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Typically 5-6 months are required, but some students need a longer time frame based on other commitments. College students start preparation 12-18 months before GATE to have more time to practise questions as they may have semester exams as well.

We suggest about 800 to 1200 hours of preparation time overall. This can be divided into 3-4 months or 12-18 months, based on your schedule.

A Good Score For GATE Computers (CS/IT) is considered To Be: 55

Steps And Strategy To Prepare For GATE Computers (CS/IT) Exam

  1. Take a diagnostic test – best diagnostic test is a GATE paper of any of the previous 3 years.
  2. Note down what you have scored and what was the actual GATE qualifying score cut-off. Note that qualification does not help you much. What you need is a good score. So note the good score mentioned above and measure the gap between your score and a good score.
  3. Note the GATE syllabus and mark your topics that you are good at. First try to master subjects that you are good at.
  4. However, some subjects like Programming and Data Structures, Computer Networks and Theory of Computation have a high weightage. So you should definitely prepare these.
  5. General Aptitude does not require preparation. It requires practice. So just practice solving Aptitude questions every day for 30 minutes.
  6. Mathematics may have a very high weightage. But note that to get these 10-12 marks, what you have to study and practice is typically more than a core subject. So if you wish to eliminate some topics in Maths, it is fine. Master topics that you are good at.
  7. Take lots of section tests and Mocks. Career Avenues provides an excellent test series for GATE Computers (CS/IT).
  8. In case you require focused GATE study material and books, you should take Career Avenues GATE Computers (CS/IT) study material which has been made by IIT alumni and is focused towards GATE. 
  • Being a GATE aspirant, it is very important that you first know what is the syllabus for GATE Computers (CS/IT) Examination before you start preparation.
  • Keep handy the updated copy of GATE Computers (CS/IT) Examination syllabus.
  • Go through the complete and updated syllabus, highlight important subjects and topics based on Past GATE Computers (CS/IT) Papers and Weightage plus your understanding of particular subject or topic.
  • Keep tracking and prioritising your preparation-to-do list and the syllabus for the GATE Computers (CS/IT) examination.

    The syllabus for the GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Computer Science and Information Technology (CS) paper is divided into various sections.

    Here is an overview of the topics covered in the GATE CS syllabus:

    1. Engineering Mathematics:

      • Discrete Mathematics: Propositional and first-order logic, sets, relations, functions, graphs, counting, probability, and mathematical induction.
      • Linear Algebra: Vector spaces, matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, LU decomposition, systems of linear equations, and singular value decomposition.
    2. Digital Logic: Boolean algebra, minimization of Boolean functions, logic gates, combinational and sequential circuits, and number representations.

    3. Computer Organization and Architecture:

      • Machine instructions and addressing modes.
      • ALU, data-path, and control unit.
      • Memory hierarchy: Cache, main memory, and secondary storage.
      • I/O interface (interrupt and DMA mode).
      • Instruction pipelining and pipeline hazards.
      • Assembly language programming (RISC and CISC).
    4. Programming and Data Structures:

      • Programming in C and C++.
      • Recursion, arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, graphs, heaps, and searching and sorting algorithms.
    5. Algorithms : Analysis, design, and complexity of algorithms. Searching, sorting, hashing, graph algorithms, and dynamic programming.

    6. Theory of Computation:

      • Regular expressions and finite automata.
      • Context-free grammars and push-down automata.
      • Regular and context-free languages, pumping lemma, and closure properties.
      • Turing machines, undecidability, and NP-completeness.
    7. Compiler Design:

      • Lexical analysis, parsing, syntax-directed translation, and semantic analysis.
      • Runtime environments and intermediate code generation.
      • Code optimization and code generation.
    8. Operating System:

      • Processes, threads, CPU scheduling, synchronization, and deadlock.
      • Memory management and virtual memory.
      • File systems, I/O systems, and protection and security.
    9. Databases:

      • ER-model, relational model, database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), and SQL.
      • File organization, indexing (B and B+ trees), and transactions.
    10. Computer Networks:

      • ISO/OSI stack, TCP/IP protocols, LAN technologies (Ethernet, Token Ring), and network security.
    11. Web technologies:

      • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.
      • Basics of web services, RESTful architecture, and XML.
    12. Software Engineering:

      • Software development life cycle (SDLC).
      • Software requirements, analysis, design, and testing.
      • Software maintenance and software quality assurance.

It’s important to note that the above topics are a general representation of the GATE CS syllabus. It is recommended to refer to the official GATE website or the information brochure for the most up-to-date and detailed syllabus.

Recommended books for GATE Computer Science (CS/IT) exam:

  1. Digital Logic: “Digital Logic and Computer Design” by M. Morris Mano.

  2. Computer Organization and Architecture:

    • “Computer Organization” by Carl Hamacher.
    • “Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance” by William Stallings.
    • “Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface” by John L. Hennessy and David A. Patterson.
  3. Programming and Data Structure:

    • “The C Programming Language” by Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie.
    • “PROGRAMMING IN ANSI C 6TH EDITION” by E Balagurusamy.
    • “Data Structures with C (Schaum’s Outline Series)” by Seymour Lipschutz.
    • “Data Structures Through C in Depth” by S. K. Srivastava.
    • “Data Structures and Algorithms Made Easy: Second Edition” by Narasimha Karumanchi.
  4. Algorithms:

    • “Introduction to Algorithms” by Thomas H. Cormen.
    • “Data Structures and Algorithms Made Easy: Second Edition” by Narasimha Karumanchi.
  5. Theory of Computation:

    • “Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages and Computation” by John E. Hopcroft.
    • “Introduction to the Theory of Computation” by Michael Sipser.
    • “Theory of Computation” by Vivek Kulkarni.
    • “Introduction to Formal Languages, Automata Theory and Computation” by Kamala Krithivasan.
  6. Compiler Design:

    • “Principles Of Compiler Design” by Alfred V Aho.
    • “Compiler Design” by Chattopadhyay Santanu.
    • “Compiler Design” by Puntambekar A.
  7. Operating System:

    • “Operating System Concepts” by Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne.
    • “Modern Operating Systems” by Tanenbaum, Andrew S.
    • “Operating Systems: Internals and Design Principles” by William Stallings.
  8. Database:

    • “Database Systems Concepts” by Silberschatz A.
    • “Database Systems: Models, Languages, Design and Application Programming” by Ramez Elmasri.
  9. Computer Networks:

    • “Data Communications and Networking” by Behrouz A Forouzan.
    • “Computer Networks” by Andrew S. Tanenbaum.
    • “Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach” by James F. Kurose.

Note: While books available in bookshops and engineering college books are valuable resources, it is recommended to consider focused GATE Computer Science (CS/IT) study material with practice questions for better preparation.