It was a summer evening, 11th March 2015. The evening started off as usual with u-torrent and facebook, with the fear in mind that the GATE 2015 results would be declared the following day. I thought of making a cup of coffee, chilled coffee!!. Just when I was about to pour some milk, the phone began to ring. It was a friend of mine who had helped me with my preparation till the day of the exam! The only thing I could hear was "Result's out" before my phone barged its charge into grave.
I quickly opened a new tab and tried to open the GATE site which to my amusement was simply stating 'Server Down'. I refreshed and refreshed till I understood, it was late. I sat there for a while thinking about what should or perhaps could be my AIR? Will I make it to any of the IITs? I almost forgot to refresh, when a sudden 'ping' sound came from the facebook tab aside, a message had arrived "Open the page, quick.. the site's back". I refreshed the gate page and ya it was working.
I had my username-password already saved, so my gate result was just a click away. The sudden thought that my future lies in that one 'Login' click gave me chills, much like the unprepared coffee. I clicked the 'Login' button.. a small circular 'loading' message was being shown near the address bar. The page opened.
Ya!, I was in my results page and I remember clearly that I started to look for my rank, I remember the flash of the two digits, 28.. a moment I will never forget. I called my parents and "Phew!!" it was something, something I worked hard for!!.
It has been more than two months since then and the admission process is at its end stage. I got direct offers based on my gate score from IISc Bangalore and IIT Bombay, the only two institutes I had applied for. Finally decided to go with IIT Bombay CSE!!.. less than two months to go and am off to Powai..
For Gate aspirants, the only thing I can say is learn your concepts well and practice hard!..