GATE CSE Preparation Technique for Non-CSE Students

  • 10 Oct, 2022
  • Sudarshan T
GATE CSE Preparation Technique for Non-CSE Students

The GATE CSE exam is the most preferred competitive exam, and many students take part in it, including non-CSE students. Usually, non-CSE students get worried as they don't have detailed knowledge about the subject compared to CSE students.

To score high marks, it is crucial to know how to prepare for the GATE computer science exam. This article helps non-CSE students to turn down their concerns and provides a successive method to prepare for the GATE CSE exam.

1. Join a GATE CSE Coaching Institute

As a non-CSE student, you might not have a thorough knowledge of the CSE topics. To know the concepts well, joining a well-instructed coaching institute is the initial requirement for the candidates.

It supports learners with reliable guidance as the trainer makes you acknowledge the topic practically. Attend a complete course to understand the technical concept and prepare for the GATE CSE exam.

2. Analysis of the GATE CSE Exam Pattern

The important step to prepare for the GATE CSE exam is to analyze the exam pattern thoroughly. It is essential to know the details like total marks, types of questions, section-wise weightage, and more.

Exam Pattern Particulars


Total Questions


Total Marks


Types of questions

  • MSQ
  • MCQ
  • NAT

Number of Sections

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Technical Topics (CSE)

Sectional Weightage

General Aptitude - 15%

Engineering Mathematics -15%

Technical Topics (CSE) - 70%

Marking Scheme

1 and 2 Marks

3. Know the Syllabus

Knowing the syllabus is crucial to cracking the GATE CSE exam. Utilize this list to cover all the 11 sections of the syllabus. Ensure not to ignore the mandatory sections - General Aptitude and Engineering Mathematics. Refer this page to know all subtopics of the syllabus.

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Digital Logic
  • Theory of Computation
  • Computer Networks
  • Programming and Data Structures
  • Operating System
  • Algorithms
  • Databases
  • Compiler Design

4. Prepare a Schedule

From a detailed GATE CSE syllabus, you can create a study schedule without difficulty. As per the trainer's instructions, you can take high-priority concepts with sufficient time to complete them first.

You can allot each day to cover each section which allows you to track the schedule effectively. It also helps to find out the stronger and weaker subject areas. Prioritize the weaker concepts and pay attention to them without neglecting. Don't forget to allot 15-minute breaks in the study schedule.

5. Check Previous Years' Cutoff Marks

Candidates need to analyze the previous year's GATE CSE cutoff list to understand the past year's trends and admission possibilities to various institutions. Below are the category-wise GATE CSE cutoff marks.

























6. Select the Right Set of Books

The selection of books plays a significant part in preparing for the GATE CSE exam. Go to the library and refer to multiple books but select the one having concise information and simple language. Or you can simply follow the reference material suggested by your coaching institute trainer.

Here are some of the best books for the GATE CSE Exam.

  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
  • Computer Architecture - A Quantitative Approach by Hennessy and Patterson
  • Digital Design by Morris Mano
  • Computer Networks by Peterson & Davie
  • The C Programming language by Dennis Richie
  • Classic Data Structures by Debasis Samanta
  • Operating System Concepts by Galvin
  • Operating Systems by Stallings
  • Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen
  • Data Structures & Algorithms by R.S. Salaria
  • Database System Concepts by Henry. F. Korth
  • Normalization and indexing by Shamkant B. Navathe

7. Revise Frequently

Enhance your preparation by revising the concepts frequently. It helps students to recall the subject, increases their confidence, reduces anxiety, and more. You can create a separate timetable to revise all 11 sections.

If you have two months to prepare for the exam, allot three days to complete a chapter. You will have to study for a minimum of 5 hours. Following the routine, you can complete all the chapters in a month. Allot 25 days to practice mock tests and sample papers. Schedule last-minute revision for 5 days to master the exam.


We hope this article gives a non-CSE student like you a clear idea of the GATE Computer Science exam preparation strategies. Concentrate on the important topics and complete the syllabus before the exam.

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