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Am a B.E(CSE)2011-fresher.Am keen interested to study in IIT.Also am interested in distance education and part time courses.How can i join in IIT.Basicaly am came from a rural family.that's y am unable to know about GATE exams.i didn't write the GATE.What can i do?

Am a B.E(CSE)2011-fresher.Am keen interested to study in IIT.Also am interested in distance education and part time courses.How can i join in IIT.Basicaly am came from a rural family.that's y am unable to know about GATE exams.i didn't write the GATE.What can i do?

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bhanuveer danduboyina
95 Points
10 years ago


The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board-GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


Admission to postgraduate programmes with MHRD and some other Government scholarships/assistantships in engineering colleges/institutes is open to those who qualify in GATE examination.

Taking a cue from Indian Oil Corp (IOC), several other public-sector oil companies, barring Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), are looking at hiring engineers in entry-level positions based on the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). Last year, IOC, India’s largest fuel retailer, had recruited 200 engineers on the basis of their GATE scores.

GATE qualified candidates with Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture or Master's degree in any branch of Science/Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Applications are eligible for admission to Master's degree programmes in Engineering/Technology/Architecture as well as for Doctoral programmes in relevant branches of Science with MHRD or other government scholarships/assistantships.

To avail the scholarship, the candidate must secure admission to such a postgraduate programme, as per the prevailing procedure of the admitting institution. However, candidates with Master's degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture may seek admission to relevant Doctoral programmes with scholarship/assistantship without appearing in the GATE examination.

GATE qualification is also a minimum requirement to apply for various fellowships awarded by many Government organizations.

What to study ?    

     In this section i will list some textbooks which you can follow during your preparation , you need not limit to these only and go ahead with some more books that you like.

    1 . Mathematical Logic: Propositional Logic; First Order Logic.

        Set Theory & Algebra: Sets; Relations; Functions; Groups; Partial Orders; Lattice; Boolean Algebra.

        Textbook :  " Discrete Mathematics "  by Tremblay and Manohar .

   2 . Probability: Conditional Probability; Mean, Median, Mode and Standard Deviation; Random Variables; Distributions; uniform,  normal, exponential, Poisson, Binomial .

       Textbook :  " Probability , statistics and queuing theory " by S.C.Gupta & V.K.Kapoor 

    3 . Combinatorics: Permutations; Combinations; Counting; Summation; generating functions; recurrence relations; asymptotics.

       Textbook : " Intermediate Mathematics " , S.Chand publications  , authors : B.V.Sastry and K.Venkateswarlu 

                        " Higher Engineering Mathematics " by B.S.Grewal for generating functions and recurrence relations . ( Bessel's formula , Lagrangian Polynomial )

                        " Introduction to algorithms " - Cormen etal ( CLRS )  for recurrence relations and asymptotics 

   4 .  Graph Theory: Connectivity; spanning trees; Cut vertices & edges; covering; matching; independent sets; Colouring; Planarity; Isomorphism

       Textbook : " Intoduction to Graph Theory " by Narsing Deo

   5 .  Linear Algebra: Algebra of matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, Eigen values and Eigen vectors.

       Textbook : " Higher Engineering Mathematics " by B.S.Grewal 

   6 . Numerical Methods: LU decomposition for systems of linear equations; numerical solutions of non linear algebraic equations by Secant, Bisection and Newton-Raphson Methods; Numerical integration by trapezoidal and Simpson's rules.

       Textbook :  " Numerical Methods " - by S.S.Sastry  

   7 . Calculus: Limit, Continuity & differentiability, Mean value Theorems, Theorems of integral calculus, evaluation of definite & improper integrals, Partial derivatives, Total derivatives, maxima & minima.

        Textbook : " Intermediate Mathematics " , S.chand publications , authors : B.V.Sastry , K.Venkateswarlu 

   8 .  Formal Languages and Automata Theory: Regular languages and finite automata, Context free languages and Push-down automata, Recursively enumerable sets and Turing machines, Un-decidability;

        Textbook : " Formal Languages and Automata theory " , J.D.Ullman etal 

  9 . Analysis of Algorithms and Computational Complexity: Asymptotic analysis (best, worst, average case) of time and space, Upper and lower bounds on the complexity of specific problems, NP-completeness.

        Textbook :  " Introduction to algorithms " - Cormen etal ( CLRS )

                          " Computer Algorithms " - Horowitz and Sahani

                          A very good textbook on " Algorithms " coming soon from Dr.M.N.Seetaramanth ( Tata Mc Graw Hill publications ) 

   10 .  Digital Logic: Logic functions, Minimization, Design and synthesis of Combinational and Sequential circuits; Number representation and Computer Arithmetic (fixed and floating point);

         Textbook : " Digital Logic circuits and Design " by Morris Mano 

    11 .  Computer Organization: Machine instructions and addressing modes, ALU and Data-path, hardwired and micro-programmed control, Memory interface, I/O interface (Interrupt and DMA mode), Serial communication interface, Instruction pipelining, Cache, main and secondary storage.

