Computer Science Engineering, CSE GATE 2018 Preparation Strategy in 3 Months
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Computer Science Engineering, CSE GATE 2018 Preparation Strategy in 3 Months

GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 2018 Exam is a brilliant opportunity for the candidates not only to be eligible for post graduation courses in engineering subject but also they can apply for lucrative engineering jobs offered by the PSUs. To pursue higher degree admission in Computer Science Engineering (CSE) course from top Institutes a candidate needs to know how to prepare for CSE GATE 2018 exam.

GATE is an online examination for admission to Post Graduate programs in engineering domain and PSU RecruitmentComputer Science Engineering (CSE) is one of the relatively preferred branches in GATE exam along with Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation. The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2018 exam will be held on February 3-4 and February 10-11, 2018. Owing to a large number of applicants, CSE GATE 2018 will be held in multiple sessions. The GATE 2018 results will be declared on March 17, 2018, by IIT Guwahati, the exam conducting body.

Computers Science Engineers must be well versed in calculating and basic programming concepts, perfection in the data structure and operating systems, knowledge of applying the concepts to the real world. To get a good score one need a study plan for GATE 2018. Don’t think there is plenty of time left for the exam to score good marks. So start preparing now! 

The level of competition is increasing every passing year. Therefore a proper study plan and strategy is very much required. As far as guidance concerned, AfterGraduation can share the basic mantras that worked perfectly for all candidates. AfterGraduation brings the Syllabus, books to be referred for GATE preparation, understanding the GATE pattern and Guidance for preparing and scoring well in CSE GATE 2018 exam. 

Believe In Yourself

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You are on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who will decide where to go.”— DR. SEUSS. You are the best person to decide what works for you. So chart your own preparation plan and schedule in such a way that suits your style.

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Analyze CSE GATE 2018 Syllabus and Weightage of Each Subject

Candidate should refer the syllabus and analyze the exam pattern using previous years papers. As all the subjects don’t have equal marks, few subjects require more efforts than others. Make a priority list of subjects based on marks on preferences given it in previous exams. Marks distribution of subject will help you prioritize and allocate preparation time to different subjects. Note that if the allocation is not prepared beforehand then one can end up choosing random topics which may lead to confusion at the end.

Understand the GATE 2018 Pattern

First of all, make a clear understanding about GATE exam. GATE 2018 exam is online and the questions asked are objective type. There are two types of questions: multiple choice and numerical answer type. There are 3 sections. 

1) Computer Science Engineering (70%)

2) Aptitude (15%)

3) Engineering Mathematics (15%)

General aptitude and engineering maths carry 30% of the total marks and hence these are the most important sections of GATE syllabus.

Reference Books and Authors for CSE GATE 2018

GATE papers are prepared by highly experienced professors from IIT, IISc, NITs who also write national and international level books. Many articles, PDF, and materials are available online. Select the best package and pursue the preparation. Some of the best authors books as per GATE topic are listed below:

GATE Topic Books and Author
Engineering Mathematics


B.S. Grewal

R. S. Agarwal

Digital Logic Digital Design by Morris Mano

S. Salivahanan & S. Arivazhagan

Computer Organization and Architecture Computer Architecture – A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson

Morris Mano

Programming and Data Structures The C Programming language by Dennis Richie

Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta

Programming- Yashwant Kanetkar

Algorithms Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen

Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria

Algorithms by Horowitz & Sahani

Theory of Computation NPTEL lectures by Kamala Krithivasan

Theory of Computation- Cohen & Martin

Compiler Design Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools by Aho & Ullman

Compiler Design in C by Allen I Holub

Operating System Operating System Concepts by Galvin

Operating Systems by Stallings

Databases Database System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth

Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

Computer Networks Data Communications and Networking by Kurose & Ross and Behrouz A. Forouzan

Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie

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Study Plan and Preparation Strategy

Make a list of topics which needs to be studied based on a number of questions which have appeared on the topic in the previous GATE exams. Identify topics which have fetched more marks and give more importance to them. Understand the concept and practice questions based upon it. Most of the questions in GATE exam 2018 are conceptual & numerical, so you must try to improve your solving ability & time management to score a good rank.

Practise GATE Sample Papers and Mock Test

Go through previous years’ GATE papers, to get an idea about the types of frequently asked questions. Both online and offline mock test should be attempted by the students. Practising these tests help in analyzing your mistakes and also increases the speed to take the assessment.

Taking mock test will help you adapt to the online pattern as this year you will have to use a virtual calculator enabled in their test logins. 80% of the GATE questions may not require the virtual calculator, so use the calculator only when its really required for complex calculations.

Through GATE mock tests, candidates get to learn such things as time management, handling exam pressure, and deciding which questions to tackle first and which to keep for later.

GATE Exam 2018 Revision Plan

Make sure at least a month is kept for exhaustive thorough revision. Thorough studying any topic, keep making small notes to be used while revision before GATE 2018 exam. Analyse the weaker points and work on that. Pay equal attention to both theory and numerical. A good revision plan helps in relating the concept during GATE exam.

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Not to Miss Guidelines during Preparation

  • Preparation in the best manner that is suited to you. Scheduling and planning are very important.
  • Prepare short notes on all topics during your study for GATE. This can be used for revision in the last days of GATE preparation.
  • Ensure that you cover Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude in the course of your preparation. Preparing for them and doing them well will ensure a good score.

Cracking GATE examination requires proper study strategy, determination and focus. It requires constant efforts towards each subject in clearing up the basic concepts to obtain good marks. Also, keep in mind that GATE exam is much easy than other exams. This is a single exam in India in which around 15 % students get success. Otherwise, in other exams like IES, IAS – success is not more than 2%. So don’t lose your confidence at the end of GATE exam.

Last but not the least do not strain yourself till the last minute. Leave all your books aside for a few days before the exam. Have a good time and relax. GATE preparation needs determination. All you need to do is to be determined and diligently observe the tricks throughout the preparation period and work towards the goal.

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