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A. To prepare for a competitive exam, the first and foremost thing is determination. It is like “If I want to do it, I will do it, No matter how”. An Exam is just like a battle, give your everything to it, but stay calm as well.

B. Fix small targets like I will complete this and this topic in this week. This is the time for concept building. Learn more and more concepts and learn them by heart.

C. You need to plan actually every day according to the level of preparation you have done. You need to look out on every aspect of each subject and have to decide how much time to give to each topic.

D. Every day when you wake up, make a list of topics you will cover by the night. Strive to achieve the target. and if you fail, have a new start next morning. This is all about how much fight you can put.

E. Sleeping is also important. It freshens you up. Sleep of at-least 6 hrs is very vital. Do not sleep too much also as makes you dull and inactive.

F. In the schedule you need to take some short brakes of about 10-15 minutes after every 2-3 hrs of study.

G. Do not get disheartened if you are not able to keep up to your plans, make another plan and keep trying. Keep your spirit high.

H. As far as concentration, you can also try meditating. It helps in relaxing your brain and concentrating.

I. If you take adequate sleep with proper diet and devote the rest of the time in properly planned study with breaks in about every 2-3 hrs of regular study you can surely get through this phase.

 It’s true that this is a crucial time for you and any efforts without proper direction won’t bring about the desired results. What I would suggest you to do is, make a list of all those chapters that you have completed thoroughly and that you are comfortable with. Then identify your weak areas ant try to cover them as soon as possible.

• Once you overcome those areas, this would give you a mental boost and you shall gain momentum and complete rest of the things even faster.
• Try to finish your studies once at least by November end or mid-December. Then start giving test papers.
• Plus start solving GATE Questions of previous years, as they help a lot.
• This is a schedule viewing the long term plans.
As far as daily efforts are concerned, you are yourselves responsible for making a timetable and following it. This is because only you know your daily schedule and the time slots that you can devote for studying. Hence try to optimize those…..Keep your spirits high.

 First of all take the GATE brochure where you will have the syllabus for GATE and read every topic and ask your inside voice that “CAN YOU DO THIS?? DO YOU KNOW THIS??” by the voice comes from inside you can categorize the every subtopic into GOOD , AVERGE & LOW.

• Now prepare your schedule in such way that you will give time to solve problems from topics which are rated as GOOD & AVERAGE and give relatively more time for reading concepts as well as problems of topics which rated as LOW.

• So at that time you write as many model exams as possible and AFTER WRITING THE EXAMS YOU NEED TO ANALYSE THE PAPER. This will helps you a lot to identify where you make the common mistakes. It will be more productive if you concentrate on the topics in which you are good at during this time after model exams.

• you can prepare the schedule yourself in a better way than anyone else because you know your strong and weak points. but you need to prepare your schedule in such a way that where you can become atleast AVERAGE level in the topics PRESENTLY RATED AS LOW.

• And also do the previous year GATE papers. there will be some topics where topics are easy and surely good number questions are expected(like KMap concept in Digital).so don’t leave them. never leave them. you can easily get what the topics are those if you observe the previous year papers. hope this will be useful for you.


This run in minds of many  students  who are aspiring for IIT ,what are the different research areas in different IIT ?  To know more about it you actually have to browse through their  sites and have to check their Faculty profiles , their Areas of Interests and students who are working with them in different Research projects   ( both Govt/Private  Sponsored  and  Consultancy ) .

There are  also  Google site   ,  DBLP   and   MicrosoftSearch   to know more about research of different IIT Faculty members and papers they published in different conferences .

First of all you have to know how you get IIT through Gate . The answer  depends on your score  and your Area of  Interest . But mostly it would depend on your score .This is what I feel are the options available to you based on your rank in GATE(applicable for GENERAL category, Computer Science only):  

  1. Rank 1 to 100:  All IIT, chance of IITB mtech CS and IISc ME direct admission.
  2. Rank 100 to 600: within this range you will  get a call from all IIT for written tests/interviews. Your selection will depend on your performance in interviews and tests (30%)  but there is still a lot of weightage on your GATE Score(70%) .

