What is Computer Science (CS/IT) GATE Exam Pattern?


GATE Computer Science (CS IT) Exam/Test/Paper Pattern or Structure

GATE Computer Science (CS IT) Exam/Test/Paper Pattern or Structure

GATE Computer (CS/IT) Exam Pattern/Structure

65 Questions (100 Marks)

GATE Computer (CS/IT)
Exam/Test/Paper Pattern

GATE General Aptitude Syllabus

GATE Computer (CS/IT)
Tech + Maths Syllabus

No. Of Quetions552530
Marks Per Question1212
Total Marks5102560

Question Types

Multiple Choice Questions:

  • MCQ’s carrying 1 or 2 marks each.
  • Each of these questions will contain four options/answers.
  • Out of for one correct answer is to be marked.
  • Negative Marking Scheme:

    For 1 mark MCQs, 1/3 mark is deducted for a wrong answer.
    For 2 marks MCQs, 2/3 mark is deducted for a wrong answer.

Numerical Answer Questions:

  • Wherein the answer is a number.
  • Answer is to be entered by the aspirant/student using the mouse and a virtual keypad.
  • Which will be provided on the screen.
  • Negative Marking Scheme:

    There is no negative marking for numerical answer type questions.

Question Paper Structure

Recall Questions:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation.

Comprehension Questions:

These questions test the candidate’s understanding of the basics of the field, by requiring him to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

Application Questions:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

Analysis and Synthesis Questions:

These can be linked answer questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of each other.

GATE Computer (CS/IT) Test/Exam Pattern (Based on last 3 years papers)

GATE Computers (CS IT) Test or Exam Pattern (Based on last 3 years papers)

GATE Computers (CS IT) Test or Exam Pattern (Based on last 3 years papers)

GATE General Aptitude Questions:

Exam/Test/Paper contains 10(out of 65) questions that test the “General Aptitude” (language and analytic skills)and carry a total of 15 marks (out of 100), apart from the core subject of Computer (CS/IT).

GATE Computer (CS/IT) Questions:

Exam/Test/Paper contains 55(out of 65) questions that test the “Tech + Maths ” (Engineering Mathematics, Digital Logic, Computer Organization and Architecture, Programming and Data Structures, Algorithms, Theory of Computation, Compiler Design, Operating System, Databases, Computer Networks)and carry a total of 85 marks (out of 100).

Duration and examination type:

The examination is of 3 hours duration, and contains a total of 65 questions worth a maximum of 100 marks. From 2014 onward, the examination for all the papers is carried out in an online Computer Based Test (CBT) mode where the candidates are shown the questions in a random sequence on a computer screen. The questions consist of both multiple choice questions (four answer options out of which the correct one has to be chosen) and numerical answer type questions (answer is a real number, to be entered via an on-screen keypad and computer mouse). Candidates are provided with scribble pads for rough work and these have to be returned after the examination. At the end of the 3-hour window, the computer automatically closes the screen from further actions.

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