GATE CSE Preparation FAQ
December 14, 2010
I have blogged about GATE preparation quite a lot, and I keep on getting common questions. I will try to answer some of them here. Most points will be reiterated and available widely on internet. It always helps to use GOOGLE!😀
When should one start GATE preparation?
Well, GATE tests your basic concepts. Those you should build right throughout your undergraduate college days. Basically, you should go through all the standard textbook material and try to understand the concepts. If you are serious for GATE, it is sufficient to start its preparation, 6 to 8 months before the exam, revising all the concepts one by one. If you start studies anytime before it will be added bonus! It will always help if you have understood the basics when you were actually taking the course itself!
What are the important subjects for CSE?
All subjects are important! But again you need not study each and every concept in depth. Pick up 5 to 6 subjects that are your favorite ones and concentrate on them. Discrete Maths, Algorithms, OS, Data Structures,TOC are must according to me. You may leave one or two subjects as you dont need to score 100/100! (I had not prepared for compilers very thoroughly)
What order should we study the subjects?
Discrete MATHS – it should be the first one knocked off.. It forms the basics of all other subjects. Then you may study according to your personal likes. Algorithms and DS is a good choice after that!
What books to follow?
How to prepare for Maths Part?
What are the cutoffs for various IITs/IISC?
What about Gate Coaching?
Classroom coaching – I guess it is not needed. Again it depends on individuals and their study techniques. But, i seriously doubt how much a crash course can help! (Again it is my personal opinion)
GATEForum test series is a very good practice and most of the serious gate contenders go for that. It gives you a nice idea of where you stand, and your actual GATE score is often very similar to your Gateforum test series scores. So, it will help to take them seriously and get the hand of what to expect from GATE exam.
NOTE – If you have any specific queries, post them as questions and I will try and append them as FAQ here!
DISCLAIMER: The answers to the questions are my own thoughts and everyone must make sure they gather more info from other reliable and experienced resources too..