GATE Computer Engineering (CS) Exam 2023

Everything You Need to Know About GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Exam

Everything You Need to Know About GATE Computer Science Exam 2023

IIT Kanpur will conduct the GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering exam in the 1st or 2nd week of February. Thorough knowledge of pattern and syllabus will help you prepare even better for your exam.

Students can review this log before their exam preparation as it helps them know everything they need to know about GATE Computer Science Exam 2023.

1. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Exam Latest News & Notification

IIT Kanpur administrates the GATE CSE exam 2023. Students can check the official website in the first week of September 2022 for the official notification. Aspirants can refer to the table below to know the latest updates.

Announcement of result Mar 17, 2023
Answer Key Feb 21, 2022
GATE 2023 Schedule Available now
Registration process October 3
Admit Card release date Jan 15, 2023
Registration will begin Sep 2, 2022

2. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Important Dates

The tentative schedule for GATE 2023 has been declared by the IIT Kanpur. The GATE Computer Science Engineering exam will be conducted in the first or second week of February. Check the important dates from the below list and prepare for the exam accordingly.

Events  Dates (Tentative)
GATE 2023 Notification 1st week of September 2022
GATE 2023 Announcement date for registration 1st week of September 2022
Last date to register for GATE 2023 2nd week of October 2022
GATE 2023 Correction Form 2nd week of November 2022
GATE 2023 Admit Card 1st week of January 2023
GATE 2023 Exam Conducted On 1st and 2nd week of February 2023
GATE 2023 Answer Key 2nd week of March 2023
GATE 2023 Result 3rd week of March 2023
GATE 2023 Counselling 1st week of May 2023

3. GATE Computer Science Engineering 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The conducting authority IIT Kanpur has released the eligibility criteria, tentative dates, and exam notification. Therefore, candidates can check them and continue to apply for the GATE CSE exam.

  • Minimum Educational Qualification: 10th, 12th, an undergraduate degree holder and the students in the third year of their degree are eligible.
  • Degree Requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Technology, or Post Graduation in the relevant specialization.
  • Age Limit: No upper age limit
  • Nationality: Indian, Foreign or NRI

GATE CSE 2023 Requirement for Foreign or NRI Students

International students can actively attempt the GATE CSE exam by meeting the following requirements.

  • Candidates must hold the bachelor's degree in Engineering and Technology.
  • An undergraduate currently in the third or final year of the relevant course can apply.

4. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Exam Pattern Overview

The GATE exam is conducted for 3 hours, and the exam paper has a total of 65 questions for 100 marks. Candidates can check the question type, marking scheme, and the weightage from the table below.

Particulars Details
Examination Mode Online - Computer-Based Test
No. of Questions 65
Total Marks 100
Question Types MSQs
Exam Duration 3 Hours (180 Minutes)
Number of Sections 3 (General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics, Computer Science Engineering Topics)
Section-wise Weightage General Aptitude - 15 Marks
Engineering Mathematics - 15 Marks
Technical Subjects - 70 Marks
Marking Scheme 1Marks/ 2 Marks for each correct answer

5. GATE Computer Science Engineering 2023 Exam Sections

GATE Computer Science 2023 exam paper is divided into three sections:

  • General Aptitude
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Technical Subject (Computer Science)

Know the subject-wise weightage from this table.

GATE Electrical 2023 - Section Number of Questions Marks
General Aptitude 10 15
Engineering Mathematics 10 15
Computer Science Engineering Subjects 45 70
Total: 65 100

6. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Marking Scheme

Check the marking system for different types of GATE questions here:

Question types Mark Allotment Negative Marking
MCQs Either 1 or 2 Marks 1/3 Marks for 1 Mark Questions
2/3 Marks for 2 Mark Questions
MSQs Either 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking
NATs Either 1 or 2 Marks No Negative Marking

7. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Question Types

As mentioned previously, GATE Computer Science Engineering exam has three question types: MCQ, MSQ, and NAT.

