Important Topics in Theory of Computation

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

Theory of Computation comes under the core subjects of Computer Science. This subject carries a good amount of weightage in the GATE exam and all PSU’s exams and also this subject is quite scoring. So, here in this article, we are going to provide a list of important topics on this subject. While preparing for this subject, we advise you to not miss any of these topics because they are asked for the maximum time in GATE and other exams. 

Topic in Theory of Computation

Regular Expressions

  • Properties of Regular Expressions
  • Arden’s Theorem

Finite Automata

  • Finding the minimum number of states
  • Minimizing a DFA
  • NFA to DFA conversion
  • Complementing a DFA
  • Reversing a DFA
  • Myhill – Nerode Theorem
  • Pumping Lemma for Regular Languages
  • Compound Automata
  • Mealy and Moore Machines


  • Identifying regular
  • Identifying CFL
  • Identifying DCFL
  • Identifying CSL


  • 4 types of grammars
  • Chomsky Normal Form
  • Ambiguity Test


  • Closure Properties
  • Decidable Properties

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