          Textbook : " Computer Organisation " by Morris Mano

                           " Computer Architecture " by Briggs and 2 chinese authors  ( blue cover pad )   { for pipelining  } 

     12 .    Data structures: Notion of abstract data types, Stack, Queue, List, Set, String, Tree, Binary search tree, Heap, Graph;

           Textbook :  " Data structures "  Schaumm's outline series

                             " Data structures in  PASCAL "  by Horowitz and Sahani

                             " Data structures and Algorithms " by Weiss etal

                             " Introduction to algorithms " - Cormen etal ( CLRS )

     13 .    Programming Methodology: C programming, Program control (iteration, recursion, Functions), Scope, Binding, Parameter passing, Elementary concepts of Object oriented, Functional and Logic Programming

           Textbook :  " Programming with C " - Byron Gottfried  , Schaumm's outline series

                                  " Principles of Programming Languages " by Robert W Sebesta, Addison Wesley

                                  " Programming with C++ " - Balaguruswamy 

     14 .  Algorithms for problem solving: Tree and graph traversals, Connected components, Spanning trees, Shortest paths; Hashing, Sorting, Searching; Design techniques (Greedy, Dynamic Programming, Divide-and-conquer);          

           Textbook :  " Data structures "  Schaumm's outline series

                                 " Data structures in  PASCAL "  by Horowitz and Sahani

                                 " Computer Algorithms " - Horowitz and Sahani

                                 " Data structures and Algorithms " by Weiss etal

                                 " Introduction to algorithms " - Cormen etal ( CLRS ) 

       15 .  Compiler Design: Lexical analysis, Parsing, Syntax directed translation, Runtime environment, Code generation, Linking (static and dynamic);

         Textbook :  " Principles of Compiler Design " , Aho , Ullman  etal .

                              " Systems Programming " by John . J . Donovan 

      16 . Operating Systems: Classical concepts (concurrency, synchronization, deadlock), Processes, threads and Inter-process communication, CPU scheduling, Memory management, File systems, I/O systems, Protection and security.

           Textbook :  " Operating system concepts " by Abraham Silberschatz and Peter Galvin

                               " Advanced Unix Programming "  by  W. Richard . Stevens

                               " Advanced Unix Programming "  by  N.B.Venkateswarlu  , BPB publications 

       17 . Databases: Relational model (ER-model, relational algebra, tuple calculus), Database design (integrity constraints, normal forms), Query languages (SQL), File structures (sequential files, indexing, B+ trees), Transactions and concurrency control;

         Textbook :  " Database Management systems " - Raghu RamaKrishnan

                               " Database system concepts " - Silberschatz , Korth , Sudarshan

                               " Database systems " - C.J.Date {normalisation is very lucidly written }

                               " Principles of Database Systems " - J.D.Ullman { This is a very good book}

        18 .  Computer Networks: ISO/OSI stack, sliding window protocol, LAN Technologies (Ethernet, Token ring), TCP/UDP, IP, Basic concepts of switches, gateways, and routers.

            Textbook : " Computer Networks " - Tenenbaum

                                 " Data communications and Networking " - William Stallings


     Some more important books :

     " Multiple choice questions " - Timothy . J . Williams  , TMH publications

     " Gate Question Papers " - G.K.Publishers  { follow it only for questions , answers are all wrong in it }


     How to study ? 

Three golden words : Read the subject by posing questions " What " , " How " and " Why " . Always stress to analyze the things by working out on the paper and don't take anything for granted, then things would be fine for you and life will be smooth.

  * Follow standard textbooks, read the concepts , understand them , think about how they would be useful and can be applied practically ( what , how , why ) . Try to work out the exercise problems given at the back of each chapter in the textbook ( once again not all , only those which you feel like useful for your preparation , there is no point in wasting your time over 3 starred problems ) . Read two different subjects in parallel so that you wont feel bored .  Try to answer the questions related to a subject after you finish studying it from both " Multiple choice questions " book by williams and questions from all the previous papers related to that subject . This would give you some insight on the GATE questions and build your confidence as well .

  ** Another thing is that don't worry whether i can do well in GATE as my percentage in university exams is very less , for people who think like that let me clarify  your university percentage has nothing to do with GATE both of them are entirely different ball games all together . The student with good basics , understanding , application will definitely succeed irrespective of the percentage . one more thing is , don't worry even if it was too late to start the preparation for one reason or the other , i tell you 2 months is more than enough for the preparation of the CS paper even if you have not studied much for your university exams .

  *** One important note to the undergraduates , see you believe it or not these 4 years of your B.Tech are the best days of your entire life so enjoy them to the fullest , bunking the classes and going to movies , roaming with  friends , going to second show movies , playing cricket , getting ragged by the seniors and ragging your juniors etc ... . Studies is only part of life , it is not everything in life , there are many more beautiful things in life so , don't miss them ( you cannot reuse time unlike space right )        


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