Multiple Choice Questions: For this question type, candidates can pick a correct answer from the provided 4 options.

Multiple Select Questions: For this question type, candidates can select multiple correct answers from the provided options.

Numerical Answer Types: Candidates must enter a numerical value answer.

8. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Questions

The GATE Computer paper has the following types of questions. Have a look at them and know the nature of the questions.

The GATE Computer paper has the following types of questions. Have a look at them and know the nature of the questions.

Comprehension: This question type will cover the fundamental ideas of electrical engineering topics through which the students will choose a simple conclusion.

Recall: This question type is based on the formulas you have learned in the topics. You need to solve the answer using the appropriate formulas.

Application: Logical reasoning or computation problems will come under the application question type.

Analysis: In this type, you will be asked to analyze your given data and conclude based on synthesis.

Linked Answer Question: In this question type, you will be asked a pair of interlinked questions. The mark allotment for these types of questions is 2 marks.

Common Data Problems:  In this question, various problems are coordinated with common data through which there can be a unique solution for such questions.

9. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Syllabus

Make a proper study plan and start your preparation by knowing your basic syllabus. Students can check the below table to know the topics covered in each division of the syllabus. You can also a take a printout of the whole syllabus from here.

Sections Topics included in the syllabus
Engineering Mathematics Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
Digital Logic Combinational and sequential circuits, Boolean algebra, and Minimization.
Computer Organization and Architecture Addressing modes and Machine instructions. Data path, ALU, and control unit. Pipeline hazards, Instruction pipelining. Memory hierarchy.
Programming and Data Structures Programming in C. Arrays, queues, linked lists, stacks, binary heaps, binary search trees, graphs, and recursion
Algorithms Searching, hashing, sorting. Asymptotic worst-case time and space complexity. Algorithm design techniques: Dynamic programming, greedy, divide and conquer. Minimum spanning trees, graphs traversals, and shortest paths.
Theory of Computation Regular expressions and finite automata. Pumping lemma, regular and context-free languages. Turing machines and undecidability.
Compiler Design Parsing, lexical analysis, runtime environments, syntax-directed translation, Local optimization, Intermediate code generation, Data flow analysis.
Operating System System calls, inter-process communication, processes, concurrency, threads, and synchronization. CPU and I/O scheduling. File systems. Deadlock. Memory management and virtual memory.
Databases Relational algebra and tuple calculus. ER model. SQL, normal forms, and Integrity constraints. Indexing. File organization. Transactions and concurrency control.
Computer Networks Concept of layering: TCP/IP and OSI protocol stacks. Application layer protocols: HTTP, SMTP, DNS, FTP, Email. Datalink layer: error detection, framing, Ethernet bridging, Medium Access Control. Basics of packet, virtual circuit switching, and circuit. Basics of IP support protocols (DHCP, ARP ICMP), Network Address Translation (NAT). Transport layer: UDP, TCP, sockets, flow control, and congestion control.

10. Weightage of Different Sections in Previous Years' GATE Computer Science Engineering Exam

Knowing the subject-wise weightage list allows you to understand the section that will get you high marks if you concentrate and prioritize well. Take the weightage list from the descending order and complete the entire syllabus.

IIT Kanpur will release the subject-wise weightage for 2023 soon. Meanwhile, the candidates can check the previous years' subject's weightage list here.

Topics Weightage GATE CS 2021 Weightage GATE CS 2020 Weightage GATE CS 2019 Weightage GATE CS 2018
General Aptitude 15 15 15 15
Engineering Mathematics 6 5 6 7
Discrete Mathematics 11 10 7 12
Digital Logic 5 4 9 4
Computer Organization and Architecture 6 11 3 11
Programming and Data Structures 8 12 12 10
Algorithms 12 6 7 7
Theory of Computation 8 9 7 7
Compiler Design 8 4 6 6
Operating System 5 10 10 10
Databases 8 8 8 4
Computer Networks 8 6 10 7

11. Reference Books for GATE Computer Science Engineering 2023

Students require suitable books to prepare for the GATE CSE exam. Some students refer to multiple books to cover the topic-wise syllabus. Here are some reference books along with the name of the author and the topics covered.