  • Now when you choose different IIT there are few factors that you need to consider while making this decision. The following are the factors, which i think should be taken into consideration:
  • Areas of research in the institute
  • MS vs MTech.  Also look into long term plans like work vs phd.
  • Proximity to your home state.
  • Food and hostel facilities.
  • Peer group.
  • Placements .

Research  Areas 

1.  Indian institute of Technology Bombay

  • Computer networks/Sensor networks
  • Machine Learning/web mining/Data Mining
  • Algorithms and other theoretical aspects of cs
  • Natural language processing/AI
  • cloud computing
  • Embedded systems
  • Compilers
  • Database and Information System

2.  Indian Institute of Technology Madras

  • Computer networks & Distributed computing
  • Computer Architecture/ VLSI
  • Visual perception /Image processing
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Programming Language & Compiler
  • Robotics/ Human Computer Interaction
  • computer graphics

3.      Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

  • Computational Complexity Theory
  • Theoretical computer science
  • Graph theory
  • Algorithms and Quantum computing
  • Biometrics and Vision
  • Programming languages, Compilers
  • Cognitive science
  • Application of formal methods to embedded, cyber-physical systems , robotics
  • Deep learning
  • Machine Learning

 4.    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

  • Algorithms and complexity theory
  • AI and NLP
  • Computer graphics and Vision
  • Semantics and Verification, Programming Languages
  • Embedded system ,EDA, Computer Architecture
  • Computer Networks and wireless system
  • OS Virtualization, Multi-core and Parallel Computation,Cloud Computing

5.    Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • VLSI design , testing  and CAD Tools
  • Computational Algebra/Geometry/Graph theory/Number theory
  • Computer Networks
  • Cryptography
  • Formal Verification
  • Software Engineering
  • Security (Data, information, and network)

6.    Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

  • Communication Systems & Microprocessor Based Instrumentation
  • Distributed Computing, Performance Evaluation
  • Digital Communication, Cellular Mobile and Satellite Communication
  • Grid Computing  ,Cloud Computing. Mobile Ad-hoc Networks

7.   Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

  • Machine Learning & Data Mining
  • Distributed Systems
  • Algorithms, Computational Geometry
  • Networking and security

8.    Indian Institute of Science

  • combinatorial geometry, computational geometry
  • Machine learning /AI
  • stochastic control and optimization and stochastic simulation
  • Data Mining
  • Algorithms and Game Theory
  • Programming languages, program analysis, programming tools
  • Compiler design
  • computer architecture 
  • computer networks  etc.

Reference:  Prasanna Karthik V

In this post i add few Great Blog posts written by previous GATE -TOPPERS , if you follow their suggestions then it is sure you will find your name in Next Year Gate Toppers List :

Blogs written about Gate preparation      and for F A Q about GATE  please Read

  • AIR 19 2014

  • AIR 99 2013

  • AIR 7 2012

  • AIR1 2011

  • AIR1 2010

  • AIR 4 2008

  • AIR 16 2008

  • AIR 98 2008

  • AIR 3  2007

  • AIR 9 2007

Blogs written about IIT-interview process and questions :

Random Notes about IIT interview process


IIT-M 2008 Interview

IIT-M 2012 Interview

IIT-M 2012 Interview


Advice for People considering CSE IIT-B

IISc (SERC & MSc in CSA Interviews )

IISc Experience  (SERC)

IISc 2012 MSc Interview

IISc SERC MSc 2012 Interview


IIT-K 2010 Interview MTech  ( YRL B )

IIT-K 2010 Excellent Interview Experience  (  YRL B )

IIT-K 2011 Interview

IIT-K 2011 Interview

IIT-K 2012 Interview


IIT Guwahati MTech/PhD 2010


IIT-B (RA) 2011 Test and Interview questions


IIT-KGP MS/PhD (2012)

IIT-KGP M.Tech  (2012)


Mtech CS Admissions in IITs General Notes

JCA -IIT-D 2010

JCA Site by IIT-D Students

JCA 2011 

IIT-D 2011 MTech Interview

IIT-D 2012 Interview