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The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science for admission into the master’ Program and Recruitment by some Public Sector Companies. GATE Exam is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology namely IITs at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, and Roorkee) on behalf of the National Coordination Board (NCB)-GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India.

Organising Institute for GATE 2023 is slated to be IIT Kanpur.

In this article, we will be discussing how to score 99 Percentile in GATE Exam. What strategies you can follow.

Why is GATE Score Important?

The GATE score is considered a mandatory requirement for admission to post-graduate programs in-

  • IITs
  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

GATE scorecard is valid for M.Tech admission for three years.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and/or financial assistance to –

  1. Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture and
  2. Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Arts and Science, in the institutions supported by the MoE and other Government agencies. Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MoE scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory. Further, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.

Qualifying for a GATE score is important, but is it enough?

Let’s analyze the Marks of GATE 2021 Toppers below:

  • GATE BT – 75.33 Marks out of 100 (GATE Score 1000); Cut-off -30
  • GATE XL – 74.33 Marks out of 100 (GATE Score 983); Cut-off -36
  • Qualifying Cut-off v/s Admission Cut-off
  • Top Institutes expect >65/100 (GATE Score >700)


Percentile tells you where you rank in the group or a set of people.

Total number of candidates appeared in your subject- candidate rank
(Total number of candidates-1) x 100

Results of qualified candidates in GATE will give All India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99 means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared for GATE.

GATE Percentile is a relative term that tells where you rank in a set of people.

For example, if you’ve scored 99.00 percentile means that your score is above 99.00% of students who’ve appeared on the same exam. Whereas, the percentage is a relative term is measured on a scale of 100, which simply means how many marks you’ve scored out of maximum marks in the exams

Now if you want to know what does this percentile indicates –

if you have 98 percentile then it means that you belong to a pool of 2% (selected candidates) of the whole crowd that appeared for GATE (in your specific branch and year)

GATE Percentile – The percentile is the percentage of people behind you in the GATE exam.

The percentile is calculated as shown below –

Suppose 5,00,000 candidates appeared in the GATE exam.

Example 1 
Your rank is 1
Percentile = ((5,00,000-1)/(5,00,000-1)) x 100 = 100

Example 2 
Your rank is 100
Percentile = ((5,00,000-100)/(5,00,000-1)) x 100 = 99.95

Example 3
Your rank is 5,00,000
Percentile = ((5,00,000-5,00,000)/(5,00,000-1)) x 100 = 0

Candidate who wish to get direct admission into IISC/ IITs must try to score nearly 100 percentile.

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Let’s take a look at the secrets of success to getting a 99 percentile in GATE 2023. How to Score 99 Percentile in GATE Exam.


Before we play the game, we need to know the rules of the game. In this case, with GATE 2023 – now that you are aware of it, devise a plan on how you are going to start your preparations for it. For that, we need to know where we stand on the eligibility ladder.

Degree/Program Qualifying Degree/Examination Description of Eligible Candidates Expected Year of Completion
B.E. / B.Tech. / B. Pharm. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. / Diploma in Engineering / Technology) Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 2023
M. Sc. / M.A. / MCA or equivalent Master’s degree in any branch of Arts/Science/Mathematics/Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent Currently in the first year or higher or already Completed 2023
B.Sc. / B.A. / B.Com. Bachelor degree in any branch of Science / Arts / Commerce (3-year program) Currently in the 3rd year or already completed 2022
Int. M.Sc. / Int. B.S. / M.S. Integrated M.Sc. or 5-year integrated B.S.-M.S. program Currently in the 3rd year or higher or already completed 2023

*As per GATE 2022 Notification.


GATE 2022 was conducted on 29 subjects (also referred to as papers”) and we expect the same for GATE 2023.

However, a candidate is only allowed to select the second paper from the pre-defined Two Paper Combination list.

Know your GATE exam syllabus and exam pattern well – One should know about exam syllabus as well as exam pattern well as this will help plan exam preparation accordingly.

