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GATE Syllabus for CSE 2024 – Check Computer Science Syllabus Here!

Updated: 16.04.2024 By: Team Gatenotes

Every year, GATE Syllabus remains almost the same as the previous one, but there is a rare chance that GATE Syllabus will be changed. Students who would write the GATE exam must refer the GATE CS and the IT syllabus defined by IIT Bombay to start with GATE Preparation as the questions are formulated in accordance with the official GATE syllabus .

Understanding GATE syllabus prior to starting GATE preparation will help candidates effectively plan the preparation strategy and score better marks. The GATE CS and IT exam paper consists of questions from aptitude and core subjects (CS and IT).

Check the detailed information about topics from GATE CSE Paper here,

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GATE CS General Aptitude Syllabus 2024

A. Verbal Ability:

Grammar, Vocabulary, Coding-Decoding & Series, Directions, Blood Relations, Arrangements, Syllogism, Inference & Assumptions, Clocks and Puzzles.

B. Numerical Ability:

Fundamentals, Equations, Percentage, Averages, Ratio & Propotions, Mixture and Alligations, Data Interpretation & Data Suffiency, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Set Theory & Venn Diagrams, Progression, Functions & Graphs, Logarthims, Permutations and Combinations, Probability, Geometry & Mensuration.

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GATE CS Syllabus 2024

Section-1: Engineering Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics:

Propositional and first order logic. Sets, relations, functions, partial orders and lattices. Groups. Graphs: connectivity, matching, coloring. Combinatorics: counting, recurrence relations, generating functions.

Linear Algebra:

Matrices, determinants, system of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, LU decomposition.


Limits, continuity and differentiability. Maxima and minima. Mean value theorem. Integration.


Random variables. Uniform, normal, exponential, poisson and binomial distributions. Mean, median, mode and standard deviation. Conditional probability and Bayes theorem.

Section-2: Digital Logic

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

Section-3: Computer Organization and Architecture

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).

Section-4: Programming and Data Structures

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

Section-5: Algorithms

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.

Section-6: Theory of Computation

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

Section-7: Compiler Design

Lexical analysis, parsing, syntax-directed translation. Runtime environments. Intermediate code generation.

Section-8: Operating System

Processes, threads, inter?process communication, concurrency and synchronization. Deadlock. CPU scheduling. Memory management and virtual memory. File systems.

Section-9: Databases

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.

Section-10: Computer Networks

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.

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GATE Subject-Wise Weightage Analysis For CSE

Understanding the GATE syllabus with Subject wise weighting analysis will help the candidates set the preparation time for high score subjects. The GATE paper section for the CS & IT exam is divided into three sections and the GATE marks are divided accordingly between Core Subject, Engineering Mathematics and General Aptitude . Check Subject-wise weighting for GATE CS & IT Paper:

GATE CSE 2021 Exam Analysis
GATE SUBJECTS GATE 2014 GATE 2015 GATE 2016 GATE 2017 GATE 2018 GATE 2019 GATE 2020 GATE 2021 GATE 2022
Engineering Mathematics* 23% 19% 13.75% 8% 7% 6% 5% 9% 7%
Discrete Mathematics & Graph Theory 12.7% 11% 3.5% 7% 12% 5% 10% 8% 11%
Design & Analysis Algorithms 8% 7.5% 10.75% 5.5% 7% 7% 6% 11% 6%
Programming & Data Structure 13% 18% 10.75% 14.5% 10% 12% 12% 8% 14%
Digital Logic 5% 7% 5% 5% 4% 9% 4% 5% 6%
Computer Organization* 8% 5% 7% 9% 11% 3% 11% 6% 4%
Theory Of Computation 6% 6% 9.25% 9.5% 7% 8% 9% 8% 6%
Compiler design 3% 2% 3.5% 4% 6% 6% 4% 7% 5%
Operating Systems* 7% 8% 16.5% 10% 10% 10% 10% 6% 8%
DBMS* 8% 5% 4.75% 6% 4% 8% 8% 8% 9%
Computer Networks 9% 8% 9% 6.5% 7% 10% 6% 9% 9%
General Aptitude* 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
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GATE Exam Pattern 2024: Key Highlights

Particulars Details

Examination Mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)


3 Hours

Number of Subjects (Papers)



General Aptitude (GA) + Candidate’s Selected Subject

Type of Questions

  • 1. Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • 2. Multiple Select Questions (MSQ) and/or
  • 3. Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Questions test these abilities

  • 1. Recall
  • 2. Comprehension
  • 3. Application
  • 4. Analysis and Synthesis

Number of Questions

10 (GA) + 55 (subject) = 65 Questions

Distribution of Marks in all Papers EXCEPT papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Engineering Mathematics: 13 Marks + Subject Questions: 72 Marks = Total: 100 Marks

Distribution of Marks in papers AR, CY, EY, GG, MA, PH, XH and XL

General Aptitude: 15 Marks + Subject Questions: 85 Marks = Total: 100 Marks

Marking Scheme

All of the questions will be of 1 mark or 2 marks

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How to effectively study GATE Syllabus 2024?

1. Check all the Important Topics & Mark them.

2. Collect previous year GATE question paper.

3. Make study notes of most asked questions on important topics.

4. Update yourself with online study notes from the GATE syllabus.

5. Practice complex topics more & more in order to solve them easily for the exam.

6. Prepare calendar on the weekly and monthly basis to study the subjects on the priority basis.

7. Start revision of the most frequently asked topics in the syllabus before 15 days of the exam.

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