GATE 2018 Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Question Paper, Answer Key & Paper Analysis

Last Updated - February 05 2018

GATE CSE Paper 2018 was successfully organized in on February 4. The session was held from 9:00 am to 12:00 hrs. The official response key for GATE Computer Science (CS) 2018 and questions papers will be announced after the GATE 2018 exam along with the notification of a time frame to raise objections with the proof.

GATE response keys are announced to make aspirants aware of the accurate responses and thus referred for evaluating GATE Scores. Based on official response keys, GATE Result is declared which is expected to be declared on March 17, 2018.

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The final response keys for GATE 2018 will be published after considering all the objections (if, raised by the aspirants) at www.gate.iitg.ac.in in 1st week of March. However, the response keys announced by coaching centers may differ from official GATE response keys. The unofficial GATE response keys are announced by coaching centers just after the organizing of the exam. Read on to know GATE CS Paper Analysis and unofficial response keys.

Paper Highlights Table of GATE CSE 2018

Paper CodeCS
Shift/Session09:00 – 12:00 hrs
No. of Questions65
Maximum Marks100
Types of QuestionsObjective (MCQs, NAT)
SectionsEngineering Mathematics, General Aptitude & Subject Specific

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How to calculate GATE 2018 Marks using response key?

The total marks equal the count of marks gained in the accurate responses and deduct the marks lost in inaccurate markings. The marking scheme of GATE CS Paper is offered below:

  • The NAT questions don’t have the provision of negative marking.
  • MCQs carrying 1 marks each, 1/3 marks would be deducted as a penalty for marking the wrong response.
  • For questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks would be deducted for marking an inaccurate response.

NAT Marks = Total marks (1 mark each question) + Total marks (2 marks each question)

Total Marks obtained for MCQs = [{+1(for each accurate response carrying 1 mark) – 1/3 (for each inaccurate response carrying 1 mark)} + {2 (for each accurate response carrying 2 marks) – 2/3 (for each inaccurate response carrying 2 marks)}]

GATE Marks= Marks obtained for MCQs + Marks obtained for NAT questions

Marks obtained in GATE and GATE Scores are two various entities. After the evaluation of responses, the raw marks (actual marks obtained in GATE) will be considered for calculating GATE Score.

GATE 2018 CSE paper

Aspirants can score well in the technical part of the question paper. Topics like Computer Networks, Operating Systems, DBMS, Verbal Ability and Numerical Ability were important and scoring. Questions in GATE 2018 CSE paper were conceptually based. Aspirants must have all the concepts concerned to the topics of the question paper complete and advisable to attempt 1 mark question first as they could be scoring.

Distribution of questions would be from all the topics listed below:

  • Computer Organization
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Computer Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • DBMS
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Computer Design
  • Data Structure and Algorithm
  • Digital Logic
  • Theory of Computation

GATE CSE 2018 Section Wise Analysis

Gate 2018 CSE question paper includes three sections that comprise Technical Section, General Aptitude, and Engineering Mathematics. The analysis of all the sections are elaborated below separately, based on earlier years’ GATE CSE question paper and announce syllabus by Indian Institute of Technology on the official website of GATE 2018:

  1. Technical Section:

The technical section of GATE 2018 question paper is the core subject as all the B.Tech. graduates would be appearing for the test. So, the questions from this section might carry more weight from the other two sections. It is expected to be the time-consuming section with the moderate difficulty level. Subtopics like data structure & algorithms, theory computation, computer networks and suchlike play a vital role to score high marks in the technical section.

  1. General Aptitude:

General aptitude is a section that is common in all GATE question papers. The difficulty level, however, is expected to be moderate to easy for this section. If exercised and studied well, this section could be less time consuming and easy to attempt.

  1. Engineering Mathematics:

Engineering mathematics is a subject that is introduced to students in their B. As per the analysis, the questions of this section could be moderate. It includes linear algebra, calculus, Differential equations, complex variables and numerical methods questions. Tech program. Students are advised to be very careful with their silly errors while attempting this section.


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