GATE CSE Analysis 2021 (Available) – Check for CS 1, 2 Here

GATE CSE Analysis 2021 – GATE CS 2021 paper analysis is now available for sessions 1 and 2 here. The analysis covers the difficulty level of the paper, topics asked and their weightage, expected cutoff, etc. Last year the paper was moderate in difficulty level. This year the paper in the forenoon session was easy to moderate in overall difficulty level. Check below GATE 2021 CS analysis and updates below.

GATE CSE Analysis 2021

  • Exam Date – February 13, 2021
  • Time – 9.30 am to 12:30 pm | 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Subject Paper – Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
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GATE CSE Analysis 2021 – Afternoon Session

Difficulty level: The overall level of the GATE 2021 CS paper was difficult.

  • Number of MSQs: There were 13 MSQs
  • Number of NATs: There were 14 NATs
  • Number of MCQs: All aptitude questions were MCQs

Topics asked: Operating systems, discrete maths, algorithm, TOC

Weightage of the topics are as follows:


Check the video below for GATE CSE Afternoon analysis 2021 live by gradeup below:

GATE CSE Analysis 2021 – Forenoon Session

Check the initial analysis of GATE 2021 CSE paper as per the student reactions below:

Difficulty level: The paper was moderate. 50% direct concept based numerical were asked and 15% conceptual questions were there. There were 20% theoretical based questions.

Expected cutoff: 28-29 marks

  • Number of MSQs: There were 12 – 15 MSQs.
  • Number of NATs: There were 14 to 16 NATs.

Topics asked: TOC, Computer Network, TCPIP, IP Fragment, Computer Organisation, Memory Instruction Format, Data Structure, Recursion, Digital Logic, Discrete Mathematics.

A repeated question this year from the previous year:

True or False?
A. The SLR (1) grammars are unambiguous and there are some unambiguous grammars that are not SLR (1).
B. There exist at most O(n-1) algorithm to parse the CFG grammars at 

Weightage of the topics:

Topics1 marks questions2 marks questionsTotal marks
Data Structures238
Computer Organisations226
Digital Logic125
Computer Network238
Theory of Computation238
Compiler Design238
Operating Systems315
Discrete mathematics3411
Engineering mathematics226
General Aptitude5515

Check the video below for GATE CSE forenoon analysis 2021 live by gradeup below:

GATE CSE Updates 2021

12:30 pm: The GATE 2021 forenoon session is now over. Analysis and answer key will be available soon – check GATE 2021 CS answer key here.

12:15 pm: The forenoon session of GATE 2021 paper today will end at 12:30 pm.

12:00 noon: The GATE 2021 exam schedule for February 14, 2021 is as follows:

ME-1, XH14 Feb 202109.30 am to 12.30 pm – Forenoon
ME-2, MT14 Feb 202103.00 pm to 6.00 pm – Afternoon

11:45 am: The CS paper cutoff was same in the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The cutoff changed in 2019 and 2020. Check GATE past year cutoff – click here.

11:25 am: Once the exam is over coaching centers like The GATE Academy, GATE Forum, Made Easy, etc., will be issuing the GATE 2021 CSE answer key, analysis, and solutions.

11:15 am: On day 2 of the GATE 2021 exam, that is on February 7, 2021, a total of 79.63 percent of candidates attempted the paper in the morning session. On the other hand, 76.94 percent attendance recorded in the afternoon session.

11:00 am: There is negative marking in GATE 2021. The marking scheme is as follows:

Type of questionsFor correct answerFor wrong answers
MCQs – 2 marks questionsadd 2 marksdeduct 2/3 marks
MCQs – 1 marks questionsadd 1 marksdeduct 2/3 marks
NATs – 2 marks questionsadd 2 marksno negative marking
NATs – 1 marks questionsadd 1 marksno negative marking
MSQs – 2 marks questionsadd 2 marksno negative marking
MSQs – 1 marks questionsadd 1 marksno negative marking

10:45 am: Last year the official answer key of GATE 2021 was released 9 days after the exam was over. If that trend is followed this year too, then GATE 2021 official answer key can be declared by February 23, 2021. The response sheets and question papers will be also released officially. The response sheet will be available under the login of the candidates at GOAPS, but the answer key and question papers will be available as pdfs at

10:25 amGATE 2021 result will be declared on March 22, 2021.

10:15 am – GATE 2021 scores are used by the Public sector undertakings in India for recruitment. Also, the GATE 2021 scores will remain valid for 3 years that is in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

10:00 am – GATE 2021 paper analysis for CS shall be available soon after the exam is over. The analysis will be based on the initial student reactions and expert opinions.

9:40 am – GATE 2021 session 1 starts. The forenoon session will end at 12:30 pm and the afternoon session will start at 3:00 pm.

9:35 am – You can check answer key and analysis of exams held on February 6 and 7 – Click here

9:25 am – GATE 2021 exam schedule for 13 Feb 2021 is as follows:

Subject paperDatesTime
CS-1, MA, BT, CH, TF13 Feb 202109.30 am to 12.30 pm
CS-2, XE, XL13 Feb 202103.00 pm to 6.00 pm
ME-1, XH14 Feb 202109.30 am to 12.30 pm
ME-2, MT14 Feb 202103.00 pm to 6.00 pm

9:15 am – You can check below the cutoff of the CS paper from last 6 years below:

YearGATE CS paper cutoff
GATE CS paper cutoff
GATE CS paper cutoff
(SC / ST / PwD)

9:00 am – The candidates have reached the exam center. In the forenoon session, the papers that are scheduled to be held are CS, MA, BT, CH, TF. The CS paper will be held in the afternoon shift too.

Past Year GATE CS Paper Analysis

To get comparison of the paper from last year, below we have provided the analysis of CS paper from last year:

Overall difficulty of the paper: The overall difficulty level of the paper was Moderate

Weightage of the topics in the paper: The weightage of the topics in the paper is given in the table below:

TopicWeightageLevel of Ques1 marks ques + 2 marks Ques
Data Base Management Systems8%Average(2+3)
Digital Logic4%Average(2+1)
Theory of computation3%(1+1)
Computer Organization and Architecture14%(4+5)
Discrete Mathematics and Graph Theory10%Average(2+4)
Design and Analysis of Algorithm6%Average(2+2)
Programming and Data Structures9%Average(3+3)
Operating System10%(2+4)
Engineering Mathematics9%Average(1+4)
General Aptitude15%Easy(5+5)
Compiler Design8%Average(4+2)
Computer Networks4%Average(2+1)

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