Can You appear in any of the GATE 2022 papers?

  • Maximum TWO papers*
  • Based on your choice

A candidate Other than BT you can also select one paper from BM/ XL as your second paper


Primary Paper Subjects allowed as Secondary Paper
Bio-medical Engineering (BM) Biotechnology (BT) / Electronic and Communication Engineering (EC)/ Instrumental Engineering (IN)/ Life Sciences (XL)
Biotechnology (BT) Biomedical Engineering (BM) / Life Sciences (XL)
Chemistry (CY) Life Sciences (XL)
Ecology & Evolution (EY) Life Sciences (XL)
Life Sciences (XL) Biomedical Engineering (BM) / Biotechnology (BT) / Chemistry (CY) / Ecology and Evolution (EY)


Although the candidate is free to choose any of the papers [up to two from the given combinations], the candidate should select a paper appropriate to the discipline of the qualifying degree. However, candidates are free to choose any other paper acc. To their admission plans, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of institutions in which they seek admission

Candidates opting to appear in TWO subject papers must have a primary choice of paper, which will be their default choice, and the second choice of paper, which has to be chosen from the allowed combinations.

A candidate appearing in ONE or TWO Papers should fill in ONLY ONE application form. In case of multiple applications, only one will be accepted and the remaining applications will be rejected without any refund for the paid fee. . Also note that the examination center for candidates to appear for the second paper may be different (but in the same city) from that for the first paper due to the infrastructure and scheduling constraints.

GATE BT EXAM STRUCTURE – Understand properly to score 99 Percentile in GATE Exam

Paper Code Total Sections Number of Questions General Aptitude (GA) Marks Subject Marks Total Marks Total Time  (Minutes)
BT General Aptitude

Subject Questions

GA :10

Subject: 55

Total  65 Questions

15 85

13 (Engineering Mathematics)


72 Subject Questions

100 180
XL General Aptitude,

Section P (Compulsory)

 Sections Q to U

(Choose Any two)

GA: 10

P: 17

Each section: 19

Total  65 Questions

15 85

25 (P)


(2x 30=60)

100 180


In all the papers, there will be a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks, out of which 10 questions carrying a total of 15 marks will be on General Aptitude (GA), which is intended to test typically the Language and Analytical Skills.




  • Atomic Structure and Periodicity
  • Structure and Bonding
  • s, p and d Block Elements
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Electrochemistry
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Structure-Reactivity Correlations and Organic Reaction Mechanisms
  • Chemistry of Biomolecules


  • Section 1: Structure & Functions of Biomolecules
  • Section 2: Enzyme Kinetics, Metabolism & Pathways
  • Section 3: Bio-chemical Separation techniques
  • Section 4: Cell structure & organelles, Biological membrane
  • Section 5: DNA replication, transcription & translation; Regulation of gene expression; rDNA technology and applications
  • Section 6: Immune system


  • Section 1: Plant Systematics
  • Section 2: Plant Anatomy
  • Section 3: Plant development; Cell & Tissue Morphogenesis
  • Section 4: Plant physiology & Biochemistry
  • Section 5: Genetics & Genomics
  • Section 6: Plant Breeding, Genetic Modification, Genome Editing
  • Section 7: Economic & Applied Botany
  • Section 8: Plant Pathology
  • Section 9: Ecology & Environment


  • Section 1: Historical Perspective
  • Section 2: Methods in Microbiology
  • Section 3: Microbial Taxonomy & Diversity
  • Section 4: Prokaryotic Cells: Structure and Function
  • Section 5: Microbial Growth
  • Section 6: Control of Micro-organisms
  • Section 7: Microbial Metabolism
  • Section 8: Microbial Diseases & Host-Pathogen Interaction
  • Section 9: Chemotherapy/Antibiotics
  • Section 10: Microbial Genetics
  • Section 11: Microbial Ecology


