Sikkim’s Royal Pradhan has surpassed GATE 2022 to take home AIR 1 in Mathematics (MA). The 23-year-old who had appeared for GATE for the second attempt isn’t aspiring to a job at a PSU — like most aspirants — but instead wants to do a PhD or research in mathematics. Royal who completed his MSc in Mathematics from Sikkim University and his undergraduate degree from IIT Guwahati; now want to go through PhD in Mathematics from IISC Bangalore or Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIRF).
When asked about his preparation, Royal laughed and said, “I never thought I’d pass the exam, so I didn’t even prepare for it properly.” During a telephone interview with News18.com, he said: “My goal was not to clear GATE. I was preparing for the exam for the most part, while getting help from YouTube classes and other online platforms. It wasn’t until the end that I took participate in a coaching for GATE.”
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Royal says his GATE exam went well so he definitely wanted to know the score. “When I got the notification that the GATE 2022 results are out, I just went online to check my scorecard. I got the shock of my life when I saw my scorecard and I surpassed it.”
During its previous attempt at GATE, Royal AIR had secured 215.
When asked about his exam preparation for GATE, he said. “I didn’t have a set schedule for my studies, but I remember that some days I would immerse myself in the study and study for a whole day at a time.”
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Tipping other GATE aspirants, he said, “Make your base clear. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve studied if your basics aren’t clear. Work on your basics and then move on to other things.”
Royal, who stays with his mother in his hometown, says he has taken advantage of lockdown to study properly. He says, “I’m glad I’ve had this amazing support, especially from my mom, who sacrificed a lot to get me here.” He said that his teachers also helped him a lot to get here.
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