GATE Computer Science Engineering Paper Analysis (2005-2015)


GATE 2016 Application Process is over and the countdown for the actual exam has begun. Aspirants wishing to succeed in GATE 2016 must start their preparation efforts in a serious manner.
GATE-Computer-Science-Engineering-Exam-Paper-AnalysisComputer Science Engineering is one of the top five popular branches in GATE 2016 with the applicants for it being one of the highest. Around 1.5 Lakh candidates had applied for CSE in GATE 2016. CSE is one of the branches in GATE which is held in multiple sessions owing to the large number of applicants.

Analysis of GATE Computer Science Engineering Exam (2005-2015)

This year, IISC Bangalore is conducting GATE 2016 between 30th Jan to 7th Feb on Saturdays & Sundays. GATE CS 2016 Examination is in accordance with the pattern specified in the exam prospectus. The paper consists of 65 Questions with a maximum score of 100 marks.

The Question-wise breakup is as follows:

Name of the Section  Marks 
 Engineering Mathematics  15
 General Aptitude ( Verbal & Non- Verbal Ability)  15
 Core Engineering Subjects  70
 Total Marks  100

GATE CS Engineering Exam Paper Analysis (2010-2015)

Name of the Subject  2010  2011 2012  2013 2014 2015
Computer Network  8  9 9  8  8  8
Programming & Data Structures  13  18 14  12  4  14
Operating System 7 7  7  3 4  10
Algorithm  7  1  8  11 5  10
Digital Logic  7  9  6 5 13  5
Computer Organization  9  7  10  15  6  3
Databases  7 6  9 9  7 6
Theory of Computation  7  9  6  5 17  5
Compiler Design  4  1  7  6 5  5
Engineering Mathematics 16  16 9 9 15  15
Software Engineering  0 1 0 2 1 3
Web Technology  0 1  0 0 0  1
General Aptitude 15  15 15  15 15 15

GATE CS Engineering Exam Paper Analysis (2005-2009)

Name of the Subject  2005  2006 2007  2008 2009
Computer Network 9 11 14 9 5
Programming & Data Structures 11  12 7 7  7
Operating System  4  17  14  12 12
Algorithm  22  22  27  32  15
Digital Logic 14  11 13  6  2
Computer Organization  22  14 14  24  10
Databases  11 9 12  11  5
Theory of Computation 14 14 12 15 10
Compiler Design  11 11 11 6 1
Engineering Mathematics 30 25 26 27 16
Software Engineering 0 0 0 0 1
Web Technology 0  0  0  0  1
General Aptitude 0  0  0  0 0

GATE requires students to be strong in fundamentals to do well and the same trend has been observed over the years.

GATE CSE Exam 2016: Important Topics from each subject

15 to 20% of the paper  is from data structures, automata and language computation, operating systems, mathematics and digital system design.

Below is the list of important topics from each subject.


Data Structure and Algorithms

  • Programming Recursion
  • Algorithm Analysis
  • Heap trees, Sorting, Graphs and Hashing

Operating Systems

  • CPU Scheduling and Deadlocks
  • Memory Management and Virtual Memory
  • Disk Management

Engineering Mathematics

  • Graphs, Functions and Relations
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Linear Algebra and Calculus


  • Minimalization
  • Combinational Circuits
  • Sequential Circuits


  • SQL
  • ER Diagram

Computer Organization

  • Pipelining
  • Cache Organization

Computer Network

  • Data Link Layer
  • TCP and Congestion Control
  • IP Addressing

Compiler Design

  • Parsing

Theory of Computation 

  • Finite Automata
  • Context Free Languages

By preparing in a well planned manner and solving the previous papers, the students can get good score in GATE exam.

Aspirants aiming for GATE 2017 should  follow the below points and start their preparation.

Important Topics /Books & Authors: The books mentioned here are the ones followed by Toppers, suggested by GATE experts. Candidates can refer to these for their detailed study.

GATE Syllabus Book Name Author Name
Compiler Design Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools Aho& Ullman
Computer Networks Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Kurose & Ross
Data Communications and Networking Behrouz A. Forouzan
Computer Organization and Architecture Computer Organization and Embedded systems Carl Hamacher
Data Structures and Algorithms Introduction to Algorithms Cormen
Data Structures & Algorithms R.S. Salaria
NPTEL Lecture by P. P. Chakroborty
Databases Database System Concepts Henry. F. Korth
Normalization and indexing Shamkant B. Navathe
Digital Logic Digital Design Morris Mano
Digital Electronics S. Salivahanan& S. Arivazhagan
Engineering Mathematics Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications Kenneth Rosen
Higher Engineering mathematics B.S. Grewal
Advanced Engineering Mathematics Erwin Kreyszig
Operating System Operating System Concepts Galvin
Programming The C Programming language Dennis Richie
Software Engineering Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach Pressman
Theory of Computation An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata Peter Linz
NPTEL lectures by Kamala Krithivasan
Web Technologies w3schools (html/xml tutorial) Website Link

Some Important Guidelines to Follow During Preparation:

  • Nobody knows better than you about what works for you. So chart your own preparation plan and schedule.
  • Make it mandatory to prepare a Handbook containing the Formulae that need to be learnt and their gist. This handbook can be pretty useful during the last days before the exam as a quick reckoner for calculations.
  • Also make it a habit of preparing short notes on all topics that you have been studying. These will be useful to revise faster during the last days of the exam
  • Make sure you also give equal weightage to Mathematics and General Aptitude. Each constitutes 15 % of the total marks in the question paper. These sections are scoring and go well to add up to your overall score in GATE 2016 exam.


GATE 2016 Syllabus for Computer Science Engineering/IT:  It is important that you know what the GATE 2016 syllabus for CS is before starting your preparation for GATE 2017. It will help to know the topics that will feature in the GATE 2017 exam. You can plan the preparation topic wise such that there is ample time for revision.

GATE 2016 Sample Papers: It is important to practice what you have studied by solving the previous year papers. This gives the following advantages:

  • The Question Paper Pattern becomes very familiar.
  • You can know the type of questions to expect.
  • You can hone your time management skills
  • You can schedule your exam strategy

Some of the subjects will have more preference compared to others. Makes a list of subjects depending on marks from previous question papers. The distribution of marks helps the students to allocate the time for preparation. If the distribution is not made, then there will be random preparation in which there is no time for preparing the important subjects. Students should allocate the realistic time for all the subjects.

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