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GATE Syllabus 2017 (CE/CS/CH/EC/EE/ME/PI) GATE Engineering Syllabi PDF|Recruitment, Result, Application Form, Admit Card

Section 1: Engineering Mathematics
Linear Algebra

Matrix algebra,
Systems of linear equations,
Eigen values and eigenvectors


Functions of single variable,
continuity and differentiability,
Taylor series,
Mean value theorems,
Evaluation of definite and improper integrals,
Partial derivatives,
Total derivative,
Maxima and minima, Gradient,
Divergence and Curl,
Vector identities,
Directional derivatives,
Line, Surface and Volume integrals,
Gauss and Green’s theorems.

Differential equations

First order equations (linear and nonlinear),
Higher order linear differential equations with constant coefficients,
Cauchy’s and Euler’s equations,
Initial and boundary value problems,
Laplace transforms,
Solutions of one dimensional heat and wave equations and Laplace equation.

Complex variables

Complex number,
polar form of complex number,
triangle inequality

Probability and Statistics

Definitions of probability and sampling theorems,
Conditional probability,
Mean, median,
mode and standard deviation,
Random variables,
Normal and Binomial distributions,
Linear regression analysis.

Numerical Methods

Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations.
Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule.
Single and multi-step methods for numerical solution of differential equations.

Section 2: Structural Engineering
Engineering Mechanics

System of forces
free-body diagrams
equilibrium equations
Internal forces in structures
Friction and its applications
Kinematics of point mass and rigid body
Centre of mass
Euler’s equations of motion
Energy methods
Principles of virtual work.

Solid Mechanics

Bending moment and shear force in statically determinate beams
Simple stress and strain relationships
Theories of failures; Simple bending theory
flexural and shear stresses, shear centre; Uniform torsion, buckling of column, combined and direct bending stresses.

Structural Analysis

Statically determinate and indeterminate structures by force/ energy methods
Method of superposition
Analysis of trusses
arches, beams
cables and frames
Displacement methods
Slope deflection and moment distribution methods
Influence lines
Stiffness and flexibility methods of structural analysis

Construction Materials and Management

Construction Materials: Structural steel – composition, material properties and behavior
Concrete – constituents,  mix design, short-term and long-term properties, Bricks and mortar Timber, Bitumen
Construction Management: Types of construction projects; Tendering and construction contracts
Rate analysis and standard specifications; Cost estimation; Project planning and network analysis – PERT and CPM.

Concrete Structures

Working stress
Limit state and Ultimate load design concepts
Design of beams, slabs, columns
Bond and development length
Prestressed concrete
Analysis of beam sections at transfer and service loads

Steel Structures

Working stress and Limit state design concepts
Design of tension and compression members
beams and beam- columns, column bases
Connections – simple and eccentric
beam-column connections, plate girders and trusses
Plastic analysis of beams and frames

Section 3: Geotechnical Engineering
Soil Mechanics:

Origin of soils, soil structure and fabric
Three-phase system and phase relationships
index properties
Unified and Indian standard soil classification system
Permeability – one dimensional flow, Darcy’s law
Seepage through soils – two-dimensional flow
flow nets, uplift pressure, piping
Principle of effective stress, capillarity
seepage force and quicksand condition
Compaction in laboratory and field conditions
Onedimensional consolidation
time rate of consolidation
Mohr’s circle, stress paths
effective and total shear strength parameters
characteristics of clays and sand.

Foundation Engineering

Sub-surface investigations – scope, drilling bore holes, sampling, plate load test, standard penetration and cone penetration tests
Earth pressure theories – Rankine and Coulomb; Stability of slopes – finite and infinite slopes, method of slices and Bishop’s method
Stress distribution in soils – Boussinesq’s and Westergaard’s theories, pressure bulbs
Shallow foundations – Terzaghi’s and Meyerhoff’s bearing capacity theories, effect of water table
Combined footing and raft foundation
Contact pressure
Settlement analysis in sands and clays
Deep foundations – types of piles, dynamic and static formulae, load capacity of piles in sands and clays, pile load test, negative skin friction.

Section 4: Water Resources Engineering
Fluid Mechanics:

Properties of fluids, fluid statics
Continuity, momentum, energy and corresponding equations
Potential flow, applications of momentum and energy equations
Laminar and turbulent flow
Flow in pipes, pipe networks
Concept of boundary layer and its growth.


Forces on immersed bodies
Flow measurement in channels and pipes
Dimensional analysis and hydraulic similitude
Kinematics of flow, velocity triangles
Basics of hydraulic machines, specific speed of pumps and turbines
Channel Hydraulics – Energy-depth relationships, specific energy, critical flow, slope profile, hydraulic jump, uniform flow and gradually varied flow


Hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation,
evapo-transpiration, watershed,
infiltration, unit hydrographs, hydrograph analysis,
flood estimation and routing,
reservoir capacity, reservoir and channel routing,
surface run-off models,
ground water hydrology – steady state well hydraulics and aquifers
Application of Darcy’s law.


Duty, delta, estimation of evapo-transpiration
Crop water requirements
Design of lined and unlined canals, head works, gravity dams and spillways
Design of weirs on permeable foundation
Types of irrigation systems, irrigation methods; Water logging and drainage
Canal regulatory works, cross-drainage structures, outlets and escapes.

Section 5: Environmental Engineering
Water and Waste Water:

Quality standards,
basic unit processes and operations for water treatment
Drinking water standards, water requirements
basic unit operations and unit processes for surface water treatment,
distribution of water. Sewage and sewerage treatment
quantity and characteristics of wastewater
Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater, effluent discharge standards
Domestic wastewater treatment,
quantity of characteristics of domestic wastewater, primary and secondary treatment
Unit operations and unit processes of domestic wastewater, sludge disposal

Air Pollution:

Types of pollutants
their sources and impacts
air pollution meteorology
air pollution control
air quality standards and limits.

Municipal Solid Wastes:

Characteristics, generation, collection and transportation of solid wastes
engineered systems for solid waste management (reuse/ recycle, energy recovery
treatment and disposal)

Noise Pollution

Impacts of noise, permissible limits of noise pollution
measurement of noise and control of noise pollution.

Section 6: Transportation Engineering
Transportation Infrastructure

Highway alignment and engineering surveys
Geometric design of highways – cross-sectional elements, sight distances, horizontal and vertical alignment
Geometric design of railway track
Airport runway length, taxiway and exit taxiway design.

Highway Pavements

Highway materials – desirable properties and quality control tests
Design of bituminous paving mixes
Design factors for flexible and rigid pavements
Design of flexible pavement using IRC: 37-2012
Design of rigid pavements using IRC: 58-2011
Distresses in concrete pavements.

Traffic Engineering

Traffic studies on flow, speed
travel time – delay and O-D study, PCU
peak hour factor, parking study
accident study and analysis
statistical analysis of traffic data
Microscopic and macroscopic parameters of traffic flow
fundamental relationships
Control devices
signal design by Webster’s method
Types of intersections and channelization
Highway capacity and level of service of rural highways and urban roads.

Section 7: Geomatics Engineering

Principles of surveying
Errors and their adjustment
Maps – scale, coordinate system
Distance and angle measurement – Levelling and trigonometric leveling
Traversing and triangulation survey
Total station
Horizontal and vertical curves. Photogrammetry – scale, flying height
Remote sensing – basics, platform and sensors, visual image interpretation
Basics of Geographical information system (GIS) and Geographical Positioning system (GPS).

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