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GATE 2017 is just around the corner. The exam would be conducted in online mode from February 04 -12, 2017. Computer Science Engineering (CSE) is a popular branch for all the engineering aspirants. This branch has a wide scope ranging from IT industries to PSUs where students can join as software developer, software engineer, database administrator, etc.

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This article in detail looks at the syllabus, pattern, previous year paper analysis and important books for **GATE** CSE paper. Candidates can also check out the CSE cut off score for IITs as well as **GATE PSU Recruitment**. With just over 3 months left for the exam, candidates must concentrate on the topics that carry most weightage in the exam and create their preparation schedule accordingly.

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There are 3 primary sections in the GATE question paper - Engineering Mathematics, General Aptitude and Core Engineering topics. The basic CSE syllabus covers 72% marks of the question paper and rest 13% and 15% marks are covered by Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude respectively.

The details of **GATE syllabus** to be followed CS candidates are given below.

The section of General Aptitude is common for all the streams. In this section there are two sub sections named as Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability which are detailed below in the tabular form.

Sub Section | Topics |
---|---|

Verbal Ability | English grammar, Sentence Completion, Verbal Analogies, Word Groups Instructions ,Critical Reasoning ,Verbal Deduction |

Numerical Ability | Numerical computation, Numerical Estimation, Numerical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. |

The sub sections Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability of the GA section are check the vocabulary and the basic mathematical skills of the candidate. Weighing around 15% of the total marks, this section is comparatively easy and thus the scoring section.

This section is based on the syllabus of Engineering Mathematics covering around 4 sub sections. The table below specifies the syllabus detail to be followed for Engineering Mathematics.

Sub sections | Topics |
---|---|

Discrete Mathematics | Propositional and first order logic , relations, Sets, functions, Groups , partial orders and lattices , Graphs ( connectivity, colouring, matching), Combinatory (counting, generating functions, recurrence relations) |

Linear Algebra | Matrices, system of linear equations, determinants, , LU decomposition ,eigenvalues and eigenvectors. |

Calculus | Limits, Maxima and minima , continuity and differentiability , Integration ,Mean value theorem. |

Probability | Conditional probability and Bayes theorem ,Random variables , normal, exponential, Uniform, poisson and binomial distributions , median, mean, mode and standard deviation . |

This section is to test the candidates hold on mathematical methods and techniques used majorly in engineering. This section varies for different branches and weighs around 13% of the total marks.

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There are 10 sub-sections under this section. The sub-sections specify the different subjects studied during the degree .The core branch syllabus for the CS candidates are given below in the table.

Sub-section | Topics |
---|---|

Digital Logic | Boolean algebra , Number representations, Minimization , and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating point), Combinational and sequential circuits. |

Computer Organization and Architecture | Hierarchy : cache, Machine instructions and addressing modes., data-path and control unit, ALU, Instruction pipelining, Memory main memory and secondary storage, I/O Interface (interrupt and DMA mode). |

Programming and Data Structures | Programming in C ,.\ Arrays, Recursion ,stacks, linked lists, queues, trees, binary search trees, graphs, binary heaps. |

Algorithms | Searching, hashing, sorting, Asymptotic worst case time and space complexity, Algorithm design techniques (divide-and-conquer ,greedy, dynamic programming ) ,Graph search, shortest paths, minimum spanning trees,. |

Theory of Computation | Regular expressions and finite automata, pumping lemma, Regular and context-free languages, Turing machines and undesirability. |

Compiler Design | Lexical analysis, syntax-directed translation parsing, Runtime environments. Intermediate code generation. |

Operating System | Processes, inter-process communication, threads, concurrency and synchronization , Memory management and virtual memory, Deadlock. CPU scheduling, File systems. |

Databases | ER-model , Relational model (relational algebra, calculus,, tuple, SQL), Integrity constraints,. File organization, normal forms, Transactions and concurrency control, indexing (e.g., B and B+ trees). |

Computer Networks | Concept of layering, Application layer protocols (DNS, FTP, SMTP, POP, HTTP) Flow and error control techniques, LAN technologies (Ethernet), switching , routers and routing algorithms (distance vector, link state), IPv4/IPv6, TCP/UDP and sockets, congestion control, Basics of Wi-Fi Network security (authentication, basics of public key and private key cryptography) ,firewall, digital signatures and certificates. |

This section covers the major portion of the GATE question paper covering 72% of the total weight age.

