of every subject prepared and sufficient amount of problems practiced during my GATE 2017 and 2018 preparation.

For GATE 2019, my main focus was going through these notes and numerical. I started my preparation from around July 2018 and went through those notes and numerical of each and every subject up to mid-October.

After that, I started revising these materials again in the same order of subjects as done previously. Along with that, I attempted Subject and Part Tests of the respective subjects as well.

This way, it took me up till December to complete my revision. Then, I started attempting Full-Length Tests until 2-3 days before the GATE exam.

Dipali: Being serious and having proper planning is crucial to crack any competitive exam. You proved it. I see, most of the candidates are confused about choosing resource and books for preparation. Today, there are so many resources available whether its online or offline books. What are the books you used for your preparation?

What are the best GATE books or resources for Electrical Engineering?

Sayantan: I used standard textbooks, the list of which I had found in Quora, for my preparation. Along with that, I followed Made Easy handwritten notes, which can be purchased online.

The list of books are as follows:



Network Theory William Hayt (A. Chakrabarti is also a good option)
EMT Matthew N.O. Sadiku
Digital Electronics M. Morris Mano
Analog Electronics Robert Boylestad
Measurements A.K. Sawhney (But frankly Made Easy notes are enough)
Control Systems B.S. Manke and Nagoor Kani
Signals and Systems Alan V. Oppenheim (Made Easy notes are more than enough though)
Electric Machines V.K. Mehta and Ashfaq Hussain (P.S. Bimbhra is the best book but unfortunately it was too descriptive and time-consuming)
Power Systems C.L. Wadhwa and V.K. Mehta (Now, aspirants can refer to Power Systems book by Ankit Goyal Sir. It has every topic covered for GATE and contains numerous problems)
Power Electronics P.S. Bimbhra
Engineering Mathematics Made Easy Book for Theory and ACE Academy book for Problem Solving

I want to stress the fact that I used Made Easy handwritten notes along with these textbooks for proper concept building.

Dipali: I think you have shared very important tips and insight to crack the GATE exam for students. Tell me about your preparation for PSUs you got selected.

How to crack the ONGC (PSU) interview? Your tips.

Sayantan: I would recommend keeping a relaxed mind during the interview. The calmer you stay, the chances of the interview going well get better. To this end, I recommend having a good sleep the night before the interview and taking breakfast before entering the interview hall.

Always greet the lady panelist first before greeting the male panelists. Also, wait till they ask you to take a seat and only then proceed to sit.

Keep a gentle smile on your face throughout the duration of the interview and if you don’t know the answer to a question, just admit it rather than guessing it.

The interviewers are very experienced people and they can easily detect if you are bluffing, so avoid doing that.

Lastly, prepare your basics well and also the practical applications of your branch in every field needs to be known very well by you.

Dipali: Thanks Sayantan. Your story is very inspiring to all of us preparing for a competitive exam like GATE.

To the readers, If you are preparing for PSUs, here is interview questions shared by other candidates.

Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Sayantan for sharing your journey, exact strategy, resources, and your GATE EE study plan. And once again thanks for giving your valuable time and sharing your experience with us on DipsLab.

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