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GATE toppers Experience

While a multitude of engineers are increasingly opting for career opportunities outside their primary field, some choose to pursue their passion by taking up research in their choice of specialisation. Meet the GATE toppers.

Understanding not coaching is important: Saswata Chakravarty

: Electrical Engineering
Institution: Jadavpur University
GATE score: 1000/ 1000
Rank: 1
PG option: ME System Science and Automation at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
Research Interest: Data mining and image processing

Expecting to score among the top 30, Saswata Chakravarty was pleasantly surprised to see that he had topped it. "It is not a tough exam to crack; you just need to be consistent with academics during engineering," he advises.

A consistent topper with 95 per cent in class 12 and 94 per cent in Class 10, Saswata pursued electrical engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He is keen to pursue higher studies in India since he feels the country has an abundance of good professors. Starting preparations in his final year, he initially picked up the subjects in which he was not proficient.

A period of intensive study set in during the last three to four weeks prior to the D-day, with Saswata taking a series of mock tests to know where he stood in comparison with his competitors.

He stresses that if you have a good understanding of the subject, coaching becomes unimportant. He wants to do research in data mining and image processing, after completing his ME at IISc.

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