The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science

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Exam Pattern
65 Questions in 3 Hours
Medium to Hard
Question Type
MCQ and NAT (Numerical Answer Type)
Computer Science and Information Technology
IITs, NITs and 100 Colleges
Candidates must have passed graduation in engineering/technology or Master’s degree in any relevant science subject.



GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering), is a national level entrance test held by the GATE Committee in eight zones across India. GATE Computer Science is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate Computer Science subjects in engineering and science. GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven Indian Institutes of Technologies at Roorkee, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai (Madras) and Mumbai (Bombay) on behalf of the National Coordination Board – GATE, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India. The GATE score of a candidate reflects the relative performance level of a candidate. The score is used for admissions to various post-graduate education programs (e.g. Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy) in Indian higher education institutes, with financial assistance provided by MHRD and other government agencies. Recently, GATE scores are also being used by several Indian public sector undertakings for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions. It is one of the most competitive examinations in India. GATE is also recognized by various institutes outside India, such as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.



Normal Fee

Extended Dates Fee

For Exam Centre In India

Female candidates

Rs 750

Rs 1250

SC / ST / PWD / Transgender

Rs 750

Rs 1250

All Others

Rs 1500

Rs 2000

For Exam Centre Outside India

Addis Ababa, Colombo, Dhaka, and Kathmandu

USD 50

USD 70

Dubai, Singapore

USD 100

USD 120


GATE Exam Pattern 2020



Exam Duration

   3 hours (180 minutes)

Number of Questions


Total Marks


Questions Type

        There will be two question types:

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

  • Numerical Answer Type (NAT) Questions

Number of sections

GATE 2020 question paper will comprise of total 3 sections except for AR, CY, GG, EY, XL, PH and MA papers :

General Aptitude Engineering Mathematics (for XL papers it is Chemistry) Subject – Specific section

General Aptitude Section

The GATE paper will also consist of a compulsory General Aptitude (GA) section constituting of 10 questions. 5 of the questions among 10 will carry 1 mark and the rest 5 will carry 2 marks each. Therefore, the total marks for this section will be 15 marks.

Marking Scheme

MCQs carrying 1 mark each– 1/3 mark will be cut for every wrong answer.

MCQs carrying 2 marks – 2/3 mark will be cut for every incorrect response. There are no negative marking for Numerical Answer Type (NAT) questions


Analyze GATE syllabus: Start with analyzing the GATE syllabus. Start divide and Conquer, try to break the syllabus into sub-categories and do the same with each subject further. It will help you to prioritize subjects and important topics in each subject. After doing this, you will get a clear insight into where you stand and how far is left to cover. Analyzing syllabus will also help you to understand the important subjects and pattern of the GATE exam.

Start preparing today : Time is like money, so spend it wisely. The best time to start your GATE preparation is today, just after completing this read. Just pick one of the subjects you feel good and start the preparation. You may start with some easy and scoring subjects like DBMS, Operating Systems or Computer Networks(totally depends on the individual). After completing the first subject and its GATE questions, you can immediately pick the second subject. As soon as two subjects are completely covered, you will start feeling more confident.

After completing one subject, the immediately next task should be solving previously asked GATE questions of that subject. It will help you to uncover weak topics; try to recover those weak topics and resolve those questions.

Follow a disciplined schedule : Make a schedule and follow it at any cost, literally. Decide a fixed number of hours for your GATE preparation and complete it daily; remember, consistency is a compulsion here. Maybe print a calendar from the starting day to intended course completion day and stick it in front of your study table. Every day you complete those hours, mark the date with a green pen and do the same with red pen if you miss it.

Take running notes while studying: Note down the important points in the notebook while covering the topics. It will definitely help you in revisions. Decide one day in a week to revise one of your previously completed subjects and use your GATE notes here.

Subjects easy to score: There are few subjects which are easier to score, like Digital Logic, Mathematics and Aptitude. These three subjects cover 25-28% of complete GATE paper. Try not to leave these subjects uncovered as they are high scoring and will help to boost your GATE AIR.

Track your preparation periodically: Solve previous GATE questions for each subject. It will help you to recall and revise the subjects. We highly recommend giving the Sudo GATE subject-wise Test series since these tests are built on learning while solving approaches.

Revise and practice are keys to GATE: After completing each subject, start revising each subject thoroughly. Revise the subject then solve previous year GATE questions and take subject-wise tests. Remember, the only keys to score good AIR is to revise and practice more.

Take Mock Tests: At this final stage of preparation, practicing quality questions before attempting actual GATE will boost your confidence and improve your problem-solving speed. Nthexam has specially designed Sudo GATE Mock tests, which will help in boosting your GATE score. Questions in these Mock Test resemble GATE actual questions and will give the GATE aspirants trailer before the Film.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date for GATE 2020 result declaration?

GATE 2020 result will be declared on March 16, 2019, and scorecard will be available after a few days of declaration of result.

Can I get the application form through offline mode?

No, it will be released only through online mode.

Which test series is the best for GATE Computer Science 2020 exam?

Nthexam Best personalised test series is good for Gate computer science