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GATE 2018 Computer Science & Engineering (CS) Syllabus

Last Updated - September 04, 2017

GATE Syllabus is released by the conducting authority. This year, Indian Institute of Technology will hold GATE. The Syllabus is based on the topics of graduation level. 85% of Exam have Core Engineering Syllabus. From Which 72% is of basic CSE Syllabus and 13% Engineering Mathematics.

  • GATE 2018 is scheduled for February 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018 in multiple sessions. 
  • GATE Syllabus is comprised of three parts namely General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Core Syllabus.  
  • One must note that GATE papers will have General Aptitude as a compulsory section. 
  • The paper consists of 65 questions worth 100 marks.
  • GATE 2018 Registration begins from September 01, 2017. 

Every year lakhs of students gives GATE Computer Science and  Engineering exam for pursuing admission in Postgraduate computer science and engineering program in well known Engineering Colleges of India.  GATE CSE exam is also a gateway for the students to get a job in Public Sector Unit under Information Technology domain.

Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is a national level online test. The exam is conducted annually on rotaition basis by IISc Bangalore and seven IITs.

GATE 2018 CSE Syllabus

Syllabus of GATE Computer Science and Engineering exam will have General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Main Engineering topics. 85% of Exam have Core Engineering Syllabus. From Which 72% is of basic CSE Syllabus and 13% Engineering Mathematics.

Engineering Mathematics

Main TopicsSub Topics
Discrete MathematicsPropositional and first order logic. Sets, relations, functions, partial orders and lattices. Groups. Graphs: connectivity, matching, coloring. Combinatorics: counting, recurrence relations, generating functions
Linear AlgebraMatrices, determinants, system of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, LU decomposition
CalculusLimits, continuity and differentiability. Maxima and minima. Mean value theorem. Integration
ProbabilityRandom variables. Uniform, normal, exponential, poisson and binomial distributions. Mean, median, mode and standard deviation. Conditional probability and Bayes theorem

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Digital Logic

It deals with logical structure of digital circuits. How the circuits will be made. What the output we will get on joining the circuits.

The Topics are: Boolean algebra. Combinational and sequential circuits. Minimization. Number representations and computer arithmetic (fixed and floating point).

Computer Organization and Architecture

It deals with set of rules for microarchitecture of computer.

The topics are: Machine instructions and addressing modes. ALU, data-path and control unit. Instruction pipelining. Memory hierarchy: cache, main memory and secondary storage; I/O, interface (interrupt and DMA mode).

Programming and Data Structures

It is studied to know how the information is stored in the computer and how it will be retrieved back efficiently.

The Topics are: Programming in C. Recursion. Arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary search trees, binary heaps, graphs.


The algorithms are studied to learn how the problems are solved in computer science.It will teach you patterns how can use to solve the problems

The topics are: Searching, sorting, hashing. Asymptotic worst case time and space complexity. Algorithm design techniques: greedy, dynamic programming and divide-and-conquer. Graph search, minimum spanning trees, shortest paths.

Theory of Computation

Theory of computation (alluded to as TOC here on) establishes a solid framework for a great deal of dynamic territories of computer science. In the event that you take a gander at it from a separation, theory of computation is a nearby cousin of Artificial Intelligence than say Probability or Computer vision

The topics are: Regular expressions and finite automata. Context-free grammars and pushdown automata. Regular and contex-free languages, pumping lemma. Turing machines and undecidability.

Compiler Design

It is useful for the improvement software by hiding low level languages and  how to detect errors in softwares.

The topics are: Lexical analysis, parsing, syntax-directed translation. Runtime environments. Intermediate code generation.

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Operating System

It is deals with the organisational structure of Operating system, types of operating system and how the operating system works.

The topics are: Processes, threads, inter-process communication, concurrency and synchronization. Deadlock. CPU scheduling. Memory management and virtual memory. File systems.


It deals with how the data is stored, what is database, types of database and how database are useful.

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

Computer Networks

It deals with types of networks, how the networking is done, how the information is transferred from one point to other.

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

GATE 2018 CSE Exam Pattern

GATE is held for 23 different disciplines. The paper is held in online mode. Candidates have to attempt 65 questions in the duration of three hours. Questions are of 2 types- Multiple Choice types (MCQ) and Numerical Answer Type (NAT).

The total Marks for 65 questions is 100. There is also Negative Marking included for giving wrong answer. Candidate has to use Virtual Calculator during exam as any other physical calculator is prohibited in GATE exam center.

Duration3 hours
Exam DatesFebruary 03, 04, 10 and 11, 2018
Total Questions65
Total Marks100
Negative MarkingYes

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Books for Computer Science & Engineering

Books for computer science & Engineering
GATE Computer Science & Information TechnologyGKP, G.K. Pub
TRB Lecturers ( Computer Science & Engineering ) ExamA panel of Authors, Sura College of Competition
A Handbook for Computer Science /IT EngineeringMade Easy Editorial Board, Made Easy Publications
Graph Theory with Applications to Engineering and Computer ScienceDeo and Narsingh, Prentice Hall India Learning Private Limited
GATE 2017: Computer Science and IT Engineering Solved PapersME Team, Made Easy Publications

Syllabus Of Other Papers

Aerospace EngineeringAEMechanical EngineeringME
Agricultural EngineeringAGMetallurgical EngineeringMT
Civil EngineeringCEMining EngineeringMN
Chemical EngineeringCHPetroleum EngineeringPE
Engineering SciencesXEProduction and Industrial EngineeringPI
Electronics and CommunicationECTextile Engineering and Fibre ScienceTF
Electrical EngineeringEEBiotechnologyBT
Instrumentation EngineeringIN  

GATE CSE Previous Year Paper Analysis

We are providing you previous year analysis to be familiar with the type of questions and their level. Check the complete analysis of paper from the table given below: 

1 Marks questions

TopicsNumber of Question
Data Structures4
Computer Architecture and Organisation1
Digital Logic3

Also Read:GATE 2017 Preparation Tips for CSE Aspirants

2 Marks Questions

Data structures4
Computer Architecture and Organisation2
Digital Logic2



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