What is the exam pattern of the GATE for CSE?

The Great "Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering" (GATE) comes first in the list of the toughest exams in the country, with lakhs of students sitting in the exam hall for this every year. Although this is a challenging and competitive exam. 

Climbing Everest appears to be simple if you are determined. And if you've decided to go for the GATE exam, you've come to the right place; we'll tell you everything you need to know about the GATE CS exam pattern. And we all know that before attempting any exam, we should learn all there is to know about it, so let us tell you everything about the exam pattern for the GATE CSE exam.


Basic Information about GATE examination –

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering has been held since 1984 when it was established by IISC Bangalore to provide admission to Masters and Doctoral programs at IISC and IITs.

And for now, it is being conducted on behalf of the National Coordination Board, Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education, and the Government of India. The GATE examination is administered jointly by the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and seven IITs: Roorkee, Bombay, Guwahati, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Delhi, and Madras.


The GATE exam is an internet compulsory test that is held in eight zones of India. In recent periods, international applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates have been allowed to take the GATE exam. The primary goal of this exam is to gain admission and financial aid to Postgraduate Programs like Masters and Doctoral.


Latest news about GATE CSE exam – 

According to a rotation rule adopted by all IITs, IIT Kharagpur is planned to host the GATE 2022 examination. According to IIT Kharagpur's notification, the online application form will be available in the first week of September 2021, with the deadline for submission in the fourth week of September 2021.

The application error window will open in the second week of September 2021, and the deadline for late applications with late fees will be in the first week of October 2021.

The admit card will be issued in the first week of January 2022, and the exam will be held between the first and second weeks of February 2022. After that, the response keys will be released in the third week of February 2022, the result will be revealed in the third week of March 2022, and the GATE 2022 scorecard will be released in the last week of March 2022.


Eligibility Criteria for GATE CSE –

The GATE CS exam is open to applicants who are in their third or higher year of a UG degree. With a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, architecture, technology, commerce, or arts and sciences are now welcome to participate.

There are no restrictions on citizenship. Applicants of every country are eligible to take the exam and select their examination hall. Also, there is no maximum age requirement for taking the GATE CSE exam.

According to the official brochure of GATE CSE, qualification requirements are provided in detail here –

BArch candidates with a four-year course in naval architecture, a five-year course in architecture, and a four-year course in planning.

BE/ BTech/ BPharm candidates with Technology or Engineering Bachelor's degree holders with 4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc. and Diploma in Engineering holders can apply for this exam.   

BSc (Research)/BS aspirants who have Bachelor’s degree in Science after Post-Diploma and 4 years after 10+2 

Pharm D after 10+2 and 6-year degree program, consisting of internship or residency training, during the third year onwards.

Holders of an M.B.B.S. degree, as well as those in the 5th, 6th, 7th semester or higher of such programs.


MSc/MA/MCA candidates with a Master’s degree in any branch of Mathematics/Science/Computer Applications/Statistics or equivalent. 

Other than this all Int ME/ MTech (Post-BSc) and Integrated ME/ MTech or Dual Degree holders with master’s degrees in their respective branches and with diplomas can apply to the GATE CS exam. 

Along with this BSc, BA, or BCom holders with a bachelor's degree in a 3-year program and Int MSc/ Int BS-MS holders with MSC or Integrated BS-MS program can apply for this exam. 

All of these aspirants must be in the third year of their respective programs or have already finished them to be eligible.



How to apply for the GATE CS exam – 

First of all, a candidate has to go to the GOAPS website which is the GATE Online Application Processing System. 

Then you have to register on the website using your details like your Full Name, e-mail address, mobile number, and create a password of your choice.

After that, you must log in to your registered account and complete the online application by scanning and uploading all of the documents that are required.


GATE CS Exam Pattern – 

In general, the GATE exam is held for 27 subjects, which are referred to as GATE papers, and the codes for these GATE papers are CS, CY, EC, EE, CE, CH, AR, AE, AG, EY, BT, GG, IN, ME, MA, PH, PI, TF, MN, MT, PE, ST.

And over three hours, there will be 65 questions, all of which will be objective type, Multiple Choice Questions, Multiple Select Questions, and Numerical Answer type NAT questions.



Overall, the CS GATE score is 100 and the GATE paper is split into three sections: Subject-Specific Questions, Engineering Mathematics, and General Aptitude.

There are six different kinds of questions that can become in the GATE CS exam:

Recall: - Remember that such questions are centered on civil engineering theories, tenets, equations, and rules. Applicants are asked to respond by recalling information into memories or performing an exclusive calculation.

Comprehension: - All such questionnaire is shown to evaluate the student's knowledge of the civil engineering domain. Applicants are suggested to obtain basic findings to basic concepts in this part.

Application:- Aspirants have to utilize their expertise throughout this portion whether via logical thinking or calculation.

Study and Synthesizing:- Such questions are in a related layout, with the first query including its duo's solution being required in needed to respond to the second or succeeding question. Applicants must also predict simple data questions, in which questions have similar information but are unrelated.