  • Section 1: Animal Diversity
  • Section 2: Evolution
  • Section 3: Genetics
  • Section 4: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Section 5: Cell Biology
  • Section 6: Gene expression in Eukaryotes
  • Section 7: Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Section 8: Parasitology & Immunology
  • Section 9: Development Biology
  • Section 10: Ecology
  • Section 11: Animal Behaviour

XL – U Food Technology

  • Section 1: Food Chemistry & Nutrition
  • Section 2: Food Microbiology
  • Section 3: Food Products Technology
  • Section 4: Food Engineering


Verbal Aptitude

  • Basic English grammar – tenses, articles, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, verb-noun agreement, and other parts of speech
  • Basic vocabulary – words, idioms, and phrases in context Reading and comprehension Narrative sequencing

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data interpretation
  • Numerical computation & estimation

data graphs (bar graphs, pie charts, and other graphs representing data), 2- and 3-dimensional plots, maps, and tables ratios, percentages, powers, exponents and logarithms, permutations and combinations, and series Mensuration and geometry Elementary statistics and probability

Analytical Aptitude

  • Logic: deduction and induction, Analogy, Numerical relations & reasoning

Spatial Aptitude

  • Transformation of shapes: translation, rotation, scaling, mirroring, assembling, and grouping Paper folding, cutting, and patterns in 2 & 3 dimensions.

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Very Important Point you need to follow to Score 99 Percentile in GATE Exam. Some questions that will help you devise a proper study plan are given below

How much time do you have daily for GATE preparation

What do you need to study?

What are your strong & weak areas?

  • Start with Basics
  • Select any one easy & other difficult section according to you for study
  • Planning is most important as it can help achieve good scores in exams.
  • Make sure you create a good study plan prior to the GATE exam preparation? Which topics did you cover? Particularly, if you are studying during your college.
  • A minimum of 5-6 hours of study is required
  • Normally 5 to 6 months of serious study will be sufficient for the preparation, Coaching is advised if it’s your first time attempt.
  • Those students who are in their final year have to schedule their studies as semester exams in winter and other engagements may absorb a lot of time.
  • Start preparing from the initial topics i.e. the basic ones and note down the basic concepts (definitions, unit, dimension, etc.) as well as necessary theories, formulae, etc.


Figure out which topics are important from an exam point of view and from which questions are frequently asked.

Mainly questions are from data interpretation, volume, area, surface area, perimeter, speed, chain rule, logarithm, probability, mixture, ratio, fraction, permutation and combination, etc. We will be publishing a separate article on a list of important GATE topics in the upcoming days. Stay tuned. Also, download the free GATE Starter kit below for more details.


A good study environment will be like a library. Keep the distractions to a minimum. Have ample light and air circulating in the room. Do not study on the bed if you have access to a table and chair. Or else the tendency to slide and sleep while studying is higher. Keep off of all social media during study hours, and put your phone on silent or DND mode.


One of the imperative things GATE aspirants need to do is focus on time management. Therefore, create a clear & detailed timetable for everything and strictly follow it. Effective time management is the productive use of your time, allowing you to get everything you had planned done. Create a clear & detailed timetable for everything and strictly follow it.

Study timings –

  • Designate hours to be studied in a day
  • Find the time of day that works best for you
  • Take small breaks/power naps whenever you feel saturated.

Unit time slots on rotation –

  • Assign day slots for Sections in a week & assign hour slots for topics in a day
  • Study not more than 2 Sections in a day
  • Set Realistic goals
  • Divide time slots for different activities under a topic


  1. Always reach the examination center 40 min before the start of the exam
  2. Go through the Question Paper-
  3. Do not Plan Earlier
  4. Start with the easier part
  5. Read questions carefully
  6. Don’t panic


Standard books have detailed and analytical descriptions of the topics. So studying from standard books will help in understanding any topic in a detailed and easy manner which will eventually help in scoring high marks in GATE.


