How to Prepare for GATE Computer Science Engineering

Admissions in IITs or NITs or any other prestigious institute in Computer Science Engineering might just be a dream for many but mind you, as you would already know, it might seem to be a hard but to crack, like literally.

CSE is one of the topmost subjects in demand these days, and that is definitely the reason for a large number of candidates taking up CSE as their subject of study. But the truth is that pursuing CSE alone won't guarantee you a placement in the biggest of corporate companies.

Everybody would want to see themselves having a lucrative job in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), but for that, you would need to give your profile an extra edge. That would be possible only if you pursue CSE under an institute as big as IITs or NITs.

To crack it to the IITs or NITs for that matter only solid hours of study won't do. The most important thing that one needs to have is the clarity of the concepts that they study. Also, owing to a considerably large syllabus, the candidates need to plan their hours of study and follow a definite pattern of study. There are many things that one has to take care of while preparing to take a chance in India's biggest institutes.

So here we bring you everything that you need to know about GATE Computer Science Engineering (CSE) and all the tips that would let you have a clear idea on how to prepare for Computer Science Engineering that would make you eligible for admissions in under various prestigious institutes.

All About GATE 2018

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an All-India examination for seeking admissions in various IITs and IISc for Post-Graduation Courses. GATE is conducted in 8 zones altogether in India and is administered by the GATE community which comprises members from the most prestigious institutes like IISc Bangalore and seven other IITs. The candidates need to appear for the GATE examination on the discipline they wish to pursue their post-graduation in. Also, the candidates need to keep in mind the eligibility criteria of different institutes that they are seeking admissions in and try for score accordingly.

GATE 2018 examination would be conducted on 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th of February 2018. The results would be declared on 17th March 2018. The exam conducting body for GATE 2018 is IIT Guwahati.

How to Prepare for GATE Computer Science Engineering (CSE)

Everybody has their own version of everything they do so as to prepare for an examination. They have their own instincts to go with and their own schedule to follow, the one that makes it easier a thing for them to pick up on the lessons and minimize stress. But then there are expert tips that are specially designed to get the candidates through the examination easily and help them to utilise most of their time. These are elaborately laid plans designed keeping in considerations the subjects, the syllabus and the time available with the candidate that reflects the most on how they need to prepare for an examination as big as GATE and taste success at last.

Here are the necessary tips for GATE 2018.

First and the foremost thing that the candidates need to aim for is the clarity of conceptions regarding whichever subjects they choose to appear for. The next thing that comes is an elaborate and detailed study of the subject matter.

Learn what is included in the Syllabus

Knowing the syllabus thoroughly before everything is of utter importance. It is only when you have a complete idea of what is included in your syllabus you can analyse things for yourself like the portions you are strong and not-so-strong at, the portions and the chapters that are important and which ones to prioritise and which ones to keep for the last. Also, you may break down the entire syllabus into small portions and study one thing at a time. It is enough to study one thing at a time and regulate your study time to get yourself some solid hours of study daily without fail. There are a number of important topics that the candidates need to have a thorough understanding of. But generally there are certain important topics that most of the candidates prefer to ignore such as Computer Networks, Data Structure and Algorithms, Engineering Mathematics, Computer Organization and Architecture, Operating System and Databases.

Keep Practising Sample Papers

Practising a lot of sample papers helps you analyse your performance better. It becomes easy for you to figure out the portions you have already had a strong grip of and also the portions you need to thorough over again. It would help you familiarise with the pattern of GATE question papers, let you have a whole lot idea about the type of questions asked, help you manage time and therefore is a complete manual that you need to follow in order to face the exam with confidence. You can also follow the previous year's GATE question papers to collect idea about some latest trends according to which the questions are set.

Mock Tests

Mock Tests are a similar replication of the GATE question Papers and thus appearing for frequent mock tests would let you hit the GATE exam papers hard with confidence. Mock Tests are great for self-assessment and taking frequent mock tests would also let you formulate your own strategy in the examination later like which paper you should tackle first and which one to keep for the later.

GATE Computer Science Engineering Syllabus

The Syllabus of GATE Computer Science Engineering comprises of the following:

  • Engineering Mathematics including Probability, Linear Algebra, Calculus and Discrete Mathematics
  • Computer Organization and Architecture which includes addressing Modes and Machine Instructions, data-path, ALU, and control unit, memory hierarchy: main memory, cache, secondary storage; I/O interface
  • Digital Logic including Boolean Algebra, combination and sequential circuits, minimisation, number representation and computer arithmetic
  • Programming and data structure including programming in C., recursion, arrest, graphs, queues, stacks, linked lists, binary search trees, trees, binary heaps,
  • Algorithms including searching, hashing, sorting, asymptotic space and time complexity, algorithms design techniques, graph search, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths
  • Theory of computation including finite automata and regular expressions, content-free grammar and push-down automata, regular and context-free languages, Turing machines, pumping lemma, and undecidability.
  • Compiler design including Lexican analysis, syntax-directed translation, parsing, runtime environment, intermediate code creation.
  • Operating systems including threads, processes, inter-process communication, synchronisation and concurrency, deadlock, CPU scheduling, virtual memory and memory management, file systems
  • Databases including ER model, relational model, file organization, indexing, concurrency and transactions control

Computer networks- Layering Concepts, error and flow control technologies, LAN technologies, switching, routing algorithms and routers, IPv4/IPv6, UDP/TCP and congestion sockets control, basics of Wi-Fi, Application protocols layer, network security.

GATE CSE Preparation Guidelines and Tips

  • Rely on your own plans and tricks. Try out ideas that work for you the best and chalk down your own preparation plan. Self-evaluation is a thing like no other.
  • Keep a handbook with all the important formulas noted down so that you may have a bird's eye view if the entire syllabus at the time of revision.
  • Mark the portions that you find to be important and also make short notes on the chapters and that will help you gather and reproduce all that you have studied over again.
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