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Giving GATE BT Second Time: A Self Check (Preparation Part)

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Gate Biotech Exam – Second Time

Why Did I Appear for it?

There are people who ask me, “Hey, why did you appear for GATE 2011 having already cleared GATE 2010 with over 99 percentile!?” (Read here)

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My answer has always been that “I wanted to do a self check. I wanted to be sure that what I had accomplished in 2010 wasn’t a strike of luck/chance.”

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After clearing GATE 2010 (I was in 3rd year of my B.Tech at that time), I would search internet for post GATE experiences of the people. Through the bits and pieces of information I collected through the internet search, and surfing of the IIT webistes, one thing had got etched in my mind–”Sunil! The battle isn’t over yet! Your GATE qualification is not a guarrrantee to your bright future. You will have to face interviews, and may be more written tests by the IITs before you manage to grab a seat in some IIT (or may be you might not find any seat at all!).”

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I decided that I’ll appear for GATE 2011 too, not with an aim to get even better rank (I had already secured a good enough rank of 44 in GATE BT 2010), but to ascertain that the feat of getting over 99.6 percentile in GATE 2010 wasn’t ‘LUCK BY CHANCE! If I can clear GATE 2011 too on a similar scale, only then I would stand some chance in the interviews/further tests”

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GATE BT 2010: No Special Preparation. How about GATE BT 2011?

Quite contrary to GATE 2010, I was very serious about my preparations for GATE BT 2011. I was extremely structured in my approach. My key focus areas were “Bioprocess Engineering, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Applied Microbiology”. I didn’t start with studying  the hectic books, my approach was rather to:

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1. Do as many numerical problems on Bioprocess Engineering. My only focus in Bioprocess was on Reactor Engineering chapter. I had covered all the solved and unsolved problems of Reactor Engineering chapter of Bioprocess by Doran.

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2. For Immunology I studied in detail the chapters of: “Antigens and Antibodies” and “MHC” from Kuby’s immunology. I followed all the MCQs and chapter end questions of “Hypersensitivity, Graft Rejection, Complement System, T Cell Receptor and Vaccines“. I was a great follower of INSTANT NOTES ON IMMUNOLOGY  (Download from here). Also, I used to thoroughly follow the animations provided for Kuby’s Immunology 6th Edition at here

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3. For Molecular Biology, I thoroughly followed the Central Dogma from JD Watson’s Molecular Biology. Focussed on Topoisomerases as well. Again, I never went lazy about solving the chapter end problems of these sections.

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4. For applied Microbiology, I studied Prescott Only. The best part of Prescott is the detailed chapter-end questionnaire. The chapters I followed for my GATE preparations were:

  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Human Diseases caused by Bacteria
  • Genes: Structure, Replication, and Expression
  • Control of Microorganisms in the Environment
  • and Microbial Growth

My very special focus was on “Mechanism of Action of Various Antibiotics

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5. The most important part of my preparation was “Studying all the previous year question papers”. As it was only the 2nd time that GATE BT was going to be organized, I downloaded all the GATE XL papers and went through them (with special focus on Biotech section).

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A Special Thought: Can be a great relief..

The most important thought in my mind (I would recommend every GATE BT aspirant to realize the importance of the same) was that I am not supposed to read each and every topic mentioned in the syllabus of GATE BT. My 4 years study during B.Tech is definitely going to help me out in some way. All I need to do is cover those parts which indeed seem very crucial, and in which my level of confidence is bleak. Also, everyday, I used to follow 1-3 randomly searched animations on various topics of Biotech (my key words for google search used to be: Animations in Molecular biology, Cell Biology, cell signalling etc). It was a completely unstructured approach, but I used to love this random approach of learning.

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In the next Part of My GATE BT 2011:

  • My choice of centre for GATE BT 2011
  • The Time I reached on the day of exam
  • My Approach to Solve the Paper
  • How Many Questions I attempted in GATE BT 2011
  • Post GATE solving of questions
  • Result: Did I manage to Crack GATE BT 2011? Rank? Percentile? Was it better than 2010?

    Read  rest of the story here: Giving GATE BT Second Time: Self Check (The Exam Experience)

 

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