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GATE Computer Science Engineering

GATE Computer Science Engineering is one of the most appeared subjects in the GATE Exam. Every year, about 1 lakh candidates attempt the exam. GATE 2024 CSE exam dates are not announced yet. The IISc Bangalore will conduct GATE 2024. The GATE 2023 CSE exam was conducted on 4th February 2023 in 2 shifts. GATE 2023 results will be announced on 16th March 2023.

Get all the necessary information like syllabus, exam pattern, new changes introduced in GATE, important books, preparation tips, previous years’ question papers, cutoff, and latest news related to the GATE for the Computer Engineering branch. We have also provided direct links to the Answer Keys and Question Papers.

GATE Computer Science Engineering Latest News

Candidates who took the CE, EC, EE, ME, IE, CSE, and other papers exams on the 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th of February 2023 can now access the GATE Previous Year Question Paper and GATE Syllabus on the official website.

GATE Computer Science Engineering Overview

Particulars Details
Number of Questions in Paper 65
Number of Sections Section 1 – General Aptitude, Section 2 – Mathematics and Computer Science Engineering
Topic wise weightage General Aptitude – 15%

Mathematics – 15%

Computer Science Engineering – 70%

Pattern of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Numerical Answer Type Questions (NATs)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours
Marking Scheme Test Paper has questions carrying 1 mark and 2 marks, and

⅓ and ⅔ negative mark for incorrect answers, respectively

GATE Computer Engineering Preparation Videos

Here, we have provided videos on how to prepare for GATE Computer Science Engineering:

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GATE Computer Science Engineering Related Study Resources

GATE Computer Engineering Important Dates 2024

Particulars Dates
GATE online application processing August 2023
Closing of submission of application form September 2023
Last date of the extended period for online registration application (with late fees) October 2023
Modifications in GATE 2024 application November 2023
Admit card January 2024

GATE Computer Engineering (CS) Exam Pattern

Let us take a look at the GATE Exam pattern for CSE for the 2024 exam for Computer Science:

Feature Description
Examination Mode Online (Computer Based Test)
Duration of Exam 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Sectional Time Duration None
Total Marks 100
Total Number of Questions 65
Number of Subjects (Papers) 29
Number of Sections It depends on the subjects.

2-3 (GA and Core Discipline or GA, Engineering Mathematics and Core Subject)

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Multiple Select Questions (MSQs)

Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Marking Scheme 1 or 2 marks for each right answer
Negative Marking Scheme For a wrong answer chosen in a MCQ, there will be negative marking.

For 1-mark MCQ, 1/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

For 2-mark MCQ, 2/3 mark will be deducted for a wrong answer.

No negative marking for MSQ & NAT.

Marking Scheme of GATE CSE:

Stream/Course Subject Total No. of Questions Marks Allotted
Computer Science General Aptitude 10 15
Engineering Mathematics 10 13
Computer Science Subjects 45 72
Total 65 100

GATE Computer Engineering Paper Analysis

IIT Kanpur will conduct the GATE 2023 exam on 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th February, 2023. You can find more details below:

Particulars Details
Question Type 15 MSQs

16 NATQs

24 MCQs

Difficulty Level Moderate to Tough
Computer Networks Highest Weightage in the Paper
Engineering Mathematics 6 Marks
Discrete Mathematics 9 Marks
General Aptitude Relatively Tough

GATE Computer Engineering Results Analysis

GATE CS Topper Marks by Year

Year Paper Marks Score
2022 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 81 1000
2021 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 87.81 1000
2020 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 91 1000
2019 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 88.67 1000
2018 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 83.33 1000
2017 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 86.38 1000

GATE Computer Engineering Cutoff Over Years

2022 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 25 22.5 16.6
2021 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 26.1 23.4 17.4
2020 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 28.5 25.6 19
2019 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 29.5 26.6 19.7
2018 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 25 22.5 16.6
2017 Computer Science Engineering (CS) 25 22.5 16.6

The graph shows the CS cutoff trend of the last 5 years:


GATE Important Topics for CS Exam Preparation

Based on the previous years’ question papers, we have listed the most important topics from the technical subjects of Computer Science Engineering are listed below:

S. No. Subject Important Topics
1. Digital Logic Logic Gates
Number System
Sequential Circuits
Combinational Circuits
Minimization of Boolean Expressions
2. Computer Organization and Architecture Pipelining
Addressing Modes
I/O Data Transfer
Cache Organization
Number Representation
3. Programming and Data Structures Queue
Recursive Programs
4 Algorithms Heaps
Graph Algorithms
Sorting Algorithms
Algorithm Analysis
Divide and Conquer & Greedy Algorithms
5. Theory of Computation DFA
Regular Languages
Closure Properties
Regular Expressions
6. Compiler Design LR Parsers
LL (1) Parser
Predictive Parser
Lexical Analysis and Syntax Analysis
Intermediate Code Generation & Its Purpose
7. Operating Systems Virtual Memory
CPU Scheduling Algorithms
Techniques of Memory Management
Implementation Issues of File System Design
Synchronization Mechanisms, Concurrency in IPC Environment

Frequently Asked Questions


Can a CS student take the GATE exam?

Yes, any B. tech graduate from the CS stream can write the GATE exam.


How hard is the GATE computer science exam?

On the basis of the last few years, the exam is moderate to easy.


Can Gate CSE be prepared in 6 months?

Yes, students with good basic understanding can crack GATE in 6 months. Also, some students go for coaching. Explore BYJU’S online coaching for preparation.


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