Topics Name of the Book Author
Algorithm Introduction to Algorithms Thomas H. Cormen
TOC (Theory of Computation) An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata Peter Linz
Computer Organization and Architecture COA William Stallings
Operating System Operating System Concepts Galvin
Computer Networks Computer Networks
Networks by Fourozon
Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall
Database Management Systems Database System Concepts Henry Korth
Discrete Mathematics Discrete Mathematics and its Applications Kenneth H Rosen
Digital Logic and Number representation Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals Morris Mano

12. GATE Computer Science Engineering Previous Year Question Papers

Given below are the PDF links for the previous years' computer science question paper. The candidates can download the paper and practice them to analyze the scores. This helps the individuals understand how well they have prepared for the exam.

Exam Year Question Paper
2021 Session 1: Download PDF
Session 2: Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2017 Session 1: Download PDF  
Session 2: Download PDF

13. Previous Year GATE CSE Question Paper Analysis

Candidates can check the previous year GATE computer science question paper analysis to know all about the difficulty level, the total number of questions asked in each question type, the highest mark weightage, and more.


  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough
  • Total Number of MSQs: 15
  • Total Number of MCQs: 32
  • Total Number of NAT: 18
  • The highest mark weightage was given to Computer Networks.
  • The General aptitude was tough.
  • The quantitative aptitude questions were Moderate.
  • The topics with the maximum number of questions were asked from Computer Organization, Computer Networks, and Theory of Computation.


  • Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Total Number of MSQs: 12
  • Total Number of NAT: 14-16
  • The highest mark weightage was given to Algorithms and Discrete Mathematics.
  • The General aptitude was Easy.
  • The Engineering mathematics was Easy.
  • 50% of questions were directly conceptual based, 20% were conceptual questions, and 15% were theoretical questions.


  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Tough
  • Total Number of MCQs: 32
  • Total Number of MSQs: 15
  • Total Number of NAT: 18
  • The highest mark weightage was given to Operating System and Theory of Computation.
  • The Engineering Mathematics and General aptitude section were Easy.
  • Most of the questions were theoretical and conceptual.

14. GATE Computer Science Engineering Cutoff Over the Years

Candidates can refer to the below table to know the previous years' cutoff. This helps one understand the cutoff trends over the years and the admission possibilities to eminent institutions.

Year General OBC SC/ST/PH
2020 28.5 25.6 19.0
2019 29.5 26.6 19.7
2018 25 22.5 16.6
2017 25 22.5 16.6
2016 25 22.5 16.6
2015 25 22.5 16.67
2014 25 22.25 16.67
2013 25 22.25 16.67

15. How to Apply for the GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Exam?

Students can fill out the application form for GATE 2023 CS through the GOAPS website. You can follow the listed steps to apply the form successfully.

  • To register for the GATE 2023 CSE exam, candidates must first register as a New User.
  • Visit the GOAPS website and log in using the credential id and the password after registration.
  • Candidates can start filling out the application form. Select the number of papers to attempt the exam.
  • (Note: A candidate can undertake maximum 2 papers)
  • Select the paper as the primary and the corresponding paper as a secondary paper.
  • Choose maximum three exam centers corresponding to your location.
  • Provide personal details like name, date of birth, father's name, phone number, email ID, address, nationality, and gender.
  • Provide university details like name of university/college, university registration or college roll number, etc.,
  • Upload your signature, photo, ID proof, and select submit.
  • The final step is to pay the application fee.

16. GATE Computer Science Engineering Admit Card Overview

IIT Kanpur has announced the release date of admit card on the 1st week of January 2023. Candidates can actively download the admit card by visiting the official GOAPS website. The following steps can help you download the admit card.