Common Data Questions: -Various questions will be related to a shared data issue or passage in this scenario. Two or three questions are being formulated depending upon the information provided. Every question is self-contained, and every question's answer will be obtained independently. Every other question in this part is worth two points.

Linked Answer Questions: - This portion contains problem-solving questions. The aspirant will be given a problem statement to solve, after that, you will be asked two questions. Those questions are interconnected, which means the answer to the 1st question influences the answer to the next. Every question under this section is worth two points.


The following is the subject wise marking scheme and a total number of questions for each CS question paper:

General Aptitude CS GATE paper is consists of ten numbers of total questions, each question carrying 1.5 marks, overall all this paper carries 15 of the total marks. 

Subject-Specific Questions carries 70 marks, and there are 45 total numbers of questions in this paper pattern. 

Engineering Mathematics paper carries 15% of the total marks and 10 questions.

The very first two parts of the CS GATE exam 2022 cover multiple choice and answer type Nat questions. The multiple questions have four alternatives, out of which one is correct. Applicants must fill in a specific number as their solution to numerical-type questions.

In Multiple- choice questions, one and two marks are given for each right answer, depending on the points allotted. In Objective Type questions: 1 & 2 marks for each correct answer according to the assigned marks. As per the marking scheme, every wrong answer receives a -1/3 or -2/3 mark. Numerical Answer Type (NAT)& Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) questions have no negative marking.


Syllabus of CS GATE Exam –

According to the GATE CS exam pattern, the entire syllabus is divided into ten sections, each of which is further categorized into subtopics.

These sections are – 

Section 1- Engineering Mathematics

Section 2- Digital Logic

Section 3- Computer Organization and Architecture

Section 4- Programming and Data Structures

Section 5- Algorithms

Section 6- Theory of Computation

Section 7- Compiler Design

Section 8- Operating System

Section 9- Databases

Section 10- Computer Networks


And the subtopics under this all are – 

Engineering Mathematics –

Discrete Mathematics: Partial orders and lattices, Propositional and first-order logic. Sets, relations, and functions come under this. Along with this all Combinatorics: generating functions, counting, recurrence relations. And Monoids, Groups. Graphs: connectivity, matching, coloring falls under this category. 

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

Calculus: Conditional probability and Bayes theorem, Limits, Maxima and minima, continuity and differentiability. Mean value theorem, Integration, Probability, and Statistics: Random variables, Uniform, normal, exponential, Poisson, and binomial distributions. Mean median, mode, and standard deviation.  

Digital Logic –

Computer arithmetic- fixed and floating-point, Boolean algebra, Minimization, Combinational and sequential circuits. Number representations.

Computer Organization and Architecture –

I/O interface (interrupt and DMA mode), Machine instructions, and addressing modes. Instruction pipelining, pipeline hazards. Memory hierarchy: cache, main memory, and secondary storage ALU, datapath, and control unit.

Programming and Data Structures –

Graphs, stacks, binary search trees, queues, linked lists, trees, binary heaps, Arrays, Programming in C. Recursion.

Algorithms –

Asymptotic worst-case time and space complexity, dynamic programming, and divideandconquer, Algorithm design techniques: greedy. Graph traversals, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths, Searching, sorting, hashing.

Theory of Computation –

Context-free grammars and push-down automata. Turing machines and undesirability. Regular and context-free languages, pumping lemma. Regular expressions and finite automata.

Compiler Design – Parameter Passing Techniques, Lexical Analysis, Syntax, Analysis(LL, LR, SLR, CLR, LALR), Syntax-Directed Translation, Runtime Environments, Intermediate Code Generation And Code Optimization.


Operating System –

File systems. System calls, concurrency, and synchronization, processes, threads, interprocess communication. CPU and I/O scheduling. Deadlock. Memory management and virtual memory. 

Databases –

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

Computer Networks – Layered Model: OSI And TCP/IP, Data Link Layer(Framing, Error Control And Flow Control) Data Link Layer (MAC), Basics Of Packet, Circuit, And Virtual Circuit- Switching; Ethernet Bridging; Network Devices (Hub, Repeater, Switch/Bridge And Routers) Routing Algorithms (Distance Vector, Link State), Ipv4 Addressing, Formatting, CIDR, NAT, ICMP. TCP/UDP, Sockets, Congestion Control, Application Layer Protocols (DNS, SMTP, POP, FTP, HTTP And DHCP).


The selection process for GATE CS –

After passing the GATE CS exam and receiving a good GATE score, the obtained score is acceptable for 3 years since the moment of the result.

COAP counseling is being required for applicants getting entry to the IITs. Aspirants applying for admission to NITs as well as other Indian universities would be required to attend CCMT counseling.


Well, buddies, we have provided you with more than enough information about the GATE CS exam pattern; the only thing left for you to do now is to carefully read this information and apply it to your GATE CS exam preparation. We wish you the best of luck and hope you achieve your goal as quickly and efficiently as possible.