**GATE** is held in two sessions covering 12 sections in total. There are total 65 questions out of 30 questions carry 1 mark each and 35 questions carry 2-marks each . Based on the last two year analysis of **GATE P****apers** the following table is prepared:

Topics | 2016 GATE paper | 2015 GATE paper | ||
---|---|---|---|---|

No. of questions asked | Marks | No. of questions asked | Marks | |

DS Algorithm and Programming | 15 | 23 | 10 | 14 |

Operating System | 6 | 10 | 6 | 10 |

DMGT | 4 | 6 | - | - |

Digital logic | 4 | 7 | 3 | 5 |

Computer Organisation | 3 | 5 | 2 | 3 |

DBMS | 3 | 5 | 4 | 6 |

Computer Network | 6 | 8 | 6 | 8 |

Theory of Computation | 3 | 5 | 3 | 5 |

Compiler Design | 1 | 1 | 3 | 5 |

Software Engineering | 4 | 6 | 3 | 4 |

Mathematics | 6 | 9 | 15 | 25 |

General Aptitude | 10 | 15 | 15 | 15 |

Total | 65 | 100 | 65 | 100 |

- DS Algorithm and Programming covers 15 questions which counts to be maximum.
- Only 1 question based on Compiler Design topic

- 10 questions asked from the topic Data Structure and Algorithms .
- Highest number of questions i.e. 15 questions are from Engineering Mathematics topic
- Only 2 questions are based Computer Organisation and Architecture topics
- No question from DMGT topic.

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GATE exam is considered as one of the toughest and competitive exam of India. Candidates can prepare for a year or more but you need at least 4 Months for the thorough preparation of the same. Candidate is advised to follow the syllabus ,a proper study strategy and schedule to be able to score good the GATE exam.

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Given below are the expert highlights for a complete 4-month study schedule according to the estimated weight age for GATE preparation.

Subjects | Time duration | Estimated weight age |
---|---|---|

Operating System | 10 days | 5% |

Information Systems and Software Engineering, Web Technologies | 1 day | 4% |

Databases | 4 days | 5% |

Theory of Computation | 9 days | 9% |

Algorithms | 10 days | 10-14% |

Computer Networks | 10 days | 10-14% |

Compiler Design | 3 days | 5% |

General Aptitude | 13 days | 10-15% |

Programming and Data Structures | 13 days | 9% |

Computer Organization and Architecture | 3 days | 9% |

Engineering Mathematics | 13 days | 10-15% |

Digital Logic | 3 days | 1-5% |

In last one month candidates must go through the revision of all the important formulas revise all the formulas, theorems and tricks covered across all subjects. Candidate must attempt 4 to 5 Mock tests every day in the last month. The mock test will help you in understanding your weaker areas on which you need to focus more.

GATE requires qualitative and smart preparation. The candidate should chose the study material based on shortcut techniques and strategies for effective results. Given below are some of the most recommended books for you:

Name of the subject | Author |
---|---|

Database System | Korth |

Computer Networks | Tanenbaum |

Algorithms | Cormen |

Operating System | Galvin |

Theory of Computation | Ullman |

Computer Organisation | Carl Hamacher |

Compiler Design | Aho & Ull Man |

Software Engineering | Pressman |

Digital Logic | Morris Mano |

Candidate must go through the latest syllabus and exam pattern before starting the preparation. The study material chosen should cover the previous year’s solved question papers. Candidates can refer to nptel notes and lectures as well.

There are many institutes in the country that offer GATE coaching and preparation. However, it is quite necessary to choose the right institute for the preparation. Given below are the details of the best Coaching Centres (above the rating of 4) in different states of India for GATE in India

City | Top Coaching Centre |
---|---|

Delhi | THE GATE COACH |

Ahmadabad | GATEFORM Ahmadabad |

Chandigarh | New Cambridge College |

Guwahati | IMS Guwahati |

Chennai | S.K.Engineering Academy |

Bangalore | Vani Institute GATE |

Jaipur | Let’s Talk Academy |

Above mentioned are the best coaching centres with best faculty for the GATE preparation. Most of the successful **GATE** candidates recommend these institutes for the best results.

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The cut-off for the IIT’S is high ranging generally in the bracket of 650 to 900 cut off ranks. The expected **GATE 2017** cut-off ranks in different IIT’S are given below:

Name of the IIT | Cut-Off Rank |
---|---|

IIT Roorkee | 665 |

IIT Chennai | 748 |

IIT Delhi | 890 |

IIT Bombay | 750 |

IIT Kanpur | 733 |

Cut-off is always declared after the result of the GATE. Based on score of the candidate ,he/she is assigned a rank. The rank of the candidate determines his/her admission in different IITs.

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Nowadays an increasing number of Public Sector Units (PSU) are going for the of Recruitment of graduate engineers through GATE exam. In year 2017 more than 27 companies were recruiting through GATE 2015. There are lot of PSUs such as **ONGC**, **BSPCL**, HAL, **GAIL**, etc. that conduct specific hiring.

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