  • Visit the GATE official website.
  • Enter the login details and choose Download GATE admit card.
  • Download the admit card.
  • Save the admit card and take a printout to appear for the GATE IN exam 2023.

The following details will be listed in the GATE admit card

Have a look at the sample admit card.

  • Name of the candidate
  • me of the Candidate
  • GATE Exam Paper Code
  • GATE Exam Date
  • Exam Centre Code
  • Exam Duration
  • Candidate's Photo
  • Candidate's Signature

17. GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering Results

The GATE 2023 CSE results will be out in the 3rd week of March 2023. Candidates can visit the website and use the login credentials to check the result. A qualified candidate can download the scorecard for future references, which is valid for 3 years from the date. Refer to the below steps to download the scorecard.

  • Visit the GOAPS website.
  • Log in using your id and password.
  • Click the GATE 2023 scorecard tab.
  • Click the download option and take the printout of the result

The following information will be available on the GATE scorecard

  • Name of the candidate
  • Registration number of GATE 2023.
  • Gender of the candidate.
  • Name of paper.
  • GATE Score (out of 1000).
  • Total Marks acquired for 100.
  • Validity of GATE scorecard.
  • All India Rank of the entrants.
  • Qualifying GATE marks for category-wise system
  • The number of candidates who appeared in the exam.

Take a look at the sample scorecard.

18. What is the Scope After GATE 2023 Computer Science Engineering?

For higher education, GATE score is a mandatory requirement to get enlisted in top institutes. Let us see what the other options are that one can avail.

Career opportunities in PSU

Some PSUs like IOCL, BARC, BHEL, DRDO, NHPC, etc., recruit qualified candidates on the basis of the GATE score. One can get selected for posts like a technician, trainee, etc., with lucrative salary packages, better work-life, benefits of electricity at a subsidiary rate, and more.

Master's degree after GATE

Career opportunity is not the only option you got. One can pursue higher education in top universities IIT, NIT, or IISc through the valid GATE score. Candidates who prefer to study abroad can join the institutes like NTU, NUS, and TU Munich that accept GATE scores for the post-degree programs.

Research opportunities

After the completion of M. tech courses, one can also opt for Junior and Senior Research Fellowship in CSIR with a valid GATE score. You can earn a reasonable stipend during the research period.

19. GATE Computer Science Engineering Exam FAQs

Here are some of the questions the candidate mostly searched for. Have a look at them to get a clear understanding of the exam.

Every topic from GATE CSE syllabus is vital to score good grades. Some of the topics that you need to concentrate on include.
  • Digital Logic
  • Operating Systems
  • Compiler Design
  • Programming and DATE Structures
  • Theory of Computation
  • Mathematics
  • Algorithm Design Techniques
  • Deadlock
  • General Aptitude - 15 Marks
  • Engineering Mathematics - 15 Marks
  • Technical Subjects (CSE))- 70 Marks
The following will be the nature of the questions that are asked to evaluate the candidate's abilities.
  • Application
  • Analysis
  • Comprehension
  • Recall
  • Synthesis
GATE 2023 CSE cutoff for admission is determined by the institutes after the admission process. A candidate can know their admission chances in various institutes depending upon the cutoff that is determined by:
  • Number of Seats.
  • Total number of applicants.
  • Difficulty level of the exam.
  • Previous year cutoff trends.
  • Cutoff determination for the equivalent category.
No, you need to study the entire syllabus to get high scores. Once completing the whole syllabus, you can also practice previous years' question paper to understand the paper pattern, overall difficulty, and more.

To conclude

We hope all the information regarding the GATE 2023 CSE exam is clear and detailed. Start your preparation by formulating a study plan, collecting the best books suggested, practicing mock tests, and answering previous year questions. Get qualifying score by analyzing the topics with maximum weightage, cut-off score, and prep tactics.

All the Best!!

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