GATE CSE Preparation Strategy 2021 – Study Plan, Timetable, Important Topics, Best Books

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: November 18, 2020 | GATE

How to Prepare for GATE CSE 2021? This is the basic question that ever CSE aspirant of GATE has. CollegeDekho has come up with a detailed preparation strategy & study plan for GATE CSE.

GATE CSE Preparation Strategy

GATE CSE 2021 – Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the most competitive papers in the GATE examination. Most of the candidates aspiring to appear for GATE 2021 in CSE must start the exam preparation in advance so that he/ she can achieve a better score/ rank. Usually, most aspirants look for a long-term preparation plan for GATE CSE, and it may be either six months/ three months. In order to achieve the best score/ rank, a six-month preparation strategy is an advisable option. CollegeDekho has come up with a preparation strategy or study plan for GATE CSE 2021 along with the timetable and important topics.

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GATE CSE Syllabus 2021

Before starting the exam preparation for GATE CSE, it is advisable to check the syllabus so that you can plan the revision accordingly. You can download the syllabus for GATE CSE in PDF format by clicking on the link below –

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GATE CSE Division of Syllabus for Six-Month Preparation

It is always advisable to divide the syllabus for exam preparation so that you can make a study plan accordingly. At the same time, referring to the syllabus will help you identify the number of chapters that must be covered.

Total No. of Subjects

3 (Engineering Mathematics, General Mathematics and Computer Science & IT)

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in Engineering Mathematics

04

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in General Aptitude

02

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in Computer Science and IT

09

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered (All Subjects)

15

Out of the three subjects, the candidates will have to give more preference for Computer Science & IT, as the core subject will have more weightage.

GATE CSE Subject Wise Sub Topics

The total number of sub-topics that a candidate must cover in each subject can be checked below.

Name of the Chapter

*Total No. of Sub Topics to be Covered (Refer Syllabus PDF for Sub Topics Names)

Digital Logic

04

Computer Organization and Architecture

06

Programming and Data Structures

08

Algorithms

11

Theory of Computation

05

Compiler Design

05

Operating System

08

Databases

11

Computer Networks

16

Discrete Mathematics

12

Linear Algebra

05

Calculus

05

Probability

08

Verbal Ability

07

Numerical Ability

04

Total No. of Sub Topics

115

*The total no. of subtopics mentioned in the table above is prepared on the basis of syllabus specified for GATE CSE. The above number may be tentative and the same can undergo changes. If any changes, the same will be updated here.

GATE CSE Six-Month Study Plan/ Timetable

Before referring to the six-month study plan/ timetable for GATE CSE, please note that a candidate must give preference to those topics/ chapters which he/ she is not good/ well versed. Learning new concepts may take time. The below timetable is just for the referential purpose, and you can tweak the same as per your requirement.

Total No. of Days for Exam Preparation

180 Days (Six Months)

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered (All Subjects)

15

Total No. of Sub Topics

115

Suggest No. of Hours Per Day

3 Hours

*Total No. of Days to be Allocated to Each Chapter

7 Days

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in a Month

4 Chapters

Total No. of Days/ Months to Complete All Chapters

4 Months

No. of Days Left for Exam

120 Days

Practising Mock Test, Sample Papers/ Old Papers

100 Days

Total No. of Practice Tests Per Day

1

Last Minute Revision

20 Days

*The total number of days allocated to each chapter depends on the difficulty level of the respective chapter. The allocation can be tweaked as per the candidate’s requirement.

It is advisable to make short notes of each chapter so that it will help you with the last minute preparation.

The above six-month strategy or plan for GATE CSE will be practically possible if you allocate at least 3 hours for exam preparation per day. It is always better to focus on regular preparation rather than devoting time for the same in weekends.

GATE CSE Division of Syllabus for Three-Month Preparation

When you are preparing for an entrance exam like GATE in three months, it is important to give allocate more time for the exam preparation. The division of syllabus is same as six-month preparation.

Engineering Mathematics

4 Chapters

General Aptitude

2 Chapters

Computer Science & IT

9 Chapters

GATE CSE Three-Month Study Plan/ Timetable (90 Days)

Before referring to the three-month study plan, please note that the primary importance must be given to chapters that you are not well versed. Depending on the topic-wise weightage, you will have to plan your preparation accordingly. The timetable for GATE CSE mentioned below is only for the referential purpose, and the same can be alternated or tweaked as per your requirement.

Total No. of Days for Exam Preparation

90 Days (Three Months)

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered (All Subjects)

15

Total No. of Sub Topics

115

Suggest No. of Hours Per Day

4 Hours

*Total No. of Days to be Allocated to Each Chapter

3 ½ Days

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in a Week

2 Chapters

Total No. of Chapters to be Covered in a Month

8 Chapters

Total No. of Days/ Months to Complete All Chapters

2 Months

No. of Days Left for Exam

30 Days

Practising Mock Test, Sample Papers/ Old Papers

25 Days

Total No. of Practice Tests Per Day

1

Last Minute Revision

5 Days

*The difficulty level of the chapter must be taken into consideration in terms of the number of days allocated for the same.

You will have to study for at least 4 hours a day to make the above strategy practically possible.

GATE CSE One-Month (30-Day) Revision Plan

When you want to prepare for GATE CSE exam in 30 days, please make sure that the focus should be on revising the syllabus rather than learning new concepts. Your short notes play a vital role in 30-day revision. The 30-day revision plan for GATE CSE is as follows –

Total No. of Days for the Exam

30 Days

Suggest No. of Hours to Revise Per Day

3-4 Hours

Total No. of Chapters to be Revised Per Day

01

Total Revision Completes in

15 Days

Total No. of Days for Mock Tests/ Practice Tests

14 Days

Last Minute Revision

1 Day

GATE CSE Most Important Topics & Weightage

According to the previous trends, candidates can expect at least 25% of questions from DBMS and Computer N/W, while the other topics/ chapters will have 20% weightage each. You can click on the link available under syllabus to check the chapter wise weightage.

Best Books for GATE CSE 2021

Here is the list of some of the best books for GATE CSE 2021 –

Digital Logic and Computer Design by Morris Mano

Computer Organization & Architecture by Hamacher, Zaky and Vranesic

Database System Concepts by Korth, Sudarshan and Silberschatz

Computer Networking – A Top-Down Approach by Keith W Ross and James F Kurose

Introduction to Algorithms by Thomas H Cormen

Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta

Apart from the books mentioned above, you will have to refer CSE books of B.Tech (all semesters) so that it will help to prepare for the exam effectively. You can also look for other books available in the market/ e-commerce platforms apart from the list mentioned above.

We hope that this article has helped you in planning a strategy for GATE CSE exam preparation. All the Best!

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