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An Interview with GATE 2019 Topper Uditya Raj

Uditya Raj. Naam to suna hi hoga?

Anyway, if you haven’t checked out the topper’s list for this year’s Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE), do have a look. You’ll see this star shining at the 19th position in the Civil Engineering list! What’s better ?

We got an opportunity to interview Mr. Uditya, where he discussed about his GATE preparation, stress-busters and what not! He also told about the scenario of the students in general, and hinted at what his future could possibly be after this mammoth leap in his career. Scroll down to know more about his opinions and thought-process…

Neuronerdz : Tell us more about yourself ?

Uditya : My name is Uditya Raj. My hobbies include playing different sports and physical training.

Neuronerdz : Where have you done your engineering from, and in which stream ?

Uditya : I completed B. Tech in Civil engineering from IIT Roorkee in the year 2018.

Neuronerdz : What motivated you to appear for GATE?

Uditya : In college, when most of the people in different branches were busy getting jobs in the non-core sector, i.e. Business development, Coding etc, I didn’t feel good about it. I wanted to work in Civil Engineering projects. Although there were limited placements for those profiles and I didn’t get one, I felt as if my degree and studies in the core civil engineering were unworthy until I get to know about GATE. So, for me, it’s an opportunity to work in the core area as many PSU’s recruitments are based on it.

Neuronerdz : What is your GATE score ?

Uditya : My marks were 80.51 (82.68 before normalization) and GATE Score was 941 which is 1000 for Rank 1.

Neuronerdz : Have you applied to any PSUs recruiting through GATE?

Uditya : Yes, I have applied for PGCIL, BARC, IOCL, RITES. I am also planning to apply for ONGC, HPCL when they are open for application.

Neuronerdz : How should one start the prepration for GATE?

Uditya : First of all, one definitely needs to study the whole syllabus thoroughly, better with a classroom. Then, based on how well one has understood the topics, the revision along with test series can take 1-3 effective months.

Neuronerdz : Did you opt for any coaching classes? If yes, from where?

Uditya : Yes, I joined IES Master in Regular Classroom Program for GATE and ESE which started from 28 May 2018 in Katwaria Sarai. Apart from classroom studies it helped in many aspects like concise and sufficient study material, regular offline tests and online test series. But I will say, at the end it is available to all so how one uses them is what matters.

Neuronerdz : What is your success mantra?

Uditya : I can’t answer that because I haven’t seen others’ thought process. So, my understanding about myself is maybe because I found what’s lacking in me and managed to eradicate that by regularly being concerned on that aspect.

Neuronerdz : How important do you feel mock tests are, and why?

Uditya : Mock tests are the best preparation if you take them seriously. By mock tests, one gets to know about their areas of improvement. I personally stopped reading notes thoroughly a month before the exam and only read those areas which I thought I needed through the mocks.

Neuronerdz : What resources did you use to study for GATE?

Uditya : IES Master’s notes, Made Easy’s Handbook and online test series from both. Apart from that poster that I made for my room walls for the points that I forgot oftentimes.

Neuronerdz : What was the toughest aspect in your GATE preparation?

Uditya : Silly mistakes.

Neuronerdz : What did you do for leisure? Any specific activities that helped you unwind?

Uditya : I have been a volleyball player at my college. I felt a level of fitness which I didn’t want to lose. For that, I gave 45 mins daily on physical training. It made me more productive and cheerful during the preparations. When I skip them for 4-5 days I feel the dullness and boringness in my activities.


Neuronerdz : What are your future plans?

Uditya : It’s not that clear, I am looking for just exploring the best I can in the area of civil engineering. I will be joining some PSU and will be giving ESE.

Neuronerdz : Words of advice for the future aspirants?

Uditya : GATE exam is about accuracy so be careful when you feel that the question is easy. Because when it’s easy, you can’t afford a mistake. Work on your thought process. Be cheerful. Preparations don’t mean always be stressful, but it definitely means doing the needful. Work on your daily plan and do the needful. I have always tried to be cheerful and productive at the same time. And I think that is all one needs from the inside. On the planning side, one must understand everyone is different and there can be different daily plans accordingly. And when your plan leads to results, it’s joyful! At last, it’s your journey and destination, have fun!

We guess the final answer from the man himself is sufficient of clearing most of the aspirants’ doubts. It was a great time interacting with Mr. Uditya, and we are working on sharing many more interviews of this type with you!

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