` Secrets to GATE Civil Engineering Preparation | gate

This blog is the 1st article in a series of GATE preparation tips blog articles for Civil Engineering Students. The blog author, Rohit Sachdeva has secured AIR 93 in GATE 2017 and is currently studying at IISc Bangalore. You can read the rest of the articles under the CE section for GATE blogs at http://gate.vidyalankar.org/category/civil-engineering/ .

Each year lakhs of students take the GATE. The competition is fierce with students putting in hundreds of hours of study towards preparation. In such a competitive environment, you can get an edge over others with preparation tips from toppers. Keeping this in mind, Vidyalankar has initiated “From the Horse’s Mouth” – a blog series in which toppers from various GATE streams assist students in preparing for the GATE, by sharing the secrets of their preparation.

Interested? Read on to know more.

The Civil Engineering series will be written by Rohit Sachdeva. Rohit is from New Delhi and graduated from the Delhi College of Engineering (now DTU) in 2012. He then worked as a Structural Design Engineer in Samsung for 2 years and then worked in the Bureau of Indian Standards as a scientist for 3 years.
He appeared for GATE 2017, and secured an All India Rank (AIR) of 93. Rohit’s primary source of motivation behind this was entering into teaching and research. Currently, he is pursuing his M.Tech (Structures) from IISc Bangalore.

The rest of this blog is written by Rohit, and summarizes the content that will be published in this blog series:
GATE is not the toughest exam in the country, but certainly requires a planned preparation strategy. This is particularly true for Civil Engineering since the number of students taking GATE from the Civil stream is on the rise (this year 1.5 lakh students wrote the exam!). This is because GATE opens the doors to a variety of career options – jobs in PSUs, corporates and teaching and Post Graduate Programs at the top IITs / NITs & IISc. Because of this, GATE is one of the most important exams for an engineer.

In this blog series, we’ll publish more than 20 blog entries each of which will bring into focus how you should prepare for a particular subject. A few blog entries will also cover some general strategic guidelines to enable you to channelize your GATE preparation effort properly. We will also include interview strategies for cracking interviews of PSUs and various IITs/NITs after the GATE exam.

A general schedule for the blog entries will be as follows:

  1. Planning for GATE – resources required and time-table
  2. Textbooks for GATE Civil Engineering
  3. Implementing the plan – an overview of how to go about studying subjects, revising and attempting test series
  4. Strength of Materials (SOM)
  5. Structural Analysis
  6. Hydrology
  7. Soil Mechanics
  8. Foundation Engineering
  9. Irrigation Engineering
  10. Reinforced Concrete Design (RCC)
  11. Prestressed Concrete Design
  12. Open Channel Flow
  13. Environment: Water Supply Engineering
  14. Environment: Waste Water Engineering
  15. Environment: Solid Waste Management, Air Pollution & Control, Noise Pollution
  16. Surveying
  17. Steel Design
  18. Fluid Mechanics
  19. CPM-PERT & Building Materials
  20. Highway Engineering
  21. Traffic Engineering & Pavement Materials
  22. Railway, Airway & Taxiway
  23. Overview of Engineering Mathematics & General Aptitude
  24. Various Interview preparation guidelines and tips

We expect to release the above blogs over a span of one year (1 blog every 2 weeks, except the first few blogs which we will publish in a shorter duration so that students can start planning).  We hope that the above content will help all the GATE aspirants.

We will provide you with an email-ID for asking preparation related queries in each blog, to ensure that continuous flow of knowledge takes place throughout the year.

Wishing you All the Very Best!

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