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Tips to crack GATE - Are you intelligent

Let us continue with our series of articles on 100 Tips to Crack GATE. In this article, we will look at the second tip of the first section THINK RIGHT.

TIP 2: Are you intelligent?

How many times have you heard these words, "He is so intelligent"? Most of the times, the statement applies to certain kinds of individuals who can problems quickly or score well in exams. 

Do we even know what 'being intelligent' means? A quote to define intelligence from a research in 1984:

'A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test taking ability. Rather it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings-"catching on", "making sense" of things, or "figuring out" what to.'

So calling some intelligent just because they have programmed themselves to solve certain kinds of problems faster or score well in tests is a little narrow minded. Intelligence is a much larger concept: It is the sum total of responses people give to all kinds of life situations. 

Intelligence is also very different from academic ability. Academic ability is absorbing what is offered to you and then using it to solve problems in that specific academic context. But acts of intelligence happen throughout a person's life, the ability to navigate while looking at a map etc. Doing the toughest of assignments by applying your theory and mind is ability; being able to avoid the teacher's wrath without doing homework is intelligence. 

So what does GATE score have to do with intelligence anyway? Cracking GATE is not about intelligence at all. No study exists that has been able to prove GATE ranks, or rather ranks or scores in any exam are significantly correlated to a person's intelligence of IQ. Success in GATE is all about programming yourself to succeed in the examination; and there are just two things that are important:

  1. Knowing what programming has to be done; call it the 'formula to succeed'
  2. A passion for doing that programming to the finest detail

The more you know about the programming and the more passionate you are about perfecting it, the better your chance of succeeding. 

We hope this article will fuel your desire to succeed even more. All the best!


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