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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

GATE experience: Journey to IITK

Hello Friends,
Myself Abhay Swami and I am doing my M.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Kanpur.
I did my B.Tech. from College of Engg. and Tech., Bikaner.

In GATE exam I got 1071 rank with 648 score. I was lucky that the cut off IITK published for OBC was 648; hence I got a call.
Its a 16 hr journey from Bikaner to Kanpur using train. There are 2 ways to reach IITK from Railway station:
  • You can take auto. It will cost around Rs. 150/-
  • You can take one tampo for Kalyanpur, which cost around Rs. 10/-, and another  from Kalyanpur to IITK, which will cost you around Rs. 7/- only.
 After reaching we had to do some formalities and we got accommodation in Hall-5.
I had to clear one written exam and after that give an interview. Thanks to God, that I successfully cleared both.
Written paper was having same syllabus as of GATE. There were 50 questions in total and we had 2 and half hr to attempt. Calculators were not allowed.
In interview the Questions which were asked to me:
  • Tell me your interesting subject?         (In my case Theory of computation)
  • S -> AA    ;    A-> a/b           Which language it generate?            (I told regular language)
  • Prove your answer?
  • Make a Finite Automaton for above grammar?
  • Prove that every language having finite number of strings is regular?
  • How many questions you may have attempted in written exam?
  • Maximum how much marks you may get for your questions which you  have attempted?
  • Minimum " "  " " " " "  "  " ""  " " "  "?
  • In how many ways you can get marks? 
Please feel free to ask any doubt regarding admission in IITK.


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  4. hi...
    my GATE rank is 273,CS,Gen.
    Score 721
    my written test at IITK is on 16th.So i've around 11-12 days.Plz suggest me how to prepare n where to emphasize.That would b really helpful as I dont hv mch options available rught now.Thaks in advance

  5. Thankyou for sharing your experience with us. It is indeed quite inspiring. I also found a link with the latest GATE notifications, which might be useful to people:

  6. dear sir
    my self abhijeet mishra . this year i have given a gate exam and got a rank 205 from instrumentation branch .
    so please help me to find out what can i get .Is there any iit out best 7 which i can get .
    and procedure to get the iit also explain to me . i am waiting for your reply . MY gate score is 593

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