Ankur Gupta

In search of my destiny…

Ankur Gupta - In search of my destiny…

Books and Other Resources for GATE Computer Science, Part – 1

Hello friends! I hope your preparation for GATE is going well. This is a long time after I wrote my last post. In this post, I am writing about the books and other resources that I had followed while preparing for GATE Computer Science and I hope it may be useful for you also. Most of my notes are based on these resources and these will help you a lot if you are referring my notes. This is not the only material to be followed for the preparation of GATE Computer Science. I encourage you to follow mainly those books that you like. It’s just a suggestive list for all those who usually ask me which books to refer for GATE Exam.

1. Mathematical Logic, Set Theory & Algebra, Combinatorics

There are mainly two books that I had referred to prepare for the above topics:

  • Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications by Kenneth H. Rosen
  • Discrete Mathematics by Seymour Lipschutz & Marc Lars Lipson

First book is enough for most of the topics. For other topics that are either missing in the first book or you want to read them from some other book to make the concepts clear, you may use the second book.

2. Linear Algebra, Permutation, Combination, Probability, Calculus

i. For Linear Algebra, it’s advisable to study the matrices portion from the “Engineering Mathematics” book that you had studied in your B.Tech 1st year. You can also study my notes and then try solving the problems given in the book or in previous year GATE papers.

ii. For Permutation, Combination & Probability, I would suggest you to watch the video lectures from Khan Academy website. These lectures are really very nice. After watching these lectures, you should try to solve the problems given in the 12th class mathematics book. You can also solve the problems given in the above two books for Discrete Mathematics. These are the links of the video tutorials from Khan Academy:

iii. For Calculus, solve all the examples given in the 12th class mathematics book. You don’t need to spend much time over this.

3. Numerical Methods

Usually one simple question is asked from this subject. It would be fine if you remember few formulas, their properties and  then practice to apply those formulas on some problems. There are  just 2-3 pages dedicated to this portion in my notes, in which I have written the formulas and their properties. You should practice to applying those formulas on some simple problems. You can also refer the following book for more details:

  • Computer Based Numerical and Statistical Techniques by Manish Goyal

4. Graph Theory

In this subject, you are supposed to understand and remember all the results (Proofs and Lemmas). You can find most of those results in my notes. For detailed study, you can refer the following book:

  • Graph Theory with Applications to Engineering and Computer Science by Narsingh Deo

While studying, I recommend you to create the notes from whatever you have studied. It will help you later in revising.

PS: This is the end of the first part of my post on “Books and Resources for GATE Computer Science”. I will write the next part of this post within one week. Please keep checking my blog or like my page to get update about my next post. Thanks for giving your time in reading this post.

IISc Undergraduate Summer School on Computer Science

Today I am writing about Undergraduate Summer School on Computer Science which is being organized by Computer Science and Automation Department at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It’s a five day summer school on computer science which will be held at Department of Computer Science and Automation, IISc, Bangalore. It will introduce you to the cutting-edge research in computer science. Most of the undergraduate students usually have so many doubts and queries, about the research career, like:

  • What is research?
  • Where do I start?
  • Why should I do research?
  • I don’t want to become a professor.
  • I can easily get a job in an IT company.
  • …………………….

This summer school is going to give answers to all of your queries. It will contain talks and hands-on sessions by the department facultyresearch scholars and industry experts, covering theoretical, applied and modern aspects of computer science. It will be covering topics like Algorithms, Automata Theory, Compilers, Cryptography, Computer Security, Database Systems, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Machine Learning, Operating Systems.

In addition, participating students will have an opportunity to interact with students and faculties of the department. I am sure that if you come and attend this summer school, your views about research will change completely. It will be a unique experience for you to come and see this beautiful campus, with so much of natural beauty. Until I had joined this best research institute of India, I always wanted to visit this beautiful campus once in my life. Therefore, don’t waste your time and hurry up to fill the form online, because this kind of opportunity don’t knock your door frequently. This summer school is open to second and third year B.E./B.Tech students of Computer Science/Information Technology and the last date to apply is 28th Feb. So, Hurry up!!!

