GATE CSE syllabus has been specifically planned to help the aspirants of GATE 2023 understand the right topics for the preparation of the exam. The Computer Science Engineering or CSE syllabus of GATE is vast, and therefore, candidates should have a clear know-how of the various topics to prepare, based on the subject-wise weightage.
The GATE syllabus 2023 will be almost similar to 2022, and no changes are expected in the eaxm pattern either. The GATE CSE syllabus revolves around the topics that the aspirants must have studied while pursuing under graduation course. GATE CS paper mainly comprises the questions from the topics of CS & IT, such as Computer Organization and Architecture, Digital Logic, Programming and Data Structures, Theory of Computation, Algorithms, Compiler Design, Databases, Operating System, and Computer Networks.
This article will help candidates to comprehend the most crucial aspects of GATE CSE syllabus including subjects, weightage, previous years’ CSE cut off stats, exam pattern, etc.
Table of Contents
- GATE Syllabus for CSE 2023 – Section-wise Topics
- GATE CSE – Subject-wise Weightage Analysis of 5 Years
- GATE CS Cut Off of Previous Years
- GATE CSE Exam Pattern and Weightage Criteria
- GATE Syllabus for CSE – Recommended Books
- GATE Syllabus for CSE – FAQs
GATE Syllabus for CSE 2023 – Section-wise Topics
The syllabus given below is as per the previous years’ notification. In case of any changes in the GATE syllabus for CSE for the year 2023, we will update this page. Till then, candidates can go through the section wise CSE syllabus for GATE given below.
|Boolean Algebra||Number Representations|
|Combinational & Sequential Circuits||Computer Arithmetic (Fixed & Floating Point)|
COMPUTER ORGANIZATION & ARCHITECTURE
|Machine Instructions & Addressing Modes||Alu, Data Path & Control Unit|
|Instruction Pipelining||Memory Hierarchy:
PROGRAMMING & DATA STRUCTURES
|Programming in C. Recursions||Arrays|
|Binary Search Trees||Binary Heaps|
|Hashing||Asymptotic Worst Case Time & Space Complexity:
|Algorithm Design Techniques|
THEORY OF COMPUTATION
|Regular Expressions & Finite Automata||Context-Free Grammars|
|Push-Down Automata||Regular & Context-Free Languages|
|Pumping Lemma||Turing Machines & Un-decidability|
|Syntax-Directed Translation||Runtime Environments|
|Intermediate Code Generation|
|Inter Process Communication||Concurrency & Synchronization|
|Memory Management & Virtual Memory||File Systems|
|Err Model||Relational Model:
|Concept of Layering||
|Basics of WiFi Network Security||
GATE CSE – Subject-wise Weightage Analysis of 5 Years
Candidates can gain the insights of subject-wise weightage in the previous 5 years’ GATE CS & IT exam with the help of below table. It will help them decide how much emphasis they should lay on different sections.
|Subjects||GATE 2016||GATE 2017||GATE 2018||GATE 2019||GATE 2020|
|Computer Organization (Important Subject)||7%||9%||11%||3%||11%|
|Design & Analysis Algorithms||10.75%||5.5%||7%||7%||6%|
|Discrete Mathematics & Graph Theory||3.5%||7%||12%||5%||10%|
|Engineering Mathematics (Important Subject)||13.75%||8%||7%||6%||5%|
|General Aptitude(Important Subject)||15%||15%||15%||15%||15%|
|Operating Systems(Important Subject)||16.5%||10%||10%||10%||10%|
|Programming & Data Structure||10.75%||14.5%||10%||12%||12%|
|Theory Of Computation||9.25%||9.5%||7%||8%||9%|
GATE CS Cut Off of Previous Years
The previous years’ qualifying cut off of GATE CSE helps the aspirants understand the estimated score they need to obtain to qualify GATE this year.
|SC/ ST/ PwD||19.0||19.7||16.60||16.60|
GATE CSE Exam Pattern and Weightage Criteria
After gaining an understanding of the GATE CSE syllabus, as elaborated above, the aspirants must be willing to know about the weightage and pattern of exam for the same. Getting acquainted with the GATE CSE exam pattern and weightage criteria will help the candidates to plan their preparations well.
As per the revised Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme, the qualifying score for GATE exam has been changed to 650 from 750. Also, now the NITs, along with the 25 institutions, will also be eligible to grant the fellowship.
As per the GATE exam pattern and weightage criteria-
- The exam is conducted in online mode for the time duration of 180 minutes, i.e. 3 hours.
- As per the marking scheme, some questions carry 1 mark each and other 2 marks each. For questions carrying 1 mark each, 1/3 marks are deducted for wrong answers. And for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks are deducted for incorrect response.
- It must be noted that there is no negative marking for numerical type questions.
GATE CSE Exam Pattern
Online (Computer-based test)
Type and total number of Question
|Total 65 Questions
MCQs and MSQs and/or Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
|Total marks of the exam||
Total number of sections
|· 1 mark MCQs – 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
· 2 mark MCQs – 2/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong response.
· Zero marks will be awarded for unattempted questions
· No negative marking will be done for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions
GATE CSE – Weightage of Marks
|Sections||Number of Questions and Marks per part||Number of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|General Aptitude (GA)||5 questions of 1 mark each and 5 questions of 2 mark each||10||15|
|Engineering Math & CS||25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions of 2 mark each||55||85|
GATE Syllabus for CSE – Recommended Books
We have given the names of the highly recommended books for the GATE CSE exam below:
- An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Peter Linz
- Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools by Aho & Ullman
- Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach by Kurose & Ross
- Computer Organization and Embedded systems by Carl Hamacher
- Database System Concepts by Korth
- Digital Design by Morris Mano
- Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen
- Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen
- Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach by Pressman
- The C Programming language by Dennis Richie
GATE Syllabus for CSE – FAQs
GATE 2023 exam is most likely to be conducted in the month of February 2023 by IIT Kharagpur.
Q. How can I access the GATE syllabus for CSE?
Aspirants can visit the official website to access the detailed topic and branch wise syllabus for GATE CSE. Along with the official notification for the GATE exam, the authorities will release the CSE syllabus for the aspiring candidates. The candidates can refer to the detailed GATE CSE syllabus given above in this article.
Q. What’s the ideal preparation plan for GATE CSE 2023?
Candidates willing to appear in the upcoming GATE CSE exam 2023 are recommended to first analyse the syllabus of GATE CSE. Afterwards, they should make a time table with more focus on weaker sections and follow the same religiously. They can also take help from the most recommended books for GATE CSE preparation.
Q. Which books are highly recommended for GATE CSE?
The candidates must also have a look at the recommended books mentioned above in this article. Some of the best picks are ‘Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach by Kurose & Ross’ and ‘Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth Rosen’. Referring to good books will help the candidates to prepare for GATE CSE 2023 efficiently without leaving any topic untouched.
Q. How many sections are there in the GATE CSE paper?
The GATE CSE paper is divided into two sections – Section A is General Aptitude and Section B includes Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science. 10 questions are asked from Section A and Section B will comprise 55 questions.
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