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Topic wise Weightage and Analysis of GATE 2012 CSE Paper

The overall impression which one gets from analyzing GATE-2012 CSE Paper is that in terms of the level of difficulty, it is same as that of the previous two years. The weight age given to subjects were more or less evenly distributed with a notable exception in case of Software engineering and Web Technologies where there were no questions. While there was no element of surprise in the difficulty level of the paper,the questions asked were tricky and misleading. The questions on Computer Networks in particular would lure the student into a trap of attempting them and spending a lot of time. In last few GATE papers, GA was given for 15 marks; Engineering Mathematics was given for 10 marks. But this time as specified in the GATE 2012 Information Brochure, GA and E.M both were given for 15 + 15 = 30 marks. The General Aptitude section of GATE 2012 provided much need avenues to increase overall GATE Score of the candidate. Most of the questions were easy or of Moderate Level of difficulty .A candidate who has put in the required effort in practicing General Aptitude can score upto (10-12) marks in this section and
this can go a long way in helping him meet the basic qualifying criteria. The candidates who found the level of difficulty of Engineering stream and Engineering Maths questions high would have gotthe much needed relief they were looking for in their quest to increase the GATE Score. A candidate scoring (50-55) can expect a rank of 1000 and below.

Core Subjects 1 Mark Qtns 2 Mark Qtns
Digital logic design 2 1
Computer organisation 1 2
programming and Data structure 1 4
Algorithms 4 3
Theory of computation 3 1
Compiler design 1 3
Operating systems 1 4
Databases 3 4
Software engineering 0 0
Computer networks 3 3
Web technologies 0 0
Total Marks 19 50
Engineering Maths 1 Mark Qtns 2 Mark Qtns
Linear Algebra 1 0
Calculus 1 0
Graph theory 1 2
Sets 0 1
Probability and Statistics 1 1
Numerical Methods 0 1
Mathematical logic 1 0
Total Marks 6 10
General Aptitude 1 Mark Qtns 2 Mark Qtns
Verbal Ability 4 4
Numerical Ability 1 1
Total Marks 5 10


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