With my past experience and relation with GATE, I have learned that only consistently hard-working students succeed. However, sometimes they may end-up with unexpected low GATE ranks. It's not that they don't have it in them, but they lag behind due to factors beyond their control. Some people call it luck, some relate it to spiritual entity, I call it 'non-deliverability'. Nevertheless, your hard-work won't go in vain, the alternatives like IIIT-H i.e. "International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad" are always worth trying.
"IF YOU HAVE IT, THEN GRAB IT"
This post is based on personal experience with IIIT-H which conducts its own exam i.e. IIITH-PGEE in the month of April every year for admissions in Master's degree programs. Actually, if you where a real GATE aspirant and were seriously preparing for GATE, then you can surely utilize your hard earned concepts during IIITH PGEE. The 2014 exam paper was not that much tricky, as far as technical part is considered.
First of all let me tell you something, don't waste your time trying and searching over the Internet for previous year papers of IIIT-H, because they don't let anyone take the question paper outside the examination hall, so whatever is available online is not authentic.
Secondly, unlike GATE, there is no fixed pattern for this paper.
Now, details about the nature of paper and guidelines for preparation are as follows:
You have to appear for 2 exams of 90 minutes each. There is no negative marking, but you can have multiple correct answers for a question, which sometime becomes really tricky while making the choices.
PAPER 1: General Aptitude and English (NO calculators will be allowed for this paper)
This is the common exam irrespective of any branch. It covers the basic aptitude questions with some questions on English. You have to get cut-off marks (cut-off varies ever year) in this exam, else the second paper will not be evaluated. In 2014, 50 general aptitude questions were asked in this section.
It basically includes topics like Ratio, Time & Work, Sequence & Series, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, SI and CI, Average, Profit & Loss, Probability, P & C, Height and Distance, Area and Circles, Trigonometry, Differentiation, Integration, Algebra, English (Unseen passages were asked, which are quite time consuming).
PAPER 2: Technical (calculators will be allowed for this paper)
Paper contains 25 Multiple Choice Questions.
Syllabus: Don't depend on their site for syllabus in this paper, because they just mention CO, OS, Digital, C, Data Structures & Algorithm. However, in 2014, I saw some questions were also asked from sections like TOC, CN, Discrete Mathematics and Compilers. It will be better to assume that you are appearing for GATE as far as syllabus is concerned.
Technical Questions (Objective MCQ), Digital Electronics - counters, flip flops and logic gates are important. Computer Architecture, Networking, C/C++ (o/p question, programming skills), Operating System, Mathematics - Triangle Problem, Permutation & Combination, Probability, Contra-positive statement, Data Structure - Stack, Queue, Linked List, Array and Searching Sorting Complexity & Techniques, Recursion question (Complexity - T(k)+T(n-k) types).
Questions based on Properties of TCP, IP headers, Regular Expressions etc. can be asked. These can be tricky if you are not 100% sure, because multiple answers may be correct.
Remember, no partial marks for partially correct answers will be awarded. So, "Its a Game of ONE or NONE"
Note: Different trends of questions and syllabus have been seen since past three years for the entrance examination paper. As a conclusion, there is no set predefined syllabus for the exam. You need to broaden up your aptitude, verbal and logical skills in every ways. Your ability to tackle a problem will be really helpful in solving the questions, so start from easy and go to the tougher questions to the level you can.
Trend seen over past three years:
- 2013 – Aptitude Paper was easy, technical was relatively hard.
- 2014 – Aptitude Paper was tough, technical paper was relatively easier.("First paper had 50 questions and the second one had 25 questions.")
- 2015 – Aptitude Paper was of moderate difficulty having questions varying from very easy to very tough, and technical paper was moderate in terms of difficulty.("First paper had 45 questions and the second paper had 67 questions.")
Finally, no marks will be provided for the PGEE on the day of result declaration. Those who will be selected for the interview will get a mail regarding the dates and venue for the interview. All the other details will be mentioned in the mail.Dont worry about the interviews etc. After the eamination, you will have ample amount of time to prepare for it.Hope this may give you some clear idea about the paper.
Wish you all the best!