Analysis of previous year’s question papers gives you an idea of the weightage most topics hold and the kind of questions you can expect from those units.

  • Past Question Papers – Get an idea of the type of questions asked
  • Online Question Papers – You will find many resources online
  • Biotecnika Weekly Mock Tests – Attempt papers as you study
  • Biotecnika AIMGATE Series – See where you stand with your competitors


Strategical solving

  • 1st attempt questions- put tick- good preparation of the topic
  • 2nd attempt- put circle-need to revise
  • 3rd attempt- put cross- need to study
  • Don’t go for the solved answers at first
  • Keep a positive attitude toward difficult questions
  • Don’t be retrospective in the examination hall


Sounds very obvious and is very important to score 99 Percentile in GATE Exam. But many people miss out on this. It’s a long road ahead for your preparation and to keep the same momentum going is a task in and of itself. So keep these following pointers in mind to help you stay on track.

  • Optimism Is the faith that leads to achievement
  • Smartly plan your preparation strategy
  • Set your mind to something that you really want
  • Reward yourself


SERIOUSNESS is the central part of your preparation.

  • Realizes your potential
  • Execute that efficiently
  • Analyze your own improvisation level


  • One of the most important tools which can assure a good score in the GATE exam.
  • Attempt self-tests based on the whole syllabus and if necessary take the help of others in conducting self-tests. Self-test allows one to know their strong and weak points.
  • Help in understanding the areas where they face difficulties in solving.

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  • Revision must be a part of the Study Plan.
  • If you do not keep revisions in your daily schedule then you will not remember anything from the previous day, even if you keep achieving your daily study targets every day.


Nothing beats a good group study session. Gather a study circle of likeminded individuals and trade-off on topics and concepts between the group

  • Have a good friends circle
  • Discuss each other’s questions
  • Explain topics to each other
  • Pick random topics and start explaining


  • Use charts
  • Use tables
  • Mind maps
  • Mnemonic devices to prepare for exams
  • Flowcharts
  • Make short notes

17. Take Regular Breaks

It will help in remembering better in less time.

Taking regular breaks can help enhance productivity and focus. Instead of aiming for a single six-hour sitting, divide your study time into smaller spells of 40 to 60 minutes each. At the end of each session, take a 5-10 minute break to walk around, drink some water, have a quick snack, or just talk to someone. It is a good idea to use a stopwatch or alarm to remind yourself to take a break and resume studying as per your schedule.

At the end of each day, reward yourself for a job well done, if you’ve managed to meet your day’s goals, by indulging in a fun, relaxing activity of your choice. This will motivate you to keep going and set you up for a fresh start the next day.


If you are unable to live without your phone even for a couple of hours then make use of the time by using certain apps and their features to make notes, make lists, set alarms, set up a zoom meeting to discuss questions with your friends during a group study session, etc.


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When we’re stressed, our brains release high levels of cortisol which can cloud the way we think and gets in the way of rational thoughts. Because of this, it’s important to stay as cool, calm, and collected as you can during the exam period.

  • Get a good night’s sleep. This gives your brain time to recharge and remember what you have learned.
  • Keep focused on your study – don’t let other stuff like friendship worries distract you.
  • Drink lots of water instead of energy drinks as they can increase your nerves rather than calm them.
  • Avoid junk foods as they will cause a sudden burst of energy and then quickly fade away leaving you feeling down and low.
  • Give yourself mini rewards once you achieve your study goals. Going for a walk, and watching an episode of your favorite series are some examples.
  • Allow yourself some time to rest – instead of always working your brain, give it time to calm down a bit, listen to music, meditate, and do some breathing exercises. Bring some stillness into your routine as well.
  • Stick to a routine of sleeping on time, waking up, and eating on time as well. This leads to your hormones and body being well balanced internally.
  • Last but not least, fuel your brain and body with nursing foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. Health is wealth as they say.

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