To register for the summer school: Click Here

For more information and queries, visit: Summer School Website

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Tip 4: Cone Method to Revise The Syllabus for GATE

करत करत अभ्यास के, जड़मति होत सुजान
रसरी आवत जात ते, सिल पर परत निसान
-Kabir Das


The syllabus of the GATE exam is very wide and it takes a lot of time to revise everything. Therefore I thought to tell you the method, used by me to revise my notes in GATE Computer Science 2012, which might help many of you. This method is very effective, specially if you have your hand written notes. I call this method as “Cone Method” and to make this method clear, I am representing it as an image. If you want to follow this method, then you will have to keep this image in your mind for next one month.

In this method, the vertical axis as given in the image, represents the days in bottom up manner, where the bottom of the cone represents the day one month before the GATE exam and the top of the cone represents the day just before the GATE exam. Now consider the horizontal cross section area of the cone as the time required to revise your complete syllabus once. Since the cross section area at the bottom is very large compared to the cross section area at the top, therefore as you reach towards the GATE exam date the time required to revise your complete syllabus will decrease gradually. Since the syllabus is very wide, you need to revise it in multiple iterations. Hence you start revising your complete syllabus and try to reduce the revision time as the date of the exam comes near. When you revise the syllabus for the first time, you might take 4-5 days to revise everything. But if you follow this approach and revise your complete syllabus multiple times, you will be able to revise it within 2-3 hours as the exam date comes near.

Now I will tell you the main benefit of doing this. I have been getting lots of messages from many of you asking me that in spite of knowing everything, you are not able to complete the exam within time, or you are making silly miskates. The reason is that while solving the questions, you spend most of your time in recalling the concepts. If these concepts are on your tips, which can happen if you follow this cone method, then you will not waste your time in recalling concepts and eventually you will be able to solve the complete exam before time.

Tip 1: Keep Your Mind Calm, Forget About Good Rank

Karmanein Vadhaka Rastey Maa Faaleshu Kadachan
-Bhagavad Gita

It means that perform your duty with generosity and forget what will be the outcome of that particular duty.

First part of this tip seems to be clear because you need to keep your mind calm to get better concentration. Now you will ask, “Why should I forget about getting a good rank?”. The answer to this question is very simple. Forgetting about a good rank is one of the ways to keep your mind calm. Just assume that you are happy with whatever rank you get. If you do this, you will be able to concentrate more on your preparation than your performance. I am asking just to forget about good rank, not about good preparation. Give your best to your preparation. This way you will be able to remove some of the useless thoughts from your mind and give your best performance in the exam.Usually it happens that even if our preparation is good, we make lots of mistakes in the exam. These mistakes happen either because of anxiety or because of overconfidence. Anxiety comes when you start thinking that what will happen if by chance you don’t get a good rank. Overconfidence comes when you start feeling that you will easily get a very good rank. In my view both of these situations are harmful for an ordinary student, because you will not be able to concentrate on the exam. You will be lost in these thoughts. If you assume in advance that you are not going to get a good rank, you will feel neither anxious nor over confident. Hence you will be able to get better concentration in the exam followed by a good rank which will open the doors of IISc/IITs for you.

GATE Preparation Tips

I have started writing this article to help GATE aspirants in getting a good rank. This article is written specially for ordinary students, since I was also a ordinary student and could get 54 rank in GATE Computer Science 2012. For me A.I.R. 54 and IISc were just beyond dreams, still I could make that happen.

In my view, to get a good rank in competition, your strategy is more important than your hard work and if you can work on both it becomes your smart work. This smart work is the key to your success.

Hard Work + Good Strategy = Smart Work

Every person has his own strategy to prepare for the competition and this strategy becomes the differentiator.
In next few blog posts, I will be writing about the strategy used by me while preparing for GATE-2012.