GATE Computer Science Exam Preparation

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is an online exam that examines mainly the overall understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering & science. It is a national level examination. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in B.pharma, Science, research from recognized University. The GATE Computer Science is divided into 10 sections. These tests check the mental ability to take technical pressures. There are a total of 65 questions to be attempted in 180 minutes, where there is 1/3rd negative marking as well. The application form for GATE Computer Science will release from 3 Sep 2019 and available till 5 October 2019. The admit cards will be available at 3 January, 2020. To prepare well, candidates are advised to attempt GATE Computer Science previous years' question papers. 

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Key Highlight
of GATE Computer Science (CS)
Educational Qualification:
Bachelors degree in
Exam Duration:
180 Minutes
Registration Period:
3 Sep - 5 Oct 2019
Exam Date:
1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th of February 2020
16th March, 2020
Admit Card:
3 Jan 2020
Application Fee:
Female candidates / SC /ST /PwD* category candidates: Rs. 750 /- All other candidates: Rs. 1500 /-
Marking Scheme:
1 or 2 Mark : For each correct answer -1/3 or -2/3 Mark : For each wrong answer
Exam Pattern:
65 questions carrying 100 Marks

GATE Computer Science: Important Dates

  • Application Form Starts from: 3 Sep 2019
  • Last date to fill the application form:  28 Sep, 2019
  • Last date to correct the application form: 25 Nov, 2019
  • Downloading of admit cards: 3 Jan, 2020
  • Online Examination: 1, 2, 8, 9 Feb 2020
  • Result of Online Exam: 16th March, 2020

GATE Computer Science: Eligibility

  • Candidate must hold bachelors degree in from recognized university
  • Candidate must hold 75% in 10th and 12th grade.
  • Candidate must be from Science stream.

GATE Computer Science: Exam Pattern

GATE Computer Science examination is of 10 sections. It consists of 65 questions for a duration of 3 hours. The questions are objective type but with 1/3rd negative marking.

The GA section includes five queries carrying one mark every (sub-total five marks) and 5 queries carrying 2-marks every (sub-total ten marks)

Question 1 to 25: One mark every ( Negative marking 1/3rd ) Question

Question 26 to 55: 2 mark every ( Negative marking 2/3rd ) Question

Question 56 to 65: General power ( total fifteen marks ) : ( Negative marking 1/3rd for One marks & 2/3rd for 2 mark ) Question

Question 56 to 60: One mark every Question

Question 61 to 65: 2 mark every Question

GATE Computer Science: Syllabus

Topics to be studied thoroughly are :

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Digital Logic
  • Computer Organization & Architecture
  • Programming & Data Structures
  • Algorithms
  • Theory of Computation
  • Compiler Design
  • Operating System
  • Data bases
  • Computer Networks

Tips and Tricks

  • Candidates must attempt questions carefully.
  • Candidates must revise their school-based concepts.
  • Take online mock tests to know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Candidates must practice placement papers and mock tests to prepare well.


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