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November 27, 2011

GATE CS study material: Syllabus, Exam Papers & Books

This blog article is aimed to provide you the study materials for GATE Computer Science & Information Technology (CS) Paper – the syllabus, GATE CS exam papers and the list of books to study for cracking GATE.

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Even before you start to prepare for GATE, please go through the following articles to have a better understanding about GATE exam:

This article tells you what is GATE, what are the eligibility required and how to apply for the same along with the schedule of dates.

It tells you what are the GATE exam sections – how many questions are asked, of what marks and the duration. For instance, pattern of GATE CS exam is as below:
GATE CS Exam Pattern.png

This article takes you deeper inside GATE – it discusses in detail what are the the three different types of questions asked in GATE along with examples.

After you read thoroughly the above articles, now it is the time to actually start your preparation for GATE. First go through the GATE CS syllabus. Than attempt the previous years exam papers to find which are your strong/weak areas. Lastly buy the books to improve your weak areas.

Download Syllabus for GATE 2013 Computer Science & Information Technology (CS) Paper:
This is available in the official GATE website.

Download Previous years GATE CS Exam papers:

While downloading these papers, please bear in mind that there was a major change in the pattern of GATE since from GATE 2009. Prior to GATE 2009, there were 85 questions for 150 marks. In GATE 2009, there were 60 questions for 100 marks. Since from GATE 2010, there are now 65 questions for 100 marks.

You can use also the book below for previous years GATE CS Exam solved papers:
List Price: Rs.145, Offer Price: Rs.123, Discount: Rs. 22 (15%)

GATE CS Exam Prep Books:
GATE CS Exam Prep Books
Not only for GATE, but also for any competitive exam (be it an entrance or a recruitment exam), you should buy book depending on your actual requirement – which is to strengthen your weak areas. As I told you previously, you should identify your strong/weak areas by attempting the previous years GATE exam papers.

You can also identify the same through Guide books such as one given below, which covers the complete GATE CS syllabus. What is unique about this book is that it has a diagnostic test to find your strong/weak areas:

A Complete Guide to The GATE Computer Science Engineering by Trishna Knowledge Publisher: Pearson
Price: Rs. 899/=

The book can be ordered online from Flipkart, which offers huge discount apart from free home delivery and with an option to pay Cash on Delivery.

Apart from guide book such as one given above, you can buy the following books for GATE Computer Science according to your area of weakness:

Higher Engineering Mathematics by B.S. Grewal
Introductory methods of numerical analysis By S.S. Sastry
Graph theory with applications to engineering and computer science by Narsingh Deo
Formal Language and Automata Theory by J.D.Ullman
Analysis of Algorithms and Computational Complexity by Horowitz and Sahani
Digital Logic by Morris Mano
Computer Organization by Morris Mano

GATE Coaching institute for Computer Science & Information Technology:
So you need coaching for GATE? Well, I am sure with self-preparation you can crack GATE easily. However, if you need the help of coaching institutes for GATE CS paper, may be you can try with this list given by inspirenignite.

Hope above compilation of GATE Computer Science & Information Technology prep materials and study plan would help in your preparation for the exam. I would be on the look out for more resources and post the same here. So keep visiting here for GATE CS study materials!