Details of GATE - Computer Science Exam
The overall coordination and responsibility of conducting GATE 2013 lies with Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras), designated as the organising Institute for GATE 2013.
The examination paper will have a total of 65 questions carrying 100 marks. The candidates are expected to appear in a paper appropriate to the discipline of his/her qualifying degree. The candidate is however, free to choose any paper according to his/her admission plan, keeping in mind the eligibility criteria of the institutions in which he/she wishes to seek admission. A candidate can choose any one of the papers listed below. From 2010 onwards 10 questions in General Aptitude were introduced which carried 15 marks.
GATE - Computer Science Eligibility Criteria
The following categories of candidates are eligible to appear for GATE:
1. Bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
2. Master degree holders in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.
3. Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.
4. Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by IE (I), AMICE (I) by the Institute of Civil Engineer (India)-ICE (I)) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech Those who have completed section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.
How to Prepare for GATE - Computer Science
GATE is conducted for at least 21 odd streams. The syllabus for each stream differs from the other. The syllabus for the computer science engineering stream includes topics like basic mathematics, theory of computation, computer hardware and software systems. There are several standard books on each subject by good authors which can make your study enjoyable as well as interesting. Some of the popular books for Computer Science engineering include Fundamentals of Data Structure written by Ellis Horowitz, Data Structures written by Lipshutz, Data structures using C and C++ written by Langsan, Augunstein and Tenebaum and Data Structures and Algorithms Analysis in C written by Mark Allen and Weises.
Have a timeframe in mind. Try and complete the syllabus at least two months before the exam; last two months should be for assessments and revision. Take as many online test papers as possible. Analyse your score in these test papers and compare your performance periodically to see how you improve. If anytime during the preparation, you feel that you do not have enough study material or lack guidance, join a coaching institute. You can also clarify your doubts by asking experts online or use forums to discuss with other people who are preparing too. To brush up the concepts, revise.